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Monday July 13

20:40
Apple Pay goes live in the UK: Here's how to...

It's been a while coming, but Apple Pay is now live in the UK. If you own an iPhone 6, 6 Plus, or an Apple Watch connected to an older iPhone, you now have the option of paying for purchases without cards or cash. But how do you set it up, where can ...

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19:48
Canadian company is developing a 'breathalyzer...

With cannabis now legal in some form or another in nearly half of the US, states and private companies alike are scrambling for a means of adapting DUI legislation to weed. To that end, Vancouver-based Cannabix Technologies Inc is developing what is ...

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19:19
Facebook researching human-powered personal...

With good number of major tech companies fielding their own brand of virtual assistant technology, Facebook is reportedly eyeing its own entry with "Moneypenny," a hybrid feature that helps users complete tasks like buying products and services online.

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18:12
Facebook reportedly developing Siri competitor...


After taking on messaging, cash transfers, and more, Facebook is preparing to challenge Apple in the virtual assistant arena. The social company is in the process of developing a Messenger-based Siri competitor called Moneypenny, a new report indicates.

Details are a bit scarce at the moment, but...

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16:18
Stringent Apple HomeKit certification cause of slow...

According to a report on Monday, the slow pace at which devices compatible with Apple's HomeKit are trickling in can be attributed to last-minute security changes, including a modified hardware certification process and tweaks to the networking ecosystem.

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16:16
[Sponsor] MailChimp

Over eight million businesses around the world use MailChimp for email newsletters, A/B testing, and marketing automation.

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16:00
Announcing the 2015 Office App Awards winners


After weeks of judging, the 34 best Office add-ins and apps of 2015 were announced today at a celebration party at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Orlando.
Top partners such as Nintex, DocuSign and Smartsheet snared a combined 13 first-, second- or third-place awards across 13 categories in the second annual contest.

Many smaller and emerging partners captured prizes as well. They included polling company Mentimeter; expense-software provider Ivero; HR specialist Kirkness Associates; forms provider Ardevia Software; and SharePoint specialist SkyLite Systems—all of whom captured first place awards of their own.
In all, Microsoft judges considered 110-plus top productivity...

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15:44
Apple Pay Officially Launches in the United Kingdom...

Over the past several days, banks and merchants in the United Kingdom have been gearing up for the launch of Apple Pay, and as of today, Apple's payments service will be officially available for use in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Apple Pay works at participating retail stores and within apps that accept it. Because it requires NFC, it is only available for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users, and Apple Watch users who have an iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, or 6 Plus. In-app Apple Pay purchases can be made with an iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPhone 6, or iPhone 6 Plus. According to Apple's UK Apple Pay site, banks and credit card companies that are participating in the Apple Pay launch include American Express, First Direct, HSBC,...

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15:38
It’s official: Apple Pay goes live in the U.K. today

As we reported would happen, Apple Pay will be going live in the U.K. today. The service launches in the country with support from more than 250,000 stores, including Waitrose and Transport for London on its transportation networks. Currently, 8 U.K. banks support Apple Pay. Those banks are American Express, First Direct, HSBC, Nationwide, NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander and Ulster Bank. Notably missing from that list is Barclays, who is said to still be in negotiations with Apple to support the platform.

Apple Pay launched in...

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15:21
Apple Pay launches in UK with 250K stores, 8 banks...

Nine months after its release in the U.S., Apple Pay will be available to iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch users in the UK on Tuesday, local time, with support from more than 250,000 retail locations and eight major banks.

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14:30
AWT News Update: July 13, 2015

PHOTO: ALAMY, via The Telegraph

Here's what's new in the world of Apple today:

  • Apple's giving Greek iCloud users a free month of service
  • Rumors abound about the 12.9-inch iPad Pro
  • ResearchKit is finding a home in big pharmaceutical companies
  • British man arrested for plugging an iPhone in for a charge... on a train.

The all-text version of the podcast can be seen below if you'd rather not listen to my voice. :-(

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 13, 2015.

Things haven’t exactly been a...

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13:56
Ad business startup Drawbridge snags iAd Marketplace...

Former head of Apple's iAd Marketplaces Winston Crawford left the company earlier in July to take on the role of COO at Drawbridge, a startup that provides advertisers with granular cross-platform user engagement statistics.

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13:48
CleanMyMac 3.0.3b1 - Delete files that waste your...

CleanMyMac makes space for the things you love. Sporting a range of ingenious new features, CleanMyMac lets you safely and intelligently scan and clean your entire system, delete large, unused files, reduce the size of your iPhoto library, uninstall unneeded apps or fix the ones that started to work improperly, manage all your extensions from one place and do much more - all from one newly designed and beautifully simple interface.Version 3.0.3b1:

  • Compatible with OS X 10.11 "El Capitan"
  • OS X 10.8 or later

Download Now

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13:31
Mangaka Is an Artful Blend of Simplicity and Style


Mangaka is a nontraditional Linux distro with a gorgeous look. After gaining traction among fans of the manga and anime communities, Mangaka fell dormant in December 2009. Developer Animesoft International regrouped, and the latest Release Candidate version came out on June 20. The Mangaka Project -- the name means "love" in Japanese -- started out with the code name of "AngelOS." The unusual desktop environment and design may not tickle everyone's fancy, but the stunning artwork built into the background images will evoke smiles in some users.

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12:57
Personal journaling

Ben Brooks’ post on the problems keeping up with a personal journal resonated with me. I’ve tried this over the years too and could never keep it up.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:39
A Colossal Overreaction to Slice Intelligence's...

A few weeks ago we posted a report titled "Apple's High-Tech Spin on the Razor-Blade Business Model is Paying Big Profits with Apple Watch Bands." In that report we covered data collected by Slice Intelligence that indicated that Apple was making a killing on Apple Watch bands. We also noted that Slice Intelligence reported that as of mid-June, Apple Watch sales were approximately 2.79 million units.

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12:08
Haters Force Leadership Change at Reddit


The haters have won at Reddit, forcing the ouster of interim CEO Ellen Pao and her replacement by cofounder and former CEO Steve Huffman. Board member Sam Altman, who led a $50 million investment round in the firm, on Saturday announced Pao's resignation and Huffman's appointment, lashing out at the campaign against Pao.
It was "sickening" to see some of the things Redditors wrote about Pao, he said.
Disagreements are fine -- death threats are not, Altman continued, apparently referring to death threats some Redditors made against Pao.

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12:03
Apple has 92% of operating profit of the world'...

Apple collected 92% of the operating profit of the world's top eight smartphone companies in the first quarter of the year, reports the Canaccord Genuity financial firm — as noted by the Wall Street Journal (on.wsj.com/1SjEjmY). That's up from 65% a year earlier.
Samsung took 15% in this year's period. The reason why Apple and Samsung earned over 100% combined is because some rivals only broke even or lost money.
Apple's dominance of profit share comes despite the company selling under 20% of smartphones and because its devices are much more expensive than those of its competitors.

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12:02
Comcast unveils upcoming live TV streaming package...


While Apple’s rumored Web TV service is expected to launch with new hardware and software later this year, Comcast has shown its cards on what it describes as an “experiment” to offer live TV streaming to its Internet subscribers without cable packages. Stream, a $15/month Xfinity add-on, will allow Comcast Internet...

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07:19
Apple's smartphone profits are staggering, at...

Apple sells about 20 percent of the world’s smartphones and makes 92 percent of the industry’s profit, a staggering imbalance that reflects the premium prices Cupertino can ask for its phones compared to competitors like HTC and Samsung.
The latest numbers come from investment bank Canaccord Genuity, which estimates that Apple’s share of the market is growing exponentially even eight years after the original iPhone’s debut. In the first quarter of last year, Apple took home 65 percent of the smartphone industry’s profits. Samsung’s share is about 15 percent compared to Apple’s 92 percent. (Other companies lost money, which is why Apple and Samsung make up more than 100 percent of profits.)To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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12:00
Led by enterprise sales, global tablet use predicted...

Though annual tablet sales have largely plateaued and aren't expected to see reignited growth in the near future, devices like Apple's iPad will continue to grow in use in corporate environments, Forrester Research believes.

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12:00
AWT Health Club: Lark, a conversation about your...

Readers of the AWT Health Club column know that one of my pet peeves is entering data into health apps. Whether it’s trying to enter Weight Watchers Points into their app (I gave up), entering calories eaten into any number of other apps, or trying to figure out much activity I’ve engaged in, it’s a pain in the gluteus maximus and I don’t like it. Well, a new app called Lark - Personal Weight Loss Coach and 24/7 Nutritionist (free) wants to change all of that.

Lark carries on a conversation with users about what they’re doing in terms of eating, sleeping, and activity. And when I say “conversation,”, I mean exactly that. After a quick setup that links Lark to the Apple Health app, Lark begins a set of short conversations with you. It will ask what you had for breakfast, chide you gently for not moving enough (it’s actually quite nice about it…), give you tips on what you ate that’s good...

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11:45
iPod shipping times slip ahead of Apple's...

Shipping times for some iPod models -- mostly for the iPod touch -- have lengthened at Apple's U.S. online store ahead of an anticipated refresh on Tuesday, during which Apple is expected to add new colors and upgrade the Touch's internals.

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11:40
Apple Constraining iPod, iPad Mini 2 and iPad Air...

Insider inventory constraint information from major retailer Target hints at some possible end of life timelines for various products like the iPod, iPad mini 2, and iPad Air, many of which may be discontinued in the near future following the launch of new products. According to a screenshot of an internal inventory system shared by a Target employee, all models of the iPod are currently constrained by Apple ahead of a rumored update that could come as soon as tomorrow. Images of unreleased iPod touches, nanos, and shuffles were first discovered hidden within iTunes 12.2, and a rumor has suggested the iPod touch could receive a processor upgrade and new color options while the nano and the shuffle might be available in new colorways. As for the iPad mini 2 and the iPad Air, replenishment of existing stock is currently constrained, with Target aiming to have 1 color in stock at each of its...

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11:31
The Dalrymple Report with Merlin Mann: Polka Band...
11:20
Apple releases iTunes 12.2.1 for Mac OS X

Apple has released iTunes 12.2.1 for Mac OS X. Apple says that if songs that were matched by iTunes Match show up as Apple Music songs in iTunes, you should install this update.
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10:46
How-To: Fix iTunes 12.2’s iTunes Match/Apple Music...



Apple just released a minor update to iTunes 12, seemingly addressing several issues related to Apple Music’s debut in iTunes 12.2. One major problem — automatic switching of certain iTunes Match songs to “Apple Music” status, along with the unwanted addition of Apple’s Fairplay DRM — is mentioned in iTunes 12.2.1’s release notes. Apple says the update resolves an issue “where iTunes incorrectly changed some songs from Matched to Apple Music,” and lets you restore non-DRMed files to your library.
But unless you follow a specific procedure spotlighted in a new Apple support document, the fix could create even bigger problems for your library. Apple notes that if you download 12...

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10:41
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 13...

Notable software releases this week include iTunes 12.2.1, GraphicConverter 9.7.1, LaunchBar 6.4.1, Skype 7.9, and PDFpen and PDFpenPro 7.2. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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10:41
ExtraBITS for 13 July 2015

In our latest ExtraBITS roundup, The Verge compares the audio quality of Apple Music, Spotify, and Tidal; Philip Michaels examines Taylor Swift’s influence over Apple at Six Colors; and Apple’s Eddy Cue says that the company is working to bring back Home Sharing for music in 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 individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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10:31
With Apple's annual back to school sale playing...

Apple appears to have mothballed its long-running back to school promotion -- which traditionally paired hardware discounts with iTunes or Apple Store gift cards -- but parents and students will have another option for Apple deals this week in Amazon's first-ever Prime Day.

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10:25
What’s new: June 2015

It’s summer and the improvements keep coming! Office for Android phone is here, the Wunderlist app is now part of Microsoft, and Office Online, OneNote, and Office Mix are better than ever. For business users there are new Box integrations and a new Office 365 web experience, and admins now have a better way to stay informed during service incidents, plus workload-specific control over data access. Security and compliance updates include the new Exchange Online Advanced Threat Protection plan, Compliance Search, RMS departmental templates, and new capabilities for Outlook on iOS and Android. Educators now have easy access to OneNote Class Notebooks, and Office Mix for online lessons now supports LTI and is integrated with LMS providers. There’s lots of news for developers too—from documentation and code samples to podcasts. Leave us a comment to let us know what your favorite new feature is. If you missed last month’s updates, see...

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10:00
Apple’s 20% global smartphone market share...

Photo ©2015 by Steven Sande. All rights reserved.

Apple may only sell two out of every ten smartphones sold worldwide, but the company captures the vast majority of operating income in the global smartphone industry. That’s the word from Canaccord Genuity, which showed that Apple grabbed 92 percent of the total operating income of the top eight smartphone makers in the first quarter of 2015. That’s up from 65 percent last year.

Given that many of the thousand or so manufacturers that make smartphones either broke even last year or lost money, Apple and Samsung — which pulls in another 15 percent of the profits — account for more than 100 percent of industry profits.

A number of signs point to this continuing for the foreseeable future; the iPhone sells for a global average price of $624, compared to $185 for Android smartphones. Apple is expected to put in a record order for the rumored iPhone 6s to be released this fall, while Samsung manufactured too many...

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09:58
iTunes 12.2.1

Attempts to resolve issues experienced by current and former iTunes Match subscribers. (Free, 222 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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09:47
Toronto road rage incident caught on camera, in...

CBC:A CBC News crew was interviewing an Ontario police officer as a road-rage incident was happening right behind them. CBC’s Neil Herland was speaking with OPP Const. Graham Williamson about a fatal collision on Black Creek Drive in Toronto on a nearby overpass, but shouting interrupted the interview, which was quickly captured by CBC camerawoman Tyna Poulin. “Hey! Get back in the car,” Williamson yelled.Less “road rage” and more, “road slightly peeved off”. No punches thrown, no gun fire, no horns honking – yeah, so Canadian.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:39
∞ Apple releases iTunes update

Apple on Monday released an update for iTunes supposedly fixing some issue with iTunes Match and Apple Music. You can download the update by launching the App Store on your Mac and clicking Update.

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09:36
Apple doubters in a feeding frenzy

Observatory:Sometimes I wonder if people understand how organizations like Slice work. They make money by selling their services to client companies, and they attract new business by sending out press releases that become “news.” The more shocking the story, the more PR they get — and, in theory, the more new clients they can reel in. In this case, Slice got exactly what it hoped for. Its name was attached to one of the biggest stories of the week. But, in the absence of any numbers from Apple, just how believable is the story?As someone who is forced to read this stuff for a living, watching this particular feeding frenzy is simultaneously frustrating and unsurprising. While the general public’s lack of critical thinking when it comes to the media is slightly understandable, when the media itself is guilty of the inability to look at press releases and see them for what they actually are – simple promotion – it’s particularly aggravating. We can’t expect the consumer to think...

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09:27
Apple Music job listing seemingly confirms in-house...

Apple is hiring a video producer to work on original content for its new Apple Music streaming service. The position will see an experienced producer oversee the creation of all original video content for both iTunes and Apple Music and hints that Apple will be collaborating with artists on branded music videos.
The job listing seems to confirm a recent report from Pitchfork that Apple is making original music videos in-house for select high-profile artists. 
An excerpt from Apple’s job listing:
We are looking for a video producer and project...

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09:19
Apple Releases iTunes 12.2.1 With iTunes Match Fix

Apple today released iTunes 12.2.1, a minor update that introduces some much needed bug fixes for iTunes Match and other features introduced with Apple Music. Apple Music was first released two weeks ago, but included several major bugs with iTunes Match that caused the deletion of entire music libraries and other issues, such as an inability to sign up for Apple Music for former iTunes Match subscribers. The iTunes 12.2.1 update is available immediately from the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store. - Fixes an issue for iTunes Match where iTunes incorrectly changed some songs from Matched to Apple Music. - Provides a way to correct a library problem affecting former iTunes Match subscribers. - Includes minor bug fixes and improvements for Beats 1. Today's update fixes the iTunes Match issue that caused iTunes to incorrectly label songs from Matched to Apple Music and it will...

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09:18
Apple releases iTunes 12.2.1 w/ fixes for Match and...


Apple has released a maintenance update to iTunes 12.2 that addresses issues related to Apple Music, iTunes Match, and Beats 1. The release specifically mentions resolving an issue where songs from iTunes Match would become classified as songs from Apple Music, which would result in unnecessary DRM being added.
The update also promises better performance for streaming the Beats 1 online radio station. the launch version included issues with dropped streams during playback which required quitting and relaunching iTunes to resolve.
iTunes 12.2...

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09:00
Create 10,000 Empty Directories for Testing

The mkdir command is used to create directories. Sometimes, in testing, you need to have a lot of directories. So, you can use the following command to create 10,000 5 digit directories, named 00001 to 10000:
mkdir $(printf '%05d\n' {1..10000})

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08:51
Tech Tools to Make Your Next Move Less Painful


My wife and I just completed a move from California to Oregon, and it was far less painful than it could have been, thanks to technology. It used to be incredibly painful to move. While a lot of the pain is still there, technology has advanced a lot since we last moved -- about 18 years ago -- and at least some parts of the process now are far easier. For instance, with a little foresight, you actually can take your home phone numbers and saved programs with you. There is one Web service that will move all of your magazines and affinity cards.

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08:06
Facebook’s security exec pushes Steve Jobs’ call for...

Facebook’s chief security officer, Alex Stamos, echoed a message first delivered quite memorably by Steve Jobs in 2010: it’s time for Adobe to kill Flash. Addressing Apple’s position of not supporting the plug-in on iOS and instead pushing HTML5, security was just one key point in Jobs’ epic Thoughts on Flash essay when the iPad launched.
We also know first hand that Flash is the number one reason Macs crash. We have been working with Adobe to fix these problems, but they have persisted for several years now.
Five years later, our dependence on Flash has greatly diminished on the desktop, but security issues continue to be an issue with the plug-in. In 2010, Jobs used more than 1600 words to explain Apple’s reason for not adding Flash support to iOS. In 2015, Facebook’s security chief pushed the message in...

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08:00
DORMA delivers access to innovation for 7,000 global...

Today’s post was written by Matthew Boyd, public relations and communications executive for BrightStarr.
In October of 2014, DORMA, the trusted global partner for premium access solutions and services for enabling better buildings, approached BrightStarr with the goal of investing in the way they innovate into the future. DORMA has built its success over the past 100 years on innovation enabling them to provide the very best solutions for their clients. Today, with 7,000 globally distributed employees spread across over 50 countries, their intranet is the vehicle for driving that innovation, empowering staff with the digital tools they need to ideate and achieve success.

When DORMA partnered with BrightStarr, they had a rapidly approaching internal International Group Conference and the BAU Trade Fair. These two...

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08:00
Apple Remains the Number One Target of Patent Trolls...

New statistics were released recently that point to patent litigation in the U.S. being expected to hit an all-time high this year, and the cases are largely being initiated by non-practicing entities, also known as patent trolls. Not surprising is the fact that Apple remains the number one target of patent trolls in 2015.

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08:00
Letter from the publisher: Advertising, revenue, and...

We tried. We really, really tried.

When Apple World Today was launched five months ago, we were confident that we’d be able to keep ads off of the site thanks to our sponsors and our backers. Sadly, we’re not making enough income from the sponsorships so we’re going to be experimenting with ads.

However, we’re not going to just flood the Apple World Today website with banners, pop-ups, and the crap you associate with some other Apple sites I won’t mention here. Over the next few weeks, you’ll see the sponsor block in the sidebar replaced with a slightly smaller ad block. We’ll also add one or two standard-sized 728x90 banners. That’s it.

The company we’re using to sell the ads (not Google AdWords) gives us complete control over the advertisements. If we don’t like them or they aren’t relevant to our audience, we won’t run them. All of the ads will be images — no animations, no movies, and nothing that’s going to take forever to load.

Note that...

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07:59
9to5Toys Last Call: iPad mini 3 $300, maxed out 13″...

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Today’s can’t miss deals:
Last Call Updates:

The Lemunati CS1...

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07:52
“Staingate” controversy gains traction, cites Apple...



This is pretty much the digital version of the local peasantry showing up at your front door with torches and pitchforks.
A small number of Retina MacBook Pro owners are calling for Apple to replace or repair their notebooks after discovering what appears to be irreparable damage to an antireflective screen coating layer, a problem the group has dubbed “staingate.”
The problems manifest themselves in the form of blotches, streaks and other anomalies attributed to faults in the antireflective coating applied to a Retina MacBook’s display surface. The origin of this “staining” is unknown, though some have speculated a...

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07:41
Do Less Typing with “Take Control of TextExpander”

Tired of typing the same thing over and over, or of making the same typing mistakes repeatedly? Smile’s TextExpander can speed your typing on both the Mac and iOS devices, and Michael Cohen’s new ebook “Take Control of TextExpander, Second Edition” explains how to make the most of TextExpander’s many features with approaches that will appeal to people who need effective, practical solutions — and to those who need a faster way to insert wombat photos. 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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07:30
Apple makes 92 percent of all smartphone profits


Three years ago, Apple made 73 percent of all profits in the smartphone sector, despite just having nine percent of global handset sales. But these days, Apple’s profits have soared to new heights.
As the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing a new report by industry research firm Canaccord, in the first quarter of 2015, Apple took in 92 percent of the total operating income of the world’s eight largest smartphone makers. That figure jumped up from 65 percent during the same period in 2014.
Samsung is the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer as measured by units sold. According to market...

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07:29
Spotify 1.0.9.133. - Stream music, create playlists...

Spotify is a streaming music service that gives you on-demand access to millions of songs. Whether you like driving rock, silky R&B, or grandiose classical music, Spotify's massive catalogue puts all your favorites within your reach. No streaming service offers a larger, more varied catalogue. The music you love, whenever you want it

  • You're the DJ. Add stars to your favorite tracks, and create playlists. Spotify lets you keep your favorites close at hand.
  • Endless discovery. With built-in Related Artist suggestions, Spotify will help you discover your new favorite artists, albums, and tracks.
  • Make it social. Follow your favorite artists, share musical recommendations with friends, and more.

Version 1.0.9.133.: Note: Now requires a 64-bit Intel processor. Note: The download is actually version 1.0.8.59., but Spotify will then inform...

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07:27
Apple apparently co-designing third-party accessory...



Your product’s packaging has to look pretty enough to be on an Apple Store shelf.
And Apple will help you with that.
A series of redesigned packages for several Mophie battery packs were recently spotted at an Apple Store in Japan. The boxes match the style used for Apple’s own products, with large images and minimalist text against a stark white background. It’s unknown how many other companies may have updated boxes on shelves.

It’s also been reported that accessory makers such as Incase, LifeProof, Logi, Sena, Tech21, and others will ultimately be taking part in the initiative, and indeed Apple itself is expected to change some...

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07:13
Report shows Apple taking 92% of smartphone industry...



There’s market share and there’s profits.
And Apple seems to be gobbling up 92 percent of the latter.
A report released by Canaccord Genuity indicate that Apple takes 92 percent of the profits for the entire smartphone industry despite accounting for only 20% of sales.

In the report, Samsung reaped 15 percent of the profits despite selling far more units than Apple.
Canaccord CEO Mike Walkley said that at the time Apple first entered the smartphone market in 2007, Nokia was taking around two-thirds of the profits. By 2012, the profit split was around 50:50 between Apple and Samsung. Since then, he said, the “high-end tier has really shifted...

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06:52
Berkeley Breathed returning to “Bloom County” for...

Comic Book Resources:After 25 years, Berkeley Breathed is returning to his Pulitzer Prize-winning comic strip, “Bloom County.” Breathed announced the new incarnation of the politically-minded strip via a post on Facebook that featured him working on a new comic with the words “Bloom County 2015″ at the top. “Bloom County” originally ran from December 1980 until 1989, just two years after he won the Pulitzer. The characters, such as Bill the Cat, Opus the Penguin, Hodge-Podge the Rabbit, Milo Bloom, and Cutter John, lived on in the Sunday-only strip “Outland” from 1989 to 1995, as well as “Opus” from 2003 to 2008.Along with “The Far Side” and “Calvin and Hobbes”, “Bloom County” was always one of my favorite comic strips. For those of you who know me, you’ll know how excited I am to have Opus back. Thanks to my friend Sly for the link and Donald Trump...

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06:31
If it’s not an iPhone, it’s not likely a profitable...

ZDNet:While some smartphone makers chase market share, Apple is pulling away when it comes to profits: For every dollar of operating profit in the smartphone market, Apple is nabbing $0.92, leaving the others fighting for scraps. That estimate comes from Canaccord Genuity as noted by the Wall Street Journal over the weekend. Considering that Apple’s iPhone sales globally account for roughly 20 percent of all smartphones sold, the situation for its competitors will only get worse.Android users and vendors can and do brag about market share. I’m sure Apple is very happy with profit share and wouldn’t have it any other way.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:26
We’re going to reach Pluto for the first time in...

Business Insider:If everything goes according to plan, a NASA spacecraft, called New Horizons, will fly by Pluto at 7:49 am ET. New Horizons is the first spacecraft in history to ever visit Pluto, and it’s been a long time coming after 9 years in space. NASA will stream live countdown coverage of the event starting at 7:30 am, followed by a briefing on the mission from 8:00 to 9:00 am ET.It’s more than a little mind boggling to think that something we flung into space nine years ago is now about to send us pictures of the tiny little planet.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:00
News from WPC—invested in Partner growth

Today’s post was written by John Case, corporate vice president for Microsoft Office.
I’m in Orlando this week, where more than 14,000 attendees are gathered for our annual Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC). It’s a week of networking, sharing, learning and celebrating the incredible work Partners do every day. Our CEO Satya Nadella took the stage this morning to talk about our company ambition to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. And I have the privilege of speaking on stage about the evolution of our channel and the investments we’re making to help Partners transform and grow their businesses in the cloud. As we innovate and deliver new experiences in Office, Azure, Dynamics CRM Online—and across all Microsoft products and services that enable people to achieve more at work—Microsoft Partners play a critical role in helping organizations across the globe to realize tangible business value.
So today we are providing...

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06:00
Week of Apple Watch Stands: Griffin WatchStand

Griffin WatchStand. Photo ©2015, Steven Sande. All rights reserved. 

This week Apple World Today has reviews of three Apple Watch charging stands: the Griffin WatchStand, the Nomad Stand for Apple Watch, and Fuse Chicken’s Bobine Watch. Today we’re getting started with a look at the US$29.99 Griffin WatchStand (affiliate link).

Design

Like all of the stands we’ll be looking at this week, the Griffin WatchStand is designed to hold your Apple Watch while it’s charging. The stand is 6.8 inches (17.3 cm) tall, standing on a weighted base that’s about 4.2 inches (10.7 cm) on a side. The entire assembly, without the Watch charging cable, weighs about 14.9 ounces (.42 kg). It’s finished in a...

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05:57
NASA’s Mac (and PC) app lets you join New Horizons...


The low bit-rate forced by the extreme distance of the New Horizons spacecraft from Earth means that live video isn’t feasible, but a new Mac and PC app from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory offers the next best thing. The app provides a simulated view of what New Horizons is doing, and allows you to preview the flypast.
While the view is simulated, it uses realistic data to show you what it would be like to track the spacecraft in real or accelerated time, including a “live” mode to show you what New Horizons is doing right now.
Visit the Eyes on Pluto page to install the helper app, then return to the page and click the Launch button to open it. It opens in live mode, and you can click...

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05:56
Apple is the only Tech Company Making Smartphone...

There's an old saying in business that 80% of your profits come from 20% of your customers. It's the 80/20 Rule of Sales. Apple has taken that rule to a whole new level.

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05:44
How-To: Go beyond OS X Photos + make amazing wall...


Your digital photos were never intended to remain trapped on your computer’s hard drive. Apple’s original 2002 version of iPhoto proudly included physical book and photo printing services, adding new books and various types of cards every 2-3 years. Since early digital cameras took low-resolution photos, Apple’s services focused primarily on small prints. But over the past decade, cameras have really evolved: there are now 36-Megapixel Nikons, ...

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05:43
Bix now available at the Mac App Store

einstein's legacy (http://www.einsteinslegacy.com) has introduced Bix for OS X, a movie playlist tool for fullscreen and multi-screen playback.
Built on Apple's AVFoundation technology, it lets you organize and configure playlists, trimming individual clips as needed, for use in kiosk and digital signage applications. Bix separates your clips from their playback settings, allowing you to make changes to the display location, looping mode and other behaviors without making any changes to your movies.
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05:38
∞ The Star Wars Comic-Con reel. A real gift.

This is a real gift from J. J. Abrams and company.

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05:36
External Link: Comparing the Audio Quality of Apple...

The Verge compared the sound quality of three music streaming services: Apple Music, Spotify, and Tidal. In 29 percent of the tests conducted with an iPhone 6 Plus and Sony MDR-7506 headphones, listeners couldn’t detect a difference between the three. And in some tests, Tidal, which claims to have the best streaming quality, fared worse than Apple Music and Spotify. 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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05:34
List of stuff announced at WWDC

This is just terrific. A detailed list of things, both small and large, announced at last month’s WWDC.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:32
GlaxoSmithKline and Purdue Pharma considering use of...

Pharmaceutical giants like GlaxoSmithKline and Purdue Pharma want to use Apple’s open source ResearchKit platform for gathering medical research data via the iPhone, according to BuzzFeed News (http://tinyurl.com/qj2pttv).
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05:30
Astonishing imagery of the Earth from space

This vivid, moving imagery is riveting, breathtaking.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:26
Apple Music, your listening history, and the divide...

Your Mac and iOS device are not communicating where Apple Music is concerned.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:25
FunBITS: Her Story for iOS and Mac

Her Story for iOS and Mac gives the interactive movie another chance. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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04:39
Internet’s new addressing system now mainstream,...


With the Internet running out of standard 32-bit IP addresses (known as IPv4), the switch to IPv6 – which offers 128-bit addresses – has been quietly underway for some time. Apple says this work has now progressed sufficiently for IPv6 to be considered mainstream, and it is prioritizing the use of the new addressing system in the public betas of both iOS 9 and OS X 10.11.
What both operating systems previously did was to try both old and new addressing systems and use whichever responded fastest. Both platforms now prefer IPv6 even if it is slightly slower, explained Apple CoreOS Networking Engineer David Schinazi in an Internet Engineering Task Force...

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04:03
12.9 inch ‘iPad Pro’ reportedly set for release in...


The always-doubted sometimes-accurate Digitimes is reporting that Apple will release the long-rumored iPad Pro in mid November this year. The ‘iPad Pro’ is expected to feature a large 12.9 inch screen with stereo speakers and targeted at business and education uses. Digitimes says that Apple has asked suppliers to ramp up in late September which should mean a November debut, with manufacturing by Foxconn.

November would not be unusual for an iPad refresh, with Apple typically holding announcement events in October for iPad updates. The company is reportedly ‘cautious’ in placing orders which seems to imply a low initial stock...

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04:00
Accessible Apple - VoiceOver Remote Control and...

Campers at Camp Bowen. From The Camp Bowen Story

As many of you may have noticed, I've been awfully quiet up here at Apple World Today. But, before we get down to talking about what I've been up to, I'd like to take the opportunity to reassure you, my readers, that the Accessible Apple and Think Different Thursday columns will be returning to Apple World Today on a normal schedule within the week.

So, now, what have I been up to? First, I've been very busy over at Camp Bowen. We've got some really cool retreats planned for this summer and I look forward to spending time with the team and all of our great campers. For those of you who don't know, Camp Bowen is a summer retreat program for people with visual impairments. We run educational and recreational programs for campers of all ages.

Second, and perhaps of most interest to Apple World Today...

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03:56
Kool Tools: Fileloupe for Mac OS X

Corduroy Code's Fileloupe 1.0 for Mac OS X Yosemite combines the features of a photo viewer, video player and document browser into a single, fast app. It can easily handle thousands of files.
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03:45
Worldwide devices shipments to grow 1.5% this year

Worldwide combined shipments of devices (PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones) are expected to reach 2.5 billion units in 2015, a 1.5% increase from 2014 and down from the previous quarter's forecast of 2.8% growth, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). 
End-user spending on devices will total $606 billion in 2015 and will show, for the first time since 2010, a 5.7% decline in current U.S. dollars, according to the research group.
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03:45
New Rumor Points to the iPad Pro debuting in November

The iPad Pro has been a long standing rumor. With iPad sales on a continuing slide, the debut of a new iPad model could breathe some new life into this sector. Today a new supply chain rumor is stating that ...

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03:37
Apple Opens Public Betas of OS X 10.11 El Capitan...

Apple has released public betas of OS X 10.11 El Capitan and iOS 9. Josh Centers explains how to get them, but recommends caution if you choose to install them. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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03:37
Yosemite Cache Cleaner 9.0.8 - Clear caches, access...

Yosemite Cache Cleaner is an award-winning general purpose tool for OS X. YCC makes system maintenance simple with an easy point-and-click interface to many OS X functions. Novice and expert users alike will appreciate the powerful toolset YCC provides. Yosemite Cache Cleaner is one of the world's leading maintenance tools, with millions of downloads around the globe. Maintenance. Yosemite Cache Cleaner is a one-stop solution for all of your OS X maintenance needs. Intel or PPC, Tiger or Yosemite, YCC has the tools to keep your system running at its best. YCC Documents and the YCC Engine maintain system health by providing full automation of common maintenance chores, including virus scanning of Internet downloads. The YCC Engine can even repair permissions automatically after software installations. With the YCC Engine, powerful system maintenance and antivirus can be completely transparent or as close as your menu bar. Optimization....

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02:55
Apple Watch Sales Estimated at 3 Million Through...

Apple Watch online sales in the United States are estimated to have totaled 3,039,353 at an average price of $505 through July 10, exactly three months after Apple began accepting pre-orders for the wrist-worn device, according to the latest data from market research firm Slice Intelligence obtained exclusively by MacRumors. The entry-level Apple Watch Sport has been the most popular model among early adopters by almost a two-to-one margin, with an estimated 1,950,909 units sold at an average price of $381 since April 10. Meanwhile, stainless steel Apple Watch sales are estimated at 1,086,569 units to date, at an average price of $695. Apple has also sold 1,875 Apple Watch Edition models to date, at an average price of $13,700, according to Slice Intelligence. The 18-karat gold Apple Watch models, seen on the wrists of celebrities such as Beyonce, Drake, Kanye West, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams, cost between $10,000...

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01:45
SyncTwoFolders 2.1.3 - Syncs two user-specified...

SyncTwoFolders simply synchronizes two folders. It supports synchronization across mounted network drives and it is a possibility to run a simulation showing in a log what will be done. Please visit author's website for other version (Carbon or Cocoa) and old versions (PPC, previous systems, etc.).Version 2.1.3:

  • Added ability to run as admin (read FAQ).
  • OS X 10.7 or later

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00:00
Choosing Office 365 over Google Apps for more than a...

Today’s post was written by Mauricio Oliveira, IT infrastructure and technology manager at Kroton. 
Kroton is the largest private education provider in Brazil, serving more than a million students of all ages across our vast country. As a leader in both distance learning and on-campus education, we have always believed in the power of technology to transform and improve learning. Giving our students familiarity with the latest tools is also critical to their ability to successfully position themselves for the latest job opportunities.
When we merged with Anhanguera in 2014, we realized it was an opportunity to start with a clean slate and standardize on the productivity tools that would best support our students and organization going forward. Kroton’s staff was using Office 365, and everyone...

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Saturday July 11

10:50
FTC ponders App Store's 30% take from streaming...

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you already know that Apple takes a 30-percent cut of all purchases made through the App Store and in-app purchases. While that setup has worked out reasonably well for both Apple and third-party developers, it’s raising some eyebrows in Washington, DC in the wake of Apple Music’s launch.Reuters reported Friday that the US Federal Trade Commission may open an investigation into whether that 30-percent cut gives Apple Music an unfair edge over rival streaming music services like Spotify and Rdio. Streaming company executives tell Reuters that it’s difficult enough to make a profit at the customary $9.99 monthly subscription rate, and Apple’s 30-percent policy doesn’t help matters anyway.To read...

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17:22
Apple gives Greek iCloud users 30 days free service...

To prevent an interruption in services, Apple is offering a free 30-day extension to paying iCloud subscribers in Greece currently unable to pay monthly fees due to capital control measures instituted in the region.

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17:09
Mac Basics: The Finder organizes all of your files

The Finder in OS X provides access to your files, folders, and drives, and helps you to keep them organized.

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14:43
Apple Music faces scrutiny from the FTC

It's been reported even before Apple launched its Music streaming service that the company's facing antitrust probes in the US. Now, Reuters says the FTC has begun looking into Cupertino's "treatment of rival streaming music apps" to make sure it's n...

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13:56
GameBench shows iPhone 6 beats Galaxy S6 in game...

Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus from last fall beat this year's top Android flagship phones in a series of raw performance benchmarks. However, despite often having a pixel resolution advantage, Android phones also typically deliver worse looking graphics on top of being slower, as revealed by GameBench.

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13:21
Android gets Google Maps desktop-to-mobile...

The latest update to Google Maps on Android is one of those things that honestly should have happened a long time ago, but surprisingly didn't until recently: Now you can send destination info directly to your mobile device from the desktop. Just lik...

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13:00
FTC exploring whether Apple’s 30% cut from music...


Reuters reported on Friday that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is looking into whether it's legal for Apple to continue taking a 30 percent cut from sales within rival music streaming apps now that the company has its own music streaming service.
No formal investigation has been launched, but one anonymous source speaking to Reuters said that the FTC “has had meetings with multiple concerned parties” to discuss the issue.
Two other anonymous sources said that the FTC is exploring antitrust concerns related to restrictions that Apple places on its rivals, including “a prohibition on advertising in the app that the company is on other platforms, a ban on marketing in the app that consumers can also buy directly from the company’s website, and a ban on linking to a company’s website from within the app.”...

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12:49
Oh Google

All I had to do to turn my phone into a stealth Google Photos uploader was to turn on the backup sync, then uninstall the app. Whereas one might reasonably believe uninstalling the app from the phone would stop photos from uploading automatically to Google Photos, the device still does it even in the app’s absence. Since making this discovery, I have re-created the issue multiple times in multiple settings on my Galaxy S5.So, you delete Google Photos and it continues to upload your photos without your consent. Perfect.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:00
Target attempts to unravel the connected home with...

Target wants you to have a connected home. It even created a showroom called Open House in the middle of San Francisco to help its shoppers figure out how such a home is supposed to work. But a side effect of this new mini store is that it could show...

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10:55
Watch a TV documentary about YouTube at 10PM Eastern

YouTube may be one of the big reasons to ditch conventional TV, but that isn't stopping the National Geographic Channel from putting YouTube on TV. The network is airing Generation YouTube, a documentary on the origins and cultural impact of the stre...

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09:30
Hacking Team's clients are a who's who of...

We now know that Hacking Team, a company responsible for building some of the more notorious surveillance software in the world, was also doing business with some of the most notorious regimes in the world. How do we know this? Well a treasure trove ...

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09:00
'Pac-Man' Satellite to Munch on Space Junk


There are more than 300,000 pieces of debris larger than 1 cm circulating less than 2,000km above Earth, and EPFL is working on a solution to the problem. Its CleanSpace One satellite project has passed a milestone toward its goal of launching a cleanup satellite to capture and destroy its SwissCube, which has been orbiting Earth for more than five years. S3, which focuses on in-orbit delivery of small satellites, will invest about $16 million in the cleanup system, which eSpace likened to a Pac-Man gobbling up space debris.

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08:30
3 amazing technologies that could be part of your...

That little computer you carry around in your pocket is already your camera, navigation device, instant messaging machine, ride-hailing tool and phone. But it's very possible that, in the not-so-distant future, what we now refer to as "smartphones" w...

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08:30
Caturday: Bubbling over with MacBook Pro love

Bubbles the cat. Photo courtesy of Ryley Johnson.

You're a cat, your human has just finished watching a movie on a MacBook Pro, and it's chilly. So what better spot is there to lay your head than on that warm MBP? This week's Caturday cat is Bubbles, who lives with AWT reader Ryley Johnson. Ryley says:

“I’ve been meaning to send you guys a few pictures of my cat with my MacBook Pro. The pictures were taken in the winter when it was cold and I had just got done watching a movie on my MacBook Pro. Bubbles was pretty smart and realized the laptop was warm, so she laid on my MacBook Pro for a while and it made for a few cute pictures.”

Bubbles the cat. Photo courtesy of Ryley Johnson

There it is, folks. Further proof that a) cats are smarter than humans, and b) that they somehow made humans design warm electronic thingies to lay on. I'm beginning to think that they control our minds... 

Apple World Today needs good cats! Have a...

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07:58
Spotify Complained and now the FTC is Considering an...

Late yesterday, the U.S. government antitrust regulators have decided to investigate these claims by Spotify as to whether Apple's treatment of rival music apps is illegal under antitrust law.

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07:00
A collection of man-made 'music' and the...

As technology became a part of modern life in the 19th century, an increasing amount of scientific study led to breakthroughs in electronic sound engineering -- often as a byproduct of other research. Humans became enamored with the crystalline clari...

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06:16
Someone made real-life 'Splatoon' weapons

Sure, they're basically portable pressure-washer guns but they're still strong enough to knock a grown man on his ass....

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06:00
Count Log Entries for a Pattern

You see a lot of entries for various things in log files. Here, we’re going to print out the number of entries with backupd in them:
awk '/backupd/{print NR}' /var/log/system.log

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06:00
Gadget Ogling: Unobtrusive Audio, Connected Flora,...


Dot is billing itself as the world's smallest Bluetooth headset. That might be mere marketing claptrap, but there's no doubt it's an impressive piece of kit. It runs for six hours of playback and nine hours of call time before it needs to recharge, and it has an 80-hour standby time. When Dot does need more power, you can simply plug it into the protective case, which doubles as a portable charger -- perhaps the smartest idea Dot offers. It also promises crystal clear sound.

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05:52
iFFmpeg 5.6.5 - Convert multimedia files between...

iFFmpeg is a graphical front-end for FFmpeg, a command-line tool used to convert multimedia files between formats. The command line instructions can be very hard to master/understand, so iFFmpeg does all the hard work for you. This allows you to use FFmpeg without detailed command-line knowledge.Version 5.6.5:

  • Now displays a warning when changing the destination folder.
  • It is now possible to force the video bitrate when encoding to PAL-DVD or NTSC-DVD and VOB container.
  • Selected Audio Stream ID is now saved in user presets.
  • Using the rotate video filter with ‘Turn 90° clockwise’ now works as expected.
  • Fixed issue dragging subtitle files onto a batch file.
  • Improved creating VOB files.
  • Fixed issue creating DVD iso files that was too big for a single sided DVD.
  • OS X 10.7 or later
  • Working FFmpeg OS X binary (see Related Links)

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04:59
OS X and built-in network troubleshooting

Peter Cohen talks about a shortcut for disconnecting from your network, as well as Apple’s built in network diagnostic utility.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:44
This week on AppleInsider: Thicker iPhones, new iOS...

An active news week saw the first public betas of iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan, new details about next-generation iPhones, and the release of Office 2016 for Mac.

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02:44
Apple reportedly making original music videos in-...


In an interesting development, Pitchfork reports that Apple is making music videos for artists in-house. It claims the music videos for Pharrell William’s ‘Freedom’, Drake’s ‘Energy’ and Eminem’s ‘Phenomenal’ were all made by Apple content studios. These artists have certainly helped with the Apple Music launch (with both Pharrell and Drake having their own radio show on Beats 1) so it wouldn’t be out of the question that Apple is ‘compensating’ them with produced music videos. It certainly seems like a good way of brokering a deal for music exclusivity.
Of course, the idea of Apple content creation is weird — especially in such a niche area of...

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02:17
Reuters: FTC investigating Apple App Store...

Freedom?
The US antitrust regulators are reportedly looking into Apple’s subscription service rules for the App Store are anticompetitive and illegal under US law, according to Reuters. The main issue of contention is that the standard streaming music price of $9.99 per month is not attainable for Apple Music competitors as App Store rules enforce a 30% cut of all revenues made from within apps.
This means that streaming companies either have to take on significant profit cuts to stay at the $9.99 mark or charge more in the App Store to account for the 30% margin. The argument is that consumers will not want to pay $12.99 (approximately $9.99 with a 30% increase) per month for a...

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Sunday July 12

22:11
OnyX 2.9.8 - Maintenance and optimization tool. (...

OnyX is a multifunctional utility for OS X. It allows you to verify the startup disk and the structure of its System files, to run miscellaneous tasks of system maintenance, to configure the hidden parameters of the Finder, Dock, Spotlight, and of some of Apple's own applications, to delete caches, to remove a certain number of files and folders that may become cumbersome, and more.Version 2.9.8:

  • Deleting the Internet cache improved
  • New version integrated 3.8.10.2 of sqlite3
  • New option: Show/hide the Shutdown dialog when the Power button is pressed
  • OS X 10.10 or later

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21:16
On negative App Store reviews during Betas of iOS...

Macstories:Earlier this week, Apple released the first public betas of iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan, and, knowing that would be the case, I cautioned MacStories readers against leaving negative reviews on the App Store for third-party apps that developers can’t update with new features and fixes yet. Unfortunately, since yesterday I’ve already seen tweets from the developers of two excellent iOS apps – Screens and Day One – post screenshots of negative reviews they’ve received by users who are unsurprisingly running into problems when using their apps on the iOS 9 beta.People posting negative reviews on the Apple Store because apps broke while they were running a beta fundamentally misunderstand what the point of a public beta is....

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20:04
24 Hour Deal: Apple's fully-loaded 13"...

For the next 24 hours, readers can grab Apple's top-of-the-line 13" MacBook Air (1.7GB, 8GB, 512GB) model MF068LL/A for just $1,249 with free expedited shipping and no sales tax outside NY -- a $500 savings and the lowest price anywhere by $150.

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16:03
Nintendo chief Satoru Iwata dies

It's a sad, sad day in the video game world. Nintendo reports that President and CEO Satoru Iwata has died at the age of 55 due to a bile duct growth. The executive had been forced to skip E3 2014 due to health issues and had surgery to remove a grow...

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15:28
Ditching RAM may lead to low-cost supercomputers

Many servers, supercomputers and other monster systems thrive on high-speed RAM to keep things running smoothly, but this memory is wildly expensive -- and that limits not just the number of nodes in these clusters, but who can use them. MIT research...

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15:02
The Logic Pros: How to create custom sampler...

In this week’s episode of The Logic Pros, we are taking a look at one of Logic’s most prized possessions. A mainstay since, well, almost forever, the EXS24 sampler may seem basic and over-looked simply by virtue of being around for so long, but it might be one of LPX’s most useful musical instruments.
Not only does EXS24 come with hundreds of GBs of samples and the instruments they are made up of inside LPX (for free), but it can also be used to create our very own sampler instruments. For those just getting into Logic for the first time, EXS’s true potential can be somewhat hidden behind the wealth of instruments you’ll find in your library after installation, so we thought a rundown of how to create custom instruments and its additional features was in order. We will also be...

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13:59
HSBC tweets UK Apple Pay launching on Tuesday as...


HSBC appears to have let slip the release date of Apple Pay in the UK over Twitter. In a tweet that has since been deleted, a support representative from the bank said ‘Yes! It’s due to launch this Tuesday! We are excited too’. 9to5Mac previously reported the 14th July date for the expansion of Apple Pay into the UK a couple of weeks ago.
UK retailers also seem to think that the Apple Pay launch is imminent as signs showing support for the contactless technology have started appearing across the country, as noted by 9to5Mac readers and Matt...

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13:56
Microsoft wants you to teach computers how to learn

As clever as learning computers may be, they only have as much potential as their software. What if you don't have the know-how to program one of these smart systems yourself? That's where Microsoft Research thinks it can help: it's developing a mach...

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13:27
GraphicConverter 9.7.1

Adds new batch operations while increasing system requirement to 10.8 Mountain Lion or later. ($39.95 new, free update, 159 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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12:23
Oaxis' health devices track your water, weight...

You may not have heard of Oaxis, but it's determined to get on your radar if you're a health maven. The young firm is crowdfunding a Wellness Suite that includes not just the obligatory fitness bands (the O2 and Ji Cheng), but also a smart water bott...

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11:20
Video: iOS 9 multitasking on the iPad Air 2


Mission Control and Split View in El Capitan. Video edited by Jennifer Hahn. (video link)
ars.AD.queue.push(["xrailTop", {sz:"300x250", kws:[], collapse: true}]);If you've read our overview of the iOS 9 Public Beta, you already have some idea how the iPad's new Slide Over and Split View multitasking features work. At this point, those of you with newer tablets may have installed the beta and tested them out yourselves. But if you have an older iPad or if you're waiting for a more stable build of iOS 9 to use, we've put together a quick video to show the features in action.
Slide Over—supported on the iPad Air 2 as well as the original iPad Air, the iPad Mini 2, and the iPad...

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10:55
ASUS' slim and sharp ZenPad S tablet arrives in...

Looks like you didn't have to wait long for ASUS' ZenPad S 8.0 to show up in the US -- Best Buy is now selling the 8-inch Android 5.1 slate for an easy-to-swallow $200. While this isn't the highest-end version (it's carrying 'just' 2GB of RAM and a s...

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10:38
How to restore your iPhone from an iCloud backup

Since the introduction of iOS 5 in 2011, Apple has provided a simple, yet powerful way to restore your iPhone from a previous iCloud backup via either iTunes on a Mac or directly on the device itself. AppleInsider takes you through the process step-by-step.

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09:42
Amid financial crisis, Apple offering Greek iCloud...

Earlier this month, Greece instituted new regulations amid the country’s financial crisis that blocked users from renewing iCloud subscriptions and buying from iTunes and the App Store. At the time, this left many users wondering what would happen to their iCloud data, seeing that they legally couldn’t pay to keep their subscription alive. Now, however, it appears that Apple is stepping up to ensure that user data remains intact during Greece’s financial crisis.

Greek website iPhoneHellas reports that Apple will not charge Greek iCloud subscribers for their paid storage plans until 30 days after the normal renewal date, effectively giving users a free month of...

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09:24
Quentin Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight...

It's no secret that Quentin Tarantino prefers film over digital, and he's underscoring that point with the planned debut of The Hateful Eight. The director kicked off a San Diego Comic-Con panel with a video revealing that his Western was not only sh...

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08:00
7 games with a Zen state of mind

You've had a long day. Your alarm didn't go off, so you rush to get to work. To make matters worse, you get to your bus just as it's pulling away, so you have to wait 15 minutes for the next one. Then you spill coffee down the front of your shirt rig...

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07:20
Hong Kong Patent Office Grants Apple Eight Design...

Late on Friday the Hong Kong Patent Office granted Apple eight design patent wins. The designs cover various aspects of both a power adapter with a magnetic rotation actuator and ...

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07:00
Why the Apple Watch is flopping

The Apple Watch, despite years of hype before it was even announced, appears to be flopping after all.

It wasn't a good sign when Apple announced shortly before the Watch release that they weren't going to be breaking out sales numbers. Now, a new r...

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06:20
Deals: $150 off all 12" MacBooks with AppleCare...

AppleInsider this week will be launching a number of stellar deals ahead of the back-to-school buying season, the first of which offer $150 off all of Apple's new 12" MacBooks with AppleCare (most in stock and ready to ship) and between $300-$400 off all new 15" MacBook Pros with AppleCare (also in stock).

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06:00
Remove Empty Lines From A File

The following command will remove all empty lines from a file called badcommand.sh:
sed '/^$/d' badcommand.sh

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06:00
Inhabitat's Week in Green: cliffside homes and...

Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week's most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us -- it's the Week in Green.

What if your car was powered by sunlight? It sounds like a dream come true -- but that's exactly what a tea...

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05:26
FTC Officials Looking Into Apple's Streaming...

Apple may have a bigger business problem than displeasing Taylor Swift with its new Apple Music service; According to Reuters, U.S. regulators are said (by anonymous sources) to be looking into Apple's treatment of music-streaming rivals, now that the company has gone from selling only downloadable music to competing directly with alternatives like Spotify and Pandora. A slice:

While $9.99 has emerged as the going monthly rate for music subscriptions, including Apple's, some streaming companies complain that Apple's cut forces them to either charge more in the App Store than they do on other platforms or erode their profit margins.

The Federal Trade Commission is looking at the issue but has not begun a formal investigation, said the three industry sources, who requested anonymity. The agency has had meetings with multiple concerned parties, one source said. The agency meets with companies routinely, and a formal investigation may not materialize.
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Friday July 10

13:49
The Week in iOS Apps: The official Star Wars app...

The official Star Wars app finally arrivesThis week's roundup includes the new Star Wars app, as well as photo, travel, and game offerings. May the Force be with you!Halo ChannelThe free Halo Channel app for iOS immerses you ever more deeply in the game’s universe — yes, there are gaming strategies and tutorials, but also “compelling additions to the Halo fiction and exclusive behind the scenes documentaries” to that make it possible to do nothing but think about Halo when you’re not actually playing it.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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20:41
Apple's App Store policies for streaming music...

Apple's content and media operations are once again under scrutiny by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which is studying claims that iOS App Store policy is illegally stifling competition in the music streaming market, a report said Friday.

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20:23
FTC Looking Into App Store Rules Regarding...

On Wednesday, Spotify sent emails to subscribers asking them to cancel their App Store subscriptions to the service to resubscribe on the web to avoid a $3 surcharge because of Apple's App Store policies. The Federal Trade Commission is now looking into Apple's policies, which include a 30 percent fee that it collects on all app and subscription revenue routed through the App Store, reports Reuters. U.S. government antitrust regulators are looking into claims about whether Apple's treatment of rival streaming music apps is illegal under antitrust law, according to three industry sources.The antitrust concerns stem from certain App Store restrictions placed on streaming companies, which include a prohibition that the company is on other...

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19:35
Apple reportedly creating original music videos for...

A report on Friday claims Apple is producing in-house music videos and other content for chart-topping artists, including Eminem, Pharrell and Drake, the latter of which released such a video on Friday as an Apple Connect exclusive.

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18:54
Apple May Be Producing Exclusive Apple Music Content...

Earlier today Apple Music exclusively debuted a new music video from Drake, titled "Energy" from his latest album "If You're Reading This It's Too Late". Previously, Apple has exclusively debuted the music videos for Pharrell's "Freedom" and Eminem's "Phenomenal". These music videos may be developed in-house at Apple, reports Pitchfork. The launch of Apple Music hasn't only included a new radio station, social network, and streaming service. Apple have also started creating their own original content. The company made Drake's amazing "Energy" video in-house, as well as Pharrell's "Freedom...

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16:52
Top iPhone case makers Otterbox and Mophie cut jobs

Top iPhone and iPad accessory makers Otterbox and Mophie both conducted job cuts this week, according to a pair of tips we received from a source. The source said that Otterbox cut 80 jobs, while Mophie let go of 60 employees. Both Otterbox and Mophie confirmed the job cuts to us today, with Otterbox claiming that its number was less than the 80 our source mentioned.
From an Otterbox spokesperson:
...

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16:21
Retina MacBook Pro owners plagued by supposed screen...

A small cadre of Retina MacBook Pro owners are calling for Apple to replace or repair their laptops after discovering what appears to be irreparable damage to an antireflective screen coating layer, a problem the group has dubbed "staingate."

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14:27
Now you can explore Hacking Team's world of...

Plenty of ink has already been spilled about the Hacking Team's spectacular security meltdown, but why should the press have all the fun? WikiLeaks posted a searchable archive of over a million emails from the Italian IT firm last night, which means ...

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02:30
The dwindling arms race of 'specs'

It will, I’m certain, shock and surprise you to know that I’m the person anyone in my family comes to when they’re thinking about buying a new piece of technology. But earlier this week, when my cousin came to me looking for advice about buying a new laptop, I realized something: The specs race is over.I don’t mean to suggest that computer specs aren’t important—believe me, were I in the market for a new Mac, I’d be poring over Apple’s product pages to figure out what I need. But where I used to be able to rattle off all the specs of my Mac like a car enthusiast discussing what’s under their hood, these days, I honestly couldn’t tell you what processor is in the MacBook Air I’m typing on at this very moment. (A 1.7GHz Intel Core i7, as it turns out, thanks to About This Mac.) To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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03:25
Hands-on with iCloud Drive, a brand-new app in the...

If you’re a regular user of iCloud Drive, Apple’s Dropbox-like storage solution for managing file syncing between your Mac and iOS devices, then your life is about to get a teensy bit easier. Apple built a standalone iCloud Drive app and bundled it within iOS 9, placing all of your iCloud Drive files in one easy to access spot. 
But, surprisingly, the iCloud Drive app doesn’t automatically appear—it’s instead tucked away within Settings, and you have to tell your iOS device that you want to see it. Besides that, it’s a pretty straightforward app. I spent some time with it while checking out the iOS 9 public beta, and here are some quick tips on getting started. ...

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04:00
You Should Play: Meet Capitals, your new favorite...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.I adore word games, but I could never really get into the Words With Friends craze. The turn-based Scrabble-inspired game moves too slowly for me, and there’s no real hook (aside from it being Scrabble, that is). But NimbleBit’s new word game Capitals is different: It’s the perfect mash-up of Scrabble, Boggle, and Risk.To...

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06:30
The Week in iPad Cases: WaterField’s elegant case...

...plus rugged cases, carry-all bags, and more!This week’s roundup of new iPad cases features multi-purpose protection from STM and CaseCrown, refined marble from Mikol, all-weather solutions from New Trent and Kensington, and much more.CaseCrownMade with durable canvas, the Campus North Messenger (iPad Air 2; $40) sports plenty of room for your iPad and your daily necessities.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:03
No, Facebook isn't building an Apple Music rival

Facebook has big plans for music, but a streaming service isn’t on the agenda.
Instead, the social network is talking to the major record labels about licensing music videos to put in your News Feed. According to the New York Times, Facebook has no interest in taking on Apple Music or Spotify—its sights are set on YouTube, which has more than a billion users who rack up billions of video views per day.
Videos on Facebook garner more than a billion views per day, though the network uses autoplay, which likely sends that number higher than it would be otherwise. But Facebook has 1.4 billion monthly active users who might watch just as many videos as YouTubers do, if the content is there....

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10:42
Apple releases supplemental update to El Capitan...

Just about 24 hours after Apple released the El Capitan public beta, the company has released a supplemental update for the Mac operating system.

According to Apple, the update fixes a problem that causes 32-bit applications to crash.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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13:48
Apple rumored to expand San Jose presence with new...

A report on Friday claims Apple recently signed the lease on a nearly 300,000-square-foot office and R&D complex in San Jose, Calif., as part of plans to expand into areas surrounding its home base in Cupertino.

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13:34
NetShade 6.3 - Browse privately using anonymous...

NetShade is an anonymous proxy and VPN app+service for Mac. Unblock your Internet through NetShade's high-speed proxy and VPN servers spanning seven countries. NetShade masks your IP address as you browse the web, by routing you through a proxy server. Anonymous proxies are becoming more and more popular in this age of heightened security and privacy concerns, and NetShade provides an effective and straightforward interface to easily protect your privacy. NetShade currently runs nine high-quality, super-fast, dedicated proxy servers located in the US and Europe. In addition to HTTP proxy, all of NetShade's servers offer a robust encrypted SSL for when privacy is of the utmost importance.. Multiple price options; see pricing page for more information.Version 6.3:

  • Fixed a security issue known as IPv6 leakage
  • Updated the embedded OpenVPN version to 2.3.6
  • Fixed a bug which...

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13:29
Ellen Pao out as Reddit CEO, co-founder Steve...

After an onslaught of user criticism this week, Ellen Pao has just stepped down as interim CEO of Reddit, with co-founder Steve Huffman taking over. It all started last weekend, when Reddit abruptly dismissed Victoria Taylor, the company's former dir...

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13:00
AWT News Update: July 10, 2015

What's news? Not much this Friday, but enough to record another episode of the AWT News Update:

  • The iPod line may get a much-needed refresh next Tuesday
  • Apple released a supplemental update to OS X El Capitan Beta 3 today
  • Apple Pay will be a star of the 2015 MLB All-Star Game and FanFest
  • The fruit company is leasing a huge space in San Jose, CA for unknown purposes
  • Samsung may move up its launch of the Galaxy Note 5 phablet to avoid being overshadowed by Apple's expected release of an iPhone 6s in September

The text version of the podcast is located below if you'd rather not listen to my voice...

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I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is a short AWT News Update for July 10, 2015. What’s...

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12:53
Amazon's Fling is its version of AirPlay and...

If you've been hoping for an AirPlay or Cast-like tool to beam content to your Amazon streaming gadgets, you'll soon be in luck. The company revealed its Fling feature this week, a tool that will allow developers to include a way to control media fro...

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12:27
Calendar app Sunrise starts integrating with Office...

Now that it owns Sunrise, the sleek and social calendar app, it makes sense for Microsoft to integrate it with its other productivity tools. That's why Sunrise now plugs directly into Office 365 on iOS, Android and the desktop, giving you access to a...

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12:15
Barclays Anticipating 'Imminent' Support...

MacRumors has learned that a high-level executive at Barclays, one of the largest banks in the United Kingdom, anticipates "imminent" support of Apple Pay in the country. Apple Pay in the U.K. is expected to go live on Tuesday, although it remains unclear if Barclays will be a first wave launch partner because of its delayed negotiations with Apple about the mobile payments service. Apple confirmed at WWDC last month that Apple Pay will be available in the U.K. in July, but stopped short of providing a specific launch date. Recently released employee training documents have suggested the launch could come next week, on July 14, and some Santander customers were able to...

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12:00
Review: Olloclip's new Ollocase and Active Lens

Olloclip ollocase and active lens. Photo ©2015 steven sande, all rights reserved.

Olloclip recently began shipping two new products in its line of iPhone photographic accessories; the Olloclip Active Lens (US$99.99) and the Ollocase for the iPhone 6/6 Plus ($19.99 when purchased with an Olloclip lens system, or $29.99 without).

For serious iPhone photographers, the line of clip-on accessory lenses from Olloclip is a must. But there’s always been one little problem — to use the lenses, the iPhone had to be carried without a protective case. Sure, one could always just pull the case off just before taking photos, snap on the Olloclip lenses, and then put the case back on afterwards, but that’s counterproductive to taking spur of the moment photos.

Ollocase

That’s where the...

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12:00
'How to gross out coworkers,' or my time...

It seemed like a good idea at the time. I'd been meaning to lose some weight for a while and all the recent news about how sitting for extended periods of time is terrible for your health convinced me that a drastic change was necessary. So, the best...

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11:48
Hullo — Your favorite pillow. Guaranteed.

Thanks to Hullo for sponsoring The Loop this week. Have you ever slept on a buckwheat pillow? It’s kind of like a beanbag for your head. The hull fill supports your head and neck in a way that can’t be matched by traditional pillows.Hullo’s features include:

  • Quality construction & organic materials
  • Breathable fill that provides cool comfort all night long. No more flipping to the cool side in the middle of the night!
  • American-made craftsmanship
  • Free shipping
  • 60-night money-back guarantee

Drop what you’re doing—go and check out Hullo. Try it for 60 nights. If it’s not your favorite pillow, return it for a refund. You can’t lose!...

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11:23
Supplemental update for El Capitan beta fixes...

Just one day after launching a public beta of the operating system, Apple has released a "Supplemental Update" for OS X El Capitan, fixing a bug that could cause some 32-bit apps to crash.

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11:23
Senators want the FCC to look into broadband pricing

The net neutrality rules passed by the Federal Communications Commission back in February permit it to examine cable and broadband pricing to ensure customers are treated fairly. Four Senators are urging Tom Wheeler and the FCC to do just that. The g...

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11:16
Updates Expand iBooks Author’s Reach

Recent updates to both iBooks on iOS and iBooks Author let you read Multi-Touch books on an iPhone and produce standard EPUBs with iBooks Author. 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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11:09
Google releases ‘Ivy’ app for iOS, an experimental...



Google has quietly launched a new iOS app today called Ivy that it describes as an experimental big number calculator.
The minimalistic UI offers users arbitrary floating point formatting, big number logarithm, trigonometric functions, and exact ration arithmetic, according to the app’s release notes. Google says the app “uses exact rational arithmetic so it can handle...

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10:57
Here's where you can try on HTC's Vive VR...

If you're eager to try on HTC's Vive VR headset, which blew us away back at Mobile World Congress, you may soon have your chance. HTC just announced a world tour for the Vive, starting this week at San Diego Comic-Con, stretching all the way into the...

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10:47
Tunnelblick 3.6beta08 - GUI for OpenVPN (beta). (...

Tunnelblick is a free, open source graphic user interface for OpenVPN on OS X. It provides easy control of OpenVPN client and/or server connections. It comes as a ready-to-use application with all necessary binaries and drivers (including OpenVPN, easy-rsa, and tun/tap drivers). No additional installation is necessary -- just add your configuration and encryption information. To use Tunnelblick you need access to a VPN server -- your computer is one end of the tunnel and the VPN server is the other end. For more information, see Getting VPN Service. Support is provided by the Tunnelblick Discussion Group.Version 3.6beta08 (4371):

  • Security Update: Replaces OpenSSL version 1.0.2c with version 1.0.2d.
  • Includes...

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10:47
If iTunes for Windows XP won't open, stops...

Learn how to resolve issues with iTunes for Windows XP.

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10:45
Apple's new iPhones: Everything we know about...

Apple is widely expected to launch two new iPhones this fall, typically referred to as the "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus" -- but what do we know about them? AppleInsider gives you a rundown of what to anticipate from Apple's next-generation handsets.

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10:20
Apple pushes “Supplemental Update” for OS X El...


Following yesterday’s release of the OS X El Capitan public beta, Apple has pushed out a small update to the operating system to address issues that could cause 32-bit apps to crash. The update is available to users on the public beta and those on the separate developer preview.

There’s also an update to the Samantha voice that improves pronunciation. You can download both updates through the Updates tab of the Mac App Store. OS X El Capitan was announced during WWDC...

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09:01
Apple's iPhone 6 Mania has Competitors Like...

​We've been the only Apple news site to have consistently pounded the table that the Galaxy S6 smartphones weren't selling as the hype from Samsung and their minions in the press were claiming...

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08:56
Apple Gives Fans a Taste of New OSes


Apple on Thursday released to consumers a preview of the latest versions of its mobile and desktop operating systems -- iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan -- which contain a number of new features, including a revamped two-factor authentication scheme. The latest release of iOS also contains two new smart folders. One automatically collects any photos captured with the front-facing camera in an iOS device -- which typically is used for selfies -- and the other aggregates any images used for screen shots.

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08:15
About iTunes Plus

Learn more about iTunes Plus, the high-quality format of songs and music videos available through the iTunes Store.

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08:08
Where can I use my Apple ID?

This article lists many of the Apple features and services that use Apple ID.

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08:08
9to5Toys Last Call: 32GB Wi-Fi Flash Drive $30, Car...

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

3rd party Apple Watch bands prices are dropping: stainless steel ...

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07:48
Listen to Apple Music Radio

Apple Music Radio lets you listen to Beats 1—Apple’s first ever 24/7, worldwide radio station— as well as handcrafted, on-demand stations curated by a DJ or created by you. All on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC.

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07:47
Apple releases iOS 9, OS X 10.11 El Capitan public...



If you’re both brave of heart and hankering to play with the first public betas of Apple’s upcoming operating systems, your dreams have come true.
Apple has just released the first public betas of OS X El Capitan and iOS 9.
The iOS 9 beta build will allow early adopters to try out upcoming features, including new apps like News and a refreshed Notes, transit directions in Apple Maps, an improved Siri, a smarter search which lets you surface results from inside apps, and much more.

On the Mac end, El Capitan offers a variety of improvements to core features like Mission Control, Spotlight, native apps, including Safari, Mail, Maps, Photos, plus performance improvements,...

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07:27
Microsoft launches Office 2016 for Mac to Office 365...



Microsoft Office 2016 is here.
Or, at least, it’s arrived for Office 365 subscribers.
The new version of Microsoft Office has arrived with Microsoft citing support for Mac capabilities like Full Screen view, Multi-Touch gestures, full Retina display support as well as cloud support to allow Macs and assorted devices to work on documents.

New features include improved document commenting in Word, an improved formula builder for Excel, a new animation pane in PowerPoint, a reworked version of Outlook for email and OneNote, which allows quick, shared note creation between computers and devices as needed....

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07:25
Availability of iTunes redownloads

Find out which purchases you can redownload from iTunes in your country.

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07:18
MLB partners with MasterCard to accept Apple Pay...

People attending Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Cincinnati will be able to use Apple Pay to buy food and other goods, both during the game and at facilities set up for All-Star Week and the All-Star FanFest, which begins on Friday, according to an official announcement.

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07:07
Apple Reportedly Set to Lease a 300,000-Square-Foot...

According to a new report, Apple is making a big bet on San Jose, according to a new report. The iPhone maker has struck a deal to lease a 300,000-square-foot property in North San Jose ...

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07:04
Liner app now available for iOS, allows highlighting...



This is actually pretty neat.
Liner has released the Liner app for iOS. The application allows users to highlight & annotate text, share complete pages or phrases, function as a Safari extension, share to other apps with the share extension and save pages to to Liner app for later highlighting.

Liner also allows you to save and export to Evernote and support three highlight colors.
The app requires iOS 8.0 or later to install and run and is available for free.
And, in the words of the mighty Erikka Innes, “why highlight the interesting stuff when you can just black out the boring stuff?”, which may be the best and worst joke of...

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06:30
IDC and Gartner Botch PC Shipment Statistics for Q2...

The latest IDC Worldwide PC shipments report came in showing a total of 66.1 million units were shipped in the second quarter of 2015 (2Q15). This represented a year-on-year decline of -11.8%. The Gartner PC report shows a decline of 9.5%. Where the two reports seriously disagree boils down to how Apple's PC shipments performed in Q2. The two reports are miles apart.

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06:27
Rumor: Apple's next-gen iPod touch will gain 64...

Apple is expected to launch an updated iPod touch next week, a refresh that is likely to bring new colors and updated internals that reportedly include a move to a more recent 64-bit A-series application processor.

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06:22
∞ Third party stainless steel Apple Watch band, $36....

It was simply a matter of time before Apple Watch bands became a 3rd party commodity. I wasn’t expecting the price to drop so far, so quickly.

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06:17
MasterCard turns on Apple Pay for MLB All-Star Game...


MasterCard announced today that it’s turning on Apple Pay at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio just in time for the 2015 MLB All-Star game taking place July 14.
Those attending the game, or the pre-game events kicking off this weekend, will be able to use Apple Pay to pay for food, merchandise, and more.
“We’re thrilled to partner with MLBAM to bring contactless acceptance to the 2015 MLB All-Star Week festivities. Through our longstanding relationship with MLB and MLBAM, we are constantly looking for opportunities to create enhanced fan experiences both in-stadium and online, whether that’s through advanced payment capabilities or delivering surprises to fans.”
As it has done with past events, such as the recent PGA Tour earlier...

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06:14
Possible class action suit in preparation as Retina...


A possible class action suit is in preparation over multiple reports of what appears to be anti-reflective coatings flaking off the screens of Retina MacBook Pros, resulting in a stained appearance. Most of the machines affected seem to be 2013 models.
A group calling itself Staingate says that it has a database of more than 2500 people affected by the issue. More than 1800 of them have joined a Facebook group, a petition has been created, and lawyers Whitfield Bryson & Mason are ...

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06:00
Using odutil with opendirectoryd

The options for Open Directory continue to get more refined, aligning with opendirectoryd. The odutil command is becoming more and more useful with each version of OS X. Let’s inspect the directory service cache, using odutil with the show verb and the cache option:
odutil show cache
You can also view statistics for opendirectoryd using that show verb but with the statistics option:
odutil show statistics
And to see everything, use odutil with the show verb and the all option to get plenty of data to grep through:
odutil show all
The final show option we’ll look at is configuration. Here, you will also need to feed a directory nodename into the command:
odutil show configuration /Search
Now, /Search is a node but there are a lot. You can use show with nodes to see a listing of all the nodes:
odutil show nodes
You can then see which pids have references to opendirectoryd as well as the nodenames, reference IDs, and session...

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06:00
"If it's not an iPhone, it's not an...

Apple's latest ad campaign for the iPhone has a new sassy tagline and highlights two points that longtime Apple fans will appreciate: first, we all love our iPhones very much and second, Apple's control of both the hardware and operating system on its devices makes them capable of doing many things very efficiently.

Using the new tagline "If it's not an iPhone, it's not an iPhone," the two new ads "Loved" and "Hardware and Software" are short, sweet and to the point:

Our take on the news

In just thirty seconds each, the two ads succinctly point out what it is that makes an iPhone work so much better than competing platforms and as a result, that the vast majority of iPhone owners love their phones. It doesn't call out Android or Samsung by name, instead providing positive messages. Well...

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05:50
Samsung said to debut Galaxy Note 5 in mid-August in...

Samsung is planning to move up the announcement of its next-generation Galaxy Note phone to mid-August in an attempt to preempt the publicity of Apple's usual September iPhone refresh, a report said on Friday.

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05:47
∞ Battery life with iOS 9 and Apple Watch betas

I spent the day yesterday running the latest betas of El Capitan, iOS 9, and watchOS 2.0. One of the comments I’ve heard from previous betas is a complaint about poor battery life on both iOS 9 and Apple Watch. I thought I’d track my battery life, share those numbers here.

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05:36
Google Drive 1.23 - File backup and sharing tool; 15...

Google Drive is a place where you can create, share, collaborate, and keep all of your stuff. Whether you're working with a friend on a joint research project, planning a wedding with your fiancé, or tracking a budget with roommates, you can do it in Drive. You can upload and access all of your files, including videos, photos, Google Docs, PDFs, and beyond. Features

  • Create and collaborate. Google Docs is built right into Google Drive, so you can work with others in real time on documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Once you choose to share content with others, you can add and reply to comments on anything (PDF, image, video file, etc.) and receive notifications when other people comment on shared items.
  • Store everything safely and access it anywhere (especially while on the go). All your stuff is just... there. You can access your stuff from anywhere--on the Web, in your home, at the office, while running...

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05:34
iGen: iPod refresh expected early next week, iPod...


Just yesterday I was speculating about the future of the iPod, and it appears we may not have long to wait until we learn a little more about it. French site iGen, which has a good track-record, says that the iPod line-up will see a refresh on or around 14th July.
It appears to have little hard information beyond internal model numbers, but based on those speculates that the Shuffle and Nano will see only the color changes spotted in iTunes 12.2, while the Touch may receive a more substantive update … ...

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05:25
Apple chooses unexpected location for massive new...

Apple's latest retail outpost in Hong Kong --?thought to be the company's largest in Asia -- went public this week with the unveiling of a huge, three-dimensional Apple logo in a somewhat unexpected place.

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05:14
Horwitz: Apple wants to bolster + profit from ads,...

Jeremy Horwitz, in an insightful op-ed piece for 9to5mac:Thanks to the introduction of ad-blocking technology in iOS 9, some people think Apple wants to help users get rid of ads. But that’s not Apple’s goal. Yesterday’s debut of Apple News shows that it’s actually angling to replace the ads you know, build upon them, and take a cut of their revenue…∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:13
IDC: PC market continues to decline (but not the Mac)

Worldwide PC shipments totaled 66.1 million units in the second quarter of 2015 (2Q15), according to the International Data Corp. (IDC). This represented a year-on-year decline of -11.8%, about 1% below projections for the quarter — although Apple's Mac continues to do well.
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05:09
Apple Rumored to Announce New iPod Touch, Nano and...

Apple will announce a refreshed lineup of iPod touch, iPod nano and iPod shuffle portable media players around July 14, according to oft-reliable French website iGen.fr. The report claims the new iPod touch (codenamed "N102") should be a more significant update, likely including a bump to a 64-bit A-based processor, while the iPod nano ("N31A") and iPod shuffle ("N12D") may be refreshed with new colors only. iPods in unreleased colors were spotted in iTunes 12.2 earlier this month, including a darker blue for the iPod touch, a new gold or beige color for the iPod nano and a brighter pink color for the iPod shuffle. MacRumors subsequently discovered a full lineup of six new colors for the iPod touch...

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05:02
∞ Apple’s new ad campaign

Two new ads from Apple, both ending with the tag line:If it’s not an iPhone, it’s not an iPhone

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04:59
Quick look: Gekkopod, a compact Gorillapod-style...


I have a Gorillapod which comes in handy for my compact camera, but it’s a little chunky to carry around for use with an iPhone. The Gekkopod is a similar idea, but in a much smaller format, making it a lot easier to tuck away into a bag for those times when you find you need a stable platform for a photo – whether for a selfie or a low-light shot where you want to avoid camera shake.
I’ve been trying out a prototype for a couple of weeks, and the grippy plastic legs wrap around most things very securely. With the sun going down, the Gekkopod held the camera steady for a low-ish light shot while using my Apple Watch as a remote shutter release. I didn’t even need to fully wrap the legs around the railing to hold it securely in place. The legs can then...

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04:39
Delivery Status 6.2 - Check delivery status of...

Delivery Status displays delivery status of packages for a variety of shipment services. Can't wait for your packages to arrive? Don't waste your time checking the site constantly, just open this all-in-one delivery tracker and enter your order number or tracking number. The status will update automatically for you, and even count down the days! It also works with Growl to give you pop-up message, email notifications, and more, whenever your package status changes. Delivery Status lets you track your deliveries from:

  • Adobe.com (US and Canada)
  • Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.co.jp, Amazon.de, Amazon.at, and Amazon.fr
  • Apple.com (including all international stores)
  • Aramex
  • Canada Post (Postes Canada)
  • DHL (US, Germany, and GlobalMail)
  • DPD (Germany)
  • FedEx and FedEx SmartPost
  • GLS Germany
  • Google Checkout
  • Hermes Logistik Gruppe (HLG, Germany)
  • Japan Post (...

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04:32
AppleInsider podcast discusses 'iPhone 6s...

On this week's latest AppleInsider podcast, we discuss leaked "iPhone 6s" parts, iOS-compatible gaming controllers, and Showtime subscriptions for cable cutters. The team also tackles the new GoPro Session, DJI Phantom 3, and answers your questions.

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04:29
Apple Kick Starts new Marketing Campaign: If it...

With all of the rumblings in the market of what Samsung is planning to do to fight the iPhone, Apple has confidently and quietly released two new iPhone ads with the theme: If it's not an iPhone, it' not an iPhone.

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03:58
Cloud IT infrastructure spending to grow 26% year-...

According to International Data Corporation (IDC), total cloud IT infrastructure spending (server, storage, and Ethernet switch) will grow by 26.4% in 2015 and will reach US$33.4 billion, accounting for a third of all IT infrastructure spending, up from 28.1% in 2014.
Private cloud IT infrastructure spending will grow by 16.8% year over year to $11.7 billion, while public cloud IT infrastructure spending will grow by 32.2% in 2015 to $21.7 billion, says the research group. In comparison, spending on non-cloud IT infrastructure will remain flat at $67 billion.
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03:35
Samsung reportedly feeling pressure from the...

Samsung’s existing Galaxy Note 4
Samsung is planning to bring forward the launch of the Galaxy Note 5 from September to August, according to the WSJ. It’s believed the change in schedule is designed to get the device on sale ahead of Apple’s anticipated September launch of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, which is likely to dominate tech media coverage that month.
Samsung has always previously launched its Note models on the eve of the IFA conference, which takes place in Berlin in September. The WSJ cites only a single source for the claim, but it’s not the first time we’ve heard suggestions that the company may bring forward the launch this year.
A Korean report...

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03:28
Samsung May Announce Galaxy Note 5 in August to Beat...

Samsung is planning to move up the launch of the Galaxy Note 5 by one month to avoid competing with Apple's annual iPhone event in September, according to The Wall Street Journal. The South Korean handset maker will reportedly unveil the next Galaxy Note in mid-August instead of announcing the smartphone at the IFA Berlin trade show in early September as it has done for four consecutive years. Apple introduced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus just six days after the Galaxy Note 4 was announced on September 3 last year, shifting much of the media coverage and consumer attention away from Samsung. With the launch of the so-called "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus" also likely to be in September, Samsung is reportedly looking to avoid the same fate with the Galaxy Note 5. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories •...

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03:08
Screenium 3 lets you record your screen at 60 fps

Synium Software (www.screeniumsoftware.com) has announced Screenium 3, an update to the screen recording tool for Mac OS X.
The utility now lets you record at 60 fps, offering optimum performance for tutorials, gameplay recordings or any other screen content. Screenium's video editor in version 3.0 comes with a more comprehensive tool kit.
Screenium 3.0 is available for 50% (US$24.99) off until Aug. 31. It requires Mac OS X Yosemite or higher.

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03:08
Kool Tools: ClearGuard for the MacBook

Moshi's US$24.95 ClearGuard (http://tinyurl.com/pxtc39g), an ultra-thin keyboard protector, is now available in a version to protect the new 12-inch MacBook from spills and stains.
At one fifth the thickness of most keyboard protectors, it's transparent and provides virtually invisible protection for the MacBook keyboard — while allowing the backlit keys to shine clearly through. Created from engineering-grade, non-toxic thermoplastic urethane, ClearGuard is durable, washable and reusable.
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03:04
GraphicConverter 9.7.1 - Graphics editor with...

GraphicConverter is an all-purpose image-editing program that can import 200 different graphic-based formats, edit the image, and export it to any of 80 available file formats. The high-end editing tools are perfect for graphic manipulation as well as the ability to use Photoshop-compatible plug-ins. It offers batch-conversion capabilities, a slide-show window, and so much more.Version 9.7.1: Note: Now requires OS X 10.8.5 or later. New features

  • Pure Carbon filter as batch
  • Swap left/right image of 3D file as batch
  • Presets for new document
  • Min, and, or and xor mode for Merge Folder command
  • Batch to enable JPEG special filesize
  • Scaling of pdf as function of convert and modify
  • Import of NPO (Nokia phone format)
  • Import of SPE (microscope format)
  • Import of SWS

Updated features

  • Enhanced multiscale options
  • Added support for command 1-7 in...

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01:47
Apple Digital Camera RAW Compatibility 6.05 - Adds...

Apple Digital Camera RAW Compatibility update adds RAW image compatibility to OS X 10.10 Yosemite. For more information on supported RAW formats, see http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6476.Version 6.05:

  • Adds RAW image compatibility for the following cameras:
    • Canon EOS M3
    • Fujifilm X-T10
    • Fujifilm XQ1
    • Fujifilm XQ2
    • Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246)
    • Nikon 1 J5
    • Nikon D810A
    • Olympus STYLUS SH-2
    • Olympus STYLUS TG-4 Tough
    • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G7
  • OS X 10.10 or later

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01:41
Macgo Blu-ray Player 2.15.5.2015 - Blu-ray player. (...

Macgo Blu-ray Player can bring you the most unforgettable Blu-ray experience on your Mac. Overview Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player can satisfy just about every need you could possibly have in a Blu-ray Player. It features a friendly user interface, ultrafast loading and super high quality. Besides that, it perfectly supports Blu-ray, DVD and any other media format that you want to play. It outputs video at up to 1080p high-definition quality without loss of data and frame, and allows full preservation of all audio tracks (like DTS 5.1, Dolby TrueHD Audio, etc.). Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player is really easy to operate. You can control almost everything on the main interface with your mouse. More settings can be done by right-click on the interface while playing. Or you can change preferences in the menu on the top of the interface. Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player is the first Blu-ray player on Mac, and its uniqueness doesn't just end with that. It can support any media format that...

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01:35
Hacker Group That Hit Twitter, Facebook, Apple and...

itwbennett writes: The hacker group, which security researchers from Kaspersky Lab and Symantec call Wild Neutron or Morpho, has broken into the networks of over 45 large companies since 2012. After the 2013 attacks against Twitter, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft were highly publicized, the group went underground and temporarily halted its activity. However, its attacks resumed in 2014 and have since intensified, according to separate reports released Wednesday by Kaspersky Lab and Symantec.

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Thursday July 9

12:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: A solar panel? Check out...

...plus wallet cases, classic standards, and more!This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases brings you minimalistic cases from Cygnett, Incase, and SwitchEasy, a wallet case from Griffin, and kid-friendly protection from SwiftBox.CygnettThe UrbanShield Pro (iPhone 6; $40) completely surrounds your iPhone 6 in a perforated aluminum shell that sports a round opening in the back for its Apple logo.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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