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Thursday April 14

03:59
External Link: Apple Cutting Off iTunes Allowances

Apple has announced that it is putting an end to the iTunes Allowances program, which enabled parents to fund their kids’ iTunes accounts with a fixed monthly credit. The option to create new iTunes Allowances ended on 13 April 2016, and existing allowances will be cancelled on 25 May 2016. Current balances will remain in the recipient’s account after that date. Apple suggests Family Sharing as a way to manage iTunes purchases by children and iTunes Gifts as a way to send a one-time gift. The iTunes Allowances program was little known, so it’s unlikely that many people will be bothered by its loss. We wonder: is the service being shut down because Family Sharing replaces it, because people didn’t find it helpful, or because Apple didn’t expose or promote it well enough? 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...

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03:33
Gartner: worldwide IT spending will decline 0.5%...

Worldwide IT spending is forecast to total $3.49 trillion in 2016, a decline of 0.5% over 2015 spending of $3.5 trillion, according to Gartner, Inc (www.gartner.com). This is down from last quarter's forecast of 0.5%. The change in the forecast is mainly due to currency fluctuations, says the research group.
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03:30
Chrominator is useful for sprucing up logos, text in...

If you're a Final Cut Pro X user, Noise Industries' $49 Tokyo Chrominator is a useful tool for adding production value to logos and text. You can take any graphic shape or FCP X title and quickly give it a glossy 3D bevelled look complete with animated lighting. 

With Tokyo Chrominator, you can adjust the animation controls to add a rotating shine to your object without the need for keyframing. The Chrominator template can be found under Tokyo Chrominator in your FCP X Effects browser. The animation controls are easy to use (well, unless you're completely new to Apple's high end, video editing software).

You can also customize effects with Chrominator's editing tools. Whats more, the software's Tokyo Alpha Creator is a nifty utility that gives editors an instant alpha channel if a graphic doesn't already have one. 

In addition to the basic version of the effect (which are easy to customize) there are six...

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03:26
HoudahGeo for OS X 5.0 adds Places, drag and drop...

Houdah Software (www.houdah.com) has introduced HoudahGeo 5.0 an upgrade to its one-stop photo geocoding solution for Mac OS X Yosemite and El Capitan.
The app "pins" photos to locations where they were taken. Just like a GPS-enabled camera, HoudahGeo embeds latitude, longitude and altitude information within the image file. It works with Photos, iPhoto, Aperture, and Adobe Lightroom. Version 5.0 introduces Places, drag and drop geocoding, reverse geocoding, camera import, Lightroom integration, a new keywords editor, map search, as well as the ability to publish KML to Dropbox and more.
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03:08
Kool Tools: Razer Hammerhead in-ear headphones

Razor’s new Razer Hammerhead Pro V2 headset and Razer Hammerhead V2 in-ear headphones both sport an enhanced chassis that is CNC milled out of aircraft-grade aluminum, and flat-style cables that are ideal for mobile gaming and music use.
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02:00
Mingis on Tech: The littlest iPhone, mystery gadgets...

Executive News Editor Ken Mingis talks with Apple expert Michael deAgonia about the new iPhone SE (in Rose Gold!) and takes Senior Editor Keith Shaw's gadget quiz.

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02:00
Hands-on with iOS 9's new CarPlay features in...

Jump into a brand-new Chevy Volt to checkout the Nearby feature in Maps, and For You and New in Apple Music.

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03:00
Rocket Fuel: iPads and Apple Watches among most...

New research from Rocket Fuel, a programmatic marketing platform provider, says early one fifth (18%) of survey respondents plan to purchase a tablet, smart TV, or gaming console in the next 6 months.

The most popular planned purchases were tablets (Windows Surface and iPad), smart TVs, and gaming consoles (PlayStation 4 and Xbox One) -- each of which was a planned purchase among at least 10% of respondents. The Apple Watch led the field in planned purchases for wearables (10%) and the Nest Learning Thermostat was the most popular planned purchase among connected home devices (7%).

Eighty-seven percent of those surveyed own a desktop or laptop , with ownership totals highest among those ages 55+ (94%). More than half (58%) of respondents own a tablet, with Android tablets the most common (27%). Just over one third (36%) of owners having purchased/received their tablets in the past six months.

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Wednesday April 13

08:00
MightyTV is a “what to watch” streaming video app...

As I’ve written several times before, streaming video has a “what to watch” problem. There are so many streaming apps and services, each with their own video selections and menu systems, that the decision can feel paralyzing.Of all the attempts I’ve seen to address this issue, a new iPhone app called MightyTV comes closest to getting it right. Instead of just serving a random list of recommended videos—as too many other “what to watch” apps do—MightyTV tries to focus on videos you’ll like, and on streaming services you already use....

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08:10
New Google Calendar feature carves out time for...

It’s easy to feel like you don’t have enough time to start that new workout regimen. Google Calendar wants to help by penciling in some time for that new commitment to fitness based on your daily schedule.
The new Goals feature, which launches in Calendar for Android and iOS, takes care of the scheduling for you by using the free time that’s already available in your Google Calendar. 

You’re able to defer these events for when life gets in the way of your lofty new goals. Google also pledges that the feature will get better over time as it learns your preferences for scheduling such events. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:53
Netflix flips the switch on eye-popping HDR video...

Netflix adds HDR video for TVs that support it, but the bandwidth requirements are steep.

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09:47
Facebook sees its future built on artificial...

According to one Facebook executive, if you think you're drowning in a flood of information now, you ain't seen nothin' yet.

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22:19
CBS tvOS app gets Apple TV universal search...

CBS this week became the latest streaming provider to tap into Apple TV's universal search APIs, adding to a growing list of apps that let surface first-party content via text and Siri voice search.

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10:10
FBI reportedly bought exploit from hackers to access...

The FBI reportedly paid professional hackers a one-time fee for a previously unknown vulnerability that allowed the agency to unlock the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter.
The exploit allowed the FBI to build a device capable of brute-forcing the iPhone’s PIN without triggering a security measure that would have wiped all of its data, the Washington Post reported Tuesday, citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter.
The hackers who provided the exploit to the FBI find software vulnerabilities and sometimes sell them to the U.S. government, the newspaper reported.To read this article in full or to leave a comment,...

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10:30
Facebook's Terragraph project aims to replace...

Facebook’s plan to connect the world to the Internet is ambitious. It also has many arms. There’s Aquila, the solar-powered plane that will beam Internet to the ground. Then there’s Project ARIES, a plan to extend connectivity to rural areas cheaper and faster, so people who live close to cities will be able to access the Internet. But Facebook’s newest project is on the ground. It’s called Terragraph, a low-cost, high-speed wireless network that will replace fiber in big cities.
Facebook will pilot Terragraph in downtown San Jose later this year after a trial run at its Menlo Park campus. The company is placing cheap IPv6-only nodes with WiGig chips on lamp posts, utility poles, and small buildings that will broadcast Internet using unlicensed 60GHz spectrum. That spectrum doesn’t have very good range and is easily absorbed...

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21:42
Their leisure suit with a little meat

Forums: SoftwareThis move also comes in Following the last update in March for an Xbox, where the unit received a RS 3 Gold number of improvements to help with things like party chat, twitch flow and content viewing by Machinima. I do not know if it's Call of Duty: Ghosts are the best choice, because it works only on Xbox 720P one and it is something embarrassing that under the descriptive naming your game, kind of like join dating sites and let the world know that you have genital herpes. But at the same time, it can reel in more than a bratty hose between the age of 10 years who were given little Call of Duty: Ghosts as a hobby to pay for the parents do not want to waste any time Their leisure suit with a little meat they brought to the world. Anyone who plays Call of Duty which is no longer 10 years old and probably welcomed with open arms by...

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21:40
who sign up for GDC Vault Studio Subscriptions

Forums: TroubleshootingThose who purchased All Access comes to events like GDC, GDC Europe, GDC Online Neverwinter AD already have full access to GDC Vault, and interested parties can apply for the individual subscription Beta via a GDC Vault inquiry subscriptions form.Group are also available: Neverwinter game related schools and development studios who sign up for GDC Vault Studio Subscriptions can access for their entire office or company. For more information about this option is available through online demonstration, and interested parties can send an email to Gillian Crowley. In addition, current subscribers contact GDC Vault admins.Be with access issues can ensure that you can keep an eye on GDC Vault even more new content, as well as the organizers of GDC videos will be archived audio and slides from other events, such as China...

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20:55
Apple unlikely to learn details of San Bernardino...

Apple, in an effort to protect customers against a heretofore unknown iPhone vulnerability, has sought information regarding a working encryption exploit used by the Justice Department in its investigation into the San Bernardino terror attacks. A new report, however, suggests the passcode bypass technique will likely remain secret.

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19:04
FBI has yet to find actionable intel from breached...

A report Wednesday claims FBI agents have not yet discovered useful information from an iPhone 5c linked to last year's San Bernardino terror attack, a device that just last month was at the center of a high-profile court battle involving Apple.

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16:51
Google Invents an Electrocardiograph Device for...

Last week the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a pair of patent application from Google regarding Electrocardiograph devices. Google's first invention covers an electrocardiograph device that users can place on their personal or sporting garments.

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16:45
Report: Nothing significant has been found on the...

Earlier today, more details regarding how the FBI was able to gain access to the iPhone 5c used by one of the San Bernardino gunmen emerged. Now, a new report from CBS News is offering some information as to the contents of the device, or lack thereof rather. The report says that, as of right now, the FBI has not found anything of “real significance” on the device.
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16:11
Vine for iOS updated w/ new ‘Watch’ button for...

Popular short-form video sharing service Vine has today announced a new feature that avid users of the service could appreciate. In a blog post, the Twitter-owned service announced that there is now a “Watch” button on all Vine channels that allows viewers to seamlessly watch all of the content from a single channel with one tap.
more…Filed under: iOS Tagged: app, update, Vine ...

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15:18
Safari Technology Preview 2.0 released, available...

If you’re interested in what’s on the horizon via Safari’s upcoming versions, you’re going to like this.
Apple released Safari Technology Preview version 2.0 today. The updated browser lets you play around with a slew of upcoming technologies and offers the following fixes and changes:
Browser Differences:
– Changed the CFBundleSignature to allow Apple Events, like those sent from AppleScript, to correctly distinguish between Safari and Safari Technology Preview.

JavaScript:
– Added ES6 support for Symbol.isConcatSpreadable.
– Disallowed var assignments in for-in loops according to ES6 specs.
– Improved stability for ES6 classes when invoking a method of the parent class before calling super() in a constructor.
– Allowed undefined or null for Symbol.search and Symbol....

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14:08
Senate draft bill requires companies extract,...

Two high-ranking U.S. senators on Wednesday released to the public a proposed bill that would grant courts the authority to order tech companies dealing in hardware, software or services help law enforcement agencies gain access to encrypted communications.

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13:45
Notable apps and app updates for April 13, 2016

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

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

Houdah Software has introduced HoudahGeo 5.0 an upgrade to its one-stop photo geocoding solution for Mac OS X Yosemite and El Capitan.

The app "pins" photos to locations where they were taken. Just like a GPS-enabled camera, HoudahGeo embeds latitude, longitude and altitude information within the image file. It works with Photos, iPhoto, Aperture, and Adobe Lightroom. Version 5.0 introduces Places, drag and drop geocoding, reverse geocoding, camera import, Lightroom integration, a new keywords editor, map search, as well as the ability to publish KML to Dropbox and more.

Licenses can can be purchased from the Houdah Software store. HoudahGeo...

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13:29
Motor Trend teasing speculative piece on Apple Car...

Betteridge’s law of headlines is that any headline ending in a question mark can be answered by the word no, and Motor Trend was working hard to prove it today. The auto industry publication had a lot of Apple and EV enthusiasts excited today after teasing a reveal set for tomorrow with several design sketches and pictures posted to their Twitter feed:
Is this the #AppleCar we’ve all been waiting for? Find out 4/14. #MTAppleCar https://t.co/K3ADiuhoEf— Motor Trend (@MotorTrend) April 13, 2016
Is this the Apple Car we’ve all been waiting for? As per the law above… more…Filed...

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13:07
Typing shortcut utilities: 6 alternatives to...

With Smile Software making significant changes to its shortcut utility, lots of folks have been looking at and for alternatives. I was a big fan of TypeIt4me long before I ever used TextExpander.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:15
Watch out: Facebook has a VR selfie stick

If there are two hot new tech trends that make their users look colossally dumb, it’s virtual reality and selfie sticks. At its F8 developer conference today, Facebook showed how the two can be brought together in an unholy marriage.
Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer showed off a demo using the Oculus Rift and its touch controller that let him share a VR space with someone at Facebook’s campus. While there, they explored several 360-degree photos from London, before arriving in front of Big Ben.  Blair Hanley Frank

Unfortunately, this is what Schroepfer looked like while he was hanging out in social VR.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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13:00
AWT News Update: April 13, 2016

Motor Trend's tweet today: https://twitter.com/MotorTrend/status/720310676372086784

News of some possible Apple Car details coming tomorrow:

  • Motor Trend says they'll have a report on the Apple Car tomorrow
  • The House is moving forward on the Email Privacy Act, which is designed to require a warrant for law enforcement agencies to get their hands on old emails and other communications
  • New York's MTA will accept proposals in June for a new contactless payment system, but will it accept Apple Pay?
  • Logitech buys Jaybird for its wireless audio wearables

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12:55
Leech 3 download manager

Sure, your browser can download. But does it let you easily accelerate downloads, limit bandwidth, download on a schedule, or execute rules to sort incoming downloaded files? Doubt it. And clearly, you’re not going to be able to quit that RAM-consuming monster of a browser until all your downloads are done.I like the folks at Many Tricks. I think they make good software.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:43
Minecraft ‘Realms’ paid online gameplay coming to...

Minecraft developers Mojang today announced a new online gameplay feature coming soon to the Minecraft: Pocket Edition mobile apps called “Minecraft Realms.”
Realms aims to make it easy to play online with friends, sort of like desktop players have been doing for years running their own servers, but without having to do much more than set up a group of approved users: more…Filed under: Apps Tagged: alpha, iOS, Minecraft, Mojang, online, Pocket Edition...

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12:41
Happy Hour Podcast 062 | Final thoughts on iPhone SE...

In this episode, Zac and Benjamin give their final thoughts on the iPhone SE. Worth buying? Also, we’ll talk about the Apple Watch refresh cycle and a ton more. The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed.

more…Filed under: Happy Hour Tagged: Apple, Apple watch, Happy Hour, iPhone SE, Podcast, technolgoy...

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12:33
GoPro hires former Apple designer as VP of Design

A core member of Apple’s elite industrial design team for more than 20 years, Mr. Coster is credited for his contributions to a wide range of now iconic consumer electronics ranging from the iPhone 4 to the iPad wireless keyboard. He holds more than 500 design patents and several utility patents, and has been recognized by several international design organizations for his work.I’m always interested to see how Apple designers do outside the Apple ecosystem.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:09
Facebook Entices VR Content Creators With Open...


Facebook on Tuesday unveiled a high-quality 360-degree 3D camera suitable for creating virtual reality content. The Facebook Surround 360 system, which made its debut at the F8 developers conference, includes a production-ready camera -- which costs about $30,000 to build and looks like a flying saucer from a science fiction movie -- and software for controlling the camera and for stitching and rendering what the camera captures. "We wanted to create a professional-grade end-to-end system that would capture, edit and render high-quality 3D-360 video," said Facebook's Brian Cabral.

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12:03
'1970' date bug could be used to wreck pre...

Though the issue was nominally fixed with iOS 9.3, the "1970" date bug can theoretically be used to intentionally brick any pre-iOS 9.3.1 device, according to a pair of security researchers.

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11:49
The 'Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016...

Last Friday we posted a report titled "The First Draft of the New Feinstein-Burr 'Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016' Leaked." Our report presented the first draft in full. This very same draft, according to a new report, was being circulated today by the Senate Intelligence Committee ...

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11:42
Apple’s Swift programming language grew swiftly in...

Swift, Apple’s programming language, grew swiftly in 2015, according Freelancer.com’s "Fast 50" report.

The data comes from 1,429,842 projects “which have been filtered for spam, advertising, self promotion, reposts, or that are otherwise unlikely to be filled,” the published report says. Swift-related jobs grew 566% year-over-year as more developers took notice of the newly open­-sourced programming language., according to the Fast 50 report. 

Touted as safe, fast, and expressive, Swift appeals to developers who are aiming to build on Apple’s multiple platforms, such as iOS, OS X, and watchOS. And with Apple’s release of its iPhone SE and the 9.7­-inch iPad Pro, Freelancer.com predicts that interest in Swift will continue to surge as programmers rush to meet the demands of the Apple­-crazed...

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11:31
Woman claims Apple stole her smart watch patent,...

Another day, another lawsuit. A 67-year-old Detroit woman has filed a federal lawsuit claiming Apple stole her patented idea for a smart watch, reports Silicon Beat

“I was the first to put in for a patent for a ‘computer wrist watch,'” Daisy Washington-Gross said in the suit filed Friday in Eastern Michigan U.S. District Court. She claims Apple’s watch infringed on her pending patent for the “Detachable Beeper Disc Digital Gym Shoe Computer Watch” and wants $2 billion in compensation.

Apple’s probably not too worried. According to Silicon Beat, Washington-Gross sued Reebok in 2000, claiming she invented the gym shoe. That lawsuit never went anywhere.

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11:28
Your iPhone’s 500,000-mile journey to your pocket

Few of us give much thought to the innards of our electronics but the supply chain process of getting all that stuff into your hands is remarkable. It’s also why we see so many rumors of individual components. The devices have become far too complex for Apple to keep a lid on everything.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:13
Yahoo Mail app updated with access to Dropbox,...

Yahoo Mail is getting a notable update today for iOS (and other mobile app users) that allows access to files stored in Google Drive, Dropbox, and GIFs on Tumblr. You can use the new feature to quickly attach a photo or other file from any of the supported services to emails.
more…Filed under: Apps Tagged: Dropbox, GIFs, Google Drive, Tumblr, Yahoo Mail ...

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10:51
iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Again Rumored to Feature Smart...

Though the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus aren't coming out until the fall of 2016, rumors and alleged part leaks have already divulged many details about the prospective features of the device. In March, a photo of a device said to be the iPhone 7 Plus surfaced on a Chinese website, and a rendering supposedly sourced from Apple manufacturer Catcher Technology featured the design of the iPhone 7.

There's no way to confirm whether these images are legitimate depictions of Apple's upcoming devices, but this morning, Japanese site Mac Otakara shared a report that corroborates many of the rumors we've heard and shares some new details on the features we might see in the...

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10:32
How to install and run Mac apps that don't come...

Apple has introduced a number of features designed to protect users from malware in OS X, but these tools occasionally go too far when trying to save people from themselves.

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10:29
Apple pushes first update to Safari Technology...

Apple has released its first update and second release to its Safari Technology Preview browser. The browser puts an emphasis on releasing stable, technology preview ready builds. With updates coming every two weeks, Apple is showing a commitment to bringing stability to developers on the cutting edge of web technologies.
more…Filed under: Developers, Mac Tagged: developers, Safari, Safari Technology Preview, web developers...

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09:50
Napster co-founder's new institute aims to beat...

Sean Parker is known for many things: co-founding Napster, joining Facebook in its early days, starting charities and creating his share of technology startups. If all goes well, though, he'll also add "helped cure cancer" to that list. He just found...

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09:48
Feature Request Roundup: iOS 10, Siri for Mac (OS X...

In our regular Feature Request series, 9to5Mac authors offer their opinion on how to improve popular hardware or software products. Since we started the feature back in November of last year, the majority of installments in the series have focused on Apple’s own software and hardware, including a number of ways the company can improve its current iOS and Mac OS X software as well as possibilities for upcoming iOS 10 and Mac OS X 10.12 releases.
And some of the other Feature Requests we’ve published included features for the new Apple TV, the upcoming next-generation Apple Watch 2, Apple Music, iCloud, and more. Below we’ve compiled a hub for the series giving you an easy way to stay up to date and hopefully some hints at what to expect at WWDC this year and other upcoming Apple product launches…
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09:32
USB 3.0 group defines authentication protocol for...

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group has announced the USB Type-C Authentication specification, defining cryptographic-based authentication for USB Type-C chargers and devices. USB-C is the port (the only one) on Apple’s 12-inch MacBook.
Using this protocol, host systems can confirm the authenticity of a USB device or USB charger, including such product aspects as the descriptors/capabilities and certification status. All of this happens right at the moment a wired connection is made – before inappropriate power or data can be transferred.
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09:30
Brothers trick sister with zombie attack after...

As an older brother (to eight), I can definitely understand and appreciate playing this kind of prank on a younger sibling.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:30
Facebook unveils two new wireless systems for...

At its annual F8 developer conference, Facebook announced two new wireless systems meant to help bring internet access to underserved areas. One system will tackle pushing broadband through the buildings found in dense cities while the other is meant...

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09:20
Move It puts a smart mini gym in your room

Eons ago, I used to go to the gym several times a week, but nowadays I can give you hundreds of reasons for why I no longer do so. Meanwhile, my beer belly is slowly engulfing my belt, and that's never a good sign (I really should have joined the Eng...

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09:16
Rumor again claims Apple's 'iPhone 7...

The design for the next-generation "iPhone 7" may have already leaked, a new report claims, adding new details about Bluetooth EarPods that will allegedly pair and charge through the Lightning port.

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09:00
New Kindle Oasis with leather charging cover

Amazon says it’s the thinnest and lightest Kindle ever. They also say it has the longest Kindle battery life–the included leather charging cover boosts battery to last months.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:00
We're one step closer to a cure for paralysis

You wouldn't think that picking up a spoon was a staggering achievement, but that's because you're not Ian Burkhart. He's a quadriplegic and the subject of a lengthy experiment looking for an electronic cure for paralysis. The initial breakthrough to...

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08:58
Snapchat update adding motion tracking stickers on...

Snapchat has been on a roll lately introducing bigger and more creative updates to their social network. From introducing custom geofilters, to a massive overhaul in their chat system, they show no signs of slowing down. Today’s update takes video interactions a step further by allowing you to “pin” stickers and emojis to moving objects in video. The update will be rolling out to Android today and soon to iOS.
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08:54
House Judiciary Committee votes unanimously to back...

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday voted 28 to 0 to approve the Email Privacy Act, a long-delayed bill that would make it tougher for law enforcement agencies to ask tech companies for older communications data.

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08:53
A New Business Survey Shows that the Vast Majority...

The newly published JAMF Software Employee Choice Survey uncovers trends associated with employee technology choice programs in the workplace. The key results in the newly published survey show that 75% of employees want to work with a Mac ...

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08:35
Logitech buys Jaybird for $50 million

If you already make killer audio products, do you think spending $50 million on a headphone firm is a good idea? It is you're Logitech's management, which just cut a check for that amount to buy sports audio outfit Jaybird. Much like Ultimate Ears, J...

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08:24
USB Implementers Forum draws up certification,...

USB-C is coming along and a lot of nice things are being said about the technology, but there hasn’t been a ton of verification and certification, especially among cheaper cables.
This may change soon.
Under its new program, the USB Implementers Forum will test and certify USB-C cables, chargers, and other devices. End-user products — such as computers and mobile phones — will be able to cryptographically verify that the cable or charger to which it is connected has been certified and has not been tampered with.

In recent years, consumers have faced a plethora of cheaper but faulty power adapters, miswired cables that can short out connected electronics, and even cables that install malware or conduct man-in-the-middle attacks on...

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08:12
Dear Veronica: Social media petiquette

Your pets do amazing and noteworthy things everyday, right? (Right). So it makes sense that we want them to have their own presence on social media, so everyone knows what a good dog they really are. But how much is too much?

Robert Heron also j...

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08:07
Sling TV launches beta 'multi-stream' plan...

Sling TV on Wednesday launched a beta "multi-stream" plan, allowing subscribers to stream channels on up to three devices simultaneously, instead of the normal single-device scheme.

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08:00
6 security red flags when identifying the perfect...

For a long time, the cloud was considered the “wave of the future.” But the future has arrived. A great cloud storage solution not only allows your employees access to files anytime, anywhere—it also makes it simple to sync files, work on the go and share and coauthor documents with ease. But more than 50 percent of organizations find cloud storage to be the riskiest cloud app category.

A big reason for that? Security threats. Despite all the data out there showing the cloud to be just as or more secure as on-premises storage, security remains the top barrier to...

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08:00
Introducing a new home page experience for Office...

Earlier this month, we began to roll out a new, more intuitive home page experience for Office 365 users. This update brings a fresh new look and feel to the Office 365 welcome page, and a range of new features for both administrators and users.
We’re constantly looking for opportunities to improve the way our users get things done. The new Office 365 home page enables more consistent and unified experiences for work, education and home users across every device. This new platform also helps us respond to user feedback and deliver innovative new features at a faster pace than ever before.
Simple, responsive design

We’ve simplified how people access their Office 365 applications and documents. Now, when you log in to Office 365, you have immediate access to all your online applications and recent documents to help you get to what you need faster.
As part of this update, we’ve also taken the opportunity to add improved page responsiveness for a better, more...

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08:00
In the Age of Trump, Tech CEOs Cast Themselves As...

An anonymous reader shares an insightful story on Buzzfeed News: Mark Zuckerberg isn't running for president of the United States, but you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise. On Tuesday morning, the Facebook CEO kicked off the company's annual developers conference in San Francisco with a glancing shot at Donald Trump, followed by a reiteration of the company's oft-repeated pledge to bring the world together. Zuck's not alone. Last month Apple CEO Tim Cook led his keynote with a similar stump-speech vibe. He dove right into the company's national security and privacy fight against the FBI. Two weeks ago Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told attendees of the company's annual Build developers conference of plans to "move our society forward," asking "profound questions" of his developers:"Is technology empowering people or is it displacing us? Is technology helping us preserve our enduring values such as privacy, or is it compromising it?" Google CEO Sundar Pichai hasn't delivered...

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07:58
External Link: FBI Hired Hackers to Unlock San...

Many media outlets reported that the FBI used Israeli firm Cellebrite to gain access to the iPhone 5c connected to the San Bernardino terrorism case, but The Washington Post is now reporting that the FBI instead hired professional “gray hat” hackers, paying them a one-time flat fee. The hackers had discovered a previously unknown software flaw, which was then used to develop a piece of hardware to crack the iPhone’s passcode without erasing the data after 10 failed attempts. Meanwhile, pressure is mounting on the FBI to disclose the vulnerability it used, although the exploit is applicable only to the iPhone 5c running iOS 9. 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...

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07:47
Apple loses influential industrial designer Danny...

Industrial designer Danny Coster -- one of the Apple design team's longest serving members -- has left the company and will join action camera maker GoPro as Vice President of Design.

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07:39
New Version of 'January 1, 1970 Bug' Can...

Security researchers Patrick Kelley and Matt Harrigan have uncovered a new way to exploit the infamous January 1, 1970 bug that was found to be the cause of bricked iPhones in February. Despite Apple's patch of the original issue in iOS 9.3, Kelley and Harrigan discovered the way in which an iPhone constantly looks for trusted Wi-Fi networks could lend itself to the malicious bricking of a Wi-Fi enabled Apple device, without the user even knowing it was happening.

In a hypothetical example described by Krebs on Security, if a user confirms that a network called "attwifi" is a trusted connection, any subsequent network they come into contact with boasting the same name will connect with their iPhone. That way, when...

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07:38
GoPro hires longtime Apple industrial design team...

While Apple prides itself in maintaining a tight group of 19 industrial design team members under Jony Ive, one longtime member Daniel Coster has made a rare exception to the general rule and departed the company for a new venture elsewhere. As a member of Apple’s design team, Coster’s name has appeared on patents dating back to 1999 ranging from the iPhone 4 design to the iPad Pro’s Smart Keyboard cover as well as software interfaces. Since departing from Apple, Coster has taken an executive role at action camera company GoPro.
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07:36
Meizu's new Pro 6 smartphone mimics Apple'...

Chinese smartphone maker Meizu -- well-known for copying Apple's iPhone designs in its products -- on Wednesday announced the Pro 6, a phone which not only imitates design elements from the iPhone 6s but one of its signature features, 3D Touch.

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07:25
New York City's MTA plans to debut smartphone-...

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of New York issued a public bid on Wednesday, asking for proposals for a new contactless ticketing system to replace the MetroCard, and potentially allow iPhone users to pay for public transit on their smartphone.

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07:06
Nintendo’s first smartphone app, Miitomo, bringing...

Roughly 80% of that money comes from the iPhone version of the app. Fascinating numbers.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:04
FBI may have contacted “grey hat” hacker group along...

The plot continues to thicken.
A group of unnamed sources cited by the Washington Post contradict the widely-held belief that it was Israel-based mobile forensics company Cellebrite which helped the FBI hack into the locked San Bernardino iPhone. The report say that the agency was instead approached by a group of freelance hackers who revealed an iPhone passcode vulnerability to the FBI in return for a one-time fee.
The researchers, who typically keep a low profile, specialize in hunting for vulnerabilities in software and then in some cases selling them to the U.S. government. They were paid a one-time flat fee for the solution.

The story goes back to a $15,000 invoice sent from Cellebrite to the FBI around the time the FBI...

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07:00
External Link: Amazon Announces Kindle Oasis

Amazon has announced a premium entry to its Kindle e-reader lineup: the $289.99 Kindle Oasis. It’s designed to be held one-handed like a folded paperback, with a wedge-shaped hand grip that recalls the original Kindle, although Amazon brags that the screen is 30 percent thinner than any previous model. Since it’s intended for one-handed reading, the screen automatically rotates depending on which hand you’re holding it with. The Kindle Oasis will come with a leather charging cover that helps the device stay charged for months. While it’s unclear how much better it is than the $119.99 Kindle Paperwhite or $199.99 Kindle Voyage, some Kindle Oasis configurations are already delayed to ship after the 27 April 2016 launch date due to high demand. 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...

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06:48
Apple's Safari is the second most popular web...

Apple’s Safari is the second most popular web browser, according to the U.S. government's Digital Analytics Program (DAP). It accounts for 21.9% of visits to government websites over the past 90 days.

The most popular web browser choice of 2.05 billion visitors was, drum-roll please, Google Chrome with 43.1%. In third place, counting every version from Internet Explorer (IE) 6 and below up to IE 11, was IE with 20.1%. In fourth and fifth place were Firefox (8.2%) and Android’s native browser (1.6%).

How is the often-underestimated Safari in second place?

Writing for ZDNet, Steven J.Vaughan-Nichols explains: “While 61.1% of users came to government web sites are using desktops--and the vast majority of them are running Windows—19.1% of all visitors are using iPhones. Of that number, I'd speculate that the...

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06:43
New Piper Jaffray Teen Survey Shows Half will choose...

In a January report we noted that Apple retained its title of top tablet brand worldwide in 2015, but iPad shipments fell by as much as 22% year on year, from 63.4 million units in 2014 to 49.6 million in 2015. Yet a new Piper Jaffray teen survey published yesterday notes that half the teens ...

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06:41
FBI Paid Professional Hackers One-Time Fee To Crack...

There's another new wrinkle in the never-ending FBI vs Apple saga. The Washington Post is claiming that FBI did not require Cellebrite's assistance in hacking San Bernardino iPhone. Instead, the report claims, the government intelligence organization bought a previously unknown security bug from a group of professional hackers. According to the report, the hacker group provided FBI with at least one zero-day flaw in the iPhone 5c's security, which enabled FBI to circumvent the lockscreen and other security features. The bug hasn't been disclosed. FBI has previously noted that the technique it utilized in breaking into the iPhone 5c does not work with any new iPhone models (iPhone 5s or newer).

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06:38
Professional hackers helped the FBI crack a shooter’...

The FBI cracked a San Bernardino terrorist’s phone with the help of professional hackers who discovered and brought to the bureau at least one previously unknown software flaw, reports The Washington Post, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the matter.”

The new information was then used to create a piece of hardware that helped the FBI to crack the iPhone’s four-digit personal identification number without triggering a security feature that would have erased all the data, the article adds. The FBI didn’t need the services of the Israeli firm Cellebrite, as previously believed, according to the Post. The U.S. government now has to decide whether to disclose the flaws to Apple.

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06:03
USB-C devices can now have safety, authenticity...

It will soon be much easier for consumers and businesses to determine whether a USB-C device is genuine and can be trusted, thanks to the newly introduced USB Type-C Authentication specification.

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05:55
External Link: USB-C Authentication Protocol to...

We’ve reported in the past that non-compliant USB-C cables and devices can damage or destroy connected hardware. To address this problem, the USB 3.0 Promoter Group has announced the USB Type-C Authentication specification, a cryptographic authentication standard for USB devices. A phone equipped with USB-C authentication could reject a connection to a non-approved charger, for instance, if it hadn’t been certified as meeting necessary specs. However, the authentication protocol could also be used to prevent devices from connecting to fully compliant devices that didn’t meet some other business requirement. That would let companies restrict access to only verified USB storage devices, but could also allow manufacturers to lock customers in to a proprietary ecosystem of approved devices. In short, beware the unintended consequences! Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the...

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05:48
Feature Request: Apple’s Calendar should borrow the...

I don’t classify myself as an Apple fanboy. I mostly prefer Apple products over competing ones, and I do find life is easier if I allow myself to be assimilated by a single ecosystem, but my opinion pieces are variously critical and supportive of Apple – and I’m certainly not blind to cool tech offered by Apple competitors.
I was particularly impressed by a feature Google released this morning: automatically and intelligently finding time in your calendar to work on your personal goals.
Most of us these days lead busy lives with packed schedules, and sometimes it can feel hard enough just keeping up with the essentials of work, family and those boring but essential chores – from...

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05:44
Better Finder Rename for OS X now lets you move...

publicspace.net has released A Better Finder Rename 10.06 an update of their batch file renaming solution for Mac OS X. It adds the ability to move ranges of text within the file name, making some file renaming tasks easier.
A Better Finder Rename requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. Version 10.06 is a free upgrade for customers who have purchased A Better Finder Rename after Jan. 1, 2015, or who own a forever upgrade. Discounted upgrade prices are available from our web store and start at $12.95 for a single user license.
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05:38
Tension Software announces Password Creator 1.3 for...

Tension Software has revved Password Creator, its password creation tool for Mac OS X, to version 1.3.
The app lets you create up to half million random unique passwords in a single click. Password Creator also lets you create a single password  or a long list of passwords (up to 500,000), inside an internal table. The list is ready to be saved on disk in plain text format for reuse. Version 1.3 offers a better way to define how many passwords you wish to create.
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05:20
Upcoming version of Adobe Creative Cloud to add...

Ahead of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show next week, Adobe has revealed new features across its Creative Cloud tools for video editing, motion graphics, audio and collaboration. The CC tools are compatible with Mac OS X and Windows systems.

Media and entertainment companies are combining these advanced content creation capabilities with Adobe Primetime (a TV platform that helps broadcasters, cable networks and service providers “create and monetize engaging and personalized TV and film experiences”) to help deliver TV and video content across screens. With Adobe’s digital marketing tools TV networks and pay-TV providers can drive viewer acquisition, engagement and monetization as audiences embrace “over the top” (OTT) content via connected devices such as the Apple TV, Sony PlayStation, Roku and Microsoft Xbox.

In the next release of Creative Cloud – available in early summer – Premiere Pro CC will add new virtual reality capabilities, including “...

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05:14
Adobe unveils ‘breakthroughs’ in video and film...

Ahead of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show next week, Adobe has revealed new features across its Creative Cloud tools for video editing, motion graphics, audio and collaboration. The CC tools are compatible with Mac OS X and Windows systems.
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05:01
Here’s another reason to upgrade from iOS 9.3 to iOS...

While iOS 9.3 fixed a bug that "bricked" iOS devices when the date was set to Jan. 1, 1970, and iOS 9.3.1 fixed flitches with iOS 9.3 there’s a variation on iOS 9.3 that can remotely brick later devices as soon as they connect to a WiFi hotspot, reports KrebsonSecurity.

Researchers say they’ve proven how easy it would be to automate the iOS bricking attack over a network, so that potential victims would need only to wander within range of a hostile wireless network to have their Apple devices turned into useless bricks. So if you haven’t upgraded to iOS 9.3.1, do so immediately.

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05:00
Survey: employees choose Apple products for work

Organizations are increasingly offering employees technology device choice, and when given the choice people choose Macs, iPhones, and iPads for work, according to a survey of executives, managers, and IT professionals on choice programs in the workplace by JAMF Software, which specializes in Apple device management. 

Defined as giving employees the freedom to choose among brands of computer hardware and/or mobile devices for work, employee choice programs have gained prominence in the modern business landscape. Over half (61%) of survey respondents say their company has implemented a choice program, which can include employer-owned devices, BYOD (bring your own device), or both. Eighty percent say they should become a standard in business, demonstrating that choice programs are here to stay.

When given the choice, employees prefer Apple. Survey respondents attribute Apple’s ease of use as the number one reason for selecting...

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04:55
Apple offering iPhone leasing plans for corporate...

Apple has begun offering corporate customers in India two-year lease plans for the iPhone SE and iPad starting at 999 rupees (about $15) per month, reports The Economic Times. The Cupertino, California-based company is also offering iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S on similar leasing plans for two years at Rs 1,199 (about $18) and Rs 1,399 (about $20) a month, respectively.

Corporate users can, at anytime, move from one iPhone to another, and pay the change in monthly fee as per the model. Apple has had this model running in India for over a year, but the company “appears to be driving it this time around, given the increased India focus and great sales results the fastest growing smartphone market has produced last year,” according to The Economic Times.

Apple has also sought permission from the...

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04:34
Sketchy Japanese stats suggest majority of early...

Analysis of retailer data in Japan indicates that early buyers of the iPhone SE are favoring the 16GB model over the 64GB one, possibly suggesting that the majority are buying on price. Life science researcher Naofumi Kagami says that this is particularly interesting as you’d expect early sales to be skewed towards early adopters, who tend to opt for the higher tiers.
more…Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: iPhone SE, iPhone SE buyers, iPhone SE sales, Japan...

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04:00
Next Apple Watch Will Be More 'S' Than 2


Most of the changes in the next version of the Apple Watch will be on the inside and not the outside of the case, according to an investors note issued Monday by Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities. While he was short on details about what the internal changes for the watch might be, the analyst's comments are consistent with rumors circulating last summer that the design of the next version of Apple's wrist computer would remain essentially unchanged, with some improvements in battery life and its display's outdoor visibility.

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03:59
Did 'Grey Hats' Assist the FBI Crack the...

The closest proof to Cellebrite being contracted for the job with the FBI was posted online on April 6th. Of course Apple could always question the FBI about the noted contract with the Cellebrite, but the latest rumor is that the FBI ended up using "professional hackers" to get the job done.

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03:25
Worldwide semiconductor revenue declined 2.3% in 2015

Worldwide semiconductor revenue totaled $334.8 billion in 2015, a 2.3% decline from 2014, according to final results by Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). The combined revenue of the top 25 semiconductor vendors fell by 0.5% during 2015, according to the research group.
This was a better performance than the rest of the market, however, which saw a 6.9% revenue decline. The top 25 vendors accounted for 73.5% of the market, down slightly from 74% in 2014.
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03:18
AutoCrypt for OS X upgraded to version 22

Tension Software has updated AutoCrypt, an encryption/decryption app with a document based approach, to version 2.2. It’s a maintenance upgrade
The software lets you save in a document all the settings used to encrypt or decrypt  collections of files using a powerful AES-256 algorithm. Using these documents, AutoCrypt can be used for encryption and decryption batch process of large quantity of files in a single click.
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03:15
Kool Tools: Xerox Duplex Travel Scanner

The new Xerox Duplex Travel Scanner (http://tinyurl.com/zsesws9), designed for use with Mac OS X and Windows, allows continuous feeding of pages up to 8.5x14 inches for creating multi-page files of one and two-sided documents.
 
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03:08
Goldman Sachs Sees Positive AAPL Q2 Earnings and...

Goldman Sachs's analyst Simona Jankowski is bullish on Apple and wrote yesterday that she had conducted an online survey of over 1,000 U.S. consumers above 18 years of age, from late March to early April, asking them if they plan to buy an iPhone in the next three months. She found ...

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02:37
Smile Brings Back Standalone TextExpander, Reduces...

In response to customer feedback, Smile has adjusted its approach with TextExpander, promising to maintain the standalone versions of the text-expansion utility and lowering the price of the individual subscription plan. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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01:06
New Immersive VR and 360 Video Editing Tools Coming...

Adobe has announced major updates to Premiere Pro CC and its other video apps, with VR workflows spearheading a new focus on immersive VR and 360 video experiences.

Set for an "early summer" release, the CC platform updates bring new VR capabilities to Adobe's flagship video editor, in the form of a "field of view" mode that allows editors to work with imported spherical stitched video and see what a viewer would see when looking in a given direction.

The new mode will allow users to dynamically switch between monoscopic, stereoscopic and anaglyph frame layouts, freely reposition the viewing angle across 360 degrees while editing, and export video with VR tags so that video players like YouTube automatically recognize it.

Adobe also announced a new workflow that enables editors to begin editing during "ingest" while importing video and audio...

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Tuesday April 12

22:16
Apple rolls out 24-month corporate iPhone & iPad...

In an apparent bid to boost sales in India, and gain a foothold in the developing market, Apple on Tuesday began offering corporate customers in the region attractive two-year lease plans for iPhone and iPad starting at 999 rupees (about $15) per month.

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21:05
How a Japanese Pinball Maker Helped the FBI Crack...

Cellebrite Mobile Synchronization Ltd., the forensics unit of a little-known Japanese pinball company, is fast becoming the go-to guys when law enforcement needs to unlock smartphones. Its group chief executive officer has plans to keep the firm on the frontlines against terrorism.Not a big surprise they have some of the world’s biggest law enforcement agencies as clients.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:00
The Week in Mac Apps: Make your iTunes window just...

Apps of the weekThis week’s roundup of new Mac apps includes Moom, a tool for making your app windows the perfect size (and keeping them that way). Plus, apps for making gorgeous photo collages, tracking the moon’s patterns, and more. Read on!Deluxe Moon Pro 1.6Any astronomy fans in the house? Natalia Gavrylova’s $2 Deluxe Moon Pro helps you keep track of the moon’s movements in the sky alongside its phase, eclipses, and position.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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18:16
FBI reportedly paid 'gray-hat' hackers,...

In the latest development of what appears to be a never-ending guessing game, a report on Tuesday claims FBI officials purchased a zero day exploit from a group of professional security researchers as part of its successful effort in breaking into an iPhone 5c linked to last year's San Bernardino terror attack.

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17:31
The real key to Buy NBA 2K16 MT Points For PS4

Forums: HardwareTags: Buy NBA 2K16 MT Points For PS4This will confuse NBA 2K16 MT typically the opposing team.Play basketball games with yourself during the off-season even. Even when you can't get a bunch of men and women together to play, it is often the case that there just isn't any individual around to play with. You are able to do a complete lot accomplished with solo games. Practice pivoting and cost-free throws. There is no shortage of anyone can be done.Ask teammates the things they admire about your skills about the court.
Do they feel you do something well particularly? Maybe you are nimble or you are reliably there to support them maybe.The real key to ball well is usually to spread your fingers. This will...

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17:21
FBI Used Security Flaw Found by 'Professional...

Rumors have suggested the FBI employed Israeli mobile forensics firm Cellebrite to hack into the iPhone 5c used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook, but new information from The Washington Post suggests it was instead done with the help of "professional hackers" at least one of which is a "gray hat" researcher that sells flaws to governments, black market groups, or companies that create surveillance tools.

According to sources who spoke to The Washington Post, the hackers told the FBI about a previously unknown software flaw, which was used to "create a piece of hardware" the FBI used to access the phone via its passcode. The hardware in question allowed the FBI...

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17:20
Logitech expands audio portfolio with $50M Jaybird...

Accessories manufacturer Logitech on Tuesday announced an agreement to purchase Utah-based earbud maker Jaybird, known for its "active" style wireless headphone designs, in a deal worth some $50 million in cash.

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16:54
Logitech acquires earbud maker Jaybird

Interesting move for Logitech.∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:53
Apple now offering two-year leasing option for...

Apple has expressed a growing interest in India over the past year, but sales of its newest and more affordable iPhone SE have been lukewarm in the country so far, reports claim. In order to combat these less-than-spectacular sales, Apple is offering a new way for customers to purchase the device.
more…Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: India, iPhone SE ...

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16:41
FBI Director Comey calls 'emotion'...

Two weeks after the Federal Bureau of Investigation withdrew its legal action against Apple, agency director James Comey on Tuesday said the difficulty of squaring national security policies with consumer privacy rights was the most onerous of his government career.

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16:22
Logitech to acquire Jaybird for $50M as it looks to...

Computer peripheral company Logitech has today announced that it is acquiring popular audio company Jaybird. Jaybird, for those unfamiliar, has released a variety of headphone products over recent years, most of which have been wireless. Logitech says the deal is worth $50 million in cash, with an additional earn-out of up to $45 million based on achievement of growth targets over the next two years.
more…Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: acquisition, Jaybird,...

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16:08
FBI Comey: We Can't Resolve the Issue of...

FBI Director James Comey said Tuesday that he was glad a court fight in California over access to a locked iPhone had ended. We can't resolve these really important issues that affect our values — technology, innovation, safety and all kinds of other things — in litigation."

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15:20
∞ Yngwie Malmsteen parody

I really dislike Yngwie. Probably why I love this video so much.

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15:10
Teen interest in iPhone remains high

Juli Clover:Teen interest in Apple’s iPhone continues to grow, according to data gathered by Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster in the latest semiannual teen survey. 69 percent of teens surveyed own iPhones, up from 67 percent in the Fall 2015 survey. 75 percent of teens queried expect their next device to be an iPhone, up one percent from the previous survey.This is very important. These are the people that Apple is relying on to purchase the iPhones of the future.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:07
Pure CSS games

I’m always impressed with the things people can do with CSS.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:46
Zuckerberg Launches Remodeled Messenger


CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday launched the company's new Messenger platform beta at its annual F8 conference. The Messenger announcement was the first major initiative in the long-term vision he presented. Zuckerberg outlined a major push to incorporate artificial intelligence and bots into the Messenger platform. The revamped service will allow companies and individuals to develop more sophisticated and personal experiences through Messenger than ever before, ultimately transforming the app into a major communications and marketing tool.

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14:42
Survey: Apple Watch the most popular smartwatch...

A report released yesterday showed that Apple will still growing in the PC market, and now Piper Jaffray has released its latest survey focusing on the company’s performance in the teen market. According to the survey results, gathered from 6,500 teens with an average age of 16 and a half years, Apple still dominates across all product categories.
more…Filed under: Apple Watch, iOS Devices Tagged: Apple, Apple watch, iPad, iPhone, survey...

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14:15
AWT News Update: April 12, 2016

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13:48
Apple Watch takes 71 percent share of teen market,...

Apple's mobile product lines continue to perform well with the all important U.S. teen demographic, as a new spring 2016 survey put Apple Watch far ahead in the nascent smartwatch game, while iPhone exhibited expectedly consistent growth.

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12:58
Teen Interest in iPhone Remains High, Apple Watch is...

Teen interest in Apple's iPhone continues to grow, according to data gathered by Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster in the latest semiannual teen survey. 69 percent of teens surveyed own iPhones, up from 67 percent in the Fall 2015 survey. 75 percent of teens queried expect their next device to be an iPhone, up one percent from the previous survey.

Smart watches are not as popular among teens as smartphones, and only 12 percent of those surveyed owned a smart watch. With teen smart watch owners, the Apple Watch was the model most often chosen -- of the 12 percent of teens who own a smart watch, 71 percent are Apple Watches. Just 10 percent of teens say they're interested in purchasing a smart watch, a number that's grown just two percent since fall of 2015.

We would expect the Apple Watch to maintain market share close to that of iPhone, but don't expect major changes in interest until stronger use cases...

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12:30
Facebook debuts Messenger bots, Live API & more...

Facebook opened the F8 Developer Conference on Tuesday by announcing a number of developments, including Messenger bots and a Live API that will bring video streaming to a wider range of devices.

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12:24
Apple Targets Indian Corporate Users for the iPhone...

A new report from India informs us that Apple is focusing their new iPhone SE at Indian corporate user with a hard to resist deal ...

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12:01
Here’s everything Facebook announced at F8 that’s...

Facebook held its annual F8 developer’s conference today that laid out the foundation for what the company plans to accomplish as far out as the next ten years. Today’s keynote presentation focused more on what the next year at Facebook and its products would look like for customers. Putting a heavy emphasis on Messenger and Facebook Live, it’s fair to say that you’ll be seeing a lot of these changes coming to mobile very soon.
more…Filed under: Apps, Developers, iOS Devices Tagged: DJI, F8, Facebook, ...

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11:42
Photos of the San Francisco earthquake of 1906

110 years ago next week, on April 18, 1906, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake centered near the city of San Francisco struck at 5:15 AM. The intense shaking toppled hundreds of buildings, but the resulting out-of-control fires were even more destructive.Devastating.[Via Kottke]∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:03
Some iPhone SE users complain of Bluetooth audio...

Well, this could be one for the bug team to sort out.
A number of oPhone SE early adopters have reported audio issues with Bluetooth phone calls when the smartphone is paired with a vehicle or wireless headset. The issue extends to GPS voice navigation for some, but streaming music over Bluetooth appears to be unaffected.
The users claimed to be experiencing distorted, staticky, or inaudible phone calls when using an iPhone SE over Bluetooth. Many of those affected noted that their previous iPhone model had “crystal clear” audio quality.

One user, who went by the handle HickDead, offered the following feedback regarding the issue:
“I actually had to return my SE back to Verizon because my Bluetooth calls reception quality was...

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10:26
Wibu-Systems joins the Trusted Computing Group

Wibu-Systems (www.wibuusa.com) is joining the Trusted Computing Group (TCG) and offering CodeMeter as a secure licensing platform for all TPM users to monetize their business. CodeMeter, an anti-piracy solution creates and stores licenses either in a hardware device (CmDongle) or in software bound to individual computers (CmAct).
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10:02
Adobe updates Post with Live Photos support, Airmail...

Adobe on Tuesday updated its Post graphics design tool for iOS with several new features, including Live Photos support. Bloop meanwhile updated the iOS version of its Airmail email client, bringing it to the iPad for the first time along with other major improvements.

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09:57
Samsung's AR Vision Includes Smart Contact...


Samsung has been granted a patent for a smart contact lens, according to news reports published last week. The lens is equipped with a tiny display, a camera, an antenna, and several sensors that detect movement and eye blinks. Eye blinks would provide the input, and a smartphone would be needed to process the images. A user blinks to take pictures or interact with data displayed on the smart contact lens. Sensors pick up the blinks and relay the commands they indicate to the user's smartphone for processing.

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09:56
Facebook Introduces Chatbots for Messenger, Pushes...

As was rumored last week, Facebook today announced plans to bring chatbot support to its Messenger platform. At the Facebook F8 Developer Conference, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg demonstrated a Messenger chatbot on stage, using the Messenger platform to order flowers from 1-800-Flowers through a text conversation.

"To order from 1-800-Flowers, you never have to call 1-800-Flowers again," said Zuckerberg, explaining that Facebook chatbots are designed to allow users and businesses to connect together in new ways. "You don't have to install an app or enter your credit card."

Developers will be able to build chat programs to interface with users. These will range from product-based companies like 1-800-Flowers to news companies like CNN, another one of Facebook's partners.

Facebook also plans to expand its Live Video feature, which has proven popular with users and public...

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09:08
Panamas introduces DirectFlow for the Mac

Panasas, which specializes in performance scale-out network-attached storage (NAS), has announced DirectFlow for Mac.
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09:03
TextExpander adjustments

Smile made some adjustments to its upgrade plans and pricing.∞ Read this on The Loop

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02:00
The AfterMaster Pro promises to improve any type of...

Ordinary audio goes into this black box; extraordinary audio comes out. What's the secret?

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02:30
Stream PlayStation 4 games from the console to your...

As of early April, you can now play PlayStation 4 games right on your Mac. It’s not emulation, and no, the Blu-ray discs won’t work in your computer… assuming you even still have an optical drive. Oh, and you’ll need a PlayStation 4 console, of course.
Sound complicated and/or convoluted? Surprisingly, it’s not: Thanks to the latest system update released for PlayStation 4, it’s now possible to stream games directly from the console to your Mac or PC over an Internet connection. With the Mac installer and a PS4 gamepad, you can tap into the digital and disc-based games on the most popular game console on the market today.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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04:00
HTC 10 Hands-On

The HTC 10 doesn't break new ground, but focuses on getting the fundamentals right.

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05:52
Facebook Messenger snags Dropbox integration for in-...

Facebook just can’t stop adding new features to Messenger leading up to the F8 Developer Conference on Tuesday. The world’s most popular social network just added Dropbox integration to Messenger on Android and iOS so you can share photos, videos, and other files inside Messenger without leaving Facebook’s chat app. The new feature is rolling out now, but it may take a few days before it arrives on your phone.
To see if you have the new feature, first make sure you have both the latest Messenger and Dropbox apps on your device. Once that’s done, tap More in Messenger and look for Dropbox as an option. If it’s there, you can tap it to access your Dropbox files inside Messenger.To read this article...

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09:01
Gibson in financial trouble

There are signs that Gibson’s move to diversify isn’t working out as planned. Moody’s Investor Service has downgraded Gibson Brands (formerly Gibson Guitar Corporation) credit to junk status, and according to reports, the company has put up two of its Nashville warehouses for sale as a result.Gibson has been in trouble for a long time. I’m not sure if they tried to buy their way out of it or tried to ignore it, but either way, it seems to be getting worse.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:55
Ransomware

That case and others show how cyber-criminals have professionalized ransomware schemes, borrowing tactics from customer service or marketing, law enforcement officials and security firms say. Some players in the booming underworld employ graphic artists, call centers and technical support to streamline payment and data recovery, according to security firms that advise businesses on hacking threats.I didn’t realize how “professional” these people have become.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:36
9to5Toys Last Call: iPad Pro 12.9″ 128GB Wi-Fi +...

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08:32
Apple's AirPlay comes to Android in new...

HTC on Tuesday unveiled the HTC 10, its latest flagship smartphone, with an unusual feature in the form of native support for Apple's AirPlay wireless streaming protocol.

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08:31
HTC is the First Android Smartphone to Offer Native...

The new HTC 10 has launched with a nice clean design. While it doesn't have a killer dual camera system like the one that Huawei launched last week, it does uniquely offer Apple's AirPlay. Yes, that right, Apple's AirPlay.

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08:00
The Office Small Business Academy April webcast—“...

It’s no surprise that small businesses consider culture to be a major contributor to their overall success—and a healthy culture starts at the top. Register now for the April episode of Office Small Business Academy—“Culture Rules! Create a Positive Business Culture Inside and Out” —airing April 26 at 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ET. You’ll get easy tips for shaping workplace values, developing effective leadership and polishing your digital presence.

  • CNBC on-air contributor Carol Roth has four tips every entrepreneur needs for smart social media strategy.
  • Brand-building expert and author of “What Great Brands Do,” Denise Lee Yohn, explains the connection between happy employees and loyal customers, and how to create a culture your employees will love.
  • The president and editor-in-chief of Inc., Eric Schurenberg, shares his advice to help you grow into...
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08:00
Outlook on the web makes going on vacations less...

Vacation is a time to relax. However, the weeks leading up to it can often be as stressful as the time off is fun, as you rush to get packed and finish all those important to-dos before you set your “Out of Office” message. We want to take one thing off your to-do list.
Outlook on the web now makes it easier to clear your calendar and automatically decline meetings before you head out for some time away from the office. When you set an automatic reply in Outlook on the web, Outlook will offer to do the following on your behalf:

  • Block your calendar so people know you’re away.
  • Clear existing meetings on your calendar by declining/canceling them.
  • Automatically send a response to incoming invitations while you’re away.

Block your calendar
One of the most common things you do before taking time off is block time on your calendar so people know you are going to be away. Now, when you set your automatic reply, select the option...

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07:59
EPIC Planning in OneNote

Today’s post was written by Lynette Barker, librarian teacher at St Therese’s Primary School in New Lambton, Australia.
Creating a comprehensive and authentic learning program gives many teachers a sense of purpose and direction in the classroom. They feel more prepared, more ready to teach. Through observations and informal discussions with my teaching colleagues, it became obvious that a considerable amount of their creative planning time was spent looking through SharePoint folders, personal document libraries and USB sticks trying to locate the latest programming documents, checklists and guides. As a result, valuable time that could have been spent chatting and brainstorming with colleagues to design rich lessons was lost.
The solution—bring all documents for teaching and learning together into one dynamic workspace that is accessible by all and supports collaborative planning.
The natural tool of choice—OneNote!
The OneNote Notebook not only...

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07:58
London Met Police says it has deployed just 641...

In spite of one-time plans to adopt between 15,000 and 20,000 iPads, London's Metropolitan Police have so far deployed just 641 units, and don't have any immediate plans to deploy more, a report revealed on Tuesday.

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07:51
How-To: Quickly switch between audio input and...

If you have multiple audio inputs or outputs connected to your Mac, then you’re probably aware that you can visit System Preferences to manage and switch between interfaces at will. But wouldn’t it be nice if there was a quicker way to switch to a set of speakers or a microphone without venturing all the way into the Sound panel of System Preferences? In this post, we’ll share with you a handy shortcut that we use every day to do just that. more…Filed under:
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Tagged: Mac, Menu Bar, OS X, shortcut, System Preferences, ...

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07:49
External Link: Apple Pulls Third-Party Reddit...

Apple recently pulled most third-party apps for the popular social-news site Reddit from the App Store, drawing the ire of many of the site’s users, especially since the just-launched official Reddit app was spared. Apple apparently suddenly decided that it didn’t like that many of these apps — some of which had been in the App Store for over a year — contained a switch that let users choose whether or not to display content tagged NSFW (Not Safe for Work). However, Apple has now readmitted many of those apps in which the developer has removed that switch — users must now control access to NSFW content via the Reddit Web site preferences. Apparently, even an NSFW switch is, in Apple’s view, Not Safe for the App Store, which seems overly paternalistic. 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...

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07:40
New York law could allow roadside 'textalyzer...

Drivers in New York might soon be subject to on-the-spot analysis of their mobile phones to determine whether they were distracted by their devices in the run-up to accidents, if a proposed law passes the state legislature.

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07:32
External Link: AirPlay Coming to Android with the...

AirPlay has been a standard iOS and OS X feature for years, but it’s not an open standard. As a result, it has been available in Google’s Android mobile operating system only via often-flaky third-party apps. But HTC’s upcoming HTC 10 smartphone will include AirPlay support out of the box, integrated into the HTC Connect service. This is presumably being done without Apple’s involvement, so it will be interesting to see how well the HTC 10 sends audio and video to Apple TVs and other AirPlay receivers. 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-...

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07:24
DisplayMate releases full analysis of 9.7-inch iPad...

The cool cats at DisplayMate have just released their usual insane analysis of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and confirmed that this is the best iPad display to boot, but have also hinted that this could lead towards iPhone 7 screen upgrade possibilities.
In its report, which compares the new device to not only current iPads but also other top tablets from Microsoft, Samsung and others, DisplayMate shows how the new iPad achieved record results for its display in a number of categories, including: “Highest Absolute Color Accuracy for any display for Both Color Gamuts (1.35 JNCD), Lowest Screen Reflectance for any mobile display (1.7 percent), Highest Peak Brightness in a full size Tablet for any Picture Level (511 nits), Highest...

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07:21
OneDrive for Business recognized as an EFSS leader...

Today’s post was written by Jeff Teper, corporate vice president for OneDrive and SharePoint.
OneDrive for Business has made significant progress in the last 6 months, and was recently named a Leader by Forrester Research in “The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise File Sync and Share Platforms, Cloud Solutions, Q1 2016.” You can read the report here.
It’s an honor to get industry recognition like this, but we know there’s always more for us to do to improve the service. Today, we’re announcing important improvements and new capabilities in our sync, browser and mobile experiences, as well as new IT controls for administrators.

New features added to the Next Generation Sync Client
In December 2015, we released the first version of the Next Generation Sync Client, which we now refer to as the new OneDrive sync client. The new OneDrive sync client has...

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07:20
Announcing content viewing for Skype for Business on...

Today, we’re pleased to announce an update to the Skype for Business apps for Android and iOS, including the ability to view meeting content on Android and improvements to the meeting experience on both platforms, even when you are experiencing spotty Internet connectivity.
Content viewing now on Android and enhanced on iOS
You can now view a presenter’s desktop and applications shared in a meeting on your Skype for Business app for Android phones and tablets. When viewing content during a meeting on your Android device, the meeting controls disappear, so that you can focus on the content without distractions. A light tap on the screen will bring back the controls when you need them.

We have also greatly improved the content viewing experience on the Skype for Business app for iOS. Faster content refresh now allows for a smoother meeting experience—you’ll notice less delay between the presenter’s view and the content displayed on your device. The latest update...

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07:19
Cellebrite is Behind a NY Bill that will Allow...

It was reported on last week that New York State Senator Terrence Murphy (R-Westchester) and Assembly Assistant Speaker Felix Ortiz (D-Kings), together with awareness organization Distracted Operators Risk Casualties (DORCs) announced a joint effort that could go a long way in protecting innocent people from injuries caused by distracted driving.

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07:16
Analysis ranks 9.7" iPad Pro screen as best...

With two color gamuts, increased brightness, lower reflectance, and the new True Tone color shifting technology, the Retina display in Apple's new 9.7-inch iPad Pro is not only the best in its class --?a new analysis has found it's the best performing mobile LCD on the market, period.

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07:00
9.7" iPad Pro Has 'Excellent' Display...

DisplayMate has performed in-depth testing of the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro and determined that its IPS LCD display is a "truly impressive top performing display" and a "major upgrade" over the iPad Air 2.

While both tablets have similar tech specs, including matching 4:3 aspect ratios, 2,048×1536 pixel resolutions, and 264 PPI, Apple has made several underlying improvements to the 9.7-inch iPad Pro that qualified it as DisplayMate's "best performing mobile LCD display" it has ever tested.

Specifically, the exhaustive display shootout found the 9.7-inch iPad Pro to have two color gamuts that deliver "color accuracy that is visually indistinguishable from perfect" and "very likely considerably better than any mobile display, monitor, TV or UHD TV" that most people own.

The tablet uses a "new...

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06:59
iPad Pro 9.7 analysis shows record display...

DisplayMate is out today with its usual in-depth analysis of new Apple products, this time examining the display on Apple’s latest tablet, the iPad Pro 9.7-inch. The result? DisplayMate says the new iPad’s display isn’t just the best iPad display yet, but that it also includes record setting performance among all tablets it’s tested as well as hints at iPhone 7 screen upgrade possibilities. 
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06:53
Opinion: Here’s what I’d do to rationalize Apple’s...

Apple has long been about simplicity and minimalism. Steve Jobs’ philosophy was effectively that usability trumps choice. Sure, you lose the ability to customize your iPhone or iPad in the way you can an Android device without jailbreaking it, but what you gain in return is a device that is both more reliable and a lot more secure.
Jobs applied that same philosophy to Apple’s product range. When he returned to Apple in 1997, one of the first things he did was to rationalize the company’s product lineup, paring it back to the essentials. In 2008, he proudly told Fortune that “Apple is a $30 billion company, yet we’ve got less than 30 major products.”
Apple has, for the most part, maintained that approach ever since, famously saying ‘no’ to a thousand product ideas for every time it says ‘yes.’ But I still think there’s a little more work to be done...

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06:36
Robust New FreeOffice Suite Proves Free Can Be Just...


SoftMaker's FreeOffice Linux office suite is a LibreOffice look-alike that provides strong performance compatibility with Microsoft Office documents. SoftMaker offers a line of open source offerings that compete with its commercial flagship office suite, SoftMaker Office 2016. It's a Windows/Linux cross-platform office suite with integrated applications for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and email management. The commercial version is nearly identical to the free, open source FreeOffice version.

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06:13
HTC 10 is the First Android Smartphone to Support...

Earlier this morning, HTC announced its new smartphone, the HTC 10, revealing that the Android device will have the ability to wirelessly play audio through devices and speakers that support streaming via Apple's AirPlay feature (via SlashGear). In addition to AirPlay support, the basic specs of the phone include a 5.2-inch display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 3,000 mAh battery for two full days of charge, and a USB Type-C port.

The addition of support for AirPlay makes the HTC 10 the first Android smartphone to work with Apple's audio and video streaming feature out of the box. AirPlay's inclusion into the HTC 10 also means that the Android device will be able to stream directly to the new...

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06:09
Did Politics Play any Role in Apple Losing a Massive...

In March 2013 the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) in London England started a trial of 500 iPad mini devices. If the trial proved fruitful, the MPS would order 15 to 20,000 for their entire force. Well, the trial is now over and the MPS won't be ordering the iPad mini to fill its needs.

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06:03
FileMaker publishes ‘Deploy’ ebook

FileMaker, Inc. (www.filemaker.com) has released "Deploy," the last of a three-part series of free how-to eBooks that lead teams through the process of deploying a custom app using the FileMaker Platform.
Custom apps connect team members with each other and with their business, enabling anytime, anywhere collaboration and productivity. With this final installment in the series, FileMaker has provided a step-by-step process to planning, creating and deploying custom apps.
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06:02
To make crashes 'friendlier,' Microsoft...

Windows users will no longer be forced to manually Google error messages to figure out why their computer crashed, as development builds of Windows 10 now include a QR code on the Blue Screen of Death.

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06:00
Style on the go—personal stylist uses Office 365 to...

Constance Turman, owner of The Constant Stylist, is a personal fashion and style consultant in the greater Seattle area. We recently spoke with Constance about how she uses Office 365 to help her business be more agile, responsive and professional. Here are some highlights:
As a personal style consultant, what’s your biggest business challenge?
To create the style that’s right for any client, I have to build a very close relationship with them. It’s almost intimate. I come into their most private personal space, where very few people get to go. It’s critical that I take that trust seriously, get to know who they are and do all I can to make them comfortable. If I can get them to be vulnerable, speak freely and still enjoy the experience, they’ll walk away more confident with their style and their image.
How did you decide that Office 365 could help you meet that challenge?
I wanted to be known for constant availability and...

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05:59
∞ Whole Lotta Love and Beethoven’s Fifth

[VIDEO] Big fan of 2 Cellos, but this might be my favorite yet. If you are new to their work, check out their take on AC/DC’s Thunderstruck. Great production values, great musicianship.

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05:51
∞ A geek’s garden of iPhone secrets

Watch the video embedded below for a fantastic collection of iPhone secrets. My gut tells me there’s something new here for even the most knowledgeable iOS power user.

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05:44
Airmail lands on iPad with Touch ID support, iOS 9...

Airmail made its way from the Mac to the iPhone a couple of months ago, and today the popular email app is completing the suite and releasing the first version for iPad. Airmail for iPad supports keyboard shortcuts and iOS 9’s multitasking features like Split View and Slide Over, so you can triage email in Airmail and browse Safari or Twitter at the same time. And the free update includes loads of other new features for both the iPad and iPhone versions including Touch ID support, custom shortcuts, a new gesture for moving between messages, and tons of new integrations and improvements.
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05:41
Hey Chloë – you can find that iPhone even more...

In a new Apple Watch ad, Chloë Sevigny uses her Apple Watch to ping her iPhone. Keir Thomas takes things one step further, showing you how to add the iPhone’s flash to the equation.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:38
The HTC 10 is the first Android device to ship with...

Android has featured the ability to stream to AirPlay devices like the Apple TV by means of third-party utilities for some time now, but no Android device has ever shipped with native AirPlay support in tow. That’s all changed with the announcement of the HTC 10, the first device to ship with native AirPlay support.
more…Filed under: Apple TV, iOS Devices Tagged: AirPlay, Android, Apple TV, HTC, HTC 10...

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05:32
How to work with parental controls in iOS

Nice post from Faiz Orz on setting up restrictions on your iOS device.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:28
Twitter/Medium founder: “We put junk food in front...

Very interesting writing here. Ev Williams, founder of both Twitter and Medium, talks about feedback loops, the mechanisms that reward journalists for writing certain kinds of stories. If journalists are rewarded (with page views, which translates to dollars) for propagating junk food, junk food it shall be.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:25
Apple pulls, then reinstates several Reddit clients...

Apple briefly removed several popular Reddit clients from the App Store, after it began cracking down on a feature allowing users to toggle whether "not safe for work" content is displayed by default.

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05:23
Official Reddit app ships. Apple pulls 3rd party...

Interesting timing. Reddit ships their app, Apple pulls a bunch of third party apps from the app store. Why?∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:22
USB Network Gate 4.0 provides full support for OS X...

Eltima Software has announced USB Network Gate 4.0 (http://www.eltima.com/products/usb-over-network-mac/) for Mac OS X. The utility Network Gate lets you work with remote USB devices from your local computer over Internet/LAN/WAN as if those devices were plugged directly into your machine.
Version 4.0 adds support for OS X El Capitan. It also includes several stability and interface improvements.
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05:09
SoftRAID 5.5 lets you convert AppleRAID volumes to...

OWC Holdings has updated SoftRAID (www.softraid.com) for Mac OS X (10.6.8 and higher) to version 5.5. It’s a free update for all version 5.x users of SoftRAID.
SoftRAID is a disk driver for Mac OS X, and replaces the RAID functionality that was removed from Disk Utility in Mac OS X El Capitan. With version 5.5, users can convert their existing AppleRAID stripe (RAID 0) and mirror (RAID 1) volumes to SoftRAID and preserve all the files on those volumes. This provides a way for existing AppleRAID users to start using the features of SoftRAID.
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05:00
Juicy Bits delivers Bez, a powerful vector graphics...

It's great when a developer creates a new product that provides yet another reason for people to do more work on the iPad and especially the iPad Pro. That's the case with a new vector graphics editor released today. Bez (free, $7.99 in-app purchase to unlock all features) is designed to create and export vector graphics on Apple's tablets, and it looks like a winner.

According to Juicy Bits founder Michael Swanson, Bez has its roots in a search for new features to add to Halftone 2 -- a perennial Editor's Choice in the App Store and the flagship app of Juicy Bits. The developers found that one of the features users wanted was a way to edit the WHAM, BAM, and POW sound effects found in comic books, which are usually created by comic book artists using tools like Adobe Illustrator. Bez evolved into...

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04:58
The reports of its death are greatly exaggerated;...

Some folks say iOS devices such as the iPad Pro will replace the Mac. Apparently not anytime soon. While tablet sales continue to decline, overall Mac marketshare during the March quarter continued to grow globally during the first quarter of 2016, according to the latest research data from Gartner and IDC.

According to Gartner, the Mac’s worldwide computer market share was 7.1% during the quarter, up 1.5% year-over-year. In the U.S., Apple has 12.7%, up from 11.9% a year ago. Gartner’s stats are based on global sales of 3.1 million Macs in the first quarter of 2016. 

According to IDC, the Mac’s worldwide computer market share was 7.4% during the quarter, up 6.7% year-over-year. In the U.S., Apple has 13%, up from 12.7% a year ago. IDC’s stats are based on global sales of 4.5 million Macs in the first quarter of 2016. 

Globally, all other personal computer...

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04:53
Cellebrite could give NY cops the ability to partly...

A proposed bill now in committee in the New York State Senate could give NY police officers the ability to plug smartphones into a ‘textalyzer’ following a motor vehicle accident. The device would read data from the phone to determine whether or not the driver had been texting or otherwise using the phone at the time of the crash.
ArsTechnica reports that Cellebrite, the Israeli company believed to have cracked the San Bernardino iPhone, is developing the technology required for the checks. Such checks without a warrant would normally violate the Fourth Amendment right to privacy, but Cellebrite believes it has a...

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04:41
Apple is naming its (rumored) Apple Car buildings...

Will the Apple Car be an achievement of mythic proportions? Rumors have been flying for over a year bout "Project Titan,” which is allegedly Apple’s internal name for a self-driving electric vehicle project. Now the company has been giving a network of industrial projects throughout South Bay (California) names from Greek mythology, according to the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

The Business Journal says Cupertino, California-based company and its contractors have been working out a network of industrial projects throughout the South Bay. Buildings have been nicknamed Zeus (king of the Gods of Mount Olympus), Rhea (mother of the gods)Medusa (monster, a Gorgon, generally described as a winged human female with a hideous face and living venomous snakes in place of hair), Athena (Greek goddess of wisdom and good counsel, war, the defense of...

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04:14
BBC launches iPlayer Kids, a child-friendly version...

British parents have long known that handing your kids an iPad full of children’s TV shows is a good way to keep them quiet for a while appropriately entertained and informed. The BBC has made that job even easier today by launching a special iPlayer Kids app. The iPad app, which has a user-interface suitable for young children, features only age-appropriate TV shows.

The new child-friendly app is safe and easy to use. With over 10,000 episodes being made available this year alone, it has all of BBC Children’s world-class content in one place, allowing kids to discover and enjoy both new and old CBeebies and CBBC favourites including Wolfblood, Blue Peter, The Dumping Ground, Topsy & Tim and Go Jetters.

Each child in the family creates their own profile, complete with their age and a cartoon character to represent them, and the app them...

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04:00
If you (sob) don’t have an Apple smartphone, you’ll...

Many folks weren’t happy when Apple replaced its old dock connectors with the reversible Lightning cable (so imagine the outcry if the rumors of upcoming iPhones eliminating the audio jack are true), but Lightning has made life easier for iPhone and iPad users. The MicFlip, which is purportedly the world’s first reversible micro-USB cable, is designed to do the same for Android (and other non-iOS smartphone) users.

The MicFlip (pronounced “Mike-flip”) works in any orientation, so it’s work whenever you attempt to plug in a micro-USB device — even if you’re fumbling in the dark. Featuring a hardy aluminum shell, gold plated plugs, and a braided cable (that’s strong and tangle free), the $19.99 cord is available in 20cm, 100cm, and 200cm version and silver, gold, and red/black flavors. 

If you have an Android smartphone, you’ll love the handy MicFlip. Or you could switch to an iPhone and really...

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03:56
London’s Met Police abandons plan to issue 15-20,000...

London’s Metropolitan Police service has apparently abandoned plans to issue iPad minis to 15-20,000 frontline officers after spending a total of £6M ($8.58M) on a trial of just 641 devices. This means that the trial ended up costing the taxpayer £9,360 ($13,397) per iPad.
The Inquirer obtained the information using a Freedom of Information request.

The Met spent £1.2m on hardware during that time, including the iPads and supporting servers and accessories, £4.1m on custom software development, which included the databases to support mobile operations, £600,000 on business and management activities and £100,000 on licences. The costs also include the replacement of 12 tablets during the trial period … 

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03:35
High-growth wireless charging market matures in 2016

The wireless charging receiver market grew more than 160% in 2015 over the previous year, as annual global shipments reached 144 million units.
Integrated receivers hit mainstream devices, and refinements to system design and diversification for various applications and power ratings is now driving the development of the technology. Annual shipment volume is expected to top one billion units by 2020 and two billion by 2025, according to IHS (www.ihs.com), a source of critical information and insight.
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03:30
2016 may be the year that WiGig finally takes off (...

Research and Markets (www.researchandmarkets.com) says 2016 may be the year in which 802.11ad (better known as WiGig) finally takes off. But will it arrive on Macs this year?

WiGig isn't aimed at replacing your wireless network. Instead it's designed to aid your existing Wi-Fi by providing a fast, direct link between devices. More on that in a moment. 802.11ad marks the coming of 7Gbps wireless. Data transfer rates are purportedly over 10 times the maximum speed previously enabled within the IEEE 802.11 standard.This involves fast speeds over short distances; 802.11ad will deliver 7Gbps speeds over 60GHz frequencies.

WiGig is so fast that it can be used as a "wireless bus extension." In other words, it can wirelessly substitute for hardware inside your Mac. Imagine a hard drive sitting on your desk -- or near your desk -- but not physically connected to your computer. If both your Mac and the HD were WiGig enabled, the...

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03:14
Kool Tools: Epson WorkForce Pro M5000 Series...

Epson America’s (www.epson.com) WorkForce Pro WF-M5694 multifunction and WorkForce Pro WF-M5194 single function monochrome printers are designed to maximize business productivity for small networked workgroups. Powered by Epson’s next-generation PrecisionCore technology, they provide the lowest-cost monochrome printing in their class.
Equipped with a 10,000-page cartridge yield and up to 580 sheets maximum paper capacity, these monochrome printers require little user intervention. They also come equipped with IT admin tools, including security features and network configuration.
 
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03:12
All PC OEMs Including Apple Show PC Sales Decline in...

IDC reports that Worldwide PC shipments totaled 60.6 million units in the first quarter of 2016 (1Q16), a year-on-year decline of 11.5% which was forecasted. None of the PC makers including Apple escaped the continuing downturn in PC sales ...

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03:11
Facebook Messenger iOS app now lets you share...

It’s easy to drop recently-taken photos and videos into your Facebook Messenger chats directly from the camera roll, but it was less easy to share Dropbox files. This previously required you to open the Dropbox app first to grab a link to share.
more…Filed under: Apps Tagged: Dropbox, Facebook, Facebook Messenger ...

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03:00
MAZ launches Home platform for the Apple TV

MAZ, a New York City-based startup, has released a new platform called Home, which is designed to enable any media provider to distribute their video content on an Apple TV.

CEO Paul Canetti says that, in many ways, Apple TV is reminiscent of the early days of iPhone, where the App Store enabled newer and smaller brands to emerge and establish an audience. Using MAZ's Home platform, “brands of any size can quickly and easily create apps with a fraction of the time and cost it would take with traditional custom development,” he adds.

"There were phones before apps, but no one remembers them,” Canetti says. ”The way we thought about phones back then is the way we think about TV today. Apps are going to dramatically change that, and we want to make sure that anyone with video content can be at the forefront of that change”

Following on the heels of recent MAZ product releases like Wear, a platform for...

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02:39
Inflatable space stations could orbit the Earth by...

The latest SpaceX launch ferried not just supplies for the ISS, but also an inflatable module designed to add a small living room on the space station. That module was made by Bigelow Aerospace, which has just announced that it teamed up with United...

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02:32
How to Pack Home Appliances?

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: movers and packers in Mumbaipackers and movers from MumbaiIn a busy city like Mumbai where thousands of people come every dayto start their career, it is not uncommon to come across different moving and packing companies. If you stop to ask each one of them which part of the house is most difficult to arrange and pack, each one of them shall have a different answer.
Personally however,any individual who has tried shifting the home without the help of professional movers and packers in Mumbai might have a different perspective. Kitchen with its array of diverse appliances, cooking utensils and boxes offer the...

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02:25
BBC launches iPlayer Kids app

Is it just us, or are TV providers starting to forget who pays the bills 'round here? The younger, inexplicably energetic members of the household seem to be getting all the attention of late. Barely a few weeks have passed since Sky debuted its Kids...

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02:13
iOS 9.3.2 Beta Reportedly Fixes 'White Screen...

A long-standing bug in Game Center that renders many games unplayable has reportedly been resolved in the latest public beta of iOS 9.3.2.

Game Center for iOS is a necessary component of many turn-based multiplayer App Store titles, which rely on Apple's social gaming network to enable gamers to invite friends, start multiplayer matches, and compete for high scores.

The bug, which first appeared in iOS 8, affects many popular games of the sort and involves the Game Center app launching as a white screen, crashing games to a white screen, and/or the Settings app freezing when Game Center's options are selected.

TouchArcade forum member and journalist Craig Grannell's video of the bug in action.

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02:08
Apple Granted 59 Patents Today covering an original...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 59 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover one of Apple's original Apple Pencil patents. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.

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01:35
Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 gets a luxurious Type...

Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 is having to do battle with a slew of tablet-hybrid competition that includes Apple's smaller iPad Pro and the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S. It's a little early for an all-new Surface, so instead Microsoft has come out with a new...

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00:20
Experts crack nasty ransomware that locks your PC...

Petya, a brutal piece of malware, surfaced two weeks ago. It's a mean bit of crypto-extortion that hits its victims where it hurts: right in your startup drive. Because it encrypts your master boot file, if attacked, not only will you be unable to st...

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Monday April 11

13:30
The Week in iPad Cases: More gear for the 9.7-inch...

A clear case from Speck, the latest from Pad & Quill, and moreThis week’s roundup of new iPad cases includes all new gear for the new iPad Pro, from folios to screen protectors. Read on!AppleThe Smart Keyboard (9.7-inch iPad Pro; $149) features an updated layout for the new iPad Pro’s smaller form factor while retaining all the original functionality introduced with its larger cousin.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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20:21
Apple removes third-party Reddit clients from the...

Following the release of the official Reddit iOS app last week, Apple today has pulled a handful of third-party Reddit clients from the App Store. While the change appears to be unrelated to the launch of the official Reddit client, it’s a surprise nonetheless. As for its reasoning for removing the apps, Apple says they violate clause 18.2 of the App Review Guidelines, which relates to NSFW content…
more…Filed under: Apps Tagged: Apple, iOS, Reddit ...

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19:59
Apple naming buildings for its Project Titan car...

While it has been said that it’s “common knowledge” Apple is working on building an electric car, there’s still much we don’t know about the company’s plans. According to a new report from Silicon Valley Business Journal, though, Apple has been quietly purchasing and leasing a variety of buildings in Sunnyvale, California. The company is naming most buildings after Greek mythological figures, as well.
more…Filed under: Apple Car Tagged: Apple, Project Titan ...

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19:49
Third-Party Reddit Apps Pulled From App Store for...

Popular third-party Reddit apps like Narwhal, iAlien, Baconreader, Eggplant and Antenna have been pulled from the App Store for breaching clause 18.2 of the App Review Guidelines, Narwhal developer Rick Harrison told Gizmodo. The takedowns were first spotted on a Reddit thread.

Today, we received notice that our new update with a lot of great new features was rejected under the App Store rule 18.2: “Your app contains a mechanism to enable or disable Not Safe For Work (NSFW) content, including pornographic content. Apps with sexually explicit content are not appropriate for the...

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18:40
Worldwide Mac Sales Hold Steady as PC Market Sees...

Amid a decline in worldwide PC shipments, Apple's Mac sales have held steady, according to new PC shipping estimates from Gartner. During the first quarter of 2016, Apple shipped 4.6 million Macs worldwide and held 7.1 percent of the market, up from 4.56 million Mac shipments and 6.4 percent of the market during the first quarter of 2015.

While Apple only saw 1 percent worldwide growth, it fared better than the overall PC market, which saw total worldwide shipments of 64.8 million, a 9.6 percent decline from 71.7 million shipments in Q1 2015. Among other vendors, Lenovo and HP saw some of the biggest shipment drops with 12.5 million and 11.4 million shipments in 1Q 2016, down from 13.5 million and 12.5 million, respectively, in the year-ago quarter.

Gartner's Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 1Q16 (...

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18:36
Drake’s upcoming album ‘Views From The 6’ will be an...

Since Apple Music was officially announced, Apple has had a deep partnership with rapper Drake, even bringing him on stage last year at WWDC to discuss Connect. Drake and Apple reportedly inked a $19 million deal to have the rapper host a show on Beats 1 among other things, and now, BuzzFeed News reports that Drake’s highly anticipated new album “Views From The 6” will be an Apple Music exclusive when released on April 29th…but only for a week.
more…Filed under: Apple Music Tagged: Apple Music,...

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18:29
Codenames for Apple's 'Project Titan...

A series of buildings in Sunnyvale, Calif., are ground zero for Apple's top secret "Project Titan" electric car project, and a new report reveals the codenames of some of the company's facilities in the area, including names like "Pegasus," "Aria," "Rhea" and "Corvinus."

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07:00
This man's Fitbit may have saved his life

Some people are so unhappy with the performance of their Fitbit activity tracker they’re willing to sue. But at least one person can credit his wristband with dramatically improving his health. A 42-year-old man was recently admitted to the emergency room at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden, New Jersey with an irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia) suffered in the wake of a seizure—a condition that doctors treated with an electrocardioversion after consulting historical data from his Fitbit, according to The Annals of Emergency Medicine.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:15
You'll be able to get tickets from Ticketmaster...

Every concert-goer has had at least one Ticketmaster horror story, so now the company is looking to make the ticket-buying experience less painful by integrating with Facebook.On Monday, Ticketmaster announced that it would start selling select event tickets directly on Facebook by the end of April. When browsing an official event page on the Facebook iOS and Android app, you’ll be able to place your Ticketmaster order by clicking on the new “Buy Tickets” link.In addition, you’ll have the option to buy from Ticketmaster in the Facebook Messenger app via its experimental virtual assistant M, which can even send you a photo of your digital tickets before an event.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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13:11
Don't expect Apple to give Apple Watch 2 a...

Every other year, Apple redesigns its iPhones. It looks like the Apple Watch will be on the same biennial hardware overhaul schedule, if KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is on target (and he usually is).
Kuo’s latest research note came out today with guidance on the Apple Watch 2, and he notes that the second-gen model will have “limited changes to form factor design.”
Expect internal improvements, though Kuo didn’t say what those might be. We can guess, though. Reports last summer indicated that an Apple Watch 2 was already in the works with a Wi-Fi chip that would allow the watch to function on its own without an iPhone nearby. That would make the device a whole lot more useful than it...

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17:46
City Documents Reveal Code Names of Secret Buildings...

Apple secretly purchased and leased several buildings in the Silicon Valley area and naming them after Greek mythological figures and other interesting inspirations in 2014 and 2015, according to city documents obtained by the Silicon Valley Business Journal (via Business Insider).

Photo of "Rhea" building via Silicon Valley Business JournalApple and its contractors have been building out a network of industrial projects throughout the South Bay, giving them intriguing monikers largely drawn from Greek mythology and filling them with heavy-duty equipment, including gear with potential automotive applications.In February, loud "motor noises" were heard emanating from an Apple-...

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17:06
IDC: Apple continues to gain in PC market share...

IDC has today published its latest report concerning the PC market, and once again, it shows Apple outpacing the rest of the industry, albeit at a slightly slower pace this time around. According to the data, Apple saw its total market share increase during the first quarter of 2016, though it actually saw total sales fall year-over-year.
more…Filed under: Mac Tagged: Apple, IDC, Mac, Market share, PC ...

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15:35
Apple grows to 7.4% of worldwide PC market as...

Apple continued to grow overall Mac marketshare during the March quarter as most leading Windows PC makers suffered significant setbacks, according to the latest research data from Gartner and IDC.

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