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Tuesday May 5

12:48
Apple to Launch Streaming Music Service and Revamped...

While Apple is still working to get key deals in place for its upcoming streaming music service, the company remains committed to announcing the service at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), likely during the opening keynote on June 8, according to 9to5Mac. Apple's streaming music service will reportedly launch alongside a revamped iTunes Radio in a "long list" of countries in late June as part of iOS 8.4 and iTunes 12.2. New Apple TV and Mac apps that will integrate the service remain under development at Apple. The redesigned Music app in iOS 8.4 beta, seeded to developers in April, will reportedly...

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12:46
Apple reportedly planning to launch ResearchKit-...

Apple is working on a plan that could give the company and its research partners access to consumer DNA, a new report suggests. The data would be collected by research partners and stored in an online cloud to be used in medical studies, such as one run by the University of California that examines the DNA of expectant mothers to help pinpoint the causes of premature birth.

Now Apple is closely involved in shaping initial studies that will collect DNA. One, planned by the University of California, San Francisco, would study causes of premature birth by combining gene tests with other data collected on the phones of expectant mothers. A different study would be led by Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.
Other studies...

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12:41
EU to probe market control of Facebook, Google,...

The European Commission is beginning a probe into how major technology companies such as Amazon, Facebook, and Google exploit their market power, a move that could potentially lead to new regulations, a report said on Tuesday.

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12:32
Apple’s Beats relaunch

Swedish music streamer Spotify has more to lose from Apple’s anticipated Beats Music revamp than its competition, according to new usage data, as iOS accounts for a majority of Spotify’s active users.Apple really has to do this right. We’ve seen music services do big, splashy relaunches and users really don’t care—I really don’t care. There are some key points that Apple needs to take care of to beat out Spotify—if they don’t, it’s going to be a tough road ahead for them. Music is very important to Apple, there is no doubt about that, but they have to keep the focus and intensity on this that they’ve shown for their other products.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:12
Apple’s new retail chief Angela Ahrendts was the...


We found out earlier this year that Apple’s new retail chief, former Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts, made around $73 million in 2014 through her new position at the company. That made Ahrendts the highest paid female executive in the US last year, according to a new report from Bloomberg that puts her total earnings for 2014 somewhere closer to $82.6 million+:
The former chief executive officer of London-based fashion retailer Burberry Group Plc was awarded $82...

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12:02
How-To: Understand and unlock Apple’s Mac and iPhone...

Decades ago, every electronic device was sealed with one of two types of screws: a minus-shaped Flat/Slot head, or a plus-shaped Phillips head. There was no concept — at least, for common consumer electronics — that average people shouldn’t be able to unscrew their gadgets and take them apart. And the only reason to have multiple Flat or Phillips head screwdrivers was to handle bigger or smaller screws.
Times have changed, and “security screws” have become increasingly common. Apple actually started using tamper-resistant screws in its Macs years ago, but when it added Pentalobe screws to the iPhone 4, the media took notice, and there was a brief public flare-up (actual sample headline: “Apple iPhone 4 Uses ‘Evil,’ Tamper-Proof Screws”). Despite initial frustration, however, the solution turned out to be simple: buy an inexpensive ...

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12:00
Make a video commercial for OWC, win a $12,000 dream...

Do you like making videos? Want to make a viral video commercial for Other World Computing that's about 30 to 60 seconds long and have a chance to win a grand prize worth over US$12,000? The good folks at OWC (over at MacSales.com) started taking entries last Friday for an amazing competition and you have until June 30, 2015 to submit your video. After that, the public has an opportunity to vote on their favorite video between July 7 and 31, and then the lucky winner and a runner-up will be announced on August 10, 2015.

What entrants need to do is create an ad between 30 and 60 seconds long that tells the world why OWC solutions are the key to unlocking true creative potential. There are three possible themes to guide you:

  • Everything is Possible
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11:43
Beats revamp still debuting at WWDC, global release...


According to a report today from Billboard, Apple does not have the deals in place to launch its long-awaited Beats Music revamp as its new streaming music service. The report quotes a source as saying “June won’t be the release date. The deals aren’t done,” but our sources say that an announcement at the June 8th WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) keynote is still planned. A few weeks following the announcement, in late June, Apple will fully release the service as part of two new software products: iOS 8.4 and iTunes 12.2, according...

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11:43
Apple's Beats Music relaunch might hurt Spotify...

Swedish music streamer Spotify has more to lose from Apple's anticipated Beats Music revamp than its competition, according to new usage data, as iOS accounts for a majority of Spotify's active users.

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11:07
How Corona made Cinco de Mayo an American holiday

Vinepair:In America Cinco de Mayo has evolved to become one of the country’s largest drinking holidays. In 2013, over $600 million dollars worth of beer was sold, according to Nielsen data, which is more beer than is sold for St. Patrick’s Day or the Super Bowl, two holidays where beer consumption is the primary focal point. And most of that beer is Mexican in origin, which has also meant that the Mexican beer sector, thanks to Cinco de Mayo, has continued to grow and thrive north of the border, experiencing the best sector growth in the American market according to EuroMonitor data, second only to the rapid growth of American craft beer. Suffice it to say, Cinco de Mayo is a behemoth when it comes to selling booze, but how did a holiday that isn’t really even celebrated in Mexico – Mother’s Day, which occurs around the same time, is a much bigger deal – become not only the most powerful U.S. holiday when it comes to selling alcohol, but also the only connection most Americans have...

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11:06
Yosemite clusterfuck

Craig Hockenberry:I started reporting these issues early in the Yosemite beta release and provided tons of documentation to Apple engineering. It was frustrating to have a Mac that lost its network connection every few days because the network interfaces were disabled while waking from sleep (and there was no way to disable this new “feature”.)Marco Arment and many others are having similar issues.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:00
Manage change and stay informed in Office 365

Today’s post was written by Andy O’Donald, senior product marketing manager and Rajmohan Rajagopalan, principal PM manager for the Office 365 team.
Heraclitus said, “No one steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he or she is not the same person.”
We understand the transition you are making from traditional change management you drove in an on-premises software world to the faster pace of change you are experiencing with cloud services like Office 365. We understand that in a cloud services world, IT gives up a level of control over when updates and capabilities are rolled-out to their organization. This can make planning, preparing and communicating to your organization more challenging.

The journey so far to improve communications, control and...

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11:00
Mophie's new juice pack H2PRO and your iPhone 6...

Image via Mophie.com

More often than not, my iPhones over the years have had a constant companion -- a mophie juice pack or juice pack air battery pack. While the big battery capacity of the iPhone 6 Plus has made that accessory less of a "must have" so far, there are a lot of people who own the iPhone 6 who might need the extra power in a juice pack. Now they can have both 2,750 mAh of battery power and complete waterproof protection in one package -- the juice pack H2PRO ($129.95, pre-order only)

Mophie says the juice pack H2PRO is designed to provide MIL-STD810G drop protection as well as  IP-68 ingress protection. The latter rating means that your iPhone can take a 1.2m (3.93 foot) dip in water for up to 30 minutes, and it will also be protected against dust. Military Standard 810G is a vibration, shock and drop...

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10:52
Twenty-four more institutions implement Apple Pay...

Apple has added 24 more institutions to the list (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT6288) of those that support Apple Pay. So far Apple Pay has support from over 2,500 banks and 700,000-plus retailers.
Apple announced Apple Pay in September 2014, describing it as “a new category of service designed to transform mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay.” It works with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus through a NFC antenna design, a dedicated chip called the Secure Element, and Touch ID.

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10:47
Mophie launches waterproof Juice Pack H2Pro battery...

Mophie on Tuesday revealed a new battery case, the Juice Pack H2Pro, which it said will not only extend the battery life of an iPhone 6 but make it waterproof to a depth of 1.2 meters (about 4 feet) for 30 minutes.

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10:33
Beats Music rebranding may not be imminent, as Apple...

Despite rumors that Apple could rebrand and relaunch Beats Music as soon as next month's Worldwide Developers Conference, a new report suggests that's unlikely, as the company apparently does not have the licensing deals finalized for such a change.

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10:25
Gold plate your Apple Watch for $399

They pay for shipping and promise a three-day turnaround. I feel like doing it just to see how it works.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:17
Apple Still Working to Finalize Streaming Music...

Just weeks ahead of the rumored debut of its newly revamped streaming music service, Apple is still working to get key deals completed. According to a new report from Billboard that cites music industry sources, Apple does not yet have the necessary licensing agreements that it needs to launch the service, leading to disagreements over whether it will be ready to go in June.A June launch is still attainable. One source notes Apple has been able to quickly secure licensing deals in the past. "If any company can pull it off, they can," the source tells Billboard, adding that "labels are more likely to play ball with them" because of Apple's track record of generating revenue for rights holders. Another major label source believes the Beats Music...

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09:59
Over a week after launch, Apple Watch still draws...

It's been over a week since retail sales of Apple Watch began at a select few boutique stores around the world. In Paris, the exclusive location for obtaining one is still managing a line of over 70 people waiting to buy.

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09:25
SyncTwoFolders 2.0.9b1 - Syncs two user-specified...

SyncTwoFolders simply synchronizes two folders. It supports synchronization across mounted network drives and it is a possibility to run a simulation showing in a log what will be done. Please visit author's website for other version (Carbon or Cocoa) and old versions (PPC, previous systems, etc.).Version 2.0.9b1:

  • Build with Xojo2015r2.1.
  • Added a Scheduler in BatchSync (beta with date hour next Sync written in red, Cmd-Alt-Ctrl-clic on the arrows next to the hour:min to show/hide).
  • OS X 10.7 or later

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09:24
Apple TV gets CBS Sports, USA Now channels

Apple continues to add new channels to the Apple TV set-top box. The latest are CBS Sports and USA Now.
CBS Sports lets users watch free clips from a variety of sports, including the NFL, MLB, NBA, college sports, and more. USA Now features content from the USA network. CBS Sports don't require a cable or satellite provider to access it; USA Now does.

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09:18
Report: Top Endpoint Security Packages Perfectly...


Drive-by attacks on the Internet are a particularly pernicious form of online threat, especially for individual Web surfers. On the corporate level, though, a company with good endpoint protection software can foil the malicious practice. A drive-by occurs when an infected website automatically downloads malware onto a Net traveler's computer. Several companies make endpoint solutions to -- among other things -- thwart those kinds of attacks. NSS Labs recently tested 10 of them.

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09:07
Volkswagen intros Watch remote app, Dropbox to get...

Volkswagen on Tuesday announced an Apple Watch app that will offer remote control of many car functions, while Dropbox released a significant update to its iOS client and promised that users will soon be able to create Office documents from within the app.

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09:06
∞ Godsmack and Pantera perform “Walk”

Great performance.

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09:00
Apple publishes guidelines for third-party Apple...

Apple Watch 42 mm Dimensional Drawing. Apple Inc. 

Have an idea for creating the ultimate Apple Watch band and making your fortune? Not so fast, pardner. You're going to have to make sure that you follow Apple's guidelines to the letter, and they're pretty strict. The company added a PDF document titled "Band Design Guidelines for Apple Watch" to its Developer Resources web page, and the requirements are impressive.

First of all, the bands must integrate two special lugs that mate with the Apple Watch Band Interface, and there must be a "lug latch" feature to prevent accidental removal of the band. Bands cannot integrate magnetic chargers, something that probably caused millions of developers to cry out in terror and they were suddenly silenced

But wait, there's...

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08:51
Mophie debuts Juice Pack H2Pro, its first waterproof...

Sporting IP68-rated waterproofing — immersible in 1.2 meters of water for 30 minutes — as well as strong dust, drop, and shock resistance, the Juice Pack H2Pro is Mophie’s first-ever waterproof battery case.
Made from black plastic with a flexible, scratch-resistant clear front that provides both Touch ID and multi-touch screen access, H2Pro includes the complete button and port protection users would expect from a waterproof case, plus a 2,750mAh battery that Mophie promises will deliver a full 100% recharge for the iPhone 6.
Juice Pack H2Pro is currently available for pre-order and will ship in late May for $130, at which point it will likely be the first actually available waterproof battery for the iPhone 6. (Lifeproof’s Fre Power...

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08:32
1st iceberg of the season seen in Torbay

CBC News:It was a busy weekend in Torbay, as the first iceberg of the season arrived in eastern Newfoundland just off the coastline near Tapper’s Cove.People flocked to the area over the weekend to take advantage of the site. The Canadian Coast Guard says there’s currently more than 100 icebergs off the province’s coastlines, so it’s just the beginning of iceberg season in Newfoundland and Labrador.This is how cool Canada is – we have icebergs, baby! By the way, if you ever want a fun vacation, visit Newfoundland. Starkly beautiful province and wonderful people.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:28
NYTimes: Summer Apple TV reboot brings redesign for...

Brian X. Chen, writing for the New York Times, makes a de facto case for a new Apple TV and remote this summer.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:20
Apple Pay adds 24 new banks and credit unions...

Apple has rolled out Apple Pay support for another 24 banks and credit unions following last month’s expansion reaching more than 200 in total. The newly added banks include more than a dozen banks and credit unions from around the United States including The Bancorp Bank which backs Simple, a popular online banking service. Here’s the full list of newly added Apple Pay banks:
Bellwether Community Credit Union
Benchmark Federal Credit Union
Blackhawk Community Credit Union
Community America Credit Union
Community First Credit Union
Connections Credit Union
cPort Credit Union
Denver Fire Department FCU
Electro Savings Credit...

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08:14
iOS-exclusive Periscope torpedoed Mayweather-...

Even after shattering pay-per-view records, at least one person involved in the "fight of the century" believes it could have been even bigger without the availability of illegal video streams through Twitter's iOS-exclusive Periscope app.

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08:11
9to5Toys Last Call: iOttie iPhone 6 Car Mount + Dual...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.
Today’s can’t miss deals:
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07:57
Dropbox for iOS adds file commenting & 1Password...

Dropbox is rolling out a new version of its iPhone and iPad app today with a new features including commenting and mentions, a new ‘Recent’ files tab, and 1Password integration. Dropbox for iOS will also gain the ability to create Microsoft Office files including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel documents directly from the app soon.
The ‘Recent’ tab is found on the bottom left of the new app version and displays a list of files stored in Dropbox that you’ve last added or modified for quick access. The new tab is similar to the “Recently Changed’ activity view on the Dropbox menu bar app; the tab also resembles the Dropbox widget in Notification Center on iOS...

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07:49
Apple Watch workout battery life falling short in...

The Apple Watch can offer inconsistent power consumption while tracking workouts, particularly during outdoor activities like cycling, according to a handful of complaints received by AppleInsider and seen on Twitter.

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07:30
Today in the App Store — Owen’s Odyssey, Downcast...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on Owen’s Odyssey, the new GLP - Great Little Place app and a significant update to Downcast for OS X. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Owen’s Odyssey [Now free, down from $0.99] Owen’s Odyssey is the story of a boy, while on a journey, taking refuge from a storm in a dangerous place – Castle Pookapick.

Over [Now free, down from $1.99] Designed with mobile creatives in mind, Over features standard and custom-made fonts and well-crafted artwork combined with a sleek design, easy-to-use functionality, and immediate sharing ability.

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07:17
Apple TV users get Bell’s CraveTV & Rogers’...


While users in the US are today getting access to CBS Sports and USA Now on the Apple TV, Canadian users are being greeted today with two new channels from the big Canadian cable companies. Bell’s CraveTV and Rogers’ Shomi, two competitive on-demand TV services akin to Hulu in the US, are now accessible on Apple’s set-top box.
Bell made an official announcement today noting that the Apple TV app provides access to the entire CraveTV library for subscribers including popular shows HOMELAND, NURSE JACKIE, WEEDS, HAPPYISH, BOSCH, THE...

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07:00
Volkswagen debuts Apple Watch app that alerts you...



Volkswagen announced its new Apple Watch application today that will allow users to control their VW Car-Net-enabled vehicles remotely from their wrists (via TechCrunch). Functions like door locks and fuel/charge level indicators will be available directly in the app. Drivers can even get directions from their current location to their parked car.
There will also be new setting that allows parents to set speed limits for their teen drivers. When that limit is crossed,...

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06:51
'CBS Sports' & 'USA Now'...

Apple continues to gradually expand the channel options available on its Apple TV set-top box, with both "CBS Sports" and "USA Now" automatically arriving on second- and third-generation devices on Tuesday.

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06:45
Foursquare's Swarm to bring mayorship back

Just over one year ago, Foursquare released Swarm, a separate app for check-ins, and killed mayorships and badges in the process. No longer able to commandeer the local Starbucks as their own, many users complained about the omission. Today there is hope, you would-be virtual mayors.

The company has confirmed that global mayorships will return to Swarm "soon." Badges will not return, but there will be 100 new stickers that people can add to check-ins, photos and messages. 

Remember when that jerk Lou took over as mayor of your coffee place just as Foursquare removed that function, leaving you unable to usurp him for a whole year? Your reckoning is nigh. Lou is going down. What's the sticker for that

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06:39
Home Depot may have quietly dropped Apple Pay...



Apple Pay may have been quietly discontinued at various Home Depot stores.
Or it may not.
Although not an official Apple Pay partner, a number of NFC terminals at various Home Depot stores across the United States. Even so, a user on Reddit received the following notice from Home Depot’s customer care team that suggested that the company may be phasing out support for Apple Pay, installing PayPal in its place:
“We currently do not accept Apple Pay in our local stores or online. We do have the option of using PayPal, in store or online. We may offer this feature in the future, but we currently do not have a time frame for this and if we are...

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06:29
Mophie introduces waterproof battery case

Mophie has announced the juice pack H2PRO for the iPhone 6. It's the company's first waterproof battery case and provides more than 100% extra battery life, says Daniel Huang, company co-founder and CEO.
In addition to waterproof protection, the juice pack H2PRO exceeds industry standards with top protection ratings, he adds. It's equipped with a 2,750mAh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery that reportedly allows users to enjoy up to 14 additional hours of talk time, 10 additional hours of web browsing, 11 additional hours of video playback, and 50 additional hours of music playback.
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06:19
T-Mobile responds to Verizon campaign, offers...



It’s competition that makes life interesting.
Wireless carrier T-Mobile is responding to Verizon’s “Never Settle” ad campaign, which offers to lend Verizon customers a new smartphone and port their existing number to it for a 14-day trial. If customers prefer T-Mobile’s service, the company will pay off Verizon’s Early Termination Fees up to a maximum of US$650.
T-Mobile is also offering to settle any outstanding payments on your phone within the US$650 limit when customers go with T-Mobile’s Simple Choice plan.

T-Mobile has stated that customers can keep their current phone and that the company will refund any fees incurred on its...

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06:18
Belkin’s WeMo app adds IFTTT & support for more...


Belkin today updated its WeMo app — the companion software to the company’s platform for controlling connected lighting products, appliances, and more — to offer support for IFTTT and additional light bulbs.
If This Then That (IFTTT), a service that lets users automate tasks from a long list of other mobile apps and web services, is now supported through the WeMo app update: “Create your own IFTTT recipes for OSRAM LIGHTIFY and WeMo LED bulbs. Use texts, tweets, even touchdowns to turn lights on or off.”
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06:18
ShowStoppers, MacTech Partner: Showcase Devs to...

ShowStoppers is partnering with MacTech to create a new event that enables developers, accessory vendors and device makers to showcase, demonstrate and announce new software, services, hardware and devices for work, home and play to key journalists traveling to San Francisco to learn about the future of iOS and OS X.
ShowStoppers/MacTech DevFocus is scheduled for Sunday, June 7, in San Francisco from 5-7 pm.
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06:16
EU delays judgement on Apple's Irish tax deal...

Initially slated for mid-June, the European Commission's investigation into Apple's tax arrangement with Irish authorities will not be completed until later in the year, Europe's competition chief said Tuesday.

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06:14
Apple TV rolls out new CBS Sports and USA Now...

Apple has pushed two new channels to the Apple TV today, bringing sports and drama content from two new sources. The first new channel is CBS Sports, which allows users to watch free clips from a host of different sports, including the NFL, MLB, NBA, college sports, and more.
The second new channel is USA Now, which features content from the USA network. Unlike CBS Sports, this one will require a cable provider login to access most content. Once logged in, users will be able to watch full episodes or clips from their favorite USA shows.

Both new channels are available now as an automatic over-the-air update and should show up on Apple TV home screens within the next few hours. More images from both channels are available below, along with a list of some top cable providers supporting USA Now.

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06:14
CBS Sports and USA NOW Channels Now Available on...

The Apple TV has gained two new channels today CBS Sports and USA NOW, bringing on-demand sports, drama, comedy, sitcoms and more programming to the set-top box in the United States. The new channels should be appearing on the Apple TV for all users beginning today, with USA NOW requiring cable-based authentication for most content and CBS Sports offering free sports clips for all users. CBS Sports for Apple TV The new channels arrive less than six weeks before Apple is expected to announce its next-generation Apple TV alongside a full-fledged streaming TV service at WWDC in June. The new A8-based set-top box will reportedly feature both an App Store and Siri, in addition to a redesigned remote control and significantly higher internal storage than the current 8GB model. USA NOW for Apple TV Apple's much-rumored streaming TV service would consist of a lightweight package of...

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05:59
Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts was America'...

Though she was only an Apple employee for about half of the year, Angela Ahrendts earned nearly $83 million last year, making her the highest paid female executive in America.

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05:43
Cheaper, recharging Apple Watch bands arriving...


Regardless of how you feel about the utility of the Apple Watch, the one thing most people can agree on, including Ars, is that it's expensive. That's especially true of the Apple Watch's replacement wristbands, which start at £39 ($49) for a rubber sport band, rise to £129 ($149) for a leather strap, and peak at an eye-watering £379 ($449) for a metal link bracelet. Thankfully, Apple is letting third-party developers fill in the price gaps with the launch of its Made for Apple Watch program.
Like Apple's previous "Made for" programs—which include Made for iPhone, iPad, and iPod—Made for Apple Watch lets third parties in on the Apple cash-cow by providing them with various schematics, design guidelines, and parts in order to create accessories that meet with the company's...

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05:40
IHS Reports that the In-Cell Touch Display Market...

According to a new report from IHS, embedded touch displays, including in-cell and on-cell touch displays, are forecast to comprise nearly 40% of touch module shipments for mobile phone applications this year.

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05:37
Daily Deals for May 5, 2015, featuring Snapselect...

It’s time to save some of your hard-earned money with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive deals for AWT readers, hardware discounts and our own handpicked iOS and OS X sales. All prices are USD and subject to change. Please check prices before you purchase as some deals may expire quickly.

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05:32
Apple granted five patents covering the overall...

As spotted by Patently Apple, Apple was today granted five patents covering the form factor and overall design of the Apple Watch. The patent images show the near-invisible bezel, Digital Crown, contacts button, rear sensors and strap attachment slots.
The company was last month granted patents on three of its watch bands – the Sport Band, Classic Buckle and Link Bracelet – and we’re likely to see many more watch-related patents granted in the coming months … 
Apple last year filed...

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05:29
Play incredible piano masterpieces with one finger

Touch Pianist is simple, addictive, and strangely satisfying.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:57
Apple Granted 38 Patents Today Covering a POP System...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 38 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a retail store portable point of purchase (POP) system, iDevice in-cell displays, a new Apple Watch design patent and more.

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04:45
How to sync a music playlist to Apple Watch

Complementing great fitness tracking and workout features, Apple Watch users can save and play back music locally on their device, meaning they can leave their iPhone at home.

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04:32
Your friends not yet got Apple Watches? You can...

Cautionary note: the digital touch drawing you receive may not be a flower …
It’s the ultimate 1st world geek problem: you can’t explore all the capabilities of your shiny new Apple Watch because you’re such an early adopter none of your friends yet have one. Digital touch – the ability to send taps, drawings or heartbeats to someone else – of course only works with other Apple Watches.
Fortunately, the ultimate geek solution exists: there’s a Reddit thread for that … 
r/lonelyheartbeats lets you post your email address so that strangers can send you taps, drawings or...

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03:34
T-Mobile hits back at Verizon’s ‘Never settle’ ads,...

T-Mobile is hitting back at Verizon’s ‘Never settle’ ad campaign, offering to lend Verizon customers a new smartphone and port their existing number to it for a 14-day trial. If customers prefer T-Mobile’s service, the company will pay off Verizon’s Early Termination Fees up to a maximum of $650.
Any outstanding payments on your phone are also paid off, within the same overall limit, when customers choose to trade in their old phone for a new one on T-Mobile’s Simple Choice plan.
T-Mobile promises you won’t lose out if you choose to stay with Verizon. You always retain your existing phone, the carrier will refund any fees incurred on its own network and will pay any costs for switching back to Verizon.
The offer opens on 13th May, running until the end of the month. Visit t-mobile.com or...

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03:11
Smart Home System Revenues to Hit US$34 Billion in...

Global revenues from smart home automation systems will grow at a 21% CAGR [compound annual growth rate] between 2015 and 2020, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com). North America will account for the lion’s share of the smart home automation system revenues in 2020, contributing close to 46% globally, followed by Europe and Asia-Pacific, says the research group.
"Higher quality of service assurance and longer battery life are primary drivers for the continued adoption of proprietary technologies in smart home security”
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03:09
Paypal partner Home Depot quietly drops support for...

Home Depot appears to have quietly stopped accepting Apple Pay. Although never officially named as a partner, the company has supported contactless payment and Apple Pay used to work in at least some of its stores. An Apple support document updated last week lists Home Depot as one of the stores that “might not currently be set up” to accept Apple Pay.
The change appears to be related to Home Depot’s deal to accept PayPal as a payment method both in store and online … 
The company highlighted PayPal in a response to an Apple Pay user who queried the change.
We currently do not accept Apple Pay in our local stores or online. We do have the option of using PayPal, in store or online....

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02:29
Apple has been Granted an Invisible Optical Label...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 38 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's invention of using invisible optical labels to pair devices like an iPhone to Apple Watch without the need of using a cloud ...

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01:20
Apple Granted a Patent for Maps with Interactive 3D...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 38 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's Maps with interactive 3D Views ...

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00:41
Apple Watch 'particle cloud' pairing...

Lost amidst a sea of flashy technologies introduced with Apple Watch -- Force Touch, Digital Crown, haptic feedback -- was an Apple invention capable of transferring machine readable code hidden in a dynamic background image, in this case a "particle cloud" carrying data for iPhone pairing.

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00:00
Speaking with conviction

Today’s post on Office 365 was written by Raja Ukil, chief information officer at Wipro Limited. 

The world of IT is changing, and our business is changing as a result. Much of our success has been built on developing large line-of-business applications for Fortune 500 companies. However, today many of our customers’ IT budgets are going directly to business departments that are deploying cloud-based solutions rather than building traditional IT infrastructure and management models.
With customers asking us to help transform their businesses with cloud services, we realized that we needed to first transform ourselves to remain a challenger.
And how did we transform?
We decided to replace most of our extensive on-premises email, collaboration, and office productivity infrastructure with Microsoft Office 365, primarily to reduce costs and give employees more modern communications services. We realized that if we could deploy cloud productivity...

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Monday May 4

08:29
Apple reportedly wants free Spotify dead to pave way...

As Apple works toward a relaunch of its Beats Music streaming service, it’s reportedly pushing labels to kill off the free version of Spotify.It’s a bold move by Apple if The Verge’s unnamed sources are accurate, coming less than two years after a judge found that the company colluded with ebook publishers to raise prices before the launch of iBooks. Apple is appealing the iBooks verdict, but must comply with an antitrust monitoring program in the meantime. While it’s unclear if the monitor is involved with Apple’s music dealings, the U.S. Department of Justice is reportedly looking into the matter now....

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21:03
Apple launches program for third-party Watch strap...

There's already a number of Apple-made and third-party Watch bands out there, but Cupertino wants more -- and it wants products that follow its exact specifications. The company has launched a "Made for Apple Watch" program, which gives makers a list...

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20:39
Star Wars music played on Parliament Hill carillon...

CBC News:To mark Star Wars Day, as May the 4th has come to be known, the carillon bells inside the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill rang out the Imperial March music for Star Wars, among other space-related tunes. It was part of a 15-minute carillon concert with a space theme that began at noon. The concert included the Star Wars theme by John Williams, arranged by Janet Dundore; Princess Leia’s Theme, arranged by Janet Dundore and Andrea McCrady; and The Imperial March, arranged by Andrea McCrady.There’s nerdy and there’s cool. Rarely do the two intersect but this is definitely Nerd Cool.∞ Read this on The Loop

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19:59
Coda 2.5.9 - One-window Web development suite. (...

Coda is a powerful Web editor that puts everything in one place. An editor. Terminal. CSS. Files. With Coda 2, we went beyond expectations. With loads of new, much-requested features, a few surprises, and a seriously refreshed UI, this update is, truly, major. Features

  • Integrated file browser
  • Fully-featured text editor
  • CSS editor
  • Preview
  • Built-in terminal
  • Complete set of references

Version 2.5.9: Fixed

  • No longer crashes when closing Preferences window on MacBook with Force Touch trackpad
  • No longer crashes when switching away from Rules preferences pane and closing the window quickly
  • PHP no longer incorrectly detects 'require' statements
  • Autocomplete now works for multi-part CFML tags
  • CSS completion list no longer appears after successful autocompletion of a color
  • Sidebar global Find/Replace no longer replaces symlinks
  • JavaScript...

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19:43
New military goggles combine nightvision and thermal...

Nightvision and thermal imaging play similar -- but very distinct -- roles on the modern battlefield. Soldiers utilize night vision to illuminate their darkened surroundings while thermal imaging is employed to illuminate darkened targets. But until ...

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19:21
My MacBook runs a little toasty… 109 degrees to be...


I was using my new 2015 MacBook (the 12-inch model) for about 30 minutes tonight when it got uncomfortably hot on my lap. Instead of reaching for a laptop riser/cooling stand I grabbed my favorite tool – an IR thermometer (a Fluke 561).
Here’s what I found:

An area near the center-top of the bottom, near the serial number (just above the CPU component) measured a toasty 109.3 degrees Fahrenheit (around 43 Celsius).
After a little poking around I...

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18:37
Apple publishes Apple Watch band design guidelines...

Apple on Monday posted to its website a previously unreleased document detailing Apple Watch band design guidelines for third-party manufacturers interested in making aftermarket straps for the device.

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18:28
Third-Party Apple Watch Bands May Be Coming Soon...

Apple today debuted a new developer site (via Macotakara) titled "Creating Bands for Apple Watch", which includes band design guidelines for third-party companies looking to make bands for the Apple Watch. The design guidelines include requirements for the bands to achieve Apple certification in the new Made for Apple Watch program, which is similar to the already established Made for iPhone program. Apple Watch bands are easily changed with simple release buttons and lugs that secure the band to the Apple Watch case. When creating your custom bands, refer to the band design guidelines and lug profile. Apple Watch lugs will be available soon through the Made for Apple Watch program.Firstly, the bands must integrate with the two lugs that mate with the...

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17:20
Using Activity Monitor to check CPU activity

When an app isn’t responding or working correctly, it might use more of the processor (CPU) than it should, even when the app doesn’t seem to be doing anything. As the CPU gets busier, it uses more energy, which reduces the length of time that your Mac can run on battery power. It also generates heat, which can cause the fans in your Mac to spin faster. I’ve used this from time to time to see if an app was dragging the system down.∞ Read this on The Loop

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17:16
Apple Maps Connect updated with support for five new...

Continuing its internal mapping initiative, Apple on Monday added Maps Connect support to five new regions, allowing users in those countries to add and edit points of interest.

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17:04
Apple launches official ‘Made for Apple Watch’ third...


In line with our report from a couple of weeks ago, Apple has just debuted an official program for third-party accessory developers to design and launch bands for the Apple Watch. In line with the MFi program for iPhone, iPads, and iPod accessories, this new program is called “Made for Apple Watch.” One of the device’s marquee features is its ability to connect to different straps by way of a standard connector on either side of the Watch, and now, much like with iPhones and iPads, accessory makers will be able to make good use of the product…

On a new website...

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16:34
Redpark shipping an Ethernet cable for the iPhone,...

Redpark Product Development says it's shipping the industry’s first Ethernet cable for the iPad and iPhone.
The Redpark Ethernet Cable (http://tinyurl.com/mn8c2nk) is a specialty version of USB to Ethernet adapter. It provides a general purpose ethernet connection — however, throughput is limited to 5 Mbps and only apps which use Redpark’s RedSocket SDK are able to communicate with the cable.
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16:29
Apple updates Apple Watch Human Interface Guidelines...

Apple on Monday updated the Apple Watch Human Interface Guidelines website with a refreshed look and new software design resources for app developers.

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16:15
Apple hires new general contractor for its '...

Apple is bringing on a new general contractor to finish its multi-billion-dollar "spaceship" building at Apple Campus 2, "amid questions about whether the huge project remains on track for a late-2016 completion," reports the Silicon Valley Business Journal (http://tinyurl.com/oubp2ku).
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16:09
Apple releases Digital Camera RAW Compatibility...

Apple has released Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 6.04. The update adds RAW image support to Mac OS X Yosemite for 18 new cameras from Canon, Fujifilm, Hasselblad, Leica, and Nikon.
The update is a 7.7MB download. You can upgrade via the Updates tab at the Mac App Store. Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 6.04 requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher and iPhoto 9.6 or Aperture 3.6.

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16:06
Apple redesigns Apple Watch interface guidelines...


Apple today has published a redesigned version of its Human Interface Guidelines website for Apple Watch WatchKit application development. The new website is far cleaner than the previous website, and introduces lengthier and more interactive descriptions of the different Apple Watch interface paradigms…

The new website includes short video tours of specific Apple Watch input elements, such as Force Touch, the Digital Crown, and the side button, in order to provide developers with a better look at how WatchKit apps should be developed. Like the previous version of the website, design categories are organized into five sections: Overview, App...

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15:58
Star Wars at Amazon

I’m not a huge Star Wars fan, but obviously the people at Amazon are. They are selling everything from toys to dog outfits in the Star Wars theme.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:53
Apple Maps Connect travels to five additional...


Apple this week has expanded its Apple Maps Connect service to five additional regions in Europe: Austria, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, and The Netherlands. The additions were noted in an email to users of the platform and on the Apple Maps Connect website. For those unfamiliar, Apple Maps Connect allows business owners to both manage existing Apple Maps listings and add additional listings to the platform. This service works closely with the Apple Indoor Mapping feature, which aims for businesses to help Apple build up a portfolio of indoor mapping data. Apple earlier expanded Apple Maps Connect via service updates in...

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15:52
Remote for Next-Generation Apple TV to Include...

Apple's next-generation Apple TV will include a new touch-based remote with a revamped design, reports The New York Times, citing sources with knowledge of Apple's plans. Described as being "slightly thicker" than the current version, the new Apple TV remote will gain a "touch pad" that will be used for scrolling, along with two physical buttons. The touch pad will likely replace the circular click-wheel style control that's on the existing remote, giving users an easier way to scroll through content on the Apple TV. Currently, navigating through content on a channel like Netflix with the Apple TV remote requires users to click multiple times on the click wheel. A touch-based control area on the remote would likely function similarly to the Apple Remote apps on the iPhone...

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15:49
Apple TV remote control to get touch pad when new...

According to a report on Monday, the Apple TV isn't the only piece of hardware in line for a redesign this year, as the device's long-in-the-tooth remote control is now expected to come with a built-in touch pad.

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15:48
Gold Plate your $399 Apple Watch and Look Rich

If $17,000 is a little out of your price range for the Apple Watch Edition Gold, then there are options available to you ...

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15:41
Apple Watch Human Interface Guidelines

As you design your Apple Watch app, understand the foundations on which Apple Watch itself was designed:Some great information posted on Apple’s developer Web site.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:39
New Apple TV remote control will have touchpad in...

As we reported earlier this year, the upcoming Apple TV will feature a redesigned remote with improved functionality, according to The New York Times. We reported that the new remote would have more tactile buttons and a new design, and today’s report adds that the controller will have a touchpad akin to the trackpads on Apple laptops. There will also be two physical buttons on the remote, the report claims.
Apple’s new Apple TV remote has been heavily tested in the company’s employee training program, according to the report. In an Apple University...

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15:36
[Sponsor] Review Monitor: App Store Reviews in Slack

If you have an app in the App Store and a team that uses Slack, you need LaunchKit’s Review Monitor. Once you register your app, Review Monitor tracks new app reviews and automatically posts them into your team’s Slack channel, your app’s Twitter account, or your email inbox. It takes 2 minutes to set up.

Review Monitor is part of LaunchKit, a growing set of tools that every iOS developer should use to make creating and releasing mobile apps easier. LaunchKit has also released Screenshot Builder, which thousands of developers use make their App Store screenshots gorgeous.

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15:35
Apps can affect Mac performance, battery runtime,...

You can use Activity Monitor to see whether a Mac app is using more of the CPU than it should.

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15:13
First third-party Apple Watch magnetic charging...


Is this the first third-party Apple Watch charging cable? Apple hasn’t yet announced official plans for a third-party accessory program for Apple Watch, but that hasn’t stopped accessory makers from creating stands, charging docks, straps, and other accessories for the device. This charging cable from Ionic, a company...

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15:00
AWT News Update: May 4, 2015

May the Fourth Be With You! There's some futuristic Jedi mind control of your home devices coming soon. For that and other news of Apple, check out today's podcast.

  • YouTube disappeared from second-generation Apple TVs last night
  • Facebook may become your go-to source for content from news providers in the near future
  • General Electric announces a HomeKit-compatible color-changing LED light bulb
  • Belkin updates its WeMo app to give the LED light bulbs it sells full IFTTT compatibility

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Steve Sande here from Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update for May 4, 2015. Many thanks to our sponsor this week, Rage Software, developers of...

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14:47
Facebook Responds to Critics by Unlocking Internet....


Facebook on Monday announced that it will expand Internet.org to ensure that it doesn't conflict with the principles of a free and open Internet. CEO Mark Zuckerberg responded to criticisms of Internet.org and outlined plans to make the free service even more open. "Soon, we're going share an open technical spec, and any compatible service will be available through Internet.org across the whole world," he said. "This will give people even more choice and more free services, while still creating a sustainable economic model."

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14:34
How to start and monitor a workout on Apple Watch

One of the highlight features of the new Apple Watch is its fitness tracking abilities, which lets users track movement throughout the day, keep tabs on wellness goals and monitor specific workout routines.

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14:32
Jewelers start gold plating Apple Watch to undercut...


It’s no secret that the price of the Apple Watch rapidly increases if you want a gold model. The Apple Watch Edition with an 18 karat rose gold case starts at $10,000 and ranges to $17,000 for yellow gold models with a gold-plated band. Jewelers, however, looking to take some of Apple’s high-end Watch market, have now started offering their own take on the gold Apple Watch…

First, Watch Plate offers to gold plate your own Apple Watch for $399. The process is relatively simple. You simply FedEx them your stainless steel Apple Watch and they will gold plate the device and ship it back to you, all within 3...

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13:16
Apple hires new general contractor to finish Campus...

Apple is signing on a new general contractor to help finish Campus 2, the company's upcoming ring-shaped headquarters being constructed in Cupertino, Calif., according to a Monday report.

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13:01
FOSSers Puzzle Over Significance of Open Source .Net...


Microsoft last week released a preview of the next version of its .Net Core runtime distribution, fulfilling last fall's pledge to open source .Net and take it cross-platform for Mac and Linux. "Windows 10 is and will be a standard .Net platform, and improving the interoperability of .Net builds bridges from those platforms to Windows 10, effectively augmenting the developer community available to Microsoft and exposing the portfolio of apps they create to Microsoft platforms," said Black Duck Software's Bill Weinberg.

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12:52
GE announces Siri-controlled, color-changing LED...


GE announced today that it’s introducing HomeKit enabled LED lighting products offering Siri-controlled solutions for both the home and enterprise. With support for Apple’s new HomeKit framework, users will be able to control the lights from their iOS device using Siri.
The company noted that the new line of GE HomeKit lighting will also include its GE Align technology that “tunes the light spectrum to help promote the body’s natural sleep cycle by controlling the blue concentration of light output.”...

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12:29
Apple Watch's Hidden Diagnostic Port To Allow...

MojoKid writes: Apple's Watch launched two weeks ago to some unbelievable hype and coverage in the press. However, it appears one feature flew under the radar and Apple actually had just one more trick up its sleeve. You see, on one side of the watch face is a hidden door that exposes a 6-pin port. It's assumed that this could be used for diagnostic purposes, but with an Apple Watch in hand, a company by the name of Reserve Strap was able to verify that it could also be used for charging. This seems pretty huge and strange at the same time: why would Apple keep such a thing quiet, when the Apple Watch's battery-life isn't what most people would consider impressive? Even more interesting is the fact that Apple didn't make use of this port to release its own charging straps — watch straps that carry a charge themselves. Apple's lack of transparency here doesn't much matter, though, as the aforementioned Reserve Strap is planning to get such a product to market as soon as possible....

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12:27
Apple stops iOS 8.2 code signing, prevents...

Apple has stopped signing the code for iOS 8.2, meaning that anyone wanting to downgrade from iOS 8.3 through iTunes will no longer be able to do so, accounts indicated on Monday.

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11:41
GE to develop new LED bulbs that work with Apple...

General Electric on Monday announced plans for a new color-changing LED light bulb, due to ship sometime later this year, that will come out of the box with support for Apple's HomeKit system.

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11:37
Apple Hires New General Contractor for Apple Campus...

As construction on its "spaceship" campus in Cupertino continues, Apple has hired a new general contractor, sparking rumors questioning whether the new campus will be finished by the company's prospective 2016 completion date. According to the Silicon Valley Business Journal, Silicon Valley company Rudolph & Sletten Inc. will take on the buildout of the Campus 2's interior structure, a job that was previously thought to be going to DPR Construction Co. and Skanska USA, the two companies heading up the construction project. Most recent image of the ongoing construction of Apple Campus 2, from the City of Cupertino.It's unclear why Rudolph & Sletten is being brought in and exactly what DPR/Skanska's involvement will be going forward. Two sources said the DPR-Skanska joint...

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11:02
Microsoft prepping Continuity-like features for...

Just over a year after closing its acquisition of Nokia's phone division, Microsoft is reportedly set to reenter the high-end handset space with a pair of new Lumia devices that will feature powerful internals and carry the mobile banner for Windows 10.

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11:00
Droplr goes freemium and gets an all-new iOS app

Back in 2009, Droplr hit the world as a file sharing and collaboration tool, and all was good... until the team started charging for its service. With a number of other sharing tools already available -- like Dropbox -- a lot of us who were along for the ride stopped using Droplr. I really missed being able to just upload a file and have a link to it copied to my clipboard, but I couldn't justify the subscription cost. The app and service has a core of about 150,000 users who continued to use Droplr, and now it's back with a freemium model and new iOS app.

Droplr Free can be used by anyone free of charge, and those images, files, and GIFs that you're sharing will expire after a week. For many people, this is perfect and the service will work just like it used to. 

The premium version is called...

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10:55
Apple Painted as an Evil Force against Freemium...

The Verge is reporting today that "The Department of Justice is looking closely into Apple’s business practices in relation to its upcoming music streaming service, according to multiple sources." The report further notes that "The Verge has learned that Apple has been pushing major music labels to force streaming services like Spotify to abandon their free tiers ...

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10:55
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 4...

Notable software releases this week include Carbon Copy Cloner 4.1, Quicken 2015 for Mac 2.5, PDFpen and PDFpenPro 7.1.1, Default Folder X 4.7.1, Pixelmator 3.3.2, and BBEdit 11.1. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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10:55
ExtraBITS for 4 May 2015

In ExtraBITS this week, Adam Engst discusses the Apple Watch on the Tech Night Owl Live, Apple confirms that tattoos can interfere with the Apple Watch’s heart rate sensors, and the company offers an unexpected recommendation for Apple Watch owners suffering from sticky digital crowns. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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10:29
Google acquires Timeful time management iOS app to...


Google today announced that it’s acquiring Timeful Inc, the company behind the Timeful app that offers a central location for time management, calendar functions, to-do list and scheduling features.
While the company confirmed that you will be able to continue downloading the Timeful app from the App Store— the app is iOS only— it also said that it will focus “the team’s attention will be on new projects at Google.” That means the Timeful team will begin implementing features of Timeful into Google apps, the company confirmed. 
Prior to the acquisition, the company...

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10:13
General Electric to Produce an LED bulb Compatible...

According to a new report published today, General Electric announced collaborations with Apple and Qualcomm today as it uses digital technology and the growing appetite for data to reinvigorate its 130-year-old lighting business.

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10:13
DNS Borked itself

Forums: NetworkingI am running an early 2008 Xserve w/ SL10.6.8 to host Primary DNS, AFP/NFS/SMB,DHCP & OD for my domain, over the weekend DNS somehow borked itself and I've got no clue why. I would like to simply restore from TM but I use network-based TM and am not comfortable with going that route yet. I would like to see if there is some way to put DNS back without a full system restore.
If I go to DNS in server admin on the primary server DNS is running but it shows 0 zones primary and secondary. When I checked in /private/var/named I can see the db's in the folder; EX:
bak.foo.local.
db.1.1.1.in-addr.arpa.
db.1.1.10.in-addr.arpa.
db.foo.lan.
named.local
named.ca
localhost.zone
zones/db.foo.lan.zone.apple
zones/db.1.1.1.in-addr.arpa.zone.apple
zones/db.1.1.1.in-addr.arpa.zone.apple
The secondary DNS...

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10:10
Adobe Adds Dazzle to Lightroom


Adobe's recently launched new version of Lightroom for its Creative Cloud Photography platform improves performance of the photo manager and adds new HDR, panorama and facial recognition features. Lightroom's mobile support also is bolstered in the latest version of the program. Further, it has new capabilities for creating slideshows from stills and video. "The more Adobe can offer within [Lightroom], the less photographers will need to find elsewhere," noted photographer David Guenther.

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10:00
Today in the App Store -- Over, FlatOut 2 and adidas...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on Over, the new adidas go fitness app and a significant update to Today in History app. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Hello Moto HD: A Fun Car Racing Game [Now free, down from $0.99] One of the most addictive and entertaining physics based driving game ever made!

Over [Now Free, down from $1.99] Over is the app for adding text and artwork to your photos. Designed with mobile creatives in mind, Over features standard and custom-made fonts and well-crafted artwork combined with a sleek design, easy-to-use functionality, and immediate...

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09:38
Opinion: The secret Apple Watch port should probably...

photo credit: iFixit
This weekend, my colleague Jordan Kahn broke the news that “accessory makers plan to tap Apple Watch’s hidden port for battery straps and faster charging,” which is entirely true based on already-expressed developer interest. There is indeed a six-pin port nestled inside one of the watch band recesses, completely covered with a metal panel to obscure its functionality. Unfortunately, Jordan’s story has been picked up elsewhere to support the claim that the hidden port will be “a goldmine for accessory makers.” I hate to take issue with these reports, as the concept — exploiting a hidden port to make new accessories — is exciting, but I have one word for people who are planning to build or buy accessories reliant upon that port:
Stop.
Stop before you spend $250 to...

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09:17
May the 4th be with you: Apple offers collection of...


To celebrate Star Wars Day— yes, that’s why everyone keeps saying “May the 4th be with you” today— Apple is offering a number of discounts on apps and in-app purchase content from Disney, Konami, and others.
Below we’ve put together links for all of the Star Wars App Store content on sale today, including both Apple’s iOS collection and other iPhone, iPad, and Mac titles discounted for the occasion:
iOS apps on sale:

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09:06
GE to Create Intelligent LED Lightbulbs Compatible...

GE today announced plans to take advantage of Apple's HomeKit platform, creating intelligent, color-changing LED lightbulbs that will interface with iOS devices. GE's HomeKit-compatible LED lightbulbs will include GE's Align technology, which aims to improve sleep through controlling blue light output at critical times. During the day, the Align technology is able to mimic daylight to suppress the production of melatonin for a more awake feeling, adding bright blue tones to white light, and at night, blue light is reduced to promote melatonin production and avoid disrupting circadian sleep rhythms. "As we continue to grow our infrastructure business by connecting our brilliant industrial machines to the Internet, it is important that...

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09:05
Announcing first network partners to offer...

Today’s post was written by Paul Andrew, technical product manager for Datacenter and Networking on the Office 365 team.
In March we announced Azure ExpressRoute connectivity to Office 365, which enables Office 365 customers to use Azure ExpressRoute to establish a private, managed connection to Office 365 for highly predictable performance and the reliability that comes with dedicated connectivity.
A key part of delivering ExpressRoute for Office 365 are the network partners that provide connectivity between Office 365 services and your on-premises network. Network Service Providers manage and extend the customer’s WAN, routing it for direct connectivity to Office 365 and Azure services. Exchange Providers offer connectivity at the carrier neutral facilities where ExpressRoute is available. You can have a layer 3 connection directly at the carrier neutral...

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09:00
Designing for Apple Watch

Apple Watch represents a new chapter in the way people relate to technology. Learn how to make your WatchKit apps seamlessly integrate with the user experience of Apple Watch by getting the latest design details and development resources from the updated Apple Watch Human Interface Guidelines.

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09:00
Daily Deals for May 4, 2015, featuring FX Photo...

It’s time to save some of your hard-earned money with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive deals for AWT readers, hardware discounts and our own handpicked iOS and OS X sales. All prices are USD and subject to change. Please check prices before you purchase as some deals may expire quickly.

AWT Featured Deal

FX Photo Studio - Camera & Photo Editor with Filters, Effects, Frames plus Color Editing for Perfect Pictures [On sale for $0.99, down from $2.99] FX Photo Studio is the biggest collection of photo filter effects available on iPhone, with stickers, borders, fonts, textures and frame effects to help you snap the perfect photo.

Hardware and Accessory Deals

  • ...
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09:00
Designing for Apple Watch

Apple Watch represents a new chapter in the way people relate to technology. Learn how to make your WatchKit apps seamlessly integrate with the user experience of Apple Watch by getting the latest design details and development resources from the updated Apple Watch Human Interface Guidelines.

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08:58
A new website for web designers and developers [...

A new and exciting website has recently been launched for web designers and developers.You likely spend hours every morning browsing through hundreds of posts on your RSS feeds, hoping to stumble across relevant stories. Webdesigner News was built to provide web designers and developers with a single location to discover the latest and most significant stories on the Web.They search through hundreds of posts on blogs, social media, and news channels, to deliver the most essential stories of the day. The content covers quality news, fresh tools and apps, case studies, code demos, inspiration posts, videos and more.With frequent updates throughout the day, you’ll always find something interesting and fun to read.Click here to visit the Webdesigner News website and subscribe to the newsletter...

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08:40
Charter pursues Time Warner Cable merger in wake of...

Following Comcast's unsuccessful takeover bid, high-level talks have reportedly taken place between Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable over a possible merger, in spite of the bad blood between the two companies.

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08:35
Droplr launches new Mac and iOS apps, introduces...


File sharing service Droplr announced today that it is launching new versions of both of its apps alongside a freemium account option. Users will now be able to sign up and use Droplr to share large files for free, but will only be able to store their files for one week. After that, the links will expire. Users subscribed the Droplr Pro service will be able to keep their files forever, and will get access to other settings to customize the file sharing process.
Along with the new account types comes a family of redesigned applications to support them. The iOS app, seen above, has been reworked with support for the latest iOS features, such as sharing extensions. When you upload a file through the iOS...

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08:32
Samsung just can't Resist Mirroring Apple'...

Samsung has mocked the iPhone and Apple's fan base for years in ads like the one called the wall huggers. They've mocked the iPhone for not being able to ....

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08:02
9to5Toys Last Call: Star Wars May 4th Deals, 6′ MFi...

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

  • 6-foot MFi Lightning USB cable (variety of colors)...
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08:00
AWT Health Club: A week with the Apple Watch

For this week's Apple World Today Health Club column I thought I'd take a close look at how useful -- or not -- the Apple Watch has been as an activity tracker over the past week. The short answer? It's great!

Activity App

The Apple Watch/iPhone Activity apps were the focus of last week's AWT Health Club post, so I won't go into detail about the, but I'm finding that my fondness for the Watch app is growing as time passes. Unlike some other fitness trackers or apps that I've used previously, Activity lets me know with a glance at my Watch just how much progress I've made during a day in terms of the three critical factors -- movement (calories burned), exercise (30 minutes goal per day), and standing and moving for at least a few minutes each and every hour.

Activity doesn't nag me incessantly; rather, it's there to remind me...

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07:59
Holy Crap: Microsoft Is Building Tomorrowland!


One of the movies I'm really looking forward to this month is Disney's Tomorrowland. My first real job was at Disneyland, and I was so in love with the place I often would come back and work a second shift for free. Epcot, the city of tomorrow, was supposed to be Walt's final legacy but his untimely death ended that vision. That city of tomorrow never came to be, except finally -- at least in concept -- in the Tomorrowland movie. Imaginary Tomorrowland is an amazing place, where people go to create amazing things.

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07:52
Reserve Strap, other outfits, eye Apple Watch...



Sometimes it’s the lesser known ports that allow for the best peripherals.
A number of third party vendors are looking to use the small diagnostic port hidden inside one of the Apple Watch’s lugs to charge the device. One accessory maker discussed this approach, opening up the possibility of a “Made for Apple Watch” program down the line.
“Our engineers have been able to independently confirm that the 6-pin diagnostic port underneath the Apple Watch case can be used for charging,” the designers of battery band Reserve Strap wrote in a recent post. This is an undocumented functionality, and there is no word on whether Apple will allow continued...

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07:33
iFixit posts Apple Watch repair guides, tools now...



For the brave of heart, iFixit has the Apple Watch repair manuals you’ve been hankering for.
The tech outfit has posted manuals as to how to replace the battery, screen, adhesive, and NFC antenna. The guides provide step-by-step instructions on how to replace the Apple Watch’s OLED display and battery, alongside additional steps for repairing the adhesive and NFC antenna that can be damaged as a result of opening the casing.

The OLED display and fused glass digitizer repairs will require a sharp, curved knife and opening pick to pry out and remove the internal battery, disconnecting the display data and digitizer cables, and remove the screen.
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07:29
YouTube app vanishes from older Apple TV models,...

The YouTube app has disappeared from many second-generation Apple TV units, users noted on Monday, with both the home screen icon and references to the app in Settings vanishing overnight.

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07:12
Rumor: 12.9-inch “iPad Pro” to incorporate Force...



A source close to the story has stated that Apple is indeed working on a larger 12.9-inch iPad. The upcoming iPad, commonly referred to as the “iPad Pro”, is rumored to incorporate a number of changes including a Bluetooth stylus accessory with pressure sensitivity, support for Force Touch input, and a USB-C connector.
Its expected arrival date is currently unknown.

The source stated that Apple is expected to include an NFC radio within the new 12.9-inch iPad. While tap-to-pay functionality in an iPad is unlikely, the inclusion of NFC could allow for an “iPad Pro” to serve as a payment receiving terminal for Apple Pay.
The inclusion of NFC...

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07:06
iFixit publishes light saber teardown for Fourth of...



Because it’s the Fourth of May, iFixit is nifty and you should be aware of what’s inside your light saber.
The coolest of felines at iFixit have published a full teardown of Jedi Master Obi Wan Kenobi’s light saber.

The teardown revealed that there wasn’t a need for specially designed tools, the Adegan crystal is remarkably easy to access and it’s an easy unit to dismantle, repair, reassemble and get back to fighting the Sith with.
Via The Mac Observer and...

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06:49
Apple Watch diagnostic port can be used for charging...

Third parties are able to use the small diagnostic port hidden inside one of the Apple Watch's lugs to charge the device, according to one accessory maker, opening up the possibility of a "Made for Apple Watch" program down the line.

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06:30
Modern productivity–Office news at Ignite

Today’s post was written by Julia White, general manager for the Office Marketing team.
Today, at our first-ever Ignite Conference in Chicago, we announced new capabilities and solutions from across the company, all of which help IT Pros fuel innovation and transformation within their organizations. I was thrilled to join corporate vice president of Skype engineering Gurdeep Singh Pall on stage during today’s keynote to showcase the innovation we’re delivering across Office to empower IT Pros.
For Office, our focus is on reinventing productivity for people and organizations. All of the new and coming Office capabilities we showed today at Ignite extend from our belief that productivity is at the heart of business success. But, how we work, where we work, with whom we work is changing rapidly and the technology must enable this modern workplace. Successful organizations have...

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06:30
Skype for Business gains momentum

Last month, we announced that the new Skype for Business client for Windows desktop and the online service in Office 365 have begun rolling out. Continuing the momentum, today at the Microsoft Ignite conference, we talked about modern meetings, which require that participants in any location can see, hear and collaborate within the meeting as easily as if everyone is sitting in the same room. We announced today that later this year we will deliver the ability to broadcast Skype for Business meetings to up to 10,000 people at a time. We also showed two new features coming this summer to Skype for Business: pre-loaded meeting attachments, which speeds meeting start times by having meeting content...

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06:30
Sway is coming to Office 365 for business and...

In October 2014, we introduced Office Sway to the world as a brand new app joining the Office family. It’s been inspiring to see the variety of ways people have used Sway in their educational, professional, and personal lives. People all over the world tell us how excited they are to quickly create and share their ideas with a variety of multimedia using Sway’s polished, interactive, web-based canvas. Sway Preview has been an awesome journey as we’ve been listening intently to our customers and taking direction from their input. We’ve made significant improvements over the last few months based on that feedback; our customers really have shaped this product with us! Of course, there is so much more we can do and we’re not done taking feedback, in fact—we’ll always continue to listen! Today, we are excited to address a very popular request by announcing the start of...

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06:30
Office 2016 Public Preview now available

Today’s post was written by Jared Spataro, general manager for the Office marketing team.
Over the last 12 months, we’ve transformed Office from a suite of desktop applications to a complete, cross-platform, cross-device solution for getting work done. We’ve expanded the Office footprint to iPad and Android tablets. We’ve upgraded Office experiences on the Mac, the iPhone and on the web. We’ve even added new apps to the Office family with Sway and Office Lens. All designed to keep your work moving, everywhere. But that doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten where we came from. While you’ve seen us focus on tuning Office for different platforms over the last year, make no mistake, Office on Windows desktop is central to our strategy.
In March we introduced an IT Pro and Developer Preview for the 2016 release of our Office desktop apps on Windows, and now—as a next...

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06:25
Review: Urban Armor Gear, the military-spec iPhone...

Scuff marks created during my own drop-tests …
The problem with buying a protective case for an iPhone or iPad is that you never know for sure just how protective it really is until it is needed to do its job. Even a drop-test video only shows you how well the case worked with that one drop on that one occasion.
The Urban Armor Gear (UAG from now on) iPhone and iPad cases are a little different. They are certified to a military standard known as MIL-STD-810G 516.6. In this test, a device is dropped from a height of four feet – the typical fall for a device dropped while using it – a total of 26 times. The tests cover falls into each corner, the face and back. To pass, the device must remain fully functional afterwards, with no damage at all to the screen.
This isn’t the same as no damage at all, of course, but it certainly lends confidence. And if that weren’t enough, UAG decided to demonstrate its confidence in the case by dropping an iPhone from space – video...

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06:25
Obvious always wins

In app layout, out of sight is out of mind. And that’s not a good thing. Great read.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:20
∞ Reserve Strap: An Apple Watch battery band with a...

Super clever design, high price, here’s hoping this product makes its way to market.

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06:10
Rage Software's EverWeb: This week's...

One thing that we've enjoyed so far here at Apple World Today is that many of our sponsors are companies that we have had a long-time relationship with. That's the case with Rage Software, the developers of EverWeb (US$79.95). 

We first became aware of EverWeb when Apple suddenly dropped support for iWeb, a website development tool that had become quite popular due to its ease of use and ability to use Apple's hosting service. People using iWeb were suddenly left in the cold, until Rage Software stepped in and saved the day.

The EverWeb Mac OS X application works as a quick and easy way to create beautiful and functional websites. You don't need to have any technical skills or web design background to use EverWeb to create a website that looks good on any device. The app can be used to...

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06:00
Apple Urging Music Labels to Stop Licensing Free...

Apple has been leveraging its power within the music industry in an attempt to push music labels to stop licensing freemium tiers offered by Spotify and other streaming music services, according to The Verge. The company has also reportedly offered to pay YouTube's music licensing fee to Universal Music Group if the label stops allowing its songs on the website, a popular destination for music videos. The report claims that U.S. Department of Justice officials are looking into Apple's business practices in relation to its upcoming streaming music service, expected to be a rebranded version of Beats Music that will debut at WWDC next month. "DOJ officials have already interviewed high-ranking music industry executives about Apple’s business habits," the report claims. Apple's much-rumored...

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05:56
Apple pulls YouTube from older 2nd-gen Apple TVs...

Following up on our report from April that Google planned to end YouTube support for older Apple TVs and iOS 6 and earlier devices due to API changes, Apple has officially removed the YouTube channel from pre-third-generation Apple TVs. YouTube’s main menu icon has disappeared, along with the Settings menu option to hide or show it along with other channels. Current-generation models continue to have YouTube access.
Apple introduced the third-generation Apple TV in March 2012, noting that it was capable of operating at up to 1080p resolution, which was at that point the only major difference between the new model and its 720p predecessor. A later update to the Apple TV’s operating system further differentiated the 1080p and 720p models, refreshing the icons and fonts on the 1080p version while...

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05:45
Review: Apple Watch as a design piece


Precision. That’s the word that immediately came to mind the minute I picked up my Apple Watch for the first time. Something about this device felt different, on an almost subconscious level, from any other Apple product I’ve used before. Perhaps I was just caught up in the moment. After all, the Watch is the first totally new product to come out of Apple since the introduction of the iPad, which feels like so many years ago. On the other hand, I knew from the onset that I planned on buying the Apple Watch mostly for its design. I wasn’t so much interested in all of the software features it could offer me, I just couldn’t imagine not having this shiny little box on my wrist. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at the Apple Watch strictly as a design piece.
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05:41
Apple Watch review: Beautiful form, frustrating...

Susie Ochs, Executive Editor of Macworld, points out poky performance in her Apple Watch review. Solid review but, as to poky performance, this will get better, all by itself.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:40
DOJ to review secret cell phone tracking programs,...

The United States Department of Justice has reportedly decided that the use of controversial cell phone tracking devices --?widely known as "stingrays" --?by its agencies must be more closely monitored, and is preparing to launch an extensive internal review while publicly revealing more details about the secret programs.

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05:14
Apple efforts to end free streaming music on Spotify...

As it prepares to launch a new streaming music service, Apple is said to be pressuring music labels to force rivals like Spotify to abandon their free tiers -- something that has apparently brought scrutiny from the U.S. Department of Justice.

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05:13
A template for an excellent idea

Matt Gemmell noticed that his local Apple Store did not have any in-store seminars teaching blind or visually impaired people how to use Apple devices. Here’s what he did about it.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:05
Popular YouTube series 'Kids React!' takes...

Kids React! is  a popular YouTube series from The Fine Brothers that showcases kid's reactions to old technology. In the latest episode, the crew of young reactionaries ditch the traditional technology and examine the Apple Watch. The results are predictably hilarious. 

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04:49
VueScan 9.5.09 - Scanner software with advanced...

VueScan is a scanning program that works with most high-quality flatbed and film scanners to produce scans that have excellent color fidelity and color balance. VueScan is easy to use, and has advanced features for restoring faded colors, batch scanning and other features used by professional photographers. Why should you use VueScan?

  • Easy to use - just run VueScan, press Preview, adjust the cropping, then press Scan.
  • Accurate colors - uses ICC profiles and IT8 calibration.
  • Powerful - dozens of advanced options.
  • Faster workflow - can edit one image while the next image is being scanned (most scanner software won't let you work with one image while another is being scanned).
  • Simple to install - installing VueScan changes nothing on your system, installs nothing in your operating system and all other scanner software will continue to function.
  • Award winning - 2002 "Best Utility", Mac Addict Magazine.
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04:13
External Link: Cleaning a Stuck Digital Crown on the...

Some users have reported that the digital crowns in their Apple Watches have become “sticky.” If your digital crown isn’t operating smoothly, Apple recommends rinsing the Apple Watch under running water for ten to fifteen seconds, making sure to remove any leather bands first. You should turn and press the digital crown while it’s under water, and be sure to not use any cleaning products. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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04:12
External Link: Apple Confirms that Tattoos Block...

Apple has released a new support document about the heart rate sensors in the Apple Watch, confirming what many had suspected: that some tattoos can interfere with the watch’s light-based sensors. If this affects you, is a significant problem, and can’t be solved by moving the watch to your other wrist, Apple recommends connecting the Apple Watch to a Bluetooth-based chest strap monitor instead. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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04:03
Carl Icahn: Every 50 Years we get a Company like...

Carl Icahn stated this weekend that 'Apple is the sort of company that only comes along twice in a century," adding that he was still pushing the group to use its cash to buy back more shares.

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04:00
Night Stand for Apple Watch and iPhone: First look...

Within the first few days of having my Apple Watch, two things became apparent. First, my cats find the device to be an attractive toy, and second, if the Watch isn't securely placed on the charging puck, it's not going to charge properly. Fortunately, the designers at Element 13 have come up with a dock called the Night Stand (US$69 - 79 depending on pledge level) that anchors both my iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch on a curvaceous circular platform for charging. The designers sent Apple World Today a prototype of Night Stand to check out, and I found a lot to love.

The base of the Night Stand is a truncated aluminum cylinder about 4.4 inches in diameter that adds a lot of heft to the dock -- it weighs in at 1 lb., 6 oz. without the cables added in. Above that is another cylindrically shaped piece of machined aluminum that has a niche...

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03:59
Kool Tools: cb Softcase for the iPhone

cb innovations' (http://tinyurl.com/l9z8rz9) cb Softcase is one of the most luxurious smartphone cases for the iPhone — for those who can afford it.
Italian leather, a button made out of 935 Sterling silver and microfiber all work in synergy to provide maximum protection and superior design. The cb Softcase is a high end product designed to fit in with a tailored suit and expensive Oxford shoes.
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03:59
802.11ac Wi-Fie CPE shipments to reach 71 million...

The worldwide consumer Wi-Fi equipment market increased 5% in 2014, surpassing 166.1 million unit shipments, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).
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03:19
WSJ: Data-Breach Alert Laws May Be Eased

With the Republicans now in control of both houses, they're getting down to the business of rewarding their supporters in the business community by weakening consumer rights. According to a new ...

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02:59
FaceTime audio issues with pre-Bluetooth LE Macs...

A long-running Apple Support Communities thread with 257 posts complaining of audio issues when using a pre-Bluetooth LE Mac on Yosemite reports that the issue is still present in OS X 10.10.3 and 10.10.4 Beta . The issue reportedly affects a number of machines up to and including late-2011 Macs.

I am experiencing an issue with FaceTime video calls or voice calls (using FaceTime audio or the iPhone handoff feature) where all I can hear is a strange clicking sound, like static. The other person can hear me fine and I can see them fine if on FaceTime video, but I can’t hear them.

Various fixes suggested in the thread seem to work temporarily for some, including a restart and resetting PRAM, but the issue returns.
Some in the thread speculate that OS X 10.10 broke something when Apple attempted to ensure that phone continuity features worked only on Macs with Bluetooth LE...

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02:07
Apple Remains the Number Two Smartphone Vendor in...

Smartphone shipments to China totaled 109.8 million units in the first quarter of 2015, rising 17% from 93.6 million units a year earlier ...

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Saturday May 2

06:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Griffin's cute and...

Bring on the cute!This week’s roundup of new iPad cases features screen covers from Zagg and Spigen, sturdy and functional options that hold up under extreme conditions from Gumdrop and Tech21, and more.BelkinThe Classic Tab (all iPad mini models; $30) sports a slick design with a tab cover that folds into a stand in landscape orientation with support for multiple viewing and typing angles.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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22:18
Logitech Control Center 3.9.2 - Keyboard, mouse, and...

Logitech Control Center (LCC) is designed to support OS X and allows you to take full advantage of your Logitech keyboard, mouse, or trackball. With the LCC you can:

  • Browse the Internet using dedicated keys that provide one-touch access to your favorite sites.
  • Launch your email application by pressing a button.
  • Play music and control the system speaker using built-in buttons.
  • Open frequently used items, such as documents, folders, and applications with a single keystroke.
  • Scroll in windows of applications built for OS X. You can scroll up and down with a single keystroke or wheel movement.
  • Switch between open applications.
  • Show contextual menus with a single mouse click.
  • Simulate keystrokes to provide shortcuts to commands you use regularly.
...

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10:04
What would it take to take Apple private?

Die-hard Apple fans have long suggested that the company might be better off without the scrutiny that comes with being publicly traded. On the heels of another record-breaking quarter, AppleInsider took a look at what going private might mean for the computing juggernaut.

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10:00
Review: OWC’s Envoy Pro mini hides a MacBook-like...

Across the How-To guides I’ve written for adding solid state drives (SSDs) to iMacs, Mac Pros, Mac minis and MacBooks, there was one option I left out: thumb drives. While external SSDs such as Elgato’s Thunderbolt Drives and Samsung’s T1 can do two things — dramatically speed up Macs and add storage space — thumb drives tend to be much slower, lower in capacity, and made from inexpensive materials to achieve smaller sizes...

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09:00
Build 2015: With Windows 10, Microsoft is no longer...

Referencing former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's infamous "developers!" chant is practically a cliche nowadays, but it felt like the silent refrain throughout the company's entire Build conference this week. In the run-up to Windows 10, Microsoft wan...

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07:29
DUFL, a service that packs and ships your suitcase,...

Techcrunch:The idea behind Dufl is that frequent travelers waste a lot of time trying to clean and prep their clothes for each trip, especially when those trips are pretty much back-to-back. With Dufl, the user never has to pack a bag or clean their travel clothes ever again.I’d hate to be such a frequent business traveller I’d need this kind of service but it does sound like a pretty cool idea and an example of a business that wouldn’t have been possible ten, maybe even five years ago.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:44
Linking the most interesting places in the world

Mapbox:The Geotaggers’ World Atlas is my long-term project to discover the world’s most interesting places and the routes that people follow between them. Five years ago I first started retrieving photo locations from the Flickr search API and drawing lines between them to make the first version of the Atlas. Today I’m able to launch the full Geotaggers’ World Atlas covering every city in the world. Thanks to Flickr’s API, it exposes over 10 years of photo locations, and as a web map it lets you explore not just the largest centers of activity but also their context, anywhere on earth.As an exercise in coding, this is interesting. As a visualization of data, it’s utterly fascinating. The only downside is the interactive map doesn’t have details like street names so it may be hard to find out what is so fascinating about that particular location but look up your own city on the map and see if you can spot “the most interesting places”....

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04:00
Gadget Ogling: Wine in a Dash, Connected Bicycles,...


I'll admit I'm not the planet's most refined wine connoisseur, but I do enjoy a glass or two of red with my dinner. Right now, I have a few bottles that are vacuuming up space in my kitchen, so I could use a wall-mounted wine rack -- but what's the use of having an empty rack once they're gone? Poppy Reserve -- just a concept at present -- could solve the problem of a barren wine rack by tapping into Amazon's Dash technology. It would track the level of wine in a given bottle and then ask Amazon to ship more when the supply's running low.

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03:42
Samsung takes their act to the next level

Remarkably original Samsung marketing effort. NOT.∞ Read this on The Loop

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02:29
This week on AppleInsider: Apple's blockbuster...

The week began with a financial bang, as Apple published the results of its record-breaking second quarter, but later saw controversies swirl with Apple Watch production obstacles and problems for wearers with tattoos. AppleInsider meanwhile reviewed the device, finding it attractive but saddled with some flaws.

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01:11
PDFpen and PDFpenPro 7.1.1

Maintenance update focused on fixes for the two PDF editing apps. ($74.95/$124.95 new, free update, 52.3/53 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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01:09
Default Folder X 4.7.1

Fixes a bug that caused Carbon applications to default to the Documents folder. ($34.95 new, free update, 11 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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01:06
Driving with the Apple Watch

Thanks in part to the iPhone, distracted driving has become a 21st century epidemic. Will the Apple Watch change things for better or worse? Traumatized former commuter Josh Centers took it for a spin to find out. 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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Sunday May 3

22:51
Airmail 2.1 - Powerful, minimal email client. (...

Airmail 2 is a new mail client designed for OS X 10.10 Yosemite with fast performance and intuitive interaction. Support for iCloud, MS Exchange, Gmail, Google Apps, IMAP, POP3, Yahoo!, AOL, Outlook.com, Live.com. Airmail was designed from the ground to retain the same experience with a single or multiple accounts and provide a quick, modern and easy-to-use user experience. Airmail is clean and allows you to get to your emails without interruption -- it's the mail client for the 21st century. We have taken usability and function to the next level with Airmail and bring a striking-design with support for all major email services. Switch between accounts like a breeze and quick reply to incoming messages within seconds -- email has never been so easy and productive.Version 2.1:

  • New Icon
  • New Composer Layout
  • New Sort menu shortcuts
  • New Gmail Threads (New Accounts Only )
  • New Fantastical 2 Support
  • New "Send To...

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19:15
Carbon Copy Cloner 4.1

Adds a task progress window to the User Agent menubar application. ($39.99 new, free update, 12.0 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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19:15
Quicken 2015 for Mac 2.5

Makes changes to investment reporting on the Calendar and improves Download/Financial Institution settings on the Account settings sheet. ($74.99 new, free update) 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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14:53
Parents use Apple Watch to share newborn’s heartbeat...


Some might write off Apple Watch’s ability to share your heartbeat as gimmicky, but these new parents have found a truly heartwarming use for it— to share their newborn’s heartbeat with family that weren’t able to make the occasion in person.

“Our first child was born and we used an Apple Watch Sport to send his heartbeat to our distant family members it was a really awesome experience that we couldn’t have done without the Apple Watch.”

Filed under: Apple Watch Tagged: Apple watch, heart, heartbeat, how to, newborn,...

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14:33
Accessory makers plan to tap Apple Watch’s hidden...


One of the first companies to announce plans to make a battery strap for Apple Watch— allowing you to charge the device while on the go while continuing to wear it— has confirmed plans to tap into Apple Watch’s hidden port to charge the device and offer faster charging.
Apple utilizes a magnetic, inductive charging solution to charge Apple Watch, but a wired connection to the device’s hidden 6 pin port will make designing battery straps much easier, according to maker of the upcoming Reserve Strap accessory, and even allow for faster more efficient charging compared to Apple’s own solution.
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13:12
How to calibrate Apple Watch to improve accuracy of...


Apple takes user submitted data for age, height, gender and weight to help it calculate the different data points it provides for workouts and activities, but there is also a way to calibrate Apple Watch to improve the accuracy of the data.
By initiating the calibration process, you can get more accurate readings for calorie, distance, Move, and Exercise estimations in the Watch’s Activity app, and also improved calculations in the Workout app.
By following the steps below, you’ll start calibrating the device’s accelerometer and improve Apple Watch’s accuracy by allowing it to learn your personal stride patterns at various speeds:...

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11:00
Review: The absolutely optional Apple Watch and...


If you're wondering whether to buy an Apple Watch, consider your computing life as a hierarchy of needs:
At the bottom sits your must have device—a computer, tablet, or phone—capable of independently accessing the Internet and storing useful quantities of data. And one step above that is Internet access itself. You need a device to use it, but your device can’t do much without it.
Every tier similarly builds upon the one below it. Next comes useful apps—browsers, productivity software, whatever you need to work and play—and these all extend your device’s functionality in basic, useful ways. Services for work (Dropbox, Office 365) and entertainment (Spotify, Netflix) follow. The line between software and services is increasingly blurry (especially if we’re talking about software-as-a-service) but most of them feel more optional. Everyone needs a browser. Not everyone...

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10:17
Inventors of Medical Apps Sue Apple over HealthKit...

A New Jersey company by the name of LMG 3 Marketing and Development Corp. has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The patent infringement lawsuit concerns Apple's HealthKit and Health App. The company, which isn't a patent troll, has two legitimate granted patents on record and has been selling and/or licensing their products to customers like the retailer Target.

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09:59
Tesla starts selling used electric cars on the web

Tesla is a big fan of selling electric cars directly to the public (much to dealers' chagrin), and it's now doing the same for used vehicles. The automaker has opened an online pre-owned store where you can buy someone's former Model S at a relative ...

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09:00
Review: AAXA’s ST200 LED Pico Projector beams bright...

Even though I’ve had a fair bit of experience with video projectors, I took Celluon’s PicoPro somewhat for granted when I reviewed it this January. I praised the pocket-sized projector, which squeezed a 720p laser video display and speaker into the footprint of an iPhone 6 Plus, but I didn’t triple-underscore how much easier it was to use than most of its rivals. PicoPro worked so well and so quietly with such little effort that I hardly thought about it.
AAXA’s ST200 Short Throw LED Pico Projector ($299) is the newest of the traditional projectors PicoPro is challenging. It has roughly the same footprint and 1280×720 resolution as PicoPro, but it’s around 2.5 times thicker, since it uses a...

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08:12
Apple's 12.9" iPad will feature Bluetooth...

Apple is indeed working on a larger iPad which will feature a number of changes, including an all-new Bluetooth stylus accessory with pressure sensitivity, support for Force Touch input, and a USB-C connector, AppleInsider has learned.

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08:07
External Link: Adam Engst Runs Down Apple Watch on...

You knew this was coming, didn’t you? With a week of experience under his wristband, Adam Engst joined Tech Night Owl host Gene Steinberg to talk about what works well and what doesn’t, with a focus on fitness. Put simply, Garmin and Fitbit don’t have much to worry about yet. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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06:32
Om Malik’s fantastic interview with billionaire...

This is a long, lovely, lazy Sunday read.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:37
Apple Sued for Allegedly Infringing 7 Patents from...

STMicroelectronics is a French-Italian multinational electronics and semiconductor manufacturer headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It is commonly called ST, and it is Europe's largest semiconductor chip maker based on revenue. The company sold Apple low-powered three-axis gyroscope for the iPhone 5. But when it came to...

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04:50
Elvis Costello revealed

A solid, if too short, documentary on Elvis Costello, and my absolute favorite Costello performance of a song he wrote with Paul McCartney.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Wednesday April 29

15:45
Podcast: Apple Watch is in the house, along with...

The Apple Watch landed on Susie's wrist on launch day, and while Glenn still waits for his (spoiler: it showed up the day after we recorded this), they discuss the launch, our first impressions, and how Apple tried to underpromise and overdeliver when it came to ship dates. We also revisit our favorite topic of late, Photos for OS X and how it's still giving us trouble. Then Glenn welcomes Kyle Wiens, the founder and CEO of iFixit, to discuss the teardown of the Apple Watch—how does its reparability stack up to other watches?

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Thursday April 30

02:13
Apple's TV play won't be first, but it...

Winter is coming.
Okay, that may not be exactly what Tim Cook said at the end of Apple’s quarterly financial conference call this past Monday, but the sentiment of the CEO’s closing comments on the future of media seemed pretty clear:

… I think HBO in particular has some incredibly great content, and so we’re marrying their great content, our great product and ecosystem. And it’s clear from looking at the early returns, we’ve only been at this for a couple weeks or so, that there’s a lot of traction in there. And so where could it go? I don’t want to speculate. But you can speculate probably as good as I can about where that can go. I think we’re on the early stages of just major, major changes in media that are going to be really great for consumers, and I think Apple could be a part of that....

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02:30
Apple's biggest March quarter ever sees China...

Apple likes to control when it releases information to the public. That’s why it doesn’t present at trade shows anymore, but schedules its own events on its own schedule.
There’s just one catch: As a public company, Apple is obligated to release quarterly earnings reports, as it did Monday. And its presence in the financial sector means it needs to explain its business to analysts, at least a little bit. This is why we get a little piece of delight every three months: A phone call featuring CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri talking to a small group of Wall Street analysts.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here...

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04:39
Private I: Apple's Chinese market share may...

Google apparently doesn’t mind picking a fight with China. In 2010, unable to find a basis in which it could operate its services with minimal filtering or interference, and after attacks reported to originate in China against the company’s internal mail and other systems, it shifted its search results from mainland China to servers in Hong Kong. Hong Kong operates under a special status, though it is part of the People’s Republic. Mainland searchers had to use workarounds to perform searches via Google in Hong Kong and elsewhere.
In late 2014, China blocked retrieving Gmail via email clients using IMAP and POP3 and sending via SMTP. Webmail has been intermittently heavily disrupted. China has also stepped up its blocking of virtual private networks (VPNs) and other connections, preventing tens of millions of people in China, if not more, from accessing resources outside the country that...

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14:38
The Apple Store app is now available for your Apple...


As the release of the Apple Watch showed, checking your Apple order status has become a bonding ritual for Apple customers. And today, Apple added Apple Watch support to its Apple Store app, so now watch owners can check the order status of the goodies they bought, right on their wrist.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Friday May 1

02:30
The 10 Mac games you need to play from April 2015

Action. Adventure. Space travel. Bread. It’s that time again: another month has passed, so we’re taking stock of another stellar month of new Mac game releases. April’s selection has gorgeous adventures, tough-as-nails action, tense shooting, brainy space travel tinkering, and even a game about playable bread—and that’s just the first half of the list.As usual, we’ve got big-budget, AAA-style affairs in the mix, but also lovably odd and offbeat indie stuff thrown in, plus a wide range of price points and target audiences. If you’ve got a decent Mac and you want to put it to great use on something fun and enthralling, these are the latest standout games around.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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02:50
What can your Apple Watch do without your iPhone?

Strapped to your wrist, the Apple Watch goes everywhere that you go. Between it and the iPhone, it’s almost possible to leave your wallet at home. But what happens to the Watch when you leave your iPhone at home?
Smart as the Apple Watch is, it’s still dependent on your smartphone for a number of its most common features, most notably anything that requires access to the Internet or pulls data from apps on your phone. But even should your iPhone be elsewhere—or off—your Apple Watch is still a pretty competent device. Time is of the essence

Obviously the watch can tell time whether your iPhone is around or not. If it couldn’t, that would be downright nutty.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click...

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05:00
You Should Play: If you're a fan of mobile...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play. I’m a sucker for games that start with a dramatic hook—and what’s more dramatic than an abandoned baby left on your doorstep in the middle of a rainstorm? A few quick puzzles later, and you’re in the middle of a forest, looking up at a huge, enchanted castle, taking a video call from a man who warns you both that “the baby must be protected at any cost,” and that “you must stay away from him at any cost.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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13:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: A case with a screen… in...

A case with a screen… in the back!This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases features accessories from Rockford, Waterfield Designs, and Element Case, designed to make your wallet obsolete. Plus, a cool marble case from Native Union, a gorgeous leather option from CB Innovations, and more.CB InnovationsFashionable and luxurious, the Softcase (iPhone 5/5S, 6, and 6 Plus; $175 to $950) sports a leather exterior with a soft microfiber interior where you can snuggle your iPhone to prevent scratches and smudges.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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10:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Offerings for the jet set

Offerings for the jet setThis week’s roundup includes new and improved apps for travel. Airbnb lets you figure out where to stay; DUFL lets you get dressed once you’re there. Plus, new games inspired by new movies.AirbnbAirbnb is now a universal app, available for iPad as well as iPhone. Hosts can use the app to list a space and manage the listing, and accept or decline reservations from guests. Guests can search for listings and request bookings. The service offers places to stay in more than 34,000 cities.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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18:49
Samsung Debuts Apple-Like Design Video for Galaxy S6...

Earlier today Samsung debuted a new video on its YouTube channel called "Designing Possible", detailing the design process of the brand new Galaxy S6 Edge (via iMore). However, the video bears a striking resemblance to Apple's video on how the company designed the gold Apple Watch Edition. Both videos feature men with English accents talking about the design process of the companies' devices while showcasing the manufacturing processes. The two videos also share similar cinematography, with both of them including almost identical images of lined up components in a dark area as a light zooms over them. The intent for both ads also appears to be the same, making sure people understand the kind of thought and detail that goes into the design of...

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18:49
How to manage Glances on the Apple Watch

From customizable clock faces to notifications, quickly referencing important information without having to dive into an app is a key feature of the Apple Watch. Dubbed Glances, users can access these bits of information with just a single swipe.

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18:30
Adjust the intensity of haptic alerts on your Apple...

Apple Watch taps you on the wrist whenever you receive an alert or notification. Follow these steps to adjust the intensity of haptic alerts. 

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18:16
Make a call over Wi-Fi

Learn about making a voice call over Wi-Fi using the Wi-Fi Calling feature on your iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, or iPhone 6 Plus. 

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18:07
Calibrating your Apple Watch for improved Workout...

Apple Watch uses the personal information you provide (age, gender, height, and weight) to help calculate a variety of metrics for your workouts and daily activity. Additionally, you can calibrate your Apple Watch for even more accuracy.

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17:20
Samsung takes Apple obsession to next level with new...

Samsung has been known to borrow Apple's ideas from time to time, an effective -- if not entirely inspired -- strategy considering massive iPhone, iPad and now Watch demand. But its latest advertisement for the new Galaxy S6 edge, basically an amalgamation of Apple Watch promo videos, dials the homage up to 11.

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16:36
Apple Campus 2 progress

Pictures and videos in this update. The scale of this project is just unreal.∞ Read this on The Loop

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