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AWT News Update: November 5, 2015

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Rumors, we've got 'em. Also some news!

  • The second public beta of OS X 10.11.2 is out
  • Facebook wants you to tell Music Stories to your friends
  • Rumors say that Apple's next iPhone will still have a Home button

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for November 5, 2015. Our sponsor this week is Bushel, providing inexpensive and comprehensive mobile device management that’s easy to use. [Find out more about Bushel today by checking out the website link in...

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New guesstimate puts total Apple Watch shipments at...

According to a new estimate by research firm Canalys, Apple has sold nearly 7 million Apple Watch units since the product launched in late April, blowing past competing smartwatch products from the likes of Pebble, Samsung and Motorola.

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Mini-review: Test driving a fully loaded, $4,000 27-...

Andrew Cunningham

The 5K iMac on a desk.

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A couple of weeks back, we took a look at the new 21.5-inch 4K iMac. It’s a solid desktop with a great screen, though its default configuration leaves something to be desired (particularly its slow 5400RPM hard drive).
If you really ask a lot of your computing equipment, though, there’s still no substitute for the 27-inch 5K version. More divides the small and large iMacs than ever before: the 27-inch versions include new Skylake processors from Intel, while...

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Notable apps and app updates for November 5, 2015

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 for iOS and Mac OS X:

iOS Apps/Updates

Especially here in the dry Southwest United States, we just don't get enough water into our systems to keep us properly hydrated. Fixing that problem is the idea behind WaterMinder! (US$1.99), a universal app with an Apple Watch companion. WaterMinder! makes it simple to get reminders to drink enough water, keep tabs during the day on your progress, and even store a history through the Apple Health app. Check out those Apple Watch screens (and even a Watch complication) at the top of this post.

Now that you're properly hydrated, keep yourself amused with the...

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Apple's iPhone is the Top Brand Choice for Gift...

It's being reported today that in the September quarter, Samsung and Apple models represented 66% of all smartphones sold in the US ...

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Live-Action Trailer Hypes Fallout 4 Release

Bethesda on Thursday released a preview trailer for its postapocalyptic video game Fallout 4. The game will be released worldwide next week for Microsoft Windows and Xbox One as well as the Sony PlayStation 4. Despite the title, it's actually the fifth major installment in the series and follows 2010's Fallout: Las Vegas. Bethesda has pulled out all the stops, including cross promotions, to build excitement for the release. A collector's edition, complete with a life-size wearable "Pip-Boy" computer, was announced earlier this year.

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Google’s note capturing iOS app ‘Keep’ adds widget...

Google’s iPhone and iPad note capturing app is out with a feature update today in the latest version. Keep users can now add an app widget to the Today view in Notification Center for capturing material in the app from anywhere with a swipe down.
iOS users can also add a new Keep extension using the latest update for sending websites and other information to Keep without opening it and leaving the app you’re already in. Finally, the new version lets Keep users copy notes with Google Docs for the first time.
Google Keep lets you capture notes using labels and colors as well as photography and images on-the-go. Keep also supports capturing voice memos and making lists that backup and sync to your Google account. The new iOS widget lets you jump right into the app to create new note, lists, photos, and voice memos.

After only being available on Android for a couple years, Google brought...

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Rumor claims Apple ordering Synaptics LCD parts amid...

For its 2016 iPhone models, Apple is reportedly placing LCD driver orders with Synpatics because of delays with in-house work on merging touch and display components.

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Episode 070 at the MVP Summit—Office 365 Developer...

In this episode, Jeremy Thake talks to Paul Schaeflien, Elio Struyf and Waldek Mastykarz about the MVP Summit.
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Satechi Type-C USB Hub adds ports, flexibility to 12...

Satechi Type-C USB Hub. Photo ©2015 Steven Sande

Although the 12-inch Retina MacBook is the only Apple product that currently uses the Type-C USB port, there are a surprising number of accessories being launched to make the little laptop a lot more usable. Today we're looking at the Satechi Type-C USB Hub (US$39.99 MSRP, available on Amazon for $34.99 -- affiliate link). 


My first surprise came when I saw the box that the Type-C USB Hub came in; this thing is quite small, just 3.25 x 0.9 x 0.3 inches and weighing just 0.6 ounces (15 grams). There's just one USB Type-C connector on it, and that plugs into the MacBook. The hub comes in three different finishes; silver, gunmetal, and gold. 

The second surprise was just how much is packed into something the size of small pack of gum. There are three USB 3.0 ports to connect to your favorite accessories,...

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Review: Zolt’s Laptop Charger Plus is a 3-in-1...

When Zolt announced the Laptop Charger Plus ($100) at CES this year, I was skeptical that the accessory — a practical, logical power solution — would actually make it to market. Zolt promised that it would work with any laptop, including Macs with MagSafe connectors, and at that point, zero third-party MagSafe accessories were available to purchase. But a week ago, a company called Beaver sent us Quarter, the first MagSafe-based battery pack and car charger. And now Zolt is sending out review samples of the finished Laptop Charger Plus, complete with both MagSafe 1 and MagSafe...

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Email archiving—5 reasons why this is the best email...

Whether you work in the corporate world or not, you probably send and receive multiple emails every day. It’s a fast, convenient way to communicate with peers, colleagues, clients, friends and family. Of course, email is an extremely popular communication tool for companies—in part because of its ability to document conversations and serve as a searchable repository of information.
In fact, studies suggest that three-fourths of an organization’s intellectual property is contained within email and messaging systems. That means it’s important to protect this data and not just send it to the trash. But keeping that much information can overload your company’s storage servers.
So what’s the best solution?
Email archiving is nothing new. The tool has been around for years—so why don’t more companies use it? Here are five benefits to using an email archiving...

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3D Touch and Spotlight search arrive for Flickr’s...

Flickr has announced a major upgrade to its mobile photo app to take advantage of two of iOS 9’s headline features: 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus and the augmented Spotlight search function, according to a blog post by Flickr Community Manager Matthew Roth.Support for 3D Touch on Apple’s newest phones enables Quick Actions—designed to save numerous taps and swipes—letting you preview photos, people, notifications and more with a light press on the screen. Pressing the app icon lets you upload a photo or go directly to notifications or the feed or initiate a search from your home screen.To read this article in full or to leave a...

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Hivemapper, a flight guide for drone pilots

Hivemapper takes the video signal from your drone and superimposes onto it details of buildings and points of interest nearby. And if you get too close to those buildings, it also serves up a warning that you might be about to hit them.

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Instagram Shows Off Collections in New Curated Video...

Instagram last week began offering packaged videos tied to topical events, starting with a stream of video content to celebrate Halloween. In launching a curated content initiative, Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, is following in the steps of Snapchat and Twitter. Snapchat launched Live Stories in June, and Twitter introduced a feature called Moments last month. Live Stories packages Snapchat posts on an event into a single stream. Moments appears as a tab on the Twitter app and links to collections of videos posted to Twitter.

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Financial Times Video Report: Apple Turns its...

In a new report today it was pointed out that "India was mentioned three times in Apple's latest annual report compared with 27 for China. The company plans 40 Chinese retail stores by the end of 2016. In India, it is yet to open a single one." The Financial Times of course fails to mention that the Indian Government is...

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Pad & Quill intros new Made in USA leather Apple...

A little over a month ago, Apple World Today introduced you to Pad & Quill's Classic Band for Apple Watch. Today the company is announcing two new bands made in the USA in the company's historic warehouse on the banks of the Mississippi in northeast Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Lowry Leather Cuff (US$129.95, click image at top for details) and Lowry Leather Band ($109.95) both join the Classic Band in the Pad & Quill Watch band lineup. Here's Mr. PQ himself, Brian Holmes, demonstrating the cuff.


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Second public beta of OS X 10.11.2 now available to...

The second beta for Apple's next maintenance and software update for its OS X 10.11 El Capitan operating system is now available to members of the company's public beta program.

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Apple pushes OS X 10.11.2 beta 2 to public beta users

Two days after seeding OS X 10.11.2 beta 2 to developers, Apple has pushed the update out to public beta testers as well. The developer version included a build number of 15C31f, which will likely match today’s release.

Public beta users can download the update now from the Mac App Store’s Updates tab. New users can apply for the program at Apple’s beta website.Filed under: Mac Tagged: Mac, OS X 10.11.2,...

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Apple Releases Second OS X 10.11.2 El Capitan Beta...

Apple today seeded the second beta of OS X 10.11.2 El Capitan to public beta testers, two days after releasing the second beta to developers and a week after seeding the first OS X 10.11.2 public beta. Today's update comes two weeks after the public launch of OS X El Capitan 10.11.1.

The second OS X 10.11.2 beta is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store to those who are enrolled in Apple's beta testing program. Those wishing to join the program can sign up on Apple's beta testing website.

The first OS X 10.11.2 beta did not include any outward-facing changes, but it likely includes bug fixes, security...

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Facebook iPhone app gets 'Music Stories'...

Facebook on Thursday inaugurated "Music Stories," a new kind of post format allowing people to listen to previews of songs or albums from various music services without having to switch apps.

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First Remote-Access Trojan That Can Target Android,...

An anonymous reader writes: Hackers have put on sale OmniRAT, a remote access trojan that can target Androids, Linux, Mac, and Windows PCs. The tool costs $25-$50, which is only a fraction of $200-$300,the price of DroidJack, another Android RAT. Avast is currently reporting that the RAT was used this summer in Germany, spread to victims via SMS messages. The Softpedia article about OmniRAT includes a video, but declined to post the tool's homepage. You can easily find it via a Google search.


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NetShred X updated for El Capitan

Mireth Technology Corp. has released version 4.8.6 of NetShred X, its Internet eraser app that erases browsing data: internet cache, history, mail and more.
Version 4.8.6 includes adds support for OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Thunderbird 38, and Apple Mail 9. NetShred X is designed to run automatically, without user intervention. Since erasing temporary internet files can take some time, its runs in the background.
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Apple Working on waterproofing iDevice Speakers...

Apple has been filing patents and even winning patents for years regarding waterproofing iDevices and their individual components. Today, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published another waterproofing/water resistant related patent application from Apple titled "Evacuation of Liquid from Acoustic Space" wherein Apple tackles waterproofing methods for iDevice speaker(s) and microphone.

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TextExpander 5.1.3

Improves snippet expansions in save dialogs when running OS X 10.11 El Capitan. ($44.95 new, free update, 17.1 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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Flickr, Mobile Mouse are latest apps to add support...

Third-party apps continue to adds support for Apple's 3D Touch input on the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, including updates that launched on Thursday for popular apps Flickr and Mobile Mouse Remote.

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Pad & Quill launches new handcrafted Horween...

Pad & Quill, makers of some our favorite handcrafted wood and leather goods for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, today announced a new lineup of Apple Watch bands.
Adding to the first ‘Classic’ lineup of bands it launched (which we reviewed and loved), today the company started taking orders for the new “Lowry” band collection pictured above.
Here’s a closer look at the Lowry Leather Cuff for Apple Watch, which comes in 3 color options for the 42mm Apple Watch. Colors include American Tan, Chestnut or Galloper Black, inside you’ll find a velvet soft suede interior, while outside you’ll notice full-grain vegetable-tanned leather from Horween Tannery and “Durable nickel finish Apple Watch lugs and buckles”:


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9to5Toys Last Call: LG 34″ monitor $330, Rayman...

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

Car Tech accessories for iPhone: Aukey windshield mount...

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Set Device Wallpaper Using Apple Configurator 2 On...

You can set a wallpaper on both the home screen and lock screen of a supervised iOS device. As mentioned, the device will need to be supervised. Supervision can be implemented via Apple’s Device Enrollment Program (DEP for short), but DEP will require MDM to implement supervision, and with a device enrolled and supervised via MDM, you’ll need to use the MDM to set the wallpaper. You can also use Apple Configurator 2.
To use Apple Configurator 2 to set a wallpaper on a supervised iPhone or iPad, first save the image or images lo call on an iOS device. Once saved to the Apple Configurator machine, open Apple Configurator 2 and plug a device in.

Then right-click on the device, choose the Modify menu and then Wallpapers… from the Modify menu.

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Deals: All 2014 MacBooks slashed to sell out; up to...

While they last, one of Apple's authorized resellers is blowing out its remaining inventory of all Early-2014 11- & 13-inch MacBook Airs, as well as a few Mid-2014 13- & 15-inch MacBook Pros, with instant discounts ranging from $139 to $700 per model and no tax in 48 states.

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Facebook for iPhone adds enhanced Apple Music and...

Facebook is rolling out a new post format on the latest version of its iPhone app called Music Stories. The new format lets you share songs and albums from popular streaming music services, starting with Apple Music and Spotify, while friends can enjoy 30-second previews of what you share. The Music Stories format also looks rich within the app. Tapping play turns the artwork in a record-like spinning animation, and a button to listen to the whole track or album on the streaming service is presented on...

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Google Maps for iOS updated with spoken traffic...

Like Waze. Every mapping app should have this feature.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Apple has patented a way for your iPhone to enter ‘...

I love this idea. Could be a life saver.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Walgreens first to launch loyalty program...

Solid addition to Apple Pay.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Apple TV gets categories, folder code found in tvOS

When reviews of the fourth-generation Apple TV appeared last week, one common complaint was how hard it was to search for apps on the tvOS App Store. Apple yesterday took a big step towards making discovery of apps a lot easier by adding categories to the App Store. 

As of yesterday afternoon, those categories were limited to "Games" and "Entertainment", and only in the US. Earlier this week, Top Charts appeared on the Apple TV App Store -- that feature is also limited to the US App Store at this point. 

Like iOS, it appears that future support for folders in tvOS is baked into the code. Developer Steve Troughton-Smith disclosed this in a tweet after going through the OS code:

Fun fact: HeadBoard, the tvOS UI, has pretty complete folder support inside. Looks like it would work like iOS - drop an app on another app

— Steve T-S (@stroughtonsmith)...

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∞ Gaming tweak: Change your Apple TV remote tracking...

A suggestion for better game play on the Apple TV.

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Sony inks deal with Disney, will bring ESPN &...

Sony's Vue subscription TV service, which is available on the company's PlayStation game consoles as well as Apple's iPad, will gain access to Disney-owned channels including live sports from ESPN, it was announced on Thursday.

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

Several months ago, I wrote a three-part guide to making amazing wall art from your Mac’s photos (part 1part 2part 3) — a popular series that readers told me they’d really enjoyed. The premise: as photography has gone digital, most of the pictures we take have become trapped on our computers, rarely seeing the light of day. Turning your favorite photos into large-format wall art is a great way to decorate your home or office, and with the recent introduction of the iPhone 6s and...

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Walgreens becomes first retailer to merge Apple Pay...

You may love or hate Walgreens, but they’re now the first to offer a rewards program via Apple Pay.
Walgreens announced on Thursday that the pharmacy chain has begun running its rewards program via Apple Pay. The company has long supported this through QR codes, but can now do this through NFC thanks to features in iOS 9.
In addition to Walgreens turning on support for its Balance Rewards card through Apple Pay, Kohl’s recently became the first retailer to enable its store credit card for use with Apple Pay. Apple also added more than 50 banks to work with Apple Pay this week.

New locations including Starbucks, KFC, and Chili’s will start...

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Apple goes country with Kenny Chesney in Apple Music...

Ads for Apple devices and Apple Music often aim at an urban audience, but a new TV ad for Apple Music features country artist Kenny Chesney preparing for a concert at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts as part of his "No Shoes Nation" tour. 

The ad, which premiered Wednesday night during the Country Music Association Awards, follows Chesney through a show day routine -- preparing a "Show Day" playlist and working out at a gym, looking at his progress with an Apple Watch. 

In the one-minute ad, Chesney provides a voiceover in which he touts Apple Music as a streaming music service where "music is treated with a real reverence and respect." Previous Apple Music ads have focused on artists from a number of musical genres, such as U2, Flo Morrissey, Mary J. Blige, and more. 

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Flickr iOS app updated with 3D Touch for quick...

The Flickr iOS app has been update with support for 3D Touch on the latest iPhones. You can now upload a photo, view your feed, check notifications or carry out a Spotlight search right from the Home screen. Spotlight lets you search for albums, groups or recently-viewed photos.
The app also has a handy new 3D Touch feature within the app for deciding which photo to share from a selection … 

In your camera roll, we’ve added something unique to help you find your best shot. Press a photo to preview, then move your finger left/right to quickly page through neighboring photos. Once you’ve found your favorite, press harder to Pop full-screen.

Shared links now also open directly in the Flickr app,...

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Hands on with Apple Pay competitor CurrentC

If you are interested in the payments market, this is a good read. But the bottom line is the real takeaway. A recommendation from a real CurrentC user.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Rumor: Apple places LCD display driver chips order...

When in doubt, go with an outside supplier for help.
Apple has apparently placed LCD display driver orders with touchscreen supplier Synaptics for its next-generation iPhones, indicating the company’s in-house development of touch and display driver integration (TDDI) chips may have fallen behind schedule.
Synaptics acquired Renesas SP Drivers, reportedly the sole supplier of LCD driver ICs for iPhones, in September 2014 in an effort to maintain orders from Apple, and for now it appears the iPhone maker will remain one of its customers. The supplier also works with Google, HTC, Microsoft, Samsung, Sony and other smartphone makers.


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Walgreens first retailer to launch loyalty program...

Walgreens Balance Rewards members can now use their account through Apple Pay without separately scanning a Balance Rewards card or barcode. More than 85 million active Balance Rewards members will have the ability to earn and redeem loyalty points via Apple Pay, the easy, secure and private way to pay, says Sona Chawla, president of digital and chief marketing officer for Walgreens. 

Users can simply add the Balance Rewards digital card to the Wallet app in iOS 9 and use it at checkout with Apple Pay. Members hold their iPhone near the contactless reader with a finger on Touch ID and the appropriate rewards information will be sent. With they Apple Watch, you can just double-click the side button, select your Balance Rewards card, and hold the face of Apple Watch up to the reader.

Apple Pay works with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and Apple Watch.

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Apple has opened a subsidiary company in Vietnam:...

Apple has opened a subsidiary company in Vietnam, allowing the maker of iPhones to import and distribute cellphones directly.

Apple Vietnam Limited Liability was established on Oct. 28 with a registered capital of 15 billion dong ($672,194), according to a news announcement recorded on Vietnam's national business registry website spotted by Reuters. The Ho Chi Minh City-based firm will conduct wholesale businesses of various products including its signature smartphones, provide information technology and maintenance services as well as advising services, the announcement said.

Communist Vietnam was Apple’s hottest market after sales there tripled in its fiscal first half of last year, a growth rate five times faster than in India, notes Reuters. CNET says that...

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Apple Extends iDevice Emergency Mode Options using...

In 2009 Apple's first emergency-mode processor invention came to light. Then in March 2014 Apple invented emergency iPhone modes to detect personal attacks, accidents and emergency call assistance. Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published another emergency related invention from Apple that reveals a future Touch ID feature that will cover a 'Panic Mode.'

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Walgreens Balance Rewards card gains Apple Pay...

Members of the Walgreens loyalty program can now use their Balance Rewards card with Apple Pay, enabling tap-to-pay capabilities on both iPhone and Apple Watch.

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Apple Orders Display Driver Chips From Synaptics for...

Apple has placed LCD display driver orders with touchscreen supplier Synaptics for its next-generation iPhones, indicating the Cupertino-based company's in-house development of touch and display driver integration (TDDI) chips may have fallen behind schedule, according to Taiwanese website DigiTimes.

iPhone 7 concept with integrated Touch ID by designer Martin Hajek

Synaptics acquired Renesas SP Drivers, reportedly the sole supplier of LCD driver ICs for iPhones, in September 2014 in an effort to maintain orders from Apple, and for now it appears the iPhone maker will remain one of its customers. The supplier also works with Google, HTC,...

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Walgreens launches loyalty program integration with...

Walgreens Balance Rewards members can now use their account through Apple Pay without separately scanning a Balance Rewards card or barcode. More than 85 million active Balance Rewards members will have the ability to earn and redeem loyalty points via Apple Pay, the easy, secure and private way to pay, says Sona Chawla, president of digital and chief marketing officer for Walgreens.
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Apple among the best companies when it comes to...

Apple, Microsoft and Google are among the corporations awarded an “A” for their efforts to reduce heat-trapping emissions, according to a global ranking that grades corporations according to their environmental credentials.

That report is from the nonprofit CDP. Nearly 2,000 companies submitted information to be independently assessed against CDP’s scoring methodology; 113 have made the list, which features brands from around the world such as, Apple, Microsoft and Google, the three largest by market capitalization.

The CDP data shows “significant improvements” in corporate management of climate change. The group says governance is improving, with a higher percentage of companies allocating responsibility for climate issues to the board or to senior management (from 80 percent to 94 percent of respondents). And more companies are incentivizing employees through financial and non-...

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Apple opens Vietnamese subsidiary, enabling direct...

Apple has quietly opened up its first subsidiary in Vietnam, a move which should allow direct sales to a burgeoning market, a report said on Thursday.

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An Apple patent hints that Apple is considering a...

On Tuesday Apple World Today reported that Apple had been granted a patent by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for “accessing digital media.” It allows for movies, music, photos, and more to be shared across a network. Now the company has been granted a patent (number 20150319206) for “sharing a media station,” which sounds like a competitor to Plex. Alex is a solution that organizes your video, music, and photo collections and streams them to all of your screens.

Online media stations allow uses to stream media items such as music, videos, and photos from any computing device with a network connection. A user may wish to share media stations with friends, however current systems are limited in their functionality, according to Apple. The company thinks it can do better.

According to the patent, a user can share a...

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External Link: The FBI Isn’t Much Help with...

If your computer is infected with ransomware, don’t bother calling the FBI, because the law enforcement agency will likely just advise you to pay the ransom. Why? Because the FBI can’t figure out how to defeat it. “The ransomware is that good,” said Joseph Bonavolonta, the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s CYBER and Counterintelligence Program. In the meantime, the advice in Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of Security for Mac Users” may be your best defense. 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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Enable Device Supervision On iOS Devices Using Apple...

When a DEP device is setup, the device is supervised. By supervising a device, in Apple wisdom, ownership by the organization is proven and so additional options for limiting what a device can do. For example, supervised iOS devices that are enrolled in an MDM solution by a DEP portal cannot then be unenrolled. Supervision also allows an MDM to escrow a key that can be used to unlock a device locked by Activation Lock. And there are plenty of restrictions and other management options that Apple makes available on a device owned by an organization rather than an individual. It’s understandable given the massive consumer market served and the desire to preserve a fantastic user experience on devices.
If you purchased iOS devices before DEP was available, then you can still enable supervision on those devices. To do so, we’ll use Apple Configurator 2. Before you do anything, know that this process will wipe a device and reactivate the device. There are a number of reasons for...

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Country star Kenny Chesney promotes Apple Music free...

The latest advertisement for the Apple Music subscription service showcases pre-show preparations by country artist Kenny Chesney, including a trip to the gym tracked by his Apple Watch.

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Beamer 3.0 lets you stream video from a Mac to Apple...

Tupil has announced Beamer 3.0, an upgrade to their Mac OS X (Yosemite or El Capitan) video streaming app. It allows users to stream any video file from a Mac to any Apple TV or Chromecast or Google Cast-supported HDTV.
The app streams video directly, so it will be played natively on the streaming devices. Version 3.0 brings support for Chromecast devices, quick selection of playback options, a redesigned interface, improved playlist controls, new sound playback and subtitle options, and more.
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Drone’s-eye view of new Apple HQ, annotated with...

Love watching this unfold.∞ Read this on The Loop

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SoftRAID announces SoftRAID Lite

SoftRAID has released SoftRAID Lite, a software RAID utility powered by the SoftRAID 5 engine. SoftRAID Lite replaces Apple RAID, which is no longer supported in Mac OS X El Capitan. It’s designed to make it easy for Mac users to create and manage software RAID 0 and RAID 1 arrays.
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Walgreens Officially Launches First Apple Pay...

Popular retailer Walgreens today announced that its Balance Rewards loyalty program can now be linked with Apple Pay and used by its customers across the country. The partnership will allow Apple Pay users to link their Balance Rewards card with the mobile payments service so they can earn and redeem loyalty points without having to scan their physical Walgreens card. Following Kohl's launch of Apple Pay support for its store-branded credit card, Walgreens is the first retailer to support a loyalty rewards program within Apple Pay.

“We’re excited to be the first to provide our customers with increased ease of access to their Balance Rewards account and information when using Apple Pay,” said Sona Chawla, president of digital and chief marketing officer for...

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iPhones’ Touch ID could eventually support multiple...

Apple already supports Touch ID on the iPhone and iPad. However, the company is investigating a safety feature that would let you use a designated finger or thumb to active a “panic mode.” Apple has filed for a patent (number 20150319294) with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for such technology 

According to the patent, a fingerprint authentication technique would unlock your mobile phone and activate customized functions. You could control access to one or more iPhone functions by pressing your finger to a fingerprint sensor. The iPhone may be unlocked using a designated finger that activates a panic mode of operation. Personal data stored on the device wouldn’t accessible or viewable to during his mode. The patent would also allow you to register particular fingerprints to be associated with different modes of operation and activate the different modes based on the particular fingerprints.

In the patent filing, Apple...

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∞ Kenny Chesney stars in new Apple Music commercial

This Apple Music commercial is a departure from the string of recent iPhone commercials, with their fast cuts and smart Lake Bell voiceover.This is Kenny Chesney doing what he does best, heartfelt, dedicated, as earnest as they come, making his case for Apple Music as “All the Music You Want”.

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Apple Invents a Sophisticated Positioning Accuracy...

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their work on sophisticated 3D mapping and positioning technology. Apple notes that in urban environments where tall buildings surround a mobile device, the signals that the mobile device detects from various satellites might not be direct line-of-sight signals...

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NewsON Puts Local News in Your Pocket

NewsON on Wednesday launched a free, ad-supported app that offers instant access to broadcast-quality local newscasts and clips. Users can search by market for curated content linked to breaking news from 118 stations in 90 markets, covering about 75 percent of the United States. All top 10 U.S. markets, as well as 17 of the top 20, 40 of the top 50, and 73 of the top 100 are participating, said NewsON CEO Louis Gump.
Multiple stations are available in some markets so users can change channels, as it were.

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BatchOutput for Microsoft Excel now supports OS X El...

Zevrix Solutions has announced BatchOutput XLS 2.3.1, a compatibility update to its output automation solution for Microsoft Excel on Mac OS X.
In addition to batch printing and PDF exporting, the software lets users carry out automated professional PDF production directly from Excel, eliminating the need for post-processing. The new version makes BatchOutput XLS compatible with Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan and addresses processing issues with Office 2008/2011.
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Apple patent application published for one-touch ‘...

The USPTO has today published a patent application by Apple to allow a specific fingerprint to activate a ‘panic mode’ on an iPhone, designed for use when the owner feels threatened, is in danger or is being forced to unlock their phone.
In its most basic form, placing a specific finger on the Touch ID button would place the iPhone into a special locked-down mode, blocking access to personal data store on the phone – perhaps simulating a brand new phone. In that way, if a street robber forced you to unlock your phone before handing it over, your data would be safe.
But the patent...

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iResizer for Mac OS X makes it a breeze to resize...

If you want to resize your JPEG images for the best web performance or create thumbnails for an image gallery check out iResizer for Mac OS X (10.7 or higher). It scales an image without changing important visual content such as people, buildings and animals — and avoids distortion of the important parts of the image.

iResizer is easy to use. Load the image you want to resize. Make a rough selection around the area you don't want to be affected when you resize the image. You can also, if you wish, make a selection around the content you want to discard (discard masks are ignored when enlarging an image). 

You can mark important elements in the image using the green marker. This technique is handy if you have areas of the image that you want to retain at the expense of other areas. You can use the red marker to select which features of the image should be discarded. Press the Smart Resize button. iResizer users "...

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Apple is on a Roll as their Fifth Wireless Inductive...

Last week we posted a report titled "Apple's Fourth Inductive Charging Invention in a Month Surfaces," which listed the four recent patent applications that Apple had filed regarding wireless inductive charging. Today, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's fifth inductive charging patent application showing yet another approach that their engineering team is working on.

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Regular Netflix users watch 10 TV shows per week

Regular (monthly) Netflix users in the US have grown even more dependent on the service for viewing TV programming, saying they watch 10 shows per week via the platform – as well as four movies during the same timeframe, according to the GfK research group ( For TV content, this represents a doubling of the level (five shows per week) found in the same survey three years ago.
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Kool Tools: Epson WorkForce Pro product line

Epson’s ( WorkForce Pro WF-6590 multifunction printer (MFP) and the WorkForce Pro WF-6090 printer are Epson’s fastest letter/legal-size office printers to date with color and black print speeds of 24 ISO ppm and can save companies up to 50 percent on printing costs versus similarly-featured color lasers.
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Apple behind Schedule on Key iPhone 7 Component and...

Apple has placed LCD driver IC orders for its 2016 series of iPhones with Synaptics ...

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Wednesday November 4

The Week in iOS Accessories: Leather accents add a...

Like it in leather!This week’s roundup includes two accessories—an Apple Watch stand and an iPhone car mount—wrapped in leather, to add a touch of class to the iOS ecosystem.Elevation LabThe $89 Elevation Dock 3 is built to handle all sizes of phone, including both sizes of the iPhone 6 generation and the cases you may use to protect them. The aluminum base is heavy enough that you can undock your phone in an easy one-handed fashion.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Huawei's next chipset may give competitors a...

Huawei is now Europe's second largest Android brand, according to Kantar, but there's just no time for celebration. Not too long after launching the Huawei Mate S and the Nexus 6P, the Chinese telecom giant is already teasing the launch of the Mate...

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Podcast 481: Binge-watching the new Apple TV

Nothing spoils a fun activity like watching TV like dissecting it endlessly in a review and then on a podcast, but that’s exactly what we did, because it’s our jobs and because we love you. In other words, the Apple TV is out, and Glenn and Susie have a lot to talk about, from our text-input frustrations to our favorite apps, and how we chose which size to buy.
Of course, Glenn just has to tell us more about his fiber Internet, and how it’s affecting his choice of cloud backup services. Everyone loves a good backup story. Enjoy!

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What Joanna Hoffman told Kate Winslet while shooting...

Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle’s new Steve Jobs film is far from perfect (or even completely accurate), but at least one member of the original Mac team is happy with how she was portrayed.
“I can’t complain [Kate Winslet] was the one playing me,” said Joanna Hoffman when asked about her portrayal in the film. “We really hit it off.”
The former Mac marketing executive talked about meeting Winslet during a Monday night panel in Palo Alto, California. The panel featured powerful women who had worked with Steve Jobs, including Susan Barnes, Barbara Kaolkin Barza, Debi Coleman, and Andy Cunningham, who is also depicted in the Steve Jobs film. The event was organized by Cunningham’s marketing consultancy, Cunningham Collective, and journalist Katie Hafner served as the moderator....

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The 'Fallout 4' Pip-Boy app is available...

Attention future Commonwealth explorers: The Fallout 4 Pip-Boy app is available for you to download. Unlike the gap between the release of Fallout Shelter on Android and iOS, both versions are available right this very moment. More than just acting...

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Google engineer takes on subpar USB Type-C cables

Trying to save a few bucks by purchasing offbrand cables? We've all done it -- but there's something you should know about new USB Type-C connectors popping up on cellphones (Nexus, OnePlus), laptops (Macbook, Pixel), tablets (Pixel C) and even App...

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Apple shares approach ex-dividend as it gears up to...

On November 12, Apple will pay shareholders of record a quarterly dividend of $0.52 per share, but investors must have settled ownership of the company's stock by Thursday November 5 in order to qualify.

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California police use these biometric scanners

Police are increasingly turning to biometric tech in the field. It's supposed to help cops verify the identity of suspects, but there's a real concern that they could abuse this to get personal details on record -- and the Electronic Frontier Found...

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Apple TV's tvOS found to support app folders

Developer Steve Troughton-Smith continues to find interesting nuggets of info in Apple's tvOS that hint at future Apple TV capabilities, and on Wednesday discovered a way to bring app folder support to the new operating system.

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tvOS 9.0 Code Hints at iOS-Like Folder Support for...

Developer Steve Troughton-Smith has explored the code and found that HeadBoard, tvOS' UI, includes support for folders. Yesterday, Apple seeded the first beta of tvOS 9.1 to developers, the first software update to tvOS 9.0.

Image via Steve Troughton-Smith

Folders on tvOS currently work in a similar way to iOS, notes Troughton-Smith. A user would just have to drag one app over the other to create a folder. Users would also have the ability to rename folders. Troughton-Smith was able to activate the folders using the...

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Circle with Disney makes it easy to control your...

When I was younger, I had a friend whose dad would shut down their house's internet connection every 12AM without fail. He'd love Circle with Disney if his children were still kids. It's a cube (despite its name) that pairs up with your WiFi networ...

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New Apple TV tvOS hacked to show iOS-like app folders

Apple released the first tvOS 9.1 beta to developers earlier this week, but it lacked the addition of one major feature many have been calling for: folder support on the homepage. Now, well-known developer Steve Troughton-Smith has discovered that out of the box, the tvOS user interface features “pretty complete” folder support…

Smith dug deeper into the tvOS 9.0 build and was even able to hack folders into working. He has since been playing around with it and has shared images of the feature on Twitter. Smith...

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Sony's A7 II camera gets a faster and more...

The Sony A7 II is one of the best mirrorless cameras available right now, although it isn't perfect. After trying it out earlier this year, one of our main issues with the full-frame shooter was its autofocus performance, which was at times slow an...

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FireEye: Many Companies Still Running XcodeGhost-...

itwbennett writes: In September, more than 4,000 applications were found to have been modified with a counterfeit version of Xcode, dubbed XcodeGhost. On Tuesday, FireEye said in a blog post that it has detected 210 enterprises that are still using infected apps, showing that the XcodeGhost malware 'is a persistent security risk.' In addition, whomever created XcodeGhost has also developed a new version that can target iOS 9, called XcodeGhost S, FireEye wrote.


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Google Maps on iOS will now give spoken traffic...

Google today has rolled out an update its Maps application on iOS, bringing with it a pair of new features. The update bumps the app to version 4.12.0 and includes support for adding missing businesses to the app’s database and spoken traffic alerts.
The latter of the two is the far more interesting addition of this update. Spoken traffic alerts mean that Google Maps will now alert you about upcoming traffic congestion and traffic incidents as you use the Navigation feature of the app. It does so via voice so you aren’t distracted while you drive. Traffic descriptions provide the same information, but in both text and verbal forms before you start to move.
Google Maps version 4.12.0 is available via the App Store now for free. The full changelog can be seen below:

What’s New in Version 4.12.0

  • Easily add new and missing businesses from the sidebar
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Google Maps for iOS speaks out traffic warnings...

If you're carrying an iPhone, Google Maps just got much more helpful in those moments when you're determined to avoid gridlock. As on Android, Maps' iOS app now speaks out traffic warnings in navigation mode. You'll get a verbal summary of conditio...

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You can drive cars from 'Fallout 4' in...

Can't wait until November 10th to wander through a desolate nuclear wasteland? That's a little weird, dude -- but if you need something to tide you over until Fallout 4 hits stores, Forza Motorsport 6 may have the ticket: starting today, players wi...

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Apple's Eddy Cue touts iOS for enterprise,...

Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue made a surprise appearance at the Dropbox Open event on Wednesday, where he touted Apple's efforts in enterprise and showed off the new Dropbox Paper app for iPad Pro.

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Eddy Cue Talks Up the iPad Pro at Dropbox Conference

Today, Apple’s SVP Eddy Cue sat down for a fireside chat with Dropbox CEO Drew Houston at the cloud storage company’s Open conference.

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Apple's Eddy Cue Talks Enterprise, iPad Pro at...

Apple's SVP of software and services Eddy Cue today spoke at the Dropbox Open conference, where he talked about Apple's enterprise efforts and the upcoming 12.9-inch iPad Pro in an interview with Dropbox CEO Drew Houston. Several conference attendees covered Cue's remarks in a series of tweets with the hashtag DropboxOpen, giving some insight into the topics he covered.

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According to Cue, Apple's success in the enterprise segment is a natural evolution of its success in the consumer space, as it's bridged the gap between devices used at home and devices used at work. Things "important to the consumer," he says, are "important to the enterprise."We've always been a consumer company. We've been trying to create products for individuals and part of that was...

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AWT News Update: November 4, 2015

This would look very nice on the wall here at Apple World Today HQ. Thank you. 

What's new in the world of Apple? Let's see:

  • Facebook will release a new standalone news app next week
  • Why Siri doesn't work on the new Apple TV in some countries... but will be soon
  • A Warhol painting of the Apple logo will be auctioned next week
  • Apple TV App Store gets categories

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for November 4, 2015. Our sponsor this week is Bushel, providing inexpensive and comprehensive mobile...

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Facebook to Launch 'Notify' a Standalone...

Two weeks ago Facebook officially launched 'Instant Articles' for the iPhone. Today, Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer at Facebook, told CNBC that "We think we have the best mobile ad product in the market. We're able to target, we're able to measure. We have broad scale." And with that positive news and perspective, Facebook announced that it is preparing its latest push into news with a new standalone app called Notify ...

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Cortana for iOS Enters Beta Territory

Microsoft this week launched a survey for Windows Insiders, seeking candidates for a limited beta of Cortana for iOS. "We're testing the Cortana for iOS app with a limited number of users in the U.S. and China before releasing [it] publicly," said Microsoft spokesperson Jennifer Reynolds. The full app is slated for release later this year.
Selected testers will get the app in the next few weeks. Microsoft will deliver frequent updates to the app to improve its features and functionality.

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Eddy Cue continues Apple’s enterprise tour, shows...

Ahead of the release of the iPad Pro later this month, Apple executives have been taking part in a variety of enterprise-focused interviews, looking to convince the enterprise market of the device’s usefulness. Today, Apple’s SVP Eddy Cue sat down for a fireside chat with Dropbox CEO Drew Houston at the cloud storage company’s Open conference.

During the interview, Cue discussed a variety of topics, mostly talking the benefits of iOS over competitors and in the enterprise. Speaking to Dropbox CEO Drew Houston, Cue said the one of the primary benefits of iOS is that “everyone upgrades really quickly.”

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Canalys: almost seven million Apple Watches shipped...

According to the Canalys research group as now shipped nearly seven million smart watches since launch, a figure in excess of all other vendors’ combined shipments over the previous five quarters. In the third quarter Apple was the only smart watch vendor to ship more than 300,000 units. 

The quarter also saw the release of the Pebble Time Steel, which helped the company ship more than 200,000 total smart watches, while Samsung’s Gear shipments declined ahead of the fourth quarter (Q4) release of the Gear S2. Canalys says vendors will continue to battle for position behind Apple in Q4 as new devices from a diverse set of companies hits the market. 

For example, both Fossil and Tag Heuer will be launching their first smart watches before the end of the year. Still, all eyes will be on Apple Watch sales during the Q4 holiday quarter as a barometer of the strength of the nascent smart watch market...

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Notable apps and app updates for November 4, 2015

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 for iOS, tvOS, and Mac OS X:

iOS Apps/Updates

Ubisoft says that Anno 2205 Asteroid Miner, a galactic match-three puzzle game, is now available to download for free. The game gives players the opportunity to experience a mobile space adventure set in the Anno universe.

Open Media has announced Find My Stuff 1.2 . The fee navigation app helps people keep up with their belongings. Version 1.2 offers such improvements as the ability to be used by international users. Improved battery usage...

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Great News: Apple has Reportedly Sold 7 Million...

Last Tuesday we posted a report titled "The 'Apple Watch' is the Most Recognized Wearable Device in the World which bodes well for Holiday Sales." Today, prior to the holiday shopping season really heating up, Canalys publishes a report that inflates the Apple Watch lead from 4.5 million to 7 million units.

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Apple TV’s App Store gets better curation with...

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After some complaints about app discoverability for the new Apple TV App Store that launched late last month, Apple appears to be rolling out curated categories for the storefront not unlike its App Store on iPhone and iPad.
The new categories currently only include lists for gaming and entertainment apps, but it’s likely the curated lists will expand into other categories as Apple continues to enhance curation on the newly launched App Store.
Apple added top charts to the Apple TV App Store last week after first rolling out the store with just curated picks of select apps. We also got a l...

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Attention RSS readers: Our feed link has changed

Since the early days of Apple World Today, one thing that has been problematic is our RSS feed. Sometimes it works perfectly, other times it doesn't update for days. We're pretty sure it's an issue with the automatic feed generation from our host, so we've changed it over to another source that always seems to work -- Feedburner. 

Our new RSS feed link is: or you can just click that nice "AWT blue" RSS feed that's right below the line of social media buttons to the right. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope that today's change makes things more stable for our RSS-using friends in the future. 

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Apple introduces 'Categories' section to...

Continuing the build out of its all new tvOS App Store, Apple on Wednesday added a "Categories" section to the online marketplace's top navigation bar for a more streamlined app browsing experience.

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Apple eyes new San Jose campus possibly sprawling...

Apple is working with the city of San Jose on a development agreement for a campus on the north side of town, which if authorized could be larger than Cupertino's Campus 2 at 4.15 million square feet, a report said on Wednesday.

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Apple looking into potential 4.15 million square...

You can do a lot with 4.15 million square feet.
Or at least that’s what Apple might be up to given its inquiry into a campus north of San Jose. The new structure, if completed, would be larger than the “spaceship” campus Apple has underway.
The draft agreement between Apple Inc. and the city of San Jose, which is not yet completed, will come before the city’s Planning Commission later this month, officials said. It would lock in development rights — and expectations for both sides — for the next 15 years in an area that sprawls across 86 acres north of Highway 101 across from the Mineta San Jose International Airport.
The area...

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Apple TV App Store Gains Categories Section for...

Apple appears to have updated the tvOS App Store to add a new Categories section, which should make it easier for new Apple TV owners to discover apps on their devices. Like the iOS App Store, the new Categories section arranges apps into different sections based on purpose, like Games and Entertainment.

First noted by iDownloadBlog on an Apple TV running the new 9.1 tvOS beta, the new Categories section appears to be rolling out to Apple TV users now. We were able to get the Categories feature to show up on an Apple TV running tvOS 9.0 following several device restarts.

Shortly after the Apple TV was released, there were multiple complaints about the state of the tvOS App Store. At launch, the App Store displayed only a list of featured apps, leaving the rest to be discovered through searches. Apple has been improving the tvOS App Store over the...

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Apple looks to build 4.15 million square foot campus...

Hmmm, how big is this Apple thing gonna get? The Silicon Valley Business Journal reports that Apple and the city of San Jose, California, are working toward a development agreement that would allow the Cupertino-based juggernaut to build a north San Jose campus of up to 4.15 million square feet, according to city records. That would be bigger than Apple’s “spaceship” campus, which is under construction in Cupertino.

The draft agreement, which hasn’t been completed, will come before the city’s Planning Commission later this month, officials said. It would lock in development rights — and expectations for both sides — for the next 15 years in an area that sprawls across 86 acres north of Highway 101 across from the Mineta San Jose International Airport, according to The Silicon Valley Business Journal.

This is the latest development in Apple’s apparently never-ending...

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Canalys: Apple has shipped nearly 7 million Watches...

A new report from analytics firm Canalys claims that Apple has shipped nearly 7 million Apple Watches since the device debuted earlier this year. That number puts Apple’s shipments ahead of every other smart watch maker on the market combined.

No other vendor even managed to ship 300,000 units, according to the report, with the Pebble shipping over 200,000 thanks to the boost from the recently released Pebble Time Steel. Korean competitor Samsung saw a...

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Apple considering earlier-than-usual launch for...

Though Apple has used the month of September to introduce new iPhones for four straight years, that could change in 2016 with an earlier than expected debut for the '"iPhone 7," a source has told AppleInsider.

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Apple looks to build 4.15 million square foot campus...

As construction continues on Apple’s new Campus, the company is considering expanding its operation to a new, even larger 4.15 million square foot facility in San Jose, according to a new report.
The tech company is currently seeking an agreement with the city that would allow it to develop the massive lot for a new campus, though actually getting such an agreement would not necessarily guarantee that Apple would begin construction.

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Facebook reportedly launching News-like app ‘Notify...

Facebook is said to be planning to launch its standalone news app with a list of media partners on board sometime next week. That’s according to Financial Times, which reports the app will be called Notify and include content from a list of media partners including CBS, The Washington Post, and Vogue. Reports of Facebook working on a separate mobile app focused on news rather than the social network first surfaced in early August.
The news comes just as Facebook announced today in its earnings report that it’s currently serving...

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ACLU: Google is embarrassed by Android security, isn...

The difference between encryption and security on iOS and Android isn't just a technical issue but a "digital security divide," according to the principal technologist for the American Civil Liberties Union. That's because Apple secures its devices while Google leaves Android open to data collection and surveillance.

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Best config for FCPX

Forums: General Xsan TalkHello,
I would like to know if there is "best practices" Xsan conf for FCPX ?
Thank you

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Apple May Build Massive 4.15 Million Square Foot...

Apple is hoping to sign an agreement with the city of San Jose that would allow it to build a massive campus in the northern part of the city, reports the Silicon Valley Business Journal. Apple is in talks with city officials over a development agreement that would lead to a campus up to 4.15 million square feet, larger than both its existing Infinite Loop campus and its second Apple Campus under construction in Cupertino.The draft agreement, which is not yet completed, will come before the city's Planning Commission later this month, officials said. It would lock in development rights -- and expectations for both sides -- for the next 15 years in an area that sprawls across 86 acres north of Highway 101 across from the Mineta San Jose International Airport.Apple has already bought or leased much of the land that would house the campus in a series of real...

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The 10 Mac games you need to play from October 2015

October's Mac gamesLooking for huge new Mac games, intriguing bite-sized indies, and everything in between? We’ve got you covered with our look at the top titles released during the month of October. Minecraft: Story Mode leads the pack, with the episodic series delivering the first official story content in the block-centric phenomenon, while Alien: Isolation – The Collection brings the raved-about movie game to Mac with all the add-on content bundled in. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Google Drive for iOS gets improved sharing...

Google Drive updates arriving today include new features for the service’s iOS app including sharing notifications and what Google promises will be a ‘consistent sharing experience across platforms.”
As part of its Drive mobile app updates today, both users of the iOS and Android apps can now enable notifications for when files are shared with them. Not only is it a notification, but it also acts as a quick link to jump right into the file or folder. And in addition, Google notes that “If a file/folder owner has notifications turned on and someone requests access to their content, the owner will be notified of the request instantly on their mobile device so they can quickly grant access.”
Another feature in the update for the Google Drive iOS app is what Google describes as a new consistent sharing experience, which essentially means the iOS app sharing...

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Windows Insiders can beta test Cortana for iOS

Users of Microsoft Windows 10 and Windows smartphones know that Cortana is actually a pretty good personal digital assistant. Like Siri on iOS, Cortana helps search devices, the cloud or the web for files or information, sets up reminders, and does other tasks at your command. Well, Microsoft yesterday opened up Cortana for iOS to a beta program, which means that the assistant will be coming to your iPhones and iPads soon.

The beta test is only open to members of the Windows Insiders program, and only in the US and China. If you meet the criteria, you just need to take a short online survey and if selected, you'll be onboarded into the testing in the next few weeks. Microsoft forum moderator Syed N notes that some features, "like saying 'Hey, Cortana' to wake her up", won't be available on iOS....

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Evernote for iOS adds sketching/handwriting in notes...

Evernote just announced an update to its iPhone and iPad apps that brings the ability to sketch in notes, which should make many users happy as the company points out the feature is one of its most-requested (and one it’s long had on Android).
Using your finger or a stylus like the Evernote edition of the Adonit Jot Script or Apple Pencil, users can now sketch inside of notes. And for users of the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus with 3D Touch, the feature will allow you to “change the line weight just by...

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Amplified: The Steel Is The Real

Jim and Dan talk about the latest Apple news.Brought to you by lynda (Visit to get free 10-day trial access to their 3,000+ courses) and Braintree (To learn more, and for your first $50,000 in transactions fee-free, go to∞ Read this on The Loop

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Feature Request: Airbnb’s Apple TV app is perfect...

Feature Request is a new regular 9to5Mac series where authors offer their opinion on how to improve popular hardware or software products.
A lot of the apps on the new Apple TV bring similar experiences as on iOS to the big screen, but we’re bound to see some unique apps designed specifically for the living room that perhaps didn’t make a lot of sense on smaller or mobile devices. One example of this and my first Feature Request: Airbnb should add a concierge-style experience for guests through its new Apple TV app.
Think about the concierge-style software on TVs at most hotels. Typically these systems give guests access to hotel information (room service, attractions, maps, restaurant hours, etc), content like paid movies, and sometimes access to car services and more. While Airbnb guests might not need a lot of the...

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Apple Watch debut helps sales of many wearables

It's said that a rising tide raises all ships, and that old saying is perfectly apt in the wearables market. Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky told CNBC that the Apple Watch appears to be bringing increased consumer awareness to the entire wearables space, with his company now selling twice the number of smartwatches than it was at this time last year.

Earlier this week, Fitbit CEO James Park made similar comments, saying that the Apple Watch had "no material impact" on the company's sales of fitness trackers. Fitbit's revenues rose 168 percent year over year to $409.3 million, and Park told investors that his company and Apple serve "two very different segments of the market." 

Many people believed that Apple's entry into the wearables market with the Apple Watch would cause harm to other companies, but that definitely doesn't appear to be the case....

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GALPon MiniNo Makes Kid-Friendly Lightweight Linux

GALPon MiniNo is one of the strangest and most distinctive Linux distros to grace the Linux Picks and Pans computer screens. Those two traits make it an almost ideal option for anyone looking for a reliable operating system for youngsters and educational facilities that cater to early education students. PicarOS Diego 2015, the latest in the GALPon MiniNo family of Linux products, was released last month. GALPon MiniNo is a lightweight, Debian-based, multiflavored distribution developed in Spain.

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New Apple TV wants to be more than just a streaming...

Enlarge / The new Apple TV and Siri Remote. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

When you update a piece of technology after leaving it essentially untouched for three years, the changes are bound to be big.
That’s certainly true for the fourth-generation Apple TV, the first significant update to Apple’s “hobby” project since early 2012. Where the old box was more limited and appliance-like, the new one runs its own distinct (albeit iOS-based) operating system and includes its own App Store for consumers and SDK for developers.
So for the second time this year, we find ourselves...

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Apple releases second public beta of iOS 9.2 with...

Members of Apple's public beta program were issued a second pre-release build of iOS 9.2 on Wednesday, giving users the ability to test AT&T's forthcoming NumberSync technology for receiving phone calls across devices.

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Graphic Node revamps its Template Collection for...

Graphic Node ( has released Bundle for iWork 4.0 for OS X, a revamped application previously marketed as Set for iWork.
Bundle for iWork packs over 2,000 unique designs for Pages documents, 270 spreadsheet templates for Numbers, 116 slideshow themes for Keynote, and 1,170 images for illustrating users' content. Beside the new name, this version will feature over 400 previously unreleased designs, and full support for OS X El Capitan. There’s also a price drop from $49.99 to $39.99.
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Happy Hour Podcast 039 | Getting to know the new...

This week, we’re talking about the new Apple TV and everything you need to know about it. We’ve been using It for a little while now and have a lot to discuss. Big thanks to Audible and Bushel for sponsoring this week’s episode. The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed.Thanks to, get your free 30 day trial at and thanks Bushel, to find out what awesome cloud-based mobile device management can do for you, check out

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Maintain serves up Cocktail 9.1 (El Capitan Edition)

Maintain has announced Cocktail 9.1 (El Capitan Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X El Capitan 10.11.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. This version adds ability to repair disk permissions and ability to reset home directory ACLs. It also contains new "Force Empty Trash" (with ability to securely empty the Trash) Automator action and resolves a number of other issues discovered in the previous release.
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Pollen VC, Priori Data announce App Developer...

The app economy is maturing, opening up opportunities for a growing middle-class of app developers and companies to make it big. This is the key finding of The Millionaires Index, a research “snapshot” released as the first phase of a new research program spearheaded by Pollen VC (, a FinTech company giving developers quicker access to their app store revenues, together with Priori Data (, a data-driven mobile app store intelligence company.
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NewsON app brings you local TV... if you happen to...

This morning brought news of a new news app... 

NewsON is designed to give iOS users live and on-demand local newscasts and news clips. The free app launched today and is a joint venture of six of the largest TV station groups in the US -- ABC Owned Television Station Group, Cox Media Group, Hearst Television, Media General, Hubbard Broadcasting and Raycom Media. 

The idea of the app is that it can identify where you are and bring up your local TV station feed; both real-time and in archived clips. There's also an interactive map of the US showing all of the stations that are broadcasting, currently 118 in 90 markets that cover about 75% of the country. 

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Apple releases iOS 9.2 beta 2 with AT&T...

Apple has released the second beta version of iOS 9.2 to users running the iOS public beta. The pre-release software was pushed out to developers yesterday alongside new versions of OS X, Xcode, and tvOS.
In this new beta, users will find the ability to take advantage of AT&T’s NumberSync offering, which allows other devices such as a Mac or iPad to make and receive phone calls using a customer’s iPhone number without actually being connected to the phone.

The new beta is available from the Software Update section of the...

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Apple Releases Second iOS 9.2 Beta for Public Beta...

Apple today seeded the second beta of iOS 9.2 to public beta testers, one day after seeding the second beta to developers and a week after releasing the first iOS 9.2 public beta. iOS 9.2 follows iOS 9.1, which launched on October 21.

Beta testers who have signed up for Apple’s beta testing program and have will receive the second iOS 9.2 beta as an over-the-air update.

Those who want to be a part of Apple’s beta testing program can sign up to participate through the beta testing website, which gives users access to both iOS and OS X betas. As iOS 9.1 was recently released, it will likely be several weeks before we see the public release of iOS 9.2...

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Turn Live Photos into GIFs for Wider Sharing

The new Live Photos feature in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus transforms pictures into mini-videos, but these creations can be shared only with other iOS and Mac users (and not even always then). Turning Live Photos into animated GIFs allows for a wider audience. 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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Classic Andy Warhol ‘Macintosh’ Painting Could Fetch...

Sotheby's will soon be auctioning a contemporary Macintosh painting by the late Andy Warhol, a successful artist known for his paintings of iconic American objects like Coca-Cola and Campbell's Soup and celebrities including Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Muhammad Ali.

The acrylic and silkscreen canvas painting is part of Warhol's "Ads" suite from 1985, one year after the original Macintosh launched. The painting, which features Apple's old rainbow logo sandwiched between the words Apple and Macintosh, is estimated to receive between $400,000 and $600,000 U.S. at auction."We went into Sean [John Lennon's son]'s bedroom–and there was a kid there setting up the Apple computer that Sean had gotten as a present, the Macintosh model. I said that once some man had been calling me a lot wanting to give me one, but that I'd never called him back or something, and...

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Jimmy Wales: Apple should stop selling iPhones in UK...

"Jimmy Wales September 2015" by cellanr - . Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Commons

Wikipedia's founder Jimmy Wales can be rather outspoken at times when it comes to the subject of personal privacy, and his latest public statement is classic. Wales tweeted his distaste for the Investigatory Powers Bill introduced in Parliament today, which would completely ban the type of end-to-end encryption that Apple builds into the iPhone, iMessage, and FaceTime. The Independent reported on Wales' tweet (embedded below).

The bill would basically require all technology and Internet companies to give the UK government any data...

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Marc Newson believes the Apple Watch will be an...

Marc Newson, a close friend to Jony Ive and famed designer himself, spoke recently to the Australian Financial Review about the reaction to the Apple Watch so far.
“As far as I’m aware, it’s been enormously successful however you gauge it. The point is, it’s the beginning of something. I think people, consumers or analysts, whoever, are so impatient. Everyone wants immediate, instant recognition, instant understanding,” he said.
Apple hasn’t disclosed Apple Watch sales to date, Tim Cook citing competitive reasons, but analysts ball parked numbers around 3.95 million last quarter. Newson suggests Apple Watch will reach iPhone levels within five years...

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Siri’s Initial Eight-Country Limitation on New Apple...

Despite Siri's availability on iOS in over fifteen different languages and over thirty countries, the voice assistant's support on the new Apple TV has remained limited to eight countries: Australia, Canada, Great Britain, United States, Germany, France, Spain, and Japan.

In a new report by MacPrime [Google Translate], the importance of "film and television content" -- including altering the phonetic pronunciation of movie titles and actor names -- was given as the main reason behind this initially small Siri support on the new Apple TV.

The explanation: Siri on Apple TV is different in large parts of Siri on iOS. The voice control of the set-top box Apple had to put a...

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: Audio-Technica ATH-M50x...

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Audio-Technica’s best selling ATH-M50x headphones in black: $119 shipped (Orig. $170), more...

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Office 365 admin updates—from portal enhancements to...

If you are an Office 365 administrator, there are a number of new tools, reports and resources coming to help save you time when managing Office 365. On today’s Microsoft Mechanics, Lawrence Chiu joins me to take a tour and review Office 365 updates for admins. We take a look at the latest tool updates, including the new simplified portal design, an early look at upcoming reporting capabilities, updates to the Office 365 Admin app and new PowerShell resources for managing Office 365 and Office 2016 deployment.

If you missed the recent announcement about updates to the Office 365 Admin Center, Lawrence provides a visual drilldown of the enhancements we’re making to save you clicks. The workflows for password changes and acquiring new user licenses are highlighted as examples where significant optimizations have been made.
The new Admin Center also provides a number...

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Install Apps On The 4th Generation Apple TV

The most substantial part of the update to the 4th generation of the Apple TV is the addition of an App Store. Awesome! There are a nice number of apps so far. Not too many, just yet. Let’s look at installing an app. To do so, start your Apple TV and from the home screen, click on the App Store icon.

From the App Store, search for an app and click on it. If you like the screenshots, click on the Get button (it’s a free app so it says Get).

Once installed, click on Open.

The app opens. Yay. Very easy.

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Security firm FireEye reports updated XcodeGhost...

The XcodeGhost thing may have reared its ugly head again, this time in a different form.
Security firm FireEye stated via a blog post that a variant of the XcodeGhost code, which has been known to inject malware into genuine apps, is still out there. The firm stated that it has identified a more advanced version of the compromised app development tool, XcodeGhost S, which has been designed to infect iOS 9 apps and allow compromised apps to escape detection by Apple.
The company offered the following statement:
XcodeGhost is planted in different versions of Xcode, including Xcode 7 (released for iOS 9 development...

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User data plundering by Android and iOS apps is as...

Enlarge / A sampling of third-party data sharing by Android apps. Images for iOS apps looked similar. (credit: Technology Science)

Apps in both Google Play and the Apple App Store frequently send users' highly personal information to third parties, often with little or no notice, according to recently published research that studied 110 apps.
The researchers analyzed 55 of the most popular apps from each market and found that a significant percentage of them regularly provided Google, Apple, and other third parties with user e-mail addresses, names, and physical locations. On average, Android apps sent potentially...

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Rumor: iPhone 7 to feature 3 GB of RAM, A10 processor

Now that you’ve gotten used to your iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, why not begin talking about the iPhone 7?
Respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has stated that the next-gen iPhone 7 will be boosted to 3 gigabytes of RAM as well as an A10 processor.
Kuo’s latest details from Apple suppliers were published in a research note Tuesday evening. In it, he revealed that while the 4.7-inch “iPhone 7” is expected to have the same 2 gigabytes of RAM as the iPhone 6s, the larger “iPhone 7 Plus” will add another gigabyte for even greater performance.

The iPhone 6 Plus presently features 1GB of RAM, while the iPhone 6s Plus doubles that to 2GB, but Apple is expected to add yet...

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DAR Software's Docs & Works makes iOS...

There are a lot of apps in the Business category of the App Store that claim to be perfect for filling out and signing documents on the iPhone and iPad, and many of them seem to lack certain capabilities so you end up having multiple apps to do one job. A new app from DAR Software called Docs & Works (US$9.99, but available today for just $5.99) seems to have all bases covered as a single powerful way to scan, fill, and sign documents.

Docs & Works has one tool that I just love, and that's support for multiple handwritten signatures that can be saved for future use and synchronized via iCloud. The app can also automatically insert a signing date in a document, a handy feature when filling out a lot of forms in a short period of time.

Check out these screenshots of Docs & Works in action. Use the forward and back arrow to move through the gallery.


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How Apple Is Preventing the Apple TV From Becoming a...

An anonymous reader writes: Apple's new set top box is on sale now, and has launched with several high profile games in the new tvOS App Store, including Guitar Hero Live and PS4 hit Transistor. However, as one writer points out, the Apple TV is still not an adequate console replacement, and it's not because of the graphics. Instead, several software issues and restrictions issued by Apple itself prevent developers from creating blockbuster exclusives for the platform, including the requirement that all games be playable using the bundled remote, lack of support for four players, and the 200MB initial app download limit. If these remain in place, can the Apple TV become a viable games platform, where the Ouya and PlayStation TV have failed before?


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Microsoft opens sign-ups for testing Cortana...

Microsoft is now accepting public beta sign-ups for the iOS version of Cortana, which will bring a limited amount of the Windows assistant's features to iPhones.

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Tony Fadell discussed what an Apple car would look...

Tony Fadell, often called the “father of the iPod” and now CEO of Alphabet’s Nest, is on Bloomberg TV today to discuss his time at Apple, the future of mobility and his current effort in the connected home industry. During the interview, Fadell revealed that back in 2008, he had discussions with then Apple CEO Steve Jobs about what an ‘Apple car’ would look like and how the company could approach such a project…At the time, Fadell says the company had little time and resources to allocate to the project, but the discussion is now more relevant than ever with the growing...

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Why is Siri limited to 8 countries on Apple TV?...

While Siri voice search is a core feature of the new Apple TV, right now it’s limited to only eight countries: UK, US, Australia, Canada, Germany, France, Spain and Japan. In other regions, the Siri Remote is simply called the Apple TV Remote (not to be confused with the old Apple TV Remote) and pressing the mic button just opens the Search app.
This is despite the fact Siri on iPhone is actually available in 30 countries, so it wasn’t clear why Apple had pinpointed only a subset of those. It turns out, according to a chat with Apple by MacPrime, that there are some clever optimizations Apple makes with Apple TV Siri to improve speech recognition.

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Fujitsu launches ScanSnap Sync

Fujitsu ( has introduced ScanSnap Sync, which is designed to easier than ever for ScanSnap scanner customers to access and manage their scanned documents across multiple devices.
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IBM CEO, Netflix CEO, Carl Icahn & more discuss...

While Apple didn’t have an official presence at the New York Times DealBook Conference yesterday (not counting former US Vice President Al Gore who sits on Apple’s board), the Cupertino company still got plenty of airtime on stage. IBM CEO Ginni Rometty explained her company’s relationship with Apple and how their partnership is beneficial for changing how iPhones and iPads are used, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings addressed Amazon’s recent move to block Apple TVs and Google Chromecasts from its store, and activist investor Carl Icahn shares how he discovered Apple, which he calls “the greatest company in the world.” Check out each video appearance below from yesterday’s conference to see what they had to say:

Discussing Apple’s...

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Apple Watch raises awareness of wearables as Pebble...

Rather than hurting sales of the Pebble smartwatch, the debut of the Apple Watch has actually helped the company, its CEO has revealed, thanks to increased consumer awareness of wearable devices.

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XcodeGhost still haunting ‘dozens’ of Apple mobile...

Dozens of U.S. enterprises are still using Apple mobile apps seeded with malware for a clever hacking scheme revealed last month known as XcodeGhost.
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Steve Jobs Passed on Building Apple Car in 2008 to...

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who passed away in October 2011 following a lengthy battle with a rare illness, contemplated building a so-called "Apple Car" as recently as 2008, according to his former advisor Tony Fadell.

Tony Fadell discussed an Apple Car with Steve Jobs in 2008 (Image: Bloomberg)

In an interview with Bloomberg, Fadell, who led Apple's iPod division between 2001 and 2010, said he had discussions with Jobs on multiple occasions to hypothesize about what features an Apple-branded vehicle could have."We had a couple of walks," Fadell said in an interview with Bloomberg's Emily Chang. The pair posed hypothetical questions to each other, such as: "If we were to build a car, what would we build? What would a dashboard be? And what would this be? What would seats be? How would you fuel it or power it?"Jobs, who drove a...

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Ten percent of Spanish broadband households own a...

New data from Parks Associates ( finds that 10 percent of Spanish broadband households own a smart watch, followed by eight percent in the U.K., seven percent in Germany, and six percent in France.
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Apple to (no surprise) start mass producing the...

Apple will start mass producing its iPhone 7 in the third quarter of 2016 (no surprise), reports Tech News citing Kuo Ming-Chi, an analyst at Taipei-based KGI Securities. Kuo has accurately predicted details of Apple's product launches before.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp. (TSMC) may become the exclusive supplier for iPhone 7's A10 processors, adds Tech News (as noted by, a global investment newswire). Apple is likely to use TSMC as the sole supplier for its new smartphone's processors after iPhone 6s buyers complained the Samsung-made A9 processor consumes more energy than the version produced by TSMC, the article adds.

Pegatron, which takes nearly 40 percent of iPhone 6 assembly orders, said its demand for workers fell from the July-to-September level, raising concerns of slowing iPhone 6 sales. Tech News says Hon Hai has a "high chance" to become the sole assembler of the...

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Apple and sapphire supplier will finally bury their...

Even the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus don't have sapphire screens. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

After months of fighting, the Wall Street Journal reports that Apple and onetime sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies have reached an agreement that could dig GT out from under the $439 million debt it still owes to Apple.
Under the terms of the deal, which still needs to be approved by a bankruptcy judge, GT will auction off at least 1,400 of the 2,000 sapphire-making furnaces it bought in anticipation of supplying sapphire glass for Apple's products. The two companies will split the proceeds, and Apple will dispose of any equipment that remains and forgive any remaining debt.
The GT Advanced Technologies saga has been playing out since late 2013, when it...

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A modified version of XcodeGhost remains a threat as...

Security firm FireEye said in a blog post that XcodeGhost – a fake version of Xcode that injected malware into genuine apps – remains a threat. FireEye has identified a more advanced version of the compromised app development tool, XcodeGhost S, which has been designed to infect iOS 9 apps and allow compromised apps to escape detection by Apple.

XcodeGhost is planted in different versions of Xcode, including Xcode 7 (released for iOS 9 development). In the latest version, which we call XcodeGhost S, features have been added to infect iOS 9 and bypass static detection.
We have...

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Apple’s legal battle with Core Wireless moving to...

After winning a patent infringement case against a company called Core Wireless Licensing earlier this year, Apple being sued again by the non-practicing entity over certain wireless communications IP. However, “in what could be an important victory, however, the Cupertino, Calif., company was recently granted a motion to transfer proceedings to its home state,” notes

In March a Texas jury ruled that Apple didn't five wireless patents formerly held by Nokia that were sold to Canadian patent licensing firm Conversant. Core Wireless, Conversant's subsidiary, sued Apple in 2012 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division, seeking a global patent licensing deal with Apple over its iPhone and iPad. The five patents in were part of 2,000 that were once owned by Nokia. Conversant obtained the patents after acquiring Core Wireless in 2011. 

Well, the company didn't...

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I’m not holding my breath for an ‘iPhone mini’

In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is predicting a 4-inch Apple smartphone will be unveiled in 2015. However, I’m dubious we’ll see an “iPhone mini,” “iPhone nano,” or “iPhone shuffle.”

The well-regarded analyst thinks demand is still present for a smaller Apple handset. He expects a 4-inch iPhone with a metal casing wrapped around the usual assortment of sensors, circuits and processors. As with past low-end offerings, Apple will likely include an A9 SoC, which will be a last-generation component when the handset debuts, Kuo says. 

Even if Apple were to introduce a low-cost iPhone the IDC research group ( believes the price will struggle to compete with Android devices that are focused on portfolios aimed at price points of $200 and less. 

"Since Apple finally delivered a larger...

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Steve Jobs considered an 'Apple Car' in...

The idea of a so-called 'Apple Car' has been gestating within the company for some time, as former iPod chief and Nest CEO Tony Fadell revealed that Steve Jobs toyed with the idea back in 2008.

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Google scraps plan for flagship retail store in New...

Ron Amadeo, writing for Ars Technica:According to a report from Crain’s New York Business, Google has scrapped plans for a flagship retail store in New York City.Interesting logic behind the plan change.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Apple's Late CEO Steve Jobs Talked to Tony...

In case you didn't know, Steve Jobs was in fact curious about what an Apple car would look like. In 2008, not too long after the Apple co-founder introduced the iPhone, Jobs was considering the possibilities of a much bigger gadget.

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This is greatness: Graphic novel with dialog...

This is an astonishing effort.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Review: Cold Open for iOS makes it easy to track...

These days, there are so many good TV shows on that it’s difficult to pick just one or two favorites, and on-demand streaming makes it even easier to watch your favorite shows on your own schedule, so it’s no surprise that some people have a hard time keeping track of which shows they’re behind on.
For many, the solution has come in the form of apps that take all of the work out of remembering when your favorite shows air and help you track which episodes you’ve seen or missed. Sometimes, however, these apps can be as complicated as the TV schedule you’re trying to track.
Today, a new app in that category called Cold Open has launched. It was created by a team of developers and designers known in the iOS and jailbreaking...

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Death Star waffle maker

Come to the dark side. We have waffles!∞ Read this on The Loop

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National Geographic Society sets biggest layoff in...
Want to see how Microsoft’s Cortana compares to Siri...

If you’re curious to see how Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana compares to Siri, you may be able to take it for a test-drive. Microsoft says that it has completed internal testing of Cortana for iOS and is now seeking beta testers.

Cortana is with you on your Windows 10 PC, tablet, and phone—helping you whenever and wherever you need it. But we also know that there’s a choice of mobile devices out there, so we want help from our Windows Insiders to make sure she’s a great personal assistant on iOS too. We’re looking for a limited number of people to get their hands on an early version of the […] Cortana for iOS beta … 


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∞ Two mysteriously magical things from the Apple TV...

My Apple TV install was a home run for me. Here’s why.

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Automate MDM Enrollment Using Apple Configurator 2

I’ve written a number of articles on automating MDM enrollments using Apple Configurator in the past. In Apple Configurator 2, there are some new options that make the process much easier than it’s ever been in the past. To get started, let’s open Apple Configurator 2 and click on a Blueprint we’d like to apply to devices being prepared during a mass iPad or iPhone enrollment through Apple Configurator. Control-click on the Blueprint to set up for automated enrollment and click on the Prepare button.

At the Organization screen, select the organization you’d like to enroll your device in and click on the Next button.

At the Server screen, select to enroll in an MDM server.

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New Stats Show Huawei is on the Rise while 56% of...

"In Great Britain, iOS held the strongest share ever recorded in a September quarter since we began tracking this market."

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This graphic novel may actually motivate you to read...

For all I know, Apple may own my house. Like every other person on the planet, when faced with pages and pages of terms & conditions, I just click Accept and get on with my day.
But American artist Robert Sikoryak thinks he may have found a way to persuade us to read the iTunes terms and conditions: he’s turning them into a graphic novel, aka a lengthy comic. The Tumblr was spotted by ...

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Wikipedia founder says Apple should stop selling...

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has tweeted that Apple should stop selling iPhones in the UK if the British government succeeds in passing a “stupid” new law completely banning end-to-end encryption. The tweet was reported by the Independent.
I would like to see Apple refuse to sell iPhone in UK if gov't bans end-to-end encryption. Does Parliament dare be that stupid?— Jimmy Wales (@jimmy_wales)...

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Apple core designer Marc Newson on the Apple Watch

Apple Watch designer Marc Newson weighs in on the Apple Watch.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Mobile Malware's Growth Slows, Nastiness Grows

The good news about mobile malware in 2015 is that growth has slowed down. The bad news is that the malware entering the market is more virulent than ever. While there hasn't been a sharp rise in the volume of mobile malware this year, the increasingly malicious nature of the types of malware and attacks is alarming, Blue Coat Systems said last week in its 2015 Mobile Malware Report. "Ransomware is getting more evil, more robust, similar to the evolution it followed on the desktop," said Chris Larsen, a senior malware researcher at Blue Coat.

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The Illustrated iTunes License Agreement

If you’ve never read the terms and conditions that accompany your iTunes purchases, here’s your chance, as illustrated by artist R. Sikoryak. 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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Apple intros trade-in program, Gazelle’s value...

Remember Gazelle? Gazelle was one of the major used iPhone buyback services. Every time Apple released a new phone, Gazelle was there, buying folks’ previous generation phones, giving them cash to pay for the newest shiny.Enter Apple. Wow!!!∞ Read this on The Loop

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TapCommerce is a new mobile SMB solution

TapPublisher has launched TapCommerce, a mobile e-commerce solution for SMB and local businesses aimed to help them grow their sales and build customer loyalty.
It’s an app editor for creating native iPhone apps using a powerful drag-and-drop builder tool. TapPublisher uses 100 percent native iOS API [application programming interface] and Objective-C, says Frederic Aloe, co-founder and CEO.
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Sound Siphon 2.0.2 brings Free Public API for Mac...

Static Z Software ( has announced Sound Siphon 2.0.2, an update to their audio capture application for Mac OS X.
The $39 app makes your Mac's audio output available as an audio input device. Version 2.0.2 sports a public API (application programming interface) for third party developers, enabling them to access Sound Siphon's application audio capture abilities. Now a developer can add the ability to record application audio to their own Mac app. A demo is available for download.

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CS Odessa adds solution for creating SIPOC diagrams

CS Odessa has announced the availability of a new Business Process Mapping solution in the ConceptDraw Solution Park.
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London's Lloyds Bank Launches Holiday Video for...

Lloyds Bank has just launched a £4 million Christmas campaign promoting its partnership with Apple Pay.

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iOS 9 adoption continues to outpace iOS 8, as it...

iOS 9 continues to outstrip all previous versions of iOS in terms of pace of adoption. Apple has updated its developer site to show that 66% of all iOS devices are now running iOS 9, up from 61% less than a fortnight ago.
For comparison, iOS 8 had only hit 60% by the end of November last year, took until late December to get to 64% and January...

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Rumor Claims we'll see an iPhone with a 4...

We reported on a rumor back in August stating that Apple wasn't going to update the iPhone 5c this year but rather introduce a new 4" iPhone in Q2 2016 using a new 14 or 16nm FinFET chip from TSMC. Late yesterday a rumor surfaced ...

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Smart watches to trump other wearables win smart...

The smart home market, projected to reach US$34 billion in 2020 is becoming the center of activity for multiple IoT (Internet of Things) ecosystems, including wearables. 
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Saturday October 31

Cute puzzler Haunt the House: Terrortown will get...

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. It’s Halloween, you’re a ghost, and all you want to do is rest in peace. But there are people nosing about your local haunting grounds—which include a spooky old mansion, a ghost town, and a carnival-themed runaway train.What’s a ghost to do? You can’t scare these people away directly—you’re a ghost, and they can’t see you swooping through the air. But you can possess objects and scare them indirectly. And, of course, as the terror-level in the atmosphere becomes tenser, your abilities grow in power. Haunt the House: Terrortown is a creative Halloween-themed puzzler...

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Monday November 2

6 iPhone apps that use 3D Touch to make you more...

Tons of third-party iOS apps don't yet take advantage of Apple's 3D Touch, a key feature of the new iPhone 6s models, but thankfully additional apps get 3D Touch support every day. Here are six iOS apps that use 3D Touch to help you save a few seconds here and there and be more efficient.

3D Touch on iPhone 6s helps you get stuff done
Evernote (freemium) is the Big Daddy of note-taking apps, despite increasing competition from Microsoft OneNote. Using 3D Touch on the app icon, you can quickly create new notes, take photos, set reminders, or search for existing notes. As of this writing, Microsoft OneNote doesn't support 3D Touch....

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Apple beefs up indoor mapping efforts with new app

Apple has a new app on the App Store, though you won’t be able to find it unless you own a small business. The under-the-radar app is called Indoor Survey, and it’s designed to map venues.
Developer Steve Troughton-Smith first noticed the app over the weekend, though it’s been in the App Store since Oct. 27.

“By dropping ‘points’ on a map within the Survey app, you indicate your position within the venue as you walk through,” the app description says. “As you do so, the Indoor Survey app measures the radio frequency (RF) signal data and combines it with an iPhone’s sensor data. The end result is indoor positioning without the need to install special hardware.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please...

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The Week in iOS Apps: Boomerang is Instagram's...

Bounce-back videoThis week's roundup includes Boomerang, a new way to make videos fun, from the folks at Instagram.BoomerangBoomerang is the latest offering from the folks at Instagram—it lets you take a few seconds of video that you can then loop back-and-forth, turning a simple action into a cha-cha dance. The resulting creations can, of course, be shared on Facebook or Instagram.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Tuesday November 3

Twitter ditches stars for hearts to become less...

Every social network has a way of letting you show that you like, love, or agree with a post. Facebook has the thumbs-up sign. Instagram has hearts. Since 2006, Twitter has used bright yellow stars, known to users as favorites, to let people show appreciation for tweets. But the platform is under pressure to add new users and prove it’s not just a torrential flood of news that’s impossible to keep up with, so its new solution: replace stars with hearts.

The difference between hearting this baked potato and marking it as my favorite is huge.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Plex gets an Apple TV app for streaming your media...

Plex has just launched a proper app for the new Apple TV, letting users stream their videos and music from a networked PC or storage drive.The app is available for free on the 2015 Apple TV, but won’t be coming to older Apple TVs because they don’t support the new App Store. Users of older Apple TVs can still access their Plex content through a rather elaborate workaround.With Plex, users can store their personal videos, music, and photos on a computer or NAS drive. Plex’s free server software then transcodes and streams those files to Plex’s client apps on other devices, such as Apple TV. It’s basically a way to access a large media library on devices that don’t offer a lot of storage or don’t support local...

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1Password launches public beta for teams

AgileBits, makers of 1Password, recommends robust password selection and protection. Thus, it stuck in its craw, says Jeff Shiner, the company’s chief, that its business users had no simple and secure way to share collectively used passwords or secrets to which one user might need to grant access to others on occasion or when unavailable. 1Password for Teams is a result of chewing on that problem and talking to its existing customers. It’s been quietly in the works for nearly two years, and entered a public beta on Tuesday.

Teams gain access to account information useful for a group of people.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Apple TV App Store gets Top Charts section of...

The new Apple TV App Store is becoming more similar to the iOS App Store by the minute.
On Tuesday, several Apple TV users spotted that the new tvOS App Store now has a dedicated Top Charts section. Similar to the iOS App Store, the tvOS Top Charts includes top free apps, top paid apps, and top grossing apps. 
When the fourth-generation Apple TV shipped last week with the all-new tvOS, it did not include a Top Charts section, presumably because Apple did not have enough user data to populate the charts. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Apple cuts a deal with failed sapphire screen...

Apple and GT Advanced Technologies Inc. agreed to part ways back in 2014, after the latter filed for bankruptcy. Now the two have reached a deal that will eradicate GT's $439 million loan from Cupertino, according to The Wall Street Journal. Apple...

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Apple's iOS 9 now installed on two out of three...

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Generally reliable KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has today shared an investment note in which he breaks down what Apple will do in terms of its smartphones come 2016. In the note, Kuo claims that Apple is still working on a refreshed 4-inch iPhone model…

Kuo says that the 4-inch iPhone “resembles an upgraded iPhone 5s” and features an A9 processor. The design of the device is somewhat unclear from Kuo’s report, but he hints that it will feature a metal casing as opposed to the plastic design featured on the iPhone 5c.
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Apple Predicted to Launch A9-Based 4-Inch iPhone in...

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a new research report outlining his expectations for Apple's 2016 iPhone launches, including several interesting tidbits about the upcoming devices.

First, Kuo believes Apple still has a new 4-inch iPhone in the works that "resembles an upgraded iPhone 5s". The device is said to be targeted for launch in the first half of next year and will come equipped with an A9 processor.As there is still demand for a 4-inch iPhone, we believe Apple will upgrade this product line. Because the iPhone 5s is more popular than the iPhone 5c, we think Apple is likely to launch an upgraded iPhone 5s. We predict Apple will mass-produce this new 4-inch iPhone in 1H16 with metal casings. In order to make the current iOS 9 or next-generation iOS 10 run smoothly, Apple may adopt an A9 chip for this new phone.Kuo believes this new 4-inch iPhone will not include 3D Touch support as part of an...

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Apple to launch new metal 4-inch iPhone with A9 CPU...

Next year could mark Apple's return to the popular 4-inch iPhone form factor, as one well-connected insider believes the company is preparing to mass produce an iPhone 5s upgrade boasting a powerful A9 system-on-chip, metal casing and next-generation software.

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Apple wins motion to transfer second Core Wireless...

After winning a patent infringement case leveled by Core Wireless Licensing earlier this year, Apple is once again being sued by the non-practicing entity over certain wireless communications IP. In what could be an important victory, however, the Cupertino, Calif., company was recently granted a motion to transfer proceedings to its home state.

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MPAA filed lawsuits in Canada and NZ to shut down...

The MPAA can and will hunt pirates down wherever they are, it seems. According to TorrentFreak, the association sued three developers in Canada earlier in October, accusing them of "various copyright infringing acts." Since then, it...

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iOS 9 Adoption Jumps to 66 Percent After iOS 9.1...

Since launching in September alongside the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, iOS 9 has seen its adoption rate grow to 66 percent of active iOS devices, according to numbers on the Apple Developer Support page. Two weeks ago, iOS 9 adoption sat at 61 percent.

After 24 hours, iOS 9 adoption was in line with the adoption rate of iOS 8. However, in late September Apple announced that the newest version of iOS had the fastest adoption ever and was on pace to be downloaded by more users than any other version of the mobile operating system. iOS 8 only achieved a 64 percent adoption rate by December 23 and a 68 percent adoption rate by January 7,...

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What’s new: October 2015

The Office 2016 launch in September was followed by a steady stream of improvements in October. The Skype for Business iOS app is here, and the preview of the new Skype for Business voice and meeting capabilities is now more widely available. FastTrack evolved from an onboarding service to a customer success service to help you realize business value faster with the Microsoft Cloud. Compliance updates include enhanced service organization controls (SOC) audit reports and the launch of local datacenters in India. OneNote inking is better than ever, Sway and Office Lens got enhancements and mobile updates, and the new Office was updated as well. For developers, there’s new on-demand video training, updates from the PnP team and more.

Leave us a comment to let us know what your favorite new feature is. If you missed last month’s updates, see What’s new: September 2015.
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Sundance and Jaunt are looking for VR filmmaking...

Sundance Film Institute has announced a six-month residency aimed at helping budding virtual reality filmmakers turn their ideas into dynamic projects. To make this a reality, the institute has teamed up with VR firm Jaunt, most likely because of t...

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GT Advanced reaches new agreement w/ Apple to pay...

More than a year ago, Apple’s sapphire supplier GT Advanced Tech announced that it was filing for bankruptcy under Chapter 11, with the company parting ways with Apple as part of the restructuring. Despite the parting being amicable, GT still was in debt $439 million. Today, however, The Wall Street Journal reports that GT and Apple have come to an agreement on how to pay off that debt.

According to documents filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, GT Advanced Tech will auction off the sapphire...

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