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Friday August 7

19:47
Hackers are attacking US gas stations

After a gas station monitoring system was hacked earlier this year, Trend Micro researchers Kyle Wilhoit and Stephen Hilt decided to take a closer look. They set up fake internet-connected systems called "GasPots" -- honeypots that mimic the real o...

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18:43
Amazon Studios has two new pilots for you to judge

While Amazon has a track record to go by for its upcoming car show, it's still crowdsourcing impressions for its new dramas. Today the service posted pilot episodes for two new series that it might pick up for streaming, and you can check them out...

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18:02
Apple's Jay Blahnik outlines Apple Watch health...

In an interview published this week, Jay Blahnik, Apple's director of Fitness and Health Technologies, spoke at length about Apple Watch hardware and software, explaining how the device came into being, it's merits as a fitness monitor and where he thinks it's going with watchOS 2.

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17:17
Following Apple Music inquiry, European Union...


The European Union’s inquiry into whether Apple had colluded with music labels to suppress competition from streaming music services like Spotify has concluded that no evidence exists to support such claims.
The investigation involved the questioning of executives from several of Apple’s partner labels to determine whether App Store limitations might “lock out” competitors.

The inquiry did reveal that Spotify has seen pressure lately from label executives who dislike free streaming, but found that...

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17:10
Macminicolo: Twelve month trial for just $10/mo

Thanks to Macminicolo for sponsoring The Loop this week. For ten years, Macminicolo has been hosting thousands of Mac minis in a high end data center. The minis are used for all sorts of services. The Mac mini “has become Apple’s most popular server system.”Readers of The Loop can signup for a twelve month trial for just $10/mo. Come see what a Mac mini can do....

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16:59
Wave goodbye to manual car seat controls with...

It sounds a bit like an infomercial: Tired of using manual controls and levers to adjust your car seats? There's got to be a better way! And now of course there is, thanks to researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC. The re...

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16:36
EU Inquiry Finds No Evidence Apple Colluded With...

The European Commission has failed to find evidence that Apple conspired with record labels to put a stop to free music streaming services, reports Re/code, citing sources with knowledge of the investigation. The European Commission spoke with multiple digital music services and record labels, but was not able to find evidence of illegal activity, putting an end to the probe. Investigators' "files will remain open," however, as Spotify continues with licensing talks with major labels. European regulators began scrutinizing Apple's discussions with record labels in April, over concerns Apple would use its influence to persuade music companies to put an end to free ad-supported music services such as Spotify. Apple Music, unlike Spotify, does not offer a free...

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16:23
EU clears Apple and labels of colluding against free...

A European Commission inquiry found no evidence that Apple colluded with major record labels to impede free-to-stream services as part of the company's Apple Music business strategy, a report said Friday.

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16:20
Another Day, Another Apple iPhone Ad about Amazing...

Yes, it's another day and there's another new iPhone ad.

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15:55
New Study Shows Apple is Gaining Market Share over...

In a new report published by digital media analytics company comScore late today we learn that Apple ranked as the top smartphone manufacturer in the U.S. market ...

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15:20
Apple touts iPhone picture taking capabilities in...

Adding to its "If it's not an iPhone" ad campaign, Apple on Friday released a new 30-second spot touting the handset's idiot-proof picture taking capabilities.

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15:04
Apple Releases New 'Photos & Videos'...

Continuing on with its "If it's not an iPhone, it's not an iPhone" advertising campaign, Apple today updated its YouTube channel with a new "iPhone - Photos & Videos" ad that focuses on the photographic capabilities of the iPhone. The ad depicts an assortment of artfully arranged iPhones that display photos and videos in an assortment of different patterns. A voiceover accompanies the ad, pointing out the iPhone's popularity as a camera and its ease of use. Every day millions of amazing photos and videos are shot with iPhone. That's because the iPhone makes it easy for everyone to shoot amazing photos and video.The style of the video mimics the other ads that are part of this particular campaign, "Loved," "iPhone - Hardware & Software," and "...

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14:54
Apple’s latest ‘if it’s not an iPhone ad’ highlights...

Apple has uploaded its latest advertisement as part of its new “if it’s not an iPhone, it’s not an iPhone” marketing series. Today’s new TV ad focuses on the iPhone’s camera, photo taking capabilities, and video recording features. As it has done in past campaigns, Apple appears to be promoting pictures and videos taken by actual iPhone customers. Apple’s previous iPhone ads focused on customer satisfaction, hardware/software integration, and the App Store. Apple also recently published a new website to accompany the TV ads, which focuses on many of the same iPhone talking points.
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14:30
AWT News Update: August 7, 2015

Another slow news day in the Apple world, but that means it's OK for all of you to go out and get a beer, then listen to the AWT News Update podcast:

  • Apple is expected to release new iPhones and the new Apple TV on September 9
  • Verizon drops subsidies, and also releases some data plans to go along with that announcement
  • comScore says the iPhone grabbed 1.5 percent more marketshare in the US in the June quarter

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 7, 2015. It’s a slow news day, so this is going to be short…

Apple is expected to hold a media event on September 9th at...

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13:59
Teens Find Real Friends in the Online Jungle


Teens have been using digital media to create bonds that extend well beyond playing games or tweeting, according to a study Pew Research released Thursday. Along with likes and shares and tags and retweets have come beefing, berating, trolling and blocking. Although a lot of social activity appears superficial, that's not always the case. About 57 percent of the respondents to Pew's survey on teen interactions online indicated that they established a long-term friendship with someone they'd first encountered online, Pew reported.

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13:38
Apple continues to gain ground in US smartphone...

Apple not only remained dominant in the U.S. smartphone market during the June quarter, but was also the only top-five OEM to exhibit gains over the three-month period, according to new data from research firm comScore.

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13:02
Review: Speck’s CandyShell Fit Apple Watch case...

While I wasn’t immediately convinced of the need to ever hide a beautiful Apple Watch under an arguably unattractive protective case, seeing my wife’s experience accidentally damaging the sapphire display solidified my spot in Apple Watch Case Camp in some contexts.
Because Apple Watch materials — aluminum, stainless steel, gold, Ion-X glass, and sapphire glass — are strong but not entirely resistant to scuffs, scratches, shatters, and all the same ailments that strike our iPhones in normal use, it makes sense that accessory makers want to apply the same formula used to produce iPhone cases when making protective solutions for Apple Watch.
But Apple Watch has to look good, so does porting that same formula actually work? That’s the question I’ll tackle with my hands-on experience with Speck’s $29 CandyShell Fit...

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13:00
MacTech Pro: Just a few more chances to attend in...

Throughout 2015, we've been telling you about MacTech Pro, the conference series for professional Apple techs and consultants. A one-day jam-packed session in cities around the country, MacTech Pro has been a big success this year. Now there are only three more sessions planned, the first of which is next week in the Big Apple:

  • New York, NY - August 12, 2015
  • Dallas, TX - September 2, 2015
  • Denver, CO - September 30, 2015

MacTech's Neil Ticktin, who is the host of all of the events, noted that attendees can attend the Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS Accredited Support Professional Course and Exam (updated for Office 2016) at no additional cost. If you're thinking about attending, but need that extra little incentive to push you over the edge to go to your regional event, you can even get a special Apple World...

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12:35
Office 365 news roundup

Windows 10 is here! The best Windows yet, delivered as a service and kept automatically up-to-date with new innovations and security updates, launched last week as a free upgrade. As part of the launch, we also released the all new Office Mobile Apps for Windows 10. Customers in 190 countries can now download and install the apps from the new Windows Store and immediately start being more productive on the go. In conjunction with the launch, we also spelled out which capabilities in Windows 10 will benefit Office 365 admins.
Windows 10 is big news, but it’s not our only news. As part of our ongoing work to deliver the richest email and...

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12:06
Apple expected to unveil 'iPhone 6s,' new...

Apple is reportedly eyeing a media event for Sept. 9, where the company is expected to show off its next-generation iPhone and Apple TV hardware, and may even unveil new iPads, according to a new report.

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12:01
Report: Apple’s next iPhone event happens on (or...

It's that time of year again: Buzzfeed's John Paczkowski reports that Apple's next iPhone event is going to happen on the week of September 7th, and that currently the 9th is the most likely date. Paczkowski previously reported for Re/code, where he established a track record for accurately predicting Apple event dates.
Apple usually launches new iOS versions on Wednesday the week after the announcement, which means we could get iOS 9 on or around September 16th. If the company holds to its strategy for previous iPhone launches, any new models would follow on that Friday, September 18th. Rumors say that Apple is also planning to announce a new Apple TV and SDK at the September event.
What little we know about the new...

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12:00
How to get the best prices on Apple's 12...

Apple's new 12" and 13" MacBooks are among the industry's hottest offerings, and this back-to-school season, AI has teamed up with Apple's top authorized resellers to offer the lowest prices anywhere on the wide assortment of available configurations, including options with and without AppleCare protection.

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12:00
Photomyne: Turning physical photo albums into...

Transferring old photo albums to a digital format can be a huge amount of work. First, there’s the hassle of taking photos out of an album, whether they’re glued in, using those little adhesive corners, or using the clear plastic sheets that are used in “modern” albums. Then the images need to be scanned, generally with a flatbed scanner of some sort. Next, each image is color-corrected if necessary, or touched up if there are scratches or stains. Photomyne (US$4.99, universal) is an iOS app designed to take the work out of converting a printed photo collection to a digital format.

Photomyne works on the concept of digital photo albums, so if you happen to have a physical album that needs to be converted to the 21st-century equivalent, you just create a new album and then start adding photos.

Now, adding photos to albums can be a real hassle. Generally, you’re feeding them one at a time through a...

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11:56
Apple to Debut New iPhones, iPads, and Apple TV on...

Apple's annual fall iPhone event will likely be held on Wednesday, September 9, reports BuzzFeed's John Paczkowski, who has provided reliable information on event dates in the past. According to sources that spoke to BuzzFeed, the event will be held during the week of September 7, with September 9 targeted as the most likely date. The event's focus will be on the next-generation iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, both of which will feature a Force Touch display, an A9 processor, an improved camera system, and a faster LTE chip, among other features. Apple may also unveil new iPads at the event, but the 12.9-inch iPad Pro "seems to be a wildcard," says Paczkowski, meaning it could come at the event or at a later date. In addition to the iPhone and iPad, Apple is also expected to unveil the next-generation Apple TV. The Apple TV will be a huge update over its...

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11:55
Report: New iPhone and Apple TV to be announced at...

According to a new report from BuzzFeed’s John Paczkowski, Apple will hold its annual fall iPhone event on September 9th. The report, citing “sources familiar with Apple’s plans,” claims that Apple is targeting the week of September 7th for the event, with Wednesday the 9th being the frontrunner right now.

At the event, Apple will unveil the iPhone 6s, which we unveiled exclusive details on earlier this summer. The iPhone 6s is expected to be largely similar to the iPhone 6, but with a pressure-sensitive Force Touch display and...

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11:49
Verizon to drop subsidized phone pricing in new...

Verizon Wireless on Friday announced a new set of core subscription plans, eliminating contract-based phone subsidies in favor of combinations based on device choices and the amount of data.

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10:45
FunBITS: Do Computers Dream of Psychedelic Bears?

Google’s DeepDream does truly bizarre things to images. Josh Centers explains its origins, and how to try it out on your Mac.  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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10:35
Dark Sky 5 Offers Hyperlocal Weather Forecasts for...

To set itself apart from the many other weather apps for the iPhone, Dark Sky provides accurate precipitation forecasts for your exact location for the next hour. It couples that with customizable alerts for upcoming weather events and an excellent interface for the traditional 7-day forecast. 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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09:35
Windows 10 Raises Some Hackles


"Tablet view is showing saved porn images," wrote Reddit user "FalloutBos." "Woke up to wife asking why I set it to rotate all my porn images right on the desktop view. I have no idea [how] to shut that feature off and that computer is staying shut down until I do." FalloutBos had downloaded Windows 10 onto his computer, and it seems the new OS reached down into his "My Pictures" folder and created a slideshow. That incident raised howls of laughter, but it points to one of the problems early users of Microsoft's new OS have reported.

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09:10
Apple's Jimmy Iovine hints at curation playing...

While discussing Apple Music in a new interview published on Thursday, Apple executive Jimmy Iovine mentioned the prospect of applying curation to TV, potentially pointing to a direction for Apple's rumored streaming TV service.

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08:57
Verizon to kill subsidies, launch simpler data plans...


Verizon will launch brand new, simpler data plans and kill subsidies as expected from August 13. Today, the company introduced a set of plans which will require customers to pay for their smartphones in monthly installments, or buy them outright, instead of having the cost subsidized.

Similar to the Simple Choice plans launched by T-Mobile a couple of years back, the data plans come in four tiers: small, medium, large and extra large. Those plans will get...

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08:31
Jon Stewart’s final episode

Comedy Central:On Jon’s last episode of The Daily Show, he revisits The Best F#@king News Team Ever, gets a send-off from his top political targets and says goodbye after 16 years as host.In case you missed it.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:30
What to play this weekend: Spyfall

At 2014's Internationale Spieltage (or “Spiel”) gaming convention in Essen, Germany, Spyfall by designer Alexandr Ushan made a splash as a great party game. It was difficult to obtain here in the US until June of this year, when it was picked up by distributor Cryptozoic Entertainment. Now you can grab a box and have a fun...or just go online.

Today there's a browser-based version that is mobile-friendly, platform-agnostic, free and every bit as fun and hilarious as its paper sibling. It's a game of bluffing, deduction, light role-playing and a lot of laughter. Spyfall is indeed a great party game that takes minutes to learn and often leads to hilarity. Here's our look at Spyfall. 

How it works...

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08:26
News from China Claims that another Suicide has...

The China Labor Watch (CLW), who was the driving force behind the BBC's report on Apple titled "Broken Promises," confirmed earlier this week that a male worker at the Foxconn factory in Zhengzhou ...

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08:25
iPhone 6s Roundup Updated

Apple's iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are coming next month, and we've updated our iPhone 6s and 6s Plus roundup with details on expected features, an extensive list of part leaks, and a fantastic new video that walks through all of the changes we'll see in the new devices. Make sure to check it out. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • StackSocial Offers 'Pay What You Want' Bundle for 10 Popular Mac Apps'The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs' Opera Set to Premiere in 2017Microsoft Launches 'Outlook' App for Apple Watch...

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08:03
9to5Toys Last Call: Bose SoundTrue On-Ear Headphones...

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Today’s can’t miss deals:
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NomadPlus converts your iPhone USB wall charger into a 1800mAh power bank:...

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08:00
Catalent—pharmaceutical tech company boosts global...

Catalent, a global pharmaceutical technology company, is undergoing a transformation from a collection of 30 semi-autonomous sites to an increasingly productive, cohesive global organization. One reason is that Catalent deployed Microsoft Office 365 to build a faster, more productive and interconnected work environment. Today, employees are using Office 365 communication and collaboration services to drive engagement, expedite clinical trials, improve customer service, and build a competitive advantage.
“Imagine the communications required to organize the 150,000 clinical shipments that we deliver to 80 countries every year, or the coordination required to successfully deliver the 70 billion doses that we manufacture annually. The more seamless the communication and collaboration among global sites, the more we can build our competitive advantage—that’s the value we are getting from Office 365.” —Michael Del Priore, senior vice president and chief information officer at...

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07:58
Icon crafting inspiration

This is an homage to some great icon creation efforts of yesteryear and, if you’ve got an icon to create, a great source of inspiration.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:56
Apple Watch goes on sale at Best Buy's online...

As promised, the U.S. branch of Best Buy began selling the Apple Watch on Friday, offering a range of models through its website and some retail locations.

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07:32
Apple Files Two Trademark Filings in the U.S. for...

On March ninth Apple introduced ResearchKit, a healthcare research open source platform that has the power to transform medical research. Four days later ...

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07:23
Pendulum accessory turns Apple Watch into a necklace...

A new product from Bucardo turns the Apple Watch into a necklace pendant or a pocket watch with the company’s upcoming Pendulum Collection of jewelry accessories.
The collection includes a vintage-style pocket watch accessory for the 42mm Apple Watch in two styles, and a line of pendant necklaces for the 38mm Apple Watch, all available in either 14k or 18k gold plating or sterling silver and various designs. The accessories are designed with a hinge so they can be worn with the Apple Watch’s display covered and protected, or optionally exposed as the centrepiece of the necklace pendants: 
Featuring silver and gold plating and crystals by Swarovski®, the Pendulum Collection includes offerings for both men and women. For men, Bucardo presents a thoughtfully designed pocket watch with a refined pinstripe or hammered cover that flips open to...

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07:09
Apple's impressive App Store growth continues...

Apple revealed this week that its iOS App Store had a record July with $1.7 billion in transactions. But investment firm Macquarie Securities believes Wall Street isn't paying enough attention to Apple's growing and highly profitable services business.

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07:05
Firefox 39.0.3 - Fast, safe Web browser. (Free)

Firefox offers a fast, safe Web browsing experience. Browse quickly, securely, and effortlessly. With its industry-leading features, Firefox is the choice of Web development professionals and casual users alike. The Web, as it's meant to be experienced Features

  • Faster than Safari. Firefox stays speedy when other browsers become sluggish.
  • More private than Chrome. Firefox respects your privacy by minimizing suggestive pop-ups.
  • Bursting with features. Tabbed browsing, developer tools, extensions -- Firefox has it all, giving you the power to explore, customize, and create like never before.

Version 39.0.3:

  • Various security fixes
  • OS X 10.6 or later

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06:41
Jimmy Iovine Hints at Possible Apple Music-Like...

Following an interview yesterday with Evening Standard, Wired today posted an interview with Apple Music executive Jimmy Iovine, in which the Beats co-founder admits the company's need to work to make Connect a better platform for artists and fans alike, and even hints at a possible curation aspect for Apple TV, similar to that of the company's new streaming music service. "We all know one thing, we all have different television delivery systems, don't we all wish that the delivery systems were better, as far as curation and service?" he says. "They're all technically good. And Netflix is starting to cross the code because they're starting to make some original content. It is really good, but still I mean none of us make movies here right, so we're all punters, or what do you...

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06:32
Rumor: With launch looming, 'iPhone 6s'...

The assembly lines preparing to churn out Apple's next-generation iPhones have reportedly been briefly delayed, with full-scale production now slated to start later this month in advance of a likely September introduction.

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06:31
Microsoft wants you to pay $15 for DVD playback in...

What the heck is Microsoft thinking? This is truly awful.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:30
Apple hangs onto its title as the most sued company

Congratulations, Apple, you've held onto your title as the most sued U.S. company.  However, you'd better watch out: Samsung is catching up quickly.

This year, the United States is set to experience the highest number of patent disputes in its history, according to UnifiedPatents, a member-based organization whose goal is reducing the number of NPE (non-practicing entities) assertions in specific technology areas. 

NPEs, often referred to as "trolls," amass large numbers of patents with the intention of launching patent infringement suits against companies and individuals that they maintain have illegally used some element of something for which they hold the patent.

According to Unified Patents, there were 3,499 patent litigation cases in 2011 and this is projected to hit 6,100 in 2015. Legal action over intellectual property infringements often involve tech companies. Apple has found itself in the crosshairs...

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06:17
'iPhone 6s' Mass Production Ramping Up in...

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo today provided more information on the launch of the next series of iPhones, the so-called "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus," noting that mass production on the smartphone line will begin in late August, according to Taiwan's Central News Agency [Google Translate] (via GforGames). The production ramp-up will reportedly come roughly 1-2 weeks later than originally expected, but the change should not affect Apple's launch plans, which are anticipated to involve a mid-September debut as has been typical for the past several years. iPhone 6s display assembly The analyst notes that Foxconn is...

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06:14
Something is breaking in iTunes Store music links

iTunes links are breaking, something is clearly wrong in Apple Music land. Hate to see this.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:13
Here are all of iOS 9’s colorful new wallpapers for...


We shared yesterday that Apple’s newly released fifth developer beta version of iOS 9 adds a new collection of colorful, Retina showcasing default wallpapers for the iPhone. Settling on a new wallpaper, or in this case a whole set of gorgeous imagery, usually mean development on the operating system itself is wrapping up ahead of a public release sometime the following month.
For non-developers and iPhone users not risking stability on their daily driver in favor of new eye candy and features, though, the several week waiting period for iOS 9 to be finalized and released ahead of the new ...

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06:12
Traditional Watch Industry Suffers Biggest Drop in...

In July we posted a report titled "A Colossal Overreaction to Slice Intelligence's Data on the Apple Watch." In that report we noted that watches have always been great gifts during the holiday season ...

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06:11
Postbox 4.0.3 - Powerful and flexible email client...

Postbox is a new email application that helps you organize your work life and get stuff done. It has all the elegance and simplicity of Apple Mail, but with more power and flexibility to manage even the most demanding workloads. Key Features

  • Ultra-Fast Search - Instantly find messages, attachments, images, links, and contacts.
  • Conversation Views - Make sense of email threads through chronological message views.
  • Better Organization - Tabs, Topics, and To-Dos help you stay organized with less effort.
  • Works Great with OS X - Postbox integrates with the Address Book, iCal, iPhoto, Spotlight, and Quick Look. Postbox even works with OmniFocus and Things!
  • Quick and Easy Setup - Postbox will automatically determine your connection settings for you!

Postbox is available in English, German, French, Spanish (Spain), English (British), Italian, Dutch, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, and Swedish. With all...

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06:11
Lara Croft GO by Hitman creators Square Enix...

Hitman creators, Square Enix are about to launch their next mobile title for iOS. Lara Croft GO will hit the App Store on August 27 and will feature similar gameplay to the popular Hitman GO title. The developers promise beautiful graphics and challenging stages:
Square Enix Montréal today announced that Lara Croft GO, the follow-up to the hugely successful Hitman GO® mobile game, will release on mobile platforms Aug. 27. The turn-based puzzle game offers a never-before-seen take on the iconic franchise, featuring challenging levels, gorgeous visuals and a mesmerizing soundtrack.
If it’s anything like the Hitman GO title, the Tomb Raider inspired version is going to be frustratingly addictive and could be one of the surprise hits of the year. Hitman GO was incredibly well reviewed....

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06:00
10 Ways How To Not Get Caught Hacking On Your Mac

So in 2006, I was young, and I needed the Rupees.

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05:49
Conventional watch sales slide after Apple Watch...

American sales of conventional watches fell by the steepest amount in seven years during the month of June, a decline linked in part to the debut of the Apple Watch, market research firm NPD Group said on Friday.

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05:47
iOS 9 beta 5 sports new tools, including interesting...



The iOS 9 betas continue to roll out for registered developers, but some interesting new features appear to be surfacing.
Over the past few weeks, the betas have included tweaked icons, the return of Home Sharing support, a new Handoff UI, a cleaner Apple Music experience, and changes to how Apple Pay can be activated on the lock screen. Main features in iOS 9 include an overhauled Notes app, transit directions in Maps, multitasking features on iPad, a News app, and others.

Some interesting new features include the following:
- CarPlay now better supports Beats 1 and Apple Music features including ‘liking’ tracks.
- WiFi Calling...

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05:39
Apple Music’s advantage is being big enough to do...

Jimmy Iovine seems to be doing the rounds of UK media at present. Following yesterday’s Evening Standard interview, he’s done another with Wired editor Michael Rundle.
Much of it is, of course, the usual sales spiel: curation is cool, nobody else will catch us or do it better, lots of great people involved – the kind of things you’d expect him to say. But the interview does contain one unexpected snippet: that Apple Music‘s curated approach could be applied to TV … ...

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05:36
Sprig to reclassify large numbers of workers from...



There’s only so long that people will be content to work as “contractors”.
Health food delivery startup Sprig seems to be acknowledging this, as the company will soon offer its hundreds of contract workers employment at the company.
Over the past few months, startups like Instacart, Shyp and Luxe have all switched their workers to W-2 employees rather than independent contractors. The main difference between the two is that with W-2 employees, employers have to “withhold income taxes, withhold and pay Social Security and Medicare taxes, and pay unemployment tax on wages paid to an employee,” according to the Internal Revenue Service.

While this...

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05:05
Apple extends back to school promotion

Apple has extended its annual back to school promotion. It's now online (http://tinyurl.com/nl9zv29) and available in some European countries, as well as the U.S. and Canada.
Those who buy an iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air or Mac Pro get a free pair of Beats Solo2 On-Ear headphones. There’s also an option to upgrade to a pair of Beats Solo2 Wireless Headphones for $100.
The iPhone, iPad and (for some reason) the Mac mini aren’t among the eligible items for purchase with free headphones. The back to school promo runs through Sept. 18 at Apple Stores.

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05:00
How to set up Mac OS X Messages to send SMS texts

Recently I noted that, for whatever reason, Messages on my Mac quit offering the option to send folks messages in any format but its native iMessage format. Since some of my friends, relatives and business associates are still heathens and don't have Macs or iPhones, I had to rejigger things so I could send simple text messages. 

If you're facing the same problem, here's how you send SMS texts from OS X Messages (You'll need both your Mac and iPhone handy):

  • Make sure your Mac's running OS X Yosemite (10.10 or higher) and your iPhone is running iOS 8.x. 
  • Click on the Messages app in your Mac to open it.
  • Go to your iPhone. Tap Settings > Messages.
  • Tap Text Message Forwarding.
  • You'll see a list of all your devices linked to your Apple ID. Choose the one you want to send and receive messages and select On.
  • You'll see a six-digit code pop up in Messages on your Mac. An alert window will appear marked Text Message...
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04:57
Recut television trailer shows more of Michael...

A new one minute trailer for Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle's upcoming "Steve Jobs" film has hit American airwaves, providing eager viewers with another glimpse of Michael Fassbender in his role as Apple's mercurial cofounder.

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04:55
Apple merges online store into all its web pages

Apple has built its online store into its main website and separate web pages. There's no longer a separate "Store" listing on Apple's pages.
Instead, there's a shopping bag icon that displays products in the shopping cart, past order information, account details, and favorites. You buy an item by clicking the "Buy" button on a product's page. This links you to the purchasing menus formerly available in the online store.

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04:50
Apple Watch arrives at Best Buy

The Apple Watch is now available at Best Buy locations. It's the first national retailer in the U.S., other than Apple Stores, where customers can buy the smartwatch.
The Apple Watch has arrived in more than 100 Best Buy stores and will also be available on BestBuy.com. Another 200 of the stores will have the Apple Watch in time for holiday shopping, says  Jason Bonfig, senior category officer at Best Buy.
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04:48
Free iOS metronome, really well executed, go get it

Taptronome is a beautifully executed metronome for iOS. And it’s free. What are you waiting for? Go get it!∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:45
PSA: Apple Watches on sale at Best Buy as of today,...


As promised, Best Buy has begun selling the Apple Watch on its online store, and will have them available in more than 100 of its retail stores too. The company is currently promoting the Watch on its homepage.
While you won’t save any money (in fact, you’ll pay 99c...

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04:45
Hundreds of Millions of Android Smartphones hit with...

According to the researchers at security firm Check Point, "Hundreds of millions of Android smartphones may be at risk from a security flaw that allows hackers to hijack ...

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04:35
New TV trailer gives another look at upcoming Aaron...


In the runup to the movie’s release on October 9th, Aaron Sorkin’s “Steve Jobs” film is currently airing a new trailer on TV. The trailer shows Michael Fassbender, who plays Jobs, pedantically setting up product launches interspersed with scenes of him criticizing others and others criticizing him. A big storyline of the film appears to be Steve Jobs relationship with his first daughter, Lisa. Watch the 60 second video below.

 

A longer trailer was posted in July, which includes more scenes of a similar ilk...

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04:34
AppleInsider podcast talks Wall Street downgrades,...

This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast features Mikey Campbell and Neil Hughes as we talk about Wall Street Numbers, and analyze the fallout of a false rumor on an Apple wireless initiative. We also tackle drones, virtual reality, CarPlay, and detail some of our favorite apps for OS X and iOS.

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04:00
MyNotex Is an Almost Perfect Note Taker and Task...


MyNotex is one application I keep revisiting for my note-taking and project management tasks. Italian Developer Massimo Nardello releases one major update per year. MyNotex keeps getting better and better. Version 1.3.1, was released in June. Nardello took what was a near-perfect locally stored note-taking program and made it better than using cloud-based services such as Evernote, Box or Dropbox. Its feature set far exceeds the functionality of traditional plain text note-taking apps for Linux users.

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03:56
Kool Tools: SmartMotion for Mac OS X

SmartMotion is a new, video analytics software product that works in conjunction with any video surveillance (CCTV) system. It runs natively on Mac OS X, as well as Windows and Linux systems.
SmartMotion analyses captured footage quickly and finds events of interest. It can save lots of man-hours that would otherwise be spent reviewing captured footage. It processes video at up to 1000 fps; typically, one hour of video can be analyzed in one minute.
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03:54
nVeil Art for Mac OS X adds photo enhancement...

Storek Studio has announced nVeil Art 2.0 (http://nVeil.com), an update to its graphic remix tool for Mac OS X.
nVeil generates works of digital abstract cubism by filtering photos or video through vector-drawn veils. Colors and motion come from the source imagery, and can then be further modified with nVeil's controls. Version 2.0 features photo enhancement masking, a new image format, an enlarged library of veils, new tutorials, an improved user interface, and more.
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03:37
The latest iOS apps for Aug. 7

Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and/or Apple Watch.
Sugar Games has released Brownies the mobile version. It's a free (with in-app purchases) game that plunges the player into the magical land of cute little creatures where mundane objects naturally intertwine with fantastic landscapes and buildings.
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03:24
Enterprise wearables expected to reach $8.5 billion

As wearables continue to explode, the discussion of practical applications for wearables within businesses becomes more and more important. At the end of last year a survey of 300 top IT leaders showed that over a third of the surveyed companies were interested in using wearables, but most also felt that the current market did not have any offerings that were ready for adoption into a corporate environment.
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03:21
Apple spends $700K/year on keeping CEO Tim Cook safe...


One of the numbers disclosed in Apple’s Schedule 14A filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission was the amount Apple spends annually on protecting CEO Tim Cook. Patently Apple spotted the entry listing “security expenses in the amount of $699,133.”
Tim Cook rarely has much visible security when seen at public events, but bodyguards are doubtless there in the background. It’s likely that a sizeable chunk of the expenditure protects his surprisingly modest four-bedroom home … 
If anything, the figure is rather low for the high-profile CEO of one...

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03:19
Cocktail Mavericks Edition fixes compatibility...

Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.9.1 (http://cocktail.maintain.se) Mavericks Edition, a new version of its Mac OS X utility that's compatible with OS X Mavericks. This version fixes compatibility issues with Adobe Creative Cloud 2015 and OS X Server. It also addresses many other issues and contains overall performance improvements.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. Its features are arranged into five categories that help you manage various aspects of your computer.
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Thursday August 6

12:15
The Week in iPhone Cases: A Minecraft case for...

...plus sleeves, rugged cases, and more!This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases includes a charismatic option from ThinkGeek, sturdy protection from Speck, and brightly-colored cases from SwitchEasy.CoverUpManufactured with wool felt, the Ffelt Sleeve (iPhone 6; $31) is a simple, er, sleeve with a tab closure that will keep your iPhone from falling out.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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22:36
Best Buy Begins Selling Apple Watch

In late July, Best Buy announced plans to begin Apple Watch sales online and in its retail stores beginning on August 7, and as promised, Apple Watch sales have now kicked off, with the device available for purchase on Best Buy's website. Best Buy plans to offer 16 models from the aluminum Apple Watch Sport and stainless Steel Apple Watch collections. Models available online include all 38 and 42mm Apple Watch Sport models...

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19:59
Google Chrome 44.0.2403.130 - Modern and fast Web...

Google Chrome is a Web browser by Google, created to be a modern platform for Web pages and applications. It utilizes very fast loading of Web pages and has a V8 engine, which is a custom built JavaScript engine. Because Google has used parts from Apple's Safari and Mozilla's Firefox browsers, they made the project open source.Version 44.0.2403.130:

  • This update includes a number of fixes.
  • OS X 10.6 or later

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19:59
Direct Mail 4.2 - Create and send great looking...

Direct Mail is an easy-to-use, fully-featured email marketing app purpose-built for OS X. It lets you create and send great looking email campaigns. Start your newsletter by selecting from a gallery of professionally-designed templates, then customize to your heart's content. Design Tests let you see how your email looks in a wide variety of email clients, including live mobile previews sent to your iPhone or iPad. You'll love not having to hassle with a slow, clunky, web-based editor. When you're ready to send, rely on Direct Mail's built-in email service to deliver your message in a flash. Campaign reports show you a clear summary of opens, clicks, and more. Grow your mailing list by creating customizable subscribe forms and publish them to your website or Facebook. Direct Mail is free for up to 50 emails per month. If you would like to send more, there are a number of pricing options available...

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19:59
OmniOutliner 4.3 - Organize your ideas, projects,...

OmniOutliner is a flexible program for creating, collecting, and organizing information. Give your creativity a kick start by using an application that's actually designed to help you think. It's like having an extra brain - one that doesn't keep losing the car keys. You can use OmniOutliner's document structure to create hierarchies of main headings and subpoints that can be expanded and collapsed, which are immensely useful when it comes to brainstorming new ideas, drilling out specifics, and lining up steps needed to get everything done. But you aren't limited to outlines - you've got multiple columns, smart checkboxes, customizable popup lists, and an Über-innovative styles system at your disposal. Use OmniOutliner to draft to-do lists, create agendas, manage tasks, track expenses, take notes, plan events, write screenplays...and just about anything else you can think of. It's a smarter way to write, a more productive way to stay organized. Whatever your...

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19:59
OmniOutliner Pro 4.3 - Pro version of the popular...

OmniOutliner Pro is a flexible program for creating, collecting, and organizing information. Give your creativity a kick start by using an application that's actually designed to help you think. It's like having an extra brain - one that doesn't keep losing the car keys. You can use OmniOutliner's document structure to create hierarchies of main headings and subpoints that can be expanded and collapsed, which are immensely useful when it comes to brainstorming new ideas, drilling out specifics, and lining up steps needed to get everything done. But you aren't limited to outlines - you've got multiple columns, smart checkboxes, customizable popup lists, and an Ÿber-innovative styles system at your disposal. Use OmniOutliner to draft to-do lists, create agendas, manage tasks, track expenses, take notes, plan events, write screenplays...and just about anything else you can think of. It's a smarter way to write, a more productive way to stay organized. Whatever your...

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19:59
Voila 3.9.1 - Capture, annotate, organize, and share...

Voila is a screen-capture, recording, and annotation tool that is a full-featured replacement for Mac's screen-capture and screen-recording capabilities. It has a large and robust set of editing, organizing, annotation, and effects tools that allows the user to create and add details to screenshots, tutorials, videos, and presentations. Voila lets you capture any shape, menu, webpage, or DOM element, capture multiple regions, and capture from iSight. Add annotations like arrows, text, lines, shapes, brushstrokes, paint, callouts, stamps, and images as annotations. Add cool effects such as filters, edges, and skew, and share via Mail, Flickr, FTP, SFTP, or iPhoto. With Voila you can record full screen video or a selected region, along with the audio from the computer or from a mic. You can export videos in different file formats, or upload to YouTube, FTP, or SFTP. Voila lets you organize images in smart collections and custom collections, along with tags, title,...

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19:59
Paragraphs 1.0.2 - Writing tool just for writers. (...

Paragraphs is an app just for writers. It was built for one thing and one thing only: writing. It gives you everything you need to create brilliant prose and does away with the rest. Everything in context. Don't stress trying to memorize confusing markup. Paragraphs' quick context menu provides simple, easy-to-use formatting options right where you need them. Focus on what you do best. Gone are the complicated menus and distracting widgets of traditional word processors. When you begin typing in Paragraphs the interface melts away and you're left with only what you write. Sensible Settings. Paragraphs features multiple layout and font styles that look great by default. There's also Dark Mode, for a comfortable writing experience at night.Version 1.0.2:

  • Improved support for extended characters
  • Minor graphical tweaks
  • OS X 10.10 or later

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19:59
Microsoft Office 2016 15.12.3 - Popular productivity...

Microsoft Office 2016 - Unmistakably Office, designed for Mac. The new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote provide the best of both worlds for Mac users - the familiar Office experience paired with the best of Mac. If you already use Office on a PC or iPad, you will find yourself right at home in Office 2016 for Mac. It works the way you expect, with the familiar ribbon interface and powerful task panes. Mac users will appreciate the modernized Office experience and the integration of Mac capabilities like Full Screen view and Multi-TouchTM gestures. With full Retina display support, your Office documents look sharper and more vibrant than ever. Office for Mac is cloud-connected, so you can quickly get to the documents you’ve recently used on other devices and pick up where you left off. New, built-in document sharing tools make it easy to invite teammates to work on a document together. When sharing documents, you won’t have to worry about...

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19:04
Apple's Swift programming language translated...

Coding for Apple devices just got a little easier for thousands of developers in China, as a group of more than 100 programmers recently wrapped up an open source Mandarin Chinese translation of Apple's Swift programming language.

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08:26
iTunes is now basically illegal in the UK, and not...

iTunes has taken a lot of heat in the aftermath of Apple Music’s launch, with some critics declaring that the app should be dismantled and rebuilt from scratch. But now British law has actually rendered iTunes illegal—and not because it’s so bloated that using it has become a complete pain.The United Kingdom’s High Court just ruled that copying music from your personal CD collection to iTunes violates copyright law—and so does backing up your music library to an external hard drive or cloud storage service. TorrentFreak asked Britain’s Intellectual Property Office if the law really means that ripping a CD to iTunes is illegal. The answer: Yes, yes it is....

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09:20
Hands-on with Outlook for Apple Watch: Microsoft’s...

Microsoft Outlook has added full Apple Watch support to its iPhone app, and it’s showing other email apps how it’s done.The new app takes brings up an overview over users’ inboxes, along with any upcoming calendar appointments. From here, users can respond to emails (either with a canned response or voice dictation), delete or archive them, flag them as important, mark them as unread, or schedule a reminder to see them later.Outlook’s app also shows up in Apple Watch’s Glances menu, so users can see an inbox and calendar overview with a quick swipe. Just as before, Outlook shows actionable notifications for incoming emails, letting users quickly delete, archive, schedule, or mark messages as read.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:04
Apple launches iOS 9 Public Beta 3

Attention, iOS beta testers: Apple just launched iOS 9’s third public beta on Thursday, and it is available now as a software update.
Much like the El Capitan public beta, Apple doesn’t share details as to what specifically is changing in this beta release, but the company does recommend that all beta users install the update when they can. If you’re a member of Apple’s Beta Software Program, you can install the update from your iPhone or iPad over-the-air by going to Settings > General > Software Update
iOS 9 is the first version of iOS that Apple has made available as a public beta—meaning anyone can sign up to use this pre-release software. Before, you had to join Apple’s developer program for $99 per year for this access. Apple started the Beta Software Program for OS X in 2014 with OS X 10.10 Yosemite, and continued the program this year with OS X...

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16:28
Google, Samsung to issue monthly Android security...

Google Inc and Samsung Electronics Co will release monthly security fixes for Android phones, a growing target for hackers, after the disclosure of a bug designed to attack the world’s most popular mobile operating system.Sounds a lot like the weekly security updates Microsoft did (do?) for Windows.Samsung Vice President Rick Segal acknowledged that his company could not force the telecommunications carriers that buy its devices in bulk to install the fixes and that some might do so only for higher-end users.Then what’s the point?∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:49
Amplified: Poking Holes in the Belt

Jim talks with Dan’s about his new Apple Watch, the latest Android vulnerability and the concerning state of Android security, iOS adoption rate, the changing devices we use to connect to the Internet, Lenny Kravitz’s unintentional exposure, and more.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:47
Universal Audio releases two new Ampeg plug-ins

The Ampeg SVT-VR Bass Amplifier plug-in is an exacting emulation of the legendary, 300-watt, all-tube behemoth used by everyone from Bootsy Collins to the late Chris Squire of Yes, while the Ampeg SVT-3 Pro Bass Amplifier plug-in models the tube/solid-state design and extended tone shaping of the rackmount modern classic.Brainworx and UA do a great job with these instrument plug-ins. I have a number of them and they’re all top quality.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:59
Apple's Back to School sale goes online, gains...

Apple on Thursday extended its annual Back to School sale, which offers students and educators free Beats Solo2 hardware, to cover online purchases, while expanding availability to a clutch of European countries.

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14:34
Apple expands 2015 Back to School deal of free Beats...


Apple last month kicked off its annual Back to School promotion, announcing that it is giving away a free pair of Beats Solo 2 headphones with the purchase of any eligible Mac. At the time, however, the promo was limited to Apple retail stores, with the promise of the deal coming later on to Apple’s online store. Starting today, however, Apple’s Back to School promotion is now available via Apple’s online store.

Apple is now advertising its Back to School offering on the homepage of its website, leading users to its Education Pricing microsite. On the education...

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14:34
Apple Merges Apple.com Website and Online Store

Apple made a significant change to its online presence today, merging its Apple.com website with its once-separate online store, to create one main website. There is no longer a standalone store.apple.com website that is used for making purchases, and the "Store" tab that was once at the top of Apple.com has been removed. Instead, there's a universal shopping bag icon that displays products in the shopping cart, past order information, account details, and favorites. Purchasing an item is now done by clicking the "Buy" button on each individual product page, which links to the same purchasing menus that were present in the online store. Apple's main site includes direct links to Mac, iPad, iPhone, Watch, Music, and Support. Despite the major integration, Apple's main site is largely unchanged, as are the product pages. Locating accessories is somewhat more difficult, however, with the removal of the central store site and the lack of...

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14:16
Apple integrates online store with main website in...

Apple on Thursday made a huge change to the way it handles online shopping by integrating the Online Apple Store with its main Apple.com website, merging the two Web presences into a unified view, adding a persistent shopping bag link and performing slight design tweaks to product pages.

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14:12
Apple Online Store becomes integrated into product...


Apple has just debuted a revamped version of its website with a focus on all-new product pages. As part of the redesign, the Apple Online Store has been removed from the site’s main navigation bar, with the option to buy each product now available exclusively on the product’s page.

The home page remains mostly unchanged, still featuring a scrolling marquee of product promos and four images at the bottom to highlight iOS 9 and some marketing campaigns, but the rest of the site is completely new.
The Mac, iPad, and iPhone pages feature very little text, instead displaying large images of the entire product family. Each item...

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14:10
Apple's Back to School Sale Kicks Off Online,...

Apple introduced its 2015 Back to School promotion in late July, but it was initially limited to Apple's Retail Stores in a few select countries. As of today, the Back to School Program is also available for purchases made online, and it has expanded to additional countries. With Apple's 2015 Back to School promotion, students, parents of students, and educators who purchase an eligible Mac will receive a free pair of Beats Solo2 On-Ear Headphones or a pair of Beats Solo2 Wireless On-Ear Headphones at a $200 discount. Eligible Macs include the iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac Pro. The Mac mini, refurbished Macs, iPads, and iPhones are excluded from the 2015 Back to School program. Apple has added a link to the Back to School promotion on its main site, which takes users to the Education...

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13:59
New iOS 9 public beta prompts users to install...

Apple's dedicated iCloud Drive iOS app for managing cloud assets, introduced with the first developer iOS 9 beta in June, is being advertised as ready to install on public beta builds released on Thursday.

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13:55
Apple Spends Close to $700,000 a Year for Tim Cook...

Buried in Apple's "Schedule 14A" report with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is the fact that Apple spends close to $700,000 per annum to protect Apple's CEO Tim Cook.

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13:52
JXE Streams: digging through the 'Rare Replay...

More than any other artistic medium, video games have a dire need to preserve their history. Unlike movies, books or music, it's incredibly hard to enjoy a classic game years or even decades after its release because of how quickly the technology p...

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13:52
​A guy in the UK called the ISS from his backyard...

For most of us, visiting the International Space Station is little more than an impossible dream -- but if you know what you're doing, talking to the orbiting laboratory is surprisingly plausible. No, really: just ask Adrian Lane, a Gloucestershire...

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13:47
Dr. Dre’s 1st album in 15 years streams on Apple...


Update: The stream is now live, an hour early.
Earlier this week, Dr. Dre announced that his first new album in 15 years while hosting his show on Apple Music’s Beats 1 station. While the album has been available for preorder since then, it will be available to stream for free on Apple Music later tonight at 6PM PT. The album, entitled Compton: A Soundtrack, is entirely exclusive to Apple and is being described by Dre as his “grand finale.”
Compton: A Soundtrack has 16 tracks and includes features from...

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13:37
Latest iOS 9 betas automatically detects, switches...

Two small but critical additions to the new iOS 9 betas released on Thursday include "Wi-Fi Assist," a feature built to prevent iPhones from latching onto poor Wi-Fi connections, and Wi-Fi calling for AT&T network customers.

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13:22
Microsoft Releases an Early Look at their Open...

Earlier today Microsoft released an early look at the Windows Bridge for iOS (previously known as ‘ProjectIslandwood’). While the final release will happen later this fall , Microsoft is making the bridge available to the open-source community now in its current state.

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13:09
Audi's A3 e-tron starts at $37,900 in the US,...

If you live in the States and have been itchin' to get behind the wheel of Audi's new plug-in hybrid, you'll soon be in luck. The A3 e-tron "Sportback" (read: hatchback) will arrive at dealers in the US in October, with prices starting at $37,900 b...

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12:55
Open source Mandarin Chinese translation of Apple...

Since June 2014, more than 100 programmers have contributed to an open source Mandarin Chinese translation of Swift, the in-house programming language Apple uses for iOS development, reports Bloomberg (http://tinyurl.com/ox4wr7j).
Designed for Cocoa and Cocoa Touch, Swift — which debuted last summer — combines the performance and efficiency of compiled languages with the simplicity and interactivity of popular scripting languages, says Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering.
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12:53
Microsoft Launches 'Translator' their...

Earlier this morning we posted a report titled "Microsoft's Free Apple Watch App for Outlook is Now Available." This afternoon Microsoft delivers another great app ...

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12:49
ZFoundry releases zCloud for Mac OS X

zFoundry (http://zfoundry.co) has released zCloud for Mac OS X. It's an app that connects to Dropbox to allow users to create shareable links to screenshots, images and other files for instant collaboration without the hassle of bulky attachments or signing into additional software or websites.
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12:48
Apple Campus 2 photos show ground shots of Campus 2...

Photos shot by a 9to5Mac reader show the most recent look at Apple’s new Campus 2 headquarters from the ground level. While we’ve seen a plethora of drone and ariel videos and pictures, images from the ground have been a bit more scarce. Back in February, Apple provided us with a “sneak peek” at Campus 2, but obviously a lot has changed since then…

Today’s images show Apple’s Campus 2 as it is seen from Homestead Road in Cupertino, which runs alongside the building. In the images you can see the exterior panels for the building going up. Apple has previously said that very little of its new headquarters will be able to be seen from the street for privacy reasons, and that certainly seems to be the case in these new images.
Last month, however, it...

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12:44
GE's Neuro VR experience takes you inside a...

"Welcome to the complex universe inside Reuben's head." A mysterious voice boomed through the headphones. With an Oculus headset strapped on my face for GE's Neuro VR experience, I found myself moving through British musician Reuben Wu's mind. Brig...

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12:42
watchOS 2 Beta 5 adds Paris timelapse, 70 second...

After a series of relatively small beta-to-beta updates, Apple’s release today of the fifth beta of watchOS 2.0 contains a series of legitimately interesting new features. One of the additions is a brand new Timelapse watch face featuring the Eiffel Tower in Paris, bringing to six the total number of time-lapse videos, as well as a considerable change in Timelapse’s behavior.
Apple has also added a new option to keep the screen awake for 70 seconds after it’s tapped (versus a default setting of 15 seconds), and a new Quick Play feature to speed up music playback through a connected iPhone. More details on what’s new in watchOS 2.0 Beta 5 are below…
The newly-added Quick Play button in Music works like a Shuffle All Songs button,...

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12:39
Microsoft debuts early, open-sourced Windows Bridge...

Microsoft on Thursday released an early version of Windows Bridge for iOS, a set of tools that will allow developers to port iOS apps to Windows.

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12:31
Android’s security armageddon

We’re on day who-the-heck-knows of the Android Stagefright security vulnerability, and there’s really no point keeping track of the days because no one’s going to fix it. The Android ecosystem can’t deal with security, and it won’t change until it’s too late.This is shocking. (No, it’s really not).∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:30
AWT News Update: August 6, 2015

Santa Fe Opera, photo via Texas Tech KTTZ

On this wonderful, warm day in the Northern Hemisphere, there's a bit of news about our favorite fruit company -- Apple:

  • Apple Music has 11 million trial customers after five weeks
  • An opera about the life of Steve Jobs is scheduled to debut in 2017
  • iPhone market share is growing just about everywhere, except for the USA
  • Microsoft Translator is available for iPhone and Apple Watch

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 6, 2015.

Apple’s Eddy Cue, the senior vice preside of internet software and services, says that Apple Music now has 11 million...

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12:17
Apple Invents a Method to Manufacture Hardened...

Today, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals methods for improved ceramics mold casting using zirconia particles.

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12:12
iOS 9 Beta 5 Tidbits: New Wallpapers, WiFi Calling...

Apple today released the fifth beta of iOS 9, and as with the previous iOS 9 betas, there are a few new features and tweaks bundled into the release. WiFi calling for AT&T users has been introduced and is coming soon, Apple's debuted several new wallpapers, and there are tweaks to CarPlay and the iPhone keyboard. Several bugs have been fixed in iOS 9 beta 5, and features like News and Siri Suggestions are working more smoothly than ever. With approximately a month and a half to go until release, iOS 9 is feeling faster, more polished, and more full featured. For those eager to know all about what's coming in iOS 9 ahead of its release, we've rounded up a complete list of the changes introduced with iOS 9 beta 5 below. You can also check out all of the changes, large and small, that have been made in previous betas: iOS 9 beta 1, iOS 9 beta 2,...

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11:34
Apple Music has 'hundreds' working on...

Curated content will be how Apple Music sets itself apart from numerous rivals in the streaming music market, Jimmy Iovine said in a new interview published on Thursday.

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11:28
Microsoft Launches Early Version of Windows Bridge...

Microsoft today announced the release of an early version of its Windows Bridge software, which is designed to let software developers quickly port iOS, Android, and web apps to the Windows platform. As of today, Windows Bridge for iOS is available as an open-source project under the MIT license and can be downloaded on GitHub. With Windows Bridge, iOS developers can begin testing the software that will let them convert iOS apps built for x86 and x64 processor architectures to a format that will run on Windows 10 and Windows 8.1. As outlined by Microsoft, Windows Bridge for iOS includes four components to construct Windows apps using existing Objective-C code: an Objective-C compiler, Objective-C runtime, iOS API...

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11:17
Microsoft’s ‘Bridge’ tool for porting iOS apps to...


Microsoft first unveiled “Windows Bridge” a few months back, a new tool for developers that aims to make porting iOS apps to Windows 10 easier and hopefully breathe some life into the Windows Store in the process. Today the company is releasing the software, albeit an early release ahead of a final launch planned for later this year in the fall.
The bridge offers developers tools for utilizing existing code from iOS apps to build Windows apps, but Microsoft stressed that its “goal with the iOS bridge has never been simply to run iOS apps on Windows.”...

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11:14
The post-PC world is here

John Gruber looking at which devices are important to us. I believe my answers would match the 2015 survey results.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:09
Lexus' Fancy Board Really Hovers, but It's...


Lexus on Tuesday presented the final video reveal of its Hoverboard as part of its Amazing in Motion campaign. Set to the sounds of Rudimental, pro skater Ross McGouran cruises around a Barcelona skate park on the Lexus Hoverboard. "I've spent 20 years skateboarding, but without friction it feels like I've had to learn a whole new skill, particularly in the stance and balance in order to ride the Hoverboard," McGouran said. "It's a whole new experience."

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11:09
Outlook for Apple Watch

Microsoft Outlook has added full Apple Watch support to its iPhone app, and it’s showing other email apps how it’s done.Jared Newman takes Outlook for a spin and likes it. I’ve said before, Microsoft has done a great job on its iOS apps, but I’m still not a huge fan of the Mac versions.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:00
About the ad blocks...

You've probably noticed something on the AWT home page today; several blocks where ads will appear. Due to slow sales of sponsorships and a need to make enough money to survive, we'll be selling ad space on Apple World Today. 

Don't worry, you're not going to get those "1 weird trick to reduce belly fat" ads. We hold the keys and will reject any ads that don't meet our standards. So, why did we add more than one banner ad to the site? Because of pricing: rather than trying to sell one very expensive big ad space, we'll have several less expensive spaces. 

We really did try to keep ads off of AWT, but the stream of sponsors has dried up and our wonderful Patreon patrons have been keeping us barely afloat. With your help in supporting our advertisers, we can continue into the future as a fiscally strong entity.

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10:49
Microsoft open sources (most of) its iOS-apps-on-...


Back at its Build developer conference in April, Microsoft made the surprising announcement that it was creating a way for iOS and Android developers to port their apps to Windows. For iOS programs, this is achieved using a set of libraries and development tools that together are codenamed "Project Islandwood."
Microsoft announced today that large parts of Project Islandwood are being open sourced. The first code release is available on GitHub right now, published under the liberal MIT license. With it, Objective-C programmers can write...

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10:46
Cyberwarrior Demand Outpaces Supply


Demand for cybersecurity professionals continues to far outpace supply, according to a Burning Glass Technologies report released last week. Cybersecurity hiring remains concentrated in government agencies and among defense contractors, the third annual cybersecurity job market report notes, but hiring has started to boom in industries handling consumer data. Over the last five years, for example, hiring in the finance sector spiked 137 percent, healthcare climbed 121 percent, and retail jumped 89 percent.

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10:41
Everything new in iOS 9 beta 5: AT&T Wi-Fi...


With the release of today’s iOS 9 beta, Apple has introduced several new features. The first on the list, and probably one of the most important, is support for Wi-Fi Calling on AT&T. In previous betas the feature was limited to T-Mobile’s network, but it appears the final version of the software will enable it on multiple carriers.
At the moment, AT&T doesn’t actually support Wi-Fi calling from any device, but has previously promised that the feature would eventually be made available some time this year....

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10:27
MiStand+ tablet stand

I’ve seen a lot of tablet stands in the past few years, but this is one I’d actually buy.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:23
Latest iOS 9 beta adds beautiful, trippy new...

Although early beta releases of iOS 9 featured relatively little new eye candy for potential upgraders, today’s release of iOS 9 beta 5 includes a welcome surprise: a large collection of colorful new wallpapers. The images range from colorful desert dunes to several different colors of feathers, plants, planets, and multi-colored explosions. They’re all packed with detail, showing off the photorealistic rendering abilities and vivid color palettes of Retina displays. Many (but not all) of iOS 8’s wallpaper images have been removed from the collection, and the blue/green tidal wave image originally included with iOS 9 betas has disappeared.
A gallery with some of the new wallpapers is below…


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10:00
Apple files for patent for authorizing tokens in...

Although a new report claims that the percentage of U.S. iPhone 6 owners who have tried Apple Pay fell from 15% in March to 13.1% in June, Apple continues to believe in its digital payment system. 

The company has filed for a patent (number 20150213443) with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for "tokenizing authorizations." It's for systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for creating sharable tokens that point to financial information stored in a secure online platform and that can be used in financial transactions.

Apple announced Apple Pay in September 2014, describing it as “a new category of service designed to transform mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay.” It works with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus through a NFC antenna design, a dedicated chip called the Secure Element, and Touch ID.



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09:09
Apple reporters from TechCrunch and The Verge hired...


TechCrunch’s lead Apple reporter Darrell Etherington quietly stopped writing for the news site at the end of June, and we’ve learned that he left to take up a job in Apple’s PR office in Toronto, Canada. Etherington’s modern journalism expertise should be beneficial for Apple as it improves its approach to press relationships, while the admiration of his former colleagues should go a long way in fostering those ties…

Etherington’s move is just the latest in a string of journalists who have been hired by Apple, but none of the career changes appear to be related. Lead Anandtech...

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09:07
∞ 11,000 marbles!

I find most assembly lines mesmerizing. I’m completely addicted to the TV show “How it’s Made”. So any Youtube video that shows a process like this is a guaranteed view from me. This is different in that it is a homemade contraption and it is a wonder to behold. Not to mention the fact, this lucky guy has 11,000 marbles to play with.

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09:05
Apple seeds watchOS 2 beta 5 for Apple Watch to...

Apple is continuing to fine tune the upcoming watchOS update for Apple Watch ahead of the software update’s release this fall, and now registered developers can test their apps against the latest build as watch OS 2 beta 5 is now available.
The watchOS 2 update allows developers to build native (read faster) apps that do not rely as much on the iPhone for processing power, third-party complications or widgets for the watch face, and closer access to hardware like heart rate sensor data and more. For consumers, watchOS 2 adds new features like Nightstand Mode, using photos or albums as a watch face, and various app refinements.
The last watchOS 2 beta notably added support for colored complications including Activity with increased legibility on certain watch faces including Utility and Modular. We’ll explore the latest watchOS 2 beta to find other new changes coming this fall, and let us know if you...

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09:04
Apple releases iOS 9 beta 5 for iPhone, iPad, and...

Apple today released iOS 9 beta 5 for registered developers testing the new operating system ahead of its release this fall. The latest build comes two weeks and two days after the previous version, which included tweaked icons, the return of Home Sharing support, a new Handoff UI, a cleaner Apple Music experience, and changes to how Apple Pay can be activated on the lock screen. Headlining features in iOS 9 include an overhauled Notes app, transit directions in Maps, multitasking features on iPad, a News app, and much more. As Apple starts to fine tune these releases, changes between each build should slow down. We’ll explore the latest beta for any...

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09:04
‘Which Is the Most Important Device You Use to...

On Twitter, Benedict Evans points to fascinating polling data indicating that the answers to this question are changing dramatically. In 2013, just two years ago, the results were:

  1. Laptop 46%
  2. Desktop 28%
  3. Smartphone 15%
  4. Tablet 8%

In 2015, the results were:

  1. Smartphone 33%
  2. Laptop 30%
  3. Tablet 19%
  4. Desktop 14%

Assuming the polling is valid, this suggests we’ve already passed the inflection point where most people consider their mobile devices (phone and tablet) central to their use of the internet.

I don’t think the chart in Evans’s tweet indicates these trends well. I would prefer something like (spends 15 minutes dicking around in Numbers…) this:

Also interesting is to compare “mobile” (phone and tablet) versus “PC...

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09:00
Xcode 7 beta 5 Now Available

Xcode 7 beta 5 Now Available

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09:00
iOS 9 beta 5 Now Available

iOS 9 beta 5 Now Available

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09:00
Xcode 7 beta 5 Now Available

Xcode 7 beta 5 Now Available

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09:00
iOS 9 beta 5 Now Available

iOS 9 beta 5 Now Available

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09:00
The UK IPO is wrong; I should be able to make backup...

The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has decided that ripping a CD in iTunes is no longer permitted, and neither is backing up your computer if it contains copyrighted content, notes TorrentFreak. That's not right.

If I've legally purchased a CD, I should have the legal right to make a digital copy for my Mac and be able to listen to it on my computer, my iPod, my iPad, or my iPhone. What I SHOULDN'T be able to do is "rip" a copy and give it to someone else. That is indeed "ripping off" all the talent involved in creating the music.

Last year the UK Government legalized copying for private use, a practice which many citizens already believed to be legal. The UK Intellectual Property Office noted that the changes were “in the best interest” of consumers and that they would bring copyright law into the 21st century. However, fearing a loss of income several music...

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08:19
Cocktail Mavericks Edition fixes compatibility...

Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.9.1 (http://cocktail.maintain.se) Mavericks Edition, a new version of its Mac OS X utility that's compatible with OS X Mavericks. This version fixes compatibility issues with Adobe Creative Cloud 2015 and OS X Server. It also addresses many other issues and contains overall performance improvements.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. Its features are arranged into five categories that help you manage various aspects of your computer.
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08:00
School administrators, get your Staff Notebook at My...

Back in May, we announced the summer rollout of a number of top requested features for OneNote Class Notebooks, OneNote Staff Notebooks, and OneNote across platforms to Office 365 customers. As part of this rollout, Office 365 Education customers with E1 or E3 plans can now easily access the OneNote Staff Notebook app on their My Apps page in the App Launcher or through a simple link with additional resources at onenote.com/staffnotebookedu. The app is also now available globally in 35 languages across 51 markets. Support...

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08:00
What’s new in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac?

PowerPoint 2016 for Mac is now available and we want to show you how it can help you present your ideas. While PowerPoint 2016 for Mac includes hundreds of improvements and changes, today we are going to look at some of the features that improve the look of your presentations and discuss new presentation and collaboration features.
Theme Variants feature
PowerPoint 2016 for Mac includes the theme Variants feature—providing you a simple way to switch between various color schemes and designs for your selected theme. Just click a Variant to see how it will look in your presentation. Every theme included with PowerPoint for Mac 2016 includes Variants, giving you even more design options for your presentation.

New Format Options pane
The new Format Options pane places all the Format properties right next to your content. As you...

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08:00
Episode 057 with Jim Epes on the App Awards—Office...
08:00
Canalys: Lenovo (barely) overtakes Apple to lead the...

According to the Canalys research group, Lenovo took the top spot from Apple in the personal computer market (PCs) in the second quarter of 2015. Unlike most research groups, Canalys lists tablets such as the iPad in its tally of personal computers.

Apple had held the lead since the third quarter of 2014. Lenovo shipped just under 16 million PCs, some 240,000 more than Apple, giving it a 15% market share. The worldwide PC market fell 12% annually to 109.2 million units, with double-digit percentage declines affecting desktop, notebook and tablet shipments. 

Apple, HP and Dell followed Lenovo, with marginal increases in their shares of the declining market. Samsung completed the top five, but experienced a slight dip in share as a result of slowing tablet sales and the scaling back of its participation in the notebook market.

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07:43
Wearable Productivity—new apps for you to wear

You know the feeling—you’re close to a critical deadline, working hard to finish that report, app or blog post (ahem). You are jogging in the morning, managing meetings or juggling life—but you still can’t afford to miss key inputs that could risk your project, or your day. In this highly connected mobile world, you must remain focused and deliver on time.
Wearables are an emerging type of device that promises to be always with you and provide relevant, personal notifications to keep you focused—through simple, natural and brief interactions. These context-aware devices become work companions, health advisors and even intelligent assistants. It’s a field still in formation, and with more than one-third of online U.S. adults reporting using a wearable device1, one that has the potential to help us do more in life and work.
Over the past months, we’ve delivered a number of experiences on wearables: ...

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07:43
Apple Music hits 11 million trial users in five weeks



It’s been five weeks and there’s 11 million trial users on board so far.
Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue has stated that Apple Music has garnered 11 million trial users, with two million of these users opting in to the multi-user family plan.
To compare it to its competitors, streaming music heavyweight Spotify boasts about 80 million users worldwide, 20 million of whom pay regular monthly fees for access to ad-free, on-demand content. That would put Apple Music at half the capacity of an industry leader if each existing trial member converts their single-user or family plan to a full paying membership. After a free three-month trial,...

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07:18
Jimmy Iovine Talks Apple Music, Competing Services,...

In a new interview with Evening Standard, Apple Music executive and Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine sat down to talk about everything from the launch of Apple Music to the company's dramatic reversal of its free trial royalties policy following Taylor Swift's public dismissal of the service in an open letter. Iovine depicts a conversation between himself, Eddy Cue and Apple CEO Tim Cook that ultimately resulted in the support of Taylor Swift's -- and many musicians backing the pop star -- opinions on the service. “Eddy [Cue, Apple senior VP] woke up on Sunday morning,” says Iovine. “He called me and said, ‘This is a drag’. I was like, ‘Yeah, maybe there’s...

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07:00
Learning and sharing information with our PowerPoint...

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella often talks about the importance of product teams being customer obsessed and the PowerPoint team loves this strategy. We’ve been doing lots of customer visits, talking to people from all over the world, and most importantly, learning about who our customers are and how they use PowerPoint. But we also believe that being truly customer obsessed means going beyond just learning about our customers. We want to make this a two-way street where we share more about building PowerPoint and you provide us with feedback to make PowerPoint even better. And that’s exactly what we’re going to do with this blog.
Our goal is to make the PowerPoint blog the go-to place for our team to share relevant information that is valuable and of interest to you—our customers. We want to help you discover the wide range of capabilities that PowerPoint has to offer, share tips and tricks to become more efficient, and highlight features to help you create and deliver...

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07:00
Miss the mixtape? Apple wants to bring it back —...

Apple is working on a way to create, buy, and gift personalized albums. The company has filed for a patent (number 20150220634) with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for a "digital mixed tape."

A mixed tape, or mixtape, is the name given to a compilation of songs recorded in any audio format. Those of us of a certain age (ahem) usually think of mixtapes in conjunction with audio cassettes or 8-tracks (and nobody really misses the days of the 8-track player).



Apple's patent filing describes a system that includes generating a personalized album from a request and subsequently gifting the personalized album to another party. The personalized album can include playback attributes stored in a file associated with the album or alternatively in metadata of the media items to be gifted. 

The playback attributes can limit...

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06:00
Scripting Volume Control in OS X

I’ve always found the easiest way to script the volume of an OS X computer (and when I say volume I mean sound level, not a logical volume created from partitioning a hard drive – but I have articles for scripting those as well) is using the osascript command to invoke an Applescript command that sets the volume to zero. To put some syntax around this:
osascript -e "set volume 0"

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06:00
X-Doria starts shipping Defense Edge and LUX Band...

If there's one thing that has been missing from the Apple Watch world the past few months, it's the availability of lots of accessories for the device. That freeze has been thawing lately as more manufacturers get their production under way, and the latest to unveil products is accessory manufacturer X-Doria with the new Defense Edge shell and LUX Band for Apple Watch.

First, the Defense Edge (US$29.99) shell is designed to protect the sides of your Watch with a machined aluminum exterior cushioned with rubber beneath. It's easy to install and remove, available in sizes for both 38mm and 42mm Watches, and comes in an array of colors: gold, silver, blue and red. The latter color is...

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05:46
The UK High Court Rules that importing your CD'...

Late last year the UK Government legalized copying for private use, a practice which many citizens already believed to be legal. However, that new regulation was short-lived.

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05:46
On Beats 1 expansion and Apple Music in the car

Some thoughts on Beats 1 taking on satellite radio.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:45
iBooks Author Conference coming to Nashville, TN, in...

The iBooks Author Conference (http://www.ibooksauthorconference.com) is coming to Nashville, TN, Oct. 8-9. It will be held at the Ford Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Separate events, such as complementary iBooks Author Certification Program exam sessions and the Thursday night iBooks Author Hack, will be held off-site with shuttle service provided.
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05:28
Apple Music hooks 11 million trial members, App...

Marco della Cava, writing for USA Today:One month after unveiling its new streaming music service, Apple has locked in 11 million trial members, company executives tell USA TODAY.Here’s some math to go along with that.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:19
12-inch MacBook inventory numbers rise, device now...



You can now snag the 12-inch MacBook via the Apple Store Personal Pickup plan.
Nearly four months after its release, the 12-inch MacBook notebook now has a strong enough inventory presence to qualify for Apple’s Personal Pickup plan.
The personal pickup option isn’t universal yet however, with only select configurations at select stores being available. For example, the 256 GB Silver MacBook is not available for personal pickup in New York, NY while the 256 GB Space Gray is widely available.

For months, most Apple Store locations have only been able to have the unit on display. This has led to many users reporting that they...

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05:13
Hackers can remotely steal fingerprints from Android...

Zack Whittaker, writing for ZDNet:The attack, which was confirmed on the HTC One Max and Samsung’s Galaxy S5, allows a hacker to stealthily acquire a fingerprint image from an affected device because device makers don’t fully lock down the sensor.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:07
FileZilla 3.13.0-rc1 - Fast and reliable FTP client...

FileZilla (ported from Windows) is a fast and reliable FTP client and server with lots of useful features and an intuitive interface.Version 3.13.0-rc1: New features

  • For SFTP servers the private key file to use can now be specified in the Site Manager
  • The contents of each queue tab can now be exported through the context menu
  • MSW: The installer now registers the App Path so that FileZilla is recognized in the Win+R dialog
  • FileZilla now uses pugixml instead of TinyXML to parse and create XML files
  • Several performance improvements
  • Code cleanup and modernization, building FileZilla now requires a C++14 compiler

Bugfixes and minor changes

  • Fixed an assert loading sitemanager.xml created by an old version
  • If password saving is disabled, specifying a password on the command-line no longer leads to extraneous password prompts when transferring files
  • If deleting remote...

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05:00
Apple Supplier Catcher Confirms Receipt of Strong...

Apple supplier Catcher Technology hosted an investor's conference yesterday to explain its recent operations while commenting on market watchers' concerns about Apple's next-generation iPhone and...

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05:00
It may be time to eradicate Flash from your Mac;...

Adobe's Flash — a multimedia system for computers that is generally accessed through a web browser — has been slowly dying on the Mac vine for awhile. Perhaps it's time to remove it completely. 

Back in 2010 Apple stopped bundling Flash with Mac OS X, though Mac users could still continue to install it for themselves. In 2013 Adobe worked with Apple to "sandbox" Flash Player under Safari in Mac OS X, restricting the ability of attackers to exploit any vulnerabilities they might find in the browser plug-in.

(App Sandbox is an access control technology provided in OS X. Limiting access to resources on a per-app basis, it provides a last line of defense against the theft, corruption, or deletion of user data if an attacker successfully exploits security holes in your app or the frameworks it is linked against,...

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04:59
Firetask 3.7.5 - Innovative task management solution...

Firetask uniquely combines the advantages of classical priority-and-due-date-based task management with GTD.

  • Stay focused and on top of your commitments - Firetask's "Today" view shows all relevant due and next tasks in a single, clear overview. Due tasks only appear when becoming due within the next days, next tasks only if they are the first next task of a project or if marked as flagged. This helps you to focus on your most urgent and important tasks.
  • Manage your tasks in a project-oriented way - Firetask is project-oriented. Every task is part of a project and the order of next tasks is defined within each project. This helps you to break down your unnumbered tasks into manageable units and it helps us to provide you with a more focused view across all your commitments.
  • Efficiently enter and delegate your tasks -Entering a number of tasks in Firetask is as simple and fast as writing a view lines of text. There is no need to take your...

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04:49
vjoon K4 designed to optimize enterprise, digital...

vjoon GmbH has released version 6.10 R1 of its vjoon K4 cross-media publishing platform. One of the highlights of this release is that it comes fully integrated with the new Adobe Digital Publishing Solution (DPS).
vjoon K4 will extend the features of the latest version of DPS. What’s more, interactive content for a variety of mobile devices can be created right along with HTML-based DPS articles. With this capability, vjoon K4 streamlines the workflow effort.
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04:33
Microsoft's Free Apple Watch App for Outlook is...

Today, Microsoft released Outlook for the Apple Watch. The latest update makes it easier to see full emails and the ability to now reply to messages.

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04:08
While the Majority of iPhone Users own an iPad, the...

According to the latest data from Kantar, 40% of all smartphones in use in the US are from Apple. Nationally, smartphone penetration has reached 62%. Among all of the people who own smartphones, 58% also own a tablet - and among iPhone owners, 65% have a tablet ...

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04:06
11 million sign up for Apple Music

Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet software and services, tells USA Today (http://tinyurl.com/oem879t) that 11 million people have signed up for Apple Music (or, at least, the three month, free trial version).
"We're thrilled with the numbers so far," says Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet software and services, adding that of that number, two million have opted for the family plan at $14.99 a month for up to six people.
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04:00
Ultra HD Blu-ray licensing to start Aug. 24 — but...

The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA)  has completed an Ultra HD Blu-ray technical specification that will lead to the release of players and discs that support the new format. It will be begin licensing the format starting Aug. 24. However, don't expect any support from Apple.

Ultra HD Blu-Ray consumer products should begin to arrive later this year. The format supports Ultra HD 4K TV resolution (3840×2160) and enables high dynamic range (HDR), high frame rates and object-based immersive sound. It’s not clear how much demand there will be for the new format, the BDA, citing data from the IHS research group expects Ultra HD TV-owning households will grow from 11.7 million last year to 95.6 million by 2019.

The Ultra HD Blu-ray format will deliver high dynamic range content that significantly expands the range between the brightest and darkest elements and...

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03:29
Apple Pay now available to diners at Pei Wei

Fast-casual restaurant Pei Wei now offers diners access to Apple Pay. The restaurant, known for its made-to-order, Asian-inspired menu, now accepts Apple's mobile payment system in all of its nearly 200 locations for customers using iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch.
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03:21
'Internet of Things' connected devices to...

New data from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) says that the number of IoT (Internet of Things) connected devices will number 38.5 billion in 2020, up from 13.4 billion in 2015: a rise of over 285%.
While IoT "smart home" based applications grab media headlines, it is the industrial and public services sector – such as retail, agriculture, smart buildings and smart grid applications – that will form the majority of the device base, notes the research group. This is due in no small part to a much stronger business case for these types of applications.
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03:20
Kool Tools: Just Mobile Lounge Dock

Just Mobile's Lounge Dock 8 is a cool, good-looking, multi-purpose dock for the Apple Watch. The adjustable charging stand allows you to interact with the smartwatch in multiple viewing angles.
To use your simply slip your magnetic charger into its moulded recess and strap your Apple Watch to the soft-touch cuff. With its slim side-mounted arm, the Lounge Dock makes the watch appear to be floating in mid-air. But thanks to the heavyweight aluminum base and adjustable viewing angle, it’s easy to interact with your Apple Watch while it charges.
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02:28
Apple continues their Work on 3D Multispectral...

On August 6, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their ongoing work on imaging systems, and particularly to devices and methods for multispectral imaging.

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01:46
Apple invention looks to revive the mixtape, with a...

In an era where on-demand streaming puts massive music libraries at your fingertips and sharing playlists takes but a few taps, receiving a personalized mix of tunes doesn't quite mean as much as it used to. But that could change if Apple employs its invention for "digital mixtape" gifting.

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01:30
Apple announces 11 million trial members signed up...


In a statement to USA Today, Apple has officially announced it has signed up 11 million members to Apple Music since launch. Eddy Cue says he is “thrilled with the numbers so far”, noting that about 2 million of that number have signed up for a family plan, which costs $14.99 for up to six people. The real success of Apple Music won’t be known until the 3 month trial ends and the 11 million have to make the choice to start paying for the monthly subscription.

Apple Music continues to attract exclusive content deals and new music. Dre will...

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01:03
Apple Music has taken off like a Rocket despite Some...

It's being reported today that one month after Apple unveiled Apple Music, they've locked in 11 million trial members. Apple was happy ...

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Wednesday August 5

09:30
The Week in iOS Accessories: New bands for the Apple...

New bands for the Apple WatchThis week’s roundup includes plenty of new Apple bands—ranging from classy to shiny to just plain fun.BatteryBoxThe BatteryBox is a “a portable battery that works for 3000 cycles and can power a MacBook Air for 13 hours straight, or fully charge an iPhone 11 times.” It weighs in at just under a pound, and sells for $220. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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10:29
Facebook puts a celebrity twist on live-streaming...

Facebook and Twitter have been swiping features from each other’s playbooks for years now, so it’s not too surprising that the world’s biggest social network saw Twitter’s live-streaming app Periscope and thought, “Great idea! Let’s do that, too.”
Facebook’s live-streaming video feature isn’t as egalitarian as Periscope. The video tool is only offered inside Facebook’s Mentions app, which you will never use because you probably aren’t considered an “influencer.” (Are you Facebook verified? If not, you can’t use Mentions.) The...

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23:37
Apple Music reaches 11M trial members after five...

After just five weeks of availability, Apple Music has gathered an impressive 11 million trial users, two million of whom opted in to the more expensive multi-user family plan, according to Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue.

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22:48
Eddy Cue 'Thrilled With the Numbers' as...

In an interview with USA Today, Apple's Eddy Cue reveals that Apple Music currently has 11 million users taking advantage of the initial three-month trial period, with two million of those taking advantage of the family plan that will cost $14.99 per month once the trial ends. A single-user membership will be priced at $9.99 per month. "We're thrilled with the numbers so far," says Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet software and services, adding that of that sum 2 million have opted for the more lucrative family plan at $14.99 a month for up to six people.The officially announced milestone of 11 million users is roughly in line with the rumored ten million users shared by HITS Daily Double last week. Cue notes Apple is "releasing updates as fast as we can" to...

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20:20
12-Inch MacBook Now Available in Apple Retail Stores...

Nearly four months after release, the new 12-inch MacBook is starting to become available for personal pickup in Apple Stores in the United States. Previously, some stores have had sporadic stock for walk-in customers, but it now appears that stock is substantial enough for Apple to offer personal pickup. The personal pickup option isn't universal yet however, with only select configurations at select stores being available. For example, the 256 GB Silver MacBook is not available for personal pickup in New York, NY while the 256 GB Space Gray is widely available. While some Apple Stores and Best Buys have had sporadic stock for walk-ins, most Apple Stores around the world have only had the unit on display. In the MacRumors' forums, users have been reporting which stores around the world have had the new MacBook on display, whether they were available to purchase or not and...

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15:53
Bring On the New Apple TV - Streaming Service or Not


I've been waiting for a new Apple TV from Apple for years, and I've been disappointed each time a major Apple event came and went without one. Plus, I've been waiting for Apple to come along and disrupt the cable/satellite TV bundling status quo with some sort of a la carte streaming service, also to no avail. Now I don't think that second wish -- some sort of vastly improved and less-expensive TV service -- matters much at all. I think the time for it has passed. Here's why: Our TV and media consumption habits are now irreparably fractured.

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15:40
‘The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs’ opera to debut in...


Joining the increasingly growing lineup of Steve Jobs biographies, the Santa Fe Opera announced today that it will debut a new opera centered around the life of the late Apple CEO. The show is entitled “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs” and is composed by Mason Bates with librettist Mark Campbell. The opera is currently scheduled to debut in 2017 (via LATimes).

The Santa Fe Opera teases that the show will focus on both the professional and personal lives of Jobs and will include characters based on his father and wife. The opera will also take the...

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15:18
Designing pie charts with CSS
14:19
Queen guitarist Brian May recognized by NASA

Astrophysicist Dr. Brian May is recognized during a July 17, 2015 New Horizons science briefing at NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C. May spent a long birthday weekend with the science team, attending two morning science plenaries, a meeting with the Student Dust Counter group, and working on stereo images of Pluto with the Geology, Geophysics and Imaging (GGI) team.I’ve had the opportunity to meet and speak with Brian at some length during one of Queen’s European tours. He is not only smart and a fantastic guitarist, he’s also very humble.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:50
Swiss National Bank increases its stake in Apple

The Swiss National Bank has raised its stake in Apple, increasing its U.S. equity holdings to $38.6 billion, reports Bloomberg (http://tinyurl.com/pcgk62g).
Switzerland’s central bank owned 9.4 million shares in the Cupertion, California-based company on June 30, according to a regulatory filing made to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. That compared with 8.9 million shares at the end of March, a 5.5% increase, according to Bloomberg calculations.
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Steve Jobs to be focus of upcoming opera set to...

A U.S. opera company in Santa Fe on Wednesday announced plans for an upcoming production centering on Steve Jobs, adding to a growing number of books, movies and documentaries focusing on the life and times of the late Apple cofounder.

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13:30
AWT News Update: August 5, 2015

A lot of Apple news for our listeners and readers today:

  • Apple Watch helps a Virginia man get needed heart surgery and get out of the hospital fast
  • Get yourself to your local Pei Wei restaurant, as they've just started accepting Apple Pay. Booyah!
  • Don't be surprised if you walk into a Target store soon and have your iPhone start notifying you about deals
  • After a ten-year absence, Chronos StickyBrain for Mac is back

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 5, 2015.

The Apple Watch is credited with getting a 64-year-old Virginia man heart care as well as making sure he got out of the hospital as soon as...

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13:16
Hiroshima: What 70 years of reconstruction looks like

The Washington Post:At 8:15 a.m. on Aug. 6, 1945, the first bomb exploded over Hiroshima killing, by some estimates, 140,000 people, and destroying 90 percent of the city. But near its hypocenter only one building was left standing. Seventy years later, the Genbaku Dome — now known as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial — is part of a very different city that’s home to 1.2 million residents and filled with skyscrapers, apartment buildings and streetcars. Armed with archival photographs, Reuters photographer Issei Kato revisited some of the same locations destroyed 70 years ago in both Hiroshima and Nagasaki.On such a sombre day, it’s good to not only look back and remember what happened but also to look forward and see how the city has endured and prospered. The before and after pictures are truly heartening....

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∞ Crosby, Stills, and Nash: Southern Cross

Brilliant Song.

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09:32
Podcast 468: The day the Music died

Every day is beautiful in the Mac world, but now and then storms gather in the iCloud. Let this podcast be your umbrella, and I promise to stop with the strained weather analogies. This week Glenn and Susie discuss/kvetch about the confusion over the collision of Apple Music, iCloud Music Library, and iTunes Match. Because it’s still pretty confusing.
Glenn also updated us on a couple very scary-sounding vulnerabilities that could affect Macs. Security research is good and necessary, and you shouldn’t be too freaked out—Glenn can explain why. There’s other news too, like Apple denying Business Insider’s report that it was starting an MVNO, and another rumor about Siri transcribing your voicemail someday.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Coming to the Mac Admin & Developer Conference...

In case you haven’t heard, there’s a cool new Apple conference for Mac Admins and Developers. It’s in London, and put on by the excellent people at Amsys. The site for the conference, being held in February, is at http://www.macad.uk.

And if you go, I’ll see ya’ there, when I do a talk on Mobile Device Management. Hope to see you there!

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12:28
Apple seeds OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 beta build 14F25a...

Apple has published a new beta build of the upcoming OS X 10.10.5 to developers. The third seed, which has a build number of 14F25a, comes just under a week after the previous build. The 10.10.5 update seems to be a simple stability and security fix, so there aren’t many new features to speak of.

OS X 10.10.5 beta 3 is available through the Updates tab of the Mac App Store for those already running a previous build, and should hit the Developer Center soon. Yesterday Apple also seeded a new version of the OS X El Capitan public beta, and the day before that...

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12:23
Apple Seeds Third OS X 10.10.5 Yosemite Beta to...

Apple today seeded the third beta of OS X 10.10.5 to developers, nearly one week after seeding the second 10.10.5 beta and more than a month after releasing OS X 10.10.4 to the public. Today's beta, build 14F25a, can be downloaded through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store or through the Apple Developer Center. The first and second OS X 10.10.5 betas did not appear to include any consumer-facing changes, so it's likely that this update focuses on behind-the-scenes bug fixes and performance enhancements. OS X 10.10.5 beta 2 introduced a fix for the DYLD_PRINT_TO_FILE exploit that's been making headlines over the last few days, and the security flaw will be patched as soon as OS X 10.10.5 is released to the public. Because...

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11:49
Apple updates TestFlight app with support for...


Apple is now allowing developers to test more iOS 9 features with an update to its beta distribution app TestFlight. The updated version enables developers to test faster, native watchOS 2 apps for Apple Watch, including newly gained access to more sensors and custom watch face complications. The update also lets developers test some iOS 9 features like App Thinning, which allows users to download larger chunks of apps as needed to preserve local storage, for the first time.
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11:29
AppleCare+ gets simplified for international iPhone/...

In a video this week to retail store employees, AppleCare chief Tara Bunch has outlined some changes coming to the company’s AppleCare+ program for the iPhone and iPad. In the video, Bunch and an associate in charge of AppleCare+ say that the service will now become simpler to add for international customers. For example, if a Hong Kong resident travels to the United States, purchases an iPhone or iPad, and adds AppleCare+ to their purchase, their new device will become automatically registered with AppleCare+ in their home country…

As of fall 2013, AppleCare+ became ...

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11:04
Apple Trying to Halt used iPhone Sales in Canada

Apple Canada Inc. has demanded that Ingram Micro Inc. stop selling used iPhones in Canada after the distributor struck a deal ...

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11:00
Epson EcoTank printers want to save you from the...

Almost everyone who owns an inkjet printer has run into this scenario; you're trying to get something important printed, and the printer tells you that a cartridge is out of ink. It happens frequently, and usually at the most inopportune time. Printer manufacturer Epson has taken a bold step with a new line of five new EcoTank inkjet printers that get rid of the pesky cartridges, replacing them with high volume ink tanks that are designed to keep your printer happy for two or more years of usage.

The printers come with bottles of ink in cyan, magenta, yellow and black, or in the case of the high-end WorkForce Pro WF-R4640, ink packs in the same colors. Squeeze the ink into the appropriate tanks or just slap the packs into the WorkForce pro, and you shouldn't see that...

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10:11
Apple can't change the world every six months (...

Analysts often undervalue Apple stock, often implying that the company is "doomed" if it doesn't enter a new market such as making televisions (the long-rumored "iTV") or automobiles (the currently rumored "Apple Car'). They ignore one of the reasons Apple has been successful: it does a few things well.

Some pundits complain that Apple is losing its innovation edge despite a lack of evidence to back this up. Those who expect the company to unveil a world-changing product every six months aren't living in the real world.

Apple spent nearly $2 billion on research and development in the first fiscal quarter of 2015, an increase of more than 40% over the year-ago figure. The $1.9 billion outlay is $215 million more than Apple spent in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014 and $565 million more than the spend in the first...

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09:56
Adidas buys popular fitness app maker Runtastic for...


Runtastic, developers of several popular fitness iOS apps, today announced it has been acquired by Adidas for € 220 million. The move, according to a press release from both companies, will help Adidas bolster its efforts in offering connected products and its vision of “the convergence of sport, digital and data in an always connected and always on-demand world.” Or in other words, Adidas now has a strong software component with a large user base to integrate with its digitally enabled sports products including balls, wrist devices, apparel, and shoes.
Adidas already offers several of its own mobile apps that cross over into Runtastic’s territory, such as the...

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09:23
Happy Hour Podcast 026 | Any truth behind denied...

Would you switch to Apple as a cellular provider? That’s the big question this week. Apple denied these reports, but there may be some details in this denial that lead other places. Speaking of unannounced and rumored Apple products, it looks like there’s new information on Project Titan, which could be a Cupertino-made electric car. The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed.


New episodes of Happy Hour are available every Wednesday. As mentioned, you can download this podcast via iTunes or plug in...

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09:20
91% of back-to-school shoppers find online...

SOASTA, which specializes in performance analytics, has unveiled the findings of its annual SOASTA Back to School Shopping Report Card, which found that nearly all (91%) of parents who plan to shop online for back to school report there are stressors for them when making online purchases for the new school year.
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08:52
Dash 3.1.0 - Instant search and offline access to...

Dash is an API Documentation Browser and Code Snippet Manager. Dash helps you store snippets of code, as well as instantly search and browse documentation for almost any API you might use (for a full list, see the screenshots). Documentation Browser Features

  • Offline Documentation: iOS, OS X, watchOS, Swift, Man Pages, .NET Framework, ActionScript, Akka, Android, AngularJS, Angular.dart, Ansible, Apache, Appcelerator Titanium, AppleScript, Arduino, Backbone, Bash, Boost, Bootstrap, Bourbon, Bourbon Neat, C, C++, CakePHP, Cappuccino, Chai, Chef, Clojure, CMake, Cocos2D, Cocos2D-X, CodeIgniter, CoffeeScript, ColdFusion, Common Lisp, Compass, Cordova, Corona, CSS, D3.js, Dart, Django, Dojo Toolkit, Drupal, ElasticSearch, Elixir, Emacs Lisp, Ember.js, Emmet.io, Erlang, Express.js, Expression Engine, ExtJS, Flask, Font Awesome, Foundation, GLib, Go, Grails, Groovy, Grunt, Haml, Haskell, HTML, Jade, Jasmine, Java SE, Java EE, JavaFX, JavaScript, Joomla, jQuery,...

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