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Thursday June 18

15:26
Apple Music will stream Taylor Swift’s back catalog...

There has been a lot of speculation regarding what artists will be available on Apple Music. Earlier this week, it was reported that artists signed to indie labels, like Adele and the Arctic Monkeys, had still not signed on to appear on the service. BuzzFeed now reports that Taylor Swift’s hit album ‘1989’ will not be available on Apple Music either. This doesn’t come as a huge surprise, though, seeing that ‘1989’ is currently not available from any existing streaming services like Beats and Spotify.

BuzzFeed says that both Apple and Taylor Swift’s label Big Machine Records confirmed that ‘1989’ will not be available and that...

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15:03
Apple launches new App Store page to showcase apps...

Apple today has added a new featured section to the App Store in which it is highlighting apps that take advantage of the iOS VoiceOver feature. Last month, Apple was recognized by the American Foundation for the Blind for its efforts to accommodate users who suffer from vision loss. A gala is being held this evening in New York City by the American Foundation for the Blind to honor the recipients of the Hellen Keller Achievement Award, which Apple received, and to celebrate, the company has added a new App Store section showing off apps using VoiceOver.

In its new section on the App Store, Apple is highlighting apps that take advantage of VoiceOver. VoiceOver is a gesture-based screen reader that allows people who are blind or...

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14:34
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14:30
Apple highlights apps using VoiceOver

After winning the 2015 Helen Keller Achievement Award for VoiceOver, Apple has highlighted some of the popular apps using VoiceOver that are available on its App Store.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:29
Google Takes It to the Streets


Google last week announced the formation of a new company that will develop technology to improve city life for residents, businesses and governments. Google has teamed up with Dan Doctoroff -- former Bloomberg CEO and ex-deputy mayor of economic development and rebuilding for the City of New York -- to advance the effort. Doctoroff will be CEO of Sidewalk Labs, which will be based in New York. Doctoroff will contribute his experience in building and managing cities, and Google will provide funding and support.

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14:26
Apple wins 2015 Helen Keller Achievement Award for...

AFB is recognizing Apple for VoiceOver, a gesture-based screen reader that allows users to hear a description of everything happening on the display, and other features that make iPhone, iPad and other iOS devices accessible to people with vision loss. Apple received an AFB Access Award in 2009 for its trailblazing engineering of accessible products and continues its extraordinary efforts to make their products accessible for everyone.Congrats to all at Apple for thinking of ever customer.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:03
∞ Corbis charges hefty fees for freely available...

Petapixel:If you come across any photograph published in the US before 1923, you’re free to use it for whatever purpose you’d like, with or without permission, and with or without attribution. Why? Because its copyright has expired and it’s public domain. Strangely enough, sometimes free public domain photos get sold as stock photos, and those who don’t know any better may pay large sums to use something they could have used for free.Don’t get conned by Corbis or anyone else trying to sell you imagery that is in the public domain.

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13:40
Apple Seeks a Patent for New On-Cell Touch...

Today, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals that they have a new patent pending on-cell touch architecture on record for smartphones ...

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13:22
Apple refines how Apple Watch screenshots are...

Apple this evening appears to have updated the way in which Apple Watch screenshots are presented in the App Store on iOS. Prior to this recent update, Apple Watch screenshots were shown as normal, rectangular screenshots, which looked unappealing and out of place. Now, Apple has added a black border to the screenshots and has given them rounded corners.

These changes make the apps look more realistic and similar to how they actually appear when running on Apple Watch. The refreshed screenshots are showing now on the iOS App Store, while the desktop version of the App Store still shows the original, borderless images.
Below are the new screenshots compared to the new, refined images. It’s certainly not a major change, but one that will definitely be welcomed by users.

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13:09
Today in the App Store, featuring Drylands and Star...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on Drylands; the new Star Wars - Heroes Path game; and an update to Swype! All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Kapsula [$1.99 → Free] Kapsula is a puzzle/racer set in a Soviet space colony full of clones. *WARNING: It's a difficult game, comrade!

Warhammer: Snotling Fling [$1.99 → Free] The Warhammer Old World trembles in fear as Gorbad Ironclaw leads a thunderous Waaagh!

Chromaticon [$1.99 → Free] Chromaticon is a challenging, fast-paced color...

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13:02
What You Need to Know About Recent 'XARA'...

Earlier this week, researchers from several universities published a report exposing a string of security vulnerabilities in iOS and OS X. The vulnerabilities, all labeled as XARA weaknesses, let malicious apps approved on the Mac and iOS App Stores gain access to sensitive data like passwords. The report details several methods that inter-app interaction services can use to access everything from the Keychain and Websocket on OS X to the URL scheme on iOS and OS X, giving hackers access to sensitive data, including information stored within third-party apps like 1Password, Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Evernote, and more. Following the release of the report, iMore's Nick Arnott and Rene Ritchie have taken an in-depth look at the XARA weaknesses...

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12:42
Power for Apple Watch lets you check your iPhone...



iOS 9 adds a handy widget to the iPhone that lets you check your Apple Watch, Beats headphones, or other Bluetooth accessory battery levels from Notification Center, but there hasn’t been a way to check the phone’s battery level from the watch.
And because the Apple Watch can catch notifications from the iPhone even at great distances when on the same WiFi network, I often charge my phone in a different room without missing anything important… except knowing when my iPhone is finished charging.
Surenix, best...

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12:34
Project Lightning to bring curated event tracking to...

Twitter is developing a new, human-curated event tracking feature for its Web and mobile apps under the codename Project Lightning, a report revealed on Thursday.

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12:30
Office 365—monthly Dev Digest for June

This month’s Office 365 Dev Digest was written by Jeremy Thake, technical product manager for the Office 365 Dev team.
Welcome to the fourth edition of Dev Digest, designed to help you—the Office 365 developer—keep-up-to date with what’s new in Office 365 development. This month has been a busy month of inquiries based on everything we announced at the Build and Ignite conferences, which has kept the team busy.  I encourage you all to engage on the Office 365 Technical Network with us with your questions.
There have been some exciting new things released this month including support for Office Add-ins in Excel on the iPad. You’ll need to update your manifest file to do this to v1.1 and declare that you wish to support that client, which is documented on MSDN.
One other item of note is that the Office Graph on the Unified Endpoint (...

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12:00
IDC: Wearable sales to hit 72m units this year as...


Following the launch of the Apple Watch in April, IDC’s latest estimates for wearables shows the market is set to grow approximately 173% this year as shipments increase from 26.4 million in 2014 to an estimated 72.1 million worldwide for 2015.
The estimate includes both “basic wearables” and “smart wearables”— wrist wear, eyewear, modular, clothing, ear wear, and other— so it’s not just the Apple Watch and Android Wear smartwatches making up the estimate, but also all the fitness trackers, glasses, and other wearable accessories that may or may not include a screen...

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11:34
Apple's new MacBook uses a Patent Pending Metal...

Love it or hate it, the new MacBook packs a design punch that can't be ignored. Apple reinvented the keyboard using a new butterfly mechanism; they added new precision backlighting; they included ...

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11:23
Daily Deals for June 18, 2015, featuring Billings Pro

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

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Hardware and Accessory Deals

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11:18
Apple investigating thinner touch panels that can...

Apple is looking beyond its new Force Touch pressure-sensitive input method, and may in the future allow users to perform gestures by pointing or moving their hands in front of a device, without even touching it, new patents reveal.

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11:02
Rumor: Apple Watch 2 to feature Wi-Fi chipset, front...



The rumor mill will always be alive, vibrant and speculating.
And it has plenty to say about the next generation of the Apple Watch.
Sources have supplied details as to the Apple Watch 2, including a front-facing video camera for FaceTime chats and a wireless chipset that will make the watch capable of standing on its own.
As of now, the Apple Watch needs to be synced with your iPhone for almost all of its functions, save for activity-tracking and listening to music you’ve stored locally on the device. This may be changed via a Wi-Fi chipset in the Apple Watch 2 that will allow the devices to use Wi-Fi networks to transmit data as needed...

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10:46
FCC votes in favor of allowing Lifeline low-income...

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted 3 to 2 in favor of extending the U.S. government's Lifeline program to offer subsidies for broadband Internet, and not just basic phone service.

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10:34
Routers Becoming Juicy Targets for Hackers


Most consumers pay as much attention to routers as they do to doorknobs. That's not the case with Net marauders. They're finding the devices ripe targets for mischief. "We've seen a big increase in malware designed for home routers," said Incapsula researcher Ofer Gayer. "Every week, we see a new vulnerability in a vendor's routers," he said. "They're low-hanging fruit if you're a hacker. They're a very soft target." Home routers are the soft underbelly of the Internet, observed Andrew Conway, a threat researcher at Cloudmark.

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10:16
Fitbit makes stock market debut, share price jumps...

Wearable fitness tracker firm Fitbit, which competes with the Apple Watch with its own hardware, began trading on the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, and investors promptly drove the company's share price up by more than 50 percent in the opening hours.

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09:43
The Apple Watch's Digital Crown Patent Comes to...

On June 18, 2015, the European Patent Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their invention related to the Apple Watch's Digital Crown. The patent reviews an input Friction Mechanism that provides the Digital Crown with its haptic feedback and more.

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09:16
Red Bull barnstorming

Red Bull:Leader Paul Bonhomme and Wingman Steve Jones have been flying together for 17 years, and needed every ounce of that experience to pull off this amazing feat of aviation. The Red Bull Matadors pilots hurtled straight through a hangar at Llanbedr Airfield, north Wales, at a speed of 160 knots (185mph), just one metre off the ground.Brings new meaning to the words, “sphincter tightening”. Amazing skill and courage of these two guys. “If we get it wrong, we hit a building”. Indeed.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:16
Apple Watch Models Now In Stock at Some Retail Stores

After limited initial supplies, many Apple Watch models and bands are now available to purchase in retail Apple Stores. Feel like picking up a new watch on your lunch break? It might be waiting for you. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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09:02
Citizens oppose Apple's proposed data center...

A group of local citizens is opposing Apple's proposed €850 million data center near Athenry, Co Galway, Ireland, according to The Irish Times (http://tinyurl.com/olvyfw2).
Energy use concerns, impact of noise on a local primary school and on bird life, and the potential for a "greenway" cycle route are among the issues raised in a number of submissions on the project lodged with the Galway County Council by residents of Lisheenkyle, near Oranmore in Co Galway. The governing body was supposed to reach a decision on Apple's application on Thursday, but is now seeking "further information."
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02:30
Trick out your Apple Watch with these 20 third-party...

Bands beyond AppleDon’t get me wrong—Apple’s Watch bands are pretty sweet, and very well designed. The Sport band, for example, is ultra-comfy and doesn’t look as casual as you might expect. But that doesn’t mean I want to spend the rest of my life wearing a white fluoroelastomer strap around my wrist.Luckily, Apple has built change right into its Watch design—just press a small release tab on the bottom of the Watch face, and you can slide your band right out and replace it with a new one. And while Apple may have had the market cornered when the Watch first came out, it doesn’t anymore: Here are 20 quality third-party Apple Watch straps to consider before you drop $450 on the Link Bracelet....

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02:45
The best launcher apps for iOS

iOS navigation has matured to the point where it doesn’t matter where our apps are hiding anymore—with a swipe and a few taps we can navigate through the deepest of folders in just a few seconds. Power users can manipulate iOS to do their bidding: We can launch apps, make calls, and send messages without needing to jump through a single home screen hoop, thanks to a little help from the Notification Center, Siri, and even Spotlight.Launcher apps take this concept to another level. Where Apple’s solutions add up to little more than secret passages and hidden shortcuts, launchers provide a centralized place where we can manage and organize our favorite apps and everyday tasks into a single, contained system. While they’re not quite as powerful or convenient as the ones on our Macs (mostly due to the lack of keyboard shortcuts), launchers on iPhone are little gems of efficiency, condensing series of actions and complex taps into literal easy buttons, and saving our fingers from their...

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06:46
Rough Apple Watch sales estimate: 2.79 million units

In just two months, the Apple Watch has reportedly taken a commanding lead in the smartwatch market with an estimated 2.79 million sales.
That's according to Slice, a company that offers e-mail receipt tracking to consumers and turns the data into market research. Slice's Apple Watch sales estimate is based on a panel of 2 million people, more than 20,000 of whom purchased an Apple Watch by mid-June, Reuters reports.
Nearly one out of five buyers Apple Watch buyers are also picking up a spare band to go with their $350-and-up smartwatch purchase, Slice estimates. Apple's black Sport band is supposedly the most popular choice—both as the pack-in band and as a $49 add-on—while the $149 Milanese loop came in second place. Not surprisingly, the basic Apple Watch Sport has been the best-selling model in...

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08:51
Samsung asks court to review damages in legal battle...

Samsung has asked that a full bench of an appeals court should review a damages award in a long-standing patent infringement dispute with Apple, according to the IDG News Service (http://tinyurl.com/o2q4luj).
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08:49
Apple Music marketing features artists whose labels...

Apple Music's pre-launch marketing campaign has prominently featured big-name independent artists like FKA Twigs and Alabama Shakes, even as their record labels have publicly opposed the new service's financial terms and indicated that they are not yet on board.

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08:40
Galway residents raise noise, energy concerns about...

Some residents in the area of Apple's planned Irish datacenter have filed objections with the Galway County Council, arguing that the company's Environmental Impact Statement is "inadequate" and doesn't address a range of concerns, a report said on Thursday.

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08:35
Apple begins accepting submitted publications into...


iOS 9 introduces Apple News, which replaces Newsstand as the default way to read news publications and blog content on the iPad and iPhone. Apple is automatically including many famous partners automatically with smaller publications having to request inclusion. We explained how to submit to Apple News a few days ago.

Now, it seems Apple has begun the approval process for these submissions. It has started sending out emails to let people know they have been accepted into Apple News.
The email includes a link to view your channel in the Apple News app on iOS....

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08:29
Kickstarter find: Meezy Cube

Here's a clever would-be product on Kickstarter that deserves a little attention. It's called the Meezy Cube and it's meant to protect your MagSafe adapter's power cube and prevent cord fray. It's the latter that I'm excited about. Not that fixing a cable with Sugru isn't effective and fun, it's that preventing damage in the first place is even better. 

The cube itself is made of six pieces of ABS plastic that snap into place, covering your adapter's brick. The nice part is the extended tube of plastic that protects about the first inch of cable coming out of the brick. Since that's the spot where stress typically causes fraying, it's quite helpful. 

I got a 3D-printed demo unit to play with and it's pretty neat. Far from the finished product, of course, but I can see how it protects the...

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08:27
LibreOffice Now Available On Apple's Mac App...

sfcrazy writes: It's an event of historical magnitude: One of the most popular Open Source projects, LibreOffice, is now available directly from Apple's Mac App Store. You can get LibreOffice on OSX with automatic updates, long-term maintenance, and optional professional support, for the first time. There are two editions of LibreOffice available on the Mac App Store: LibreOffice from Collabora and LibreOffice Vanilla. While the Vanilla edition can be downloaded free of cost, LO from Collabora has a price tag of $10.

"Free through the App store" is an implicit endorsement that plain old "free" can't beat, even taking open-source licensing out of the picture.

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08:21
EFF names companies who have your back

Apple earns five stars in this year’s Who Has Your Back report. This is Apple’s fifth year in the report, and it has adopted every best practice we’ve identified as part of this report. We commend Apple for its strong stance regarding user rights, transparency, and privacy.Congrats Apple.EFF’s evaluation of Google (three stars):Google should take a stronger position in providing notice to users about government data requests after an emergency has ended or a gag has been lifted. Furthermore, Google should provide transparency into its data retention policies.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:12
Set up and use iCloud Tabs

iCloud keeps the tabs you have open in Safari up to date on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac. 

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08:09
9to5Toys Last Call: car jump starter/power bank $60...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.
Today’s can’t miss deals:

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08:07
Review: The Duo joins your Apple Watch and a...


An upcoming product called The Duo will let you wear a traditional watch and the Apple Watch at the same time.
The company behind the product, watchmakers Original Grain, sent one over and I’ve been playing with it for the last week. So I decided to share my thoughts for those considering contributing to the crowd funding campaign launching today.
I love my Apple Watch. Even more so than I expected leading up to the device’s launch. But despite wearing it everyday since I received it in early May, I’m...

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08:06
Twitter is preparing to curate news in its iPhone...

Buzzfeed render of upcoming Lightning feature
Just as Apple is preparing to enter the news curation space with its News app in iOS 9 and Facebook has launched native news content with Instant Articles, Twitter appears to be working on its own news product for its mobile app. Buzzfeed’s Mat Honan reports that Twitter is currently developing a news-focused feature for its app under the name Project Lightning (no, not Apple’s connector) that will make it possible to follow events in your timeline rather than only following Twitter users sharing about the...

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08:00
BYOD with OneNote Class Notebooks—classroom learning...

Today’s post was written by James Gill, grade 6/7 teacher in SD43, Coquitlam, BC.
I began my journey in Office 365 because I had a vision. I wanted to move my students’ work online because it would improve some things in their practice and allow me to improve some things in mine.
I wanted students to be able to work online so that they could access their work from both school and home. Ideally they could access it anywhere. I wanted to take advantage of spellcheck for my many students for whom English is not their first language. I wanted to make editing their writing something that could be accomplished easily, especially for my students with learning disabilities. I also wanted to make it possible to take advantage of the many resources on the Internet, while at the same time teaching students how and why they need to cite their sources.
But in order to accomplish this I had to tackle a few questions:
What do I do when not every kid has a device?...

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08:00
Lists, equations, paper styles and sign up updates...

We’re proud to announce the release of a better, faster and touchier version of OneNote for iPhone and iPad. We’ve been working hard on this release, and we’re excited to share it with you today.
Here are the details on what’s new:
Updated lists on iPhone
We received feedback that lists worked best with a keyboard, mouse and screens even the largest of cargo shorts couldn’t accommodate. Accordingly, checkboxes for ants have been replaced with checkboxes designed for humans.
Quickly create a list from anywhere in the app by tapping the + button and selecting List.

You can add new items by tapping Add Item or tapping return after you...

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08:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 050 on the...
08:00
Sway helps design firm Potion create and collaborate...

Today’s post was written by Phillip Tiongson, creative director at Potion.
Potion is a design firm, first and foremost. We believe that good design integrated with technology has the power to amplify humanity. We strive to express ourselves by bringing story, art, design, architecture and computation together to deliver memorable and empathetic interactive experiences for our clients. The experiences we create range from beautifully designed mobile applications, to site-specific interactive installations in museums, cultural centers, healthcare, retail and hospitality environments.
We specialize in creating interactive experiences rooted in storytelling. Unlike traditional services and software consulting companies that create products for any context, we challenge ourselves to make every experience that we build for our clients a bespoke...

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07:54
∞ The Hello Project

Spencer WynnThe Hello Project was born of a love of story telling and curiosity. All too often people pass one another, head down and only interacting with their mobile devices. This is an attempt to use the power of social media to reconnect people in the oldest way possible … by saying Hello.This is sort of the Canadian version of the famous New York city project and it brings home a thought I’ve always had – most of us have stories to tell but no one to tell them to. I love the idea of street photography but am often too reserved and shy (too Canadian) to approach people. I think this way of doing it will inspire me to try my own photographic experiment along these lines.

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07:41
Developers currently unable to submit Watch apps due...


 
Update: The problem should now be resolved. Watch apps should upload as normal once again.
Developers are flocking to Apple’s developer forums today as the iTunes Connect submissions process is currently experiencing a glitch which makes it impossible for developers to submit apps that include Apple Watch extensions.
Rather than continuing submission process as normal, the system is incorrectly flagging up misuse of an Apple private framework called SockPuppetGizmo. Naturally, this is causing frustration in the developer community at the moment because it prevents apps from being submitted to the App Store.

Before apps reach...

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07:20
“Burrito,” “Sign Of The Horns,” and 35 other emoji...

The Unicode Consortium finalized version 8.0 of the Unicode standard yesterday—the latest iteration of the spec that helps our computers and phones keep all their special characters straight. As with any Unicode update, the 37 new emoji are probably the most entertaining things to look at. The folks at Emojipedia have the full list, but a few of our favorites include "Burrito," "Unicorn Face," "Nerd Face," "Face With Rolling Eyes," "Sign Of The Horns," and "Crab."
You can see some sample images over on the Unicode Consortium's site, though companies generally design their own versions of these icons to use in their software to keep things visually consistent.
Unicode 8.0 also includes the skin tone modifiers...

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07:19
Apple Watch 2 Said to Feature FaceTime Camera,...

Apple is planning a second-generation Apple Watch with new features including a front-facing FaceTime video camera, expanded Wi-Fi capabilities and possibly additional models based on new materials, according to 9to5Mac. The report claims the so-called "Apple Watch 2" is likely to be introduced in 2016 following the release of WatchOS 2 and native Apple Watch apps in the fall. The new FaceTime camera will reportedly be built into the Apple Watch's top bezel and enable users to make and receive FaceTime calls on their wrists. Apple previously announced at WWDC that WatchOS 2 will have a new FaceTime Audio feature for Wi-Fi-based calling, and the new software also enables Apple Watch users to answer or reject FaceTime video calls through a paired iPhone. A new Wi-Fi chip inside the Apple Watch 2 will expand the wrist-...

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07:13
AT&T found guilty of data throttling, lack of...



Maybe this is the slap on the wrist that AT&T needs to deliver what it offers.
Following up on thousands of complaints from customers who noticed lower data speeds on their grandfathered data plan, the FCC has issued wireless carrier AT&T a US$100 million fine for throttling data speeds. AT&T was found to have violated the Commission’s Open Internet Transparency Rule with the two violations as follows:

(1) using the misleading and inaccurate term “unlimited” to label a data plan that was in fact subject to prolonged speed reductions after a customer used a set amount of data; and
(2) failing to disclose the express speed reductions...

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07:00
New Intune capabilities for Outlook on iOS and...

Last month at Ignite we showcased new mobile device management (MDM) and mobile application management (MAM) capabilities in Outlook for iOS and Android. Today, we are happy to announce that customers using Outlook for iOS and Android can now use built-in MDM for Office 365 or Microsoft Intune to secure email data on mobile devices within their organization. Combined with our recent update to enable OAuth and add support for Multi-Factor Authentication, Outlook now offers the leading set of controls for protecting corporate email and calendaring data on mobile devices...

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07:00
App Store highlights popular VoiceOver-enabled apps

As Apple World Today accessibility editor Alex Jurgensen can tell you, one of the features that makes Apple devices so usable by those with impaired or no vision is VoiceOver. Apple is currently highlighting apps that support VoiceOver with a special section on the App Store. The apps include:

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06:58
Tidy Up 4.1.1 - Find duplicate files and tidy up...

Tidy Up is a complete duplicate finder and disk-tidiness utility. With Tidy Up you can search for duplicate files and packages by the owner application, content, type, creator, extension, time modified, time created, name, label, visibility, and date/age. You can also search by the tag, duration, and bit installments of MP3 and AAC sound files and EXIF metadata; search the contents of the Photos, iPhoto, Aperture, iTunes, iPod databases, and Mail mailboxes; and synchronize deletions with iPhoto, Mail, and iTunes. Tidy Up allows you to search for duplicate folders by name, date modified, date created, label visibility, empty folders, their contents, and more. Tidy Up is also fast: it doesn't index the scanned volumes, so you don't waste precious time and space. With its multitasking capability, you can do multiple searches at one time and take full advantage your Mac's processing power. Tidy Up comes with a two search modes. Basic Mode includes more than 90 pre-...

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06:52
Apple Watch sells estimated 2.79 million units,...



You may think the Apple Watch is silly, but it’s selling.
And a fair number of its buyers are snagging a second watch band.
Research firm Slice Intelligence, which analyzed mail receipts from two million people, extrapolated that an estimated 2.79 million Apple Watch units have been sold since the device launched in April.

Of those customers who purchased Watch, 17 percent picked up more than one band.
According to Slice, Apple’s black Sport Band was the most popular model, both for aftermarket sales and as configured with device. The Milanese loop came in second, but comparative metrics were not provided. The...

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06:51
More Jawbone fitness trackers return to online Apple...

On Thursday one of Jawbone's more advanced fitness trackers, the UP2, appeared at the online Apple Store, following a brief and still unexplained removal of most of the company's product line.

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06:38
Apple Advances Touch and Hover Sensing Technologies...

Way back in late 2011 Apple was granted a patent for a display system that would recognize and/or detect hovering gestures. Today, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their ongoing work on this feature.

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06:36
Showing off the Apple Watch

A fun little anecdote that should feel familiar to folks who own an Apple Watch.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:15
Apple Watch 2: Apple plans FaceTime camera, iPhone-...


Two months after the initial launch of the Apple Watch, and only a day following the device’s debut at Apple Stores, sources have revealed Apple’s considerations for the 2016 release of a second-generation model. According to multiple sources familiar with Apple’s plans, the Apple Watch 2 is planned to gain a video camera, a new wireless system for greater iPhone independence, and new premium-priced models. Interestingly, it will also feature similar battery life to its predecessor…
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06:15
Full Video of Jeff Williams Interview at Code...

Re/code has shared the full video and transcript of Apple senior vice president of operations Jeff Williams speaking with journalist Walt Mossberg at Code Conference in Ranchos Palos Verdes last month. Williams reflected on a number of topics during the half-hour session, ranging from the Apple Watch and wearable technology to running Apple's supply chain and overseeing the development of ResearchKit. Williams also fielded questions from the audience about the changing need for physical storage and processing power on an iPhone, health-related monitoring systems on the Apple Watch, entering new product categories such as the car, vertical integration within Apple and the company's responsibility to advancing technologies and bringing jobs to the United States as a U.S. corporation. Your browser does not support iframes. Williams...

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06:12
The value of the round smart watch face

This is an interesting read, good food for thought. Apple Watch is square, and that works really well. But there is one advantage to the circular watch. Read on.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:03
Hacked Apple Watch runs Flappy Bird

Ridiculous. And awesome.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:00
Jason Snell on family tech support

Jason Snell writes about using Apple tech to troubleshoot for remote family members.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:00
DxO introduces DSLR-quality camera that attaches...

DxO has introduced the DxO ONE, a compact camera that delivers DSLR image quality and which attaches directly to an iPhone.
At 3.8 ounces and 2.65 inches tall, the DxO ONE fits in a pocket, yet features a f/1.8, 32mm equivalent aspherical lens with a variable 6-blade iris and a 1-inch 20.2MP CMOS BSI sensor. Made of aluminum, the DxO ONE that has been engineered with the iPhone and iPad in mind; it attaches via the Lightning connector, turning the Apple smartphone display into the camera's viewfinder. The camera swivels 60 degrees in either direction/
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05:54
Image of a well bearded man

Check out the picture at the top of the post. Great!∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:51
External Link: Apple Remains on Top of the EFF’s “...

For the second year in a row, Apple has scored a perfect rating on the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s (EFF) annual “Who Has Your Back?” report, which ranks companies on five factors related to how they comply with government information requests and stand up for user privacy. The other companies with perfect scores are Adobe, Credo Mobile, Dropbox, Wikimedia, WordPress.com, and Yahoo. Google and Microsoft, which each had perfect ratings last year, have plummeted to three stars. However, it’s difficult to compare this year’s ratings to last year’s, since the EFF has changed the parameters and reduced the maximum rating from six stars to five. 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,...

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05:45
Re/code interview with Apple SVP of Operations Jeff...

This interview happened a month ago, but re/code just released the complete video and transcript. I actually enjoy reading a transcript. Let’s me focus, undistracted, on the words.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:30
Study: Nearly one in five Apple Watch owners...

Slice Intelligence analyzes emailed receipts to estimate how many of a specific item have been sold. While the market research firm's technique is proprietary, it provided information to Reuters estimating that 2.79 million Apple Watches have been sold so far. That may add a nice bit of change to Apple's bottom line, but sales of accessory bands may be far more profitable. So far, Slice estimates that 17 percent of Apple Watch owners have purchased at least one more band for their device.

Slice's chief data officer Kanishka Agarwal noted that while the black sport band is the most popular band purchased with the device and as an accessory, the $149 Milanese loop band is the second most popular. That means that many Watch purchasers might be using the sport band for practical day-to-day wear, but buying the luxury band to wear for special occasions. 

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05:24
Apple Music Radio debuts in iOS 8.4 & iOS 9...

The native Music app in Apple's iOS 8.4 and iOS 9 betas was updated on Thursday with access to a new "Radio" tab, including a preview of the company's new live, flagship radio station Beats 1.

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05:01
Beats 1 puts in its first appearance (and sound) for...


The Beats 1 radio station that forms part of Apple Music has put in its first appearance for iPhone and iPad users running the beta version of iOS 8.4 and iOS 9. Users are seeing the station logo and hearing pre-roll audio from Zane Lowe when it is clicked.
It’s just a demo at this stage, with pre-recorded audio, but is one step closer to the launch of the streaming music service which launches on June 30 via an all-new Music app … ...

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05:00
MacPhun’s new Tonality 1.2 brings beautiful black...

Even though it’s known as “black and white photography,” balanced grays are what make monochrome images striking or flat. Today, MacPhun released Tonality 1.2 ($18) and Tonality Pro 1.2 ($70), tools designed specifically for making the best possible black and white images from color photos. Both versions work with popular photo library management tools, newly including the Mac version of Apple Photos. The Pro version now plugs into Adobe’s new Lightroom CC, and adds RAW support for both new cameras and Lightroom.
Like MacPhun’s excellent noise-removing app Noiseless, Tonality uses a super-simple interface to let you preview potential changes to your images. The window’s bottom initially scrolls across 13 “Basic” presets, ranging...

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04:47
Apple's Latest Invention Introduces us to an...

During Apple's WWDC 2015 Keynote Craig Federighi showed us that in iOS 9 we'll be able to finally use real multitasking on our iPad. Federighi presented us with Picture-in-Picture, Split ...

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04:40
Apple Watch U.S. Sales Estimated at 2.8 Million,...

The latest data from Slice Intelligence, a digital commerce research firm that tracks email receipts, estimates Apple Watch sales at 2.79 million in the United States nearly two months after the wrist-worn device launched, according to Reuters. Slice Intelligence previously estimated 1 million Apple Watch pre-orders on April 10 and 2.5 million orders processed through late May. The report claims that about 17 percent of those Apple Watch customers proceed to spend hundreds of dollars on extra bands for the smartwatch, enabling Apple to make a profitable double dip into customers' wallets. While the Sports Band starts at $49, for example, technology research firm IHS estimates the 38mm fluoroelastomer band costs Apple just $2...

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04:00
Québec airport using Apple Watch for operations...

Apple Watch running SITA app. Image via Skift.com

Duty managers at Québec City John Lesage International Airport are now receiving operational alerts on their wrists. Skift blogger Marisa Garcia reports that the airport is the world's first to use a wearable -- in this case, the Apple Watch -- to keep things running smoothly.

According to Marc-André Bédard, VP of Information Technology for Aéroport de Québec, 

“Wearable tech is one area of interest to us and with the Apple Watch and SITA’s Airport Management solution our duty managers will receive important notifications at just the right time to take action as needed.

For example, they may get an alert to say that two planes are arriving simultaneously and have been assigned to the same gate or that there is a delay at a certain gate. Previously, they would have...

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03:53
New Radio Tab With Beats 1 Demo Appears on iOS 8.4...

With less than two weeks until the launch of Apple Music in over 100 countries, the latest signs of the streaming music service continue to appear in iOS 8.4 and iOS 9 betas. A number of users running the pre-release software versions have shared screenshots showing a new Radio tab in the Music app that displays a Beats 1 demo alongside a list of other stations and genres. The new Radio tab and Beats 1 pre-recording by DJ Zane Lowe have gone live for users in the United States, Canada, Germany, Norway, United Kingdom and select other countries, although it remains unclear if all features of Apple Music will be available worldwide on June 30. The search feature in the Radio tab is working as of now for some users, but Beats 1 and other playlists cannot be listened to yet. The curated...

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03:36
DriveDX now supports Yosemite's dark mode

BinaryFruit has announced DriveDx 1.4 (http://binaryfruit.com/drivedx), an upgrade of its Mac OS X solution for SSD and HDD health diagnostics and monitoring.
It measures the overall health of both SSD and HDD drives. Because DriveDx tracks more indicators of impending failure than any other product on the market, users will get advanced warning before their drives fail.

Version 1.4 supports the "dark mode" of Mac OS X Yosemite. The user can now turn off the S.M.A.R.T attribute (health indictor) raw value alert and more.
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03:35
321 Software releases EasySplitMerge 2.0.1 for Mac...

321Soft (www.321soft.com) has released EasySplitMerge 2.0.1, an update of the file splitter and merger for Mac OS X.
It lets you split a large file into multiple chunks, then rejoin them. EasySplitMerge supports most types of files.  
A demo version is available for download. A single user license is available for US$19.95. EasySplitMerge requires Mac OS X 10.6 and higher

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03:32
Latest Slice estimates put U.S. Apple Watch sales at...


Slice Intelligence, which tracks online orders by scanning the email inboxes of more than 2M panel members, estimates that Apple has sold 2.79M Apple Watches in the USA, reports Reuters. The estimate does not include sales in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong or Japan.
Slice last month reported that around 1.5M U.S. orders were placed on the first day of pre-orders, with sales tailing off rapidly after this. KGI is estimating worldwide sales of 5-6M Watches in Q3, 20-30% down on earlier...

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03:15
Kool Tools: AppProtect 4 for Mac OS X

Excel Software's (www.excelsoftware.com) AppProtect, protection software for Mac OS X and Windows, has been revved to version 4.0, which has been enhanced for Mac OS X Yosemite.
It applies protection with a human controlled or automated online activation process to a compiled application in minutes without programming, according to the folks at Excel. It supports MAX MSP 5, 6 or 7 music applications or Unity games. AppProtect works with OfficeProtect to generate a protected application from an Excel spreadsheet.
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02:55
Apple's High-Tech Spin on the Razor-Blade...

With Apple Watch, Apple has put a high-tech spin on the razor-blade business model, in which a company sells a product for a modest price and then profits from sales of accessories.

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02:30
Audio Hijack 3.1.1

Brings several tweaks and bug fixes to the popular audio recording utility. ($49 new, free update, 15.4 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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01:52
Intel to Unveil Skylake Processors at Gamescom in...

A new supply chain report has surfaced that indicates that Intel's 14nm Skylake processors and 100-series chipsets for desktops are expected to be unveiled in early August at Gamescom ...

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01:33
Default Folder X 4.7.2 - Enhances Open and Save...

Default Folder X attaches a toolbar to the right side of the Open and Save dialogs in any OS X-native application. The toolbar gives you fast access to various folders and commands. You just click on the buttons to go to your favorite and recently used folders, manage the folders and files shown in the list, and make changes to your settings. It also fixes a number of problems in Open and Save dialogs, "rebounding" to the last selected file, putting the path listing back in the top menu, and correcting bugs in scrolling column views. Features

  • Directory assistant: You can access the contents of your recent, favorite, and open folders right from Default Folder X's toolbar.
  • Real time saving: If you're constantly saving things inside the same folder, Default Folder X can remember that folder for you.
  • Finder management: Default Folder X lets you open up or save to any Finder window with a...

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Wednesday June 17

09:24
It's time: Apple Watch now available at the...

It doesn’t seem like it should be news that the Apple Watch is rolling out to Apple Stores, but here we are. The company announced earlier this month that it had nearly caught up with the backlog of orders, which meant that some Apple Watch models would be available for in-store purchase within two weeks. Now that day has arrived, complete with special Apple Watch shopping bags being given to customers. (Be careful with those things, OK?)

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10:22
Adele's record label backs out of Apple Music...

When it launches this month, Apple Music is promising three months of free, unlimited, on-demand music streaming without having to listen to ads, but for Adele fans this is simply too good to be true.
The music industry on the other side of the pond is fighting back against Apple Music’s free three-month trial because record labels won’t be paid royalties during that time. The Telegraph is reporting that British record label XL Recordings, home to Adele, Radiohead, Jack White, and M.I.A., has...

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10:37
Apple reportedly yanks Monster's MFi license in...

Monster, the audio accessory maker, just lost its MFi license for making Apple-compatible accessories. The company says its Made for iPhone, iPod, and iPad certification was revoked after it sued Apple earlier this year, and that Apple will not allow Monster to sell MFi-licensed accessories after September.
While Apple isn’t commenting on Monster’s MFi license or the lawsuit, the Wall Street Journal reported that the company’s head legal counsel told Monster’s general counsel that the accessory maker would be losing its certification, and a spot on Apple Store shelves, because the lawsuit would “destroy the working relationship” between the two companies and that it wasn’t “mutually beneficial” to continue that relationship....

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10:58
Podcast: Extra, extra, hear all about the News app

What’s the news about the new News app? First, Newsstand is dead, but standalone news apps remain alive. Second, there’s so much unknown about whether the iOS 9 News app, announced at WWDC, will affect consumption of news and how publications produce it.
Joining Glenn Fleishman on this podcast are Jason Snell, proprietor of Six Colors and former editorial director at IDG, who knows from news sites big and small, and Tom Standage, deputy editor of the Economist, where he heads up the periodical’s digital strategy. The *Economist* was a launch partner in the News app. (Tom’s also the author of several fine books.)To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:34
Zero-day exploit lets App Store malware steal OS X...

Security researchers have found major flaws in OS X and a single one in iOS that open the door to malware. The exploits allow malicious apps that have made their way into the App Store to bypass or ignore sandbox and other security protections to grab passwords from others apps’ keychain entries, steal data from other apps’ private data storage, hijack network ports, and masquerade as different apps to intercept certain communications.
Apple’s review process for the App Store—both for iOS and OS X—is supposed to prevent malware from entering its system. If that bulwark fails, the company relies on sandboxing, which prevents apps from accessing data and files other than that managed by the app, except through very tightly defined channels.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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22:44
Apple Watch sales estimated at 2.79M, 17% of buyers...

Although Apple has yet to release official Apple Watch sales numbers beyond being "thrilled" about its launch, research firm Slice Intelligence says the company is raking in big profits from Apple-made band accessories, as can be expected.

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21:39
FX Photo Studio Pro 3.1 - Creative filters &...

FX Photo Studio Pro's broad palette of effects and features helps you bring boundless creativity to your photography projects. Whether you are a professional photographer or a hobbyist, this powerful post-processing photo editor takes your images to a whole new level of clarity, brilliance and style. Features:

  • Includes a mind-blowing variety of over 170 photo effects & filters
  • 20 categories for different styles of photography
  • PRO image editing tools and color controls
  • Masking and Color splash tools
  • Possibility to apply multiple layers to one image
  • Access to your iPhoto and Aperture albums
  • Intuitive user interface
  • Sharing via the most popular social networks

Version 3.1:

  • This update brings a number of bug fixes and performance updates
  • OS X 10.8 or later

Download Now...

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21:19
Apple nets perfect score in privacy group's...

Digital rights advocacy group the Electronic Frontier Foundation on Wednesday gave Apple a perfect rating in its annual "Who has your back?" report, which rates tech companies on their efforts to secure consumer data against government snooping.

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20:30
Mellel 3.4

Enables export of outlines and annotations to PDF, plus provides a number of improvements and bug fixes. ($39 new, free update, 93.4 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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19:58
Apple receives praise from the EFF for its...

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has today published its rankings of technology companies regarding how they handle user data. Apple this year has received praise from the EFF for how transparent it is when it comes to handling requests form government agencies and standing up for user rights and privacy.

On the EFF’s ranking scale, Apple received five out of five stars, as did Dropbox. Google, however, received three stars out of five, while Facebook received four stars. For its ranking to increase, the EFF says that Google needs to be better about informing users about requests for their data and needs to provide more transparency into its data retention policies. Other companies that earned five...

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11:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Wood, wood everywhere

Wood, wood, everywhereThis week’s roundup of accessories includes a few items made of wood—one is even designed to look like a tree!BiteMyAppleThe $120 Gingko Solar Tree is based on nature’s design for its namesake Japanese tree. The device includes a solar array and a 4000-mAh battery to store the clean energy. The aluminum base includes a small grip, so you can use the tree as an iPhone or iPad stand.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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18:08
Developer hacks Apple Watch to run native UIKit apps...

Well-known developer Steve Troughton-Smith, who previously was able to get real UIKit-backed apps running on Apple Watch with watchOS 2.0, now says that he has gotten native UIKit apps running on watchOS 1.0. Smith shared a video showing off the feat, which can be seen via the embed below.

Smith also notes that developers can use the PepperUICore framework to build apps like the native systems apps, allowing Watch functions like Digital Crown scrolling to function. Previously, Comex was able to hack a web browser to run on watchOS 1.0.
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17:24
Samsung seeks rehearing of appeal over $400M patent...

Writing the next chapter of an ongoing feud with Apple, Samsung on Wednesday petitioned for a rehearing of a recent U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that upheld nearly $400 million in damages for infringing Apple design patents.

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16:40
How to use multiple iPhone, iPad, or iPod devices...

Do you want to use more than one iPhone, iPad, or iPod with the same computer? You can. In fact, there are a few ways you can do it.

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15:29
The Copycat King was Back in Court Today Fighting...

The U.S. Appeals Court ruled on May 18, 2015 that Apple's patented designs on its signature iPhone mobile phone had been copied by chief rival Samsung Electronics. That should have been the end of it, but no, Samsung is back at it again, fighting the decision.

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15:18
Swiftkey Security Slipup Exposes Samsung Smartphones


At least 600 million Samsung smartphones are vulnerable to remote attacks because of the way the company implemented the SwiftKey keyboard, NowSecure researcher Ryan Welton warned Tuesday. A phone can be attacked if it's connected to a compromised or malicious WiFi network and the SwiftKey app is updating existing languages or adding a new language pack. The preinstalled keyboard cannot be disabled or uninstalled, and it can be exploited even when it's not used as the default keyboard, said NowSecure CEO Andrew Hoog.

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14:21
Microsoft Wants to Reinvent their Smartphone...

It was Nadella's predecessor Steve Ballmer, who acquired Nokia's handset business for $7 billion in 2013 in a bid to boost Microsoft's position in the smartphone market. Ballmer set former Nokia chief Stephen Elop as the man to make the magic happen at Microsoft and the magic never arrived. So Elop is out.

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14:19
Nest unveils security camera, second-gen Protect...

Google-owned home accessory maker Nest on Wednesday launched the Cam, its first self-branded security camera, along with a second-generation version of its Protect smoke detector, and an updated mobile app for iOS and Android.

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14:12
Nintendo's E3 Direct Gives It to Fans Straight


Nintendo allayed the fears of some gamers in Tuesday's E3 Direct presentation, assuring them that long-term projects have not been scrapped. Many fans and analysts had been expecting the company to close the pipeline of games designed for its current hardware as it gears up for a new console. However, the main focus of E3 Direct was the near term -- that is, the second half of this year. Nintendo America CEO Reggie Fils-Aime kicked off the live-streamed event by touting the company's ability to transform both itself and its games.

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14:00
Please Comcast, don't buy T-Mobile USA

OK, rumor has it that Comcast is in talks with T-Mobile USA parent company Deutsche Telekom to purchase the American wireless carrier. All I can say as a consumer is, PLEASE... NOOOO!

I'm an AT&T customer now, which was a switch required back in 2007 when the only carrier that offered the iPhone was AT&T. I loved T-Mobile and loathed AT&T (still do, but that's a point for another column), but I really wanted the iPhone, so I switched. T-Mobile at the time was the only carrier that was great about letting experimenters like myself swap out SIMs with reckless abandon, try whatever phone we wanted, and they had a pretty decent network in my home town as well. I could switch to T-Mobile again... and I probably should... but I have concerns about their network in my city. I still have a very large amount of love for T-Mobile in my heart, because I find its CEO John Legere to be the Steve Jobs of the American mobile carrier scene, willing to speak plainly and publicly...

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13:43
Unicorn, cheese wedge, taco emoji and more coming to...

The Unicode Consortium on Wednesday released the character database and code charts for Unicode version 8.0, which tacks on a total of 7,716 new and scripts and symbols to the standard, including 41 emoji.

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12:39
Nest reveals new Nest Cam, 2nd generation Nest...


Following the Nest Cam outed by Best Buy earlier this morning, Nest did in fact take the stage today to announce its new lineup of products. Besides the Nest Cam, Tony Fadell and company showed off the 2nd generation Nest Protect smoke detector, a new mobile app for iOS and Android that brings all of the company’s new products together, and more. Unfortunately, the company’s flagship Nest Thermostat didn’t get any hardware upgrades today, but here’s what’s new…
Nest Protect
The new Nest Protect is an iterative upgrade,...

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12:37
Edward Snowden argues Apple CEO Tim Cook likely to...

Apple CEO Tim Cook is likely to keep his promises on user privacy, said whistleblower and ex-National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, commenting by video during a Wednesday conference in Barcelona, Spain. He cautioned however that people should be willing to abandon Apple if it backtracks.

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12:34
Microsoft ousts ex-Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, combines...

Microsoft on Wednesday announced the departure of former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop as part of a broad restructuring at the company, one that will see its Operating Systems Group and Microsoft Devices Group merge into one unit.

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12:31
Happy Hour Podcast 019 | iPad Pro wish list


It looks like a few lines of iOS 9 code have provided a couple of key details regarding the upcoming iPad Pro. The resolution of this mysterious large device has been discovered, along with a new keyboard layout. In this episode we discuss our iPad Pro wish list and what we’d like to see if this device becomes a reality later this year. The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed…


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12:15
Serious OS X and iOS flaws let hackers steal...


Researchers have uncovered huge holes in the application sandboxes protecting Apple's OS X and iOS operating systems, a discovery that allows them to create apps that pilfer iCloud, Gmail, and banking passwords and can also siphon data from 1Password, Evernote, and other apps.
The malicious proof-of-concept apps were approved by the Apple Store, which requires all qualifying submissions to treat every other app as untrusted. Despite the supposed vetting by Apple engineers, the researchers' apps were able to bypass sandboxing protections that are supposed to prevent one app from accessing the credentials, contacts, and other resources belonging to another app. Like Linux, Android, Windows, and most other mainstream OSes, OS X and iOS strictly limit app access for the purpose of protecting them against malware. The success of the researchers' cross-app resource access—or XARA—attacks, raises troubling doubts about those assurances on the widely used...

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12:12
iMac: How to find the serial number

Learn how to find the serial number of your iMac computer.

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12:00
Apple fires Campus 2 primary contractor, Swedish...



There’s just no pleasing some people.
Apple has fired Skanska, its Swedish contractor, which has been working on its “spaceship” Campus 2 project.
Skanska issued a statement saying that it had reached an impasse in negotiations with an unidentified customer over changes in the scope of work, and that it had been terminated from the project. It said the lost work would cost it roughly US$800 million.
A Cupertino city official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that the joint venture partnership of DPR/Skanska had been replaced on Apple’s high-profile project.

Rudolph & Sletten and Holder Construction have taken over construction of the main...

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12:00
Holy shit Samsung

Over 600 million Samsung mobile device users may be at risk due to a significant security threat, according to researchers at mobile security specialist NowSecure.and“Welton found he could hijack the process of updating one of the virtual keyboards Samsung installs on many Android smartphones. From there, he could eavesdrop on phone conversations, rummage through text messages and contacts, or turn on the microphone to capture audio,”…Enjoy your phone Samsung people.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:00
Today in the App Store, featuring Warmlight - Manual...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on Warmlight - Manual Сamera & Photo Editor; the new Space Galaga International edition game; and a notable update to Dark Sky! All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

breakeroids [$1.99 → Free] Defend the Earth from wave after wave of asteroids, armed only with a paddle and a bouncing ball. Drop the ball and you lose a shield - lose all your shields and the asteroids wipe out the planet.

Pixelogic - Picross Picture Logic Puzzles [$0.99 → Free] Pixelogic is a fun and challenging puzzle game where you use logic to reveal a hidden picture...

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11:45
∞ The Dalrymple Report with Merlin Mann: The Pointy...

Jim and Merlin recap WWDC and talk rock.Subscribe to this podcastBrought to you by:Casper — An obsessively engineered mattress at a shockingly fair price.Warby Parker — Premium quality, affordable eyewear.

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11:37
Report: Apple plans July retail revamp with new...


Apple is reportedly gearing up for retail changes next month that will introduce new accessory displays and reduce the quantity of third-party products. The report from Macotakara points to new accessory displays at Apple’s recently opened Upper East Side store (pictured above) and the store’s revamped design, noting that Apple plans to revamp the accessories at other stores in a “premium” manner starting next month. Part of the redesigned stores will include new accessory displays and packaging, according to the report:...

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11:10
Measure your heart rate with your Apple Watch

Use these tips to measure your heart rate using the built-in heart rate sensor on your Apple Watch.

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11:02
Amazon debuts next-gen Kindle Paperwhite with 300ppi...

Amazon on Wednesday launched preorders for a new edition of the Kindle Paperwhite, upgraded with a sharper e-ink display rated at 300 pixels per inch, matching the display resolution of its high-end Kindle Voyage.

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11:00
Daily Deals for June 17, 2015

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

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Billings Pro [Starting at $5 per user/month] Make invoicing painless with Billings Pro. Now with Apple Watch support.

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10:57
Publishers Upset Over Apple's Opt-Out Terms for...

Apple recently sent a mass email to news publishers to introduce them to Apple News, an upcoming Flipboard-inspired app for iOS 9 that will deliver curated news and magazine stories with custom layouts, photo galleries, videos and animations optimized for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The email has ignited some controversy in the news and blogging community over the past week, according to the BBC, which reports that some writers are disappointed about Apple's decision to automatically include a website's RSS feeds in Apple News unless they specifically opt out by replying to the email."Let me get this straight, Apple: you send me an e-mail outlining the terms under which you will redistribute my content, and you will just assume that I agree to your terms unless I opt out?" wrote Plausible Labs programmer Mike Ash on his...

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09:57
Taiwan fines Apple $647K for forcing carriers to...

Apple has lost a Taiwanese lawsuit accusing it of anti-competitive phone pricing tactics, and barring an appeal will be fined T$20 million, or a little over $647,000 U.S., a report said on Wednesday.

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09:34
Xsan4 with StorNext Windows Client Configuration...

Tags: Xsan4StorNextWindowsmount errorsmountXsan 4new Xsan4missing lunsMY CONFIGURATION/HARDWARE COMPONENTS:

  • 3 Mac-Mini's (Late 2014, i5, 16GB RAM, SSD)
  • ...
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09:27
Rumor: Next-gen iPhone to incorporate 7000 Series...



The next-gen iPhone may be getting a niftier aluminum body.
KGI Securities analyst and general dude-in-the-know Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a note to investors in which he corroborates rumors that the next-generation iPhone will adopt 7000 Series aluminum as used in the Apple Watch Sport. Kuo also claimed that Apple will retain the same design as the iPhone 6, although the smartphone may have slightly different dimensions.

The report claims that the next-generation iPhone could be wider and taller by about 0.15mm to account for the stronger 7000 Series aluminum design, while the next-gen iPhone may also be about 0.2mm thicker due to the addition of Force Touch. The new...

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09:24
If your iOS device restarts or displays the Apple...

You might see this unexpected behavior on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch if you have an older version of iOS. These steps can help. 

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09:23
OS X El Capitan Roundup Updated

OS X 10.11 El Capitan is Apple's next-generation operating system for the Mac, set to be released to the public this fall. Our roundup has everything you need to know about El Capitan, covering the multitude of performance improvements and new features in the OS, like an updated look for Mission Control, a way to use two full screen apps at once, new features for Safari, improvements for Mail, and more. Click to read our OS X El Capitan roundup. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • UK Indie Labels Say Apple Music Free Trial Could 'Literally Put People Out of Business'Apple Yet to Contact Indie Publishers for Apple Music Streaming RightsReview: Customize...

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09:17
FCC slaps AT&T with $100 million fine for...

The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday announced its intent to levy a $100 million fine against AT&T after finding that the wireless carrier mislead customers about its throttling of data plans that were advertised as being unlimited.

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09:04
AppleCare Xsan Support Agreement: How to find the...

Learn how to find the registration number of an AppleCare Xsan Support Agreement.

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09:04
AppleCare Xsan Support Agreement: How to find the...

Learn how to find the registration number of an AppleCare Xsan Support Agreement.
Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT200278

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08:49
The FCC to Impose Largest Fine in the Agencies...

The Federal Communications Commission said Wednesday it plans to fine AT&T Mobility $100 million for misleading customers about ...

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08:48
Robot dinos, archery and mystery in 'Horizon:...

Horizon: Zero Dawn was a bright spot of Sony's E3 press conference, largely because it was so unexpected. It broke through the monotony of sequel and remake reveals, and it was surprising to see a new IP from Guerrilla Games, a studio that's been ded...

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08:47
Senators Aim to Ground FBI's Warrantless Spy...


Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., on Wednesday introduced the Protecting Individuals From Mass Aerial Surveillance Act, which would require federal government agents to get a warrant before snooping from the sky. "Americans' privacy rights shouldn't stop at the treetops," Wyden said. The issue came to a head following the revelation earlier this month that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was using spy planes to engage in undercover surveillance activities across the United States.

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08:40
Apple Technical Learning Administration System FAQ

 The following are frequently asked questons concerning the Apple Technical Learning Administration System FAQ

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08:39
AppleCare Technician Training: How to find the...

Learn how to find the registration number for AppleCare Technician Training.

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08:38
Europe: Service Certification Training and Testing...

Apple authorizes some companies to train Apple Authorized Service Providers, Apple Authorized Resellers, and customers to repair Apple products.

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08:37
Apple Certifications: Getting Certified--CA/LA/US

This article describes the service certification offered by AppleCare and explains how to register to take service certification exams.

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08:33
AT&T Fined $100 Million by FCC for Unlimited...

The United States Federal Communications Commission today announced plans to fine AT&T $100 million for misleading customers about its unlimited mobile data plans. Following an investigation, the FCC is accusing AT&T of severely slowing down the data speeds of customers with unlimited data plans and failing to adequately warn them about the slower data speeds.In 2011, AT&T implemented a "Maximum Bit Rate" policy and capped the maximum data speeds for unlimited customers after they used a set amount of data within a billing cycle. The capped speeds were much slower than the normal network speeds AT&T advertised and significantly impaired the ability of AT&T customers to access the Internet or use data applications for the remainder of the billing cycle.The FCC says AT&T...

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08:21
Apple's iOS Feature "QuickType" is...

On June 17, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest registered trademark for "QuickType" which was officially granted late yesterday. Apple originally filed ...

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08:15
AT&T faces $100 million fine for quietly...

Look, it's no secret that if you've got a old-school unlimited data plan from AT&T, your data speeds get throttled from time to time. Alright, it might be a bit of a secret -- that's why the FCC has just announced that it plans to slap the massive te...

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08:12
Apple Maps vehicles spotted surveying England with...

Apple is stepping up its effort to provide street-view access in its Apple Maps, deploying a fleet of vehicles in the UK to collect street-level mapping data. As expected, Mercedes-Benz vans sporting an Apple Maps logo have been spotted just north on London in Solihull, England, reports MacRumors.

Apple will continue its mapping efforts in the US and UK, with New Orleans, Louisiana now added to list of cities to be mapped. You can visit Apple's Map vehicles webpage for detailed information on where the company will be collecting information in the coming month.

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08:11
Intel buys Recon, makers of the 'Google Glass...

Recon Instruments is famous for two things: building the technology behind Oakley's Airwave and the Recon Jet head-worn fitness wearable. The company has had a close relationship with Intel ever since the chip firm's venture-capital arm threw cash at...

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08:07
'Premium feel' will be focus of Apple...

With Apple design chief Jony Ive and retail leader Angela Ahrendts apparently collaborating on a new direction for the company's retail stores, a new report claims that a focus on a "premium feel" to the stores and product packaging will begin next month.

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08:00
Introducing Compliance Search in Office 365

We’re excited to announce a faster and more lightweight way of searching within your organization’s data in Office 365. Compliance Search is a new capability in the Office 365 Compliance Center, designed for times when the full-fledged search case management of eDiscovery search isn’t required.  Compliance Search is ideal for quick searches across content in Office 365, such as searching for specific credit card numbers in SharePoint as part of a Data Loss Prevention (DLP) project.  Compliance Search lets you:

  • Search all your Office 365 data without limits on number of mailboxes or documents
  • Use Keyword Query Language for advanced search
  • Preview search results with hit highlighting
  • Use fine-grained permissions to control what can be searched

Like our existing eDiscovery Search, Compliance Search is done in-place, using the existing search system of Office 365 so you’re always searching recent, up-to-date data. See...

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08:00
An inside look at Cloud service provider security...

On this week’s show, we catch up again with Mark Russinovich to explain the how security components in cloud services are managed. Mark discusses the shared responsibility from the IT and service provider perspectives. We cover real customer examples of Microsoft working with customers to detect tenant breach, correct issues and patch any security vulnerabilities. We also discuss the upcoming customer lockbox process and how machine learning and data analytics can be used to detect anomalous patterns.

We’ve invited Mark Russinovich in the past to discuss to assess the top security risks of moving to the cloud and had Matt Swann explain how COSMOS uses the power of the cloud to detect anomalies in the cloud. On this show we walk...

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08:00
Going off-the-grid with Office 365—selling local...

Today’s post about Office 365 was written by Greg Staky, director of information technology at Veriown Energy.  
Veriown Energy began as a typical startup, in August 2013. Instead of an office, we held ad-hoc meetings in each other’s condos and homes. Everyone used whatever devices they had, and we all traveled a lot to meet with researchers, investors and potential customers. Today, we have a head office in Chicago, but that startup work style—mobile, agile, available and productive—remains. One of my first responsibilities was to find the right business tools to match our way of working and our corporate culture. We’re in the business of selling sustainable, clean, local energy consumption—imagine Veriown turning your roof or parking lot into a solar power plant, with almost no capital expense on your part, so you could lock into...

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08:00
Dear Veronica: Should you hold off on solar, pre-...

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07:52
The increasing scarcity of Helium

Priceonomics:As helium supplies start to dwindle, the prices have already started to rise, and party balloons are taking a back-seat to the more serious applications. A hundred years down the line, a party balloon might be about as precious as a gold ring. Despite the fact that science has known about the impending helium scarcity for decades, it’s only made the news in the past five years. Why that is has a lot to do with helium’s complicated political history in the United States.What a fascinating story about an element most of us give no thought to unless we are sucking it in to make funny voices.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:46
Research team finds major zero-day security flaws in...



Well, this is a bit awkward.
A group of researchers from Indiana University and the Georgia Institute of Technology have stated that security holes in both iOS and OS X allow a malicious app to steal passwords from Apple’s Keychain, as well as both Apple and third-party apps.
The claims appear to have been confirmed by Apple, Google and others.

The published report offered the following:
We completely cracked the keychain service – used to store passwords and other credentials for different Apple apps – and sandbox containers on OS X, and also identified new weaknesses within the inter-app communication mechanisms on OS X and iOS which...

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07:45
'Pro Evolution Soccer 2016' is actually...

I grew up with Winning Eleven, the franchise that Konami morphed into what we now know as Pro Evolution Soccer in North America. These days, I find myself playing EA Sports' FIFA, a choice I suspect is echoed by millions of football fans worldwide. D...

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07:38
Comcast flagged as new leading contender to buy out...

Deutsche Telekom now considers Comcast the leading candidate for a sale of T-Mobile U.S., reports said on Wednesday, potentially signalling a major shift in the American media landscape that could impact Apple.

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07:37
iOS and OS X vulnerablities allow malicious apps to...

Six University security researchers from Indiana University, Georgia Tech and Peking University detailed several zero-day flaws in iOS and OS X that allow malicious attackers to bypass Apple security measures and gain access to sensitive information stored in other apps. The sandboxed malicious apps can steal data such as iCloud keychain passwords, Google Chrome web passwords and more without detection, reports The Register.

"Recently we discovered a set of surprising security vulnerabilities in Apple's Mac OS and iOS that allows a malicious app to gain unauthorised access to other apps' sensitive data such as passwords and tokens for iCloud, Mail app and all web passwords stored by Google Chrome," Xing told The Register's security desk.

"Our malicious apps successfully went through Apple’s vetting process and was published on Apple’s Mac App Store and iOS...

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07:23
Next-Generation iPhone Again Rumored to Adopt 7000...

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a note to investors, a copy of which was obtained by Japanese blog Mac Otakara, in which he corroborates rumors that the next-generation iPhone will adopt 7000 Series aluminum as used in the Apple Watch Sport. Kuo also claimed that Apple will retain the same design as the iPhone 6, although the smartphone may have slightly different dimensions. The report claims that the next-generation iPhone could be wider and taller by about 0.15mm to account for the stronger 7000 Series aluminum design, while the smartphone may also be about 0.2mm thicker due to the addition of Force Touch. The new dimensions are marginal enough that most iPhone 6 users are unlikely to notice much of a difference with the so-called "iPhone 6s" design. Apple explains the properties of 7000 Series aluminum...

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07:23
Apple begins in-store Apple Watch reservations ahead...



The rumored Apple Watch reservations system at assorted Apple Store locations in the United States has come to fruition.
And you get a snazzy bag with your Apple Watch.
Reservations will open at 8 a.m. local time every day, and can be found by picking a model online and then clicking a “check reservation availability” link. Supplies of the Watch may still be very limited, as even some popular models — such as the 42mm space gray Sport — are unavailable at many locations.

Apple has stated that due to demand, selected models could be sold out before a reservation has been confirmed. Once at a store, a clerk will answer questions and offer a try-on session...

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07:20
See the ISS like never before in these 4K videos

We're sure a time will come when watching something in 4K won't seem special. Now isn't that time. Astronaut Terry W. Virts is tweeting links to videos shot in Ultra HD during his time on the International Space Station, and predictably it's mesmeriz...

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07:00
Dropbox File Requests makes getting files from...

If you've ever tried to collect files from multiple people you know it can be a train wreck of emails with random subject lines and links to various online storage. Dropbox announced a simpler way to aggregate files from multiple people called File R...

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06:52
California labor commission rules Uber drivers are...

The California labor commission has ruled that an Uber driver qualifies as an employee, not a contractor, of the company. As a result Uber will have to reimburse a driver for expenses accumulated in the line of duty. That includes $256 in tolls and t...

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06:40
British indie labels object to Apple Music's...

Independent music labels in the UK are reportedly loath to agree to Apple's demand that they receive no royalties for songs played during Apple Music's three-month free trial period, a sticking point that could leave the new streaming service missing some major artists at launch.

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06:34
Apple Maps Vehicles Begin Surveying England, Coming...

Apple's fleet of vehicles collecting street-level mapping data has arrived in the United Kingdom as planned, with the first verified sighting in Solihull, England, approximately two hours northwest of London. While camera-equipped fifth-generation Dodge Caravans have been used to collect mapping data in the United States, Apple appears to be using Mercedes-Benz Vito vans marked with "Apple Maps" in Europe. Apple Maps van driving in Solihull, England in June 2015 Apple confirmed earlier this month that it is driving vehicles around the world to collect data to improve Apple Maps, and the mapping imagery is almost certainly being used to create a Google Maps "Street View" competitor. Apple Maps vehicles are also taking photos of businesses and storefronts in major metropolitan areas to replace current imagery provided by third-...

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06:34
A Recent U2 Concert Dynamic Could become a Possible...

We noted last month that the legendary U2 rock band gave an on-stage nod to Jony Ive and dedicating a song to Laurene Powell Jobs during a recent concert in San Jose. The band has now partnered with ...

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06:31
Researchers Find Major Keychain Vulnerability in iOS...

An anonymous reader notes a report from El Reg on a major cross-app resource vulnerability in iOS and Mac OS X. Researchers say it's possible to break app sandboxes, bypass App Store security checks, and crack the Apple keychain. The researchers wrote, "specifically, we found that the inter-app interaction services, including the keychain and WebSocket on OS X and URL Scheme on OS X and iOS, can all be exploited by [malware] to steal such confidential information as the passwords for iCloud, email and bank, and the secret token of Evernote. Further, the design of the App sandbox on OS X was found to be vulnerable, exposing an app’s private directory to the sandboxed malware that hijacks its Apple Bundle ID. As a result, sensitive user data, like the notes and user contacts under Evernote and photos under WeChat, have all been disclosed. Fundamentally, these problems are caused by the lack of app-to-app and app-to-OS authentications." Their full academic paper (PDF) is available...

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05:41
Serious iOS, OS X flaws lead to password theft in...

Three serious vulnerabilities in cross-app resource sharing protocols on Apple's desktop and mobile platforms have been discovered and used successfully to steal data --?like passwords and secret authentication keys --?including one that lays Keychain open to attackers.

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05:27
Apple opens up US Watch retail reservations,...

Apple on Wednesday morning opened up Apple Watch reservations in the United States, allowing shoppers to pick up an order at a time and Apple Store of their choosing, handed over in a specially-made bag.

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05:25
Samsung announces 'thinnest, lightest 4TB...

Samsung HDD (http://samsunghdd.seagate.com), a division of Seagate Technology, has announced 4TB M3 Portable and the P3 Portable external hard drives, which the company says are the first 4TB USB-powered single drive solutions to come in 2.5-inch cases in the world.
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05:22
Apple Loses their Anti-Competitive Case in Taiwan

Earlier today Apple lost their anti-competitive lawsuit in Taiwan where the court fined them ...

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05:21
iOS and OS X Security Flaws Enable Malicious Apps to...

A team of six researchers from Indiana University, Georgia Tech and Peking University have published an in-depth report exposing a series of security vulnerabilities that enable sandboxed malicious apps, approved on the App Store, to gain unauthorized access to sensitive data stored in other apps, including iCloud passwords and authentication tokens, Google Chrome saved web passwords and more. The thirteen-page research paper "Unauthorized Cross-App Resource Access on Mac OS X and iOS" details that inter-app interaction services, ranging from the Keychain and WebSocket on OS X to the URL Scheme on OS X and iOS, can be exploited to steal confidential information and passwords, including those stored in popular password vaults such as 1Password by AgileBits."We completely cracked the keychain service - used to store passwords and other credentials for different Apple apps - and sandbox containers on...

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05:09
Researchers claim to have found zero-day flaws in...

Six university researchers claim to have revealed deadly zero-day flaws in Apple's iOS and OS X, saying it's possible to crack Apple's Keychain, break app sandboxes and bypass its App Store security checks so that attackers can steal passwords from any installed app including the native email client without being detected, reports The Register (http://tinyurl.com/o4y4wja).
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05:06
Glimpses builds photo slideshows, but leaves me flat

Glimpses ($9.99) from Eternal Storms Software lets you make photos slideshows, or "still motion videos," to share with family and friends. Simply add a few images, pop in a soundtrack, export and you're good to go.

I spent a few days with Glimpses and, while I can say it does in fact work, it left me uninspired. Don't get me wrong, there are some very nice features here. You can make an attractive slideshow with a lightweight, inexpensive app that's a breeze to learn. However, there are also some areas that could use work. What's good about Glimpses is very good; what's confusing is just that. Let's gets started and take a look.

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Glimpses has a...

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05:02
beaTunes 4.0.24 - Organize your music collection. (...

beaTunes is a full-featured music player and organizational tool for music collections. How well organized is your music Library? Are your artists always spelled the same way? Any R.E.M. vs REM? beaTunes can easily fix this and other problems with its unique inspection feature (license required for applying one-click solutions). Could your last mix CD's song order use some improvement? Let beaTunes re-arrange your playlist for you! Always wondered how you could take advantage of the BPM (beats per minute) field? Let beaTunes fill in the blanks and help you while DJ'ing at your next party. Here are some more examples of what you can do with beaTunes:

  • Navigate in songs semantically, i.e. segment to segment.
  • Automatically determine BPM (beats per minute).
  • Automatically determine the musical key your songs are in.
  • Sort existing playlists so that matching songs succeed each other.
  • Create matchlists, i.e., playlists based...

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04:23
Sharp Preparing IGZO Displays with new In-Cell...

Back in April we reported that Apple had decided to use Oxide TFT LCD because it offers a lower power base and allows Apple to design even slimmer designs. The report further noted that Apple planned to obtain oxide TFT via a number of suppliers including LG Display, Samsung Display, and SHARP. Today, Sharp announced two developments for future displays.

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04:15
Rumor: 'iPhone 6s' to be stronger with...

Apple's next-generation iPhone will take a few design cues from the Apple Watch, not only gaining the new Force Touch input method, but also utilizing the company's custom Series 7000 aluminum for a casing that will be up to 60 percent harder than the iPhone 6.

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03:58
Kool Tools: Dash sleeve for the MacBook

WaterField Designs' (www.sfbags.com) Dash is a cool laptop sleeve that comes in custom sizes for Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook, and for contemporary 13-inch and 15-inch Macs.
The ultra-light Dash laptop sleeve complements the svelte, agile appeal of Mac laptops while offering rugged protection without bulk. Designed—and named—for people on the go, the minimalist Dash looks professional whether headed to the boardroom or the café. The Dash profile is so narrow, it takes up little space in a briefcase or backpack
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03:55
EverWeb 1.8 for Mac OS X gets enhanced e-commerce...

RAGE Software has revved EverWeb (www.everwebapp.com), its website design and publishing tool for OS X, to version 1.8.
EverWeb is designed to remove all the hurdles from designing, creating, and publishing professional websites with a complete drag and drop user interface for website creation combined with a one-click publishing solution. Version 1.8 brings enhanced e-commerce support with greater control over product options and the payment process, full width objects that expand with the browser width, automatic project backups to prevent data loss and much more.
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03:48
iMovie: Using Flip Mino and Flip Ultra camcorders

Video clips from Flip Ultra and Flip Mino camcorders cannot be imported or played back properly in iMovie unless the latest version of the 3ivx QuickTime component is installed.

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03:40
Apple De-Certifies Monster Cables After Lawsuit...

An anonymous reader writes: Since 2005, Monster cables have been licensed under Apple's "Made For iDevice" program, which lets cable manufacturers put a logo on their product signifying they work with Apple products. Now, Apple has revoked that certification. In January of this year, Monster sued Beats, accusing its founders of fraud. Beats was acquired by Apple in 2014, and Monster is accusing Apple of bullying them by terminating the licensing deal. Monster's general counsel said the move would "significantly disrupt Monster's business and that the two companies had worked well for years, with Monster paying Apple more than $12 million in licensing fees since 2008."

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03:09
Collaborative robotics market to exceed $1 billion...

The collaborative robotics sector is expected to increase roughly tenfold between 2015 and 2020, reaching over US$1 billion from approximately US$95 million in 2015, according to a new study published by ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).
The research group says the growth will be fueled by three key markets: electronics manufacturers and electronics manufacturing services companies, small-to-medium manufacturers, and manufacturers seeking robotic solutions optimized to support agile production methodologies.
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Tuesday June 16

13:43
Uber delivery service fails to get Apple, Starbucks...

The demand economy has spawned an Uber for everything. Now Uber wants you to just simply UberEverything.
Uber, the world’s most valuable startup, wants to deliver your new iPhone or a much-needed caffeine fix. But its plan to become an on-demand, same-day delivery service has stalled after logistical nightmares scared off potential big partners, including both Apple and Starbucks.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Uber has been facing major roadblocks as it hopes to expand beyond ride-sharing and into using its urban fleet of vehicles for same-day delivery. The company is working toward creating a so-called “urban logistics fabric,” or UberEverything, where drivers can deliver food, groceries and other items across town when demand for passenger pickups is low....

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19:59
Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015 9.0.0 - Digital video...

Premiere Pro CC 2015 is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $19.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous Premiere Pro customer). Premiere Pro CS6 is still available for purchase (without a monthly plan) if you prefer. Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015 lets you edit video faster than ever before. Dozens of brand-new features include a redesigned timeline, improved media management, and streamlined color grading. And it's just the beginning: You'll get access to new features the moment they're released. Your entire creative world, together in one place. Only in Creative Cloud.Version 9.0.0 (2015): Note: Now requires OS X 10.9 or later.

  • Find the perfect image or graphic for your project - Save time finding, licensing and...

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19:59
Adobe Dreamweaver CC 2015 16.0.0.7698 - Build world-...

Dreamweaver CC 2015 is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $19.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous Dreamweaver customer). Dreamweaver CS6 is still available for purchase (without a monthly plan) if you prefer. Adobe Dreamweaver CC 2015 allows you to design, develop, and publish for web and mobile platforms without getting buried in code. Dreamweaver provides an intuitive visual interface for website creation and editing, and offers up-to-date compatibility with web standards as well as first-class support for HTML5/CSS3 and jQuery.Version 16.0.0.7698 (2015): Note: Now requires OS X 10.9 or later.

  • Find the perfect photos - Find the perfect images for your sites in the Adobe...

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19:59
Adobe Illustrator CC 2015 19.0.0 - Professional...

Illustrator CC 2015 is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $19.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous Illustrator customer). Illustrator CS6 is still available for purchase (without a monthly plan) if you prefer. Adobe Illustrator CC 2015 is the industry standard vector-drawing environment for designing across media. Express your creative vision with shapes, color, effects, and typography. Work with speed and stability on large, complex files, and move designs efficiently among Adobe's creative applications.Version 19.0.0: Note: Now requires OS X 10.9 or later.

  • Edit once, update everywhere - Assets in Creative Cloud Libraries can now be linked so that when a change is made to an asset, you and your team members have...

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19:59
Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 16.0.0 - Professional image...

Photoshop CC 2015 is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $19.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous Photoshop customer). Photoshop CS6 is still available for purchase (without a monthly plan) if you prefer. Adobe Photoshop CC 2015, the industry standard for digital image processing and editing, delivers a comprehensive package of professional retouching tools, and is packed with powerful editing features designed to inspire.Version 16.0.0 (2015): Note: Now requires OS X 10.9 or later.

  • Edit once, update everywhere with Linked Assets - Assets in Creative Cloud Libraries can now be linked so that when a change is made to an asset, you and your team members have the option of updating it across any Photoshop,...

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19:59
Adobe InDesign CC 2015 11.0.0.72 - Professional...

InDesign CC 2015 is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $19.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous InDesign customer). InDesign CS6 is still available for purchase (without a monthly plan) if you prefer. Adobe InDesign CC 2015 is part of Creative Cloud. That means you have access to all the latest updates and future releases the moment they're available. Sharpen your skills and master new tools with a rich and growing library of training videos. And Creative Cloud is integrated with Behance, so you can share your projects and get immediate feedback from creatives around the world.Version 11.0.0.72 (2015): Note: Now requires OS X 10.9 or later.

  • Edit once, update everywhere - Assets in Creative Cloud...

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19:59
Adobe Lightroom 6.1 - Import, develop, and showcase...

Adobe Lightroom is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $9.99/month bundled with Photoshop CC as part of the photography package. Lightroom 6 is also available for purchase as a stand-alone app (with the cloud functionality removed) if you prefer. Adobe Lightroom software helps you bring out the best in your photographs, whether you're perfecting one image, searching for ten, processing hundreds, or organizing thousands. Create incredible images that move your audience. Experiment fearlessly with state-of-the-art nondestructive editing tools. Easily manage all your images. And showcase your work in...

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19:59
Adobe After Effects CC 2015 13.5 - Create...

After Effects CC 2015 is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $19.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous After Effects customer). After Effects CS6 is still available for purchase (without a monthly plan) if you prefer. The new, more connected After Effects CC 2015 can make the impossible possible. Get powerful new features like a Live 3D Pipeline that brings CINEMA 4D scenes in as layers - without intermediate rendering. Share work directly from within the application and get access to new features the moment they're released. Your entire creative world, together in one place. After Effects CC is part of Creative Cloud. That means you have access to all the latest updates and future releases...

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02:51
An outpouring of love for the playful, personality-...

At the heart of each Think Retro column I’ve written so far has been some thing: A practical guide, a lesson from history, a celebration of design, say. At the heart of this one is heart. This week’s column is nothing more nor less than an outpouring of love for one of the sweetest, most exquisite little computers of all time: The Macintosh Classic. 
I know that for many the powerful and flexible Macintosh SE/30 is the pinnacle of these early compact Macs, and yes, the thick chamfers and endearingly chunky styling of the original Macintosh and its siblings have charisma far beyond mere nostalgia, but for me the Classic’s purity of line is truly special. It is, in fact, classic Apple. Everything extraneous is stripped away—within engineering constraints—leaving you with just the essence of the computer. And that’s not to say it’s bland and anodyne. No, the Classic retains its playfulness and personality—that’s part of the essence that is being exposed, that...

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08:43
Auto-playing videos come for your Twitter feed

Twitter wants you to watch more videos, so it’s going to helpfully auto-play them for you in its iOS app and on desktop.
“Your thumbs deserve a break,” the company tweeted Tuesday morning, because it just eliminated that extra tap needed to play GIFs, Vines, and in-line videos. Now instead of seeing a thumbnail with a play button, videos will just play on their own—muted at first, but with sound when you tap on it. If you’re watching a video in Twitter’s iOS app, turning your phone to landscape mode will make the video full-screen.
Adam Bain, Twitter’s head of revenue and partnerships, tweeted out some stats to support the move: People are 2.5 times more likely to prefer auto-play videos to “other methods,” and will “complete” viewing of a promoted video seven times more often if it autoplays....

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11:30
The Week in Mac Apps: Diapositive brings Instagram...

...plus friendlier clocks, easy surveillance, storage, and more!This week’s roundup of Mac apps brings you a friendly clock app, software that keeps an eye on your Mac while you’re away, and a way to ensure that your data has a chance to leave your hard drive before your hard drive leaves you.Diapositive 1.0Can’t get enough of Instagram? MenuBar Labs’s $5 Diapositive - Instagram Client (Mac App Store Link) puts your feed right on your Mac’s desktop.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:38
LeapFrog's new Imagicard games and LeapPad...

If our house was burning down, my three-year-old would want to save his plush rabbit pal Deedee, our iPad mini 2, and as many Paw Patrol toys as he could carry. He loves playing games and watching videos on our tablet, and the toys obviously come in handy when he’s hit his screen time limit, but what he really loves are toys like Osmo, that let him use real-world objects and an iPad app at the same time.
LeapFrog is combining a physical play experience with a digital app, offering three new Imagicard games for kids ages 3 to 8. Kids can use the cards to play a game on one of LeapFrog’s LeapPad tablets, using the tablet’s camera to “capture” the card in the game for an augmented reality experience. But if screen time is over (hey, that tablet’s got to recharge at some point),...

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16:57
Apple Watch models now available for in-store pickup...

As of Wednesday local time, Apple Stores in Australia are stocking Apple Watch models for in-store sales, portending a start to brick-and-mortar retail sales at outlets around the world.

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16:17
Apple Watch Now Available for Purchase in Apple...

We reported this morning that Apple Watch shipments had begun arriving at Apple Stores in the United States ahead of the imminent launch of in-store availability, and it now appears that in-stores sales of the Apple Watch will indeed begin tomorrow, on June 17. It's now after 10:00 a.m. on June 17 in some parts of Australia, and Apple Stores in the country have begun offering in-store Apple Watch reservations and pickups. In the Australian online Apple Store, when selecting a watch, there's now an option that says "Interested in buying in-store?" with a link that allows buyers to check reservation availability. After choosing to select a reservation, there's a drop down menu that shows nearby Apple Stores, letting users see whether a particular Apple Watch is in stock. If a watch is in stock, the site displays a green checkmark and the next available reservation time. Making a reservation...

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16:13
Apple Watch Reserve & Pickup system now rolling...


Apple this evening has launched a new Reserve & Pickup system for Apple Watch customers in the UK, Australia, and other countries as they change to June 17th. Earlier today it was reported that Apple Watch would soon be available in retail stores and this development is a step towards that for customers. Apple’s webpage for Reserve & Pickup says that Apple Watch models are available by reservation in retail stores, although availability will still be sparse and limited to select variants of Apple Watch.
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15:44
Sign in with a different Apple ID on your iPhone,...

Use these steps to change the Apple ID you use with services like Game Center, FaceTime, iCloud, Messages, iTunes, iBooks, or the App Store.

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15:20
Linbit Launches New Synchronous Server Storage...


Linbit on Tuesday announced the release of DRBD9, its new distributed replicated block device product. DRBD9 provides enterprise Linux users with synchronous server storage replication including support for native remote direct memory access, or RDMA, and OpenStack integration. Linbit developed the software to give end-users, OEMs and independent software developers a tool for building redundant, highly scalable and flexible storage architectures. Linbit's DRBD9 solution expands the core functionality of DRBD.

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15:14
Use Guided Access with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Guided Access helps you to stay focused on a task while using your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Guided Access limits your device to a single app and lets you control which app features are available.

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15:02
Upgrade your iCloud storage on your Mac
14:59
Set up Home Sharing on your Mac
14:56
What is the Dock?
14:52
Open System Preferences on your Mac
14:45
Keep your Mac up to date
14:41
If your startup disk is full
14:38
Take pictures of the screen on your Mac
14:10
Monster's General Counsel See's Apple as a...

Monster is considered one of the world's leading manufacturers of high performance cables that connect audio/video components for home, car and professional use as well as computers and computer games. In fact Monster had been making licensed accessories, including Lightning charging cables ...

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14:00
Today in the App Store, featuring Air Sketch and...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on Air Sketch; the new Spare Lens - Photo & Video Editor; and a notable update to Flipboard! All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Twin Moons HD (Full) [$6.99 → Free] Reveal shocking secrets from the past and save the future in this thrilling hidden object adventure!

Twin Moons (Full) [$4.99 → Free] Reveal shocking secrets from the past and save the future in this thrilling hidden object adventure!

Drop The Chicken 2 [$1.99 → Free]...

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13:50
DuckDuckGo has grown 600% since Apple made it a...

Speaking in an interview with CNBC, DuckDuckGo CEO Gabe Weinberg said that the company’s traffic has grown 600 percent over the past two years. A variety of factors likely played a role in this explosion of growth, but it is mainly attributable to the NSA’s surveillance program, which was revealed two years ago, and Apple adding it as a default search option with iOS 8 and Safari 7.1 on the Mac.

With iOS 8, Apple added the option for users to choose...

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Sunday June 14

23:00
Bethesda E3 2015 Briefing: Fallout 4, Fallout...

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