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Monday May 9

04:30
Movie Splitter for Mac OS X makes it easy to, well,...

Miln's Movie Splitter for Mac OS X (10.9 or later)is a $4.99 app that splits movie files into smaller pieces for easier editing and sharing. 

The app automatically detects chapter information embedded within a movie.  Designed for owners of Canon cameras with Hybrid Auto movie digest support. Movie Splitter takes full advantage of the Mac's multiple processing cores and queues up movies for splitting in the background.

Movie Splitter makes it easy to split up a movie with chapters into individual sections. Hybrid Auto movies are digest movies created by Canon cameras. Digests combine a photo with a few seconds of footage.

Movie Splitter automatically detects chapter information embedded within a movie. The chapter information can be in 3GPP or QuickTime tracks. Movie Splitter will split a movie at each chapter marker. The software can be used to selectively export single or multiple sections from a...

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04:10
Claimed design sketch of iPhone 7 shows identical...

A claimed design sketch of the iPhone 7 shows identical dimensions to the iPhone 6s. The drawing (shown in full below) shows only the height and width, not the depth, so doesn’t shed any more light on the ‘headphone jack or no headphone jack’ question.
The sketch was posted by French site NWE with an @onleaks watermark, so has decent credentials, though of course neither can be sure that it’s genuine. It’s a very basic sketch that would be very easy to create.
The sketch does show one other small detail …
more…Filed under: iOS Devices ...

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04:07
Kool Tools: Buoy waterproof speaker

Buoy (MagTunes.com.au) is described as “the world’s first real waterproof speaker.” I’m a bit skeptical of that claim, but it is waterproof and costs around $70 (http://tinyurl.com/h262axo).
Buoy purportedly produces multi-dimensional sound by replicating the techniques used on $1,000+ audio systems that control distortion of the music through hardware instead of software. This means it can pump up the volume without distorting the sound quality.
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04:00
This is National Burger Month; celebrate accordingly...

May is National Burger Month. It’s a “commemorative holiday,” which means it's used by various groups to celebrate something. You can celebrate National Burger Month with these OS X and iOS apps.

At the Mac App Store

Burger is a free game in which you’re hired in a chain restaurant to serve clients as fast as you can. You take orders for burgers (and other food items) from customer, prepare the food, and serve it for pay and tips.

Happy Burger Days is a $2.99 game in which you run your own diner. You serve up burgers, hotcakes, onion rings, milkshakes, chicken nuggets, hot dogs, and more.

And in Papa’s Burgia HD, you’re unwillingly left in charge of Papa Louie...

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03:26
iFlicks 2.4

Video encoding and metadata management app can now fetch chapter titles and subtitles. ($18.99 new, free update, 15.0 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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03:00
Today's Deal: 62% off on MovieSherlock Pro...

Watching videos on YouTube, Vimeo and other video services is a blast, but what do you do when you want to have one of your favorite videos available on your Mac or favorite mobile device forever? MovieSherlock Pro Video Downloader is an OS X app that makes it simple to download video from just about online video source, and we've got it for you at 62% off the usual $40 price tag. That's just $15 at the Apple World Today's Deal Shop. 

What else can MovieSherlock Pro do? Here's a list:

  • Converts videos to MP4 & MP3
  • Includes subtitles for videos from YouTube & DailyMotion
  • ...
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01:26
Hazel 4.0.1

Major new release for the file cleanup utility adds live rule previews and Smart Folders. ($32 new, free update, 7.6 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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Sunday May 8

20:26
Quicken 2016 for Mac 3.3.1

Adds 12-month budgets and a portfolio time machine feature. ($74.99 new, free update) 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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18:35
PayPal stops protecting you when crowdfunding goes...

PayPal won't be so crowdfunding-friendly in the future. The payment giant is dropping Purchase Protection for crowdfunding projects as of a user agreement change coming June 25th. From then on, you back efforts at your own risk -- if a campaign goe...

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17:03
Watch Mercury cross the Sun starting at 7AM Eastern

Mercury might orbit the Sun every 88 days, but seeing it cross in front of the Sun is much rarer. That only happens roughly 13 times each century, and the technology to safely watch this happen hasn't been widely available until recently. However,...

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16:11
How-To: Start dictation on your Mac via a voice...

By default, dictation on OS X is initiated by using a double-press of the function (fn) key on your Mac’s keyboard. But did you know that it is also possible to start dictation hands-free using only your voice? In this brief tutorial, we’ll show you how. more…Filed under:
How-To
, Mac Tagged: dictation, hands-free, how to, Mac, Mac Accessibility, Mac OS X, OS X...

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15:58
Review: Audio-Technica’s ATH-M50x closed-back studio...

For the last few months I’ve been using my Apple EarPods for nearly every application that requires in-ear audio. I use my EarPods for monitoring while recording voiceovers, for podcasting, and for everyday music listening.
Absurd as it is, the last pair of headphones I’d owned, a pair of Sony MDR-7506’s, ended up developing a short in the cable. I simply never got around to replacing them in a timely manner.
Audio-Technica’s ATH-M50, and the updated ATH-M50x, have received rave reviews from tech sites, bloggers and YouTubers alike. The love that these headphones receive on a regular basis convinced me that the next pair of headphones that I tried needed to be these. Do they live up to the hype? more…Filed under: Reviews Tagged:...

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15:37
Bitcoin will pay for public services in a small...

Most experiments in paying with digital currencies have come from private companies, but the Swiss town of Zug is trying something different. As of July 1st, the community is launching a trial that will let you pay for public services using Bitcoin...

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14:04
The next Moto X may pack a smarter, metal-clad design

Way back in December, rumors suggested that Lenovo's next big Motorola phone would go in a very different than ages past, including a metal chassis and a curious camera bump. Well, those rumors just got some validation. HellomotoHK has posted images...

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12:30
A rare fossil and a duck skull make an appearance at...

A nine-year-old girl patiently looked on while a technician pulled up a scan of her specimen. A 3D skull with a pointy beak popped up on the computer screen. The child, wearing clear frame glasses and a light grey tee with a sequined star on the fron...

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11:01
Google and Fiat Chrysler aren't sure who owns...

Google and Fiat Chrysler left a lot of questions unanswered when they unveiled their self-driving car partnership... and that's because they haven't answered some of those questions themselves, apparently. Fiat Chrysler chief Sergio Marchionne told g...

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09:30
Ben Heck's auto-sanitizing doorknob

Ben is breaking warranties again this week as he hacks apart an ultraviolet germ sanitizer to make an auto-sanitizing doorknob. The Ben Heck Show team even goes so far as to compare samples of bacterial growth to see how effective the knob is at...

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09:17
Samsung Invents an HDTV that Could Bend Left or...

This week the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Samsung that revealed an HDTV designed to appeal to die hard gamers. The display is designed to maximize effects of gaming content such as racing car games.

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08:19
Enable and Disable the GUI in Windows Server 2012

I’ve now installed Windows Server 2012 without a GUI a number of times. And I always seem to end up needing that GUI eventually. So, to get Windows as a feature in Windows Server, use the following command to fire up a powershell environment, entering the admin password when prompted:
runas /user:administrator powershell.exe
Then let’s install all the Windows Features with the word GUI in them:
Get-WindowsFeature -Name *gui* | Install-WindowsFeature -Restart
The server will then reboot and you’ll be looking at a login window. To remove, you can just enter the following:
Get-WindowsFeature -Name *gui* | Remove-WindowsFeature -Restart

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08:00
The After Math: Regulation Nation

Exciting news coming from the wild world of government rule making this week. The FDA signed off on a medical experiment designed to jumpstart your brain after it's died. Surprisingly, no, lead-acid batteries are not involved. The FDA also made waves...

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06:30
Apple still leads (but barely) in customer tablet...

According to the J.D. Power Tablet Satisfaction Study for 2016 Volume 1 concerning the US market, Apple is still topping the charts in tablet satisfaction with the iPad, reports Softpedia.

Apple has a score of 830 points in the charts while Microsoft is the runner-up with 829 points. The other two companies that made the upper side of the rankings are Samsung with 822 points and Amazon with 816 points. The study evaluates five different categories, as it follows: performance (28%), ease of operation (22%), features (22%), styling and design (17%), and cost (11%).

New MacBooks are on the way - get top dollar for your used MacBook from Gazelle.

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06:27
Sanjay Kaul promoted to country manager for Apple...

Apple has promoted Sanjay Kaul to the position of country manager for Apple India, reports Business Today.

A Canadian citizen, Kaul has been associated with Apple since November 2011 and has been taking care of the Apple's iPhone business. He has now taken over the role of country head from Manish Dhir, who had quit the company in January.

Before joining Apple, Kaul was associated with BlackBerry as director of channel sales for India for over two years. After completing his Msc (Tech) Engineering Technology, Industrial Engineering from BITS Pilani, Kaul completed his MBA in International Business from Gustavson School of Business, Canada in 1998 and moved back to India in 2008.

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06:26
China Grants Apple 2 Design Patents Covering Siri...

Yesterday we posted an IP report titled "Apple Granted 8 Design Patents Covering Next-Gen Apple Stores." Today's report covers two of Apple's newly granted design patents for Siri that were issued on Friday in Hong Kong China. One is for a single visual cue for Siri while the second design covers ...

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05:29
Lyft Plans Self-Driving Taxi Fleet By 2017

An anonymous reader writes:
Lyft hopes to launch a self-driving fleet of taxis as soon as next year, according to reports, arriving in the market years before Apple and Google. "There will still be a human 'driver' in the cars, as mandated by law for the time being," writes BGR, adding that eventually the driver will become obsolete. "But said human will be there solely in the event of a malfunction. Otherwise, Lyft's new vehicles will drive themselves."

Meanwhile, Fortune writes that most analysts believe it will be four years before Apple gets a car on the road, though they're moving in that direction and even hired a Tesla executive last month. They add that both Apple and Google are now eyeing at least 400,000 square feet of Bay Area real estate to use in the development of their self-driving fleets.

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05:20
Watch: Apple's 2016 MacBook vs. 2015 13"...

Apple's latest 12-inch MacBook refresh brings better battery life and a faster processor to the ultraportable platform, but in some respects is outperformed by last year's 13-inch MacBook Air. Is the ultimate in portability worth concessions like a single USB-C port and slower CPU? Find out in AppleInsider's head-to-head comparison.

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04:30
Siri Voice Actress Doesn't Use Siri

An anonymous coward writes: Susan Bennett, the actress who provided the voice of Apple's Siri assistant, says she "doesn't really" use Siri herself. "It's too weird," she says in a new interview. While she uses many Apple products, "I'm used to hearing my voice on radio and TV commercials and that sort of thing, but to hear my own voice coming out of this little computer phone is too strange."
Bennett says she recorded every sound combination in the English language one fateful July in 2005, working five days a week, four hours a day, but didn't know it was for Siri until six years later, in 2011, when another voice actor e-mailed,"Hey, we're playing around with this new iPhone. Isn't this you?" Bennett says she was "kind of horrified, because I hadn't been told... On the other hand, I was extremely flattered."

In the interview she also says she felt "dissed" when Siri answered one of her first questions, "What are you doing," with a disgusted "I'm talking to you..."...

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00:59
iTunes 12.4 to reportedly include new sidebar, minor...

Apple will implement a number of user interface changes to iTunes when version 12.4 sees release later this year, including modifications to user interface navigation designed to address complaints of software feature bloat.

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Saturday May 7

17:02
Apple seeks input from top podcasters as it weighs...

In an attempt to address, and potentially assuage, long-standing concerns over podcast monetization, data and other perceived platform issues, Apple employees and top brass late last month met with leading podcast publishers at the company's Cupertino, Calif., headquarters.

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16:39
Killer Deals: Apple's 12 inch MacBooks for $964...

Fire sales on 2015 12" MacBooks have opened the door for AI readers to combine existing coupons and grab a mode for an all time low of $964 with no tax in 48 states and 3 free accessories. Or grab $100 off Apple's new Rose Gold MacBook with no tax outside NY until May 8th.

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16:33
iOS 10 reportedly includes a dedicated smart home app

There's no shortage of devices that support Apple's HomeKit platform. However, managing those devices is something of a mess -- you typically end up visiting separate apps to control your lighting, security and appliances. You might not have to wor...

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16:14
Apple's iPad Wins J.D. Power's 2016 U.S....

Last week we posted a report titled "Apple Remains the King of Tablets While Microsoft's Clown Act with 'Surface' Continues," covering the latest IDC global tablet statistics. In February we reported that the new iPad Pro was surprisingly the top detachable or 2-in-1 sold in Q4 2015. Now the news only gets better. On Friday the new J.D. Power's 2016 U.S. Tablet Satisfaction Study (volume 1) found that Apple ranked ...

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14:46
Reset Apache In OS X Server To Factory Defaults

The serveradmin command can also be used to run commands. For example, to reset the service to factory defaults, backup then delete the configuration files for each site and then run the following command:
sudo serveradmin command web:command=restoreFactorySettings
This is pretty timely as I’ve seen a very high rate of pretty messed up configurations from the Server 4 to Server 5 upgrades. Basically, what seems to happen is that older servers, that were running let’s say Server 2 and Server 3 and Server 4 and now Server 5 will have a little cruft. Sites with older configurations that are incompatible with the latest proxy-based config. And finding the specific problem vs the time it takes to just reset and rebuild any specific settings is rarely worth it. So, there ya’ go. If you get errors like “Websites are turned off. An administrator can turn them on using the Server application.”  when you try to view any page other than the index.html page of a custom site, then...

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14:32
Apple holds talks on the future of podcasts

Podcasts may not make Apple any direct revenue, but they're still important in an era when Serial and other big shows are drawing in lots of listeners. And apparently, the company knows it. New York Times sources say that Apple recently held talks...

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13:06
Take a Peek at Where Advanced Multitouch Could be...

In 2007 Apple's CEO Steve Jobs proudly introduced the revolutionary iPhone with multitouch taking the market by storm. In 2015 Apple had already begun to advance multitouch by introducing Force Touch on the MacBook and 3D Touch on iOS devices such as the iPhone 6s. In addition, Apple ...

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13:01
Check out some of Studio Ghibli's 'Howl...

If you ever wanted to explore Howl's Moving Castle, now's your chance. That's assuming you own a virtual reality headset, that is. A scene from it, dubbed "The Meadow," is available for folks using Oculus Rift and HTC Vive right now. It comes from de...

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12:27
Apple meets with podcasters

Late last month, Apple brought seven leading podcast professionals to the company’s campus in Cupertino, Calif., to air their case to a room full of employees, according to two people who were there. The people would speak only on the condition of anonymity because they had signed nondisclosure agreements. The company made no promises, the people said, but several pressing issues for podcasters were discussed in frank terms.Apple has problems, there’s no question about that. I hope these types of meetings will help, but we’ll see—I have my doubts.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:17
Report: Apple holds private meeting with top...

According to a new report from The New York Times, Apple recently held a closed-door meeting with seven of the top iTunes podcasters to discuss the company’s support for the community. The meeting took place last month at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters and offered a place for the podcasters to express complaints in “frank terms” to Apple employees.
more…Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple, Podcasts ...

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11:29
Uber faces lawsuit over aggressive Austin voting ads

Uber is known for being aggressive when it wants changes to the law -- just ask anyone who has received email after email asking for support. However, its latest effort might have crossed the line. The app-hailed transportation service is facing a...

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11:27
Apple Meets with Podcasters to Hear Wide-Ranging...

Apple has held a special meeting with leading podcasters in an attempt to address concerns that the company is failing to adequately support the iTunes broadcast community, reports to The New York Times.

According to the piece, the meeting took place last month at the company's Cupertino headquarters, where seven top iTunes podcasters were invited to air their grievances regarding Apple's handing of the popular audio format in recent years.

The podcasters expressed in "frank terms" their biggest issues to a room full of Apple employees, according to two attendees, who spoke on condition of anonymity after signing nondisclosure agreements.

Top of the complaints list was a frustration among podcasters at their lack of ability to make money through subscription downloads, mainly due to insufficient access to data about their listeners – data...

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10:08
iTunes 12.4 will reportedly introduce new sidebar,...

A refreshed version of iTunes has been in the pipeline since Eddy Cue teased it in February of this year. While the Apple executive didn’t specify exactly what would change, a new leak from MacRumors shows that Apple is planning a relatively minor update in iTunes 12.4 that doesn’t dramatically overhaul the interface of the application like many had hoped.
more…Filed under: Mac Tagged: iTunes, iTunes 12.4 ...

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10:00
The Fujifilm X-Pro2 is a fantastic camera, but it...

I've been looking forward to the X-Pro2, Fujifilm's flagship mirrorless camera, ever since switching over to the X Series 18 months ago. To understand why, you need to know a little about me. I've only really been taking cameras seriously for seven y...

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10:00
4th Time's the Charm for Uncharted


The final chapter in Sony's PlayStation 4 exclusive Uncharted 4: A Thief's End brings the story of treasure hunter Nathan Drake to a satisfying conclusion, suggest early reviews. The game will hit retail outlets Tuesday. The game is the final title in the series, developer Naughty Dog has said. It seems that the studio went out all to ensure that the saga ended on a high note. It is not only among the best of the Uncharted titles, but also among the best yet released exclusively for the PlayStation 4, according to reviews.

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08:56
This week’s top stories: iPhone 7, Apple Music’s iOS...

In this week’s top stories: Tim Cook hints at a “can’t live without” feature for iPhone 7, we detail Apple Music’s upcoming redesign planned for iOS 10, and the latest round of iPhone 7 reports.
And other top shared stories include Apple’s announcement of a new enterprise-focused partnership with SAP, news of a couple high-profile hires and departures from the company this week, and much more. Head below for the usual handy links to all this week’s top stories and videos:
more…Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple Music,...

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08:30
Six of the world's weirdest bikes

By Cat DiStasio

Bicycles are ubiquitous on most city streets, but that doesn't mean they have to be boring. Over the years we've seen some absolutely bizarre bike designs that tiptoe around the borders of insanity. Some, like this wild dinosaur-insp...

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08:27
Apple Granted 8 Design Patents Covering Next-Gen...

Last month we posted a report titled "Apple Wins Design Patent for Large Swing-Out Glass Doors for Next Generation Apple Stores." Today Patently Apple has discovered eight granted design patents in the Hong Kong database covering next-gen Apple Store front designs. The designs were issued late yesterday illustrating ...

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07:37
Report: Apple’s standalone HomeKit app could finally...

A standalone iOS app for Apple’s HomeKit platform could finally arrive in iOS 10 as a new report claims an Apple employee on the company’s marketing team revealed plans for the launch in an online review. MacRumors found the mention (pasted below) within a product review related to HomeKit and says it confirmed the person that left the comment was indeed an Apple employee.

As I work in marketing for Apple, we test many Smart Home devices, especially for iOS HomeKit integration. […]
Some advice, there are many third party applications, most free, that offer more control and customization(s) with many Smart Home devices. “Yonomi” is a free app that I often use, “Home” is another which cost $14.99. Both offer support for many devices with more added daily (including Amazon “Echo”). The next version of iOS due this fall will have a standalone “HomeKit” app as well.

Apple has had...

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07:00
Recommended Reading: Captain America vs. Iron Man

Why the Civil War between
Captain America and
Iron Man Is Inevitable
Tim O'Neil,
AV Club

The latest installment in Marvel's Cinematic Universe, Captain America: Civil War, hits theaters in the US this weekend. Before you head out, read up on what...

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03:00
The week in Apple news: Apple Music changes, Tim...

Apple headlines for the week ending May 6, 2016Sunday is Mother’s Day. Wait, did you forget? Well, thanks to Apple, you can make a “Shot on iPhone” Mother’s Day video, using this site. Upload an image, enter your name, and then you can post the final result so Mom can enjoy. After you’re done with that, check out the Apple headlines for the past week. Click on the link to get more information.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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05:45
Nvidia Introduced their Insanely Powered Next-Gen...

Nvidia's Chief Executive Jen-Hsun Huang unveiled the insanely powered pascal architecture based GTX 1080 at the DreamHack gamer event last night in Austin, Texas. Huang said the new card was three ...

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05:00
Screen Studio a solid, but long-in-the-tooth screen...

Infinisys' Screen Studio for Mac OS X (10.6 or higher) is a solid tool for creating your own screen savers. My big concern regarding the app is that it hasn't been updated in two years. Will the next major Mac OS X update "break" it?

In fact, your Mac doesn't recognize it as an approved app. This means you'll have to go to your Security & Privacy preferences in the Mac OS X Settings app and select "Anywhere" from the "allow apps to be downloaded from" item. This, as Apple warns you, makes your Mac less secure. If that doesn't bother you, then download away.

Screen Studio lets you easily create professional looking screen savers for the Mac. Screen Studio comes with a large amount of clip art, including popular characters from After Dark, such as the Flying Toaster, Bad Dog, Boris and fish from the popular Fish module. It also comes with sound files, which facilitates the...

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04:30
On the Roadie again with the Executive Backpack

If you're a road warrior who packs both a laptop and an iPad, Tenba's Roadie Executive Backpack should suit your traveling needs. It's great for photographers, filmmakers and anyone who hits the road with LOTS of tech gadgets.

It features a handsome and distinctive exterior design that matches the rest of the Roadie collection, and is built with three cascading storage sections: first for laptop, iPad and documents; second for tech accessories; and third for core business tools like pens and business cards. The cascading sections nest together when zipped shut, so the bag always maintains a slim profile.

The Roadie Executive sports a dual-pocket computer compartment that will hold both an iPad and a laptop up to 15 inches. The left side of the bag has a stretchy mesh pocket for a beverage or other items for quick access. The right side is home to one of Tenba's signature...

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04:05
Drake's New Album Sold 1 Million Copies While...

On April 9 we posted a report titled "Drake's New Album 'Views from the 6' will be an Apple Music Exclusive on April 29." The album debuted right on schedule on iTunes and we're now learning that "Drake sold more than one million copies ...

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03:00
Streaming Surpasses CD Sales At Warner Music

An anonymous reader writes: The times are a changin'. "Warner Music Group has become the first major record company to report that streaming has become its largest source of revenue, surpassing sales of physical formats such as CDs and vinyl," reports Financial Times. Last year, Warner's streaming revenue surpassed its sales for downloads. It goes to show just how much of an impact streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music are having on the music industry. Warner is the third-largest record company and has embraced streaming more quickly than the rest of the industry. "This rapid transformation is evidence of our ability to sign, develop and market artists that thrive in the streaming world," said Stephen Cooper, Warner's chief executive. The company reports that total recorded music revenue grew 10 percent to $610 million in the first three months of the year. Overall digital revenue increased 20 percent to $328 million, offsetting declines in physical formats like CDs....

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00:54
This week on AI: Self-driving car facilities, AAPL...

Although the company's stock took a beating, Apple news generally resumed course this week with word on its electric car, plans for an Apple Music redesign, and rumors about the upcoming "iPhone 7" -- perhaps even the "7s."

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Tuesday May 3

00:00
PCWorld Show Episode 15: Phone-cam shoot-out, laptop...

Jon, Flo, and Gordon talk iPhone 6s vs. Galaxy S7 cameras, MacBook Pro vs. XPS 15, and if it's right to have a fully catered Burning Man without dirty hippies.

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Wednesday May 4

17:00
The Week in Mac Apps: 3 new Mac-based text editors

Editors for all writing typesThis week’s roundup of new apps brings you three new text editors—SwiftText, Small, and CryptoEdit—plus a variety of other handy tools. Read on!Blood Pressure Diary 2 1.01Sergey Fatykhov’s $10 Blood Pressure Diary 2 is a medical app and database for recording your blood pressure throughout the day. The app lets you add new readings, stores and analyzes them, and then organizes your data into helpful charts that you can share with your doctor via email.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Friday May 6

16:30
Get your Captain America: Civil War fix with these...

Suit up!Back in the day, we’d get a new console game every time a big movie came out, and that extended to the App Store’s early days. But now, rather than release a new game for each movie, Marvel rolls out themed updates to nearly all of the active games it has on iOS—which means there’s surely something you’ll enjoy if you’re into superhero showdowns. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:22
Apple Music Connect will reportedly be downgraded in...

Creating a social networks for artists may not be Apple’s forte.
Apple’s first attempt at this was Ping in 2012, an initiative to add MySpace-like features to iTunes. It went nowhere. Now, Apple is looking to de-emphasize Connect, the social feature in Apple Music that gave artists direct access to share music and videos on the platform. 
According to 9to5Mac, Apple is expected to “demote” Connect as part of Apple Music’s upcoming iOS 10 revamp. Connect has been a main tab in Apple Music since the streaming service launched last summer, but sources are now saying that the feature will be somehow integrated into the For You tab. At the time it launched, Apple cited Connect’s social capabilities as one of the distinguishing factors between Apple Music and other music streaming services....

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23:53
Emsisoft internet security

Forums: SoftwareEmsisoft internet security really is a extensive safety and security solution that mixes Antivirus, Anti--Malware and Firewall, all-in-at least one. It cleans and helps to protect your PC from all of word wide web dangers, incorporating computer viruses, trojans, spyware, crawlers, adware and worms, bolstered by way of intense firewall. The course uses a triple-layer anticipation engine that has Search Insurance, Authentic-time Data Guard and Conduct Blocker.
The Surfing Shield characteristic blocks having access to threatening and fake online sites, while Real-time Register Protect scans your documents and forms for all sorts of malicious software in real-time. Your third coating, Tendencies Blocker, scans and computer monitors all walking steps and timepieces for distrustful...

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18:26
iTunes 12.4 Update to Feature Minor Redesign With...

Back in February, iTunes chief Eddy Cue promised a new version of iTunes would be coming out with OS X 10.11.4, featuring a simpler design that makes Apple Music easier to use. That update wasn’t included in OS X 10.11.4 and has been delayed, but a source has shared some screenshots of the upcoming iTunes 12.4 update with MacRumors, giving us a look at the changes Apple plans to introduce in the near future.

A redesigned dropdown media picker will be used to switch between Music, TV Shows, Movies, and other content, replacing the existing navigation icons. Like the current menu, the new menu is customizable, so sections of iTunes that are not used can be hidden from view. Forward and back buttons can be used to navigate between different sections.

A...

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18:02
iOS 10 Likely to Include Standalone HomeKit App...

A unified, Apple-designed HomeKit app has been desired by HomeKit users since HomeKit first debuted, and it appears Apple is planning to introduce such an app in the near future, perhaps in iOS 10.

The hint on Apple's HomeKit plans comes from an Amazon reviewer who works in the marketing department at Apple. The name of the reviewer coincides with the LinkedIn profile of a marketing employee at Apple, and we have confirmed that the Amazon review was indeed created by the Apple employee. As I work in marketing for Apple, we test many Smart Home devices, especially for iOS HomeKit integration. [...]

Some advice, there are many third party applications, most free, that offer more control and customization(s) with many Smart Home devices. "Yonomi" is a free app that I often use, "Home" is another which cost $14.99. Both offer support for many devices with more added daily (including Amazon "Echo"). The next version of...

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17:00
Watch NVIDIA announce some big news tonight at 9pm ET

If you've been eagerly awaiting NVIDIA's next batch of high-end video cards, you might want to tune into its Twitch channel at 9 pm Eastern. The company will be livestreaming an elaborate media event it's holding in Austin, Texas. While they're not s...

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07:00
Why ransomware works so well

At Interop 2016, Network World chats with John Pironti, president of IP Architects, about why ransomware is on the rise, and why many consumers and businesses are paying the ransom.

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07:12
Apple Music to offer 50 percent discount to students

Apple is reportedly rolling out a new Apple Music subscription option for students on Friday. The new plan will let verified students get an Apple Music subscription for 50 percent off, according to TechCrunch.At this writing the subscription was not available in iTunes or on Apple’s website.The new student plan will be available in a number of countries around the world including the U.S., U.K., Australia, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, and New Zealand. Exact pricing will vary based on region, but for U.S. students the discount will mean a monthly charge of $5 per month.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click...

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15:59
The story behind hockey’s most famous photo

In honor of the NHL playoffs on now (I’m halfheartedly cheering for Nashville and Pittsburgh – both cities I used to live in), this is a really interesting back story of one of the greatest action photos ever taken.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:39
Tweetbot makes it easier to go on Twitter rants

Tweetbot 4 brought some much needed features to the third-party Twitter client, such as a Stats and Activity Tab plus a revamped iPad app. Now there's a new version of the app that'll be sure to please those who love to post a whole bunch of tweets i...

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14:57
Charter acquisition of Time Warner Cable approved by...

It feels like forever since Time Warner Cable agreed to merge with Charter Communications, for an estimated $55 billion. But today, nearly a year after the two companies struck a deal, the Federal Communications Commission has finally granted its app...

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14:53
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14:33
Amazon promises to eliminate racial gaps in delivery...

Just two weeks after a Bloomberg report revealed glaring racial gaps in Amazon's same-day Prime delivery areas, the online retail giant has promised to eliminate those dead zones by expanding the service "to every zip code of the 27 cities where Prim...

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14:30
AWT News Update: May 6, 2016

It's Friday again, with a quartet of news -- and rumor -- items from the world of Apple:

  • Clothier True Religion is rolling out Apple Watches to store sales associates
  • Now a Japanese Apple site is saying that the iPhone 7 will not have a Smart Connector, so basically they're saying nobody has any clue. We agree.
  • Streaming music services like Apple Music have become the main source of revenue for Warner Music Group
  • Tim Cook is racking up the frequent flier miles in May, with trips to China and the Netherlands planned

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California-based clothing retailer True...

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14:16
Microsoft begins warning users it will cut free...

Microsoft is sending out email alerts to OneDrive customers, warning people with free 15-gigabyte accounts that their storage will shrink to 5 gigabytes on August 10, assuming they didn't previously opt into keeping the higher amount.

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14:08
VNYL's wireless turntable lets your pals follow...

Perhaps you've heard of VNYL: the $39 record subscription service that sends you three new albums a month based on your musical tastes. After offering the vinyl aspect of the audio equation, the company is looking to provide the gear you'll need to s...

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14:00
Tweetbot 4.3 on iOS launches Topics, making tweet...

Live tweeting aficionados and tweet storm lovers may welcome Tweetbot’s latest update for iOS, and coming soon to the Mac. The app has introduced ‘Topics’, an intuitive way to link tweets together with an optional hashtag without having to reply to each one of your previous tweets. A very small, but welcome feature for those who find themselves easily surpassing Twitter’s 140-character limit.
more…Filed under: Apps, iOS Tagged: Tweetbot 4.3, Twitter ...

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13:45
External Link: Apple Music Offering 50 Percent...

Apple has launched a new student membership for its Apple Music service for only $4.99 per month, which is half off the regular $9.99 price and the same as Spotify’s $4.99 student plan. The new discount is available for those attending any eligible college and university —both undergraduate and graduate students — in the United States, Australia, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. The discount is good for up to four non-continous years, so if students take time off, they can also pause their Apple Music student memberships. 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...

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13:45
How Armenian gangsters blew up the fingerprint-...

Paytsar Bkhchadzhyan is a woman with a colorful past and a bummer of a present.

She arrived this week in news stories with a string of criminal convictions, and gained notoriety for pleading "no contest" to felony identity theft early this year. Her...

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13:21
The next 'Battlefield' drops you in WWI,...

EA and developer Dice today revealed the next major entry in the venerable warfare series Battlefield. Just as the rumor mill believed, the game will be set in World War I -- and the new game, appropriately, is titled Battlefield 1. "We chose the nam...

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13:04
iPhone sales surge 56% in India as Apple eats into...

With iPhone sales in India up 56 percent year over year, Apple is showing significant progress in the rapidly developing nation, where Chief Executive Tim Cook hopes to find continued success going forward, thanks to the country's massive young population.

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13:03
Watch the announcement of the next 'Battlefield...

EA and DICE are ready to show the world the next Battlefield game, and today's the day. Watch the live reveal right here starting at 4PM EDT / 1PM PDT. Little is known about the setting or timeframe of the new game, though rumors abound. Get the conf...

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13:00
Notable apps and app updates for May 6, 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/Updates

Talkshow

Talkshow is a new social networking app that lets you host text-based discussions with the world. Create a "show", share it to invite friends and followers, and then enjoy the direction the discussion takes. Talkshows can be shared to the web, to Facebook, and to Twitter, so others don't even need to have the app installed to participate. It's a fascinating concept, and the universal app is free.

The Rock Clock

Need motivation to get up and get things done? The Rock Clock (free...

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12:53
Manus VR gloves add full-arm tracking to the HTC Vive

The Manus VR gloves were already impressive when we got our hands in them at the Game Developers Conference, but their latest feature promises an even more immersive experience. Using the HTC Vive and its motion controllers, the Manus system can trac...

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12:09
True Religion deploys Apple Watch to salespeople in...

As part of a new initiative to enhance customer engagement, California-based clothing company True Religion has begun outfitting its retail store employees with the Apple Watch, including integration with iBeacons.

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11:37
Report: iPhone 7 ‘Pro’ may not feature iPad Pro’s...

A purported casing leak back in March claimed to show what was referenced as iPhone 7 ‘Pro’ and featured dual iSight cameras and three dots resembling the iPad Pro’s Smart Connector. A separate leak appeared to show schematics for the same iPhone 7 Pro design from a previously reliable magazine late last month. Macotakara reports now, however, that Apple’s Smart Connector technology likely won’t be featured on any of the next generation iPhones.
more…Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: iPhone 7...

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11:11
Aging at Home, Part 2: Some Tech to Watch Over Me


When road maps for advanced care terminate in the familiar surroundings of one's home, as opposed to assisted living facilities and hospitals, technology can be as critical and comforting as human caregiving. Neither can replace the benefits the other brings. For individuals who would like to age in place -- their home or a loved one's residence -- it's critical to factor in new and upcoming technologies when having end-game conversations. They could make the difference between aging in place or in an institution.

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11:10
MailButler adds some helpful ‘power’ features to OS...

Some folks don’t like OS X Mail, saying it doesn’t have enough “power” features. I’m a regular — and satisfied — user of the Apple app, but have found that you can beef it up with MailButler, the Apple Mail assistant by Feingeist Software GmbH. It simplifies, optimizes and streamlines working with emails.

The app adds features to the mail app that I never knew I needed before. For example, MailButler allows you to schedule an email to be sent at a specific date and time. For example, you can compose birthday emails ahead of the actual date. That’s convenient and much more personal than a quick message in FaceBook. You just define the exact date when you want to send the email, and MailButler takes care of the rest.

MailButler also allows you to convert your emails into notes. This includes formatting, file attachments, tags, reminder date and other meta information. Notes contain a direct reference to the...

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11:07
New Rumor Suggests iPhone 7 Won't Include Smart...

A Smart Connector has been one of the features rumored for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, but a new report from Japanese site Mac Otakara suggests Apple has decided not to include a Smart Connector on the upcoming devices.

The Smart Connector, first introduced with the iPad Pro, is a new type of port designed to transfer both data and power between the iPad Pro and accessories like the Smart Keyboard. It's never been clear what purpose a Smart Connector would serve on an iPhone, but speculation ranged from battery cases to wireless charging.

Hints that a Smart Connector would be included on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus first surfaced in an image said to be of...

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10:59
Rumor: 'iPhone 7' may not ship with Apple...

Despite a number of leaks suggesting Apple's next-generation "iPhone 7" might feature a Smart Connector on the back side of its chassis, a new report claims that the company ultimately opted not to include the feature in its final design.

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10:51
New Apple Site Lets Users Create Custom 'Shot...

Following the launch of its "Shot on iPhone" Mother's Day ad, Apple has created a dedicated website that allows customers to create their own Mother's Day video by uploading images of their mom.

The simple site, first shared by iPhone in Canada, opens with an upload image link, which allows users to upload a photo. The photo is then inserted into a customized version of Apple's Mother's Day video and can be uploaded directly to Facebook.

Content wise, the video is identical to Apple's Mother's Day Shot on iPhone ad, featuring photos of mothers from iPhone users around the world, with the addition of the user-uploaded photo.

The site, which is a new marketing tactic for Apple, may have been created by Apple...

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10:40
Apple CEO Tim Cook opening Startup Fest in Amsterdam...

Tim Cook is no stranger to conferences and keynotes, and later this month the Apple CEO is set to appear at the first Startup Fest Europe in Amsterdam. Cook will open the event as its keynote speaker on May 24th, followed by appearances by other big names including Google/Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt, Uber’s Travis Kalanick. Google and Apple-partner IBM are among Startup Fest’s sponsors.
more…Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Startup Fest, Tim Cook ...

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10:18
Apple chief Tim Cook to speak at Startup Fest Europe...

Apple CEO Tim Cook will be one of several speakers appearing later this month at Startup Fest Europe, an event in Amsterdam intended to spur the growh of startup businesses.

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10:05
Tim Cook Named Keynote Speaker at Startup Fest Europe

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been named as one of several tech industry executives that will speak at Startup Fest Europe, a festival geared towards helping startups grow faster, according to the event website.That would be an interesting talk!∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:01
Apple Music ditching “Connect” tab in redesign

In the iOS 10 Apple Music redesign, the Connect feature will follow Ping’s lead and will be demoted. Apple Music Connect currently exists as its own tab across the Apple Music interface, but multiple sources say that the feature will lose its tab and become integrated into the “For You” recommendations page.I do hope this is true. Connect is the most useless thing since Ping. However, I hope that “integrated” into For You doesn’t mean that it will be mixed in with my recommendations—that would completely ruin the For You tab for me. Just kill Connect and be done with it.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:59
How-To: Enable Aero Snap-like window snapping on...

Yesterday, we wrote a post about hiding the menu bar, and in the corresponding video tutorial, we used window snapping to highlight one of the benefits of a hidden menu bar. Afterwards, I received several tweets and emails asking how to perform window snapping, since this is not a feature that appears natively in OS X.
Window snapping allows you to position windows in specific areas of the screen, usually by dragging the window to the edge of the screen, causing the window to “snap” into place. This feature was first popularized by Microsoft’s Aero Snap on Windows. Even though Apple doesn’t natively support it, window snapping is available on the Mac via a variety of third-party apps. more…Filed under:
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09:53
Immersion files second complaint over Apple’s 3D...

Immersion, a company which developers haptic feedback technology, has filed its second complaint of the year against Apple. The company claims that 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and the Force Touch trackpad found on the 12-inch MacBook and recent MacBook Pro models violate a number of Immersion patents.I wonder how Apple will argue this case.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:43
Debate Rages Over Whether Apple Music Automatically...

Apple Music is the center of a heated debate this week, with involved parties arguing over whether or not the service is deleting Apple Music users' song collections from hard drives after uploading them to iCloud Music Library.

Vellum's James Pinkstone wrote a long complaint on May 4 accusing Apple Music of doing just that. According to Pinkstone, Apple Music deleted 122GB of his original music files after he joined Apple Music and had his music library scanned by Apple to make his personal content available across multiple devices.

When I signed up for Apple Music, iTunes evaluated my massive collection of Mp3s and WAV files, scanned Apple's database for what it considered matches, then removed the original files from my internal hard drive. REMOVED them. Deleted...

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09:30
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09:09
Ping 2.0? Apple Music revamp rumored to downplay...

Apple's struggles with social networking continue, as its mostly-ignored artist Connect feature is said to be set for a "demotion" in the upcoming revamp of Apple Music in iOS 10.

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09:07
Apple Music & others help streaming become...

Streaming became Warner Music Group's biggest revenue source in the first quarter of 2016, driven largely by services like Spotify and Apple Music, the company revealed in its latest financial results.

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09:00
Report from Rumorville: A11 chip design being...

It's another slow news Friday, so why not liven things up with a fresh, heapin' helpin' of rumors, courtesy of DigiTimes. We still have five or six months to go until we'll see the rumored iPhone 7, but DigiTimes isn't going to wait for that -- they're jumping ahead to the 2017 iPhone 7s model, which they say will be outfitted with an "A11" chip to be manufactured by TSMC.

The chip design is allegedly based on a 10-nanometer FinFET process that TSMC is working on and that won't even be certified until late 2016. iPhones at this time use 14 or 16 nanometer chip designs depending on the source -- Samsung or TSMC -- and shrinking the size provides better power efficiency for the phone. Research into 7-nanometer designs continues, and a 2018 or 2019 debut would be a possibility depending on progress made by suppliers.

DigiTimes' sources say that TSMC would get about two-thirds of all A11...

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08:56
Apple Music Connect to Be Removed From Music App Tab...

Earlier this week rumors suggested that an Apple Music overhaul is being prepared for a worldwide reveal at WWDC this June, with a launch in the fall within iOS 10. New details shared today by 9to5Mac indicate that one of the streaming music service's least-used features -- the social network-like section called Connect -- will be "demoted" in the overhaul and removed from the app's tab bar completely.

Although some users have gone through the process of removing Connect already, allowing them a dedicated Playlist tab in its place, iOS 10 will see Apple moving Connect permanently from the bottom tab and...

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08:26
Rumor: TSMC finalizing “A11” processor for limited...

It looks like Apple is starting the queue up design elements for its A11 processor.
Apple processor supplier TSMC is rumored to be designing an A11 chip that could be manufactured in small quantities as soon as the second quarter of 2017.
Sources have said the chip design is based on the 10-nanometer FinFET process TSMC is still working on. Certification for that process is only expected in the fourth quarter of 2016, and product samples would only be delivered to Apple in the following quarter.

The sources suggested that TSMC would likely control two-thirds of total “A11” orders, with the chips going into new iPhones shipping in the second half of 2017.
It’s also been said that TSMC wouldn’t be the only provider of the chip and that Samsung is thought...

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08:25
Apple Music Connect social network to be demoted in...

Apple Music Connect, a social interaction feature between artists and listeners that was a cornerstone of the Apple Music launch last summer, will be demoted in an iOS 10 overhaul this fall. Apple Music Connect was designed as a major component of the Apple Music service that would spur usage by allowing artists to share photos, videos, and audio while on tour in addition to allowing Apple Music listeners to comment and like posts. Instead, the feature has been lightly used in comparison to other Apple Music features, and some users have even discovered ways to disable the Connect feature.
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08:00
The Public Access Weekly: Island in the sun

Hey there fantastic Public Access Weekly readers! This week we celebrated May the 4th Be With You, one of everyone's favorite geek holidays, as well as the holiday that falls on the day after -- Revenge of the 5th. We are also just days away from...

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07:54
Apple Music Feature Request: Don’t remove local...

Ben Lovejoy, writing for 9to5Mac, gets right to some core issues with Apple Music. Great post.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:44
Former Microsoft Windows President on his full-time...

Steven Sinofsky was President of Microsoft’s Windows’ division from 2009 to 2013. His post is thoughtful and well reasoned. Interesting that he made the choice to use an iPad and not a Surface solution.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:23
Apple's Tim Cook flying to meet Chinese...

Apple CEO Tim Cook is reportedly flying to Beijing later this month to meet with senior Chinese government officials -- including, unusually, officials in charge of propaganda.

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07:22
Apple Music adds $4.99 student pricing plan

TechCrunch:Apple today launched a new plan to boost subscribers to its streaming music service and competitor to Spotify, SoundCloud, Tidal and others. It’s introducing an Apple Music student plan which will discount the service by 50 percent for those who are enrolled in an eligible college or university.That means in the U.S., where an individual membership to Apple Music costs $9.99 per month, the student membership will be $4.99 per month instead.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:18
Reuters: Apple’s Tim Cook to visit China for...

Reuters:Apple Inc (AAPL.O) Chief Executive Tim Cook plans to visit Beijing later this month to meet high-level government officials, at a time when it is facing some setbacks in its most important overseas market, a source familiar with the matter said.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:16
Tim Cook to visit Beijing later this month

Apple CEO Tim Cook plans to visit Beijing later this month to meet high-level government officials, reports Reuters. He plans to meet senior government and Communist Party leaders - including officials in charge of propaganda, the article adds, quoting an unnamed source “who declined to be named as the plan is not public yet.”

The visit is probably designed to allow Cook to address several issues as Apple facing declining revenues in China. Last month, Apple's iBookStore and iTunes Movies services were shut down in the country on the orders of the government's media watchdog, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television. The two online stores were only launched six months previously, and their closure comes as China's President Xi Jinping seeks to consolidate government control of the web and media. 

Cook doubtless will address this issue...

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06:58
Apple Music helps tip Warner from a music sales...

There have been many signs over the years that the music business has changed from one where people buy music to one where they only rent it, but Warner has just become the first major music label to cross that line. Recode reports that streaming now earns the company more money than music sales.
more…Filed under: Apple Music Tagged: Apple Music...

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06:55
Apple, other autonomous car makers, looking for huge...

Wall Street Journal:Apple Inc., Google parent Alphabet Inc. and several car makers are seeking large expanses of real estate in the San Francisco Bay Area for their autonomous-car operations.Like I said, huge tracts of land.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:38
Here are two new reports/rumors about the rumored...

There are two new reports about the rumored Apple Car project. The Wall Street Journal says Apple is among companies looking for large expanses of real estate in the San Francisco Bay Area for their autonomous-car operations.

Quoting Victor Coleman, chief executive of Hudson Pacific Properties,the articleApple is looking for an 800,000 square foot facilities. The WSJ adds that the tech company is s in the process of expanding a team that had about 600 employees last year, “according to people familiar with the matter.”

On a related note, another recent Apple hire has been linked to the Apple Car project. As noted by Quartz, Kurt Adelberger...

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06:35
Apple Music Feature Request: Don’t remove local...

I was expecting to jump ship from Spotify to Apple Music right from the start, and I did indeed do so. The longer I’ve used it, the more enthusiastic I’ve become about the service.
Before the launch of Apple Music, I mostly listened to my own music library, viewing Spotify very much as a supplementary music source. It wasn’t very good at introducing me to new music, so mostly I used it to try out artists recommended by friends.
Apple Music, however, has totally transformed the way I listen to music. Upwards of 80% of my listening is on the For You tab, listening to the recommended playlists and albums, and it’s introduced me to many new artists I now love. Listening to my own music library has become a secondary activity.
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06:24
Apple introduces Apple Music plan for students

Apple has introduced an Apple Music plan aimed at students. As noted by TechCrunch, the service is $4.99 a month instead of the regular $9.99 per month fee.

The deal launches today in the U.S., the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia and other countries. To qualify, students must be currently attending an eligible university or college and gain the discount for up to four years. Existing Apple Music subscribers can migrate to the cheaper student tier if they qualify.

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06:24
Rumor: TSMC already finalizing 10nm 'A11'...

Apple processor supplier TSMC is starting to tape out the design for an "A11" chip that could go into small-scale production as soon the second quarter of 2017, in preparation for that year's iPhones, a report said on Friday.

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06:16
Bob Kupbens, vice president of Apple’s online retail...

Bob Kupbens, the vice president in charge of Apple’s growing online retail business, has resigned to take on a new position elsewhere, reports 9to5Mac, quoting unnamed “multiple sources.” He joined Apple in 2014 and has been in charge of all online-based Apple retail initiatives.

Kupbens joined Apple from Delta, where he served as vice president of marketing and digital commerce. He also previously held posts at the consulting firm A.T. Kearney and Target. Kupbens holds a BS in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA in strategy and finance from the University of Michigan. 

He’s the latest exec to leave Apple’s retail division in recent years. He follows former Apple retail executives Bob Bridger and Jerry McDougal.

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06:07
Immersion files another patent infringement lawsuit...

Immersion, a haptic feedback tech company, has filed a second (or is the third?) lawsuit against Apple for alleged patent infringement.

In February it filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission ("ITC") against Apple, AT&T., and AT&T Mobility LLC. The company has also filed a patent infringement complaint against those three firms in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. The complaints allege that the Apple iPhone 6, Apple iPhone 6 Plus, Apple iPhone 6s, Apple iPhone 6s Plus, Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition infringe certain Immersion patents covering haptic feedback systems and methods in electronic devices.

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05:30
I’m looking forward to my 10TB flash drive-equipped...

Currently, I own two Macs. My main computer is a 27-inch iMac; my backup computer is a 12-inch MacBook. Perhaps by 2018, I'll own just one Mac: a MacBook Pro with a 10TB flash drive.

That's not as ridiculous as it sounds. Announcements from Micron and Intel about new 3D NAND flash advancements hint that upcoming Macs can be equipped with greater-than-10TB solid-state drives. Currently, the MacBook Pro, iMac and Mac Pro top out at 1TB PCIe-based flash storage upgrade option.

The new 3D NAND technology stacks flash cells vertically in 32 layers to achieve 256GB multilevel cell (MLC) and 384GB triple-level cell (TLC) die that fit within a standard package. These capacities can enable gum stick-sized SSDs. For a standard 2.5-inch drive that means up to 10TB of space.

Even with my iMac, I keep my music, movies (including dozens of ripped-but-legally-purchased DVDs) on a 6GB external drive. Imagine if all my iMac's internal and external store could fit into a 15-inch...

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05:23
Apple begins offering half-price $4.99 Apple Music...

Starting today, students enrolled in an eligible college or university will today be able to subscribe to Apple Music at a discounted price, as Apple is offering half off the standard subscription rate for its streaming music service.

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05:16
Apple Gets Aggressive with new Apple Music...

Today we learn that Apple is shaking up the standard streaming music industry pricing structure by introducting the "Apple Music Student Membership" at half the going subscription price in seven countries...

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05:04
AppleInsider podcast talks 'Apple Pencil 2,...

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, we discuss Apple's stock, the 'iPhone 7' and rumors of the headphone jack reappearing, a patent for a possible 'Apple Pencil 2', smart voice assistants, Fitbit's performance, and more.

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05:00
NuGuard KX will guard your iPhone 6s/6s Plus

NewerTech's NuGuard KX protective cases for the Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus resemble Apple Smart Cases on steroids with their one-piece design. However, they're thicker than the Apple product. Due to this, and other features, the NuGuard KX is more protective than the Smart Case, but does add more bulk to your smartphone. 

The NuGuard KX case (I tested the one for the iPhone 6s Plus) boasts X-Orbing gel technology that's designed to absorb and evenly distribute kinetic energy. The outside of the case — the grip shell — has a cross hatch design that helps prevent the iPhone from slipping out of your hand. 

The NuGuard case is easy to install; it snaps into place. Once on, it offers easy access to all buttons and ports on the Apple smartphone. You’ll be able to connect small- to medium-sized headphone and Lightning plug accessories; however, larger ones may not fit. Also...

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04:43
Worldwide IoT security spending to reach $348...

Worldwide spending on Internet of Things (IoT) security will reach $348 million in 2016, a 23.7% increase from 2015 spending of $281.5 million, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com).
Spending on IoT security is expected to reach $547 million in 2018, adds the research group. Although overall spending will initially be moderate, Gartner predicts that IoT security market spending will increase at a faster rate after 2020, as improved skills, organizational change and more scalable service options improve execution.
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04:30
Prepare for Mother’s Day with Mix on Pix for the...

You can prepare for Mother’s Day (and you haven’t forgotten that Sunday, May 8) is Mother’s Day, have you?) with Mix on Pix 1.0 for the iPhone and iPad.

It’s an app for adding just about anything on pictures, including texts, annotations, watermarks, photos, logos and more. Mix on Pix offers stock texts and themed stock art, as well as providing users with access to 477 available fonts & more. And the app is free through the weekend to celebrate Mother’s Day.

Just so you’ll know: Mother's Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew's Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. Her campaign to make "Mother's Day" a recognized holiday in the United States began in 1905, the year her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, died. 

Ann Jarvis had been a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, and created Mother’s Day...

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04:27
Netflix Adds 600 Kbps Preset Throttle to Mobile Apps

Ostensibly to save its subscribers from overage charges, Netflix has updated its mobile apps to include a default 600 Kbps streaming rate limit, but it can be overriden. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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04:24
Design of first version of A11 chip reportedly...

Digitimes is reporting that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has begun to ‘tape out’ the A11 chip expected to power the 2017-model iPhone. Taping out is the point at which the initial design is finalized and ready to create the photomask that will be used for manufacture.
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04:22
Tension Software announces Data Extractor 1.4.2

Tension Software has released Data Extractor 1.4.2 for Mac OS X.
The app allows users to extract data in a sparse format contained inside files and collect them in an internal structured table. Collected data can be exported at any time in various format (CSV, TSV, HTML, Custom).
In version 1.4.2, source files visualization can be switched between full path or file name. The upgrade also sport an improved extraction algorithm.
Data Extractor requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $50 and is available at the Tension Software website and the Mac App Store.

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04:03
Kool Tools: Visioneer Patriot D40

Visioneer’s Patriot D40 is a color duplex desktop scanner and software package designed for scanning, storing and organizing up to 6,000 double-sided pages daily.
The Patriot D40, compliant with the Trade Agreements Act (TAA) as required for sale under federal General Services Administration (GSA) schedule contracts, features Visioneer’s OneTouch technology, enabling the scanner to function at the touch of a single button. The bundle works with Mac and Windows computers.
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04:00
Fashion Friday: Macworld Expo 1997 T-shirt

Over the years, I’ve collected lots of nifty T-shirts from trade shows I’ve covered — mainly the late, lamented Macworld Expos held in Boston, San Francisco, New York, Tokyo, and Paris. Over the next few weeks I’ll be “modeling” some of the items in my collection.

Today I’m pictured with my T-shirt from the 1997 Macworld Expo, which was held in Boston. To me, it will always be remembered as the most exciting expo of all. 

Why? It saw the return of Steve Jobs. On July 9, 1997, Gil Amelio was ousted as CEO of Apple by the board of directors after overseeing 12 disappointing years. Jobs stepped in as the interim CEO (iCEO), eventually becoming CEO. 

At the 1997 Macworld Expo in Boston, Jobs announced that Apple would be entering into partnership with Microsoft. Included in this was a five-year commitment from Microsoft to release Microsoft Office for Macintosh as well a $150 million investment in Apple. 

It was also announced that Internet Explorer would be...

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03:58
Apple seeking 800,000-sq feet of space for car...

One of the largest property companies in the San Francisco Bay Area has said during an investor call that Apple is seeking around 800,000 square feet of space in the area to expand its car project. The WSJ quotes Hudson Pacific Properties CEO Victor Coleman talking about rising demand for space for car R&D in the area.

We’re seeing the Toyotas of the world, the Teslas of the world, BMWs, Mercedes. Ford now is out in the marketplace looking for space. I haven’t even mentioned the 400,000 square feet that Google’s looking to take down and the 800,000 square feet that Apple’s looking to take down for their autonomous cars as well.

That would be almost a third the size of the spaceship campus Apple is currently building, which is around 2.8M...

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03:54
Apple's CEO Set to meet with Senior Chinese...

In a report that we posted on Sunday titled "Apple's CEO doesn't see Carl Icahn's Dark Cloud Over their business in China, he sees Growth Ahead," we noted that "China's crackdown on iTunes at the moment is limited in its scope and it appears to be a cultural conflict on the types of content being available. oday we're learning that Apple's CEO will be going to China ...

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03:14
TSMC is already Preparing Apple's 2017 iPhone...

With TSMC being Apple's number one supplier for the iPhone 7's A10 chip, a new supply chian report published today claims that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has recently begun to ...

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02:50
Report: Tim Cook to visit China later this month to...

Reuters is reporting that Apple CEO Tim Cook will visit China later in May to meet with government officials and address current tensions between Apple and China, seen by many as the main driver of revenue growth for the company going forward.
Apple has faced some significant setbacks in China in the last few weeks. The company has had to stop selling iBooks and iTunes Movies in the region following new governmental policy that restricts online publishing. Apple also ceded exclusive rights to the iPhone trademark after losing a court case, although it...

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01:13
Apple Music adds student membership subscription at...

Apple is today introducing an Apple Music plan aimed at students. The service is identical in features to the standard plan but rather than paying $9.99 per month, qualifying students can subscribe to Apple Music for $4.99 per month. The offering is rolling out today in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia and more countries (via TechCrunch). Prices vary per region but the discount should be around 50% of the normal Apple Music price.
To qualify, students must be currently attending an eligible university or college and gain the discount for up to four years. Apple has partnered with UNiDAYs to verify people who sign up to the student plan are legitimate students attending a school.
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00:37
Apple Introduces Apple Music Student Membership...

Apple will today introduce an Apple Music student plan that discounts the streaming service by 50 percent for those who are enrolled in an eligible college or university (via TechCrunch).

The new plan means any academic student in the United States can now pick up an individual Apple Music membership for $4.99 a month, rather than pay the standard $9.99 subscription rate.

U.S. students won't be the only ones to benefit though, as the plan is also open to students in the U.K., Germany, Denmark, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. The actual cost is expected to vary slightly from country to country, but all markets will see 50 percent off the standard subscription rate.

The student discount is offered for up to four continuous or non-continuous years after sign-up, so...

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00:00
Hot deals on the Bobine Blackout Auto and Flexible...

Have we got a deal for you! Or more accurately, we have two deals for you today. Fuse Chicken makes the funky, flexible and fun Bobine charging docks for iPhone and Apple Watch, and today we're bringing you two of those docks -- the Bobine Blackout Auto iPhone Charging Dock and Bobine Blackout Flexible iPhone Charging Dock -- at 25 percent off the regular $40 price; that's just $29.99 with free shipping.

These curvy flexible docks are handy whether you're charging your iPhone in...

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Thursday May 5

06:53
Apple patches vulnerable OS X Git version that put...

Apple has released a new version of its Xcode development tool in order to patch two critical vulnerabilities in the Git source code management client.The Git vulnerabilities, CVE‑2016‑2324 and CVE‑2016‑2315, have been known since mid-March and can be exploited when cloning a repository with a specially crafted file structure. This allows attackers to execute malicious code on systems where such cloning operations were initiated.Xcode is an integrated development environment (IDE) used by a large number of developers to write applications for OS X and iOS. It includes a package called the OS X Command Line Tools for Xcode that contains the open-source Git client.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:56
Netflix loosens up streaming video, letting users...

Netflix users can now decide how quickly to blow through their data caps with video quality controls on iOS and Android.
To access Netflix’s new data controls, hit the menu icon in the upper-left corner (or upper-right corner on some devices). Select App Settings, then select Cellular Data Usage. By default, Netflix automatically chooses a balance of video quality and data use, allowing around three hours of video per gigabyte of data. You can also choose from five manual settings:

  • Off: Only stream on Wi-Fi.
  • Low: Stream about four hours per gigabyte. (About 0.55 megabits per second)
  • Medium: Stream about two hours per gigabyte. (About 1.1 megabits per second)
  • High: Stream about an hour per gigabyte. (About 2.2 megabits per second)
  • Unlimited: Stream the highest quality possible.

Netflix doesn’t correlate specific video resolutions to these data limits, but for comparison, Netflix recommends 5...

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08:59
App Store search is failing more than usual with...

Apple is reportedly experimenting with ways to improve its Mac and iOS App Stores, but right now the company has bigger problems. On Thursday morning, App Store search wasn’t functioning at all. This doesn’t seem right...
Users on Twitter and Reddit were the first to spot that App Store search was broken. Search isn’t all that functional at its best, but now search results for super-popular apps turn up completely wrong results. As of this writing, a search for Rex, which is an Apple Editor’s Pick in the iOS App Store Featured tab, turns up dinosaur-themed apps, but no Rex. A search for Uber results in other ride-hailing apps, like Easy Taxi and Hailo, but no Uber. Basically, the App Store is taking its normally bad behavior to the next level.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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16:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Flip It Nite helps you...

Selfies without the stickThis week’s roundup of new iPhone cases features the Flip It Nite, which packs a retractable arm that acts as a selfie stick. Plus, your usual assortment of new shells, transparent cases, and more. Read on!AmzerThe Silicone Perforated Hybrid Case (iPhone SE; $9.95 MSRP and available on Amazon) is made from a combo of sturdy materials with the goal of preventing damage against scratches and falls. This case also sports a textured back for an improved grip, offers full access to the iPhone’s ports and buttons, and comes in black/white, black, or black/hot pink....

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09:00
Securifi’s Almond 3 connected-home router is now...

Securifi announced today that its latest connected-home, mesh-network router, the Almond 3 is now available for pre-order at a $30 discount from its final retail price of $150 (your can pre-order at Amazon). First shown at CES 2016 in January, the company expects to ship the router sometime in June.In addition to being an 802.11ac Wi-Fi router, the Almond 3 is outfitted with a ZigBee radio and will be able to function as a connected-home hub. If your smart lighting, door locks, motion sensors, and other devices operate on some other protocol, Securifi offers a $20 Z-Wave USB dongle; the company expects to offer a Bluetooth dongle sometime in Q4. What’s more, the new router can also operate in conjunction with Amazon’s Alexa digital voice assistant (you’ll also need to have an Amazon Echo, Dot, or Tap). Effective today, this last feature has also been added to two of Securifi’s earlier routers, the...

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23:02
Apple VP of Online Retail Bob Kupbens leaves company

Bob Kupbens, the Vice President in charge of Apple’s growing online retail business, resigned from the company last week to take on a new position elsewhere, according to multiple sources. Kupbens joined Apple in 2014 and has been in charge of all online-based Apple retail initiatives, ranging from the recently redesigned online store, its integration into the main Apple website, the online iPhone upgrade program and newfound connectivity with Apple’s physical retail stores.
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09:36
Ethernet's future goes fast and slow

At the 2016 Interop show, David Chalupsky from the Ethernet Alliance chats with Network World about its six new data rates and 2016 Ethernet Roadmap. Chalupsky also explains why the networking standard is not only getting faster, but slower for some particular applications and use cases.

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10:02
Methods hackers use to attack DNS

At 2016 Interop, Cloudmark Engineering Director Angela Knox talks with Network World about several different ways that hackers go after DNS as part of other malicious attacks. Knox explains the methods for DNS ID hacking, spoofing, cache poisoning, exfiltration/tunneling, and DNS amplification.

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12:12
Skin tracking is the latest zany attempt to solve...

Forget digital crowns and rotating bezels; researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are positing that the future of smartwatch control is on your skin.The so-called SkinTrack involves a ring that emits a high-frequency signal and a wristband packed with electrodes. As the ring’s signal propagates through the body, SkinTrack measures the phase difference between electrodes on either end of the band to figure out the location of fingers on the skin. This in turn transforms the wearer’s wrist into a 2D trackpad for a smartwatch screen.In a demo on YouTube, the wearer is able to scroll through music tracks, tap on their hand’s invisible phone dialer, draw letters, and even play a game of Angry Birds. The researchers note that the system works with clothing over the wrist, and can even pick up movements just above the skin....

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14:29
Apple partners with SAP in new enterprise push

Apple has stepped up its efforts to target enterprise customers through a new partnership with SAP.
The companies will deliver native apps for the iPhone and iPad that tap SAP’s Hana in-memory computing platform, as well as a new iOS software development kit (SDK).
“SAP is the ideal partner to help us truly transform how businesses around the world are run on iPhone and iPad,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook.
As part of the deal, SAP will develop native iOS apps using Apple’s Swift programming language. An app might enable a field maintenance worker to order parts or schedule service, for example; another might allow a doctor to share the latest patient data with other healthcare workers.To read this article in full or to leave a comment,...

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19:37
Apple Seeking 'Large Expanses of Real Estate...

Apple is looking to purchase "large expanses of real estate" in the San Francisco Bay Area for its much-rumored car project, codenamed Project Titan, according to The Wall Street Journal. Google parent company Alphabet and several car manufacturers, such as Tesla and Mercedes Benz, are also on the hunt for more space, according to Hudson Pacific, one of the Bay Area's largest landlords.

Map of Apple's newly-purchased real estate in San Jose“We’re seeing the Toyotas of the world, the Teslas of the world, BMWs, Mercedes. Ford now is out in the marketplace looking for space,” [Hudson Pacific Properties CEO Victor Coleman] said on the landlord’s quarterly investor call. “I haven’t even mentioned the 400,000 square feet that Google’s looking to take down and the 800,000 square feet that Apple’s looking to take down for their...

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19:09
Apple eyeing 800,000-square-foot property for...

Apple, Google parent company Alphabet and a number of established car makers are reportedly on the hunt for prime real estate in the San Francisco Bay Area to serve their respective autonomous vehicle projects, with Apple in particular said to be looking at an 800,000-square-foot plot.

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18:44
∞ Cupertino Mayor loses his mind

I don’t even know what to say about Cupertino Mayor, Barry Chang. He complains in an article The Guardian that he showed up unannounced at Apple’s headquarters and was denied a meeting—I assume with Tim Cook–he was asked to leave. [...]

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17:39
Apple hires former Google inventor with background...

Another recent Apple hire has been linked to the company's rumored "Project Titan" automotive initiative, as a report on Thursday uncovered a Google patent application for electric vehicle charging systems co-invented by current Apple employee Kurt Adelberger.

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17:34
Opinion: A visual refresh will help Apple Music, but...

Earlier this week, we reported on an upcoming design refresh coming to Apple Music with iOS 10. Mark reported that the update would focus on “a redesigned user-interface, a few new functions, and reorganization as well as simplification of existing features.” The new interface is said to ditch the colorful translucent look of the current app in favor of a more simplistic look with a focus on album art and black & white design.
While I certainly won’t reject an interface refresh for Apple Music, I think there are a variety of things that need to change too (or even first). Read on as I breakdown what needs to be changed…
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16:59
Immersion expands patent lawsuit against Apple over...

Earlier this year Immersion Corporation, one of the leading companies in haptic feedback technology, filed a lawsuit against Apple over haptic technology used in the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, and Apple Watch. Today, the company has filed a second lawsuit against Apple and AT&T in which it says the MacBook and MacBook Pro violate one patent relating to haptic feedback. Additionally, Immersion says the iPhone 6s infringes on three more of its patents not mentioned in the first lawsuit.
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16:50
LAPD Hacked An iPhone 5s Before The FBI Hacked San...

According to recently released court papers, Los Angeles police investigators found a way to break into a locked iPhone 5s belonging to April Jace, the slain wife of "The Shield" actor Michael Jace. The detectives were able to bypass the security at around the same time period the FBI was demanding Apple unlock the iPhone 5c belonging to San Bernardino terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook. LAPD detective Connie Zych wrote on March 18, the department found a "forensic cellphone expert" who could "override the locked iPhone function," according to the search warrant. There's no mention of how the LAPD broke into the iPhone or what OS the iPhone was running (Note: iOS 8, which features improved encryption and security features, came out months after the killing). The information stored on the iPhone should help in the criminal case against Jace's husband, who is charged with the May 19, 2014, killing.
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16:37
Immersion Misses Q1 Earnings & Announces their...

Today, Immersion reported on their financials where they noted that they're down 16% from Q1 2015. To mask some of their pain, their press release updated their ongoing litigation with Apple, Samsung and Sony. With Apple, Immersion is adding MacBooks to the list of products that allegedly infringe upon Immersion's IP as well as extend their list of patents involved in the case.

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16:07
Immersion Files Second Haptic Feedback Lawsuit...

Immersion, a company that develops and licenses haptic touch feedback technology, today filed a second lawsuit against Apple and AT&T, accusing the MacBook and MacBook Pro of violating one patent and the iPhone 6s of violating three additional patents not mentioned in the original lawsuit.

According to Immersion, iPhone 6s and MacBook features like 3D Touch and the Force Touch trackpad infringe on its intellectual property. The four patents included in today's lawsuit are as follows:

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15:50
SAP Partners With Apple To Expand iOS In The...

SAP has announced a partnership with Apple to bring iOS to SAP's enterprise customers. Steve Lucas, president for SAP's Digital Enterprise Platform, says SAP is firmly an enterprise company which has built a cloud platform to access all the software it has developed -- ERP product, SuccessFactors or Concur. With the new deal, Apple hopes to take a bite out of Microsoft's territory by selling hardware to companies who traditionally shop for PCs. In an effort to push iOS to its customers, SAP has announced a new set of apps for the iPhone and iPad that take advantage of data stored in SAP tools. They're providing an iOS SDK for its in-memory database product, SAP HANA, to allow organizations to build their own customized apps using the data stored in HANA. SAP is also offering SAP Academy for iOS as a way for SAP programmers to learn to use the HANA iOS SDK. The deal between Apple and SAP echoes the deal from a couple years ago between Apple and IBM.
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15:42
ISIS Cyberthreat: Puny but Gaining Power


The Islamic State group's cyberwar capabilities are unsophisticated, but they won't be that way for long. That was the conclusion of a 25-page report released last week by Flashpoint.
The report, "Hacking for ISIS: The Emergent Cyber Threat Landscape," found that the Islamic State's "overall capabilities are neither advanced nor do they demonstrate sophisticated targeting." However, the severity of the attacks by the groups supporters isn't likely to remain unsophisticated, it added.

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15:35
AWT News Update: May 5, 2016

It's a really short News Update today...

  • Women are buying more Apple Watches for themselves
  • Tim Cook's charity auction nets $515,000 for the RFK Center
  • Microsoft OneDrive users beware! You're about to start getting charged for that 15GB of space you were getting for free

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for May 5, 2016.

Slice, a company that does e-commerce analytics, has been looking at users of the Apple Watch since the device came out last April and its data show that early adopters of the device were overwhelmingly male — about 80%. However, as time has passed, females are now buying more and more of the devices, to the...

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15:09
New Immersion lawsuit adds Apple's iPhone 6s,...

Immersion Corporation, a leader in haptic feedback technology, expanded its legal battle against Apple on Thursday with a new patent infringement suit targeting technology built into iPhone 6s and various MacBook models.

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14:08
Tim Cook charity auction raises $515K for human...

Apple CEO Tim Cook's latest charity auction closed on Thursday, with the winning bid raising$515,000 for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights.

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13:34
Netflix updates iOS app with cellular data controls...

Netflix on Thursday released an important update to its iOS app, enabling more control over streaming on cellular networks, as well as extending the use of 3D Touch gestures.

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13:13
Apple Rocks the Enterprise Market with New SAP...

On July 15, 2014 Apple and IBM formed a landmark partnership to transform the way work got done in the enterprise. Today Apple takes the iPhone & iPad revolution to new heights. Apple and SAP have announced a partnership to revolutionize the mobile work experience for enterprise customers of all sizes ...

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13:12
Tim Cook's Charity Lunch Auction Raises More...

Apple CEO Tim Cook's fourth annual CharityBuzz auction ended this afternoon, raising more than $500,000 for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. The auction, which garnered more than 40 bids, includes a one hour lunch date with Tim Cook At Apple's Cupertino headquarters along with passes to a forthcoming Apple keynote event.

Two people are able to attend the lunch meeting with Cook, with the experience set to last for approximately one hour. While lunch is included in the price of the auction, travel and accommodations are not. The offer expires on May 5, 2017, and the winner will be able to schedule their appointment on a "mutually agreed upon date."

In the final hours of the auction, bidding ramped up significantly, jumping from $275,000 yesterday afternoon to the more...

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12:54
Early Apple Watch adopters were mostly men, but...

At launch, the overwhelming majority of Apple Watch buyers were men. But in the year since it debuted, women have begun to close the gap and embrace Apple's new wearable platform, new research shows.

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12:47
Latest Tim Cook charity auction raises $515,000 for...

It’s time to dine with Tim Cook at Apple’s HQ in Cupertino. One lucky (and generous) bidder has won Charitybuzz’s fundraiser campaign to have lunch with the Apple CEO at 1 Infinite Loop, plus attend a future Apple event during the next 12 months. Apple’s Campus 2 opens early next year, so it’s possible the winner could wait to visit Apple’s new location before the offer expires.
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12:01
Apple & SAP announce partnership on iOS SDK,...

Apple and enterprise software firm SAP on Thursday announced a partnership that will see the creation of a new SDK, allowing the latter company's clients and developers to produce iOS apps exploiting the SAP HANA Cloud Platform.

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11:58
Apple and SAP partner on new iOS apps, software...

Apple and SAP, which specializes in enterprise application software, have announced a partnership to “revolutionize the mobile work experience for enterprise customers of all sizes” by combining native apps for the iPhone and iPad with the capabilities of the SAP HANA platform. 

This joint effort will also deliver a new iOS software development kit (SDK) and training academy so that developers, partners and customers can build native iOS apps tailored to their business needs.

“This partnership will transform how iPhone and iPad are used in enterprise by bringing together the innovation and security of iOS with SAP’s deep expertise in business software,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook win a press announcement. “As the leader in enterprise software and with 76% of business transactions touching an SAP system, SAP is the ideal partner to help us truly transform how businesses around the world are run on iPhone and iPad. Through...

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11:51
Apple, SAP partner to ‘revolutionize work’ on the...

Apple and SAP (www.sap.com), which specializes in enterprise application software, have announced a partnership to revolutionize the mobile work experience for enterprise customers of all sizes, combining native apps for the iPhone and iPad with the capabilities of the SAP HANA platform. This joint effort will also deliver a new iOS software development kit (SDK) and training academy so that developers, partners and customers can build native iOS apps tailored to their business needs.
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11:48
Apple and SAP Announce New Enterprise Partnership

Apple today announced a new partnership with SAP to "revolutionize" the mobile work experience for its enterprise customers by combining native iPhone and iPad apps with the SAP HANA Cloud Platform. Under the partnership, Apple and SAP will create a new software development kit and training academy to help developers and enterprise customers create tailored business-focused iOS apps.

"This partnership will transform how iPhone and iPad are used in enterprise by bringing together the innovation and security of iOS with SAP's deep expertise in business software," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "As the leader in enterprise software and with 76% of business transactions touching an SAP system, SAP is the ideal partner to help us truly transform how businesses around the world are run on iPhone and iPad....

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11:42
Apple announces new enterprise-focused SAP...

Apple has announced a new enterprise-focused partnership with SAP that it hopes will boost iPhone and iPad usage in the workplace. The Apple and SAP partnership follows an ongoing effort between Apple and IBM to create specific iOS apps for various industries and deploy iOS technology in the field. Apple’s latest effort will include an SDK, or software developer kit, in partnership with SAP that will let developers create business-specific apps plus offer resources for learning how to utilize iOS technology.
“This partnership will transform how iPhone and iPad are used in enterprise by bringing together the innovation and security of iOS with SAP’s deep expertise in business software,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO.
Apple previously...

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11:35
HuffPost Article On Cool Things To Do With Google...

I’ve been a huge fan of Google Apps for awhile. For this piece, I got a bit more specific and tried to focus on Google Drive. Obviously, there’s a lot of tie-ins with Google’s other products, given how much integration there is there. But, what I did here was really focus on the Google Drive bits. Hope you enjoy it!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/charles-edge/22-cool-things-you-can-do_b_9843122.html

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11:10
Cupertino's Mayor: Apple 'Abuses Us'...

An anonymous reader shares a report on The Guardian: Apple pays a 2.3% effective tax rate on its $181bn in cash held offshore, according to Citizens for Tax Justice, a not-for-profit research group focusing on tax policy. Citizens for Tax Justice estimates that Apple would owe $59.2bn in U.S. taxes if the money weren't funneled into offshore shell accounts. Criticism over the company's offshore tax schemes has become more pointed in recent months, both locally in Cupertino and from Apple's own staff. At a recent Cupertino city council meeting, some residents protested about a lack of funding for public projects, Barry Chang, Mayor of Cupertino said: "They ball up the paper and throw it, and they say 'You're making all the wrong decisions'," Chang said. "In the meantime, Apple is not willing to pay a dime. They're making profit, and they should share the responsibility for our city, but they won't. They abuse us."
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10:18
Why passwords fail end users

At the 2016 Interop show, Network World got a quick demo of Keeper Security's password management and vault app. The company's CEO, Darren Guccione, also explained why most password methods fail end users, and whether biometrics (beyond the fingerprint) will ever catch on as an authentication method.

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10:55
Microsoft’s OneDrive reducing free storage from 15GB...

Microsoft is making some changes to OneDrive (https://onedrive.live.com/about/en-us/), its file hosting service that allows users to sync files and later access them from a web browser or mobile device.
The amount of free storage that comes with OneDrive will change from 15 GB to 5 GB. Microsoft is also discontinuing the 15 GB camera roll bonus.
As a result of these changes, you will be over your OneDrive storage limit on Aug. 10. To bring your account within the new limits, you can purchase additional storage or choose to remove some files.

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10:24
Cupertino mayor accuses Apple, responsible for...

The city of Cupertino, Calif. -- which is economically dependent on Apple -- is reportedly embroiled in a conflict over how it should fund the transport infrastructure needed to deal with congestion created by the company, as well as other businesses in the area.

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10:15
Microsoft Challenges Oracle With SQL Server 2016


Microsoft this week announced that SQL Server 2016 will be generally available June 1. It will deliver an end-to-end data management and business analytics solution with mission-critical intelligence, according to the company. Built into the software are end-to-end mobile business intelligence on any device, in-database advanced analytics, in-memory capabilities optimized for all workloads, and a consistent experience from on-premises to the cloud, Microsoft said.

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09:44
Microsoft stays true to its word, will end free...

In what could be described as a somewhat surprising move given the company's proclivity for indecision, Microsoft on Thursday announced that it would stick to the plan it announced last year and begin charging for Windows upgrades this summer.

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09:39
How-To: Hide the menu bar in OS X [Video]

If you’re running OS X El Capitan, it’s possible to hide the menu bar on your primary display. Hiding the menu bar works very much like a hidden Dock in OS X, in that when you move your cursor to the edge of the screen, the menu bar reappears from its hidden state. In this post we’ll show you how to hide your menu bar, and why you might consider doing so. more…Filed under:
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09:30
9to5Toys Last Call: 11″ MacBook Air $700, 23″ Lenovo...

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09:26
SoundShare bridges Apple Music + Spotify sharing...

SoundShare has released a major update to their iOS app today that looks to bridge the divide between multiple music streaming services. By combining multiple music streaming services (Spotify, Deezer, and Apple Music), SoundShare creates a social network that takes out any hassles in sharing and discovering music. Even users who may not be using any premium streaming services can take advantage of the app. Thanks to iOS 9.3’s Apple Music API, apps like SoundShare can exist to create a better overall music discovery experience.
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09:15
Apple Granted RTM Certificate for 'Final Cut...

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest trademark application for the figurative version of 'Read it on Apple News' that was originally filed last week. Apple also received ...

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09:15
The Apple of your eye: IBM, Bausch + Lomb team up...

Image via IBM

Cataracts affect a lot of people -- more than 22 million Americans now, and the number is expected to rise to 30 million by 2020. The condition causes cloudiness in the lens of an eye that can lead to blindness if untreated, and it affects almost 70 percent of people by age 75. Cataract surgery replaces the cloudy lens with a flexible artificial lens. Today IBM and Bausch + Lomb announced a plan to start pilot testing of an iOS cataract surgery app in late 2016.

The collaboration is part of IBM's MobileFirst for iOS team run by IBM Global Business Services. IBM will design and develop the custom app for Bausch + Lomb, while the latter firm plans to optimize the app to collect data so that the app applies machine-based learning and predictive analytics, delivering real-time information to surgeons. 

The workflow enabled by the app will replace present-day paper-...

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09:06
Apple to take Chinese iPhone trademark fight to...

Apple will continue challenging a recent ruling on the use of the "iPhone" trademark in China, taking the case to the country's Supreme People's Court, the company said in a Thursday press statement.

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09:00
How the Browning Law Group helps safeguard client...

Today’s post was written by John Browning, president of the Browning Law Group, APC.
I started my own law practice in 1999 because I wanted to help people negotiate their legal issues and because I wanted to become an entrepreneur. I’ve made a pretty good career out of solving the problems that businesses face every day and now the Browning Law Group represents scores of businesses throughout Orange County, California.
To succeed in almost any business, you need the right technology. So in 2015, the Browning Law Group adopted Microsoft Office 365 to manage collaboration and communication from the Microsoft cloud. Allow me to explain why we made that choice and how it’s helped us protect our relationships with our clients.
The right technology for today’s connected business world
Running my own practice is very rewarding, but it’s not always easy. I have to manage cash flow, keep track of payables and receivables, make payroll and at the same time...

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09:00
Project Server 2016—born in the cloud

We’re pleased to announce general availability of Project Server 2016, which provides significant project and portfolio management (PPM) value to our on-premises customers.
Customers who would like to evaluate the capabilities of Project Server 2016 can download trial versions at this website.
Project Server 2016 value
Project Server 2016 delivers value in the following areas:

  • Evolution of resource management—Project Server 2016 introduces a new interaction model between project managers and resources managers. This new feature is called Resource Engagements and it helps facilitate coordination and commitments around resources and the projects they spend their time on. In addition, resource managers also get a new feature called Capacity and Engagements Heatmap that provides a visual view of the capacity of their resources, so they can make informed allocation decisions....
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09:00
OneNote, ELL and special education at Sammamish High...

Today’s post was written by Rachel Pinter, special education teacher at Sammamish High School.
When a school or district invests in a 1:1 technology program, the decision yields hundreds of questions. What device would best serve students? What grades should have access to YouTube or other helpful (but potentially distracting) resources? Do we teach keyboarding to our students? If so, who does that? (Does anyone want to do that?) And then there’s the big question: how do we connect this massive investment to our greater district purposes of academic success, college and career readiness, and a positive and productive life?
At the heart of the issue, we want our students to be successful. Our belief is that investing in technology increases that likelihood because we are providing them with better tools and experiences. If we do better, they’ll do better. But some groups of students have educational needs that can be overlooked—or even inadvertently...

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

April was a busy and exciting month for the Office 365 admin center team. We started to roll out a variety of new features in the new admin center, including new reporting capabilities, customization options and user management improvements.
Since we started our work to rebuild the admin center in September 2015, our goal—to build a more intuitive management solution that provides additional functionality while making it easier, faster and more efficient for you to manage Office 365—hasn’t changed.
It’s great to see it all come together as admins around the world start using the new admin center.
We could not have done it without you! We can’t thank you often enough for the detailed and highly valuable feedback that you share with us every day. Your feedback continues to help us prioritize our work, fix bugs and improve the overall experience and...

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08:59
Episode 092 on The Future of SharePoint—Office 365...

In this episode, Richard DiZerega talks with long time SharePoint MVP Eric Shupps about the developer announcements at The Future of SharePoint event.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP92_EricShupps.mp3
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08:42
'Dangerous Golf' swaps fairways for chaos...

If you think golf sims are too gentile, Dangerous Golf trades hushed tones and sedate play for exploding golf balls and wanton destruction. The title is the debut from Three Fields Entertainment, a new company from the co-founders of Burnout develope...

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08:35
Netflix adds ‘cellular data controls’ to limit video...

Netflix is today introducing a new way for users of its mobile apps to adjust the quality of video streams based on data usage. The new “cellular data controls” in the mobile apps include Low, Medium, or High settings.
more…Filed under: Apps Tagged: 3D Touch, App Store, cellular data controls, Data usage, iOS, Netflix, quick actions,...

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08:30
'Apple Stole My Music. No, Seriously'

Vellum's James has written about his ordeal with Apple Music which many people can relate to. Apple Music, the Cupertino-based giant's online music streaming service, deleted 122GB of music files that James had stored on his computer. He writes: What Amber (supposed Apple Support representative) explained was exactly what I'd feared: through the Apple Music subscription, which I had, Apple now deletes files from its users' computers. When I signed up for Apple Music, iTunes evaluated my massive collection of Mp3s and WAV files, scanned Apple's database for what it considered matches, then removed the original files from my internal hard drive. REMOVED them. Deleted. If Apple Music saw a file it didn't recognize -- which came up often, since I'm a freelance composer and have many music files that I created myself -- it would then download it to Apple's database, delete it from my hard drive, and serve it back to me when I wanted to listen, just like it would with my other music...

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08:20
EU court upholds new rules that ban e-cigarette...

E-cigarettes received one of their biggest endorsements to date last week, with the UK's Royal College of Physicians vouching for their safety and recommending smokers be encouraged to make the switch. Any celebrations within the vaping industry will...

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08:04
Long Reddit threads will eventually mention Nazis or...

It's logical that as any public discussion expands, either through the number of participants or contributions, there's a greater chance it will touch upon new, divergent topics. This idea is neatly wrapped up in Godwin's law, a concept created by Mi...

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08:03
As India's Middle Class Grows, Apple's...

Earlier today we posted a report titled "Apple is the Second Fastest-Growing Smartphone Vendor in India while Samsung Plunged in Q1." Now a second report has surfaced in India noting that Apple is appealing to the growing middle class in that country.

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07:54
Kohl’s adopts Apple Pay, links service to charge,...

You can now use Apple Pay at some Kohl’s locations.
Which isn’t a bad thing.
Kohl’s has stated that the department store chain now accepts Apple Pay and that Apple Pay users can now pay with a Kohl’s Charge card and earn Yes2You Rewards points at the same. This makes it the first Apple Pay retailer to combine store card payments and rewards in a single-tap transaction.
Roughly 250 Kohl’s locations currently support the option and the company has said that this should be available in all locations by the end of the month, according to company representatives. The system will work automatically so long as a person has both their Charge and Yes2You cards linked to Apple Pay.

In October 2015, Kohl’s became the first retailer to have an Apple Pay-enabled store card....

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07:50
Apple's online store gains new category for...

Apple on Thursday launched an "Accessibility" section on its online store, making it somewhat easier for the disabled or their caretakers to find equipment for use with Mac and iOS devices.

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07:45
Apple's App Store experiences major search...

Starting early Thursday morning, users trying to access Apple's App Store were met with a broken search tool and undiscoverable apps. According to Cupertino's own system status, "all users are affected." Apple is "investigating and will update the st...

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07:36
Cupertino mayor was escorted off Apple’s campus (and...

Barry Chang, the mayor of Cupertino, California, told The Guardian that he recently went to Apple’s headquarters in the city to talk about traffic congestion, but had barely made it into the lobby before security scored him off the property.

“They said ‘you cannot come in, you’re not invited’. After that I left and have not gone back,” Chang said.

Lots of folks in the 60,000-person town in the heart of Silicon Valley are beginning to organize around their overburdened city, according to The Guardian. They claim the region is struggling with aging infrastructure and booming companies like Apple whose effective tax rate is often quite low. Citizens are also concerned about traffic and nose.

Some are trying to...

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07:34
Apple vows to appeal Chinese court’s “iPhone”...

It has to sting when a Chinese clothing company wins the exclusive right to the “IPHONE” name in court.
In a recent statement, Apple has declared that it will appeal a Chinese trademark ruling which saw the company lose exclusive rights to the iPhone name, allowing other Chinese companies to use the name for leather goods products. Obviously, the iPhone is Apple’s cash cow so the initial ruling was a big blow allowing legal dilution of its most-valuable brand.
Apple will take the appeal to the Supreme People’s Court, the highest court in the Chinese law system.

The company has expressed disappointment with the initial ruling, especially given that it had successfully defended its right in other cases in the Xintong province when manufacturers has created “IPHONE” bags....

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07:30
Traveling the world in Uncharted 4's ridiculous...

Aside from minor tweaks for brightness and contrast, everything in this National Geographic-inspired gallery was captured entirely within the photo mode of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. And while the images don't contain any story spoilers from the fir...

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06:50
Apple is number nine on Indeed’s list of the top...

Indeed, has announced its list of the 50 top companies to work for, curated from the job site’s company reviews. Apple is number nine on the list.

Cloud company Salesforce, well known for disrupting the software-as-a-service (SaaS) space, took the top spot. The rest of the top 10, in descending order, are Southwest Airlines, Anadarko Petroleum Corp., Pioneer Natural Resources, Phillip Morris International, Google, the J.M. Smucker Company, Eli Lilly, Apple, and EOG Resources.

“It turns out that companies willing to challenge old school business models also are willing to extend this philosophy to their corporate culture and benefits,” said Paul D’Arcy, senior vice president at Indeed. “Millennials, now the largest percentage of the workforce, prefer working for industry disruptors and their progressive cultures, which provide things like flexible work arrangements, flat organizational structures and on-site amenities...

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