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Friday June 10

06:02
Rumor: Apple to deliver iMessage to Android at WWDC

iMessage to Android? I would welcome that development.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:02
Lenovo's Super High-End Project Tango...

Google's smartphone concept called Project Tango has taken forever to get off the ground, primarily due to Apple acquiring PrimeSense that was to deliver a key technology for their 3D camera. After a long delay Lenovo will be the first to deliver a Project Tango based smartphone this September, likely prior to the release of Apple's iPhone 7.

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06:01
Rumor: Apple’s iMessage coming to the Android...

MacDailyNews reports Apple will announce iMessage for Android at Monday's Worldwide Developer Conference keynote event, reports MacDailyNews, citing unnamed “sources.” Currently, the instant messenger service is only available for iOS and OS X devices. 

iMessage lets you send texts, documents, photos, videos, contact information, and group messages over Wi-Fi, mobile phone Internet access, or other forms of Internet access to other iOS or OS X. It offers an alternative to standard SMS/MMS messaging.

Apple is increasingly focused on services which means opening up certain avenues beyond its own iOS and OS X platforms, according to MacDailyMews. For example, Apple has added person-to-person Apple Pay payments via Messages andreleased Apple Music for Android last November.

Chances that this rumor is true (IMHO): 60%. It would make sense for Apple to expand...

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06:00
Woman Uses 'Hey Siri' To Call An Ambulance...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Networkworld: When Apple released the iPhone 6s, it included a great new Siri feature which enables users to activate the intelligent assistant via voice. Dubbed 'Hey Siri,' the feature is particularly convenient because the iPhone 6s' M9 motion co-processor is 'always listening' and thereby lets users use 'Hey Siri' even when the device isn't connected to a power source. Recently, Stacey Gleeson of Australia used the 'Hey Siri' feature to successfully call an ambulance while she was tending to her daughter Giana who had stopped breathing. "I picked her up and sat down with her on the floor," Gleeson said in an interview. "And as I checked her airways, I looked over and remembered my phone." Thinking quick on her feet, Gleeson said, "Hey Siri, call the ambulance." Fortunately, Gleeson managed to resuscitate her daughter while the ambulance was in route. And while it's impossible to know for sure, it's entirely possible that the time Gleeson...

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05:58
A look back at the first iPhone rumor that ever was

This is a solid bit of history, rumor of a new device from Apple called an iPhone, published by the New York Times back in 1992.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:50
Rumor: iPhone 7 to be available in a dark blue model

According to the Japanese website Mac Otakara —as noted by AppleInsider — a Chinese supplier says the upcoming iPhone 7 will be available in dark blue, silver, gold and rose gold options. 

The article also says it’s "highly likely" that the space grey option will be no more. Finally, Mac Otakara says the iPhone 7 will use the same LCD glass as Apple’s current smartphones. 

Chances that this rumor is true (IMHO): 50%. I can see Apple adding a dark blue color, but I don’t think the company will ditch the popular space grey hue.

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05:43
Now you can post 360-degree photos on Facebook...

It wasn’t that long ago when creating 360-degree photos that you could share with others online required special camera kit, and you had to post them on websites that supported the feature. It’s since got much easier, and as of the latest update to the iOS Facebook app, you don’t need anything more than your iPhone and the stock camera app.

Simply take a panorama with your phone […] and then post it on Facebook as you would a normal photo. From there, we’ll convert it to an immersive 360 photo that people can explore, similar to how people experience 360 videos on Facebook … 

more…Filed under: Apps Tagged: 360-degree photos, Camera,...

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05:35
iOS 10, macOS, MacBook Pro: AppleInsider podcast...

This week, the AppleInsider podcast discusses the latest in WWDC rumors, including new MacBook Pros, what to expect from new versions of iOS and OS X, the next watchOS and the future of the Apple Watch, and much more.

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05:00
HPE Wants Open Source Devs to Kick The Machine Into...


Hewlett Packard Enterprise on Tuesday announced it was open-sourcing The Machine to spur development of the infant computer design project. HPE has invited the open source community to collaborate on its largest and most notable research project yet. The Machine focuses on reinventing the architecture underlying all computers built in the past 60 years. The new design model switches to a memory-driven computing architecture. The new design model switches to a memory-driven computing architecture. Bringing in open source developers early in the software development cycle will familiarize them with the fundamental shift.

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04:58
As Apple moves into the energy business, it gets...

While solar panels and wind turbines are the two best-known methods of generating renewable energy, they aren’t the only approaches. The day after we learned that Apple has become a power company, we hear that it has just been given the go-ahead to employ a particularly cool method.
Landfill gas utilization traps the methane gas given off from landfill sites and either converts it into pipeline-grade gas or uses it to generate electricity. It’s doubly environmentally friendly, generating power from waste but also preventing the release of methane – a greenhouse gas – into the atmosphere …
more…Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple Energy,...

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04:56
External Link: Big Changes Coming to the App Store

Apple has informed select journalists of major changes coming to the App Store. Daring Fireball’s John Gruber summarized the changes as: shorter app review times, subscription-based pricing for all apps, and better app discovery. To make apps easier to find, Apple is promising a smarter Featured tab that omits installed apps, the return of the Categories tab, and paid search ads. Some of these changes may prove controversial, but it’s good to see Apple at least making an effort to improve the App Store experience. No mention was made of demo versions or paid upgrades for non-subscription apps, but since the new app subscriptions will have trial periods, it’s possible that Apple thinks the upcoming changes will suffice. 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...

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04:46
CapTech: America does digital better

Businesses that want to win, serve, and retain customers on digital platforms are increasingly turning to American IT firms who can get them to market faster with more effective customer engagement solutions than offshore providers, according to a new CapTech study (www.captechconsulting.com).
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04:30
ADATA’s i-Memory Flash Drive is a good idea, but not...

The ADATA i-Memory Flash Drive combines Apple-certified Lightning and USB connectivity, which makes it a breeze to move files from your Mac to your iOS device. It also supports Live Photos and Apple AirPlay audio and video content with Apple TV compatibility. If only there weren’t some substantial drawbacks to the drive.

The plug and play i-Memory Flash Drive supports Lightning and USB with a bi-directional design. According to the folks at ADATA, it’s “officially” compatible with the iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPhone 6/6 Plus,iPhone 5S, iPhone5C, iPhone 5, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad (4th generation), iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation). It also worked with my iPad Pro — at least up to a point.

The basic concept behind the i-Memory Flash Drive is sound. However, I had to remove the cases from both my iPhone 6s Plus and my 12.9-inch iPad Pro to plug the drive in. 

Once I...

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04:23
Apple clarifies deal on subscription apps: no free...

Apple’s announcement that developers will be able to keep 85% of subscription revenue after the first year seemed to leave some questions unanswered. In particular, Phil Schiller’s examples appeared to contradict descriptions on Apple’s own website.
more…Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apps, developers, iOS, Subscription apps ...

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04:05
Kool Tools: Due Dopp Kit

Looking for a gift for Father’s Day? The new $79 WaterField Designs Duo Dopp Kit (http://tinyurl.com/jzldppa), designed for daily or travel use, will delight dads looking to organize grooming items or tech gear.
It’s a great two-compartment case for organizing gear. There are dozens of different ways you can make it work for you. It’s deep enough to hold grooming items or even tech gear, and soft enough to compress so it packs neatly into your luggage; it’s an ideal travel companion.
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04:00
Mail Designer 3.0 for OS X improves an already good...

If you need to design more than your run-of-the-mill emails and newsletters, Mail Designer Pro from equinux needs to be in your software arsenal. It’s gotten even better with the just-released version 3.0.

Compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 and later, Mail Designer Pro allows you to create eye-catching emails — including HTML emails — quickly and easily without knowing anything about HTML coding. With version 3.0, it adds support for Retina displays.

Version 3.0 packs more than 70 new ready-to-use design ideas that include full surface background art. You can choose from 500+ web fonts with all available font weights, as well as automatic and individual suggested font-fallbacks.

Mail Designer plays nice with other Apple apps. You can design your own multi-column newsletters using drag and drop, then send them via the OS X Mail app. You can add photos and pictures from a variety of sources, such as the El Capitan...

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03:59
New Apple Store shirts may have helped thieves pose...

Thieves dressed as Apple Store staff have stolen a total of $66,000’s worth of iPhones in two separate thefts at retail stores in New York. Apple’s Upper West Side store was targeted back in March, when 67 iPhones worth almost $50k were stolen, followed by the theft of 19 phones worth $16k from the SoHo store last week.
Police now believe that the same thieves may be responsible for both. The criminals seemed to have done their research well, notes Gizmodo
more…Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple Store,...

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03:12
'Bluetooth 5' to be Announced Next Week,...

Bluetooth 5, the next generation of Bluetooth standard, will be formally announced next week, offering double the range and quadruple the speed of the current low-energy wireless protocol.

Executive director of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, Mark Powell, revealed the news in a published email sent to UK health and monitoring company Blue Maestro. The Bluetooth SIG, which is backed by Apple, Intel, and other major technology companies, will officially make the announcement on June 16 in London.

The standard's adoption of the title "Bluetooth 5" drops reference to both the version and point number, indicating both a significant revision of the protocol and an effort by SIG to simplify its marketing strategy.

The new standard is also said to offer significantly wider support for smart home devices and enhanced Internet...

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02:00
Daily Deal: Acesori 5-Piece Smartphone Camera Lens...

The most popular camera in the world at the present time is the iPhone. Yes, if you take all of the various models of iPhone and look at the total number of photos uploaded by them to services like Flickr, they're way out in front of every other type of camera. But sometimes that single little lens on the back of the iPhone just isn't what you need to take the creative photo you're looking for. That's where the Acesori 5-piece Smartphone Camera Lens Kit comes in handy, and we have it for just $9.99 in the Apple World Today Deals Shop.  

This is just a fraction of what you'd pay for some competing lens kits, and...

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Wednesday June 8

14:30
The Week in iOS Accessories: Take it to the kitchen

Kitchen confidentialThis week’s roundup includes a device that lets you prepare your meal while keeping an eye on your iPad. Read on!CTA DigitalIf you like to take your tablet into the kitchen, the $25 Bamboo iPad Cutting Board ($25 MSRP, available for $11.11 on Amazon) is a nifty accessory: It includes a slot for displaying your iPad, a transparent screen shield to keep food from splattering onto the display, and side storage for up to eight knives. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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04:47
WWDC wish list: Improvements to services like iCloud...

Services with a smileImage by ThinkstockThere’s a good reason why Apple has devoted more and more WWDC keynote time to streaming apps and subscriptions. From Apple Music to iCloud Drive and the App Store, services are rapidly becoming one of the most exciting elements of Apple’s sizable catalogue, and with some serious pressure being applied by the likes of Google and Amazon, a healthy amount of WWDC stage time will almost certainly be devoted to Apple’s burgeoning services strategy.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:42
Podcast 511: WWDC predictions, Apple TV love, and...

We’re just days away from the WWDC 2016 keynote, and it’s time to talk (and talk, and talk) about what might be announced, what probably won’t be announced, and what we really want Apple to announce, however unlikely. Be sure to join us for the live blog Monday morning—the keynote starts at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern.
Elsewhere, Glenn made a Mac 911 FAQ because it turns out about half the questions he gets are the same handful of questions. We’re both loving the Apple TV more than ever, as articulated by Jason Snell in a recent column. Instagram is finally using the real iOS Share sheet, so we also pause to praise how great the Share sheet is at linking up apps. Then speaking of awesome apps, Glenn has written two books about Slack, which is one of those apps it’s easy to love but so powerful that it’s hard to take full advantage of. Oh, and speaking of taking advantage, T-Mobile wants you to eat Domino’s every Tuesday forever—for free....

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11:59
Apple SVP Phil Schiller: Huge iOS App Store changes...

Apple’s App Store problems are well-documented. It’s difficult to find apps, even when searching for them by name, and it’s tough for developers to stand out from the millions of other apps in the store. At next week’s Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple will officially announce its overhauled App Store.
Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, spilled the beans on those changes in a Wednesday interviews with The Verge and Daring Fireball. First, a new App Store subscription model will reward developers who can keep paying customers around for longer than a year. Apple will slice its cut of their subscriptions to 15 percent from the standard 30 percent after the first year. The company is planning to encourage all developers to explore the subscription model—and...

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21:39
DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.8.11

Brings a revised view/edit pane to all editions and an improved OCR metadata entry panel to the Pro Office edition. (All updates are free. DEVONthink Pro Office, $149.95 new; DEVONthink Professional, $79.95 new; DEVONthink Personal, $49.95 new; DEVONnote, $24.95 new) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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19:12
App Store Subscription Uncertainty

From Lauren Goode’s interview with Phil Schiller for The Verge, specifically regarding the new 85/15 revenue split after the first year of a subscription (italic emphasis mine):

But Schiller insisted that it wasn’t any kind of “Apple tax”
backlash or companies encouraging users to go to their own
websites that drove Apple’s new subscription model: “It wasn’t
done from a negative like that,” he says. When I asked about this,
he stresses that it was “absolutely done because we recognize that
developers do a lot of work to retain a customer over time in a
subscription model, and we wanted to reward them for that by
helping them to keep more of the revenue.” Apple can help drive
customers to the original download, Schiller argues, but only the
developer can keep the customer over time and “we want to incent...

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19:10
DOJ urges Supreme Court to return Apple vs. Samsung...

The Justice Department on Wednesday filed an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Apple's appellate court win over Samsung in a nearly five-year-old patent dispute, a decision that would inevitably lead to a new round of litigation.

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18:29
DOJ asks the Supreme Court to return the Apple vs....

The U.S. Department of Justice has asked the Supreme Court to overturn an appeals court ruling that had favored Apple over Samsung in smartphone patent litigation, and asked that it return the case to the trial court for more litigation, reports Reuters, that’s exactly what has happened.

Samsung had appealed a federal appeals court ruling to the Supreme Court, which agreed to hear the case. The Justice Department submitted its view in an amicus brief Wednesday. 

Earlier this year, Samsung agreed to pay Apple $548 million for the five-years-and-counting-legal brouhaha over patent infringement — with some stipulations. However, the company then went to the U.S. Supreme Court “in a last-ditch effort to pare back” the damages it must pay Apple for infringing the patents and designs of the iPhone.

In its petition to the high court, Samsung said it should not have...

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18:09
DOJ asks Supreme Court to send Samsung vs Apple case...

In what feels like a never-ending patent battle, the Department of Justice today filed an amicus brief regarding the ongoing case between Apple and Samsung. Back in December, it was announced that Apple and Samsung had reached a $548 million settlement, but shortly after that Samsung asked that Supreme Court hear an appeal of its case, saying that the lower courts misapplied the design patent law. Apple then asked the Supreme Court not to hear the appeal and argued that the case was closed, but in March the Supreme Court agreed to hear Samsung’s appeal over the case.
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18:05
More evidence of 'macOS' rebranding...

In another subtle hint that Apple plans to rebrand its desktop operating system "macOS," the company on Wednesday published a support document containing reference to the new naming convention alongside software pillars iOS, tvOS and watchOS.

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17:05
Google's AI 'TensorFlow' Software Is...

An anonymous reader writes: Google published an early version of TensorFlow that adds support for iOS. TensorFlow is "neural network" software that lets computers process data in a way similar to our own brain cells. Google CEO Sundar Pichai recently said it advances machine learning capability by a factor of three generations. With the software running on your iPhone, its capabilities will allow for more sophisticated apps to run on iOS. We can expect the apps to be released later this year and into next year from Google and others who use TensorFlow. Some of the tasks TensorFlow can allow for include being able to recognize subjects in photographs or being able to teach your phone what a particular object looks like, which is what another neural network software project called MemKite aims to do. Google has released its TensorFlow software as open source, where anyone can use or modify it for free.
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16:42
Latest hint at ‘macOS’ rebranding of OS X appears in...

[UPDATE: Apple has changed the webpage to say Mac OS X, not macOS.]
It’s widely expected at this point that Apple will rebrand Mac OS X to simply ‘macOS’ next week at WWDC, but hidden in today’s announcements regarding the App Store was yet another hint at the change. In a FAQ from on the iTunes Connect website, Apple mistakenly refers to Mac OS X as ‘macOS,’ again prematurely hinting at the change.
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16:40
Apple Again References 'MacOS', This Time...

Because iOS, watchOS, and tvOS all share a common naming scheme, there's been some speculation that OS X, the operating system for Macs, could see a name change to "MacOS" at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference.

Earlier this year, Apple referenced "MacOS" in an environmental website update, and today the company has made the same gaffe on a developer FAQ page outlining new App Store revenue sharing policies, again raising the question of whether a name change is on the horizon.

In a section on when the new revenue split goes into effect, Apple references the types of apps that are eligible, listing iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS.

Unlike the...

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16:19
Using Google Motion Stills

Everyone seems to really like this new app, although Dave Caolo did have some trouble with the GIF.∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:09
Samsung Wins a Design Patent for a Desktop Display...

Yesterday the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Samsung a design patent for a desktop or TV display stand that appears to be based on magnetics. The design will also allow the display to fold into a position that could accommodate a virtual multitouch keyboard and or an S-Pen for drawing. In October 2014, Apple's Senior VP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi ...

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15:55
Google to ape Apple's 'Subscriptions 2.0...

After Apple announced an upcoming change to its App Store revenue sharing policies that will net developers a larger cut for customers who maintain a subscription for more than one year, a report now says Google plans to offer identical terms -- minus the probationary period.

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15:35
Snowden and the NSA Gets Curiouser and Curiouser


Edward Snowden made a greater effort than originally believed to raise his concerns within the NSA before releasing thousands of classified documents detailing programs that allowed the agency to spy on U.S. citizens. The truth is more complex than the NSA let on, according to a report based on documents secured through two years of Freedom of Information Act litigation. In the aftermath of Snowden's release of a cache of stolen NSA documents, he claimed that he had exhausted all official avenues available to him before going public.

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15:08
Gartner: The Top Ten Features Coming to Smartphones...

Gartner has published a new report today covering the top ten features for 2016 and 2017 that smartphones are likely to have. The smartphone market is getting more complex and dynamic...

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14:50
Tim Cook climbs to #8 on list of highest rated CEOs...

Earlier this week, Apple continued to climb the Fortune 500 ranking to 3rd, and now Glassdoor’s annual CEO ratings have been released with Tim Cook moving towards the top. Last year, Cook barely cracked the top 10 and was ranked 10th, but this year he’s moved up to 8th.
more…Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple, Tim Cook ...

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14:44
Withings' Body Cardio scale delivers at-home...

Withings on Wednesday launched a fourth-generation Wi-Fi connected scale called Body Cardio, offering users access to cutting edge cardiovascular health measurements formerly restricted to clinical settings, and other key health metrics, right on their iPhone.

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14:20
Belkin releases USB-C Car Charger with USB-PD...


This could be interesting.
Accessory maker Belkin has launched what it claims to be the first USB-C car charger to support USB-PD (power delivery), dubbed the “USB-C Car Charger + Cable”. While there are already multiple USB-C car chargers on the market, generally priced around $10 to $15, that also support quick-charging features of advanced USB-C devices, Belkin’s device supports not only 5V (the traditional max voltage of USB), but 9V over USB-C thanks to its implementation of the new USB-PD spec.

This, in turn, makes it better suited for charging some notebooks and tablets.

Oddly enough, Belkin doesn’t claim an ability to charge a MacBook in its press release, though it does tout “faster or higher power outputs” for charging a Chromebook Pixel, Pixel C, or an iPad Pro 12...

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14:20
Slashdot Asks: Is the App Boom Over?

Quartz did a story in 2014 in which, citing comScore's data, it noted that most smartphones users download zero apps per month. Two years later, the data from Nomura reveals that the top 15 app publishers saw downloads drop an average of 20% in the United States. While there are exceptions -- Uber and Snapchat continue to attract new users worldwide -- it appears that developers are finding it increasingly difficult to get new people to download and try their apps. Recode reports: But now even the very biggest app publishers are seeing their growth slow down or stop altogether. Most people have all the apps they want and/or need. They're not looking for new ones.What's your take on this?

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13:52
In Q1 2016, Apple Led the Detachables Market in the...

In February Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's iPad Pro was surprisingly the Top 'Detachable' Sold in Q4 2015." Now a new report tells us that the U.K. became the largest detachable market in Western Europe in the first quarter of 2016 ...

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13:07
New US guidelines on self-driving cars coming in...

The U.S. Department of Transportation will reportedly be laying out new guidelines on self-driving cars in July, hoping to improve the speed with which companies like Apple and Google can deploy their technology.

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12:51
Uber faces fraud allegations

Uber must hand over documents to a New York judge probing whether private investigators hired by the ride-hailing company fraudulently sought information about its opponents in an antitrust case, according to a court ruling on Tuesday.uh-oh.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:30
Apple Set to Introduce a Major App Store Shakeup...

Earlier today we posted a report titled "It was Apple's Second Generation iPhone that Actually Changed the Mobile World Forever." The reason Apple's iPhone 3G changed the world is because it introduced the App Store. Some 20 years since that dream and Apple is about to take their humble App Store and take it to the next-level.

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12:20
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12:14
iOS, “MacOS,” MacBook Pros, and all the other WWDC...

Enlarge / WWDC time. (credit: Apple)


Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off on Monday, and it all begins at 10am Pacific at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. While the bulk of the actual developer sessions will be happening at the nearby Moscone Center, Apple has moved the opening-day keynote to a larger venue to make room for more attendees.
Even given the iPhone announcements in the fall, WWDC is usually Apple's biggest event of the year, the one where we see the direction in which Apple's increasingly unified platform is moving for the next 12 months. We already know that we'll be getting our first looks at new versions of iOS, OS X, watchOS, and tvOS,...

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12:10
Hands-On With Feld & Volk's Custom $5000+...

Luxury device manufacturer Feld & Volk is known for ripping the internals out of iPhones and building new enclosures for them from a range of high-quality materials, and now the company is doing the same thing with the Apple Watch.

Feld & Volk extracted the components of the Apple Watch and built a unique carbon fiber Apple Watch body from the ground up, for a line of Apple Watches unlike anything Apple is able to offer. Ahead of the launch of its new carbon fiber Apple Watch, Feld & Volk invited us to take a closer look at the device, so MacRumors videographer Matt did a hands-on video to show off its construction and build quality.

As can be seen in the video, the carbon fiber enclosure of the Apple Watch has been built with precision, incorporating a custom carbon fiber side button in addition to...

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06:48
Ericsson survey finds one-fourth of wearable users...

One-fourth of new users of smartwatches and other wearables say their devices failed to meet their expectations, according to a survey by communications technology company Ericsson.
Also, about 10% of all users of wearables have abandoned their devices, one-third of them within two weeks of purchase, according to the survey released today.   The online survey was conducted with 5,000 smartphone users ages 15 to 65, in the U.S. and four other countries in March. Half of the the respondents were owners of wearable devices.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:00
UberPool guarantees you'll arrive on time or...

Uber’s come up with a new trick to encourage more people to use its carpooling option, UberPool. The ride-hailing company will now guarantee you’ll get to your destination by a certain time (or earlier). If you don’t, you’ll get $2 off your next UberPool trip.
The new “Arrive by” feature is currently being tested in Los Angeles; Uber says “Arrive by” will roll out to more locations soon. UberPool is currently available in 13 cities in the United States including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington DC.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:00
Intel's Unite meeting tech comes to the iPad,...

Intel's providing fewer excuses to miss meetings by bringing support for its Unite meeting room technology to iPads, and later, to Chromebooks.

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09:08
This custom-built case lets Android run on an iPhone...

If there are two things that seemingly never should go together, it’s Android and the iPhone.That mystical threshold has been crossed, however, thanks to the magic of 3D printing and some innovative engineering work. 

The dark sorcery was performed by Nick Lee of Tendigi, a mobile design and development studio. He 3D-printed a custom case that, when paired with an app he built, runs Android on an iPhone.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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09:21
Apple Pay rival CurrentC ends beta test, may finally...

The CurrentC death watch continues: After a round of layoffs last month, the group of retailers backing a proprietary mobile payment system is ending a trial run of its app in Columbus, Ohio and will be shutting down user accounts at the end of June.The Consumerist reported that the Merchant Consumer Exchange, a consortium of companies that signed on to back the CurrentC app, isn’t exactly folding. But CurrentC users won’t be able to use the app anymore, and there are no plans to expand the service nationwide.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:12
Snapchat's Discover feature gets magazine-style...

A fresh Snapchat redesign makes is significantly easier for you to browse for videos and images from the increasing number of publishers that are competing for your attention.In an update to both the iPhone and Android versions, you’ll see several changes designed to make browsing for news and other updates more pleasant. When you swipe over to the Discover tab, you’ll see magazine cover-style spreads for different media outlets.
The new Discover tab and Stories section no longer rely on a grid of bubbles and logos.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:55
Office will be big at Microsoft Ignite—see the full...

The Microsoft Ignite session catalog is now live—with more than 440 sessions to choose from, including 120+ sessions on Office topics. Whether you want in-depth strategy, hands-on labs, overviews, deep dives, expert Q&As or a mix of everything, you’ll find it all there. Start exploring now so you can get the most out of your time in Atlanta.
Here’s a sample of the Office topics you’ll find:
Peer behind the curtain—how Microsoft runs Exchange Online
For 75 minutes, you’ll put on a virtual Microsoft blue badge and enter the world of Exchange Online operations. See how it’s done with a rare look behind the scenes of one of the world’s biggest email service providers.
Find similar sessions using the tags: Automation, High...

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11:53
Apple is making big changes to the App Store under...

Enlarge / Apple is bringing search ads and other major changes to the App Store over the next few months. (credit: Apple)

We're a few days out from the WWDC keynote, but Apple is already making some announcements. Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller was put in charge of the App Store back in December, and today he sat down with The Loop's Jim Dalrymple to detail his first major changes to the App Store.
The single biggest difference is...

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11:26
Apple employees raise Tim Cook to 8th place in...

An anonymous poll of employees at Apple has given Chief Executive Tim Cook a 96 percent approval rating, ranking him No. 8 among U.S. companies surveyed for Glassdoor's annual Employees' Choice Awards.

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11:13
The New App Store: Subscription Pricing, Faster...

“We’re doing something a little different this year. We’ve got a bunch of App Store/developer-related announcements for WWDC next week, but frankly, we’ve got a busy enough keynote that we decided we’re not going to cover those in the keynote. And rather, just cover them in the afternoon and throughout the week. We’re talking to people today for news tomorrow about those things, in advance of WWDC, and then developers can come and be ready for sessions about these things, with knowledge about them before the conference. We haven’t done this before, but we figured, what the heck, let’s give it a try.”

So started my phone call with Phil Schiller yesterday.1 Doing something a little different, indeed.

These changes and improvements to the App Store — or App Stores, if you prefer, because they all apply to iOS (and thus WatchOS), Mac OS X, and tvOS — are no little things. These changes fundamentally...

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11:10
New Samsung Fitness Trackers Have Music Built-In


Samsung last week unveiled its Gear Fit2 fitness band and Gear IconX earbud set. The Gear Fit2 will be available for $180 this Friday at major retailers. The IconX will hit shelves later this year. The Gear Fit2 has a built-in GPS and a heart rate monitor. The Gear IconX is a pair of Bluetooth earbuds that can track fitness information and provide users with feedback on their exercise performance.
Both offer access to music -- the Gear Fit2 has a standalone music player while the IconX earbuds have internal storage for up to 1,000 MP3s.

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11:06
Rumor: Apple to unveil updated MacBook Air, MacBook...

Rumors have come down the pipe from assorted suppliers that Apple may announce updated MacBook Air notebooks this month as opposed the August. The rumor also states that Apple might refresh its entire MacBook line earlier than expected,
The report, citing “a reliable Chinese supplier,” mentions earlier rumors that Apple will discontinue the smaller 11-inch MacBook Air to focus on 13-inch and all-new 15-inch models. All of the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models are expected to be equipped with Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports, while USB-A, MagSafe 2, and Thunderbolt 2 ports found on existing models will allegedly be removed.

It’s unclear whether Apple plans to announce the updated MacBook Air and MacBook Pro notebooks at WWDC 2016, especially when assorted sources have...

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11:00
Apple To Offer iOS Developers 85-15 Revenue Split;...

Apple says it will now take a smaller cut of commission from app developers provided they have customers who stick with their subscription model for longer than a year. Phil Schiller, Apple's Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, told The Verge in an interview that the company will revise the 70-30 split for such developers to 85-15. In addition, the company will also begin showing search ads for apps in its iOS App Store search results. Also, the company says it is speeding up app review times "to the point where 50 percent of submitted apps are now reviewed in 24 hours, and 90 percent are reviewed within 48 hours." From the report: If the new subscription model becomes widely adopted, it will represent a fundamental shift in the economics of the App Store. Developers will be incentivized to sell their apps for a recurring fee instead of a one-time cost. It could change the way consumers pay for certain apps, but it also presents a massive opportunity for developers, many...

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10:26
MCX to end CurrentC beta, disable all user accounts

Put a fork in CurrentC, it might just be done.
Following layoffs of 30 employees in May, the Merchant Consortium Exchange, or MCX, announced today that it is ending its the ongoing CurrentC beta test and postponing all future releases. The beta test will be suspended on June 28th, according to an email sent to beta testers in Columbus, Ohio.
Following the conclusion of the beta test, MCX will disable all consumer accounts and end their access to the service. The company offered the following comment in an email sent to beta testers:
“We will be concluding our beta test and postponing further releases of CurrentC on June 28, 2016. Therefore, June 28th will be the last day that transactions will be accepted using CurrentC,”

MCX also posted a similar message on its web site...

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10:20
Apple announces it will offer App Store...

In the near future, Apple will be shifting to a new revenue sharing model for apps -- one that more heavily favors subscription services than one-time or in-app purchases, marketing head Phil Schiller revealed on Wednesday. The company also plans to begin allowing search ads in the App Store this fall.

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10:19
Apple Announces Major App Store Changes Including...

Apple's Phil Schiller recently sat down with several publications including The Loop and The Verge to detail some of the changes that are going to be made to the App Store under his reign, including major improvements to search, subscription access for all developers, App Store ads when searching for content, and some other smaller tweaks that should go a long way towards improving app discoverability.

Apple is...

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10:15
Coming Soon to the App Store

We’re introducing exciting new capabilities and tools designed to help grow your app’s business and engage with new and existing customers on the App Store.Search AdsSearch Ads is an efficient and easy way for you to promote your app directly within the U.S. App Store search results, helping customers discover or reengage with your app, while respecting their privacy. Starting this summer, you’ll be able to participate in the Search Ads beta and see the ads in action. Learn more about Search Ads.Subscription EnhancementsWe’re opening auto-renewable subscriptions to all app categories including games, increasing developer revenue for eligible subscriptions after one year, providing greater pricing flexibility, and more. Learn about what’s new in subscriptions.

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10:15
Coming Soon to the App Store

We’re introducing exciting new capabilities and tools designed to help grow your app’s business and engage with new and existing customers on the App Store.Search AdsSearch Ads is an efficient and easy way for you to promote your app directly within the U.S. App Store search results, helping customers discover or reengage with your app, while respecting their privacy. Starting this summer, you’ll be able to participate in the Search Ads beta and see the ads in action. Learn more about Search Ads.Subscription EnhancementsWe’re opening auto-renewable subscriptions to all app categories including games, increasing developer revenue for eligible subscriptions after one year, providing greater pricing flexibility, and more. Learn about what’s new in subscriptions.

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10:00
∞ Phil Schiller: Apple making major changes to the...

Not even six months after taking over the App Store, and just five days before the start of the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller sat down on Tuesday to discuss some major changes coming to the App Store this year. [...]

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09:36
Deals: 12-inch MacBook for $1,199; $70-$220 off...

Apple authorized reseller B&H is slashing the price of the standard 2016 12-inch MacBook to $1,199. Plus, save $150-$200 on 13-inch MacBook Pros or $70-$220 on Apple Watches. All come with free expedited shipping as well.

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09:22
Report insists Apple 'keeping options open...

Despite vocal denials by the company, Apple is still considering phasing out iTunes music downloads in favor of streaming services, a new report claims.

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09:07
Apple could face slower upgrade cycles as study...

A slower rate of technical improvements in the iPhone, coupled with new carrier financing plans phasing out two-year subsidies, have helped to change how frequently mobile customers upgrade their Apple handset, a new study has revealed.

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09:03
Updated MacBook Air and MacBook Pro With USB-C May...

Apple plans to announce new MacBook Air models within the month of June, and begin shipping the notebooks to retailers in August, according to Japanese website Mac Otakara. The conflicting report also claims that Apple will announce a refresh to its entire MacBook Pro series this month, although it did not specify when shipments of those models would begin.

The report, citing "a reliable Chinese supplier," mentions earlier rumors that Apple will discontinue the smaller 11-inch MacBook Air to focus on 13-inch and all-new 15-inch models, although it is unclear if Mac Otakara's source is independently corroborating them. All of the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models are expected to be equipped with...

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09:00
What’s new in Office 365 administration—May roundup

The new Office 365 admin center is nearly complete. This month, we added full support for mail-enabled security groups, the ability to create custom tiles and custom help desk information and email apps management. If you notice a feature that is still missing, please let us know using the feedback link at the bottom-right of the new admin center.
Over the last few weeks, we had the opportunity to demo the new admin center and the usage reporting dashboard at Cloud Roadshow events in Sydney, Seoul, The Hague and Milan. We love attending events like the Cloud Roadshow because they allow us to meet many of you in person and put faces to the names we know from the Office 365 Yammer Network or email conversations based on your admin center feedback. They also allow us to meet new customers, have in-depth conversations about business management requirements and receive even more feedback.
One comment we...

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09:00
Mindtree uses Office 365 to create digital...

Today’s post was written by Subramanyam Putrevu, chief information officer at Mindtree.
Mindtree delivers digital transformation and technology services from ideation to execution. Mindtree was founded in the digital age, so we have an innate understanding of the value of an agile, collaborative and mobile business culture. We take these values to heart, training our employees—whom we call Mindtree Minds—to embody our culture of expert thinking, unrelenting dedication and collaborative spirit as they partner with customers to solve business challenges. Mindtree Minds use the newest digital tools in Microsoft Office 365 to hone their expertise and business practices, giving our company a tremendous competitive advantage. As we stay ahead of trends in the productivity space—working collaboratively anytime and anywhere we need to, on any device—we are in a great position to help customers reap the benefits of digital transformation as well.
As we use Office 365 to...

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07:47
∞ An Apple Watch wrist experiment

In this experiment, you’ll move your Apple Watch from one wrist to another without it unlocking.

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07:46
The future of Apple Pay, and a wrist experiment

Jonny Evans, writing for Computerworld, weighs in with his predictions for the future of Apple Pay. One in particular struck me:Banks are developing cash machines with NFC support. I imagine these will demand both a biometric element and passcode in order to protect against theft, but one day you will inevitably be able to withdraw cash from any ATM anywhere just by waggling your Apple Watch above the machine.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:41
Report Insists Apple Will Eliminate iTunes Store...

New sources have come forth claiming that Apple is in fact aiming to phase out digital music downloads on iTunes, despite the fact that Apple rep Tom Neumayr specifically stated such rumors were "not true" in May.

Speaking with Digital Music News, the insiders said that Apple is simply "keeping their options open" while moving forward, intending to keep a watch on how Apple Music performs in comparison to the digital sales numbers in iTunes.

According to the sources, Apple might be gearing up for an iTunes revamp that would introduce software architecture with the ability for the company to "more easily drop iTunes music downloads" down the road. This would allow Apple to subtly shift the service towards the...

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07:23
An iOS app that teaches you how to program

Interested in learning how to program? Have some dead time, perhaps during a commute or visit to the DMV? Check out TapCoding, an iOS app that teaches you the fundamentals of Swift, all via taps on your iPhone.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:13
Eddie Cue, the Golden State Warriors, and the Valley...

NY Times:With Silicon Valley just a short Tesla drive away from Oracle Arena, Mr. Cue is far from the only techie losing his mind over the Warriors. The team is owned by a coalition of tech investors, and on any given night, you will find a passel of executives, venture capitalists and other assorted billionaires cheering from the sidelines.A very valley problem.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:12
Rumor: New MacBook Pros will be announced by Apple...

Apple is set to revamp its notebook lineup in the coming months, and could pre-announce a drastic change to its MacBook Pro hardware as soon as this month, a new rumor claims.

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07:01
The future of podcasting

Since its inception, podcasting has largely been an indie game. Though there are larger players in this space, almost all are independent companies. Ben Thompson digs into the current model, and the difficulties of making money with this model. He details a major threat to the independent podcast universe and offers some thoughts on alternatives.Good read.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:00
Gamevice iOS gaming controllers gain prime real...

Apple has once again chosen to spotlight a third-party product with prime shelf space at its retail stores, partnering with Gamevice to push sales of its lineup of iOS-compatible gaming controllers.

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06:53
It was Apple's Second Generation iPhone that...

When Apple's late CEO Steve Jobs launched the iPhone back in 2007 it was considered a real game changer in the mobile industry. Everyone who say that keynote knew this was revolutionary. Yet according to ...

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06:46
Apple's Taiwanese bonds come in higher than...

Apple actually did nearly 40 better than anticipated in its first Taiwanese bond sale, raising $1.38 billion, a report indicated on Wednesday.

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06:22
UberPOOL for iPhone adds estimated arrival time,...

iPhone users looking to save money on an Uber ride in L.A. can now view estimated arrival times for the company's UberPOOL option, and they'll even receive a $2 credit toward their next trip if the ETA is missed.

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06:00
ICYMI: Baggage bot, sea plastics become fashion and...

Today on In Case You Missed It: A baggage handling robot is being tested at the Geneva Airport to both carry your luggage and print out tags. Adidas made athletic shoes that are almost entirely recycled; with gill nets making up the stitching on t...

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05:54
New Survey Places Tim Cook as one of the Top 10 CEO...

Seven of the 10 most popular chief executives in America lead tech firms, including Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook Inc. and Tim Cook at Apple Inc.

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05:00
View System Information On An iOS Device

Under the hood on iOS is a hard place to get; especially without bricking or jailbreaking a device. There are a few tools that can provide insight into what’s on a device, and about the device, though. One is an app called SysSecInfo, available at https://www.sektioneins.de/en/blog/16-05-09-system-and-security-info.html.
Once installed, you’ll see how much CPU and memory are in use, and not in use, on your device.

Scroll down and tap on Process List to see a list of each process running on the device.

Tap Details towards the bottom of the screen to see more information about the OS build running on the device.
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05:00
Elevator takes your Mac laptop to new heights (well...

If the GhostStand — see my review here — doesn’t suit your fancy for a laptop stand, check out Griffin Technology’s elegant Elevator. It elevates your laptop 5.5 inches, which offers several advantages. 

For one, it opens up extra desktop real estate for a keyboard and mouse. It helps keep your laptop cool as the elevated computer has air circulating all around it. And it’s healthier for you.

How so? Healthycomputing.com, a source for office ergonomics, recommends positioning the top of your screen level with your eyes and sitting at least an arm's length from the screen. Both of these key ergonomic standards are made possible using Elevator with an external keyboard.

The Griffin stand is easy to assemble and showcases your laptop’s...

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04:40
Number of smart homes in Europe and North America...

According to a new research report from Berg Insight (www.berginsight.com), the number smart homes in Europe and North America reached 17.9 million in 2015.
North America is the world’s most advanced smart home market and the region had an installed base of 12.7 million smart homes at the end of the year, a 56% year-on-year growth. The strong market growth is expected to last for years to come, driving the number of smart homes in North America to 46.2 million by 2020, which corresponds to 35% of all households, according to Berg Insight.
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04:37
Apple's 2018 iPhone could launch with a UHD 4K...

When the news broke that Samsung had signed a deal with Apple for OLED displays for the 2017 iPhone, it somehow cemented the reality that Apple was actually making the leap to a display technology it once downplayed as inferior. Looking forward, the news today out of Korea is that Samsung demonstrated a 5.5 inch smartphone 4K OLED display ...

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04:37
Shattered Throne comes to the Mac

Checkmark Games has released Shattered Throne, its new fantasy strategy game onto Steam Early Access (http://store.steampowered.com/app/469710) for Mac, Windows, and Linux systems.
In the game you follow the story of the young prince as he leads his forces against dark forces that threaten to tear the realm apart. Brave knights turn on one another, while sylvan armies emerge from the wilds and necromantic magic commands forces of the dead. You test your tactics on the fields of battle. And you master both steel and magic to secure victory.

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04:35
Web4GUI released for OS X

Stunnix (www.stunnix.com) has released Web4GUI, its tool for developers that allows them to produce apps out of  PHP/Python/Java/MySQL websites.
The apps produced with Web4GUI can run directly from CDs/DVDs/USB drives or network shares. They look like usual desktop apps.
Web4GUI works with Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. Pricing starts at $239. A demo is available for download.

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04:29
ADATA launches the Premier SP580SATA 6Gb/sSSD

ADATA Technology (ADATA launches the Premier SP580SATA 6Gb/sSSD ) has launched the Premier SP580 SATA 6Gb/s solid state drive, built for users who want to upgrade their computers with affordable SSDs and gain access to faster speeds and better efficiency compared to traditional HDDs.
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04:19
France launches terrorism warning app for Euro 2016...

Fears that terrorists may be planning attacks in Paris during the Euro 2016 football tournament have led the French government to create an app that sends location-based terrorism alerts to users, helping them steer clear of affected areas.
more…Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Anti-terrorism, Euro 2016, France, French Anti-terrorism app, SAIP, Terrorism ...

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04:09
Kool Tools: Exhibeo 2 for OS X

Softpress’ Exhibeo 2 is an important update to the popular photo gallery and slideshow creation tool for the Mac.
Designed exclusively for OS X Yosemite and El Capitan, Exhibeo allows web designers and creatives to quickly and easily generate HTML5 image presentations using a range of beautifully designed and highly customizable themes. Its features include seven customizable gallery designs, fine control while editing images and thumbnails, image metadata, and more.
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04:00
External Link: AgileBits Launches 1Password Teams

AgileBits has officially launched the 1Password Teams service, which had been in beta since November 2015; it enables professional teams to sync and share passwords easily. Two plans are available: Standard for $3.99 per user per month and Pro for $11.99 per user per month. The Pro plan adds additional storage per user, priority email support, unlimited item history, custom groups, and more. From now through 31 July 2016, if you sign up for a Pro account, you’ll lock it in at the Standard price forever, even for additional teammates you add in the future. 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,...

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03:58
iPhone 7 and the Audiophile Case For Lightning...

According to some rumors, Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will not include a headphone jack, requiring headphones to connect to the devices using a Lightning connector.

Last month, MacRumors considered the case for and against Lightning headphones by comparing the audio performance of existing brands at three different price points: the $45 Brightech earphones, the $300 Philips Fidelio M2L headphones, and the $800 Audeze El...

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03:52
Latest connected gadget to hit Apple Store shelves...

The latest connected gadget to go on sale in Apple Stores is the Withings Body Cardio, a scale that measures not just weight and body fat, but can also detect cardiovascular problems. Using sensors that measure Pulse Wave Velocity – how quickly blood pumps through your arteries – it can point to problems like hypertension and high cholesterol.

Body Cardio gives everyone the opportunity to follow heart health at home via the introduction of a new measurement: pulse wave velocity. Recognized by the medical community as the best stand-alone indicator to provide a reliable assessment of overall cardiovascular health, pulse wave velocity assessments from Body Cardio have the potential to revolutionize how we care for our cardiovascular health.

The scale can’t identify the reason for poor PWV readings, but the connected iPhone app will let you know if it is in the range where you should arrange...

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00:01
CIRP data worrying for Apple, shows Americans slower...

Data from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners shows that iPhone owners are holding onto their phones longer before they upgrade them. Three years ago, almost two-thirds of iPhones in use were just 1-2 years old, but CIRP says that number has now fallen to just 51%.
CIRP attributes the change to a combination of the slowing pace of development and carriers switching from phone-inclusive plans to separate financing for the phone itself …
more…Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS Devices Tagged: CIRP, iPhone, iPhone 7,...

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Thursday June 9

09:14
More Uber deliveries may be coming from your...

Uber wants to be the default delivery service for small businesses in the United States. The car-hailing service/budding transport company just announced that any business can now use its UberRush application program interface (API).What that means for you is more deliveries from UberRush are likely headed your way from the online and mobile app-based services you use. If you live in one of UberRush’s delivery cities that is, which right now includes just Chicago, New York, and San Francisco.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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14:54
FAQ: How Apple’s new App Store subscriptions affect...

Update: This article was updated with additional information from Apple clarifying that apps approved to offer subscriptions do not need to be useful or perform any function when a subscription isn’t active.
Seemingly out of nowhere, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, Phil Schiller, gave interviews to several news outlets about significant changes to certain App Store policies around subscriptions—notably letting all apps potentially offer automatically renewing subscriptions. The company followed up with a page on its developer site describing what’s coming.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please...

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22:01
iTunes 12.4.1

Fixes a bug that prevented VoiceOver from working properly. (Free, 233 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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22:00
Audio Hijack 3.3

Brings several major enhancements to the popular audio recording utility. ($49 new, free update, 16 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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20:55
Winners of the Blast Motion sensor giveaway announced

AppleInsider would like to congratulate the winners of last week's giveaway, Michael D., John S., Melissa C., Derek B., Christopher T., Jason R., Audrey S., Kevin C., Richard E. and Chris A., each of whom scored a baseball, basketball or golf sensor of their choosing.

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20:43
Imposters again target NYC Apple Store, pilfer $16,...

New York's Apple Stores have been hit by a rash of burglaries perpetrated by thieves employee lookalikes, the latest heist seeing more than $16,000 worth of iPhones swiped from the company's swanky SoHo outlet.

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19:19
Sketchy Rumor Says Apple Will Add 'Deep Blue...

Apple is planning to introduce a "Deep Blue" color option to replace the Space Gray color option for the upcoming iPhone 7, according to a new report from Japanese website Mac Otakara. The new color will stand alongside the already available Silver, Gold and Rose Gold.

Mac Otakara says Apple plans to discontinue the "Space Gray" color, which was introduced with the iPhone 5s in 2013. The lighter shade replaced the darker slate black used on the iPhone 5. The color has since found its way to other Apple products, like the iPad Air, iPad Pro and 12-inch MacBook.

The Cupertino company has steadily added color options to its iPhone lineup. In 2008, Apple debuted a white color option alongside the black iPhone 3G. The company later renamed the white option Silver with the...

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19:00
iPhone 7 to come in blue? Space Gray to be cast off...

According to Macotakara, Apple has plans to cut out the Space Gray version of the iPhone 7 this time around and replace it with a deep blue iPhone color. From my point of view, Apple has played so fast and loose with the term “space gray” that this deep blue might be an evolution of the color.
no antenna bands!
Seriously though. Apple has a blue iPod Touch (remember those things #TBT) which could serve as a base point for a deep blue iPhone but in reality I’m not putting a lot of hope in this one becoming real.
Rough Google translation and the 50 shades of Apple’s Space Gray shown below: more…Filed under:...

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18:50
Apple Creates Energy Company, Looks To Sell Excess...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from 9to5Mac: Apple has quietly created an energy subsidiary, 'Apple Energy' LLC, registered in Delaware but run from its Cupertino headquarters. The company has seemingly formed to allow it to sell excess electricity generated by its solar farms in Cupertino and Nevada, with plans to sell electricity across the whole of the U.S. But a set of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission filings suggests that Apple could have bigger ambitions in the power field. Currently, when private companies sell their excess power, they can only do so to energy companies -- and they often (varies by state) have to sell at wholesale rates. What Apple seemingly could to do, however, is sell directly to end-users at market rates. In other words, get paid retail prices for its excess power. Currently companies like Green Mountain Power can sell green renewable energy to homeowners all over the U.S. It wouldn't be a stretch to see Apple do this as a product in the future...

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18:22
Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 7' to ditch...

A highly questionable rumor from East Asia on Thursday claims Apple will replace the venerable Space Gray colorway with a new "Deep Blue" shade when it launches the next-generation iPhone this fall.

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17:58
MacBook Pro with OLED touchbar visualized in new...

Building on a foundation of recent rumor and speculation, designer Martin Hajek mocked up computer graphics renders exploring the utility of incorporating an OLED touchbar into Apple's rumored next-generation MacBook Pro, a device anticipated for release later this year.

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17:05
MacBook OLED bar concept with multiple USB-C ports...

KGI analyst report from two weeks ago broke the news that a new Apple MacBook, due later in the year, would debut a new OLED touch screen technology above the keyboard that will replace the function row keys. A leaked shell of a MacBook days later seemed to at least confirm the report along with showing 2 USB-C ports on the sides and a huge touchpad. The MacBook OLED bar rumor has been a controversial one for us and many of you generating lots of opinions.

However, one of our readers Cameron did a mockup that changed all of that for...

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16:26
Report claims iMessage for Android to be announced...

According to a report from MacDailyNews, Apple will announce that iMessage is coming to Android at Monday’s upcoming WWDC 2016 keynote.
Such an announcement, which MacDailyNews claims to have obtained from “a source familiar with the company’s thinking,” would go a long way towards making it easier for users to shift between the two competing platforms. But what would be Apple’s motivation for doing this?
more…Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Apple rumors, iMessage, WWDC 2016...

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16:23
Get the real 'Fruit Ninja' on the VR...

This is Fruit Ninja. There are many like it, but this is Halfbrick Studios'. And while it's been imitated over and over for regular apps as well as VR, there's only one original. It's headed for VR via the HTC Vive and several other platforms later t...

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16:22
Rumor: Apple to debut iMessage for Android at WWDC...

An unconfirmed, and somewhat tenuous, rumor on Thursday claims iMessage will be Apple's next Android release, with the company potentially planning a debut next week at its Worldwide Developers Conference.

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16:17
Concept Imagines What a Dynamic OLED Touch Panel...

Following rumors suggesting the next-generation MacBook Pro will feature an OLED touch panel that replaces the function keys, designer Martin Hajek has created some renderings imagining what such a MacBook Pro might look like.

Hajek's design incorporates some recent information indicating the touch panel on the MacBook Pro could be contextual, with icons and imagery that changes based on the app that's in use. Hajek imagines music controls when Spotify is open, which morph into a download monitor when using Transmission.

Also included in the images is an example of Siri on the Mac, with the colorful Siri waveform depicted on the touch...

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15:50
Siri’s witty responses to WWDC questions

Siri is cute sometimes.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:47
Shot on iPhone: Soccer - The Beautiful Game

The 2016 UEFA European Championship, commonly referred to as UEFA Euro 2016 or simply Euro 2016 begins tomorrow. On the eve of the games, Apple releases a soccer themed TV ad.

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15:43
Amplified: That’s Gravy

Jim, Dan, and Haddie talk about WWDC, Apple’s developer focus, the pre-announcements, Search Ads, Siri on the Mac, no hardware, security features, dark mode, update to Siri, Apple Music, the return of the categories tab, the app review process, and more.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:43
The Blocks modular smartwatch is finally (almost)...

Years after the Blocks modular smartwatch first popped up on our radar, the company seems to finally be close to hitting assembly lines. The company has at least 5,500 orders from Kickstarter to fulfill, and if you'd like to add to that number you ca...

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15:36
Apple case against Samsung could go back to lower...

The U.S. Department of Justice asked the Supreme Court to overturn an appeals court ruling that had favored Apple Inc over Samsung Electronics Co Ltd in smartphone patent litigation, and asked that it return the case to the trial court for more litigation.Samsung are thieving scumbags and should pay. Period.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:33
Australian researchers believe they’ve found the...

It’s hard to argue when the color is described as “sewage-tinted” and “death”. Why would you use such a color? Read the article to find out the very interesting reason.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:30
AWT News Update: June 9, 2016

A lot of fun, interesting, and historical Apple news today:

  • Take fun retro photos with BitCam, a 20th anniversary gift app from Iconfactory.
  • Facebook's iOS app now supports upload and viewing of 360° spherical photos
  • Two more metro areas -- and one national rail service -- gain transit direction support on Apple Maps
  • Apple co-founder and legend Steve Jobs met with the head of a team building a lightweight and inexpensive car way back in 2010

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for June 9, 2016.

If early tweets are any indication, a new app from Iconfactory is going to be very, very popular. BitCam is a special,...

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15:12
Uber's delivery service just went mainstream

You probably know Uber as a company that takes you places. Soon, you may know it as the company that brings you pizza. And groceries. And laundry. And... well, everything. Today, Uber took its on-demand delivery service out of beta, opening the UberR...

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14:59
This might be the luckiest crash at the Isle of Man...

I absolutely love the Isle of Man TT – it’s on my motorcycle bucket list – but it’s terrifying watching these videos. Sadly, riders die on a regular basis in the weeks of the TT. Luckily, this rider was relatively unscathed.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:41
The Wirecutter's best deals: $50 off a Nest...

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. Read their continuously updated list of deals at TheWirecutter.com.

You may have already seen Engadget posting reviews from our friends at The Wirecutter....

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14:19
Spotify complains Apple’s new App Store subscription...

Following news of incoming changes to Apple’s App Store that will benefit developers with a new subscription revenue split and paid search result ads, Spotify today outlined to The Verge why the improvements don’t address their issues with Apple’s policies.
Specifically, a Spotify representative noted the company’s inability to offer special deals to customers and lack of access to data into “why customers churn — or who even qualifies as a long-term subscriber.”
more…Filed under: Apps Tagged: 85/15, App Store,...

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14:18
Google Fiber considers gigabit WiFi to cheaply cover...

Google Fiber has been the Holy Grail of local internet aficionados for its blisteringly fast speed and independence from established internet providers. But setting up all its infrastructure is a huge, expensive undertaking. So Google's parent compan...

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14:00
iPhone 7 Case: Nearly Identical Fit to 6s, Except...

With only three months to go until the launch of the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, case makers have already started creating cases for the two devices based on rumored specifications. We were able to get our hands on a set of iPhone 7 cases, so we did a comparison video to see how it measures up to the iPhone 6.

Early iPhone cases are always built on specifications gleaned from rumors, supply chain information, and other third-party sources, and oftentimes, they're an accurate representation of what we can expect a next-generation iPhone to look like.

Cases aren't always spot on because they're only as precise as the information they've been built on, but these iPhone 7 cases match with almost all of the rumors we've heard about the iPhone 7 so far.

As can be seen in the video, the iPhone 7 case fits well on an...

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13:42
LG Innotek to be sole 'iPhone 7 Plus' dual...

LG Innotek will be the exclusive supplier of dual-lens camera modules for Apple's "iPhone 7 Plus," expected to ship this September, a Korean report claimed on Thursday.

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13:17
Motorola's swappable 'Moto Mods' turn...

In a push to reclaim some of the smartphone space dominated by Apple and Samsung, Lenovo-owned Motorola on Thursday unveiled a new hardware project called "Moto Mods," a series of swappable accessories that can bring new capabilities to the Moto Z line of handsets.

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13:15
Motorola's New 'Moto Z' and 'Z...

Amid rumors suggesting Apple will remove the headphone jack in upcoming the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Lenovo-owned Motorola today announced the Moto Z and the Z Force, two new smartphones that eschew headphone jacks in favor of an ultra-thin design.

Sans headphone jack, Motorola has managed to shrink the Moto Z down to 5.19mm thick, while the Z Force, Motorola's more powerful smartphone, measures in at 6.9mm thick. Instead of a headphone jack, both devices feature a single USB-C port which will require a USB-C to 3.5mm jack adapter to use with existing headphones with a 3.5mm headphone plug.

Smaller smartphone companies like LeEco have previously eliminated headphone jacks in their devices, but Motorola is the first major...

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13:00
Notable apps and app updates for June 9, 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.

iOS apps and updates

Camera+ version 8

We covered the update of Camera+ ($2.99) yesterday in the AWT News Update, but it bears repeating. The app is one of the longest-lived iOS camera apps, and with the guidance of professional photographer Lisa Bettany and the team at Taptaptap, the app keeps getting better. 

The new update adds slow shutter speeds up to 30 seconds long, making it possible for the iPhone to do things like take night sky shots. The app also adds support for ultra-low ISO levels, and lets iPhone 6 and 6s owners actually see a preview of what the extended shutter speeds and low ISO settings will result...

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12:57
Spotify says Apple's App Store changes omit...

Apple's planned changes to the App Store still don't address some fundamental problems, a Spotify executive said on Thursday, hinting that the music service's in-app subscription fees are likely to remain unchanged.

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12:44
Larry Page May Be Blazing a Trail for Self-Flying...


Google cofounder Larry Page reportedly is working with two Silicon Valley startups to develop a flying car. One is Zee.Aero, which Page personally has funded since its launch in 2010, when it set up shop next to Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California. The firm reportedly has filed a patent application for a small, all-electric vehicle that could take off and land vertically. Page is said to have invested more than $100 million in Zee.Aero, which has about 150 employees and an airport hangar where prototypes are being tested.

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12:25
Logic Pro X update adds three new Chinese instrument...

Apple has updated Logic Pro X — its Mac OS X software for professional songwriting, editing, and mixing — to version 10.2.3. It adds three new Chinese instrument patches: pipa, erhu, and percussion. 

 

Like the recent rev of GarageBand, Logic Pro X also includes more than 300 Chinese instrument loops for dropping into your own mixes. According to Apple, other improvements include:

  • Crossfades between comp sections in Take Folders can now be graphically edited;
  • Improves sound quality for Flex Pitch editing;
  • Seven additional plug-ins have been redesigned to add Retina support and improve usability;
  • A new Loudness Meter plug-in provides support for LUFS metering;
  • Nudge controls can now be used to edit the position of selected automation points;
  • Icons for Drum Machine Designer cells are now user assignable;
  • All Alchemy presets now include names for Transform Pad snapshots;
  • There’s now the ability...
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12:21
Apple's Logic Pro X revved to version 10.2.3

Apple has updated Logic Pro X — its Mac OS X software for professional songwriting, editing, and mixing — to version 10.2.3. It adds three new Chinese instrument patches: pipa, erhu, and percussion.
Like the recent rev of GarageBand, Logic Pro X also includes more than 300 Chinese instrument loops for dropping into your own mixes. According to Apple, other improvements include:
• Crossfades between comp sections in Take Folders can now be graphically edited
• Improves sound quality for Flex Pitch editing
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12:13
Apple continues push for professional users in China...

Apple's professional-grade audio editing app, Logic Pro X, was given a significant update on Thursday, adding a number of fixes and enhancements, including more than 300 new Chinese instrument Apple Loops.

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04:36
WWDC wish list: Will we see any new hardware?

Over the past couple of years, Apple has turned WWDC into a decidedly software-centric show. It’s not just a new set of toys for developers to play with or even the double-barreled introduction of the latest versions of iOS and OS X; three of the last five conferences haven’t seen any new hardware at all, with the lone bright spots being the retina MacBook Pro, refreshed MacBook Airs, and a sneak peak at the radical Mac Pro redesign. And over the past week, several well-connected bloggers have intimated that this year’s show will be all about software.But that doesn’t mean there isn’t any hope. The rumor mill might be uncharacteristically quiet for the week before a major Apple event, but there are still plenty of reasons to believe Tim Cook might be hiding a few goodies up his sleeve when he hits the stage Monday at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. After all, when Phil Schiller spilled the beans on the...

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06:00
The Week in Mac Apps: Roadblock's customizable...

New Mac apps of the weekThis week’s roundup of new Mac apps includes Roadblock, which lets you filter out certain browsing annoyances to give you a better internet experience. Plus, additional tools to keep track of your Bluetooth devices, organize your files, free up memory, save your favorite webpages for offline viewing, and much more.AutoMute - Preventing Awkward Situations 1.3Worried about accidentally playing music too loud in the office? Yoni Levy’s AutoMute comes to the rescue by automatically muting your speakers when this problem is most likely to happen.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:00
Chump change: Throwing Apple’s money around

It’s great that we have the Internet so that people have a place to post their ways for Apple to spend a metric butt-ton of money to solve other peoples’ problems.
Writing for the html version of circus poodles jumping through little hoops that is Business Insider, Matthew DeBord modestly suggests “Apple should buy Uber.” (Tip o’ the antlers to @JonyIveParody.)
Why not? How much could it be?

Conservatively, Uber's acquisition value would be something like $80 billion.

So, because it’s so reasonable, Apple should definitely not think twice about this and just go ahead and take the advice of a guy who said the iPhone 5 would fail and then said no, seriously, the iPhone 5 is really gonna fail. Why? Because…...

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07:38
More than 32 million Twitter credentials reportedly...

The company trying to be the Google of hacked user credentials says it just obtained another huge leak, this time affecting Twitter users. LeakedSource recently reported it obtained a database of more than 32 million Twitter login credentials from a user going by the alias Tessa88@exploit.im.
LeakedSource uses a freemium model where anyone can search for their own credentials for free; however, to see the majority of the leaked credentials users must subscribe to the service. Twenty-four passes are available for $2-$4 depending on whether you pay by Bitcoin or PayPal—annual subscriptions run upwards of $200.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:29
Apple updates Logic Pro X with 3 new Chinese...

Apple has updated Logic Pro X for Mac to version 10.2.3 and added new audio features and design improvements to the pro audio editing software. The update also has a focus on Chinese instruments much like recent GarageBand updates. Retina display users will appreciate hi-res support for seven more plug-ins, and the update delivers the usual performance improvements as well.
As for the Chinese focus, Logic Pro X now includes three new Chinese instrument patches: pipa, erhu, and percussion. Like GarageBand, Logic also includes more than 300 Chinese instrument loops for dropping into your own mixes.
more…Filed under: Apps Tagged: Logic Pro X...

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11:12
Updated App Store guidelines hint at possible...

While it’s been expected that Apple will rebrand Mac OS X as “macOS” at WWDC next week, this has all but been confirmed in paperwork sent out to the developer community.
Hidden in today’s announcements regarding the App Store was yet another hint at the change. In a FAQ from on the iTunes Connect website, Apple mistakenly refers to Mac OS X as ‘macOS,’ again prematurely hinting at the change.
Back in March, Apple also named a framework file in OS X 10.11.4 that referred to the operating system as macOS. The following month, Apple launched a new environmental webpage on which it referred to the operating system as MacOS.

While there’s still some uncertainty as to whether the rebranded operating system will be labeled “MacOS” or “macOS”, the name...

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11:11
Rogue Amoeba Revs Audio Hijack For Mac OS X To...

Rogue Amoeba (www.rogueamoeba.com) has updated Audio Hijack, the Mac OS X tool for recording and enhancing audio, to version 3.3. This free update includes several new features, as well as dozens of smaller improvements and fixes to the application.
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10:34
Organize your world with the Bluelounge CableDrop...

Bluelounge CableDrop Multi and cables. Photo ©2015, Steven Sande

Bluelounge makes a lot of really useful little gizmos that make it much easier to keep your world organized. For example, the Posto keeps your headphones neatly stowed, the Cableyoyo is about the only way I know of to keep Apple's earbuds from getting tangled, the Aaden is a much better battery recharger than Apple's, and the Mika universal tablet stand is...

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10:26
Apple debuts 'Shot on iPhone' ad timed...

Apple's U.K. branch on Thursday premiered a new "Shot on iPhone" ad, "The Beautiful Game," exploiting the UEFA European Football Championship beginning on Friday.

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09:45
Apple releases special ‘Shot on iPhone’ commercial...

Apple has released a special ‘Shot on iPhone’ TV commercial for European markets called ‘The beautiful game’. It features iPhone photography of football stadiums, goalposts and players. The ad will likely air during the UEFA European Football Championship games, which kicks off tomorrow … more…Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS, iOS Devices, Tech Industry Tagged: commercial, Football, iPhone ad, shot on iphone,...

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09:38
Apple establishes 'Apple Energy' to resell...

Apple has established a new subsidiary firm, "Apple Energy LLC," geared towards reselling surplus energy from the company's solar farms back to local grid systems.

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09:30
9to5Toys Last Call: ecobee3 Thermostat $199, iPhone...

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App Store Free App of the Week: Drop Flip puzzler...

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09:28
Moovweb announces planned integration with Apple

Moovweb, which specializes in powering mobile experiences for the world’s leading brands, has announced plans to optimize its platform for Apple Pay’s rumored debut on mobile web. 

Ajay Kapur, CEO and founder, claims Moovweb is the only company to get retailers quickly and easily integrated with Apple Pay for mobile web. It’s an implementation he expects to increase conversions by 50% for its customers.

Kapur says Moovweb expects at least 80% of major retailers to implement Apple ’s payment service on mobile web in the coming months. That includes brands like Best Buy, Staples, Target and Walgreens.

Apple has been telling potential partners that its payment service, which lets shoppers complete a purchase on mobile apps with their fingerprint, is expanding to websites later this year, reports Re/code , quoting unnamed...

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09:24
Cardiogram brings heart rate graph to watchOS as...

Two new interesting watchOS apps are out this week that could add some usefulness to the Apple Watch. Cardiogram uses the heart rate sensor to provide your heart rate history directly on your watch, and Zepp Golf Swing Analyzer turns your watch into a game coach.
more…Filed under: Apple Watch, Apps Tagged: Apple watch ...

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09:00
New forms of student creativity in class with...

Today’s post was written by Wilj Dekkers, Year 5 teacher and e-learning coordinator St. Andrew’s College in New Zealand.
OneNote is central to the pedagogy in my classroom and school. When you walk through the building you can witness the everyday use of the application from Year 4 to Year 8. You will see Active Boards where teachers annotate writing samples in the Content Library for students to use as a reference for their own learning. Students are huddled around their laptops debating which sources of information are most relevant to include in a shared notebook, and staff are reviewing meeting notes shared through a Professional Learning Group’s OneNote.
St. Andrew’s College uses a custom designed Inquiry Pathway—the core of which is built around helping students develop a collaborative approach to learning. The approach is question-driven, encouraging students to find the answers themselves,...

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09:00
Episode 094 introducing new co-host Andrew Coates—...

In this episode, Richard DiZerega introduces the new podcast co-host Andrew Coates and they discuss what’s new in Office 365 dev.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP94_NewCoHost.mp3
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08:54
Apple Quietly Creates Energy Subsidiary called...

It's being reported today that "Apple has quietly created an energy subsidiary, ‘Apple Energy’ LLC, registered in Delaware ...

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08:52
Apple creates an ‘Apple Energy’ energy subsidiary

Apple has created an energy subsidiary, “Apple Energy’” LLC, that’s registered in Delaware but run from its Cupertino, California headquarters, reports 9to5Mac. The company was apparently formed to allow the company to sell excess electricity generated by its solar farms in Cupertino and Nevada, with plans to sell electricity across the whole of the U.S., the article adds.

“Currently, when private companies sell their excess power, they can only do so to energy companies – and they often (varies by state) have to sell at wholesale rates,” notes 9to5Mac. “What Apple seemingly could to do, however, is sell directly to end-users at market rates. In other words, get paid retail prices for its excess power.”

Over a year ago, Apple announced an $850 million agreement to buy solar power from First Solar, the biggest U.S. developer of solar farms. The deal will supply enough electricity...

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08:22
New Apple wearable display patent may point to...

An Apple patent application published on Thursday suggests the company is interested in flexible, wearable displays, possibly with a future incarnation of the Apple Watch in mind.

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08:21
Sorry, the PC Market is Under Construction: Come...

IDC's latest report on the health of the overall PC market indicates that it won't see daylight until sometime in 2018.

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08:20
Siri Offers Witty Responses to Users Asking About...

Ahead of Apple's WWDC 2016 keynote next Monday, June 13 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time, Siri is now offering up some traditionally witty responses to users that ask about potential announcements. iPhone users can test Siri themselves by asking "what to expect at WWDC?" or similar questions.

All of Siri's responses are unsurprisingly vague, including one related to the popular HBO drama series Game of Thrones. Each response includes a link to Apple's WWDC website, which provides a schedule of events and other details about the weeklong developer conference at Moscone West in San Francisco.

Siri previously revealed that WWDC 2016 would be held on June 13-17, prior to any official announcement, and offered similar...

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08:18
Apple has just become an energy company, looks to...

Update: John Weaver did a deeper dive on this over at Electrek
Apple has quietly created an energy subsidiary, ‘Apple Energy’ LLC, registered in Delaware but run from its Cupertino headquarters. The company was seemingly formed to allow it to sell excess electricity generated by its solar farms in Cupertino and Nevada, with plans to sell electricity across the whole of the US.

[Apple Energy LLC] is a Delaware limited liability company and is a 100% wholly owned subsidiary of Apple Inc. [Contact is] Apple Energy LLC, One Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA 95014

Given Apple’s expertise and huge commitment to using renewable energy to power its operations, it is no surprise that it wants to ensure that its solar farms generate sufficient power to meet its needs. Because the sun only shines during the day obviously, Apple needs to shift its...

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08:01
PSA: USB-C on Apple’s new MacBook is a circus

Shopping for USB-C accessories for your new MacBook?  Beware that the USB-C landscape as far as accessories and compatibility with your Mac is an absolute mess.
more…Filed under: Mac Tagged: 12-inch, Accessories, cables, compatible, issues, MacBook, Thunderbolt 3, Type-C, USB-C ...

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07:57
WWDC 2016: Apple's Siri and the future of voice...

While a variety of tech commentators have played up a dramatic "voice-first" rivalry ostensibly led by the Amazon Echo, a yet-unreleased Google Home and Microsoft's Cortana (and apparently miserably trailed by Apple's Siri), real data shows that's not actually the case.

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07:20
Apple to significantly overhaul App Store for the...

As good as Apple’s App Store has been over the years, it still has its rough spots. It can be difficult to find apps, even when searching for them by name and it’s tough for developers to stand out from each other.
This coming straight from the horse’s mouth, Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, stated that a variety of changes are coming to the App Store. First, a new App Store subscription model will reward developers who can keep paying customers around for longer than a year. Apple will slice its cut of their subscriptions to 15 percent from the standard 30 percent after the first year. The company is planning to encourage all developers to explore the subscription model—and now they actually can. Prior...

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07:07
Hard Disk Manager comes to the Mac

Paragon Software Group (PSG has released Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Mac, a tool to protect, maintain, and manage your OS X system. It’s designed to cover all aspects of a Mac’s life cycle, from drive partitioning and regular backup to system migration, disaster recovery options, and wiping of recycled storage.

Sector-level data processing via Snapshot enables users to perform live imaging and migration of an entire Mac — including the operating system, applications, and files — without interrupting your daily work routine. Functionality includes the resizing of partitions, redistribution of free space, and other disk operations. 

Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Mac OS X (10.7 and higher) is available for immediate download as a free 30-day trial or can be purchased directly for $39....

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07:03
Paragon releases Hard Disk Manager for the Mac

Paragon Software Group (PSG has released Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Mac, a tool to protect, maintain, and manage your OS X system. It’s designed to cover all aspects of a Mac’s life cycle, from drive partitioning and regular backup to system migration, flexible disaster recovery options, and secure wiping of recycled storage.
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06:40
Apple Maps transit directions come to Atlanta, Miami...

Apple on Thursday expanded the availability of Maps transit directions to the US cities of Atlanta and Miami, and to National Rail lines in the United Kingdom.

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06:36
This Apple patent almost certainly isn’t about iOS...

Patently Apple has a piece entitled Apple Invents a User Interface for Combinable Virtual iOS Desktops on a Mac. It references a patent which PA suggests is for a Mac that could be used to run (or at least display) iOS apps.
more…Filed under: iOS, Mac Tagged: iOS, iOS on Mac...

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06:24
LG Innotek to be Apple's Exclusive Dual Camera...

While rumors have been swirling around for some time now that Apple could turn to LG for the iPhone 7's dual lens camera, news out of Korea today confirms and clarifies this position.

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06:19
Google's Larry Page bankrolling two flying car...

Google co-founder Larry Page isn't waiting for his company's self-driving car technology to hit the market before reportedly looking toward the next big thing: personal flying cars.

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06:17
Guardian gives us a first look at failed prototype...

The Guardian has an interesting piece on a prototype car that caught the interest of Steve Jobs in the spring of 2010. Called the V-Vehicle, it was an attempt to create a lightweight, low-cost, gas-powered car whose secret was cheaper materials.

Working with designers Tom Matano and Anke Bodack, Bryan Thompson had developed a car body made of polypropylene and glass fibre that was 40% lighter than a conventional steel vehicle and would cost 70% less to produce. The creamy white hatchback had unpainted, upgradable body panels and a “space frame” body, a design technique usually reserved for high-end cars like the Ferrari 360 or Audi’s line of cars.

Within a few hours of receiving an email saying that Steve wanted to see it, Thompson and the team had taken the car to Steve’s house – where Apple’s co-founder had plenty of advice to...

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06:13
Mail Designer Pro 3 for OS X adds Retina resolution...

Equinux (http://www.equinux.com) has announced Mail Designer Pro 3, an upgrade of the Mac app for the creative design of professional HTML newsletters. It now supports Retina resolution.
Mail Designer Pro 3 packs more than 70 new ready-to-use design ideas that include full surface background art. You can choose from 500+ web fonts with all available font weights, as well as automatic and individual suggested font-fallbacks. For this new launch you can save 20% off Mail Designer Pro 3’s regular price ($39.99 instead of $49.99) for a limited time.

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06:03
ADATA releases the A10050 Power Bank

ADATA Technology (www.adata.com) has launched the A10050 Power Bank. As the model name suggests, the device is rated for 10050mAh and is purportedly capable of carrying 3.7 full iPhone battery charges.
The A10050 features dual USB ports and synchronous charge/discharge for battery charging of two devices at once. It comes in a body with a hairline-brushed aluminum texture and in a choice of four colors.
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06:00
Google Matches Apple's Plan To Give Developers...

An anonymous reader writes from a report via Recode: Apple announced a new revenue sharing model on Wednesday that would give developers more money when users subscribe to a service via their apps. Instead of keeping 70 percent of all revenue generated from subscriptions, publishers will be able to keep 85 percent of revenue, once a subscriber has been paying for a year. Google has decided to match Apple's latest offering. It too will move from a 70/30 split to a 85/15 split for subscriptions. However, instead of requiring developers to hook a subscriber for 12 months before offering the better split, it will make it available right away. Sources have said Google has been testing the new model over a year ago with video services in a way to get Play subscriptions to work with its TV streaming offerings like the Chromecast. Google has yet to announce when their new pricing plan will roll out. In other Google and Apple related news, Google's AI 'TensorFlow' software is coming to iOS...

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05:52
Will 2016 be the year that WiGig takes off?

WiGig has emerged as one of the most promising Wi-Fi standards in the recent few years with high speed data rates up to 7 Gbps operating in the 60 GHz band.
WiGig products have been on the market since 2013 (e.g. Dell Docking station) but the market has been slow to develop given a lack of compelling use cases and the need for development of new chip-sets to lower cost and drive usage. Much development work has been done in the last few years by OEMs and chip vendors.
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05:44
IDC: personal computer shipments will decline 7.3%...

Worldwide PC (as in personal computers, not just Windows systems) shipments are forecast to decline by 7.3% year -over-year in 2016 according to an updated forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. The outlook continues to call for progressively smaller declines through 2017 followed by stable volume in 2018. 

However, growth in 2016 is now expected to be roughly 2% below earlier projections as conditions have been weaker than expected, according to IDC. Growth in the first quarter of 2016 (1Q16) came in at -12.5%, just below the research group’s forecast of -11.3%, and inhibitors such as weak currencies, depressed commodity prices, political uncertainty, and delayed projects continue to constrain shipments.

Although growth rates for devices such as phones and tablets continue to fall,...

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05:36
Steve Jobs Met With 'V-Vehicle' Creator in...

Although rumors surrounding Apple's electric car project began intensifying after the vehicle's development sped up last September, a new report out of The Guardian looks back before all of the current hubbub began, at the "secret car" that became of special interest to former Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Called the V-Vehicle and created by industrial designer Bryan Thompson, Jobs flew the designer out to San Francisco in 2010 to discuss Thompson's plans for the car, and pick his brain on the status of the automotive industry as a whole.

Thompson and the V-Vehicle

Thompson and his team created the V-Vehicle with the goal of constructing a disruptive force in the car industry with "a lightweight, petroleum-powered car that used cheaper materials and could sell for...

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05:07
Apple Invents a User Interface for Combinable...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that generally relates to electronic devices for displaying user interfaces that improve user interaction with virtual desktops on the electronic devices.

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05:00
Article on Hiring IT for Small Businesses

Wrote an article awhile back that got edited by and is now posted at http://www.smallbizdaily.com/hiring-the-best-it-support-for-your-smb-to-make-the-most-of-your-investment/.

If it’s your kinda’ thing, hope you enjoy!

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04:47
Number of homes with smart thermostats grew rapidly...

According to a new research report from Berg Insight (www.berginsight.com), the number of North American and European homes with a smart thermostat grew by 81% to 5.8 million in 2015.
The North American market recorded a 78% growth in the installed base of smart thermostats to 4.5 million. In Europe, the total number of homes with a smart thermostat grew by 90% year-on-year to reach 1.4 million.
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04:33
DEVONtechnologies updates all editions of DEVONthink...

DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its intelligent information and document manager DEVONthink as well as the smart notebook DEVONnote.
DEVONthink 2.8.11 brings a revised view/edit pane, better compatibility to RSS 1.0 feeds, and user interface improvements. DEVONthink Pro Office also comes with a rewritten OCR metadata entry panel and email archiving enhancements. All editions fix minor bugs and glitches too. The updates are free and recommended for all users.
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04:30
Kool Tools: AKVIS SmartMask 8.0

AKVIS has released AKVIS SmartMask 8.0, an important update to the software for cutting out a subject from a background. It’s a perfect tool for creating selections and masking objects on images.
The software lets a user quickly select any detail on a picture - fluff, hair, fur, tree branches, glass, or a transparent veil. Featuring intelligence powerful tools the program makes even complex selections and removes backgrounds as easy as pie. It processes equally well soft and sharp edges.
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04:06
Google to mirror Apple’s App Store revenue split – a...

It seems Apple isn’t going to be alone in offering a better deal to developers of subscription-based apps. The same day Phil Schiller revealed that developers will receive 85% of subscription revenue from year two, Re/code reports (and TNW confirms) that Google will be offering the same deal to Android developers – but with one big difference …
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03:59
Payback Time! The DOJ Sides with Samsung in Apple...

Back in January of this year Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's CEO Rebukes Washington's need for 'Balance' between National Security and Consumer Privacy." Apple had no intention of playing nice with the government and was specifically noted as actually lashing out at the high-level delegation of Obama administration officials and openly criticizing the White House for a lack of leadership. Yesterday it was payback time for the DOJ.

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03:56
'Cardiogram' App Update Brings Native...

HealthKit-enabled Apple Watch app Cardiogram has received its 1.0 release, bringing native watchOS 2 compatibility, 3D Touch for supporting devices, and a redesigned interface.

The app has been developed in collaboration with researchers at the University of California San Francisco's Health eHeart study, which aims to help end heart disease. The program wants to develop a way to detect atrial fibrillation – a medical condition that can lead to stroke – using innovations in everyday consumer technology.

By that token, the Cardiogram developer team have been refining an algorithm that attempts to detect abnormal heart rhythms using the Apple Watch's heart rate sensors.

The 1.0 version of the app at the center of its efforts brings that goal...

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03:23
Apple Invents Conformable, Wearable Displays

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their work on conformable, wearable displays. The inventors on this patent were LuxVue engineers. Apple acquired LuxVue in May 2014.

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02:42
Heart rate monitoring app Cardiogram goes native...

Cardiogram, the HealthKit-enabled Apple Watch app powering an ongoing University of California, San Francisco heart study, received a major update on Thursday with support for native watchOS 2 operation, a new complication, 3D Touch support for iPhone 6s and a refreshed look.

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Tuesday June 7

16:55
Slack could host your next conference call

Get ready to start fielding voice calls in Slack. The company announced Tuesday that all users of its popular chat app will be able to ring their teammates with a couple of clicks. 
People who access Slack on a Mac or Windows PC using either Google Chrome or the communication service’s own app will see a phone icon in the header. Users can click that button and start a voice-only call without making other participants open up a second app.  Slack

This phone glyph in the header of a Slack window lets users place a call to one of their teammates.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:14
The T-Mobile Tuesdays #getthanked app gets tanked,...

T-Mobile chief executive John Legere is known for his colorful language. But after the mobile carrier’s T-Mobile Tuesdays app failed to deliver the freebies Legere promised, customers probably dropped a few F-bombs of their own.(Update: At 4:45 PM, T-Mobile sent a text saying that the T-Mobile Tuesdays app was working again. PCWorld has confirmed that it is.)As of about 9:45 a.m. PT, the T-Mobile Tuesdays app failed to hand out coupon codes for the Domino’s pizza, Wendy’s Frosty, and Vudu video rental that Legere promised a day ago as part of T-Mobile’s Uncarrier 11 promotion. Some users, including PCWorld contributing writer Ed Oswald, reported that the app went right to a connection error page....

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19:39
Apple's 'Hey Siri' helps mom call...

Siri is expected to gain volumes of new skills if and when Apple releases a rumored software development kit, but it was the virtual assistant's existing abilities that recently proved critical in preserving the life of a baby girl.

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17:58
Setups: My hardware setup for podcasting and...

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In this post, I’d like to share with you my setup for voiceovers and podcasting. What you’ll find is a rig that’s extremely easy to use and happens to look decent as well. more…Filed under:
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17:05
This 3D printed case allows Android to run on the...

Nick Lee, CTO of development studio Tendigi, previously was able to get Windows 95 running on an Apple Watch and now he’s back at it again with a new project. As he details in this blog post, Lee was able to get Android running on an iPhone thanks to a custom-built case.
more…Filed under: iOS Tagged: Android, iPhone ...

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16:23
The UK's Controversial Investigatory Powers...

Back in March Patently Apple reported that the UK's revised Investigatory Powers Bill that would go to UK's House of Commons for a vote that would in some ways ease up on tech companies like Apple and Google.

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16:17
CurrentC inches closer to death as Apple Pay adds...

Payments industry hopeful CurrentC continued its slow death march on Tuesday, announcing plans to officially end beta testing later in June without plans for wider rollout. In related news, Apple Pay this week gained support from more than 30 U.S. banks and credit unions.

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15:56
Microsoft Adds Planning Prowess to Office Space


Microsoft on Monday announced the general availability of its Planner collaboration tool, which will roll out in the next few weeks to all eligible customers -- those who have Enterprise E1-E5, Business Essentials, Premium or Education subscriptions to Office 365. Planner lets users create new plans, as well as organize, assign and collaborate on tasks. Users also can update statuses and share files. It provides visual dashboards and email notifications to keep members of a team informed.

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15:55
Apple Pay rival MCX ending CurrentC beta test,...

After laying off some 30 employees last month, The Merchant Consortium Exchange, or MCX, announced today that it is ending its the ongoing CurrentC beta test and postponing all future releases. The beta test will be suspended on June 28th, according to an email sent to beta testers in Columbus, Ohio and obtained by The Consumerist.
more…Filed under: Apple Pay Tagged: Apple pay, currentc, MCX ...

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15:50
Firefox 47 Arrives With Synced Tabs Sidebar, Better...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: Mozilla today launched Firefox 47 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. The browser has gained a sidebar for synced tabs from other devices, improvements to YouTube playback and HTML5 support, and is seeing the end of support for Android Gingerbread. [If you're logged in with your Firefox Account, the sidebar will show all your open tabs from your smartphone and other computers. The sidebar even lets you search for specific tabs. Next, Firefox 47 supports the open source VP9 video codec on machines with powerful multiprocessors. VP9 is the successor to VP8, both of which fall under Google's WebM project of freeing web codecs from royalty constraints.] Firefox 47 is available for download on Firefox.com, and will be slowly released on Google Play. You can view the full Firefox 47 changelog here. If you're a developer, Firefox 47 for developers offers more details for you.
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15:45
Modern document libraries in SharePoint

Last month, we unveiled our broad vision for the Future of SharePoint, and today we’re delighted to announce the that modern document libraries are now rolling out to all Office 365 commercial customers worldwide. You can learn more about how to use modern libraries in this article, “What is a document library?

What’s new
Helping people share files and collaborate on content has always been central to our mission. That’s why we’re creating a better experience for document libraries that’s faster, more intuitive and responsive.
Here’s a look at what’s new:

The new, modern document library experience, showing two documents and a link pinned to the top.
User interface
Modern document libraries combine the power of SharePoint with OneDrive...

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15:20
Google makes its TensorFlow artificial intelligence...

Google this week has published a new version of its TensorFlow machine learning software that adds support for iOS. Google initially teased that it was working on iOS support for TensorFlow last November, but said it was unable to give a timeline. An early version of TensorFlow version 0.9 was released yesterday on GitHub, however, and it brings iOS support.
more…Filed under: iOS Tagged: Artificial Intelligence, TensorFlow ...

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15:16
Apple Pay competitor, CurrentC, is dead

Weeks after CurrentC was delayed (again) and half the team was laid off, the mobile payment that was supposed to serve as a merchant-backed alternative to payment systems from Apple and Android may be over for good. Or at least that’s the impression one might get from an email sent to testers of the system.Not a surprise at all.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:05
Hacks Highlight Zuckerberg's Cavalier Attitude...


Facebook top dog Mark Zuckerberg had several of his social media accounts breached and defaced, according to reports that surfaced Sunday. Zuckerberg's Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest memberships were hacked, but evidence of the attacks quickly disappeared. In addition to requiring passwords, Twitter and LinkedIn protect their accounts with optional two-factor authentication. "My guess is that Zuckerberg did not have [2FA] turned on on these sites," said Centrify security strategist Chris Webber.

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05:00
Bejeweled Stars aims higher than Candy Crush and...

Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it’s difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we’ll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it’s really worth your time (and money).
Currents shift certain gems around a rotating path in some stages—plus you’ve got butterflies to contend with.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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