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Friday June 10

03:00
WWDC wish list: Surprises, wild cards, and one more...

We’re just a few days away from Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference kick-off keynote, and while the rumors are flying faster and more furious than a Vin Diesel movie, there’s still a general feeling that we’ve only scratched the surface of what Apple plans to discuss.That impression was only confirmed earlier this week as Apple senior vice president Phil Schiller briefed several press outlets on coming changes to Apple’s App Stores, explaining to Daring Fireball’s John Gruber that the company had “a busy enough keynote” that it wanted to do these announcements beforehand.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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03:21
WWDC wish list: What to expect for Apple Watch and...

Last year was a big one for Apple. The company launched two brand new platforms, watchOS and tvOS, alongside two brand-new devices. The Apple Watch started shipping last April, and the fourth-generation Apple TV debuted last November with its own App Store. We’re not expecting any hardware refreshes to either the watch or set-top box at next week’s Worldwide Developers Conference. But Apple might add new features to make the Apple TV and Apple Watch, not its most popular products, more compelling.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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06:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Mophie's new Juice...

New iPad cases of the weekThis week’s roundup of new iPhone cases includes a new charging method from Mophie, plus a variety of new shells and screen protectors. Read on!Case-MateThe Woods Case (iPhone SE; $35 MSRP, available for $31 on Amazon) features a luscious backplate that combines mahogany and rosewood woods in a grid-like pattern.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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06:30
Twitter is notifying affected users after millions...

Users worried about being caught up in the recent leak of more than 32 million Twitter login credentials should already know if they’ve been hacked. Twitter confirmed on Friday that it was notifying users whose valid login credentials were recently being passed around on the so-called ‘dark web.’ The account credential leak became public after LeakedSource published the collection on Wednesday. LeakedSource maintains a database of nearly two billion online account credential leaks.Twitter said in a blog post that it had obtained the leaked data, and matched it against their records. As a result it identified “a number of Twitter accounts” for “extra protection.” Affected accounts have been locked and their passwords must be reset by the account holder. “If your Twitter information was...

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16:40
Your cell phone number could be hijacked unless you...

DeRay Mckesson is a widely known activist in the Black Lives Matter movement and a former candidate in the race for mayor of Baltimore. He’s a high-profile target, and someone finally figured out a way to crack his popular Twitter account—by hijacking his cell phone number, and getting it reassigned to a phone under their control. This was used to push out a message in his account in support of a candidate who he says represents the antithesis of his beliefs. Those tweets have since been deleted and Twitter has restored account access to Mckesson.
A recent acquisition by a site of what’s alleged to be 32 million Twitter passwords, coupled with other breaches, password-stealing malware, and other techniques may have led to his password being compromised....

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20:54
SodaStream will replace some obsolete Keurig Kolds...

Now that your Keurig Kold machine is suddenly obsolete, SodaStream is stepping up to replace that fizzy, carbonated hole in your life. The company is offering a free Fountain Jet sparkling water maker -- either out of the goodness of their hearts or...

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20:23
Facebook pushes users to download its Moments app

Facebook is urging people to download yet another one of its apps after shoving users towards Messenger. This time, the social network has begun sending out warnings that their synced photos will be deleted by July 7th if they don't install the Momen...

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08:58
Report: Apple to announce iMessage for Android at...

Apple may be ready to pop the Green Bubble.
A report from MacDailyNews suggests that Apple will unveil an iMessage app for Android at WWDC.  The site references a “a source familiar with the company’s thinking,” though cautions the timing is in flux and an announcement could actually come later.
Such a move is less the shocker now than it might have been in the past, given that Apple has three official apps in Google Play: Apple Music, Beats Pill, and Move to iOS (of course the latter is designed to get you off Android).To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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09:15
Neon Drive delivers '80s thrills while testing...

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.
As a culture, we can’t help but love the 1980s. Blame it on the kids of that era growing up and creating so much of today’s entertainment, or maybe we just have a sudden appreciation for garish colors and synth-pop, but the influence of that decade’s entertainment just isn’t fading. And Neon Drive might be its biggest fan, at least when it comes to iPhone games.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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09:52
Must-have apps for the iPad road warrior

Taking your iPad Pro and iPhone out on the road? These apps can help you get some serious work done without a computer. Whether you’re on a business trip and forced to connect to random Wi-Fi networks, or you’re spending the day at a local coffee shop for a change of scenery, you can remain productive while keeping your data safe and secure.Protect your data

Something we hardly think about when we’re at home or in the office is someone snooping on our Wi-Fi traffic, looking for bits and pieces of personal information as we go about our daily tasks.But when you’re using public Wi-Fi networks, you should constantly think about just that scenario. You’ve probably used one without even thinking twice about it—I know I used to all the time. But recently, I’ve started to use VPN apps when I’m not home, in an effort to protect my personal data.To read this article in full or to...

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11:45
Hello, WWDC 2016: Follow along with our keynote live...

Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer’s conference is just around the corner, where we’ll get a sneak peek at what’s to come in the land of iOS and OS X—and perhaps some unexpected extras. And as usual, we’ll be in the audience at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium to give you all the details. While we don’t know exactly what’s in store, we have some wish lists:

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13:14
Why Apple's new MacBook Pro needs more than...

Apple is rumored to be preparing a refreshed MacBook Pro—if not for WWDC next week, then hopefully sometime this year—and even though these new models are expected to be thinner and lighter thanks to USB-C, not everyone’s excited.
USB-C has been touted as a new standard for connecting accessories and peripherals, but compatibility across the board is still hit-or-miss. And Apple putting only one USB-C port on the refreshed 2015 and 2016 MacBook models has caused headaches for Mac users. So much so that 9to5Mac even issued a public service announcement to warn us about how the “USB-C landscape as far as accessories and compatibility with your Mac is an absolute mess.”...

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13:18
Why your next iPhone could have Intel inside

Intel has missed out on the iPhone party until now, ceding big business to other chip makers in the process. But that could be about to change.
Apple will use modems from Intel in some models of its next smartphone, replacing chips from Qualcomm, according a Bloomberg report Friday. An Intel modem will go into iPhones for the AT&T Wireless network in the U.S. and in some international versions, the report says.
If true, it would be a big win for Intel, especially after its decision to cancel its upcoming Atom chips for phones. Intel has kept its modem business alive, in part because it hopes to capitalize on the upcoming move to 5G networks....

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19:48
Google clarifies how search autocomplete works

In yet another odd development of the 2016 campaign season, Google's autocomplete feature -- not the actual search results, just autocomplete -- has come under scrutiny of potential bias. A YouTube video posted by SourceFed (with a followup, posted h...

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19:32
Apple prepares San Francisco venues for WWDC 2016

As it does every year, Apple on Friday began to decorate the two main San Francisco venues that will host this year's Worldwide Developers Conference, installing banners, flags, utility equipment and more.

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19:24
Deals: $140-$450 off 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook...

This weekend, shoppers can save $200-$450 on 15-inch MacBook Pros bundled with AppleCare -- plus score a free Canon printer. Or snap up a smaller 13-inch MacBook Pro, also with three years of AppleCare, for $140-$270 off MSRP. On top of that, those in the market for an iPad can grab the new 32GB 9.7-inch iPad Pro (Wi-Fi + Cellular) for $699.

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18:57
The soccer madness of 'Rocket League' goes...

Earlier this week, the team at Psyonix teased that we'd have even more details about Rocket League's huge upcoming June patch and now those are here. On June 20th, fans will be able to knock oversized soccer balls into equally oversized nets against...

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18:09
Someone’s getting fired

Activist DeRay Mckesson on being hacked:After regaining control of his Twitter account, Mckesson explained that the hacker or hackers were able to take over by convincing Verizon to reset his SIM. With the SIM reset, the person responsible was able to receive text messages intended for Mckesson and therefore bypass the two-factor authentication the activist used to keep his account secure.∞ Read this on The Loop

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18:01
'Game of Thrones' star Kit Harington is in...

Kit Harington, the actor best known as the fearless, misunderstood warrior Jon Snow on Game of Thrones, plays a dastardly villain in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. He portrays the face of the Settlement Defense Front, a radical organization hellbent...

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17:30
Apple starts decorating Moscone West with logos for...

Apple has started decorating its venues for WWDC 2016, which kicks off on Monday, with workers starting to apply a massive Apple logo onto the side of Moscone West. Apple will use Moscone West for all of the week apart from Monday; the WWDC keynote will be held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.
Apple usually puts up banners teasing the announcements in the theme of the invites to build excitement for the show, often revealing tidbits about the new software OS’s. Apple has put a small logo up at Bill Graham but due to the split venue (and late scheduling), there’s a chance the banners tradition will not continue this year until after the Monday keynote at 10 AM …
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17:17
Airplane Mode: Circus Monkeys

The band’s new album dropped today. They’ll be one of the bands playing at the Beard Bash on Monday in San Francisco, so you can grab the album before the show.∞ Read this on The Loop

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17:05
Amazon to offer streaming music service

Amazon.com Inc is preparing to launch a standalone music streaming subscription service, placing it squarely in competition with rival offerings from Apple Inc and Spotify, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.The service will be offered at $9.99 per month, in line with major rivals, and it will offer a competitive catalog of songs, the sources said. Amazon (AMZN.O) is finalizing licenses with labels for the service, which likely will be launched in late summer or early fall, the sources said.I sure hope Apple has its shit together because Amazon is a master at the cloud.∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:36
Bluetooth 5 to debut next week with 4X speed, 2X...

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group on Friday pegged an official June announcement date for Bluetooth 5, a next-generation near-range wireless transmission technology set to feature substantial performance gains over the existing Bluetooth 4.2 protocol.

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15:00
The Public Access Weekly: The Safety dance

This week we're pleased to announce that we've rolled out HTTPS, making our site a more secure place to visit. (And yes, it's about time!) Also this week: Lenovo Tech World happened, Gawker announced its bankruptcy and Warcraft hits theaters. While...

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14:44
Apple preparing changes to MacBook lineup this month

Whether it's entirely new hardware, a spec bump, or simply price adjustments, Apple apparently has something different in the works for its MacBook lineup this month, AppleInsider has been led to believe.

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14:28
Report: Amazon planning standalone subscription...

Reuters reports that Amazon is preparing to take on Apple Music, Spotify and the other music streaming services with a similar, full-fledged competitive subscription music service. That would be a step up from the limited catalog of music it currently offers to subscribers of its Prime shipping service that bundles perks for various Amazon services for a monthly or yearly fee.
more…Filed under: Apps Tagged: Amazon Music, Apple Music, iOS, Music, ...

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14:21
Apple rumored to announce Apple Pay for the web at...

Building on rumors claiming Apple Pay would see website integration this year, a report on Friday says Apple is planning to officially announce the new payment feature at its Worldwide Developers Conference keynote next week.

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14:20
Office 365 news roundup

American author and humorist Mark Twain, a keen observer of human nature, once said: “There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded.” If you belong in that first group, then Office 365 is for you. We provide the tools you need to get things done.
Earlier this week, we introduced Microsoft Planner, a new way for businesses, schools and other organizations to structure teamwork, facilitate collaboration and get more done while using visual dashboards and email notifications to keep everyone informed and up to speed. Previously available only to select business customers, Microsoft Planner is now available as a free app to all Office 365 users.
The very next day, we...

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14:07
Amazon preparing standalone streaming music service...

Putting it in more direct competition with rivals, Amazon is readying a standalone music streaming service independent of regular Prime subscriptions, a report claimed on Friday.

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14:00
AWT News Update: June 10, 2016

It's the Friday before a big Apple announcement, which means that our stories for today are all over the map:

  • Be sure to visit Apple World Today or our presence on Twitter or Facebook on Monday for more information about the Apple announcements
  • The 4th-generation Apple TV now supports four more networks in Universal Search
  • Bluetooth 5 is going to be officially announced next week
  • Faux Apple employees are behind two thefts of iPhones in New York

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for June 10, 2016.

Well, it’s our last podcast before the WWDC Keynote on Monday, and there’s all sorts of anticipation in our...

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13:19
Apple needs a reuse plan for 100s of millions of old...

As Apple prepares to show off its latest iOS 10 at Monday's Worldwide Developer Conference, it faces a purported threat of Peak iPhone sales, potentially complicated by a lengthening replacement cycle for new smartphones. But there's also another problem: how to recycle or otherwise manage the increasingly large volume of old iPhones it has already sold. The problem itself could offer a solution: a second life for old iPhones.

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12:43
Coach Apple Watch bands will be available in a dozen...

A total of 12 Coach retail outlets --?four of them in New York City -- will carry the luxury fashion brand's new Apple Watch bands starting this Sunday, a day before Apple's WWDC keynote.

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12:24
Devs Light Up for Alexa


Amazon last week announced the availability of more than 1,000 different skills for its Alexa voice assistant technology. Third-party developers have created the vast array of new capabilities for the highly popular line of consumer products that use Alexa, which includes the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Tap and Amazon Fire. The announcement comes less than a year after Amazon released the Alexa Skills Kit, which allows outside developers to create new services to work with the voice-activation technology.

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12:09
What to Expect at WWDC 2016

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off on Monday, June 13 with a keynote event at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time, where Apple is expected to show off the latest versions of its iOS, OS X, tvOS, and watchOS operating systems and perhaps debut new features for services like Apple Pay and iCloud.

Ahead of the conference, we've compiled all of the rumors that we've heard about features that could potentially debut at the event to give MacRumors readers an idea of what to expect.

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iOS 10

Apple's operating system for iPhones and iPads has gone largely without design changes since iOS 7, so it's reasonable to assume iOS 10 may feature some design tweaks to update the look of the OS. A dark mode is...

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12:08
WWDC 2016 Decorations Going Up at Bill Graham Civic...

Apple today began decorating the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, which is where the Worldwide Developers Conference keynote will be held on Monday. Crews have started putting up window decorations, and rainbow-colored flags, and as the weekend progresses, we should see additional banners and signage.

This year's Worldwide Developers Conference website, app, and media invites have all featured a simple but colorful dark theme, and it's likely signs and banners will adopt the same aesthetic.

Image via Instagram

Decorations have not yet started going up at the Moscone Center, where the rest of the conference will take place. Apple typically starts decorating Moscone West on Tuesday or Wednesday during the week ahead of WWDC, but...

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11:47
Poll: What features and changes do you want to see...

At WWDC on Monday, Apple will unveil the latest version of its mobile operating system, iOS 10. With the conference being light on hardware, expectations are high for Apple to announce some major new features for iOS 10 on iPhone and iPad. The rumor mill is quieter than usual, so there’s definitely a bigger opportunity to be surprised with this year’s keynote.
We have some idea about what to expect but we want to hear what you want to see Apple announce next week. Join in the poll after the jump to have your say on what you want to see in iOS 10 …
more…Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS, iOS Devices...

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11:18
WWDC 2016 preview: How to watch & what to expect...

What will Apple unveil at its event this Monday, June 13 to kick off WWDC 2016? Below we roundup the latest reports along with some of our own information on what Apple is currently planning for the keynote.
more…Filed under: Apple TV, Apps, iOS, Mac Tagged: 10.12, Apple pay, iOS 10, iPhone 7, June 13, keynote, MacOs, ...

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11:09
Manhattan DA: Apple, Google help cyber-criminals to...

Speaking at a Bloomberg legal summit, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance said over a thousand criminal cases are stalled across the country as a result of Apple and Google’s decision to outfit their phones with encryption, according to FORTUNE.

He claims the tech companies have chosen to “engineer themselves out of criminal investigations,” and allowed cyber-criminals to operate with impunity. Vance wants Congress to take action to force Apple and Google to make their devices accessible to law enforcement agencies with a warrant.

“In my office alone, we now have 270 lawfully-seized iPhones running iOS 8 or 9 that are completely inaccessible,” he said, according to a copy of his remarks. “These devices represent hundreds of real crimes… that cannot be fully investigated, including cases of homicide, child sex abuse, human trafficking, assault, robbery, and yes—cybercrime and identity theft...

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11:04
Logic Pro X 10.2 release notes

Learn about the Logic Pro X 10.2.3 update and previous Logic Pro 10.2 updates. 

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09:31
Reports: Apple will move to Intel for some iPhone...

Apple is diversifying its chip supply for the iPhone 7, tapping both Intel and Qualcomm to provide chips. According to Bloomberg, the Cupertino company will use Intel’s modem chips for the AT&T version of the iPhone sold in the U.S., while Verizon iPhones sold in the U.S. will still use Qualcomm chips.If this report is true, it’s a huge win for Intel. The company’s chip has been passed over for every major smartphone release. Being selected by Apple would go a long way to legitimizing the Intel’s mobile efforts, and would also line the company coffers quite nicely—according to Bloomberg, AT&T is expected to sell 22 million iPhones in 2016 and 23 million in 2017.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click...

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10:48
It's been confirmed that Intel has landed a...

On May 17 Patently Apple was first in the Apple community to report that Intel had reportedly won Apple's modem chip business for about 50% of Apple's iPhone 7. Today it's being confirmed ...

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10:39
Poll: What should Apple call the next version of OS...

While the name of the next software update to the Mac isn’t nearly as important as new features — like Siri and new iTunes — changing it from OS X to whatever Apple has up its sleeves will be a big deal.
There’s been plenty of evidence that OS X will become MacOS… or macOS… or something similar, but which one should win? There’s also the version number and California location name. We’ll find out on Monday when the WWDC keynote kicks off at 10am PT/1 pm ET, and take our polls in the meantime to cast your vote.
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10:34
∞ Apple Maps showing accident notifications

I know the Apple Maps page says it will show notifications of construction and accidents, but this is the first time I’ve personal seen an accident shown in Maps. [...]

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10:12
Twitter Users Snared in Dark Web's Brisk...


Data stolen from more than 32 million Twitter users has been offered for sale on the dark web for 10 bitcoin, or around $5,800, LeakedSource reported Wednesday. LeakedSource has added the account and email information to its searchable repository of compromised credentials. The data set came from someone called "Tessa88@exploit.im," who has been connected to other large collections of compromised data, including the credentials for 425 million MySpace accounts. The Twitter information consists of 32,888,300 records, LeakedSource said.

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10:09
Apple TV's universal search picks up Bravo, E...

Apple on Friday added four more universal search options for American owners of the fourth-generation Apple TV, namely Bravo, E!, Syfy, and USA.

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10:02
Gawker files for bankruptcy

Peter Thiel is getting closer to his goal: Gawker Media has filed for bankruptcy protection and says it eventually plans to find a new owner for the company.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:00
Here's what I want to see in macOS 10.12

At Monday's Worldwide Developer Conference keynote, Apple will almost certainly preview the next version of Mac OS X — which will most likely be dubbed “macOS.” Hopefully, the company will concentrate on stability and performance issue, as well as bug fixes. Beyond those, here are some things I'd love to see:

 

  • Siri support. C'mon, Apple, Mac support for the "personal digital assistant" is long overdue. And I’m pretty sure we’ll see it announced during today’s keynote at 10 a.m. (Pacific).
  • Group video calling in FaceTime.
  • The ability to rename, delete and trash folders from the Open and Save dialog boxes. Apple should pay big bucks for Default Folder and just roll this into the operating system.
  • The return of Save As — without having to use a special keyboard command.
  • An expanded Disk Utility that can optimize and defrag Mac volumes.
  • The ability to start up from a Time Machine back-up and carry on working, just as we...
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09:59
Survey: 22.68% of OS X developers distribute their...

The MacPaw team has conducted a survey of 670 Mac OS X developers, to learn their preferences on app distribution channels, revenue channels, tools they prefer to use, challenges they face, etc. 

When asked how they distribute their Mac apps, 22.68% said via the Mac App Store only, 34.90% said outside the Mac App Store only, and 42.42% used both methods. When asked where they got more revenue from, 52% said the Mac App Store, while 48% said outside the MAS.

When asked if they thought sharing 30% of revenue with Apple is worth the advantages of the MAS, 62.31% of developers said “no,” while 37.69% said “yes.”

About a third of the developers the Mac Dev team asked run their own business. More than 20% of them have tried the MAS, but left. The reasons for leaving:

  • Licensing limitations: 4%;
  • API restrictions: 4%;
  • Sandboxing: 6%;
  • No app bundles: 8%;
  • No analytics: 13%;
  • No pricing upgrades: 27%;
  • No...
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09:59
∞ Golf cart hovercraft

I don’t play golf, but I want one of these.

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09:57
Report: Apple’s next iPhone will use Intel’s LTE...

Enlarge / Modern iPhones in three sizes. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)


Unlike Qualcomm, Samsung, MediaTek, and other SoC manufacturers, Apple doesn't integrate an LTE modem into its iPhone SoCs along with the CPU and GPU, which means the company needs to order external modems. Those modems have historically been provided by Qualcomm, but according to a report from Bloomberg, Intel is officially being tapped as a second source of modems for the next iPhone.
The report indicates that iPhones sold on the Verizon network and in China will continue to use Qualcomm modems—it's unclear what this means for carrier-unlocked iPhones in the US, which can be used on any major mobile network without...

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09:49
If your Twitter username and password were leaked

We’ve investigated claims of Twitter @names and passwords available on the “dark web,” and we’re confident the information was not obtained from a hack of Twitter’s servers.The purported Twitter @names and passwords may have been amassed from combining information from other recent breaches, malware on victim machines that are stealing passwords for all sites, or a combination of both. Regardless of origin, we’re acting swiftly to protect your Twitter account.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:44
Bluetooth 5 to be announced next week

Bluetooth 5, the next generation of Bluetooth standard, will be formally announced next week, offering double the range and quadruple the speed of the current low-energy wireless protocol.The announcement will come on June 16 from the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, of which Apple is a member.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:42
Facebook for iOS updates with support for uploading...

The latest update to Facebook's iOS app lets users upload 360-degree photos directly from their iPhone or iPad, according to the social network.

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09:40
"Intel Inside" some versions of the iPhone...

Intel XMM 7360 LTE Modem

Intel, which has been suffering lately due to its lack of focus on the mobile market and its dependence on the declining PC market, just got a boost today with a report from Bloomberg stating that the AT&T and general GSM versions of the upcoming iPhone 7 will use Intel LTE modems rather than the Qualcomm units used in the existing handsets.

The Verizon version of the iPhone 7 will reportedly continue using the Qualcomm modems, as well as handsets that are sold in China. 

The report supports earlier information from Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopft that the company expected that a major client would move to another supplier for some of its modem requirements, and also follows repeated rumors that Intel would supply as much as 50 percent of Apple's iPhone modem needs. Apple also reportedly sent...

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09:30
9to5Toys Last Call: 27” Retina 5K iMac $1,450,...

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09:12
Siri can now search movies and TV shows from Bravo,...

If you have the new Apple TV, you can now use Siri or the Search app to find movies and TV shows from four more channels: Bravo, E!, SyFy, and USA. Apple TV only gained apps for Brave, E!, and SyFy two weeks ago so Apple’s turnaround time for adding universal search support is notably fast.
more…Filed under: Apple TV Tagged: Apple TV, Siri ...

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09:00
Intel LTE modems to power AT&T version of Apple...

Apple's next-generation handset will be a big win for chipmaker Intel, as the so-called "iPhone 7" series will reportedly ditch Qualcomm LTE modems for certain models, including AT&T in the U.S.

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08:46
Apple to Use Intel Modems in AT&T iPhone 7,...

Multiple rumors have claimed that Intel will supply at least a portion of LTE and Wi-Fi modems for the iPhone 7 series, alongside existing supplier Qualcomm, and a new report offers a closer look at how the orders will be divided between the companies.

Bloomberg reports that Intel modems will be reserved for AT&T iPhone 7 models, and some other versions of the smartphone sold in other countries, while Qualcomm is said to remain a supplier of modems for Verizon and all Chinese models. The wording suggests that Qualcomm may retain orders in some other regions as well.Choosing Intel’s part for an important role in the product that generates about two-thirds of Apple’s annual revenue may represent a...

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08:25
Designer’s renderings show what next-gen MacBook Pro...


This could be really interesting.
Designer Martin Hajek has rendered a graphical simulation of a MacBook Pro incorporating an OLED touchbar, something that’s been rumored for the next-gen MacBook Pro, which has been anticipated for release later this year.
The concept shows what such an OLED system could look like in a current MacBook Pro and is pretty damn impressive.

Last month, industry mogul and KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities issued a note stating that the next-gen MacBook Pro might trade some of its function keys for a single OLED touch panel. This has been speculation, but Hajek’s renderings show how this might be pulled off and how various system functions could be controlled via this interface.
We’ll have...

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08:16
Bluetooth 5 will feature 2x speed and 4x range,...

Late last year we got an early look at improvements coming to the next version of Bluetooth, and now the Bluetooth Special Interest Group has revealed the name of the upcoming version plus more specifics about the new standard. Bluetooth 5 will be the successor to Bluetooth 4.2, which was released at the end of 2014, suggesting a notable release this year. The new standard will be announced next week, and this is what we know so far.
more…Filed under: Tech Industry Tagged: Bluetooth, Bluetooth 5 ...

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08:09
Bluetooth 5 standard to be announced next week, will...

Bluetooth 5, the next generation of the Bluetooth standard, is set to be formally announced next week.
The standard will offer double the range and quadruple the speed of the current Bluetooth protocol.
Executive director of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, Mark Powell, revealed the news in a published email this week. The Bluetooth SIG, which is backed by Apple, Intel, and other major technology companies, will officially make the announcement on June 16 in London.

The new standard is also said to offer significantly wider support for smart home devices and enhanced Internet of Things (IoT) functionality, in addition to increased support for location-based connectionless services, such as assistive navigation beacons.
It’s unclear...

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08:01
Apple signs deal to harness energy from landfill gas...

Continuing the company's efforts in green energy, Apple and North Carolina's Catawba County have reportedly signed a 16-year lease agreement that will let it build a plant generating power from landfill gas.

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07:27
Opinion: Could Apple adopt Amazon’s Scout model to...

Novelists and app developers have a lot in common. An author puts a lot of work into writing a novel, but when it’s finally published it’s competing with millions of other books out there. Unless you’re a big-name writer, most people will never even get to know that yours exists.
You can try to be creative with your marketing. For example, I did a Kickstarter campaign for my first novel, 11/9, and included the opening scene of The Billion Dollar Heist at the end of it to drive sales through to that. But it’s impossible to compete with the big publishing houses.
The same is true of small-time app developers. Your app may be the greatest in the world, but it steps out into a world that already has around 1.5 million iOS apps and where nobody has ever heard of yours. And with Apple now allowing successful companies to buy even more App Store visibility through...

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07:23
Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe, dies at 88

Arguably one of the two greatest hockey players to ever strap on the skates. Damn.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:57
Developers can gate apps behind subscriptions,...

Incoming App Store policies will not only allow any app to offer a subscription, but in many cases enable developers to gate all of their content behind one, according to Apple.

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06:15
Apple TV sells 1.7 million units during the first...

For all its early momentum, Chromecast had been unable to out ship the Apple TV. This finally changed during the first quarter of 2016 with Apple TV shipping 1.7 million units compared to Google pushing 3.2 million Chromecasts to market, according to the Connected Device Market Monitor. from the IHS research group.

“We anticipate that this reversal will persist,” says Merrick Kingston, principal analyst-connected home, at IHS Technology. “Since the introduction of the fourth-generation Apple TV, Apple and Google have pursued vastly different strategies.”

The Apple TV, starting at $149, has inexorably been shuttled into the segment’s top end, he says. The device is now...

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06:12
Review: Kanex’s GoPower Mac Portable Battery for USB...

I wouldn’t normally describe a portable battery as being beautiful, but Kanex’s just-released $99 GoPower Mac Portable Battery fits that description. Its aluminum body is like a mix of Apple’s space gray and silver colors, but it’ll look good when paired with any 12″ MacBook.
Good looks are nice, but the real world performance of a battery pack is crucial. How does Kanex’s offering stack up? Check out our hands-on impressions. more…Filed under: iOS Devices, Mac, Reviews Tagged: 12" MacBook, 12-inch MacBook accessories,...

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06:10
The mind-blowing Sensus Smart Guitar

[VIDEO] This is some incredible technology. Just watch the video embedded in the main post. I’d love to get my mitts on one of these.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:09
Apple to build renewable energy facility that...

Yesterday, it was reported that Apple has created an energy subsidiary, Apple Energy LLC. Now The Hickory Record says there’s a new lease agreement between Catawba County and Apple that will allow for the construction of a renewable energy facility that harnesses landfill gas.

The three Jenbacher engines the county uses to make electricity from Methane. A portion of the landfill site will be leased to Apple for a renewable energy facility. KEVIN GRIFFIN/RECORD

The lease, approved by the Board of Commissioners, provides the Cupertino, California-based company with about 3.7 acres on the Blackburn Resource Recovery Facility in Newton, North Carolina. Apple’s...

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06:06
All about FileVault: Encryption for your Mac

Peter Cohen lays out all you need to know about your Mac’s built-in drive encryption facility, FileVault. Nicely done.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:02
Rumor: Apple to deliver iMessage to Android at WWDC

iMessage to Android? I would welcome that development.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:02
Lenovo's Super High-End Project Tango...

Google's smartphone concept called Project Tango has taken forever to get off the ground, primarily due to Apple acquiring PrimeSense that was to deliver a key technology for their 3D camera. After a long delay Lenovo will be the first to deliver a Project Tango based smartphone this September, likely prior to the release of Apple's iPhone 7.

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06:01
Rumor: Apple’s iMessage coming to the Android...

MacDailyNews reports Apple will announce iMessage for Android at Monday's Worldwide Developer Conference keynote event, reports MacDailyNews, citing unnamed “sources.” Currently, the instant messenger service is only available for iOS and OS X devices. 

iMessage lets you send texts, documents, photos, videos, contact information, and group messages over Wi-Fi, mobile phone Internet access, or other forms of Internet access to other iOS or OS X. It offers an alternative to standard SMS/MMS messaging.

Apple is increasingly focused on services which means opening up certain avenues beyond its own iOS and OS X platforms, according to MacDailyMews. For example, Apple has added person-to-person Apple Pay payments via Messages andreleased Apple Music for Android last November.

Chances that this rumor is true (IMHO): 60%. It would make sense for Apple to expand...

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06:00
Woman Uses 'Hey Siri' To Call An Ambulance...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Networkworld: When Apple released the iPhone 6s, it included a great new Siri feature which enables users to activate the intelligent assistant via voice. Dubbed 'Hey Siri,' the feature is particularly convenient because the iPhone 6s' M9 motion co-processor is 'always listening' and thereby lets users use 'Hey Siri' even when the device isn't connected to a power source. Recently, Stacey Gleeson of Australia used the 'Hey Siri' feature to successfully call an ambulance while she was tending to her daughter Giana who had stopped breathing. "I picked her up and sat down with her on the floor," Gleeson said in an interview. "And as I checked her airways, I looked over and remembered my phone." Thinking quick on her feet, Gleeson said, "Hey Siri, call the ambulance." Fortunately, Gleeson managed to resuscitate her daughter while the ambulance was in route. And while it's impossible to know for sure, it's entirely possible that the time Gleeson...

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05:58
A look back at the first iPhone rumor that ever was

This is a solid bit of history, rumor of a new device from Apple called an iPhone, published by the New York Times back in 1992.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:50
Rumor: iPhone 7 to be available in a dark blue model

According to the Japanese website Mac Otakara —as noted by AppleInsider — a Chinese supplier says the upcoming iPhone 7 will be available in dark blue, silver, gold and rose gold options. 

The article also says it’s "highly likely" that the space grey option will be no more. Finally, Mac Otakara says the iPhone 7 will use the same LCD glass as Apple’s current smartphones. 

Chances that this rumor is true (IMHO): 50%. I can see Apple adding a dark blue color, but I don’t think the company will ditch the popular space grey hue.

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05:43
Now you can post 360-degree photos on Facebook...

It wasn’t that long ago when creating 360-degree photos that you could share with others online required special camera kit, and you had to post them on websites that supported the feature. It’s since got much easier, and as of the latest update to the iOS Facebook app, you don’t need anything more than your iPhone and the stock camera app.

Simply take a panorama with your phone […] and then post it on Facebook as you would a normal photo. From there, we’ll convert it to an immersive 360 photo that people can explore, similar to how people experience 360 videos on Facebook … 

more…Filed under: Apps Tagged: 360-degree photos, Camera,...

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05:35
iOS 10, macOS, MacBook Pro: AppleInsider podcast...

This week, the AppleInsider podcast discusses the latest in WWDC rumors, including new MacBook Pros, what to expect from new versions of iOS and OS X, the next watchOS and the future of the Apple Watch, and much more.

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05:00
HPE Wants Open Source Devs to Kick The Machine Into...


Hewlett Packard Enterprise on Tuesday announced it was open-sourcing The Machine to spur development of the infant computer design project. HPE has invited the open source community to collaborate on its largest and most notable research project yet. The Machine focuses on reinventing the architecture underlying all computers built in the past 60 years. The new design model switches to a memory-driven computing architecture. The new design model switches to a memory-driven computing architecture. Bringing in open source developers early in the software development cycle will familiarize them with the fundamental shift.

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04:58
As Apple moves into the energy business, it gets...

While solar panels and wind turbines are the two best-known methods of generating renewable energy, they aren’t the only approaches. The day after we learned that Apple has become a power company, we hear that it has just been given the go-ahead to employ a particularly cool method.
Landfill gas utilization traps the methane gas given off from landfill sites and either converts it into pipeline-grade gas or uses it to generate electricity. It’s doubly environmentally friendly, generating power from waste but also preventing the release of methane – a greenhouse gas – into the atmosphere …
more…Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple Energy,...

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04:56
External Link: Big Changes Coming to the App Store

Apple has informed select journalists of major changes coming to the App Store. Daring Fireball’s John Gruber summarized the changes as: shorter app review times, subscription-based pricing for all apps, and better app discovery. To make apps easier to find, Apple is promising a smarter Featured tab that omits installed apps, the return of the Categories tab, and paid search ads. Some of these changes may prove controversial, but it’s good to see Apple at least making an effort to improve the App Store experience. No mention was made of demo versions or paid upgrades for non-subscription apps, but since the new app subscriptions will have trial periods, it’s possible that Apple thinks the upcoming changes will suffice. 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...

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04:46
CapTech: America does digital better

Businesses that want to win, serve, and retain customers on digital platforms are increasingly turning to American IT firms who can get them to market faster with more effective customer engagement solutions than offshore providers, according to a new CapTech study (www.captechconsulting.com).
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04:30
ADATA’s i-Memory Flash Drive is a good idea, but not...

The ADATA i-Memory Flash Drive combines Apple-certified Lightning and USB connectivity, which makes it a breeze to move files from your Mac to your iOS device. It also supports Live Photos and Apple AirPlay audio and video content with Apple TV compatibility. If only there weren’t some substantial drawbacks to the drive.

The plug and play i-Memory Flash Drive supports Lightning and USB with a bi-directional design. According to the folks at ADATA, it’s “officially” compatible with the iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPhone 6/6 Plus,iPhone 5S, iPhone5C, iPhone 5, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad (4th generation), iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation). It also worked with my iPad Pro — at least up to a point.

The basic concept behind the i-Memory Flash Drive is sound. However, I had to remove the cases from both my iPhone 6s Plus and my 12.9-inch iPad Pro to plug the drive in. 

Once I...

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04:23
Apple clarifies deal on subscription apps: no free...

Apple’s announcement that developers will be able to keep 85% of subscription revenue after the first year seemed to leave some questions unanswered. In particular, Phil Schiller’s examples appeared to contradict descriptions on Apple’s own website.
more…Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apps, developers, iOS, Subscription apps ...

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04:05
Kool Tools: Due Dopp Kit

Looking for a gift for Father’s Day? The new $79 WaterField Designs Duo Dopp Kit (http://tinyurl.com/jzldppa), designed for daily or travel use, will delight dads looking to organize grooming items or tech gear.
It’s a great two-compartment case for organizing gear. There are dozens of different ways you can make it work for you. It’s deep enough to hold grooming items or even tech gear, and soft enough to compress so it packs neatly into your luggage; it’s an ideal travel companion.
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04:00
Mail Designer 3.0 for OS X improves an already good...

If you need to design more than your run-of-the-mill emails and newsletters, Mail Designer Pro from equinux needs to be in your software arsenal. It’s gotten even better with the just-released version 3.0.

Compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 and later, Mail Designer Pro allows you to create eye-catching emails — including HTML emails — quickly and easily without knowing anything about HTML coding. With version 3.0, it adds support for Retina displays.

Version 3.0 packs more than 70 new ready-to-use design ideas that include full surface background art. You can choose from 500+ web fonts with all available font weights, as well as automatic and individual suggested font-fallbacks.

Mail Designer plays nice with other Apple apps. You can design your own multi-column newsletters using drag and drop, then send them via the OS X Mail app. You can add photos and pictures from a variety of sources, such as the El Capitan...

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03:59
New Apple Store shirts may have helped thieves pose...

Thieves dressed as Apple Store staff have stolen a total of $66,000’s worth of iPhones in two separate thefts at retail stores in New York. Apple’s Upper West Side store was targeted back in March, when 67 iPhones worth almost $50k were stolen, followed by the theft of 19 phones worth $16k from the SoHo store last week.
Police now believe that the same thieves may be responsible for both. The criminals seemed to have done their research well, notes Gizmodo
more…Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple Store,...

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03:12
'Bluetooth 5' to be Announced Next Week,...

Bluetooth 5, the next generation of Bluetooth standard, will be formally announced next week, offering double the range and quadruple the speed of the current low-energy wireless protocol.

Executive director of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, Mark Powell, revealed the news in a published email sent to UK health and monitoring company Blue Maestro. The Bluetooth SIG, which is backed by Apple, Intel, and other major technology companies, will officially make the announcement on June 16 in London.

The standard's adoption of the title "Bluetooth 5" drops reference to both the version and point number, indicating both a significant revision of the protocol and an effort by SIG to simplify its marketing strategy.

The new standard is also said to offer significantly wider support for smart home devices and enhanced Internet...

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02:00
Daily Deal: Acesori 5-Piece Smartphone Camera Lens...

The most popular camera in the world at the present time is the iPhone. Yes, if you take all of the various models of iPhone and look at the total number of photos uploaded by them to services like Flickr, they're way out in front of every other type of camera. But sometimes that single little lens on the back of the iPhone just isn't what you need to take the creative photo you're looking for. That's where the Acesori 5-piece Smartphone Camera Lens Kit comes in handy, and we have it for just $9.99 in the Apple World Today Deals Shop.  

This is just a fraction of what you'd pay for some competing lens kits, and...

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Saturday June 11

06:49
OS X Hidden Treasures: Copy and Paste

Copy and paste is an easy technology to take for granted, but there’s more to it than you may think. We explain the basics, and beyond, of copy and paste on the Mac. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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06:23
External Link: Why You Shouldn’t Share Links via...

In a post on Medium, security researcher Inti De Ceukelaire explains how any developer could see the URLs you share in private Facebook messages. Even if you’re only linking to cat pictures, URLs sometimes contain sensitive information that you’re unaware of, such as names, locations, and even hidden keys. When De Ceukelaire reached out to Facebook, the company said that this was “publicly-documented and intentional behavior.” Long story short: be cautious about using Facebook Messenger, particularly for any sensitive communications! 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...

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06:15
It's Inevitable: Amazon's Streaming Music...

Amazon overtook Walmart to become the largest US retailer last year. Barron's reported this month that Amazon could be the largest U.S. Company by 2020. Last Summer Amazon launched Prime Music in the UK as a starting point to compete with Spotify and yes, Apple Music. Yesterday a new report pointed to the service now being prepared to to go global.

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03:30
My predictions for the WWDC keynote announcement

Apple will kick off its 2016 Worldwide Developer Conference with a keynote Monday at 12 a.m. (Pacific). Following are my predictions about what will be announced and previewed:

 

  • Upcoming versions of macOS (which I think will replace the OS X moniker), iOS, tvOS, and watchOS. Of course, this prediction is a no-brainer. 
  • Introduction of a Siri software development kit. 
  • Hints at Apple’s virtual reality plans.
  • The introduction of new MacBooks and MacBook Pros, though they won’t ship until August. The MacBook Air name will be displayed and we’ll simply have MacBooks and MacBook Pros.
  • The launch of a 5K Retina Thunderbolt Display.
  • However, my crystal balls says that we won’t see new iMacs, Mac minis, Mac Pros, Apple TVs, Apple Watches, iPhones, or iPads — or any Apple Car news. New iMacs, Apple TVs, Apple Watches, iPhones, and iPad Pros will arrive in the fall and an Apple video streaming service will arrive before the...
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03:00
A Tour of Campus 2, Apple's Upcoming...

Dave Knott writes from a report via Popular Science: Popular Science has an article detailing Campus 2, Apple's upcoming headquarters, including a video with a tour of the complex which is still under construction. The Spaceship, as many have nicknamed it, is over one mile in circumference and when it is completed later this year it will house 13,000 employees. Its exterior will largely be composed of thousands of huge curved glass planes; the floors and ceilings will be constructed from hollow concrete slabs that allow the building to "breathe," bolstering its eco-friendly qualities. Campus 2 will run entirely on renewable energy, with rooftop solar panels providing an output of 16 megawatts of power and acting as the campus's primary energy supplier. Upon completion, the main building will have four stories above ground and three below, with numerous other facilities including seven cafes, a fitness center and a 120,000 square-foot theater where Apple will hold its famous product...

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01:43
This week on AI: App Store shakeup, new Apple Watch...

Newsmakers mostly held their collective breath ahead of next week's WWDC in San Francisco, but Apple surprised developers by announcing some major changes to the App Store, some of which will take effect as soon as Monday.

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00:00
Google Announces Support of the Controversial TPP

An anonymous reader writes: Google has announced in a blog post Friday their support for the controversial Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership (TPP). Recode reports: "The trade agreement includes key provisions about the global passage of digital data, intellectual property and copyright -- measures that have drawn criticism from both the political right and left, including several outspoken tech groups. Google's endorsement isn't exactly full-throated, but its stake clearly demonstrates another key area of support with the Obama administration, to which Google is close." Google's SVP and general counsel Kent Walker wrote: "The TPP is not perfect, and the trade negotiation process would certainly benefit from greater transparency. We will continue to advocate for process reforms, including the opportunity for all stakeholders to have a meaningful opportunity for input into trade negotiations." The company has already shown support of the TPP behind the Internet Association, which...

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Wednesday June 8

14:30
The Week in iOS Accessories: Take it to the kitchen

Kitchen confidentialThis week’s roundup includes a device that lets you prepare your meal while keeping an eye on your iPad. Read on!CTA DigitalIf you like to take your tablet into the kitchen, the $25 Bamboo iPad Cutting Board ($25 MSRP, available for $11.11 on Amazon) is a nifty accessory: It includes a slot for displaying your iPad, a transparent screen shield to keep food from splattering onto the display, and side storage for up to eight knives. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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04:47
WWDC wish list: Improvements to services like iCloud...

Services with a smileImage by ThinkstockThere’s a good reason why Apple has devoted more and more WWDC keynote time to streaming apps and subscriptions. From Apple Music to iCloud Drive and the App Store, services are rapidly becoming one of the most exciting elements of Apple’s sizable catalogue, and with some serious pressure being applied by the likes of Google and Amazon, a healthy amount of WWDC stage time will almost certainly be devoted to Apple’s burgeoning services strategy.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:42
Podcast 511: WWDC predictions, Apple TV love, and...

We’re just days away from the WWDC 2016 keynote, and it’s time to talk (and talk, and talk) about what might be announced, what probably won’t be announced, and what we really want Apple to announce, however unlikely. Be sure to join us for the live blog Monday morning—the keynote starts at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern.
Elsewhere, Glenn made a Mac 911 FAQ because it turns out about half the questions he gets are the same handful of questions. We’re both loving the Apple TV more than ever, as articulated by Jason Snell in a recent column. Instagram is finally using the real iOS Share sheet, so we also pause to praise how great the Share sheet is at linking up apps. Then speaking of awesome apps, Glenn has written two books about Slack, which is one of those apps it’s easy to love but so powerful that it’s hard to take full advantage of. Oh, and speaking of taking advantage, T-Mobile wants you to eat Domino’s every Tuesday forever—for free....

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11:59
Apple SVP Phil Schiller: Huge iOS App Store changes...

Apple’s App Store problems are well-documented. It’s difficult to find apps, even when searching for them by name, and it’s tough for developers to stand out from the millions of other apps in the store. At next week’s Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple will officially announce its overhauled App Store.
Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, spilled the beans on those changes in a Wednesday interviews with The Verge and Daring Fireball. First, a new App Store subscription model will reward developers who can keep paying customers around for longer than a year. Apple will slice its cut of their subscriptions to 15 percent from the standard 30 percent after the first year. The company is planning to encourage all developers to explore the subscription model—and...

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21:39
DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.8.11

Brings a revised view/edit pane to all editions and an improved OCR metadata entry panel to the Pro Office edition. (All updates are free. DEVONthink Pro Office, $149.95 new; DEVONthink Professional, $79.95 new; DEVONthink Personal, $49.95 new; DEVONnote, $24.95 new) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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19:12
App Store Subscription Uncertainty

From Lauren Goode’s interview with Phil Schiller for The Verge, specifically regarding the new 85/15 revenue split after the first year of a subscription (italic emphasis mine):

But Schiller insisted that it wasn’t any kind of “Apple tax”
backlash or companies encouraging users to go to their own
websites that drove Apple’s new subscription model: “It wasn’t
done from a negative like that,” he says. When I asked about this,
he stresses that it was “absolutely done because we recognize that
developers do a lot of work to retain a customer over time in a
subscription model, and we wanted to reward them for that by
helping them to keep more of the revenue.” Apple can help drive
customers to the original download, Schiller argues, but only the
developer can keep the customer over time and “we want to incent...

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19:10
DOJ urges Supreme Court to return Apple vs. Samsung...

The Justice Department on Wednesday filed an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Apple's appellate court win over Samsung in a nearly five-year-old patent dispute, a decision that would inevitably lead to a new round of litigation.

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18:29
DOJ asks the Supreme Court to return the Apple vs....

The U.S. Department of Justice has asked the Supreme Court to overturn an appeals court ruling that had favored Apple over Samsung in smartphone patent litigation, and asked that it return the case to the trial court for more litigation, reports Reuters, that’s exactly what has happened.

Samsung had appealed a federal appeals court ruling to the Supreme Court, which agreed to hear the case. The Justice Department submitted its view in an amicus brief Wednesday. 

Earlier this year, Samsung agreed to pay Apple $548 million for the five-years-and-counting-legal brouhaha over patent infringement — with some stipulations. However, the company then went to the U.S. Supreme Court “in a last-ditch effort to pare back” the damages it must pay Apple for infringing the patents and designs of the iPhone.

In its petition to the high court, Samsung said it should not have...

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18:09
DOJ asks Supreme Court to send Samsung vs Apple case...

In what feels like a never-ending patent battle, the Department of Justice today filed an amicus brief regarding the ongoing case between Apple and Samsung. Back in December, it was announced that Apple and Samsung had reached a $548 million settlement, but shortly after that Samsung asked that Supreme Court hear an appeal of its case, saying that the lower courts misapplied the design patent law. Apple then asked the Supreme Court not to hear the appeal and argued that the case was closed, but in March the Supreme Court agreed to hear Samsung’s appeal over the case.
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18:05
More evidence of 'macOS' rebranding...

In another subtle hint that Apple plans to rebrand its desktop operating system "macOS," the company on Wednesday published a support document containing reference to the new naming convention alongside software pillars iOS, tvOS and watchOS.

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17:05
Google's AI 'TensorFlow' Software Is...

An anonymous reader writes: Google published an early version of TensorFlow that adds support for iOS. TensorFlow is "neural network" software that lets computers process data in a way similar to our own brain cells. Google CEO Sundar Pichai recently said it advances machine learning capability by a factor of three generations. With the software running on your iPhone, its capabilities will allow for more sophisticated apps to run on iOS. We can expect the apps to be released later this year and into next year from Google and others who use TensorFlow. Some of the tasks TensorFlow can allow for include being able to recognize subjects in photographs or being able to teach your phone what a particular object looks like, which is what another neural network software project called MemKite aims to do. Google has released its TensorFlow software as open source, where anyone can use or modify it for free.
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16:42
Latest hint at ‘macOS’ rebranding of OS X appears in...

[UPDATE: Apple has changed the webpage to say Mac OS X, not macOS.]
It’s widely expected at this point that Apple will rebrand Mac OS X to simply ‘macOS’ next week at WWDC, but hidden in today’s announcements regarding the App Store was yet another hint at the change. In a FAQ from on the iTunes Connect website, Apple mistakenly refers to Mac OS X as ‘macOS,’ again prematurely hinting at the change.
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16:40
Apple Again References 'MacOS', This Time...

Because iOS, watchOS, and tvOS all share a common naming scheme, there's been some speculation that OS X, the operating system for Macs, could see a name change to "MacOS" at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference.

Earlier this year, Apple referenced "MacOS" in an environmental website update, and today the company has made the same gaffe on a developer FAQ page outlining new App Store revenue sharing policies, again raising the question of whether a name change is on the horizon.

In a section on when the new revenue split goes into effect, Apple references the types of apps that are eligible, listing iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS.

Unlike the...

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16:19
Using Google Motion Stills

Everyone seems to really like this new app, although Dave Caolo did have some trouble with the GIF.∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:09
Samsung Wins a Design Patent for a Desktop Display...

Yesterday the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Samsung a design patent for a desktop or TV display stand that appears to be based on magnetics. The design will also allow the display to fold into a position that could accommodate a virtual multitouch keyboard and or an S-Pen for drawing. In October 2014, Apple's Senior VP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi ...

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15:55
Google to ape Apple's 'Subscriptions 2.0...

After Apple announced an upcoming change to its App Store revenue sharing policies that will net developers a larger cut for customers who maintain a subscription for more than one year, a report now says Google plans to offer identical terms -- minus the probationary period.

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15:35
Snowden and the NSA Gets Curiouser and Curiouser


Edward Snowden made a greater effort than originally believed to raise his concerns within the NSA before releasing thousands of classified documents detailing programs that allowed the agency to spy on U.S. citizens. The truth is more complex than the NSA let on, according to a report based on documents secured through two years of Freedom of Information Act litigation. In the aftermath of Snowden's release of a cache of stolen NSA documents, he claimed that he had exhausted all official avenues available to him before going public.

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Thursday June 9

09:14
More Uber deliveries may be coming from your...

Uber wants to be the default delivery service for small businesses in the United States. The car-hailing service/budding transport company just announced that any business can now use its UberRush application program interface (API).What that means for you is more deliveries from UberRush are likely headed your way from the online and mobile app-based services you use. If you live in one of UberRush’s delivery cities that is, which right now includes just Chicago, New York, and San Francisco.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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14:54
FAQ: How Apple’s new App Store subscriptions affect...

Update: This article was updated with additional information from Apple clarifying that apps approved to offer subscriptions do not need to be useful or perform any function when a subscription isn’t active.
Seemingly out of nowhere, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, Phil Schiller, gave interviews to several news outlets about significant changes to certain App Store policies around subscriptions—notably letting all apps potentially offer automatically renewing subscriptions. The company followed up with a page on its developer site describing what’s coming.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please...

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22:01
iTunes 12.4.1

Fixes a bug that prevented VoiceOver from working properly. (Free, 233 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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22:00
Audio Hijack 3.3

Brings several major enhancements to the popular audio recording utility. ($49 new, free update, 16 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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20:55
Winners of the Blast Motion sensor giveaway announced

AppleInsider would like to congratulate the winners of last week's giveaway, Michael D., John S., Melissa C., Derek B., Christopher T., Jason R., Audrey S., Kevin C., Richard E. and Chris A., each of whom scored a baseball, basketball or golf sensor of their choosing.

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20:43
Imposters again target NYC Apple Store, pilfer $16,...

New York's Apple Stores have been hit by a rash of burglaries perpetrated by thieves employee lookalikes, the latest heist seeing more than $16,000 worth of iPhones swiped from the company's swanky SoHo outlet.

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19:19
Sketchy Rumor Says Apple Will Add 'Deep Blue...

Apple is planning to introduce a "Deep Blue" color option to replace the Space Gray color option for the upcoming iPhone 7, according to a new report from Japanese website Mac Otakara. The new color will stand alongside the already available Silver, Gold and Rose Gold.

Mac Otakara says Apple plans to discontinue the "Space Gray" color, which was introduced with the iPhone 5s in 2013. The lighter shade replaced the darker slate black used on the iPhone 5. The color has since found its way to other Apple products, like the iPad Air, iPad Pro and 12-inch MacBook.

The Cupertino company has steadily added color options to its iPhone lineup. In 2008, Apple debuted a white color option alongside the black iPhone 3G. The company later renamed the white option Silver with the...

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19:00
iPhone 7 to come in blue? Space Gray to be cast off...

According to Macotakara, Apple has plans to cut out the Space Gray version of the iPhone 7 this time around and replace it with a deep blue iPhone color. From my point of view, Apple has played so fast and loose with the term “space gray” that this deep blue might be an evolution of the color.
no antenna bands!
Seriously though. Apple has a blue iPod Touch (remember those things #TBT) which could serve as a base point for a deep blue iPhone but in reality I’m not putting a lot of hope in this one becoming real.
Rough Google translation and the 50 shades of Apple’s Space Gray shown below: more…Filed under:...

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18:50
Apple Creates Energy Company, Looks To Sell Excess...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from 9to5Mac: Apple has quietly created an energy subsidiary, 'Apple Energy' LLC, registered in Delaware but run from its Cupertino headquarters. The company has seemingly formed to allow it to sell excess electricity generated by its solar farms in Cupertino and Nevada, with plans to sell electricity across the whole of the U.S. But a set of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission filings suggests that Apple could have bigger ambitions in the power field. Currently, when private companies sell their excess power, they can only do so to energy companies -- and they often (varies by state) have to sell at wholesale rates. What Apple seemingly could to do, however, is sell directly to end-users at market rates. In other words, get paid retail prices for its excess power. Currently companies like Green Mountain Power can sell green renewable energy to homeowners all over the U.S. It wouldn't be a stretch to see Apple do this as a product in the future...

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18:22
Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 7' to ditch...

A highly questionable rumor from East Asia on Thursday claims Apple will replace the venerable Space Gray colorway with a new "Deep Blue" shade when it launches the next-generation iPhone this fall.

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17:58
MacBook Pro with OLED touchbar visualized in new...

Building on a foundation of recent rumor and speculation, designer Martin Hajek mocked up computer graphics renders exploring the utility of incorporating an OLED touchbar into Apple's rumored next-generation MacBook Pro, a device anticipated for release later this year.

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17:05
MacBook OLED bar concept with multiple USB-C ports...

KGI analyst report from two weeks ago broke the news that a new Apple MacBook, due later in the year, would debut a new OLED touch screen technology above the keyboard that will replace the function row keys. A leaked shell of a MacBook days later seemed to at least confirm the report along with showing 2 USB-C ports on the sides and a huge touchpad. The MacBook OLED bar rumor has been a controversial one for us and many of you generating lots of opinions.

However, one of our readers Cameron did a mockup that changed all of that for...

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16:26
Report claims iMessage for Android to be announced...

According to a report from MacDailyNews, Apple will announce that iMessage is coming to Android at Monday’s upcoming WWDC 2016 keynote.
Such an announcement, which MacDailyNews claims to have obtained from “a source familiar with the company’s thinking,” would go a long way towards making it easier for users to shift between the two competing platforms. But what would be Apple’s motivation for doing this?
more…Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Apple rumors, iMessage, WWDC 2016...

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16:23
Get the real 'Fruit Ninja' on the VR...

This is Fruit Ninja. There are many like it, but this is Halfbrick Studios'. And while it's been imitated over and over for regular apps as well as VR, there's only one original. It's headed for VR via the HTC Vive and several other platforms later t...

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16:22
Rumor: Apple to debut iMessage for Android at WWDC...

An unconfirmed, and somewhat tenuous, rumor on Thursday claims iMessage will be Apple's next Android release, with the company potentially planning a debut next week at its Worldwide Developers Conference.

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16:17
Concept Imagines What a Dynamic OLED Touch Panel...

Following rumors suggesting the next-generation MacBook Pro will feature an OLED touch panel that replaces the function keys, designer Martin Hajek has created some renderings imagining what such a MacBook Pro might look like.

Hajek's design incorporates some recent information indicating the touch panel on the MacBook Pro could be contextual, with icons and imagery that changes based on the app that's in use. Hajek imagines music controls when Spotify is open, which morph into a download monitor when using Transmission.

Also included in the images is an example of Siri on the Mac, with the colorful Siri waveform depicted on the touch...

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15:50
Siri’s witty responses to WWDC questions

Siri is cute sometimes.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:47
Shot on iPhone: Soccer - The Beautiful Game

The 2016 UEFA European Championship, commonly referred to as UEFA Euro 2016 or simply Euro 2016 begins tomorrow. On the eve of the games, Apple releases a soccer themed TV ad.

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15:43
Amplified: That’s Gravy

Jim, Dan, and Haddie talk about WWDC, Apple’s developer focus, the pre-announcements, Search Ads, Siri on the Mac, no hardware, security features, dark mode, update to Siri, Apple Music, the return of the categories tab, the app review process, and more.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:43
The Blocks modular smartwatch is finally (almost)...

Years after the Blocks modular smartwatch first popped up on our radar, the company seems to finally be close to hitting assembly lines. The company has at least 5,500 orders from Kickstarter to fulfill, and if you'd like to add to that number you ca...

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15:36
Apple case against Samsung could go back to lower...

The U.S. Department of Justice asked the Supreme Court to overturn an appeals court ruling that had favored Apple Inc over Samsung Electronics Co Ltd in smartphone patent litigation, and asked that it return the case to the trial court for more litigation.Samsung are thieving scumbags and should pay. Period.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:33
Australian researchers believe they’ve found the...

It’s hard to argue when the color is described as “sewage-tinted” and “death”. Why would you use such a color? Read the article to find out the very interesting reason.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:30
AWT News Update: June 9, 2016

A lot of fun, interesting, and historical Apple news today:

  • Take fun retro photos with BitCam, a 20th anniversary gift app from Iconfactory.
  • Facebook's iOS app now supports upload and viewing of 360° spherical photos
  • Two more metro areas -- and one national rail service -- gain transit direction support on Apple Maps
  • Apple co-founder and legend Steve Jobs met with the head of a team building a lightweight and inexpensive car way back in 2010

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for June 9, 2016.

If early tweets are any indication, a new app from Iconfactory is going to be very, very popular. BitCam is a special,...

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15:12
Uber's delivery service just went mainstream

You probably know Uber as a company that takes you places. Soon, you may know it as the company that brings you pizza. And groceries. And laundry. And... well, everything. Today, Uber took its on-demand delivery service out of beta, opening the UberR...

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14:59
This might be the luckiest crash at the Isle of Man...

I absolutely love the Isle of Man TT – it’s on my motorcycle bucket list – but it’s terrifying watching these videos. Sadly, riders die on a regular basis in the weeks of the TT. Luckily, this rider was relatively unscathed.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:41
The Wirecutter's best deals: $50 off a Nest...

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. Read their continuously updated list of deals at TheWirecutter.com.

You may have already seen Engadget posting reviews from our friends at The Wirecutter....

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14:19
Spotify complains Apple’s new App Store subscription...

Following news of incoming changes to Apple’s App Store that will benefit developers with a new subscription revenue split and paid search result ads, Spotify today outlined to The Verge why the improvements don’t address their issues with Apple’s policies.
Specifically, a Spotify representative noted the company’s inability to offer special deals to customers and lack of access to data into “why customers churn — or who even qualifies as a long-term subscriber.”
more…Filed under: Apps Tagged: 85/15, App Store,...

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14:18
Google Fiber considers gigabit WiFi to cheaply cover...

Google Fiber has been the Holy Grail of local internet aficionados for its blisteringly fast speed and independence from established internet providers. But setting up all its infrastructure is a huge, expensive undertaking. So Google's parent compan...

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14:00
iPhone 7 Case: Nearly Identical Fit to 6s, Except...

With only three months to go until the launch of the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, case makers have already started creating cases for the two devices based on rumored specifications. We were able to get our hands on a set of iPhone 7 cases, so we did a comparison video to see how it measures up to the iPhone 6.

Early iPhone cases are always built on specifications gleaned from rumors, supply chain information, and other third-party sources, and oftentimes, they're an accurate representation of what we can expect a next-generation iPhone to look like.

Cases aren't always spot on because they're only as precise as the information they've been built on, but these iPhone 7 cases match with almost all of the rumors we've heard about the iPhone 7 so far.

As can be seen in the video, the iPhone 7 case fits well on an...

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13:42
LG Innotek to be sole 'iPhone 7 Plus' dual...

LG Innotek will be the exclusive supplier of dual-lens camera modules for Apple's "iPhone 7 Plus," expected to ship this September, a Korean report claimed on Thursday.

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13:17
Motorola's swappable 'Moto Mods' turn...

In a push to reclaim some of the smartphone space dominated by Apple and Samsung, Lenovo-owned Motorola on Thursday unveiled a new hardware project called "Moto Mods," a series of swappable accessories that can bring new capabilities to the Moto Z line of handsets.

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13:15
Motorola's New 'Moto Z' and 'Z...

Amid rumors suggesting Apple will remove the headphone jack in upcoming the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Lenovo-owned Motorola today announced the Moto Z and the Z Force, two new smartphones that eschew headphone jacks in favor of an ultra-thin design.

Sans headphone jack, Motorola has managed to shrink the Moto Z down to 5.19mm thick, while the Z Force, Motorola's more powerful smartphone, measures in at 6.9mm thick. Instead of a headphone jack, both devices feature a single USB-C port which will require a USB-C to 3.5mm jack adapter to use with existing headphones with a 3.5mm headphone plug.

Smaller smartphone companies like LeEco have previously eliminated headphone jacks in their devices, but Motorola is the first major...

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13:00
Notable apps and app updates for June 9, 2016

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

iOS apps and updates

Camera+ version 8

We covered the update of Camera+ ($2.99) yesterday in the AWT News Update, but it bears repeating. The app is one of the longest-lived iOS camera apps, and with the guidance of professional photographer Lisa Bettany and the team at Taptaptap, the app keeps getting better. 

The new update adds slow shutter speeds up to 30 seconds long, making it possible for the iPhone to do things like take night sky shots. The app also adds support for ultra-low ISO levels, and lets iPhone 6 and 6s owners actually see a preview of what the extended shutter speeds and low ISO settings will result...

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12:57
Spotify says Apple's App Store changes omit...

Apple's planned changes to the App Store still don't address some fundamental problems, a Spotify executive said on Thursday, hinting that the music service's in-app subscription fees are likely to remain unchanged.

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12:44
Larry Page May Be Blazing a Trail for Self-Flying...


Google cofounder Larry Page reportedly is working with two Silicon Valley startups to develop a flying car. One is Zee.Aero, which Page personally has funded since its launch in 2010, when it set up shop next to Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California. The firm reportedly has filed a patent application for a small, all-electric vehicle that could take off and land vertically. Page is said to have invested more than $100 million in Zee.Aero, which has about 150 employees and an airport hangar where prototypes are being tested.

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12:25
Logic Pro X update adds three new Chinese instrument...

Apple has updated Logic Pro X — its Mac OS X software for professional songwriting, editing, and mixing — to version 10.2.3. It adds three new Chinese instrument patches: pipa, erhu, and percussion. 

 

Like the recent rev of GarageBand, Logic Pro X also includes more than 300 Chinese instrument loops for dropping into your own mixes. According to Apple, other improvements include:

  • Crossfades between comp sections in Take Folders can now be graphically edited;
  • Improves sound quality for Flex Pitch editing;
  • Seven additional plug-ins have been redesigned to add Retina support and improve usability;
  • A new Loudness Meter plug-in provides support for LUFS metering;
  • Nudge controls can now be used to edit the position of selected automation points;
  • Icons for Drum Machine Designer cells are now user assignable;
  • All Alchemy presets now include names for Transform Pad snapshots;
  • There’s now the ability...
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12:21
Apple's Logic Pro X revved to version 10.2.3

Apple has updated Logic Pro X — its Mac OS X software for professional songwriting, editing, and mixing — to version 10.2.3. It adds three new Chinese instrument patches: pipa, erhu, and percussion.
Like the recent rev of GarageBand, Logic Pro X also includes more than 300 Chinese instrument loops for dropping into your own mixes. According to Apple, other improvements include:
• Crossfades between comp sections in Take Folders can now be graphically edited
• Improves sound quality for Flex Pitch editing
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12:13
Apple continues push for professional users in China...

Apple's professional-grade audio editing app, Logic Pro X, was given a significant update on Thursday, adding a number of fixes and enhancements, including more than 300 new Chinese instrument Apple Loops.

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04:36
WWDC wish list: Will we see any new hardware?

Over the past couple of years, Apple has turned WWDC into a decidedly software-centric show. It’s not just a new set of toys for developers to play with or even the double-barreled introduction of the latest versions of iOS and OS X; three of the last five conferences haven’t seen any new hardware at all, with the lone bright spots being the retina MacBook Pro, refreshed MacBook Airs, and a sneak peak at the radical Mac Pro redesign. And over the past week, several well-connected bloggers have intimated that this year’s show will be all about software.But that doesn’t mean there isn’t any hope. The rumor mill might be uncharacteristically quiet for the week before a major Apple event, but there are still plenty of reasons to believe Tim Cook might be hiding a few goodies up his sleeve when he hits the stage Monday at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. After all, when Phil Schiller spilled the beans on the...

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06:00
The Week in Mac Apps: Roadblock's customizable...

New Mac apps of the weekThis week’s roundup of new Mac apps includes Roadblock, which lets you filter out certain browsing annoyances to give you a better internet experience. Plus, additional tools to keep track of your Bluetooth devices, organize your files, free up memory, save your favorite webpages for offline viewing, and much more.AutoMute - Preventing Awkward Situations 1.3Worried about accidentally playing music too loud in the office? Yoni Levy’s AutoMute comes to the rescue by automatically muting your speakers when this problem is most likely to happen.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:00
Chump change: Throwing Apple’s money around

It’s great that we have the Internet so that people have a place to post their ways for Apple to spend a metric butt-ton of money to solve other peoples’ problems.
Writing for the html version of circus poodles jumping through little hoops that is Business Insider, Matthew DeBord modestly suggests “Apple should buy Uber.” (Tip o’ the antlers to @JonyIveParody.)
Why not? How much could it be?

Conservatively, Uber's acquisition value would be something like $80 billion.

So, because it’s so reasonable, Apple should definitely not think twice about this and just go ahead and take the advice of a guy who said the iPhone 5 would fail and then said no, seriously, the iPhone 5 is really gonna fail. Why? Because…...

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07:38
More than 32 million Twitter credentials reportedly...

The company trying to be the Google of hacked user credentials says it just obtained another huge leak, this time affecting Twitter users. LeakedSource recently reported it obtained a database of more than 32 million Twitter login credentials from a user going by the alias Tessa88@exploit.im.
LeakedSource uses a freemium model where anyone can search for their own credentials for free; however, to see the majority of the leaked credentials users must subscribe to the service. Twenty-four passes are available for $2-$4 depending on whether you pay by Bitcoin or PayPal—annual subscriptions run upwards of $200.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:29
Apple updates Logic Pro X with 3 new Chinese...

Apple has updated Logic Pro X for Mac to version 10.2.3 and added new audio features and design improvements to the pro audio editing software. The update also has a focus on Chinese instruments much like recent GarageBand updates. Retina display users will appreciate hi-res support for seven more plug-ins, and the update delivers the usual performance improvements as well.
As for the Chinese focus, Logic Pro X now includes three new Chinese instrument patches: pipa, erhu, and percussion. Like GarageBand, Logic also includes more than 300 Chinese instrument loops for dropping into your own mixes.
more…Filed under: Apps Tagged: Logic Pro X...

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11:12
Updated App Store guidelines hint at possible...

While it’s been expected that Apple will rebrand Mac OS X as “macOS” at WWDC next week, this has all but been confirmed in paperwork sent out to the developer community.
Hidden in today’s announcements regarding the App Store was yet another hint at the change. In a FAQ from on the iTunes Connect website, Apple mistakenly refers to Mac OS X as ‘macOS,’ again prematurely hinting at the change.
Back in March, Apple also named a framework file in OS X 10.11.4 that referred to the operating system as macOS. The following month, Apple launched a new environmental webpage on which it referred to the operating system as MacOS.

While there’s still some uncertainty as to whether the rebranded operating system will be labeled “MacOS” or “macOS”, the name...

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11:11
Rogue Amoeba Revs Audio Hijack For Mac OS X To...

Rogue Amoeba (www.rogueamoeba.com) has updated Audio Hijack, the Mac OS X tool for recording and enhancing audio, to version 3.3. This free update includes several new features, as well as dozens of smaller improvements and fixes to the application.
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10:34
Organize your world with the Bluelounge CableDrop...

Bluelounge CableDrop Multi and cables. Photo ©2015, Steven Sande

Bluelounge makes a lot of really useful little gizmos that make it much easier to keep your world organized. For example, the Posto keeps your headphones neatly stowed, the Cableyoyo is about the only way I know of to keep Apple's earbuds from getting tangled, the Aaden is a much better battery recharger than Apple's, and the Mika universal tablet stand is...

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10:26
Apple debuts 'Shot on iPhone' ad timed...

Apple's U.K. branch on Thursday premiered a new "Shot on iPhone" ad, "The Beautiful Game," exploiting the UEFA European Football Championship beginning on Friday.

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09:45
Apple releases special ‘Shot on iPhone’ commercial...

Apple has released a special ‘Shot on iPhone’ TV commercial for European markets called ‘The beautiful game’. It features iPhone photography of football stadiums, goalposts and players. The ad will likely air during the UEFA European Football Championship games, which kicks off tomorrow … more…Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS, iOS Devices, Tech Industry Tagged: commercial, Football, iPhone ad, shot on iphone,...

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09:38
Apple establishes 'Apple Energy' to resell...

Apple has established a new subsidiary firm, "Apple Energy LLC," geared towards reselling surplus energy from the company's solar farms back to local grid systems.

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09:30
9to5Toys Last Call: ecobee3 Thermostat $199, iPhone...

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App Store Free App of the Week: Drop Flip puzzler...

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09:28
Moovweb announces planned integration with Apple

Moovweb, which specializes in powering mobile experiences for the world’s leading brands, has announced plans to optimize its platform for Apple Pay’s rumored debut on mobile web. 

Ajay Kapur, CEO and founder, claims Moovweb is the only company to get retailers quickly and easily integrated with Apple Pay for mobile web. It’s an implementation he expects to increase conversions by 50% for its customers.

Kapur says Moovweb expects at least 80% of major retailers to implement Apple ’s payment service on mobile web in the coming months. That includes brands like Best Buy, Staples, Target and Walgreens.

Apple has been telling potential partners that its payment service, which lets shoppers complete a purchase on mobile apps with their fingerprint, is expanding to websites later this year, reports Re/code , quoting unnamed...

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09:24
Cardiogram brings heart rate graph to watchOS as...

Two new interesting watchOS apps are out this week that could add some usefulness to the Apple Watch. Cardiogram uses the heart rate sensor to provide your heart rate history directly on your watch, and Zepp Golf Swing Analyzer turns your watch into a game coach.
more…Filed under: Apple Watch, Apps Tagged: Apple watch ...

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09:00
New forms of student creativity in class with...

Today’s post was written by Wilj Dekkers, Year 5 teacher and e-learning coordinator St. Andrew’s College in New Zealand.
OneNote is central to the pedagogy in my classroom and school. When you walk through the building you can witness the everyday use of the application from Year 4 to Year 8. You will see Active Boards where teachers annotate writing samples in the Content Library for students to use as a reference for their own learning. Students are huddled around their laptops debating which sources of information are most relevant to include in a shared notebook, and staff are reviewing meeting notes shared through a Professional Learning Group’s OneNote.
St. Andrew’s College uses a custom designed Inquiry Pathway—the core of which is built around helping students develop a collaborative approach to learning. The approach is question-driven, encouraging students to find the answers themselves,...

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09:00
Episode 094 introducing new co-host Andrew Coates—...

In this episode, Richard DiZerega introduces the new podcast co-host Andrew Coates and they discuss what’s new in Office 365 dev.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP94_NewCoHost.mp3
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08:54
Apple Quietly Creates Energy Subsidiary called...

It's being reported today that "Apple has quietly created an energy subsidiary, ‘Apple Energy’ LLC, registered in Delaware ...

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08:52
Apple creates an ‘Apple Energy’ energy subsidiary

Apple has created an energy subsidiary, “Apple Energy’” LLC, that’s registered in Delaware but run from its Cupertino, California headquarters, reports 9to5Mac. The company was apparently formed to allow the company to sell excess electricity generated by its solar farms in Cupertino and Nevada, with plans to sell electricity across the whole of the U.S., the article adds.

“Currently, when private companies sell their excess power, they can only do so to energy companies – and they often (varies by state) have to sell at wholesale rates,” notes 9to5Mac. “What Apple seemingly could to do, however, is sell directly to end-users at market rates. In other words, get paid retail prices for its excess power.”

Over a year ago, Apple announced an $850 million agreement to buy solar power from First Solar, the biggest U.S. developer of solar farms. The deal will supply enough electricity...

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08:22
New Apple wearable display patent may point to...

An Apple patent application published on Thursday suggests the company is interested in flexible, wearable displays, possibly with a future incarnation of the Apple Watch in mind.

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08:21
Sorry, the PC Market is Under Construction: Come...

IDC's latest report on the health of the overall PC market indicates that it won't see daylight until sometime in 2018.

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08:20
Siri Offers Witty Responses to Users Asking About...

Ahead of Apple's WWDC 2016 keynote next Monday, June 13 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time, Siri is now offering up some traditionally witty responses to users that ask about potential announcements. iPhone users can test Siri themselves by asking "what to expect at WWDC?" or similar questions.

All of Siri's responses are unsurprisingly vague, including one related to the popular HBO drama series Game of Thrones. Each response includes a link to Apple's WWDC website, which provides a schedule of events and other details about the weeklong developer conference at Moscone West in San Francisco.

Siri previously revealed that WWDC 2016 would be held on June 13-17, prior to any official announcement, and offered similar...

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08:18
Apple has just become an energy company, looks to...

Update: John Weaver did a deeper dive on this over at Electrek
Apple has quietly created an energy subsidiary, ‘Apple Energy’ LLC, registered in Delaware but run from its Cupertino headquarters. The company was seemingly formed to allow it to sell excess electricity generated by its solar farms in Cupertino and Nevada, with plans to sell electricity across the whole of the US.

[Apple Energy LLC] is a Delaware limited liability company and is a 100% wholly owned subsidiary of Apple Inc. [Contact is] Apple Energy LLC, One Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA 95014

Given Apple’s expertise and huge commitment to using renewable energy to power its operations, it is no surprise that it wants to ensure that its solar farms generate sufficient power to meet its needs. Because the sun only shines during the day obviously, Apple needs to shift its...

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08:01
PSA: USB-C on Apple’s new MacBook is a circus

Shopping for USB-C accessories for your new MacBook?  Beware that the USB-C landscape as far as accessories and compatibility with your Mac is an absolute mess.
more…Filed under: Mac Tagged: 12-inch, Accessories, cables, compatible, issues, MacBook, Thunderbolt 3, Type-C, USB-C ...

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07:57
WWDC 2016: Apple's Siri and the future of voice...

While a variety of tech commentators have played up a dramatic "voice-first" rivalry ostensibly led by the Amazon Echo, a yet-unreleased Google Home and Microsoft's Cortana (and apparently miserably trailed by Apple's Siri), real data shows that's not actually the case.

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07:20
Apple to significantly overhaul App Store for the...

As good as Apple’s App Store has been over the years, it still has its rough spots. It can be difficult to find apps, even when searching for them by name and it’s tough for developers to stand out from each other.
This coming straight from the horse’s mouth, Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, stated that a variety of changes are coming to the App Store. First, a new App Store subscription model will reward developers who can keep paying customers around for longer than a year. Apple will slice its cut of their subscriptions to 15 percent from the standard 30 percent after the first year. The company is planning to encourage all developers to explore the subscription model—and now they actually can. Prior...

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07:07
Hard Disk Manager comes to the Mac

Paragon Software Group (PSG has released Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Mac, a tool to protect, maintain, and manage your OS X system. It’s designed to cover all aspects of a Mac’s life cycle, from drive partitioning and regular backup to system migration, disaster recovery options, and wiping of recycled storage.

Sector-level data processing via Snapshot enables users to perform live imaging and migration of an entire Mac — including the operating system, applications, and files — without interrupting your daily work routine. Functionality includes the resizing of partitions, redistribution of free space, and other disk operations. 

Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Mac OS X (10.7 and higher) is available for immediate download as a free 30-day trial or can be purchased directly for $39....

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07:03
Paragon releases Hard Disk Manager for the Mac

Paragon Software Group (PSG has released Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Mac, a tool to protect, maintain, and manage your OS X system. It’s designed to cover all aspects of a Mac’s life cycle, from drive partitioning and regular backup to system migration, flexible disaster recovery options, and secure wiping of recycled storage.
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06:40
Apple Maps transit directions come to Atlanta, Miami...

Apple on Thursday expanded the availability of Maps transit directions to the US cities of Atlanta and Miami, and to National Rail lines in the United Kingdom.

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06:36
This Apple patent almost certainly isn’t about iOS...

Patently Apple has a piece entitled Apple Invents a User Interface for Combinable Virtual iOS Desktops on a Mac. It references a patent which PA suggests is for a Mac that could be used to run (or at least display) iOS apps.
more…Filed under: iOS, Mac Tagged: iOS, iOS on Mac...

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06:24
LG Innotek to be Apple's Exclusive Dual Camera...

While rumors have been swirling around for some time now that Apple could turn to LG for the iPhone 7's dual lens camera, news out of Korea today confirms and clarifies this position.

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06:19
Google's Larry Page bankrolling two flying car...

Google co-founder Larry Page isn't waiting for his company's self-driving car technology to hit the market before reportedly looking toward the next big thing: personal flying cars.

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06:17
Guardian gives us a first look at failed prototype...

The Guardian has an interesting piece on a prototype car that caught the interest of Steve Jobs in the spring of 2010. Called the V-Vehicle, it was an attempt to create a lightweight, low-cost, gas-powered car whose secret was cheaper materials.

Working with designers Tom Matano and Anke Bodack, Bryan Thompson had developed a car body made of polypropylene and glass fibre that was 40% lighter than a conventional steel vehicle and would cost 70% less to produce. The creamy white hatchback had unpainted, upgradable body panels and a “space frame” body, a design technique usually reserved for high-end cars like the Ferrari 360 or Audi’s line of cars.

Within a few hours of receiving an email saying that Steve wanted to see it, Thompson and the team had taken the car to Steve’s house – where Apple’s co-founder had plenty of advice to...

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06:13
Mail Designer Pro 3 for OS X adds Retina resolution...

Equinux (http://www.equinux.com) has announced Mail Designer Pro 3, an upgrade of the Mac app for the creative design of professional HTML newsletters. It now supports Retina resolution.
Mail Designer Pro 3 packs more than 70 new ready-to-use design ideas that include full surface background art. You can choose from 500+ web fonts with all available font weights, as well as automatic and individual suggested font-fallbacks. For this new launch you can save 20% off Mail Designer Pro 3’s regular price ($39.99 instead of $49.99) for a limited time.

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06:03
ADATA releases the A10050 Power Bank

ADATA Technology (www.adata.com) has launched the A10050 Power Bank. As the model name suggests, the device is rated for 10050mAh and is purportedly capable of carrying 3.7 full iPhone battery charges.
The A10050 features dual USB ports and synchronous charge/discharge for battery charging of two devices at once. It comes in a body with a hairline-brushed aluminum texture and in a choice of four colors.
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06:00
Google Matches Apple's Plan To Give Developers...

An anonymous reader writes from a report via Recode: Apple announced a new revenue sharing model on Wednesday that would give developers more money when users subscribe to a service via their apps. Instead of keeping 70 percent of all revenue generated from subscriptions, publishers will be able to keep 85 percent of revenue, once a subscriber has been paying for a year. Google has decided to match Apple's latest offering. It too will move from a 70/30 split to a 85/15 split for subscriptions. However, instead of requiring developers to hook a subscriber for 12 months before offering the better split, it will make it available right away. Sources have said Google has been testing the new model over a year ago with video services in a way to get Play subscriptions to work with its TV streaming offerings like the Chromecast. Google has yet to announce when their new pricing plan will roll out. In other Google and Apple related news, Google's AI 'TensorFlow' software is coming to iOS...

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05:52
Will 2016 be the year that WiGig takes off?

WiGig has emerged as one of the most promising Wi-Fi standards in the recent few years with high speed data rates up to 7 Gbps operating in the 60 GHz band.
WiGig products have been on the market since 2013 (e.g. Dell Docking station) but the market has been slow to develop given a lack of compelling use cases and the need for development of new chip-sets to lower cost and drive usage. Much development work has been done in the last few years by OEMs and chip vendors.
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05:44
IDC: personal computer shipments will decline 7.3%...

Worldwide PC (as in personal computers, not just Windows systems) shipments are forecast to decline by 7.3% year -over-year in 2016 according to an updated forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. The outlook continues to call for progressively smaller declines through 2017 followed by stable volume in 2018. 

However, growth in 2016 is now expected to be roughly 2% below earlier projections as conditions have been weaker than expected, according to IDC. Growth in the first quarter of 2016 (1Q16) came in at -12.5%, just below the research group’s forecast of -11.3%, and inhibitors such as weak currencies, depressed commodity prices, political uncertainty, and delayed projects continue to constrain shipments.

Although growth rates for devices such as phones and tablets continue to fall,...

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05:36
Steve Jobs Met With 'V-Vehicle' Creator in...

Although rumors surrounding Apple's electric car project began intensifying after the vehicle's development sped up last September, a new report out of The Guardian looks back before all of the current hubbub began, at the "secret car" that became of special interest to former Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Called the V-Vehicle and created by industrial designer Bryan Thompson, Jobs flew the designer out to San Francisco in 2010 to discuss Thompson's plans for the car, and pick his brain on the status of the automotive industry as a whole.

Thompson and the V-Vehicle

Thompson and his team created the V-Vehicle with the goal of constructing a disruptive force in the car industry with "a lightweight, petroleum-powered car that used cheaper materials and could sell for...

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05:07
Apple Invents a User Interface for Combinable...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that generally relates to electronic devices for displaying user interfaces that improve user interaction with virtual desktops on the electronic devices.

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05:00
Article on Hiring IT for Small Businesses

Wrote an article awhile back that got edited by and is now posted at http://www.smallbizdaily.com/hiring-the-best-it-support-for-your-smb-to-make-the-most-of-your-investment/.

If it’s your kinda’ thing, hope you enjoy!

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04:47
Number of homes with smart thermostats grew rapidly...

According to a new research report from Berg Insight (www.berginsight.com), the number of North American and European homes with a smart thermostat grew by 81% to 5.8 million in 2015.
The North American market recorded a 78% growth in the installed base of smart thermostats to 4.5 million. In Europe, the total number of homes with a smart thermostat grew by 90% year-on-year to reach 1.4 million.
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04:33
DEVONtechnologies updates all editions of DEVONthink...

DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its intelligent information and document manager DEVONthink as well as the smart notebook DEVONnote.
DEVONthink 2.8.11 brings a revised view/edit pane, better compatibility to RSS 1.0 feeds, and user interface improvements. DEVONthink Pro Office also comes with a rewritten OCR metadata entry panel and email archiving enhancements. All editions fix minor bugs and glitches too. The updates are free and recommended for all users.
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04:30
Kool Tools: AKVIS SmartMask 8.0

AKVIS has released AKVIS SmartMask 8.0, an important update to the software for cutting out a subject from a background. It’s a perfect tool for creating selections and masking objects on images.
The software lets a user quickly select any detail on a picture - fluff, hair, fur, tree branches, glass, or a transparent veil. Featuring intelligence powerful tools the program makes even complex selections and removes backgrounds as easy as pie. It processes equally well soft and sharp edges.
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04:06
Google to mirror Apple’s App Store revenue split – a...

It seems Apple isn’t going to be alone in offering a better deal to developers of subscription-based apps. The same day Phil Schiller revealed that developers will receive 85% of subscription revenue from year two, Re/code reports (and TNW confirms) that Google will be offering the same deal to Android developers – but with one big difference …
more…Filed under: AAPL Company,...

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03:59
Payback Time! The DOJ Sides with Samsung in Apple...

Back in January of this year Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's CEO Rebukes Washington's need for 'Balance' between National Security and Consumer Privacy." Apple had no intention of playing nice with the government and was specifically noted as actually lashing out at the high-level delegation of Obama administration officials and openly criticizing the White House for a lack of leadership. Yesterday it was payback time for the DOJ.

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03:56
'Cardiogram' App Update Brings Native...

HealthKit-enabled Apple Watch app Cardiogram has received its 1.0 release, bringing native watchOS 2 compatibility, 3D Touch for supporting devices, and a redesigned interface.

The app has been developed in collaboration with researchers at the University of California San Francisco's Health eHeart study, which aims to help end heart disease. The program wants to develop a way to detect atrial fibrillation – a medical condition that can lead to stroke – using innovations in everyday consumer technology.

By that token, the Cardiogram developer team have been refining an algorithm that attempts to detect abnormal heart rhythms using the Apple Watch's heart rate sensors.

The 1.0 version of the app at the center of its efforts brings that goal...

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03:23
Apple Invents Conformable, Wearable Displays

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their work on conformable, wearable displays. The inventors on this patent were LuxVue engineers. Apple acquired LuxVue in May 2014.

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02:42
Heart rate monitoring app Cardiogram goes native...

Cardiogram, the HealthKit-enabled Apple Watch app powering an ongoing University of California, San Francisco heart study, received a major update on Thursday with support for native watchOS 2 operation, a new complication, 3D Touch support for iPhone 6s and a refreshed look.

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Tuesday June 7

16:55
Slack could host your next conference call

Get ready to start fielding voice calls in Slack. The company announced Tuesday that all users of its popular chat app will be able to ring their teammates with a couple of clicks. 
People who access Slack on a Mac or Windows PC using either Google Chrome or the communication service’s own app will see a phone icon in the header. Users can click that button and start a voice-only call without making other participants open up a second app.  Slack

This phone glyph in the header of a Slack window lets users place a call to one of their teammates.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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