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Friday January 22

09:53
Apple Pay adds support for 50+ new banks and credit...

Apple has been steadily adding more banks to its list of those officially supported for Apple Pay, and today it adds yet another 50+ for users of the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch-based payment service. The new additions include a mix of banks and credit unions across the US, but don’t bring any newly supported institutions to users internationally. Head below for the full list of new banks and credit unions. 
Apple Pay is officially live in Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom in addition to the US, but the rollout of banks in other regions has lagged behind the US rollout considerably. While Apple supports hundreds of banks and credit unions in the US and adds another 50+ today, it only supports 15 in the UK and only non-bank issued American...

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09:44
How-To: Use Apple Watch faces as gorgeous Mac screen...

Even though I’ve owned a Mac for going on 5+ years now, I never thought I would actually end up using screen savers. But the launch of Aerial a few months ago, which I’ve been using daily ever since, has definitely changed my mind. Awesome Apple TV screen savers on the Mac is a win. And today I came across the Apple Watch Screen Saver for OS X by Rasmus Nielsen and immediately knew it would be my next screen saver of choice.
Incorporating over 80 combinations of the already recognizable and well designed Apple Watch faces, all in Retina display quality, it makes a great additional screen saver to have installed. For those unfamiliar with the process of installing new screen savers on the Mac, or just want an overview before starting, I’ve put together a small guide below to walk you through the...

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09:18
9to5Toys Last Call: iOS/Mac productivity app deals,...

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09:10
Apple Watch Hermès collection now available online...

After several months of limited availability in select retail stores across the globe, Apple Watch Hermès is now available to purchase online. Interestingly, that counters the initial point-of-sale strategy with the other three Apple Watch collections, which were at first only available to purchase online before hitting retail stores months later. Instead, the Apple Watch collection introduced in partnership with Hermès last fall enjoyed a more intimate point-of-sale experience with North American availability limited to Apple, Hermès, and Maxfield locations in LA, Miami, New York, San Francisco, and Toronto with a similar situation across Europe and Asia.
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09:10
Google Paid Apple a Mind-Boggling $1Billion Dollars...

According to a new report today, Google Inc. is paying Apple Inc. a hefty fee to keep its search bar on the iPhone. We learned from a transcript of court proceedings from Oracle's copyright lawsuit against Google that Apple received ...

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09:08
Japan Display Confirms OLED Production in 2018 Amid...

Japan Display today announced that it will begin the mass production of OLED panels in 2018 (via Reuters), confirming a rumor from December that the company would do so in attempts to be the supplier of OLED panels in a future iPhone model. This would put Japan Display -- a joint venture between Sony, Toshiba, and Hitachi -- in direct competition with LG Display and Samsung in the production of the rumored OLED-supported iPhone.

"We will take advantage of our advanced thin-film transistor technology in developing OLED screens," Akio Takimoto, chief of Japan Display's research center, told reporters on Friday. Japan Display, in addition to rival Sharp, already supplies the manufacturing of LCD panels for Apple's iPhone. In 2015, estimates of an iPhone supporting OLED panels -- which would be the first non-...

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09:08
DJUCED premieres pro DJ software

DJUCED (www.djuced.com) is showcasing the company’s updated version of its DJUCED40° professional DJ software at the NAMM 2016 show.
With this third version of the software, the brand has extensively redesigned its flagship solution, adding new functionalities, a new interface and opening up additional features that are targeted at the performance DJ, says Stephane Bellanger, DJUCED development manager. The upgraded software offers a host of new features designed to boost creativity.
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09:03
No, Apple won’t buy Dish Network (acquiring Comcast...

Pundit Robert X. Cringely predicts in a new I, Cringely column that Apple will buy Dish Network, the American direct satellite TV broadcaster. Yours Truly says this will never happen.

Here’s Cringely’s reasoning: “It’s the only acquisition that will give Apple the kind of entry point they want into the TV business, allowing Cupertino to create overnight an over-the-top (OTT) Internet streaming video service — effectively an Internet cable system.

“Buying Dish would be a bold move for Apple because all the benefits Cupertino seeks aren’t obviously available. True, Dish has 14 million U.S. subscribers (I am one of those) who get 100+ channels of TV from the sky. True, Dish has an existing OTT streaming service called Sling that already offers a subset of the company’s cable channels. But it doesn’t necessarily follow that Dish could simply transfer its...

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09:00
Sway Recycle Bin, full screen mode in Windows, Send...

Happy New Year from the Sway team! It’s now been a few months since Sway became generally available. Last month we introduced new controls that allow Office 365 business and education admins to better manage and tailor the way Sway is used within their organization. This month we’re ushering in 2016 with new Sway capabilities we recently added to enhance your experience and increase the ways you can use Sway to create polished, interactive content.
Sway now has a Recycle Bin
We added a Recycle Bin to Sway—a common customer request. Now, any Sway you delete using Sway on the web, Sway for Windows 10...

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08:59
External Link: NSA Director Defends Encryption

While FBI Director James Comey and Attorney General Loretta Lynch continue to rail against encryption, information security has gained another unlikely ally: NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers. During an address to the Atlantic Council think tank, Rogers said, “encryption is foundational to the future,” and cited the recent hack of the Office of Personnel Management as a reason to encourage encryption. “So spending time arguing about ‘hey, encryption is bad and we ought to do away with it’ … that’s a waste of time to me,” Rogers said. Rogers’s predecessor at the NSA, General Michael Hayden, also recently spoke out in favor of encryption. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email...

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08:30
Tim Cook Visits Europe to Meet EU Antitrust Chief,...

Apple CEO Tim Cook traveled to Europe this week to meet with European Commission antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager in Brussels on Thursday, before heading to Rome on Friday to meet Pope Francis and Italian developers.

Cook first met with Vestager to lobby against an European tax investigation that could force the iPhone and iPad maker to pay more than $8 billion in back taxes on overseas earnings, according to Bloomberg.

European Commission headquarters in Brussels (Image: Hungary Today)

Apple is accused of operating multiple subsidiaries in Ireland to avoid paying higher taxes outside the United States,...

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08:22
New Samsung Pay TV ad takes shots at Apple Pay'...

A new Samsung TV ad, featuring comedian Hannibal Buress, continues a theme of pointing out that Samsung Pay can be used in stores where Apple Pay isn't supported.

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08:14
Apple Maps now includes four new Flyover locales,...

If nothing else, Apple Maps is getting fleshed out.
Apple announced that its Maps application now included four new Flyover locales, public transit data for Los Angeles, a European expansion of Nearby POI suggestions and Traffic data for Hong Kong and Mexico.
The additions include new Flyover support in Aomori, Japan; Bruges, Belgium; Lake Powell, Utah; and Limoges, France. Counting the four cities, Flyover is now available in 220 locales around the world.

Apple also flipped the switch on Traffic data for users in Hong Kong and Mexico, while residents in the Netherlands and the UK can now take advantage of iOS 9’s new Nearby feature, which points out automated, proximity-based search results of commonly queried points of interest. Results of nearby...

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07:52
Anandtech’s Apple iPad Pro review

Anandtech:Overall, the iPad Pro has proven to be a very different experience for me than previous iPads. The design is definitely familiar, with the same industrial design and general feel as previous iPads scaled up to a 12.9” form factor. On the SoC side, we’re finally seeing a major player in ARM SoCs directly competing with Intel on their home ground of sorts, and the results are at least somewhat shocking. Despite a handicap on process node, the CPU of the A9X isn’t all that far off from Skylake Core M. And while A9X can’t go toe-to-toe, Apple is for the first time capable of reaching Intel’s level for some workloads. Otherwise on the GPU side, Apple arguably bests Intel.Here is the incredibly detailed iPad Pro review you’ve been waiting for....

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07:42
Samsung to Introduce a New Touch IC for their...

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported in December that Samsung Electronics would be adding a new pressure-sensitive display to their next-gen Galaxy S7 smartphone that some are speculating will attempt to mirror Apple's 3D Touch. Samsung actually ...

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07:31
Mac users can now try out new Microsoft Office...


Microsoft opened up a beta test program for Windows users last November, letting Microsoft Office fanatics get early access to upcoming new features. Microsoft is now rolling out the program to the Mac, so OS X users can (optionally) join the beta program too. For the first round of the beta program, Microsoft will be adding inking and realtime typing / collaboration to PowerPoint. Expect these features in the ‘coming weeks’. More details available here.
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07:11
Google's Android revenue $31 billion over OS...

The Android operating system has reportedly generated $31 billion in revenues for Google since it first launched in 2008, creating $22 billion in profits largely from mobile advertising.

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07:11
Apple CEO Tim Cook met with Pope Francis in the...

Appleinsider: A peek at the schedule of Pope Francis has revealed that the head of the Catholic Church met with Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook on Friday, though what the two discussed remains a mystery. Carol Glatz of the National Catholic Reporter snapped a picture of the Pope’s schedule on Friday, revealing that the pontiff had a meeting scheduled with Cook at 11:30 a.m. local time. Tom Cheshire of Sky News later confirmed that the meeting took place, as highlighted by Business Insider. Cook’s meeting with His Holiness comes one week after Pope Francis met with Eric Schmidt, CEO of Apple rival Alphabet.Oh, to be a fly on the wall of that meeting....

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07:07
Google paid Apple $1 billion to keep search bar on...

Bloomberg:Apple received $1 billion from its rival in 2014, according to a transcript of court proceedings from Oracle Corp.’s copyright lawsuit against Google. The search engine giant has an agreement with Apple that gives the iPhone maker a percentage of the revenue Google generates through the Apple device, an attorney for Oracle said at a Jan. 14 hearing in federal court.Considering how valuable that piece of virtual property is, I bet Google thinks they got a bargain in the deal.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:05
Apple to release Q1 earnings on the analysts’...

Apple:Apple’s conference call to discuss fourth fiscal quarter results is scheduled for Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 2:00 pm PT/5:00 pm ET.As always, this call is open to the public via the webcast. Only analysts are allowed to call in and ask questions. It promises to be yet more record numbers for Apple.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:00
Facebook Opens Sports Stadium


Facebook on Thursday announced its new Sports Stadium -- built with no taxpayer dollars or city leases required. About 650 million sports fans already make Facebook the world's largest stadium, the company reasoned. The new hub will compile and chronologize game-related content in real time so that "you can get the feeling you're watching the game with your friends even when you aren't together," said Steve Kafka, a product manager at Facebook. The hub itself is organized by tabs labeled "Matchup," "Friends," "Experts" and "Stats."

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06:38
Google Paid $1 Billion To Keep Search On iPhone

phantomfive writes: As the Google v. Oracle copyright case drags on, Oracle is claiming that Android has generated $31 billion in revenue for Google, $22 billion of which was profit. Court records also show Google paid Apple $1 billion USD to keep their search bar on the iPhone. A revenue sharing agreement was in place as well. At one point, Apple got 34% of the revenue generated by Google searches on iPhones. Both companies later requested that the information be redacted from the record, but once something is released on the internet, it tends to stay there.

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06:34
Apple's CEO Met the Pope Today in Italy

After a grueling day fighting with the EU commission on Thursday over taxes, Apple's CEO decided to meet with the Pope...

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06:27
Apple hires expert in virtual reality/augmented...

Apple has hired Doug Bowman, an expert in virtual reality/augmented reality, according to the Financial Times. The Virginia Tech computer science professor was listed among grant winners for HoloLens research projects and he specializes in creating 3D user interfaces, fueling speculation that Apple is working on virtual reality/augmented reality (VR/AR) projects.

Microsoft HoloLens is described as “the first fully untethered, holographic computer, enabling high-definition holograms to integrate with your world.” Microsoft has announced that a HoloLens developer kit will arrive in the first quarter of 2016 for $3,000.

HoloLens is a smart glasses device to accompany Windows Holographic, a “mixed” reality computing platform for creating applications that incorporate live presentation of...

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06:14
All BCECC students in Norfolk, Virginia are getting...

A new partnership between Apple and the Berkley Campostella Early Childhood Center (BCECC) will provide every student with a new iPad.

The Norfolk, Virginia school received one of 114 grants from Apple as part of the company's $100 million commitment to the White House “ConnectED” initiative. The grant includes an iPad for every student, a MacBook Air and iPad mini for every teacher, an Apple TV for every classroom, ongoing professional development for teachers and a continuing partnership with Apple to ensure successful implementation.

According to Apple’s ConnectED website, as part of its participation in President Barack Obama’s ConnectED technology in education program, the company is giving its latest hardware to 114 schools across the U.S. 

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06:09
Apple hires top virtual and augmented reality expert...

(credit: Steve Rhodes)


While nearly all of the big tech companies have some sort of plan in place to deal with the upcoming onslaught of virtual reality and augmented reality technology, there's been one rather large holdout: Apple. According to a report from the Financial Times, however, Apple now has its own VR/AR expert. Doug Bowman is...

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06:09
External Link: Apple Demanded Court Order from Widow...

Apple’s focus on privacy is normally good, but it can sometimes carry unfortunate consequences. Peggy Bush, 72, tried to download a game to her iPad, but didn’t know her late husband’s Apple ID password. Her daughter dealt with Apple support for two months, providing serial numbers and legal documentation before being told that Apple required a court order to resolve the situation. In fact, according to Apple’s terms and conditions, accounts are not transferrable upon death and Apple may even terminate the account. Fortunately, Apple gave Bush access to the account after she reached out to CBC News and Apple CEO Tim Cook. This story illustrates why it’s important for families to have a plan for sharing key passwords, such as 1Password for Teams or at least a copy of 1Password’s master password in a safe-deposit box. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full...

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06:04
Apple Could Announce Close to $18 Billion in Profits...

Apple is scheduled to announce their financial results next Tuesday during a live conference call. Going into the weekend, a number of reports surfaced this morning covering forecasts on Apple's numbers. CNN Money notes that Wall Street Projects that Apple sold ...

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06:04
Tim Cook makes ‘surprise’ visit to Brussels to lobby...

Apple CEO Tim Cook made a “surprise visit” to Brussels, Thursday, looking to lobby European Commissioner Margrethe Vestager as EU regulators close in on a final decision about the company's Irish tax deals, according to The Irish Times.

The Brussels meeting came on the same day as Taoiseach Enda Kenny described as “false and baseless” claims that Ireland is a tax haven for the company, the article adds. Apple and the European Commission both confirmed the talks took place but wouldn’t elaborate on what was discussed. It has been suggested that the state may eventually be forced to recoup billions of euros in unpaid taxes from Apple, according to The Irish Times.

The EU, Europe’s anti-trust and...

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06:01
Apple CEO Tim Cook met with Pope Francis in the...

A peek at the schedule of Pope Francis has revealed that the head of the Catholic Church met with Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook on Friday, though what the two discussed remains a mystery.

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05:57
It’s Apple vs. Alphabet for the title of the world’s...

The Financial Times says Apple is no longer the world's largest public company, when defined by enterprise value, which includes debt and subtracts cash to give a more complete picture of a firm's worth.

Alphabet overtook Apple in December and is now valued at $420 billion compared with the latter's $393 billion. Measured by market cap, Apple still remains bigger, at $535 billion versus the search giant's $485 billion. 

Alphabet Inc. is an American multinational conglomerate created in 2015 as the parent company of Google and several other companies previously owned by or tied to Google. At its most basic level, Google is just renaming itself "Alphabet" and creating a subsidiary business called "Google." The "new" Google will continue as the consumer-facing brand and will run all the products you've heard of, including...

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05:49
Google paid Apple $1 billion in 2014 to be the...

Bloomberg reports that, according to court testimony, Google paid Apple $1 billion in 2014 to remain the default search engine on iPhones.

A Google witness told an attorney for Oracle that the amount was 34%, but it wasn't clear if Apple or Google got that amount. In 2013, Morgan Stanley estimated Apple’s cut was 75% of  revenue. Since Google was dropped in late 2014 as the default search...

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05:34
AppleInsider podcast talks Apple manufacturing,...

This week the AppleInsider podcast explores Donald Trump's dictate that Apple build it's "computers and things" in America, "iPhone 6c" rumors, ESPN in an Apple streaming service, GarageBand and Music Memos, and more.

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05:26
Apple Hires Top U.S. VR Researcher from Virginia...

Last February we posted a report titled "Apple is definitely working on a Top Secret VR Project," wherein we noted that Apple had been actively seeking display engineer professionals with VR environment experience. In 2013 Apple acquired Israeli company PrimeSense and shortly thereafter ...

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05:00
Lynn University deploying iPad Pro/Apple Pencil/...

Lynn University, one of America's top 25 most innovative schools according to U.S. News & World Report, will deploy Apple’s iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard to all undergraduate day students and faculty. Lynn will distribute approximately 1,800 new devices this semester.

“At Lynn, we continue to embrace new ideas and technology that allow us to engage our students, enhance learning and empower faculty," says Lynn President Kevin M. Ross. "Our introduction of iPad-powered learning in 2013 has supported rises in retention and prospective student inquiries, as well as improved student outcomes.”

“iPad Pro, its accessories and the next generation of education-focused apps will make learning even more relevant to the world students live in," adds Lynn Chief Information Officer Chris Boniforti. "This immersive, versatile technology also provides access to top-notch...

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04:30
Kool Tools: SightSpace Pro

Limitless Computing’s SightSpace Pro is a cloud-based and mobile solution that makes it possible to view 3D digital models and designs in the form of real-life buildings using Augmented Reality technology.
The new SightSpace Pro works seamlessly with the most popular modeling and design file formats including Autodesk .DWG and .DXF, Trimble SketchUp (.SKP), Collada (.DAE), .DGN, .KMZ, .KML, and more. SightSpace turns Apple and Android smartphones and tablets into a machine that blends virtual designs with the real world. 
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04:30
Patent round-up, wraparound iPhone displays, the...

We could one day see an iPhone with a flexible, wraparound display. Apple has been granted a patent (number 20160021227) by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for “electronic devices with convex displays.”

Apple says that, in conventional arrangements, most electronic device’s displays are flat, so only the portions of the device other than the display have a convex shape. Apple says that this may limit the internal volume of the device and may detract from its appearance and “it would therefore be desirable to be able to provide improved electronic devices.”

According to the patent filing, convex displays may be formed from one or more flexible layers. A flexible display layer may be mounted to a rigid support structure or a rigid cover layer. Flexible display layers that conform to the curved shape of a rigid structure may provide additional internal volume in which internal components of the device may be positioned.

Another granted Apple patent (number...

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04:23
Apple made more revenue from iPhone in a single...


The lawsuit between Oracle and Google is inadvertently revealing some confidential information about the companies. It has already been disclosed that Google paid Apple a $1 billion fee in 2014 to keep Google as the default search provider for iOS Safari, as well as a revenue sharing agreement where Google gives a substantial portion of the iPhone search ad revenue to Apple.
Another lawyer from Oracle has also stated that Google has generated $22 billion in profit and $31 billion in revenue from Android in its lifetime, via Bloomberg. Although any...

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04:14
New Apple TV ad Promotes the Future of Television...

Apple's latest ad for Apple TV surfaced last night ...

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04:00
Worldwide IT spending forecast to grow 0.6% in 2016

Gartner Inc. (www.gartner.com) forecasts that worldwide IT spending will total $3.54 trillion dollars in 2016, just a 0.6% increase over 2015 spending of $3.52 trillion dollars.
2015 saw the largest U.S. dollar drop in IT spending since the research group began tracking IT spending. $216 billion dollars less was spent on IT in 2015 than in 2014 and 2014 spending levels won’t be surpassed until 2019.
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04:00
One week with Apple’s CarPlay

Banish your car's stock infotainment system to the background with CarPlay. (credit: Ron Amadeo)


If you buy a car today, it will probably come with some kind of touchscreen computer onboard. These are basically embedded tablet computers that run some kind of operating system, but rather than coming from Apple, Google, or Microsoft, the software comes from car manufacturers and their suppliers. Car companies don't have a ton of experience when it comes to software, so the integrated computers generally aren't designed very well. They also never have the app ecosystem we've come to expect from smartphones and tablets, so it's no surprise that many people still prefer using their smartphones over the in-car option.
Traditional software companies are getting a foothold in cars, though. We already reviewed Android Auto,...

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04:00
OWC’s Power2U can eliminate cable and power adapter...

OWC's Power2U is a gadget that lets you power iOS or other USB equipped mobile devices without a bulky adapter. The advantage: it eliminates clutter created by multiple cables and power adapters.

The UL approved AC/USB wall outlet lets you power and charge up to four devices simultaneously. Designed for homes with users of multiple USB chargeable devices (and if you're reading this, you almost certainly fall into this category), the Power2U installs on any 15Amp circuit with a 16-cubic inch electrical box to blend into the wall as a standard power outlet. 

Installation takes about 20-25 minutes (you can find a how-to install video here). If watching the video makes you nervous -- or if, like me, you'...

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03:50
Apple CEO Tim Cook meeting with the Pope today


According to several sources, the Catholic Church Pope, Pope Francis, is meeting with Apple CEO Tim Cook today for a private discussion. The exact agenda for the meeting is unknown, but ‘Signor Timothy Donald Cook’ is booked in for 11.30 as shown in the photo. The meetup is likely related to visits the Pope has been receiving from other tech giants. Francis met Eric Schmidt, Alphabet (Google’s) chairman last week. It could just be a cordial exchange of greetings.
Sky News reporter Tom Cheshire says the Pope shares Cook’s strong stance on the environment and ecology. Both Pope and Cook are frequently named in the “...

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02:04
Apple Fibre Channel compatibility with El Capitan

Forums: HardwareGood Morning Xsan deployers.
In the next few months i'll have to upgrade a Maverick Xsan to El Capitan.
This system still runs on MacPro 2012 equipped with the good old Apple Fibre Channel cards 4Gbit
Does anybody can tell me if there is any issue with these cards and El Capitan?
Thank you very much for your time

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00:04
Apple To Launch First European Development Center

An anonymous reader writes: Apple has announced plans to launch its first iOS app development center in Europe. The location will be in Naples, Italy, with the center aiming to teach youngsters how to code. The announcement was made 21 January and explained how the center would provide students (children and young adults) the practical skills and training required for developing iOS apps for "the world's most innovative and vibrant app ecosystem". The center will support teachers and provide a specialized curriculum that will prepare the youths to be a part of Apple's developer community.

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Thursday January 21

16:55
Iris scanning simplifies cash aid for Syrian refugees

The United Nations is using an iris-scanning biometric ID system to streamline the delivery of money to Syrian refugees in Jordan.

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23:19
Apple expands Maps capabilities with new Flyover,...

Apple's efforts to build out its in-house Maps service moved forward on Thursday with the addition of four new Flyover locales, public transit data for Los Angeles, a European expansion of Nearby POI suggestions and Traffic data for Hong Kong and Mexico.

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21:48
BitTorrent Sync adds ability to make encrypted...

BitTorrent has released a new version of its Sync peer-to-peer app, and its biggest feature is the encrypted folder. Any data you keep in one will be encrypted, whether you choose to place it on cloud storage or on a networked storage device (NAS). P...

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19:50
Google paid Apple $1 billion in 2014 to keep it the...

Earlier this evening, the Oracle vs. Google lawsuit revealed Android’s revenues and profits for the first time. The same case has now revealed that Google paid Apple $1 billion in 2014 as part of its ongoing deal to be the main search provider—as in the one that resides in the search bar by default—on iOS devices.

Specifically, Apple’s deal with Google gives it a percentage of the revenue that the search engine generates through Apple devices. An Oracle lawyer said that the revenue share was 34 percent (although it’s not clear based on the transcript whether that means Apple got 34%, or if Google kept 34%). A Google lawyer quickly...

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19:01
Google Paid Apple $1 Billion in 2014 to be Default...

It's common knowledge that Apple and Google have a monetary agreement that ensures Google's position as the default search engine on Apple's iOS devices, but the details of that deal have been kept under wraps, until now. A recent court transcript from Oracle's copyright lawsuit against Google was obtained by Bloomberg and sheds some light on the agreement, suggesting Google pays out a lot of money to keep its search bar on Apple's iPhones and iPads.

Apple receives a percentage of the revenue that Google earns from searches made on iOS devices, and in 2014, Apple's payout from Google totaled $1 billion. That information mirrors a similar rumor from 2012 that also suggested Google was paying Apple upwards of $1...

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18:57
Apple hires top virtual & augmented reality...

According to a new report out of the Financial Times, Apple has hired one of the top virtual reality researchers in the United States to expedite its efforts in the platform. The report claims that Apple has recently hired Doug Bowman, who most recently was a computer science professor at Virginia Tech before taking a sabbatical. At Virginia Tech, he was the director of the university’s human-computer interaction center for around five years.

Bowman touts that he has focused his research on “three-dimensional user interface design and the benefits of immersion in virtual environments.” He has experience in both fully immersive virtual reality, such as the tech used HTC’s Vive and Google Cardboard, as well as augmented...

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18:37
Google paid Apple $1B to be default iOS search bar...

Court documents from Oracle's copyright lawsuit against Google show the Internet search giant paid some $1 billion to Apple in 2014 in return for making its search bar the default option on iOS.

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18:04
Apple Hires Leading Virtual Reality Researcher

Apple has hired Doug Bowman, one of the U.S.' leading virtual reality experts, according to a new report from the Financial Times. Bowman joined Apple after going on sabbatical from his job as a computer science professor at Virginia Tech.

His experience spans both fully immersive VR, as used in Facebook’s Oculus Rift and HTC’s Vive headsets, as well as augmented reality, where transparent visors such as Microsoft’s Hololens, Google Glass and secretive start-up Magic Leap mingle digital images with the real world still visible.Bowman has been director of Virginia Tech's Center for Human-Computer Interaction for the past five years. He's also the lead author of the book "...

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17:36
New Apple hire suggests increased interest in...

A report on Thursday revealed Apple recently hired Doug Bowman, a top researcher in the fields of virtual reality and augmented reality, suggesting the company is seriously investigating immersive computing and similar VR/AR solutions.

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17:04
Refurbished 2015 Retina MacBook Now Available From...

Apple recently began offering the 12-inch Retina MacBook in its online store for refurbished products, marking the first time refurbished versions of the Retina MacBook have been made available for purchase.

Released in April of 2015, the Retina MacBook is Apple's thinnest, lightest Mac product, measuring in at just 13.1mm thick and weighing 2 pounds. The machine has a full edge-to-edge keyboard, a fanless design enabled by a low power Core-M chip from Intel, and a Retina Display.

While the main refurbished site does not yet have a listing for the Retina MacBook, refurbished models are available on a dedicated MacBook page. All of the refurbished machines are available at a 15 percent discount.

Apple has...

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16:50
Latest Apple TV commercial puts focus on apps

Apple posted a fun new Apple TV commercial to the Web on Thursday showing off the tvOS App Store's deep selection of apps, games, over-the-top content streamers, interactive shopping services and more.

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16:39
Apple Shares New Apple TV Ad Focused on Apps

Apple today shared a new Apple TV ad on its YouTube channel, highlighting the many apps and games that are available on the device through the dedicated tvOS App Store. Entitled "The Future of TV is Apps," the ad features an Apple TV set-top box that morphs to match the theme of each app that's shown off in the spot.

Netflix, Apple Music, WatchESPN, Asphalt 8: Airborne, Disney Infinity, Gilt, GrubHub, Showtime, Crossy Road, HBO Now, and Fox Now, are among the apps that are featured. The ad ends with the brightly colored television test bars that have been used in all fourth-generation Apple TV advertisements.

Since the Apple TV 4 launched in October, Apple has been promoting it through a series of television ads, colorful billboards displayed across a number of cities, web ads, and...

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16:23
Apple shares new Apple TV ad highlighting popular...

Apple this evening has shared a new advertisement for its Apple TV set-top box. This ad continues the trend of the company highlighting the tvOS App Store that is available on the device, showcasing a handful of the most popular applications available so far. The ad is entitled “Apple TV – The Future of TV is Apps,” which is a slogan Apple has used since the launch of the device back in October.

In the ad, which can be viewed below, Apple showcases a variety of different apps for tvOS. The ad highlights apps such as Netflix, ESPN, Asphalt 8, Disney Infinity, GrubHub, Showtime, Crossy Road, HBO Now, and Fox Now. Apple seems to have made a point to show off several different categories of apps, including entertainment, food, and games.
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16:09
Brave Browser Promises to Defend Users' Privacy


Brave Software, helmed by Brendan Eich, who cofounded Mozilla and created the JavaScript programming language, on Tuesday released the 0.7 developer version of its Brave browser. Brave is an open source project that promises to block Internet greed and ugliness, while improving speed and protecting privacy. Basically, it blocks ads containing pixels and cookies that track users and load stuff onto their devices without their knowledge. Malvertising won't get onto users' devices because the EFF's HTTPS Everywhere is integrated into the browser.

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05:00
Lightricks teams up with Kite.ly for Enlight photo...

You remember the photo app Enlight, the mobile Photoshop-style editing competitor that last year took the iOS app world by storm?
A new update, released by Lightricks on Thursday, makes your favorite images viewable to many more eyeballs in a wider scope of venues. Version 1.2.5 kicks off a partnership with Kite.ly, the U.K.-based photo printing startup, that now lets you use your Enlight images to decorate a host of popular consumer gift and collectible items: mugs, iPhone cases, t-shirts, wall canvases, photo books, stickers, and other collectibles, all from within the Enlight app’s Print command.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:00
Andrew Jarecki, director of HBO's The Jinx,...

Andrew Jarecki is best known as the filmmaker who elicited a confession from killer Robert Durst in the finale of the HBO docu-series “The Jinx.” What does a person do after that? Jarecki’s latest project isn’t another spine-tingling documentary—it’s an iPhone app that lets you construct your own narrative.Jarecki interviewed some 100 people while filming “The Jinx,” and told me these interviews inspired the idea for KnowMe, an app that brings lightweight film editing tools to iOS.
Andrew Jarecki, filmmaker turned iOS app developer.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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09:49
Apple will open an iOS Application Development...

Apple is taking a hand in training future iOS developers, announcing the creation of an iOS App Development Center in Italy, along with plans to expand the program to “other countries around the world.”The first center will be in partnership with an unnamed institution in Naples, and will feature an Apple-supplied curriculum that teaches students how to make iOS apps. The official announcement is light on other details about the program, such as how long it’ll take, if tvOS or watchOS are also covered, or if it includes any kind of official certification.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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10:56
Macworld’s February Digital Edition: iPad Pro for...

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld Digital Edition.
Available as single copies or with a yearlong subscription, the Digital Edition comes in two forms: Enhanced and PDF replica. The Enhanced Edition has all the news, analysis, product reviews, and how-to’s, along with interactive features, and videos—customized for consumption on your iPad. The PDF replica Edition is designed for your mobile device’s touchscreen to allow pinch and zoom.In the February issue

We take a look how the iPad Pro stacks up as a photographer's tool and Jason Snell shares his hopes for Apple's Mac lineup in 2016. Plus, we review nightstand-mode-ready Apple watch stands and offer our party game apps recommendations....

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11:30
The Week in iPhone Cases: Is a $1,000 titanium case...

...plus, a thin waterproof case from Lunatik, and moreThis week’s roundup of new iPhone cases features wallets from iLuv and Mujjo, as well as classic hard shells from Incipio, SwitchEasy, Tech21, and much more.Gray InternationalAssuming you can get past the hefty price tag, the Advent (iPhone 6/6s; $1,000) dresses your iPhone in a titanium enclosure that’s mechanically textured for a modern look.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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15:54
Munster: Apple Pay distribution low, but peer-to-...

Fresh data from investment firm Piper Jaffray shows Apple Pay adoption hovering between 10 and 20 percent, but analyst Gene Munster expects numbers to rise in 2016 as Apple integrates attractive new features like peer-to-peer payments and in-browser integration.

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15:31
Apple's CEO Met with the EU's Antitrust...

Earlier today we posted a report titled "Ireland's Sinn Fein Party Says it will Pursue Apple for Taxes Owed if the EU Commission finds them Guilty later this Year." Before we were even able to blink, the news of Apple's CEO pushing back hard ...

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15:15
California Joins New York in Effort to Weaken...

As the argument over smartphone encryption continues on between device manufacturers like Apple, devoted to strong encryption, and U.S. federal government officials pushing for backdoors to access data, several states have gotten involved in the fray.

New York State Assemblymember Matthew Titone introduced a bill last summer that would require smartphone manufacturers to create devices that can be decrypted or unlocked or face fines, and now California State Assemblymember Jim Cooper is following in his footsteps.

Cooper on Wednesday introduced a bill that would require any smartphone manufactured after January 1, 2017 and sold in California to "be capable of being decrypted...

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14:59
Microsoft's Office 365 Introduces Major new...

Today Microsoft announced a number of improvements and ways to work with Office for the Mac, iPad and iPad Pro.

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14:33
NPR One for iOS updated with CarPlay support, bug...

The NPR One app for iOS has been updated today with support for Apple’s in-car infotainment system CarPlay. The update bumps the app to version 1.6.1 and also includes a few bug fixes and the under-the-hood performance improvements.

With CarPlay support, NPR fans can now listen to their favorite shows seamlessly while on the road. The CarPlay interface for NPR One is relatively simple and in line with other CarPlay apps. On the main screen of the app, you have quick access to Up Next, Recommendations, Catch Up, and Followed. Catch Up shows you what’s next in the national and local newscasts you listen to, while Recommendations presents a curated list of stories and podcasts tailored just for you.
Introducing support for CarPlay. Listen to NPR One in vehicles that have support for CarPlay as part of the in-dash...

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14:24
Apple takes 50% off popular productivity apps in new...

In its latest iOS App Store promotion, Apple is for a limited time knocking 50 percent off a selection of 14 productivity titles like PCalc, task manager Things, second screen solution Duet Display and more.

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14:14
Tim Cook meets with European Commission antitrust...


Tim Cook this week met with the European Commission’s antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager, Bloomberg reports and Kristin Huguet, a spokeswoman at Apple, confirms. The Cupertino based company is fighting back against contentions that they have formed a special agreement with Ireland in which they pay significantly lower taxes to the country’s government. The news also appears to coincide with Tim Cook’s announcement in launching an iOS development center in Italy.

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14:09
AT&T CEO says US encryption policy is up to...

US government policies on device encryption should be decided by the public and Congress, not companies like Apple, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said in an interview at the World Economic Forum being held this week in Davos, Switzerland.

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14:02
Facebook for iPhone testing in-app peek & pop...

Facebook today is rolling out a new update to its iOS app that brings a handful of new features to iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users. As usual, the actual changelog provided in the App Store by Facebook doesn’t detail any of the changes, but rather states that Facebook periodically updates its app to add new features and performance and reliability improvements. Today’s new features come in the form of new 3D Touch capabilities for the app on iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus devices.

The first 3D Touch enhancement comes to the homescreen icon. Now, when you 3D Touch on Facebook’s app icon, you’ll see a new “quick view” shortcut that takes you directly to your timeline. The Facebook app has had 3D Touch quick view actions shortcuts for posting updates and pictures since October, but the timeline shortcut is new (via...

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13:37
Productivity App Sale Offers 50% Off Clear,...

Apple is offering 50 percent off a range of productivity apps as part of a "Get Productive" iOS App Store promotion that's taking place this week. Each app is available at a 50 percent discount from its regular App Store pricing. Many well-known apps like Clear, Things, Drafts 4, and Deliveries are included in the promotion.

Available apps cover a wide range of productivity tasks, from note-taking and editing PDFs to creating to-dos, making scans, converting currency, and more. A full list of apps and their pricing with the discount is below:

- PDF Expert 5, a PDF editing tool - $4.99

- Duet Display, for using an iPad or iPhone as a second monitor - $7.99

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13:06
∞ The Dalrymple Report with Merlin Mann: Ziggy...
13:00
Apogee introduces the Symphony I/O Mk II

Today at NAMM, Apogee Electronics and Waves Audio announced a partnership that will connect the world’s most advanced multi-channel audio recording interface to the world’s most powerful DSP enabled audio network. Symphony I/O Mk II, Apogee’s new flagship converter, will offer optional SoundGrid connectivity, enabling it to connect to the Waves SoundGrid System for studio, live and post production audio networking with real-time digital signal processing of Waves and SoundGrid compatible third-party plugins.This is a very interesting partnership. Apogee makes some terrific products—some of the best.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:00
Cloud PBX with Skype for Business—simplify...

With Skype for Business Cloud PBX (Private Branch Exchange), users can globally manage calls right within Office 365 and eliminate separate PBX systems for information workers. This provides users with access everywhere, so they can make, receive and transfer calls from mobiles, tablets and PCs from nearly anywhere with Internet access. It also provides consolidated management, so the Office 365 administration portal is the central location to manage users for communications, email and content.
See the product in action by watching the following video:

Want to get insights around how and why enterprises are adopting cloud-based telephony, unified communications and contact center apps? Download and read the Market Demand for Cloud-based Services whitepaper.
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12:54
Universal Audio releases the Marshall JMP 2203...

the Marshall JMP 2203 plug-in is an expert emulation of the legendary ultra-flexible 100-watt amplifier used by everyone from Iron Maiden and Slayer, to Jeff Beck and My Bloody Valentine.I can’t wait to get home and try this plug-in. I love everything that UA does, but a rocking Marshall could be the best yet. UA also released the Sonnox Oxford Envolution and the Brainworx bx_digital V3 EQ Collection.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:49
Kemper introduces ToneTravelling

Either engaged automatically by just hitting a switch on the Profiler Remote or dynamically by using an expression pedal, all continuous parameters can be changed smoothly to take the tone from ultra dry clean rhythm to utmost distorted, FX soaked lead tones.Kemper made a big splash a few years back with its amp profiling and while I haven’t had extensive experience with it, others I know have said they really like it.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:45
Taylor’s new 12-string acoustic guitars

Among the new shapes are 12-fret Grand Concerts (552ce 12-Fret, 562ce 12-Fret), Grand Orchestra guitar models (458e, 858e), along with a new 12-string Dreadnought (360e). Powers’ design philosophy is focused on giving players a broader spectrum of 12-string voices to enable them to find the right fit.I’m heading up to Taylor’s booth to check these out today. Taylor is my favorite acoustic, but I don’t have a lot of experience with 12-strings, so it should be interesting.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:29
University of Notre Dame Law School submits a '...

On Monday we posted a report titled "Major Tech Coalition is Once Again Backing Samsung in Patent Case against Apple that may go to the Supreme Court" The coalition in question which includes such tech heavyweights as HP, Google and Facebook filed their Friend-of-the-Court brief with the Supreme Court which warned the that the outcome against Samsung "will lead to absurd results and have a devastating impact on companies because of the long-term impact on how patent law is applied to technology products such as smartphones." Today ...

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12:26
iPad mini sales rebound year-over-year; the iPad Pro...

When it comes to tablets, Apple is selling more iPad minis (all models combined) than any other model, though the iPad Pro now accounts for a “meaningful” 12% of sales, according to new data from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners — as noted by AppleInsider.

While the iPad Air 2 remained the best-selling individual iPad model during the period, both Air generations comprised just 40% of units sold overall, CIRP said, basing its info on a survey of 500 U.S. shoppers who bought Apple devices between October and December. The Mini segment’s share increased from 32% to 47% year-over-year.

The Mini 2 from 2013 was the most popular Mini model, followed by last year's Mini 4. The Mini 3 “took home just a fraction of sales, presumably because the product is effectively a Mini 2 with Touch...

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12:23
Apple's Tim Cook meets with EU antitrust chief...

Earlier on Thursday Apple CEO Tim Cook attended a private meeting in Brussels with Margrethe Vestager, the head of the European Commission's antitrust efforts, presumably in an attempt to diminish the chances of owing billions in back taxes because of the company's Irish tax deals.

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12:02
Apple increasing the money it spends on Washington...

Apple is increasing its Washington activities. It spent $4.48 million in 2015 compared to $4.11 million in 2014, a record and a 9% increase from 2014, according to new data from Consumer Watchdog, a nonpartisan nonprofit public interest group that monitors the lobbying disclosure reports of 16 tech and communications companies. Apple’s fourth quarter spending was $1.03 million vs. $1.19 million, a 13.4 percent decrease.

However, the Cupertino, California-based company’s lobbying expenses are dwarfed by those of many other tech firms. Google's federal lobbying expenses in 2015 topped $16 million for the second year in a row, according to records just filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives and analyzed by Consumer Watchdog. The company spent $16.66 million on lobbying in 2015 compared with $16.83 million in 2014, a 1% decrease. 

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11:12
Apple's Supreme Court Brief Points to the Lower...

According to a new report published late this morning, Apple is pulling out all the stops in its bid to overturn a ruling that it fixed ebook prices. In a new filing to the Supreme Court ...

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10:57
Mini takes lead in US iPad sales as iPad Pro jumps...

The split of U.S. iPad sales is now weighted in favor of the iPad mini, although the iPad Pro captured a "meaningful" 12 percent share during the December quarter, according to a survey compiled by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners.

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10:55
Chrome Browser to Blaze With Brotli


Google Chrome users will get faster Web access soon through the Brotli open source compression algorithm, which has been rolled out to the M49 release of Chrome. That's in Canary -- which is designed for devs -- so it's not clear when Brotli will surface in the Chrome browser. Brotli, which was introduced in September, gives 20 to 26 percent higher compression ratios over Google's 2-year-old Zopfli algorithm and provides faster page loads, the company said.

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10:55
The strange life of Q-tips, the most bizarre thing...

The Washington Post:Q-tips are one of the most perplexing things for sale in America. Plenty of consumer products are widely used in ways other than their core function — books for leveling tables, newspapers for keeping fires aflame, seltzer for removing stains, coffee tables for resting legs — but these cotton swabs are distinct. Q-tips are one of the only, if not the only, major consumer products whose main purpose is precisely the one the manufacturer explicitly warns against.I’m sure I’m as guilty as anyone when it comes to using Q-tips in a way that can be harmful but at least I’m not my mother. She’d use bobby pins (kids, ask your grandmother) to “clean” her ears....

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10:51
Deals: iPad Airs from $328; new 13" MacBook...

An assortment of new and returning offers this week include: $70 off 16GB iPad Airs, $80 off iPad Air 2s, $100-$200 off current 13" MacBook Pros, $187-$290 off current 15" MacBook Pros, and limited inventory closeout duo of a 15" MacBook Pro and 27" iMac -- both at $700 off.

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10:19
AKVIS debuts new France-themed frame pack

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released a new frame collection “France,” for use with the company’s software. The new pack sports 80 frame designs and is an addition to the AKVIS countries themed frame packs.
The new set includes 80 hand painted frames, 40 horizontal and 40 vertical, embellished with traditional symbols and iconic landmarks of France. AKVIS themed frame packs are intended for those interested in photo decorations
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10:10
Unmarked Software scrubs TextSoap for OS X to...

Unmarked Software has launched TextSoap 8, an upgrade to their Mac OS X productivity tool designed to automate the tedious task of manually cleaning up text.
The software processes text from a variety of formats. TextSoap 8 brings a new interface designed to streamline efforts in text cleaning of documents, emails, web pages and more. The new system-wide menu provides access to TextSoap features inside most applications.
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10:00
Scannerz revved for OS X El Capitan

Software and Computer System Company has released Scannerz 1.9.9.90 (http://scsc-online.com) for Mac OS X.
The tool employs hard drive and SSD analysis algorithms. The package additionally includes the newer versions of Phoenix (version 2.1) as well as Performance Probe (as of version 2.1). All components in the 1.9.9.90 upgrade have been enhanced to provide better performance for users of OS X El Capitan (MacOS 10.11).
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09:45
Three new plug-ins available for UAD hardware,...

Universal Audio (www.uadio.com) has announced three new direct developer plug-ins for UAD hardware and Apollo interfaces  — the Brainworx bx_digital V3 EQ Collection, Sonnox Oxford Envolution, and the exclusive Marshall JMP 2203 Guitar Amplifier, developed by Softube. All three will be released as part of UAD Software 8.5 in early February.
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09:43
Fuel3D deploys new 3D algorithm to boost performance

Fuel3D (www.fuel-3d.co), a 3D capture and imaging innovator, has launched Fuel3D Studio 2.1, the latest version of its software for processing and manipulating 3D scan data captured by the company’s $1,490 SCANIFY handheld 3D scanner system.
Key developments include improved Z-axis precision and the ability to process scan data in the cloud; both of these key developments originated from the company’s engagement with enterprise partner/customers. Fuel3D’s Cat Bird algorithm improves Z-axis precision on scans, which means that scans are processed with improved depth accuracy
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09:41
Adobe’s Voice app for storytellers lands on iPhone...

Adobe first launched its creative Voice app for iPad almost two years ago, and this week version 2.0 has been released with full iPhone support for the first time. I took Adobe Voice for a test drive when it was brand new back in 2014. The app lets you easily combine photos, videos, text, voiceovers, and more to a project that you can easily share to spread your message. Stories can be shared either publicly or privately over Facebook, Twitter, email, messaging, the web, and more.

While the iPad is a great canvas for creating storytelling projects, Adobe Voice 2.0 puts the...

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09:34
AT&T CEO calls for Congress to decide on...

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson is the latest to weigh in on the issue of data encryption policy with the executive telling The Wall Street Journal that Apple CEO Tim Cook and other tech execs should leave the decision making on encryption policy up to Congress:

“I don’t think it is Silicon Valley’s decision to make about whether encryption is the right thing to do. I understand Tim Cook’s decision, but I don’t think it’s his decision to make”… I personally think that this is an issue that should be decided by the American people and Congress, not by companies,”
…The AT&T chief said his own company has been unfairly singled out in the debate over access to data. “It is silliness to say there’s some kind of conspiracy between the U.S. government and AT&T,” he said, adding that the company turns over information only when...

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09:34
What Apple would have to do to comply with Donald...

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made headlines this week with a protectionist proposal that included a vow to force Apple "to build their damn computers and things in this country" if he's elected. It's a suggestion that has been outright dismissed by most observers -- but should it be?

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09:32
Badia Software announces IDML Import 1.0 for...

Badia Software has announced IDML Import 1.0 for QuarkXPress 2015, an XTension for importing Adobe InDesign's IDML files into QuarkXPress.
IDML Import can convert the contents of IDML files, including text and picture boxes, pages and spreads, graphics, styles, stories, layers, and colors, into fully-editable QuarkXPress objects. It supports any IDML file created with InDesign CC 2015 or older, and includes many handy tools for unparalleled flexibility.
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09:26
Parallels Desktop 11.1.2

Resolves a number of bugs and crashes for the popular virtualization software. ($79.99 new for standard edition, $99.99 annual subscription for Pro/Business Edition, free update for version 11 licenses, 289 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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09:23
Microsoft adds 3D Touch, illustrated annotations to...

Microsoft on Thursday updated the core Office for iOS apps -- Word, Excel, and PowerPoint -- with support for 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, as well as several other features, such as illustrated annotations.

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09:06
Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.3

Resolves a number of bugs bedeviling the venerable word processor. ($79 new, free update, 221 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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09:00
Office 365—monthly Dev Digest for January

This month’s Office 365 Dev Digest was written by Jeremy Thake, technical product manager for the Office 365 Dev team.
Welcome to the 11th edition of Dev Digest, designed to help you—the Office 365 developer—keep up to date with what’s new in Office 365 development.
As we roll into 2016 and head towards our next major announcement at Build in March, there have been some great additions, by our internal efforts and community efforts.
Add-in commands have been available in Outlook since we announced them in early 2015, and now Word, Excel and PowerPoint have these available as a developer preview. You can find out more about them on the github repository and by listening to episode 77 of the Office 365 Developer Podcast with Humberto.
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09:00
New to Office 365 in January—new inking tools,...

Today’s post was written by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office team.
We’re starting off the New Year with new ways to work with Office! We’re improving the inking experience so writing and drawing with your finger, pen or stylus are more intuitive and powerful. We’re bringing PowerPoint Designer and Morph, available last month in Windows, to additional platforms. Also, Office 365 consumer subscribers with Macs can now get Office Insider builds for first access to new features.
Office works the way you do with new inking capabilities
As part of our effort to make Office even more intuitive and easier to use, we want to make pen and ink a primary input across Office apps.­ While digital inking tools have been available in Office on Windows PCs since 2007, today we are releasing new inking tools in Office for...

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08:59
9to5Toys Last Call: App Store Productivity Sale, 9′...

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08:53
California's new 'Bill 1681' Could...

Last week we posted a report titled "Could Apple's iPhone 6s be the Last iPhone Model to Offer End-to-End Encryption?" Like New York's proposal, California assembly member Jim Cooper (D-9th) has now introduced new legislation ...

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08:52
Jeremy’s 5: New emoji, T-Mobile LTE CellSpot, Google...

Welcome to the latest edition of Jeremy’s 5, my latest quick roundup of 5 interesting little things that aren’t big enough for full articles, but are still worth sharing with you.
This week, I’m looking at the next wave of emoji, T-Mobile’s 4G LTE CellSpot, Google Photos, iCloud/iTunes Account Merging, and battery drain from the latest iOS beta…

1. Take A Sneak Peek At The Next 70+ Emoji. As I’ve said in prior columns, readers seem to be more excited about new emoji than pretty much any other feature Apple adds to iOS. Apple doesn’t create the emoji characters — it implements the Unicode standard, which has standardized hundreds of icons over a dozen different revisions since 1991. The next revision, Unicode 9.0, is currently being...

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08:46
Purported video of 4-inch iPhone surfaces

It’s the leaked videos of purported new products that make life interesting.
A chunk of footage leaked by MIC Gadget claims to have an early view of the 4-inch iPhone that Apple’s expected to release this April.
The video, which was apparently shot in the Foxconn factory, shows a handset that’s been dubbed the “iPhone 6c” and looks just like an iPhone 6s, but smaller. The latest rumors indicate it will also have similar internals, featuring Apple A9 SoC and NFC for Apple Pay.

The validity of the video cannot be confirmed. The ratios of the speaker holes is very similar to the 4.7 inch phone so it’s not 100 percent that this phone is actually smaller. The video also does not include a comparison with other iPhones to confirm the relative size.
The handset appears to share a lot of...

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08:33
Claimed 4-inch iPhone in Leaked Video Likely Just an...

A number of tech blogs have shared a video from Chinese website M.I.C. Gadget that claims to provide the first real look at Apple's next-generation 4-inch iPhone, but there are some clues to suggest the mystery smartphone may simply be a regular 4.7-inch iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s.

First and foremost, the distance between the speaker grille, pentalobe screws, Lightning connector, headphone jack and microphones appears to be the same as the iPhone 6s. If this were truly the so-called "iPhone 6c," those components would need to be closer together on the bottom of the smartphone.

The display width also appears to resemble an iPhone 6s compared to the size of the home button, but exact measurements are hard to determine without an object for scale. The lack of a 4.7-inch iPhone 6s and 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus for comparison also...

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08:30
Microsoft Office for iOS gets an update; new...

It's always nice to see an update that adds support for the latest Apple gadgets, and doubly so when the developer that is sending out the update is Microsoft. Like 'em or hate 'em, the Redmond, WA-based company has some serious credibility in the mobile market not because of its Windows-based tablets and smartphones, but because of the apps it makes for iOS. The Office for iOS suite is unparalleled for productivity on iPhones and iPads, and today's update adds 3D Touch quick actions for iPhone 6s and 6s Plus in addition to Apple Pencil support on the iPad Pro.

For the core apps -- Word, PowerPoint, and Excel -- there's now 3D Touch support. Doing a "deep press" on the app icon lets you...

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08:22
Apple filing hints at work on OLED-based wraparound...

A U.S. patent application published on Thursday suggests that Apple is at least experimenting with the concept of wraparound displays for some of its portable devices.

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08:18
Four Alternatives to iCloud Photos on the Apple TV

The fourth-generation Apple TV may be new, but the built-in Photos album is stuck in the past. Josh Centers offers four alternatives that let you view your photos on your TV. 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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08:18
Comparison breaks down all the missing features in...

This comparison of the differences between Microsoft Office on Mac, Windows, and iOS devices was put together by Kurt Schmucker who (disclaimer) works for Parallels — the company that makes slick virtual machine apps for running Windows and other operating systems on Mac — but he also happens to know a thing or two about the subject after his previous role as Senior Mac Evangelist at Microsoft and on the Office team. So what exactly is missing on Mac and iOS devices compared to Windows when it comes to the Office suite?
In the charts below, Schmucker breaks down feature-by-feature...

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08:16
Apple releases Music Memos app for musicians/...

This is kind of a neat thing.
Apple on Wednesday unveiled a new Music Memos app designed to help musicians and songwriters store ideas on the go.
The app uses the iPhone’s built-in microphone can be used to record instruments in a lossless format, and the resulting recordings can be analyzed for rhythm and chords.

Users can then add instant drums and a bass line to help flesh out the song, and it will also provide a basic notation view. Music Memos are synchronized via iCloud and can be opened directly in GarageBand or Logic Pro X.
Music Memos launched with support from some big-name artists, including singer-songwriter Ryan Adams.
Music Memos is still rolling out through iTunes, but will be available as a free download from the App Store.
The...

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08:13
Will Google Dethrone Apple as the Most Valuable...

We all know that Apple has been considered the world’s most valuable company since 2013 when it surpassed Exxon Mobil in market capitalization, but that status might be threatened in the coming days ahead by Alphabet, Google’s new parent company.

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08:04
Harrison Ford, lucky to be alive

Poor Harrison Ford. His life is a never ending series of disasters.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:59
Logic Pro X and Adele

Producer Greg Kurstin on working with Adele and Logic Pro, with some backstory on the creation of Hello.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:59
Rumor: Video from China claims to show new 4"...

A video posted to YouTube this week contains footage of what is purportedly a new 4-inch iPhone, boasting the same industrial design as the current iPhone 6 series.

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07:51
Anywhere but Medium

Dave Winer, with his thoughts on the dominance of Medium and his efforts to keep blogging/Tumblr posting alive and well∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:41
Ireland's Sinn Fein Party Says it will Pursue...

There's to be a new election in Ireland within the next three months and some, like Goldman Sachs is a little worried that the party Sinn Fein, once the political wing of the Irish Republican Army, is on track to double its support ...

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07:39
Microsoft Office for iOS adds 3D Touch quick actions...

Microsoft is out with a nice update to its Office for iOS suite today, adding 3D Touch quick actions to Word, PowerPoint, and Excel for iPhone 6s and 6s Plus users as well as promised Apple Pencil integration on the iPad Pro. The latest versions of the Office suite also changes how fonts are handled and improves document search on iOS.

Word, PowerPoint, and Excel each now feature 3D Touch shortcuts from the app icon on the Home screen when deep pressing with the latest iPhones. This lets you quickly create a new document, presentation, or spreadsheet as soon as you launch the app. If you’ve already got files saved with Office, you’ll also notice quick access to recently used files here as well.
Office for iOS is also taking advantage of iOS 9’s new Spotlight search feature, which lets you pull down or swipe to the...

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07:36
Apple reportedly leasing R&D office space in...


The Ottawa Business Journal is reporting that Apple has leased a 22,000 ft space in Kanata, Ontario. Notably, the location is in close proximity to the BlackBerry QNX offices. Whether Apple is interested in attracting QNX employees for itself is not clear. It is definitely possible that the geography is coincidental. However, QNX is known to be working on autonomous driving and Apple may want to take some of this engineering talent for its own Apple Car research.
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07:03
The rise of Swift, the fall of Objective-C

The TIOBE Index lays out the fall of Objective-C usage and the somewhat smaller rise of Swift. Interesting numbers.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:39
Facebook sets up real-time 'Sports Stadium...

Facebook wants to grab the large audiences that American football attracts, and has launched Facebook Sports Stadium, which it describes as a dedicated place to experience sports in real time “with your friends and the world.”
“It’s a second-screen experience that we hope makes watching the broadcast even better,” wrote Product Manager, Steve Kafka in a post.
The social network is apparently aiming to replace other social networks, particularly Twitter, which sees a lot of real-time discussions and commentary during games. Often the tweets are viewed woven together as Moments, a feature Twitter launched in October.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:01
Ireland's Sinn Fein party says it will pursue...

Ireland's left-leaning Sinn Fein party could hold Apple accountable for taxes owed following a still-ongoing European Commission investigation, according to a party finance spokesman.

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07:00
GM Bug Program Gets Mixed Notices


Two white-hat hackers, Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, made headlines last year when they demonstrated how they could hijack the control systems of a moving motor vehicle over the Internet. The move got the attention of the auto industry, and last week General Motors put in place a program to encourage more digital dabblers to alert the company when they find bugs in GM vehicles. Working with HackerOne, GM published a set of guidelines for submitting flaws to the company.

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06:57
Unease is Engulfing Samsung Electronics as Employees...

A new Korean report surfacing this morning claims that there's a real sense of frustration that pervades the halls of Samsung Electronics as incentives for the year 2015 ... are anticipated to plunge ...

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06:47
China UnionPay cards purportedly shown working with...

As Apple gears up to launch its mobile payments offering in China early this year, some Chinese consumers seem to have found the service coming online more quickly than expected.

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06:47
Why Apple assembles in China

John Gruber, addressing Donald Trump’s “we’re gonna get Apple to start building their damn computers and things in this country, instead of in other countries” comment.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:34
Proposed bill would kill iPhone sales in California

A proposed bill, similar to a New York draft law, would prevent companies like Apple from selling its encryption-enabled iPhone in California.

California assembly member Jim Cooper introduced the legislation (bill 1681) which requires any smartphone manufactured "on or after July 1, 2015, and sold in California after that date" to be "capable of being decrypted and unlocked by its manufacturer or its operating system provider.” 

Any smartphone that couldn't be decrypted on-demand would subject a seller to a $2,500 fine. If the bill becomes law, there would be a near-blanket ban on nearly all iPhones and many Android devices across the...

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06:34
Why Apple defends encryption

This is a terrific piece from Rich Mogull, writing for TidBITS, that looks at why Apple stands alone in defending encryption. But the article goes further. It lays out the history of government monitoring of communications, as well as the arguments that drive both sides. Important topic.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:21
Apple opening Europe’s first iOS app development...

Apple is investing heavily in bringing iOS dev to the masses, so far announcing sites in Brazil, Indonesia, and now in Naples, Italy.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:15
California bill over encryption backdoors could...


California is now presenting a new bill that, if passed into law, would stop Apple from selling iPhones on its home turf, via ZDNet. The bill requires smartphone manufacturers to sell devices that have backdoors to allow them to be decrypted. Naturally, this affects iPhones which use high-strength security methods and make it practically impossible for anyone including Apple to gain access without the passcode. If this proposed bill sounds familiar, there’s a reason for that. A nearly identical proposition was made in New York state earlier in the month.
Although the bill is only being proposed and isn’t law at this time, it poses a big issue...

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06:08
Apple Officially Opens their First European iOS App...

Earlier this morning we posted a report titled "Apple to Open New Canadian Office in Automotive Industrial Park," that was noted as possibly being a new research center. Now Apple has just posted a press release titled "Apple Opening Europe’s First iOS App Development Center in Italy."

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06:00
iPhone sales are booming in India

New data from Counterpoint — as noted by 9to5Mac — iPhone sales in India rose from 500,000 units in the December quarter of 2014 to 800,000 units in the December quarter of 2015. 

The technical market research firm says the iPhone 5s was responsible for 30% of the sales numbers. About half of the 800,000 units sold were iPhone 6s and 6s Plus models. In 2014, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, accounted for 70% of the shipments.

Yesterday it was reported that Apple India had filed an application to open Apple branded retail stores in India with the department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP).

"We have just received Apple's proposal. We are examining it,” DIPP Secretary Amitabh Kant told the...

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05:51
Apple reportedly to open a R&D facility in...

Apple has leased space at a Kanata office complex in preparation for setting up a facility in the National Capital Region, according to the Ottawa Business Journal. Kanata is a suburb of Ottawa, Canada.

© Photo courtesy Colliers

Although the Cupertino, California-based company hasn’t yet made a public announcement, OBJ sources say they believe the 22,100-square-foot suite at 411 Legget Dr. in the Kanata Research Park will be devoted to research and development. The facility offers a "full-floor office suite" with an executive boardroom, meeting rooms, offices, a server room, lunchroom, lab space and even showers, according to the report. 

Apple spent nearly $2 billion on research and development in the first fiscal quarter of 2015, an increase of more than 40% over the year-ago...

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05:48
Foxconn and Innovation Network Corp. Battle to...

Back in March 2015 we posted a report titled "Foxconn to Make Second Attempt at Acquiring a Stake in Sharp." Today it's being reported that Foxconn is making a new bid ...

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05:40
Apple opening iOS App Development Center in Italy

Apple has announced the creation of Europe’s first iOS App Development Center in Italy, which is designed to give students practical skills and training on developing iOS apps.
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05:39
Apple opening Europe’s first iOS App Development...

Apple has announced the creation of Europe’s first iOS App Development Center in Italy, which is designed to give students practical skills and training on developing iOS apps.

The iOS App Development Center will be located at a partner institution in Naples. Apple CEO Tim Cook says it will support teachers and provide a specialized curriculum preparing thousands of future developers to be part of Apple’s thriving developer community. In addition, the Cupertino, California-based company will work with partners around Italy who deliver developer training to complement this curriculum and create additional opportunities for students. Apple expects to expand this program to other countries around the world, says Cook.

“Europe is home to some of the most creative developers in the world and we’re thrilled to be helping the next generation of entrepreneurs in Italy get the skills they need for success,” he adds. “The phenomenal success...

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05:38
Apple assembler Foxconn bids $5.3 billion to take...

In a potential merging of two key Apple suppliers, Foxconn has officially bid $5.3 billion to take over Sharp -- a move that would resolve the display maker's considerable growing debts.

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05:31
Apple accused of patent infringement involving Siri

Another day, another lawsuit. Dot 23 Technologies — a Texas-based, non-practicing entity (a patent troll, in my opinion) — is suing Apple for patent infringement, claiming that the intelligent digital assistant violates three of its patents. 

In a complaint filed with the lawsuit-friendly Eastern District Court of Texas, Dot 23 claims Apple violated its patents dubbed “Mobile Keyless Telephone Instruments and Wireless Telecommunications System Having Voice Dialing and Voice Programming Capabilities,” “Wireless Telephone System with

Programming and Information Service,” and “Wireless Prepaid Telephone System with Dispensable Instruments.”

The non-practicing entity wants acknowledgment that Apple violated its patents. And, naturally, it wants money: “all damages to which it is entitled under 35 U.S.C. § 284 resulting from Apple’s infringement, and ordering a full accounting of all damages adequate to compensate Dot 23 for the infringement of its patent rights”;...

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05:20
Apple Revisits Inventions Relating to an iPhone with...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published patent applications from Apple that indicate that they're revisiting their technologies that are related to indoor parking, and more importantly, a possible future iPhone with a wraparound display.

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05:00
Zero-Day Flaw Puts Millions of Linux Machines,...


Tens of millions of Linux PCs and servers, as well as 66 percent of all Android mobile devices, are vulnerable to a zero-day flaw that could allow users with lower-level privileges to gain root access, according to Perception Point, which announced its discovery last week. The local privilege escalation vulnerability, which affects Linux Kernel v3.8 and higher, has existed since 2012, the firm said. However, SMEP and SMAP will make it difficult to exploit Linux boxes, and Android devices are protected by SELinux, Perception Point noted.

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05:00
NeatDesk for Mac makes it easier to go paperless

The NeatDesk isn’t a new product, but it’s a convenient one for going paperless. The Sellers household isn’t completely paperless, but we’re getting there.

The NeatDesk is a $399.95 desktop scanner and digital filing system developed by The Neat Company. It combines Neat’s ADF (Automatic Document Feeder) scanner and the company’s NeatWorks for Mac software, which identifies and extracts the information from receipts, business cards, and documents through OCR and parsing technology. 

The paper input tray allows you to insert up to 10 receipts, 10 business cards and 10 full-size documents, and scan them all in a single batch. Or you can remove the tray to scan up to 50 letter-size pages at once. You can even perform double-sided scanning in a single pass. 

Images can be saved in JPEG, PDF and other popular formats. Data can be sent to the Mac OS X Address...

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04:59
PFAssistive Framework revved to version 3.6.2

PFiddlesoft has released version 3.6.2 of PFAssistive Framework. The frameworks help developers write assistive Mac applications for persons with disabilities using Apple's Accessibility and Quartz Event Taps APIs [application programming interfaces] on OS X. Version 3.6.2 offers bug fixes.
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04:52
Kool Tools: SoundSoap 5.0 for Mac OS X

Soundness’ SoundSoap 5.0, an update to their award-winning audio noise reduction software for Mac OS X and Windows, introduces new technology that finds and removes background noises automatically by analyzing the media file.
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04:39
Apple manufacturer Foxconn bids $5.3 billion to...


iPhone manufacturer Foxconn has posted a $5.3 billion bid to buy Sharp, the Japanese display manufacturer who has faced financial difficulties in recent years. iPhone displays are currently manufactured by Sharp, Samsung and LG and assembled at Foxconn’s plant. A successful Sharp purchase puts Foxconn in the position to make iPhone display components, going beyond assembly.

Another possibility is that Foxconn will start producing its own branded electronics products, although competition with Apple is unlikely given their relationship. Foxconn is certainly being aggressive with its offer.
Foxconn has promised to retain current Sharp management, in an effort to woo skeptics of foreign takeover....

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04:30
How to change a passcode on an iOS device

Yesterday we looked at how to create and use a passcode on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. But what if you decide you don’t like the passcode you implemented and want to change it? No problem. It’s easy.

To change your passcode or passcode settings, go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode. On devices without Touch ID, go to Settings > Passcode. You'll find several settings and options:

  • Turn Passcode Off.
  • Change your passcode. Enter a new, six-digit passcode. Or tap Passcode Options to switch to a four-digit numeric code, a custom numeric code, or a custom alphanumeric code.
  • Require Passcode—Immediately: By default, as soon as you lock your screen, you'll need to enter your passcode to unlock it. If you don't want to need your passcode immediately, change this setting.
  • Allow Access When Locked: Allow access to some features when...
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04:27
Apple Revisits and Advances their Invention Relating...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that generally relates to electronic devices, and more particularly to advancing gyroscopes in electronic devices. Still more particularly, the present invention relates to ... gaming ...

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04:25
IDC: Cloud IT infrastructure spending to grow 23% in...

According to the IDC research group (www.idc.com), vendor revenue from sales of infrastructure products (server, storage, and Ethernet switch) for cloud IT, including public and private cloud, grew by 23.0% year over year to $7.6 billion in the third quarter of 2015 (3Q15).
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04:14
Apple hits new iPhone sales record in India as it...


According to data from Counterpoint Research, iPhone sales in India are booming. Apple reportedly shipped 800,000 units in the December quarter to the country, up from 500,000 a year ago. Apple has been aggressively promoting their phones with substantial discounts to sustain sales, given high prices for iPhone 6s in India (via Economic Times).
Even with price cuts, that 800,000 number is composed of older iPhone models too. The report indicates that iPhone 5s was responsible for 30% of the sales numbers. About half of the 800k number are made up of...

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04:00
We want our Apple Web TV because live TV viewing...

I don’t want Apple to rush its (rumored) television streaming service (which I’ve dubbed Apple Web TV), but it will certainly be an important asset for our favorite tech company. Despite the proliferation of new technologies, such as smartphones, smart TVs, tablets and subscription video on-demand (SVOD), live TV viewing still rules.

Nielsen — a company that provides media and advertising clients with total audience measurement services for all devices on which content (video, audio and text) is consumed — has released its fourth-quarter 2015 Local Watch Report.

The Local Watch Report analyzes local TV viewing habits and the degree to which the proliferation of new technologies, such as smartphones, smart TVs, tablets and SVOD, influence different markets. The latest data shows that live TV remains the primary medium to consume video. Americans spend four hours and seven minutes per day watching live TV and...

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03:51
Is this the iPhone 6c? Video purportedly shows new 4...


Apple is currently expected to hold an event in March to announce a slew of new products, notably including a new addition to the iPhone lineup. The 4-inch iPhone is expected to be released by April, and MIC Gadget claims to have a hands-on with new unreleased iPhone straight from the Foxconn factory. Boring yet unsurprising, the purported new iPhone looks just like an...

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03:08
The Apple Watch 'Raise Gesture' Invention...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a series of four patent applications from Apple that reveal the interworkings of the original Apple Watch invention that relates to their 'raise gesture.'

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01:53
Apple to Open New Canadian Office in Automotive...

It was reported late yesterday that Apple has established a presence in Ottawa, Canada. Sources say they believe that a 22,100-square-foot suite located at 411 Legget Drive in the Kanata Research Park will be devoted to an Apple research ...

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00:32
Apple to reportedly open R&D center in backyard...

A report on Wednesday claims Apple recently leased office space in Kanata, a suburb of Ottawa, Canada that BlackBerry's QNX Software Systems arm calls home, suggesting the iPhone maker might be looking to develop automotive software in the region.

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Wednesday January 20

16:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Rugged stuff

Rugged stuffThis week’s roundup includes several devices made to withstand harsh conditions and the occasional drop. Read on!BiteMyAppleThe $40 Night Cable is 10 feet of syncing and charging—but its most notable feature is the weighted knot at the end, making it easy to anchor your cable to a flat surface and know it won’t go sliding out of sight.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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23:59
CornerTube for iPad lets you quickly watch picture-...

With iOS 9 being out for nearly five months now, you would’ve expected all the top video apps to already be including picture-in-picture for the iPad. Unfortunately that doesn’t seem to be the case with YouTube and a few others. If you’re feeling the hurt from not being able to catch up on your favorite YouTuber’s latest videos while multitasking around your iPad, then check out CornerTube, a new YouTube utility app focused on PIP. CornerTube lets users quickly jump into videos on YouTube, all the while enabling that missing PIP feature. It gets even better once you start utilizing the included Today widget in Notification Center and Action extension in other apps.

With no...

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23:37
Apple to Open iOS App Development Centers, Starting...

Apple has announced that it will be opening its first iOS app development center in Europe at a partner institution in Naples, Italy. Apple expects to expand this program to other countries around the world in the future.

The center will provide a specialized curriculum for students to learn practical skills and training on developing iOS apps, and Apple will work with partners around Italy who train developers to create additional opportunities for students.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company's ecosystem now supports 1.4 million jobs in Europe, including 1.2 million jobs attribute to the app economy. In Italy, specifically, Apple said over 75,000 jobs are linked to the App Store.“Europe is home to some of the most creative developers in the world and we’re thrilled to be helping the next generation of entrepreneurs in Italy get the...

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23:21
Apple to open first iOS App Development Center in...

Apple on Thursday announced plans to open its first iOS App Development Center in Naples, Italy, to provide developers in Europe the practical skills and training they need to contribute to a growing app ecosystem.

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23:15
Apple announces first iOS App Development Center...

Apple this morning has announced its first iOS App Development Center for Europe. The facility will be located in Naples, Italy and offer a place for students to learn  who to develop iOS apps. The App Development Center will feature on-site teachers and a curriculum to facilitate a strong and diverse development community.

In a press release, the company said that it hopes the App Development Center will create even more jobs in the iOS community, which has already created more than 1.2 million jobs in Europe alone. In Italy, there are already 75,000 jobs attributable to the App Store. European developers have earned more than €10.2 billion from selling their apps on the App Store. Apple plans to partner with other development communities in Italy to build upon its own curriculum and ensure that the most students as...

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07:00
Hands-On: How Intel Authenticate will replace the...

Intel has quietly built what it calls Authenticate technology into its Skylake with vPro chips for businesses, combining multiple means of authentication for greater security.

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09:15
ESPN president says Apple is 'frustrated'...

Sports programming is crucial to the success of any mainstream TV service, and ESPN is at the core of that lineup. Apple is reportedly struggling to persuade networks to sign up for its long-rumored streaming TV package, but ESPN President John Skipper says he’s open to working with Cupertino.“They are creating a significantly advantageous operating system and a great television experience and that television experience is fabulous for sports,” Skipper told the Wall Street Journal this week. “We are big proponents of believing it would be a fabulous place to sell some subscriptions. We have ongoing conversations. They have been frustrated by their ability to construct something which works for them with programmers. We continue to try to work with them.”...

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10:00
Podcast 491: Make A-Mac-ica great again

With Susie on assignment in Florida, Leah Yamshon (Macworld’s associate managing editor) joins Glenn Fleishman to discuss Donald Trump’s fiat economy plan to make Apple produce its hardware in America, the New York Senate’s desire to criminalize a lack of back doors in smartphones, and the return (or continued existence) of Gatekeeper exploits.Leah and Glenn also talk about VLC, a universal format player, for Apple TV; their continued irritation at some Apple TV features; and Netflix’s plan to block more subscribers outside the U.S. who aren’t using their new 190-nation plan.We also decided on a future episode topic. Keep your ideas coming, too!To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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12:01
Who's going to benefit from the tech revolution?

Top tech CEOs spoke about how they think the world will benefit from the coming tech revolution at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday.

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12:20
Apple Watch Hermès on sale in 10 different styles,...

Starting Friday, you can go out and order an Apple Watch Hermès from the Apple Store online, but you might want to bring your French dictionary.First announced in September 2015 during Apple’s big iPhone 6s event, the Apple Watch Hermès collection was originally only available to purchase in select Apple Stores and Hermès store locations in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Toronto, as well as in several cities in Europe and Asia. However, it will now be available to purchase through the Hermès and Apple online stores, as reported by Fashionista and The Verge....

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21:45
Apple's Siri voice recognition technology...

Dot 23 Technologies, a non-practicing entity located in Texas, is looking to take Apple to trial for implementing Siri into the iPhone platform, alleging the virtual assistant's voice dialing and geolocation capabilities infringe upon three patents.

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19:04
iOS App Store brings in 75% more revenue than Play...

According to a new report out of app analytics company App Annie, Apple’s trend of bringing in more revenue via its App Store than Google does via the Play Store continued in 2015. Google, however, continued to see far more app downloads than Apple…

The report claims that Google saw twice as many apps downloaded from the Play Store as Apple saw downloaded from the App Store. This, however, is reversed when it comes to earnings from each respective app store. The iOS App Store now earns 75 percent more revenue than the Google Play Store. This is an increase over the 70 percent difference recorded during 2014.
App Annie tracks data from “more than 1 million apps,” including 94 of the top 100 app publishers across both platforms. For iOS, however,...

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18:52
Apple website suggests Night Shift to gain Control...

Apple might be looking to make Night Shift an integral and easily accessible part of iOS, as an official screenshot posted to the company's website shows Control Center implementation on an iPad Air 2.

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18:12
Apple Canada's iOS 9.3 Preview Page Hints at...

With the iOS 9.3 beta, Apple introduced a new feature called Night Shift. It's designed to cut down the amount of blue light an iOS device puts out in the evening, as Apple noted that studies have shown that blue light can negatively impact sleep by altering the body's circadian rhythm. Today, reddit user nickjosephson spotted a Night Shift toggle in Control Center on Apple Canada's iOS 9.3 preview page.

The Night Shift toggle sits next to the brightness slider in Control Center with two options available: "Turn On For Now" and "Turn On Until Tomorrow." While the toggle is shown on an iPad Air, it's likely the new feature works on iPhones as well, though it's unclear where the toggle would fit on the iPhone's smaller Control Center.

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17:54
Apple updates Logic Pro X, MainStage 3 pro apps with...

Following Apple's consumer oriented music app updates on Wednesday, the company pushed out new versions of its professional audio software Logic Pro X and Mainstage 3, each bringing numerous feature additions and performance improvements.

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17:29
Hands-On With Apple's New Music Memos iOS App...

Since the launch of Apple Music and its included Apple Music Connect social platform, Apple has been focusing efforts on its music creation tools, as evidenced by today's surprise release of a brand new iOS app called Music Memos and a significant update to the iOS version of GarageBand.

Available for free, Music Memos is designed to allow musicians and songwriters to record, analyze, and manipulate high-quality uncompressed audio directly on an iPhone or iPad. Music Memos is accompanied by an update to GarageBand that introduces some fun new tools for musicians and average iPhone owners alike. We went hands-on with Music Memos and the revamped GarageBand to give MacRumors a closer look at what the apps are capable of.

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Music Memos...

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17:27
Apple’s iOS 9.3 preview page hints at possible...

With the introduction of the first beta of iOS 9.3, Apple introduced a new feature called Night Shift that adjusts the color temperature of your device’s display at night as to make it easier to fall asleep. One qualm many have had with the feature, however, is that you have to go into the Settings app to turn it on and off. Apple’s iOS 9.3 Canadian preview page, however, hints that it make become easier to enable the feature with future iOS 9.3 updates…

If you head to the iOS 9.3 preview page on Apple Canada’s website, you can see that there’s an option...

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17:14
Apple patches iOS captive portal bug that let...

An iOS bug that allowed malicious agents to impersonate end users' identities by granting read/write access to website cookies was fixed with the release of iOS 9.2.1 on Tuesday, some two and a half years after it was first reported to Apple.

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16:34
Apple Engineers may be working on Delivering Next-...

Imagine using your car headlights to transmit data ... or surfing the web safely on a plane, tethered only by a line of sight. Inventor Harald Haas has been working on this for some time now.

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16:08
Apple updates Logic Pro X & MainStage 3 Mac apps...

Following its onslaught of music updates this morning, Apple this evening has rolled out updates to two more of its Mac audio apps. First is Logic Pro X, which has been bumped to version 10.2.1 with this evening’s update. Next is MainStage 3, which is now at version 3.2.3 thanks to its most recent update. Both apps have received a handful of new features, under-the-hood changes, and performance improvements with their respective updates.

Logic Pro X now supports a new multithreading threading feature that significantly improves performance when processing multiple live channels. Previewing Apple Loops and performing region edits is also much quicker. 30 plug-ins have also been updated and redesigned to support Retina displays and improve usability. There are a variety of other performance and usability enhancements, as...

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16:00
Why Apple Assembles in China

Arik Hesseldahl, writing for Recode on Donald Trump’s “we’re gonna get Apple to start building their damn computers and things in this country, instead of in other countries” campaign promise:

Any honest presidential candidate regardless of party should say
clearly and indeed proudly that America doesn’t want these jobs to
come back. Final assembly jobs are low-skilled, low-paying
occupations; no American would wish to support a family on what
the jobs would pay. Workers at China’s Foxconn, which
manufacturers the iPhone, make about $402 per month after three
months of on-the-job probation. Even at the lowest minimum wage in
the U.S. — $5.15 an hour in Wyoming — American workers can’t
beat that.

It’s not that simple. These jobs are certainly menial, but they’re not low-skill....

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15:53
Child Laborers Mine for Cobalt Used in Tech Gadgets


Amnesty International and African Resources Watch have issued a report alleging that the supply chains of major electronics companies -- including Apple, Sony and Samsung -- included cobalt mined by child laborers in Africa. The companies have failed to make basic checks to halt the practice, the report claims. The report traces the harvesting and sale of cobalt in the poverty-stricken Democratic Republic of Congo -- where children as young as seven work the mines -- for use in lithium-ion batteries that power smartphones and electric cars.

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15:52
DARPA wants to build wetware so we can mind control...

Hot damn, our Ghost in the Shell future is getting closer by the day. DARPA announced on Tuesday that it is interested in developing wetware -- implantable brain-machine interfaces (BMI) that will allow their users to control computers with their tho...

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15:29
New App Annie Report shows that Apple's App...

A new App Annie report notes that "Worldwide iOS revenue surged in part due to incredible gains in China, the United States and Japan ...

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15:15
iOS cookie theft bug allowed hackers to impersonate...


Apple has squashed a bug in its iOS operating system that made it possible for hackers to impersonate end users who connect to websites that use unencrypted authentication cookies.
The vulnerability was the result of a cookie store iOS shared between the Safari browser and a separate embedded browser used to negotiate "captive portals" that are displayed by many Wi-Fi networks when a user is first joining. Captive portals generally require people to authenticate themselves or agree to terms of service before they can gain access to the network.
According to a blog post published by Israeli security firm Skycure, the shared resource made it possible for hackers to create a booby-trapped captive portal and associate it with a Wi-Fi network. When someone with a vulnerable iPhone or iPad connected, it could steal virtually any HTTP cookie stored on the device...

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15:15
AWT News Update: January 20, 2016

Image via collectingtoys.blogspot.com

At the top of a short and sweet AWT News Update today:

  • More CarPlay-compatible cars and trucks are announced from three manufacturers
  • There's an Android kernel flaw that isn't like to be fixed on over 66% of Android devices - time to switch to iOS, folks!

Text version of the podcast is below, and video can be viewed here if you're a masochist.

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is a short and sweet AWT News Update for January 20, 2016....

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15:04
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Since 2013, Nielsen leverages Twitter chatter to gauge how popular a television show is on the web. Starting in a few months, those social ratings will include Facebook. Neilsen's new Social Content Ratings will replace its Twitter TV Ratings to trac...

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Apple profiles Adele producer Greg Kurstin to...

Persisting with the day's music theme, Apple on Wednesday posted a new promotional profile on its website for Logic Pro X, concentrating on Adele producer Greg Kurstin.

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Apple increases iOS App Store revenue lead, now...

Despite a huge jump in Android app downloads from Google Play fueled by the company's expansion into developing markets, Apple's iOS App Store continues to bring in more money and has actually increased its lead in profitability over Android's official store.

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14:40
Top Tech Companies Take their Battle over Encryption...

A new report this afternoon states that tensions are now rising between governments and big U.S. technology companies over widening surveillance demands, part of a broader debate over how to reconcile online privacy with the fight against terrorism. The battle resurfaced today at the World Economic Forum ....

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14:36
Learn absolutely nothing from watching T-Pain use...

Is this really one of Apple’s official spokespeople for GarageBand? That’s what The Verge says in this T-Painful tutorial that teaches us next to nothing about today’s Garageband update. An update that by the way actually introduces some interesting new features for users of the audio production suite Apple bundles with its iOS devices and Macs.
T-Pain says he’s using GarageBand for his latest recordings, which is notable considering the app is known as an amateur version of Apple’s professional Logic Pro audio suite....

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14:31
Oculus founder must face lawsuit over use of...

Oculus founder Palmer Luckey isn't going to escape that lawsuit over the alleged misuse of confidential data. A judge has ruled that Luckey has to face the core claim, which accuses him of breaching a contract with his former employer (Total Recall T...

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14:13
Apple rolls out Logic Pro X 10.2.1

Apple has updated Logic Pro X — its Mac OS X software for professional songwriting, editing, and mixing — to version 10.2.1. According to Apple, the upgrade contains bug fixes and enhancements including:


  • New multi-threading feature improves performance when processing multiple live channels;
  • Faster playback responsiveness when previewing Apple Loops and performing region edits;
  • Flex Pitch editing can be performed within the Tracks area using a Piano Roll interface;
  • A collection of 30 plug-ins have been redesigned to add Retina support and improve usability;
  • Numerous improvements to Alchemy including Apple Loops support and 11 new spectral effects
  • Improved reliability when downloading additional content;
  • Additional content can be downloaded directly from the Sound Library and Apple Loops browsers;
  • Drum Machine...
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14:10
Take your teamwork to the next level anywhere,...

Join us for a Microsoft Immersion Experience session from the comfort of your own office. An immersion experience is a facilitated, hands-on session to “experience the possible” by test-driving Microsoft solutions through simulated everyday business scenarios.
We send you a link to connect your own device to a remote desktop loaded with our latest and greatest technology so you can experience first-hand how Microsoft tools can solve your biggest challenges. These interactive, hands-on, 90-minute sessions are guided by a skilled facilitator and customized to your interests.
Each session is only open to 20 participants—so reserve your seat now. Sessions fill quickly. If you would like to receive advanced notification of upcoming sessions, please email cieon@microsoft.com.
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14:10
Scientists tie quantum materials into infinite knots

As if quantum physics isn't knotty enough, scientists have now figured how to tie quantum materials into literal knots. A team from Finland's Aalto University, in collaboration with Amherst College, made a very fancy sailor's hitch with a quantum gas...

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14:08
Logic Pro X updated to version 10.2.1

Apple has updated Logic Pro X, its pro level music software for Mac OS X, to version 10.2.1. According to Apple, the upgrade contains fixes and enhancements including:
° New multi-threading feature improves performance when processing multiple live channels;
° Faster playback responsiveness when previewing Apple Loops and performing region edits;
° Flex Pitch editing can be performed within the Tracks area using a Piano Roll interface;
° A collection of 30 plug-ins have been redesigned to add Retina support and improve usability;
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13:55
Kickstarter explains why the Zano drone project went...

If you were left wondering how the team behind the Zano mini drone could raise so much crowdfunding cash only to crash and burn within the space of a year, you're not alone. Kickstarter commissioned journalist Mark Harris to find out what went wrong,...

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13:51
Notable apps and app updates for Jan. 20, 2016

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

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

BestiPhoneCleaner has introduced iPhone Cleaner for Mac, an utility designed specifically to keep iOS devices clean. Smartphones can store different unnecessary data, such as cookies and remnants of applications. 

This is where iPhone Cleaner for Mac comes in. It’s free, and can be downloaded from BestiPhoneCleaner online.

AppleMacSoft has announced DRM Converter 4.9.1 for Mac OS X. It’s an update of the software designed to help users legally remove DRM from protected M4P, M4B, AAC, AA, AAX, and more DRM-protected music...

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13:30
Eight top-secret aircraft that definitely aren'...

Since its establishment in 1955, the Groom Lake airfield at Edwards Air Force Base—better known as Area 51—has hosted the development of some of the most exotic and advanced aircraft the world has ever seen. These so-called black projects...

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13:27
6 Ways To Cloud Nirvana Article On IT Business Edge

I have another article up on the world webs. This one is on cloud use in small businesses, with IT Business Edge. Check it out at http://www.itbusinessedge.com/slideshows/6-ways-small-businesses-can-master-the-cloud-in-2016-08.html.

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13:15
Samson Meteor M2 Speaker System brings retro chic...

We review a lot of wireless speakers here at Apple World Today, so today's going to be something a bit different. The Samson Meteor M2 Speaker System (US$72.95 via Amazon, affiliate link) is a wired system that delivers loud and clear sound when connected to your Mac or any other sound source.

Design

The look of the Meteor M2 speakers can only be described as "retro chic", as the speakers have that "grilled" look of old microphones. The speakers are a matched stereo set, each with a 2.5 inch driver and a rear-ported passive radiator. An included 3.5mm male to male cable connects the right speaker to the headphone port on your device (Mac or iOS), while another cable connects the right and left speakers. An AC adapter "brick" is included to power the speakers.

The right speaker has a blue LED on the front of it to let you know when the speaker power has been turned...

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13:13
The world's largest prime number has 22 million...

A computer at the University of Central Missouri has calculated the world's largest prime number, coming in at 22,338,618 digits and surpassing the previous record by nearly 5 million digits. Prime numbers are an important component in computer encry...

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13:07
Apple updates Logic Remote with new iPhone and iPad...

Continuing a string of music-related updates, Apple on Wednesday released a new version of Logic Remote, upgrading the app with support for the iPhone and the iPad Pro.

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13:00
New Chegg/USA Today Student Poll Numbers Give...

It's generally understood that Apple's future rests in making sure its premium-priced products keep, or regain, their status as a must-have purchase for a younger generation in the U.S. and internationally. It's equally understood that Apple's iPhone ...

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