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Wednesday June 10

08:00
New access and security controls for Outlook for iOS...

We are pleased to announce new access and security controls for Outlook for iOS and Android. With today’s update, Outlook now uses Active Directory Authentication Library (ADAL)-based authentication for Exchange Online mailboxes in Office 365, replacing the previously used basic authentication method. This new authentication method enables IT administrators to configure new access scenarios for sign in to Office 365 and to better control and manage Outlook on mobile devices in their organization.
Quick introduction to ADAL-based authentication
The ADAL-based authentication stack enables Outlook to engage in browser-based authentication with Office 365. Used by Office apps on both desktop and mobile, users sign in directly to Office 365’s identity provider (Azure Active Directory) to authenticate, rather than providing credentials to Outlook. The below screenshot shows the new sign in experience for users when connecting to an Office 365 Exchange Online mailbox from...

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08:00
Want to pose for Apple Maps? Here's where they...

Google Street View

Apple has a fleet of vehicles that are driving around snapping images for a Google Street-like addition to Maps. If you'd like to see if you can get yourself into one of those images, hopefully doing something really stupid or weird, the company has now posted a list of where its vehicles are roaming

Between June 15-30, those vans will be cruising Dublin, Ireland; London and other English cities, and a wide variety of US cities including Atlanta, Chicago, and Orlando. It's time to grab your scuba gear, alien makeup or Spiderman cosplay garb and head out to the streets of your city to claim your fame.

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07:51
Apple replaces discoveryd with mDNSResponder for iOS...



It looks like the discoveryd protocol may not be working out for Apple and thus, it could be abandoned for both iOS 9 and OS X 10.11.
Recent analysis of the iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan have shown that Apple has dropped the network protocol for the time being.
In both cases, mDNSResponder has been substituted in again, although the internal nature of the process makes it impossible to see whether it has changed at all since the build of OS X 10.10.4. The discovery protocol has been blamed for many networking and communication stability issues. One way Apple has achieved this is to get rid of discoveryd completely.

There is still a chance that discoveryd will...

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07:32
Safety certifications for iPhone batteries

This article describes the international safety standards that iPhone batteries meet.

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07:11
Apple enables third-party content blockers for...

Developers building apps for iOS 9 have access to an API that can block content like images, tracking cookies, and pop-up ads in Safari, potentially laying the groundwork for Apple-sanctioned ad blockers.

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07:00
iOS Mail bug allows phishing attacks

Security researcher Jan Soucek discovered an iOS Mail bug a while back that allows attackers to run remote HTML code when an email is opened. What this means is that a malicious user who knows about the bug could create a phishing email that prompts users for their iCloud login. Once the login has been entered, the unsuspecting victim has handed over the keys to everything secured with Apple ID credentials. Here's Soucek's demonstration video of the bug in action:

The only way to skirt this issue right now is to be vigilant. If you're reading mail on your iOS device and a popup asks you to log into a system -- iCloud or other -- don't. The bug was initially filed with Apple in January, but the company has not yet fixed this problem. To force the issue and get things fixed as soon as possible, Soucek uploaded the proof of concept code to GitHub.

So once again: if you're reading mail in the iOS...

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06:56
Apple logo with progress bar after updating or...

After you update iOS, restore from a backup, or erase your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, your device displays the Apple logo with a progress bar.

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06:45
Apple Fixes iMessage Crashing Bug in iOS 8.4 Beta 4

Apple seeded the fourth beta of iOS 8.4 to developers yesterday with a fix for a messaging bug that causes an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to crash after receiving a specific string of Unicode characters via iMessage or SMS (via HDBlog.it). The bug also affects the Mac and Apple Watch and extends to third-party messaging apps such as Snapchat, Twitter and WhatsApp, as the issue is tied to the way banner notifications process Unicode. Sending the string of characters to an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch results in an immediate respring, causing the device to crash and quickly reboot. From there, if the...

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06:34
Spotify climbs to 20M paid subscribers, picks up $...

With the debut of the competing Apple Music service only weeks away, Spotify on Wednesday announced that its total subscriber base has climbed to 75 million people, 20 million of whom are subscribers to its more profitable Premium tier.

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06:25
Apple Maps vehicles

Apple is sending cars around the world to collect map data. Want to know where they are going next?∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:14
The Apple collector

Interesting video on Apple collector Lonnie Mimms and his lifelong dream to create a museum dedicated to old computers and gadgets, especially those made by Apple.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:07
∞ Want to beta-test El Capitan and iOS 9?

Help Apple make their new software better. Join the Apple Beta Software Program.

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06:03
Apple Rumored to be Changing Glass Technologies to...

According to a new supply chain rumor, Apple is in discussions over whether to go back to glass-on-glass (G/G) or on-cell glass instead of in-cell technology for future iPhone devices ...

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06:00
Apple Music and music companies investigated for...

New York state attorney general Eric T. Schneiderman and the attorney general of Connecticut, George Jepsen, are again investigating Apple. This time the focus is not eBooks, but Apple's new streaming music service. The pair are preemptively investigating Apple's negotiations with music companies to see if Apple or the record labels violated antitrust laws, reports the New York Times.

The attorneys general wanted to know whether Apple pressured the music labels — or whether the labels conspired with Apple and one another — to withdraw support for popular “freemium” services offered by companies like Spotify in favor of Apple’s paid music subscriptions.

The European Commission also is examinging Apple's agreements with music labels for its Apple Music service overseas.

Our Take on the news:

This...

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05:53
Rob Papen rolls out Reason RE release

Rob Papen Soundware has announced VECTO, a sound-shaping vector synthesizer for Swedish music software application, interfaces, and technology standards specialist Propellerhead Software’s Reason.
It allows users to draw in VECTOR paths to shape the resultant sound in a variety of ways. It comes with professionally- programmed presets and a range of oscillator waveforms.
VECTO can be purchased and directly downloaded for US$99 from the Propellerhead Shop (http://tinyurl.com/nb9sab2). A demo is available for download.

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05:46
Spotify Announces 75M Active Users, Raises $526M...

Spotify today announced that it now has more than 75 million active users and 20 million paid subscribers worldwide as the Sweden-based streaming music service prepares to compete with Apple Music, available June 30 on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and PC. Spotify doubled the 10 million paid subscribers it had through May 2014 in just one year, and has now paid over $3 billion in royalties to artists, songwriters and rights holders, including more than $300 million in the first three months of 2015 alone. The Wall Street Journal reports that Spotify has also raised $526 million in a funding round that values the company at $8.53 billion, giving it significantly more financial...

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05:45
Apple fires Campus 2 contractors as 'spaceship...

Apple has reportedly severed its relationship with general contractors Skanska and DPR -- the two firms responsible for overseeing construction of its new "spaceship" headquarters -- with near-immediate effect, a rare mid-stream shakeup that follows a string of delays and increasing costs.

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05:38
Bundle for MS Office for the Mac revved to version 4...

Theme Inn (http://www.themeinn.com) has announced Bundle for MS Office 4.0, the latest update to their Mac OS X application.
Featuring over 1,600 items with a variety of designs, from letters and brochures to greeting cards and books, Bundle for MS Office contains five collections of customizable designs. Version 4.0 introduces a number of new templates, redesigned interface, and an option to download only selected content rather than the 6GB app in its entirety.
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05:28
Apple using a fleet of vehicles to collect street-...

Apple has confirmed (http://maps.apple.com/vehicles/) what's been suspected: that the company has been using a fleet of vehicles to collect street-level imagery for its Maps app for Mac OS X and iOS.
"Apple is driving vehicles around the world to collect data which will be used to improve Apple Maps," Apple says "Some of this data will be published in future Apple Maps updates. We are committed to protecting your privacy while collecting this data. For example, we will blur faces and license plates on collected images prior to publication."
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05:20
Apple debuts its first ads for Apple Music

Apple on Tuesday released the first advertisements for its upcoming Apple Music service. The three ads have completely different themes, with one focusing on Beats 1, Apple's new radio station, while another showcases the history of sound and Apple Music's role in its evolution. The third ad tries to explain Apple Music by asserting that "Music needed a home . . . so we built it one."

All three spots are well-shot and stylish, as you'd expect. Apple Music will be avaialbe on June 30, with pricing availabe for individuals and family members.

If you're an existing Beats Music customer, note that Apple Music will replace that subsription. Look here for what to expect from the transition.

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05:00
Get ready for Surface Hub to transform your meetings

Earlier this year, Microsoft unveiled Surface Hub, a new large-screen collaboration device that harnesses the power of Windows 10, Skype for Business, Office, OneNote and Windows universal apps to deliver a new kind of productivity experience for groups. Today, the Surface Hub team announced more details on how Surface Hub will come to market, including pricing and market availability.
A core part of advancing our vision of communication-powered productivity with Skype for Business is building a rich portfolio of meetings devices that make meetings richer, more productive and engaging for businesses of all sizes. We believe every conference room and meeting space, small or large, should enable natural interactions between people in different locations, across voice, video, graphic and written communication....

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04:58
The Same Legal Hounds who were Involved in Apple...

The same attorneys general office that was involved in the e-books price-fixing investigation against Apple is at it again. This time they appear to be pre-emptively looking into the terms of Apple's new music service for any signs of industry collusion before Apple Music is available to consumers at the end of this month.

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04:39
Apple’s watchOS 2 and activation lock

The features Apple is promoting from watchOS 2. Chief among them? Activation Lock.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:37
HandBrake 0.10.2 - Versatile video encoder; convert...

HandBrake is a tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs. Supported Sources:

  • VIDEO_TS folder, DVD image or real DVD (unencrypted -- CSS is not supported internally and must be handled externally with third-party software and libraries), BDMV folder (unencrypted), and some .VOB and .TS files
  • Any multimedia file it can get libavformat to read and libavcodec to decode.

Outputs:

  • File format: MP4 and MKV
  • Video: MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264 or Theora (1 or 2 passes or constant quantizer/rate encoding)
  • Audio: AAC, HE-AAC, AC3, MP3, Vorbis, FLAC (16-bit, 24-bit) or AAC, MP3, AC3, DTS and DTS-HD pass-through (supports encoding of several audio tracks)

Misc features:

  • Chapter selection
  • Soft subtitle support (DVD/VobSub in DVD/MKV/MP4, Blu-ray/PGS in BD/MKV, SRT files, SRT/UTF-8 in MKV, ASS/SSA in MKV, TX3G/3GPP in MP4 - DVD/...

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04:18
Apple Music antitrust investigation – Nothing to see...

The attorneys general behind the 2013 eBook price fixing investigation are at it again.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:03
Find My iPhone, Friends become built-in apps in...

Both Apple's "Find My iPhone" and "Find My Friends" applications are built in to the first beta of iOS 9, hinting that they could be added to the growing list of native iPhone apps when the software update launches this fall.

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04:01
Apple Maps Vehicles Collecting 'Street View...

Apple has published a support document on its website confirming that it has been using a fleet of vehicles to collect street-level imagery for Apple Maps. Apple outlines that it will blur faces and license plates on images, as Google Maps does for Street View, and lists where Apple Maps vehicles will be driving in the United States, England and Ireland between June 15 to June 30."Apple is driving vehicles around the world to collect data which will be used to improve Apple Maps. Some of this data will be published in future Apple Maps updates. We are committed to protecting your privacy while collecting this data. For example, we will blur faces and license plates on collected images prior to publication."Apple has been driving around fifth-generation Dodge Caravans equipped with LiDAR camera equipment on the roof to collect street-level imagery in the United...

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04:00
Turning 'Shadow IT' into 'Better IT...


Sometimes things happen that seem undesirable, but they actually can turn out to be advantageous when viewed in a certain light, when approached in a certain way, or depending on circumstances. For example, this can be true when it comes to "Shadow IT" -- specifically, the adoption of technology without the involvement or knowledge of the IT organization. Most IT professionals for the past few years have struggled with the "shadow" adoption of technologies.

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03:42
External Link: Apple Announces 2015 Design Award...

Apple recognized ten apps at this year’s Apple Design Awards, plus two student efforts. The winners are the previously reviewed Fantastical, Robinhood, and Workflow; the games Crossy Road, Does Not Commute, Metamorphabet, Shadowmatic, and Vainglory; Mac illustration app Affinity Designer; music mixing app Pacemaker; and student entries Elementary Minute and jump-O. Congratulations to all the winners! Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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03:18
Cisdem launches DataRecovery 3 for Mac OS X

Cisdem (www.cisdem.com) has updated DataRecovery to Version 3.0, offering more powerful features to help in recovering all kinds of file formats and at a much faster recovering speed.
Cisdem Data Recovery is Mac data recovery software that can recover your deleted, formatted, lost and inaccessible data from Mac, USB drive, external hard drive, mobile phone, digital camera, iPod, MP3/ MP4 player, and other storage media. It has four data recovery options (Document Recovery, Media Recovery, Archive File Recovery, Universal Recovery).
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03:18
Global in-building off-load to exceed 17 EB per month

ABI Research's (www.abiresearch.com) inaugural In-Building Wireless Data Traffic forecasts that rapidly increasing offload of cellular traffic to Wi-Fi will reach over 17 exabytes per month by 2018 – greater than all of 2G, 3G, and 4G cellular traffic combined.
"With the majority of mobile traffic either originating or terminating indoors, Wi-Fi becomes a viable and robust access technology for 2G, 3G, and 4G mobile operators," says Nick Marshall, research director. "This is true whether the traffic is residential, which accounts for the majority of mobile traffic, enterprise, or venue."
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03:15
Apple confirms vans are for mapping data, reveals...

Apple has officially brought to an end the speculation surrounding its formerly secretive mapping vans, revealing that the vehicles are collecting data for future Apple Maps updates, and also emphasizing both privacy and transparency with a list of upcoming driving locations.

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00:59
What’s new: May 2015

As the updates and enhancements delivered last month show, Office 365 is continually being improved to help you get more done at home, school and work. Check out the new capabilities in OneNote and Outlook.com or the new and updated apps for phones, and get a look at what’s next with the Office 2016 Public Preview and the Office for Android phone Preview. For business users there are new change management, Data Loss Protection (DLP) and data analysis capabilities, plus integrations, connectors and a new email archive migration service. The simplified and enhanced OneNote Class and Staff notebooks will help educators get a jump on the new school year. And for developers there’s a host of updates—from documentation and code samples to on-demand webcasts. Leave us a comment to let us know what your favorite new feature is. If you missed last month’s updates, see What’s new: April 2015.
Office 365 Personal,...

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00:28
I am actually planning on having the Intel box
00:16
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Forums: Resharingbuy nfl coins References to economic theory and European history are not normally heard during NFL broadcasts but Steve Young dropped both in eviscerating the NFL for its use of overmatched replacement officials. Sitting behind the desk for the ESPN postgame show after the Atlanta Falcons defeated the Denver Broncos on "Monday Night Football," the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback spoke with passion on the stalemate between the NFL and the officials. In economics and international relations and later his law degree from Brigham Young University the Hall of Famer flatly told viewers that the NFL doesn't care how badly the replacements perform..
As Ozzie said it won't happen again."Further details about the Ravens' violation were not immediately available. ' off season practices are subject to...

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00:14
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Forums: ResharingFIFA 16 Coins Every time he's playing and not winning he wants nothing to do with me and snaps at me if I ask him even a little question. Tonight we had the plans to spend some "much needed time" together if you know what I mean. Well he was playing his stupid Fifa game and I was getting the baby down for bed and he lost his game. Leyton Orient has banned its players from playing FIFA 14 on match days. Because they believe that players got stuck into the new FIFA 14 game and at times even played as themselves against Oldham in preparation. That match is in the 1st Quarter of the year that follows the "contribution year".
El ftbol americano es un juego bestial jugado por bestias" opin Henry Blaha un jugador de ftbol americano del Boston College en 1972. En efecto el soccer es ms que un deporte de contacto...

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Tuesday June 9

23:00
Ports et moniteurs Thunderbolt : questions et...

Consultez cet article pour en savoir plus sur les ports Thunderbolt des ordinateurs et moniteurs Apple, et sur leur fonctionnement sous OS X et avec Boot Camp. Découvrez également la configuration requise pour utiliser la technologie Thunderbolt.

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23:00
Des calendriers ou événements apparaissent en double...

Découvrez la procédure à suivre si vous voyez des calendriers ou des événements de calendrier dupliqués sur votre appareil iOS, votre Mac ou votre PC après la configuration du calendrier iCloud. 

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23:00
À propos de la distribution gérée du programme d’...

Découvrez comment utiliser la distribution gérée pour distribuer les applications du programme d’achats en volume aux utilisateurs.

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23:00
Configuration d’une partition Windows sur votre Mac

Pour installer Windows sur votre Mac, vous devez créer puis formater une partition destinée à recevoir ce système d’exploitation.

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22:41
Apple's Schiller talks iPhone storage, thin...

During a panel session with Daring Fireball's John Gruber on Tuesday, Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller offered his take on 16GB iPhones, the tradeoffs between battery life and device thinness, single-port MacBooks and more.

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22:40
The aboriginal antagonism took abode endure

Forums: HardwareThe aboriginal antagonism took abode endure ceremony in a Clash bout on PlayStation 4, and Bungie's aggregation was baffled appropriate away. Bungie has said that Bungie Bounty claiming will yield abode on all platforms, acceptation next week's accident is acceptable to be captivated on PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360.Destiny launched beforehand this ages to record-breaking sales. Just today, Bungie arise a aggregate of changes advancing to the bold in the canicule and weeks ahead, including weapon balancing, new advice options, and tweaking Strikes so that they feel "less grindy.
With just a few added weeks to go afore Batman: Arkham Knight's release, developer Rocksteady has arise the next chapter in the "Arkham Insider" video alternation that offers an central attending at the activity game. The video covers a array of topics, one of which is Arkham Knight's New...

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22:39
No one has fabricated any array of aggregate

Forums: NetworkingNo one has fabricated any array of aggregate like [Sunset Overdrive]."That's not to say the bold isn't advancing by added accepted franchises, however. "Certainly there's afflatus from Jet Set Radio or Tony Hawk," he said. "Peggle was a big afflatus because we capital to acquire that 'holy sh*t' moment if fireworks and pyros are traveling off."Other influences for Dark Overdrive were movies like Scott Pilgrim and I Am Legend, Stevenson said. The all-embracing ambition for Dark Overdrive was to actualization players that "the apocalypse can be fun and that there are no rules," he said.Further inspirations awning a respawn activity agnate to Bill Ted's Accomplished Adventure, and accession that's based on Valve's Portal series. The bold even has a Breaking Bad advertence at the beginning.
It's all allotment of Insomniac's drive to bless gaming and pop culture...

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22:32
Mac OS X 10.7 : impossible de se connecter à un...

Il est possible qu’un client de Mac OS X 10.7 Lion ne parvienne pas à se connecter à un serveur Open Directory sous Mac OS X 10.6.

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22:32
Nouveaux patchs dans Logic Pro X 10.1 et MainStage 3...

Logic Pro X 10.1 et MainStage 3.1 incluent plus de 200 nouveaux patchs. 

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22:32
Exporter les données de contacts et calendriers vers...

Découvrez comment exporter vos contacts et calendriers vers votre iPod classic, iPod mini ou iPod nano.

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22:19
Reactions To Apple's Plans To Open Source Swift

itwbennett writes: At Apple's WWDC 2015 event yesterday, Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering, announced that the company planned to open source the Swift language. Reaction to this announcement so far has sounded more or less like this: Deafening applause with undertones of "we'll see." As a commenter on this Ars Technica story points out, "Their [Apple's] previous open-source efforts (Darwin, WebKit, etc) have generally tended to be far more towards the Google style of closed development followed by a public source dump." Simon Phipps, the former director of OSI, also expressed some reservations, saying, "While every additional piece of open source software extends the opportunities for software freedom, the critical question for a programming language is less whether it is itself open source and more whether it's feasible to make open source software with it. Programming languages are glue for SDKs, APIs and libraries. The real value of Swift...

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05:14
WWDC 2015: Presenting the Apple Design Award winners

The best of the bestAt every WWDC, Apple takes some time to recognize the best that the App Store and Mac App Store have to offer—apps and developers that go above and beyond, and serve as examples of what Apple’s platforms are capable of. Let’s meet this year’s cream of the crop: Here are the 2015 Apple Design Award winners.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:24
6 headaches Apple is fixing in iOS 9

Apple’s iOS 9 has plenty of major features to look forward to, such as a more intelligent Siri, transit maps, and, and side-by-side iPad apps. Just as important, however, are the little things—the minor headaches of previous iOS versions that Apple is now getting around to alleviating.To recap, here are six iPhone and iPad annoyances that will disappear in iOS 9:1. A less-confusing shift key
Pop quiz: On the default iOS keyboard, are the letters uppercase when the shift key is gray, or white? Unless you bother to memorize, this issue has likely been a constant source of confusion since iOS 7. (The answer, by the way, is white.) As 9to5Mac notes, hitting shift in iOS 9 will toggle the letters on the keyboard between uppercase and lowercase, so there’s no ambiguity about what you’re about...

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09:30
The Week in Mac Apps: Bigger sound with Boom 2,...

Boom 2, Spotlife, and moreThis week’s roundup of new Mac apps brings you a way to improve your sound, a calendar that won’t go away, and all the financial calculations you can handle—and then some.10bii Financial Calculator 2.0.2Quick—how long will it take to amortize a $10,000 expense with a 10-percent depreciation rate? If your eyes have already glazed over, you may want to check In A Day’s $14 10bii Financial Calculator (Mac App Store Link).To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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21:44
Apple’s Phil Schiller addresses 16GB iPhones, single...

The Verge:On the sidelines of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, marketing SVP Phil Schiller has spoken to Daring Fireball’s John Gruber for a live episode of his The Talk Show podcast. The full interview hasn’t been posted yet, but it’ll be worth checking out for Apple fans when it is — Gruber asked Schiller about a few things that have become hot topics among the company’s community of users and developers.Can’t wait to see the video. If Twitter is any indication, it was quite the surprise and quite the interview. Kudos to Gruber for scoring a big one.∞ Read this on The Loop...

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21:02
Phil Schiller Talks 16 GB iPhones and Thinness vs...

A day after the WWDC keynote address, Apple SVP of Marketing Phil Schiller joined Daring Fireball's John Gruber on Gruber's podcast, The Talk Show. The episode has not yet been posted, but The Verge was on hand to document the interview. Schiller addressed concerns about 16 GB iPhones, the decision between thin devices and battery life and the single USB port on the MacBook. Gruber suggested to Schiller that the Cupertino company's iOS devices should come with larger storage capacities on the low end, as the 16 GB of storage provided in the base iPhone 6 or 6 Plus is harder to live with with the current size of apps. Schiller countered that services like iCloud could make up the difference. "The belief is more and more as we use iCloud services for documents and our photos and videos and music," he said, "that perhaps...

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21:01
Apple's new developer resources for iOS 9, OS X...

At is annual World Wide Developers Conference on Monday, Apple announced a host of new technologies designed to help developers offer improved user experiences over the entire Apple product line.

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20:41
Phil Schiller talks 16GB devices, ultra-thin design...

Apple’s SVP of marketing Phil Schiller this evening gave an interview on John Gruber’s podcast The Talk Show during which he addressed a variety of different topics. Gruber and Schiller together discussed Apple’s WWDC announcements, such as watchOS 2 and Apple Music. The two also talked about many of Apple’s decisions over the past couple of years, including the company’s obsession with making the thinnest devices possible and how on earth they still sell 16GB devices in 2015.

Gruber asked Schiller about the length of this year’s WWDC keynote, which was seen by many as too long. Schiller responded that Apple tries to keep keynotes between 1:45 and 2:15 and noted that the company...

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20:03
WWDC Steals: Apple's new iMac 5K for $1,799; 15...

WWDC 2015 has delivered some shocking deals, such as $200 off Apple's brand new 3.3GHz iMac with Retina 5K display ($1,799) and $300 off its souped up 3.5GHz cousin. Similarly, 15-inch MacBook Pros are now available for as little as $1,749 ($250 off) without a discrete graphics card or $2,149 with one ($350 off).

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19:59
Chromium 43.0.2357.124 - Fast and stable open-source...

Chromium is an open-source browser project that aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all Internet users to experience the web.Version 43.0.2357.124:

  • Pepper Flash player has been updated to 18.0.0.161
  • 64 bit only
  • This FreeSMUG build doesn't have the "Check for Updates…" command
  • OS X 10.6 or later

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19:59
Adobe Flash Player 18.0.0.160 - Plug-in plays...

Adobe Flash Player is a cross-platform, browser-based application runtime that provides uncompromised viewing of expressive applications, content, and videos across browsers and operating systems.Version 18.0.0.160: New and Updated

  • VideoTexture Support for Android The current ActionScript (AS) implementation on Android doesn't allow direct access to texture from video or camera for use with Stage3D. Thus, currently, in order to use video or camera frames as textures with stage3D, the SWF content developer must use a bitmap representation of a video or camera frame. Once a bitmap is created from the video or camera object, the developer needs to create a texture and update the created texture with the bitmap. This process normally requires multiple copying of the bitmap, which can be slow and resource intensive. To resolve this problem, this feature provides video texture objects that support NetStream and Cameras in a manner consistent/...

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19:59
TechTool Pro Updater 8.0.2 - Hard drive and system...

TechTool Pro 8 is the most robust hardware diagnostic tool available for Macintosh. Easy to use for both home users and professionals, TechTool Pro utilizes full 64-bit compatibility to keep your Mac running at its best. TechTool Pro 8 brings with it some of the deepest hardware testing yet - testing components on your motherboard that no other utility can access. You can now test the sensors and fans on your Mac, along with the battery if you're using a Mac laptop. In addition, we've now integrated Protogo, so that you can create your own custom test drives for out in the field. You can now take it with youstrong> - The portability of TechTool Protogo is now included with every copy of TechTool Pro. TechTool Protogo allows you to create a bootable diagnostic device that contains TechTool Pro and all of its most powerful tools as well as any of your own utilities you may wish to install. You can then use this device to boot, check, maintain, and...

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17:28
Apple, record labels under scrutiny for collusion in...

Attorneys general in New York and Connecticut are conducting a joint antitrust investigation concerning Apple's negotiations with record labels over its new Apple Music streaming service.

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16:00
Daily Deals for June 9, 2015, featuring Billings Pro

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15:36
Universal denies involvement in anticompetitive...


We’ve already heard several times that Apple has been facing investigations from both the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission over how it negotiated with labels for Apple Music. Now, the New York State’s attorney general has posted a letter from Universal Music Group in which it claims that it is not doing anything illegal to prohibit the access of free music services by the consumer. From the letter:

UMG does not currently have any agreements with Apple Inc. (i) to impede the availability of third-party free or ad-supported music streaming services, or (ii) that limit, restrict, or prevent UMG from licensing its recorded music...

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15:00
AWT News Update: June 9, 2015

Eddy Cue in front of a LOT of the iTunes Library...

Another day, another AWT News Update. Today we look at some Watch stats and apps, an acquisition, a CarPlay story, and discuss whether or not every song in the world will really be available on Apple Music.

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  • The Apple Watch now has over 6,350 apps available
  • eBay delivers an Apple Watch app
  • 2016 Cadillacs are coming with CarPlay compatibility
  • Incipio acquires ClamCase
  • Guess who's missing from the Apple Music service?

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I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for June 9, 2015.

I want to start off today’s...

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14:43
Opinion: Beats 1 is what sets Apple Music apart from...

Apple announced its streaming music service at WWDC this week after months of much anticipation. The service includes many of the features that our own Mark Gurman reported on months in advance. Earlier this year, I broke down my own thoughts on what features the service needed to have in order to convince me to switch from Spotify. Those requested features included excellent support for my previously acquired music; well-designed, cross-platform apps; exclusive content; competitive pricing; and a killer radio functionality.

In response to the requests for a killer radio...

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13:58
Apple expands HealthKit in iOS 9 to track sexual...

Beginning with iOS 9, HealthKit will accept a number of new data types from external apps and accessories, tracking everything from water consumption to whether protection was used during sex.

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13:25
‘All Boats Rise’: Jimmy Iovine & Eddy Cue...

Billboard:Apple Music, which launches on June 30 with an arsenal of 30 million songs, has been in the works for more than a decade, says Iovine, who first started talking to the Cupertino-based giant on the heels of the iTunes launch in 2003. Now, it’s a reality, boasting on-demand streaming (with an offline component, to help stem the decline of downloads), a 24-hour human-curated radio station (helmed by former BBC DJ Zane Lowe) and a connect function that facilitates direct-to-fan engagement. It’s a massive undertaking whose impact is sure to be felt almost instantaneously thanks to the 800 million credit cards Apple already has on file. With a click, users can sign up for $9.99 a month — or $14.99 for the family plan, which allows up to six accounts — price points that, Cue says, took much deliberation.These interviews are always interesting not only for what they say but what they don’t say. Notwithstanding Iovine’s “unpracticed” appearance and Eddy Cue’s dancing during WWDC,...

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13:23
Apple Music to reportedly stream at 256kbps, below...

Apple is putting a 256kbps cap on Apple Music streaming, a report said Tuesday, a bitrate lower than competing top-tier offerings from Spotify and the service's own Beats Music forebear.

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12:51
Gadget Ogling: A Speaker-Stuffed Tablet Case, a...


ASUS is on a crusade to end the scourge of tablets with terrible sound. Its new ZenPad 8.0 has an interchangeable cover design that allows users several functional options. One is the Audio Cover, which bumps up sound quality by tucking a 5.1 surround-sound system inside. With six speakers, including a subwoofer, the Audio Cover promises to significantly improve the tablet experience of watching video and listening to music.
However, unless your tablet constitutes your home entertainment system, I can't quite understand the point.

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12:50
Opinion: These were the 10 game-changing WWDC 2015...

There were so many announcements during the WWDC keynote yesterday that even people who follow Apple for a living (and expected most of the details) were overwhelmed. New versions of iOS, OS X, and watchOS were only three of the biggies, alongside the official debut of Apple Music and a lot of small but interesting new details.
Since the keynote ended, I’ve been sorting through all of the stories, as well as all three new operating systems. What follows are my picks for the ten most...

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12:46
eBay arrives on Apple Watch, Google Maps for iOS...

eBay on Tuesday released its first app for Apple Watch, while Google Maps for iOS updated with the ability to receive locations pushed from the desktop.

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12:30
Today in the App Store -- Goatup 2, Sleep Smart and...

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 Goatup 2; the new Sleep Smart; and an update to JotForm that brings Apple Watch support. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Draggy Dead [$0.99 → Free] Ditch your dead end job and take up a rewarding career in Grave Robbing today!

Goatup 2 [$3.99 → Free] Unleash your inner Matthew Smith with Goatup 2!

GoatUp [$1.99 → Free] GoatUp is easily the best goat-related platform game on iOS.

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12:24
Apple Music will stream at 256kbps like iTunes Match

Specific details about Apple Music are still rolling out after the iPhone maker announced its new subscription music service at WWDC yesterday. Music quality for streaming and offline playback is bound to be one concern for potential members and it appears Apple will be taking a conservative approach, according to Slashgear.
Apple Music will be at 256 kbps. In comparison, Beats Music uses a 320 kbps bitrate, as does Spotify, while Tidal offers a high-bitrate option.
By default, Beats Music only streamed at the higher 320kbps MP3 quality on the web and when the setting was changed within the mobile app. Download quality, however, did default to the higher quality version of tracks when available.
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12:14
This song is actually a pretty good roundup of the...

Jonathan Mann has been running his “Song a Day” YouTube channel for quite some time now, and without fail, you can navigate to his channel on the day of an Apple event and find yet another song-ified version of Apple’s announcements. He’s a self-proclaimed Apple fanboy, and he was the guy that wrote the song played during the opening to the Antennagate press conference.
Unsurprisingly, he’s back again with a music video going over Apple’s announcements from WWDC 2015. Covering the additions in Mac OS X El Capitan, the latest coming to iOS 9, and Eddy Cue dancing on stage, his song pretty much covers it all. And there’s a bit of humor packed in as well, mentioning Swift going open source and comparing it to Steve...

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11:31
6 ways Apple Music will be better than Beats Music

When news broke last year that Apple was in talks to acquire Beats, my initial response was concern that the subscription music service I’d only just started to love would change into something different. Then Apple actually bought Beats.
What happened next is Beats Music stopped all significant consumer-facing development completely. Apple TV gained a channel for the service as Apple started...

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11:26
Eddy Cue and Jimmy Iovine Talk Apple Music in Series...

Following yesterday's debut of Apple Music, Jimmy Iovine and iTunes Chief Eddy Cue sat down with Billboard to discuss the new service and app, which combine on-demand streaming music with 24/7 radio and a social networking platform where artists can interact with fans. According to Cue, the $9.99 individual price point for Apple Music wasn't a sticking point for the company as some earlier reports suggested, but the company was invested in negotiating a reasonable family subscription price. Apple Music lets up to 6 family members share an account for $14.99, a price point that Cue says will get entire families on board with the service. I think the cost of an album for a month of subscription is fair. Could you argue, $7.99 or $8.99? Who cares. I think where...

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11:02
These 12 iOS & Mac apps are the 2015 Apple...


Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is taking place this week following the company’s kickoff keynote presentation yesterday where it introduced the future of iOS, OS X, and its new Apple Music service, among other updates. As is tradition, one of the first presentations after the keynote was to announce this year’s Apple Design Award winners, a small-scale award show of sorts where Apple honors select app developers by recognize their work and success over the last year.
This year’s 12 winners range from games to education and stock trading apps. Head below for the full list of 2015 winners.
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11:00
After iOS 9 is out, the iPad Air 2 will make a lot...

Yesterday's WWDC keynote will probably be best remembered for the overlong, awkward, and uncharacteristically unpolished Apple Music reveal that closed it out. But what I'm left thinking about the most is the iPad Air 2—all of a sudden it makes a lot more sense than it did when it launched.
Even at the time, it was clear that the iPad Air 2's hardware was created in anticipation of something bigger. There's nothing in iOS 8, save perhaps Safari tab reloading, that makes full use of the A8X's beefy tri-core CPU, its GPU, and its 2GB of RAM. It was faster, but anything it could do could also be done by the fourth-gen iPad from late 2012. This was noted in many reviews of the device, including ours.
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10:22
Cadillac will Support CarPlay in 2016

It was just two weeks ago that we posted a report titled "Chevrolet will Offer CarPlay in More Models than any other Automotive Brand this year." GM stated that there will be 14 vehicle models supported Carplay this year and today we're learning that most GM's Cadillac line will support Carplay as well. Our cover graphic is an example of a Cadillac infotainment system integrating Apple's CarPlay.

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10:14
Excel Software releases AppProtect 4

Excel Software (www.excelsoftware.com) has released AppProtect 4.0, an update of the protection software for Mac OS X and Windows.
It applies protection with a human controlled or automated online activation process to a compiled application in minutes without programming, according to the folks at Excel. It supports MAX MSP 5, 6 or 7 music applications or Unity games. AppProtect works with OfficeProtect to generate a protected application from an Excel spreadsheet.
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10:02
Hands-On Look at iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan

At yesterday's WWDC keynote, Apple unveiled its next generation operating systems for Mac and iOS, introducing both OS X 10.11 El Capitan and iOS 9. We've done a hands-on overview of the two new operating systems, to give you a look at some of the changes that Apple has implemented. With iOS 9, there are several underlying improvements that improve battery life and reduce the amount of storage space the operating system takes up, a huge benefit for users with 16GB devices. Siri's become more intelligent, and the whole OS has been updated with "Proactive" features that help you better manage your life. A revamped search screen on the left of the home screen offers up a list of commonly used apps, favorite...

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09:56
About File Sharing on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

You can copy files between your computer and apps on your iOS device that work with File Sharing. For example, you can create a document in Pages on your iPad, then copy it to your Mac so that you can open it in Pages for Mac OS X.

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09:25
Spotify, Rdio, & Pandora offer mixed reactions...

Apple Music was introduced yesterday at WWDC and has since prompted reactions from many other streaming music companies. When Apple enters a new market, it always shakes things up enough to warrant some concerns from its competitors and Apple Music is no different. Rdio, Spotify, and Pandora have each responded to the Apple Music announcement in their own way:

Spotify has yet to address Apple Music as a company, but CEO Daniel Ek posted a cryptic tweet while Tim Cook and Jimmy Iovine were on stage introducing the streaming music platform. Since deleted, Ek tweeted “Oh ok,” seemingly in response to Apple Music and some of the claims Apple made regarding its competitors. Ek deleted the tweet quickly after posting it. Spotify has not yet commented on the...

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09:15
Apple Pay to be Limited in the UK to only US$31 per...

According to the BBC, Major UK banks, apart from Barclays who is "vaguely" in talks with Apple, have announced that they will offer the new Apple Pay system. But there's a very strange cap being put on Apple Pay that we didn't hear about during yesterday's WWDC Keynote.

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09:02
Apple releases OS X 10.10.4 build 14E33b to...

In addition to releasing an updated build of iOS 8.4 beta today, Apple has seeded out a new build of OS X 10.10.4 to developers and public beta testers. The updated build is labeled 14E33b and highlights stability, compatibility, and security. Apple has been seeding builds of OS X 10.10.4 to testers since late April.
Apple also released the first beta preview of OS X 10.11 El Capitan at WWDC yesterday with new stability and performance improvements alongside improved window management features and an updated system font.Filed under: Mac Tagged: Apple, beta, Mac,...

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09:00
Apple Seeds Fifth OS X 10.10.4 Yosemite Beta to...

Apple today seeded the fifth beta of OS X 10.10.4 to developers and public beta testers, approximately two weeks after releasing the fourth OS X 10.10.4 beta and two months after releasing the first OS X 10.10.4 beta. OS X 10.10.4 has been in testing since mid-April, following the early April release of OS X 10.10.3, which included the new Photos for OS X app. The new beta, build 14E33b, can downloaded through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store or through the Mac Developer Center. OS X 10.10.3 brought several consumer-facing changes including the new Photos for OS X app, a redesigned emoji picker, and diversified emoji, but OS X 10.10.4 appears to be an under-the-hood update that brings...

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08:59
The 2015 Apple Design Award winners

Apple:Student Winners – Elementary Minute for iPhone, jump-O for iPhone Design Award Winners – Shadowmatic, Metamorphabet, Robinhood, Affinity Designer, Crossy Road, Fantastical 2, Does not Commute, Vainglory, Pacemaker.I always love this list because, if nothing else, the vast majority of these award winners are gorgeous looking apps.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:56
Apple Seeds Fourth iOS 8.4 Beta With Revamped Music...

Apple today seeded the fourth beta of iOS 8.4 to registered developers for testing purposes, nearly a month after seeding the third iOS 8.4 beta and almost two months after launching the first iOS 8.4 beta. iOS 8.4 has been in testing since mid-April, following the early April release of iOS 8.3. Today's beta is the third that public beta testers have received. Today's beta update, build 12H4125a, is available as an over-the-air download and through the iOS Developer Center. iOS 8.4 beta 4's release notes still include a number of lingering issues with the new Music app that will need to be resolved before the software can be released to the public. Problems include an inability to use Siri with iTunes Radio, issues with AirPlay streaming...

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08:52
Apple takes aim at Android switchers with ‘Move to...

ZDNet:With iOS 9 Apple is making a direct play for Android users with an app to help them migrate their data and apps to the iPhone. The new app, called ‘Move to iOS’ will be released this fall with iOS 9 and is one of two apps targeting the Android platform, the other being Apple Music. According to Apple, the apps will allow Android users the ability to securely transfer “contacts, message history, camera photos and videos, web bookmarks, mail accounts, calendars, wallpaper, and DRM-free songs and books” wirelessly to an iPhone.Great move by Apple to make this process as easy, painless and efficient as possible.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:49
Cadillac announces CarPlay integration for 2016...

Cadillac’s 2016 model year products will feature enhanced connectivity and control, including the addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. These additions are part of a broader enhancement of CUE, Cadillac’s user experience, with new features and a faster, streamlined operation.
Apple CarPlay will debut in 2016 Cadillac models featuring CUE’s 8-in multi-touch screen except the SRX Crossover, a model that will move to an all-new generation in early 2016. Android Auto is expected to be phased into 2016 production at a later date. The 2016 model year will begin this summer.
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08:37
Video: Pandora's CFO on Apple Music

Pandora's CFO, Mike Herring, came on CNBC's "Squawk Alley" show earlier this morning with anchors Carl Quintanilla and Kayla Tausche to defend their business.

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08:29
TechTool Pro 8.0.2 - Hard drive and system repair-...

TechTool Pro 8 is the most robust hardware diagnostic tool available for Macintosh. Easy to use for both home users and professionals, TechTool Pro utilizes full 64-bit compatibility to keep your Mac running at its best. TechTool Pro 8 brings with it some of the deepest hardware testing yet - testing components on your motherboard that no other utility can access. You can now test the sensors and fans on your Mac, along with the battery if you're using a Mac laptop. In addition, we've now integrated Protogo, so that you can create your own custom test drives for out in the field. You can now take it with youstrong> - The portability of TechTool Protogo is now included with every copy of TechTool Pro. TechTool Protogo allows you to create a bootable diagnostic device that contains TechTool Pro and all of its most powerful tools as well as any of your own utilities you may wish to install. You can then use this device to boot, check, maintain, and...

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08:21
View or print proof of coverage for your AppleCare...

If you want to view or print proof of coverage for your AppleCare Protection Plan or AppleCare+, follow these steps.

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08:14
Keep your receipt after you buy an Apple device

Congratulations on your new Apple device! We know you want to take great care of your product, so we recommend you keep your receipt and other important documents in a safe place.

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08:06
Transfer your AppleCare plan

If you sell or give away your Apple device, you can also transfer the ownership of your AppleCare Protection Plan or AppleCare+ in regions that allow it. You can also transfer your AppleCare coverage plan between your own devices that are the same type of product and within 30 days of your original device purchase.

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08:04
Video: CNBC Interviews Analyst on Apple Music vs....

CNBC had David Garrity, Principal of GVA Research on the air today to talk about Apple Music.

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08:01
Save documents as a package or a single file in...

iWork apps let you choose how to save files for better compatibility. 

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08:00
iCloud : fonctionnement de Microsoft Exchange avec...

Les données iCloud et Microsoft Exchange peuvent être présentes en même temps sur des appareils équipés d’iOS, d’OS X et de Microsoft Outlook. Consultez cet article pour savoir où vos données sont stockées et la manière dont elles sont gérées.

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08:00
Next on Modern Workplace—the strategic CMO

The game of marketing has changed. Are you playing by the new rules?
Today’s landscape of digital and social tools, sophisticated analytics, and internet-savvy consumers has resulted in a new frontier for marketers. Marketing has now entered the age of the empowered and informed buyer where the customer is at the center of every marketing decision. How can chief marketing officers (CMO’s) adapt to this new era of customer-centered and digitally-driven marketing?
On the June episode of Modern Workplace, we heard from two top CMO’s about how the role of the chief marketing officer is changing in business today and how you can deliver the types of breakthrough experiences today’s sophisticated customers both expect and demand:
Chris Capossela—CMO of Microsoft, discussed some of the digital engagement strategies his team is using to win business and build deep, lasting customer relationships.
Amy Bohutinsky—CMO of...

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08:00
Salesforce, SAP, Uber, Do and Smartsheet add-ins and...

The new Office Add-in and Office 365 API platforms give you integrated Office experiences with your favorite apps and the apps you use to run your organization. On this week’s show we explore Office extensibility updates and take a tour of solutions from Salesforce, SAP, Uber, Do and Smartsheet across Office applications, Office Online in the browser and even Office for iPad.

On past shows, we’ve spent a lot of time talking about what the Office platform can do for developers and some of the things that can light up for Office users. We’ve done everything from explaining what the model is, using Office Add-ins (formerly apps for Office) to navigate our way through Prague and even provide...

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08:00
Samsung's NX500 camera delivers 4K video in a...

Samsung's NX500, introduced earlier this year, is basically a smaller version of its NX1 flagship mirrorless camera. The main difference between them is their look, although the top model does feature better continuous shooting and shutter speeds. In...

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07:59
Get phone support for a device that’s out of warranty

If you visit the coverage checker and find that your Apple device isn't covered for complimentary telephone technical support, you have options. 

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07:53
Apple posts full WWDC keynote speech online



Following up on the slew of announcements from this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple late Monday posted to its website a full version of this year’s WWDC keynote address. The keynote clocks in at just under two and a half hours from Bill Hader’s comedic intro to a musical performance by The Weeknd.
The keynote includes announcements such as HomeKit 2, iOS 9, OS X 10.11 El Capitan, new APIs, watchOS 2 and more.

If you’re curious about the full keynote and anything you might have missed, click the link below.
As always, please let us know what you think in the comments.
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07:43
Apple announces Swift 2, promises programming...



It never hurts when a programming language becomes accessible to a wider audience.
During the WWDC keynote on Monday, Apple announced that Swift 2, the update to its Swift programming language, would receive significant changes.
A number of enhancements to the language are planned, adding Objective-C generics, a faster debug mode, C function pointer APIs and more.

The company also stated that it will make available a migrator tool to move developers from version 1.2 to 2.0 easily, despite the fundamental changes to the language.
The company also that Swift will be entirely open-source in the near future, a move that was...

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07:35
The winners of the 2015 Apple Design Awards

One of the highlights of the first day of the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference is always the Apple Design Awards ceremony. The annual awards highlight a cross-section of the best apps available on iOS and OS X in several categories.  This year, the winners included the iOS automation tool Workflow, calendar app Fantastical 2, and even the highly addictive Crossy Road.

For developers, the awards include a trophy and recognition from Apple and their peers. Apple uses the awards as a way to spotlight high-quality apps that provide that special mix of technology and design to make...

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07:34
Governments want to get rid of passwords, too

It's not just giant tech companies that want to put an end to passwords. Both the US' National Institute of Standards and Technology and the UK's Office of the Cabinet have become the first government bodies to join the FIDO Alliance, giving them a d...

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07:17
Register your AppleCare plan

When you register your AppleCare Protection Plan, it helps us quickly access your records and see that your product is covered. We'll help you see if your coverage plan is already registered, and then offer the steps to register it yourself if necessary.

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07:13
Apple Combines Developer Programs

Apple has combined its Mac, iOS, and Safari Developer Programs into the new Apple Developer Program, in essence halving the price for those who develop for both OS X and iOS. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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07:02
How to request a refund for an AppleCare plan

We want you to love everything you buy from Apple. But if you need to return an AppleCare Protection Plan or AppleCare+ coverage plan, we’re here to help. 

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07:00
UK Apple Pay purchases to face the £20 contactless...

Apple Pay is on its way to the UK next month, and from launch, all the big banks except Barclays, and a quarter of a million retail outlets will support it. And yet, despite so many day-one partners, it seems we're not quite ready for it. You see, Ap...

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06:54
Manage your AppleCare plans

You can see all of your registered AppleCare plans with the AppleCare Agreement tool. If one of your plans is missing from the list, it might be registered under a different Apple ID. We’ll help you find where your plan is listed and consolidate them under your preferred Apple ID.

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06:46
About your support coverage and service options

Our service coverage system lets you know if your Apple device is covered by our limited warranty or an extended service contract, such as the AppleCare Protection Plan or AppleCare+.

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06:42
WWDC 2015 keynote: The fine print

Six colors:Now that the main show is over, I’ve combed through Apple’s site and press releases to try and find more about those details that didn’t make the cut for the presentation, as well as those announcements that may have been glossed over.Dan has a good overview of yesterday, recapping what was and wasn’t announced. He caught a bunch of little stuff I missed or that Apple didn’t even mention during the keynote.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:33
A Korean Survey Confirms that Apple Beat out Samsung...

In January we posted a report titled "Apple's iPhone 6 Smashed Smartphone Sales Record on Samsung's Home Turf." The reported noted that Apple had captured a record 33 percent market share in South Korea in November, the highest ever for a foreign brand. To rub that wound with a little salt ...

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06:21
Cadillac Announces CarPlay and Android Auto Support...

GM today announced that its luxury car brand Cadillac will add CarPlay and Android Auto support to its 2016 model year vehicles, which will begin rolling out this summer. CarPlay will be available in all 2016 vehicles equipped with a CUE 8-inch multi-touch screen, excluding the SRX Crossover, while Android Auto will be phased in at a later date."Cadillac CUE provides owners a smart and simple way to access both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. A “Projection” icon will appear on the CUE screen, to enable simpler, easier access to key smartphone functions, including navigation, contacts, hands-free text messaging and select applications supported by Apple or Google."CarPlay-equipped vehicles have a built-in touchscreen display that provides quick and easy access to Maps, Phone, Messages, Music, Podcasts and third-party apps such as Spotify, Rdio,...

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06:07
Apple still in licensing talks to complete Apple...

Even after making Apple Music public during Monday's WWDC keynote, Apple is still negotiating some important music licenses for the streaming service, a new report says.

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05:44
Apple Granted 48 Patents Today along with an...

In 2011 Apple was granted a patent for a wildly advanced digital pen that was in many ways like the Livescribe pen for iOS and Android today. Today, Apple's reissued patent was listed amongst Apple's granted patents.

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04:39
Apple Granted a Patent Relating to Touch ID for...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 48 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's patent that shows us that Apple is considering integrating Touch ID into future Macs.

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04:28
Apple announces 2015 Apple Design winners

Apple has announced the 2015 Apple Design Award winners at this week's Worldwide Developer Conference. The award goes to developers whose iOS and OS X apps "combined design and technology in powerful ways."
The iOS and Mac winners are:
• Shadowmatic by TRIADA Studio
• Metamorphabet by Vectorpark.com
• Robinhood by Robinhood Markets, Inc.
• Fantastical by Flexibits Inc.
• Affinity Designer by Serif Labs
• Crossy Road by Hipster Whale
• Workflow by DeskConnect, Inc.
• Does not Commute by Mediocre AB
• Vain Glory by Super Evil Megacorp
• Pacemaker by Pacemaker Music AB
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04:11
xACT 2.36 - Audio compression toolkit. (Free)

xACT stands for X Audio Compression Toolkit, an application that encodes and decodes FLAC, SHN, Monkey's Audio, TTA, Wavpack, and Apple Lossless files. It also can encode these formats to MP3, AAC, or Opus, and do various other utility functions, in addition to a full set of shntool functions. Under the hood, xACT is a GUI based front end for the unix applications Shorten (3.6.1), shntool (3.0.10), Monkey's Audio Compressor (3.99), flac (1.3.1), wavpack (4.70.0), TTA (3.4.1), Opus 0.1.6, and cdda2wav 3.0 (with paranoia support). It also uses SoX ( 14.4.2), LAME (3.99.5), AtomicParsley (0.9.0), TagLib (1.9.1) and MP4v2 (2.0.0). It executes the basic commands of these applications and adds other features to speed up productivity in creation/use of etree.org standard filesets.Version 2.36:

  • Bug fix for tagging files - added check to see if file is read-only
  • xACT will now convert WAV...

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04:00
Apple Music Steals WWDC's Scattershot Show


To cap off Monday's wide-ranging keynote at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced a three-pronged music initiative. "Music is such an important part of our lives and our culture," Cook said, showing off Apple's famous "one more thing" slide. Apple executives Eddy Cue and Jimmy Iovine shared the demonstrations that followed, while musician Drake talked up how the new service will enable artists to connect with fans.

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03:50
Output Factory for Adobe InDesign adds new variable...

Zevrix Solutions (http://zevrix.com) has announced Output Factory 1.5.26, a feature update to its output automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
Output Factory automates printing, exporting, preflighting and file delivery from InDesign. The software offers batch processing, export as single pages, variable file names, layer versioning, PDF preflight, FTP file delivery, output history and more. Version 1.5.26 lets users insert the current workflow name into the variable name of exported output files.
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03:40
Kool Tools: SoundCover for the iPad

Onanoff's SoundCover is an "ultra-thin" folio speaker that brings your iPad’s music, movies, presentations, conference calls and games to life with a built-in stereo flat panel speaker.
Boasting an ultra-thin frame, this folio speaker is one of the slimmest on the market at 14 mm thin, and is intended for maximum portability with up to 15 hours of battery life. The SoundCover automatically syncs to your iPad when you open the kickstand, and allows you to wirelessly control music from your tablet from up to 33 feet away.
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03:35
Apple Wins 7 Design Patents Covering the iPhone 6,...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 48 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's design patents covering the iPhone 6 and more.

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03:25
Consumers expect value-added features to improve...

Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com) has identified that the camera of a smartphone is the most-used, on-device feature thus far, while also being a consumers’ number one priority when purchasing a new mobile device.  It is clear that users are always looking for value-added features to improve their photo capturing experience.
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03:14
Point in Space announces FileMaker Pro 14 hosting on...

Point In Space Internet Solutions has announced availability of FileMaker Pro 14 database hosting on FileMaker Server 14.
"FileMaker Pro 14 provides many updates to the FileMaker product, including new scripting, design and performance features" says John May, Point In Space's President.  "By hosting on FileMaker Server 14, all of these new features are available to our clients."
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02:25
iFFmpeg 5.5.8 - Convert multimedia files between...

iFFmpeg is a graphical front-end for FFmpeg, a command-line tool used to convert multimedia files between formats. The command line instructions can be very hard to master/understand, so iFFmpeg does all the hard work for you. This allows you to use FFmpeg without detailed command-line knowledge.Version 5.5.8:

  • Now accepts DPX frames.
  • Added AAC-HE support for several containers.
  • Added support for AIC codec.
  • Improved FFmpeg error handling.
  • Updated to MediaInfo 0.7.74
  • Fixed regression issues when encoding to h265.
  • Fixed issue scanning very large files.
  • OS X 10.7 or later
  • Working FFmpeg OS X binary (see Related Links)

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02:16
Apple is Granted a Patent for a Motion Tracking User...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 48 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's second granted patent relating to motion tracking through head tracking.

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Monday June 8

11:48
Apple announces modest changes to its HomeKit...

Apple announced several upcoming enhancements to its HomeKit connected-home platform at its worldwide developer conference today. With the release of iOS 9 this fall, HomeKit will add support for motorized window shades and a raft of new sensor classes, including motion and carbon-monoxide detectors.
The software already supports a limited number of thermostats, along with lighting controls from Lutron and Insteon. Without releasing any specifics, Apple also announced that iOS 9 will render HomeKit compatible with various home-security systems; presumably, that means comprehensive services such as ADT and Vivint, but that’s just...

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12:45
Apple replaces Newsstand with Flipboard-style app...

An app called News for iOS 9 replaces Newsstand as the place Apple wants mainstream periodicals—plus websites and every other kind of publisher—to place stories and articles, and Apple showed off a sneak peek during Monday’s WWDC keynote. According to messages from developers who have installed iOS 9, the Newsstand quasi-folder turns into a regular folder, and Newsstand apps now have a standard, static iOS icon rather than a custom issue-cover one. These apps can be dragged to the home screen like any other, and the converted folder may be deleted.
Newsstand, first introduced in iOS 6 with unique features for publishers, including automatic background downloading and updatable cover images, has languished since iOS 7. With that release, Apple gave all developers access to some features and removed the preview on the Newsstand icon. (Side note: I actually edited and then owned a Newsstand publication from 2012 to 2014, so I know first hand...

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17:01
WWDC 2015: The top 3 biggest reveals

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20:05
The best slides, charts, and factoids from Apple...

So many slides, so little timeMonday’s World Wide Developer’s Conference keynote was jam-packed with info about Apple’s adoption rates, new partnerships, app features, and more, with info neatly presented in detailed slides that seemed to zip by a mere second or two after they hit the screen. Some of these slides went by so fast, that if you took your eyes off the live stream for one moment, you might have missed something fascinating—maybe not as exciting as new Apple hardware or software, but an interesting tidbit nonetheless. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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19:59
Path Finder 7.1.5 - Powerful, award-winning Finder...

Become a master of file management with Path Finder. Take full control over your file system. Save your time: compare and synchronize folders, view hidden files, use Dual Pane and full keyboard navigation to browse your file system. Work how you want: extreme customization allows you to access most tools in many different ways to suit your workflow. Work seamlessly with other platforms: don't leave any hidden .DS_Store files on non-Mac volumes, delete files securely and completely with the powerful delete feature from any volume type, search any network volume. Features

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  • Dual Pane View
  • Full keyboard navigation
  • Folder comparison and synchronization
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  • Powerful file filtering
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  • Bookmarks and Tab Presets
  • ACL editor
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  • Editable Path Navigator
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17:40
Apple Shares Full Video of Today's WWDC Keynote...

With Apple's big Worldwide Developers Conference keynote wrapped up, the company has posted a full video of the event on its website, letting viewers who missed the keynote watch all the announcements on their own time. Apple will also eventually upload the live stream to iTunes and YouTube. During the keynote, Apple also shared several videos on Apple Music and a video on the App Store, which we've listed below. - Apple Music - Music needed a home...so we built it one. - Apple Music - Worldwide - Apple Music - History of Sound - The App Effect Along with the videos, you can also check out our full list of media event highlights below, featuring all of MacRumors event coverage....

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17:39
“App thinning” will be a major boon for 8GB and 16GB...


iOS 8 wasn't kind to users of 8GB an 16GB iPhones and iPads. Its over-the-air updates required multiple gigabytes of free space, and installing it reduced the amount of free space available on your device. It brought with it the iPhone 6 Plus, which introduced a new "3x" asset size that made apps even larger than they already were. Luckily, iOS 9 should help.
Apple already talked in the keynote about how it had reduced the amount of space required the iOS 9 OTA update from around 4.6GB to 1.3GB, but a more transformative technology only got a passing mention: App Thinning. In short, apps in iOS 9 will leave your phone or tablet with more free space in the first place.
There are three different mechanisms that developers can use to make these apps smaller. The first, App Slicing, is the most significant. Each iOS app binary you download contains a whole bunch of code for a whole bunch of devices—assuming it's an up-to-date, universal iOS app...

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17:30
The New Apple Developer Program

Now everything you need to develop, distribute, and manage your apps on all Apple platforms has been combined into one single program, making it easier than ever to bring your creativity to over a billion customers around the world. Join the new Apple Developer Program. Learn more about your updated membership.

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17:30
The New Apple Developer Program

Now everything you need to develop, distribute, and manage your apps on all Apple platforms has been combined into one single program, making it easier than ever to bring your creativity to over a billion customers around the world. Join the new Apple Developer Program. Learn more about your updated membership.

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17:30
watchOS 2 Now Available

With the new features and capabilities that watchOS 2 brings to WatchKit, your apps can integrate even more closely with Apple Watch. Take advantage of the Digital Crown, microphone, Taptic engine, and health sensors to take your Apple Watch app to the next level. See what’s new in watchOS.

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17:30
OS X El Capitan Now Available

OS X El Capitan brings Metal to Mac, giving your apps unprecedented graphics and computing power. New extensibility APIs let your Mac apps work seamlessly with Photos and Safari. See what’s new in OS X.

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17:30
watchOS 2 Now Available

With the new features and capabilities that watchOS 2 brings to WatchKit, your apps can integrate even more closely with Apple Watch. Take advantage of the Digital Crown, microphone, Taptic engine, and health sensors to take your Apple Watch app to the next level. See what’s new in watchOS.

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17:30
OS X El Capitan Now Available

OS X El Capitan brings Metal to Mac, giving your apps unprecedented graphics and computing power. New extensibility APIs let your Mac apps work seamlessly with Photos and Safari. See what’s new in OS X.

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17:30
iOS 9 Now Available

iOS 9 SDK includes new APIs and services that are enabling new categories of apps and features. Multitasking and gaming APIs help enhance app functionality and create immersive games. Expanded search capabilities, and new support for CloudKit, HomeKit, HealthKit, and MapKit extend iOS to more places than ever before. See what’s new in iOS.

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17:30
iOS 9 Now Available

iOS 9 SDK includes new APIs and services that are enabling new categories of apps and features. Multitasking and gaming APIs help enhance app functionality and create immersive games. Expanded search capabilities, and new support for CloudKit, HomeKit, HealthKit, and MapKit extend iOS to more places than ever before. See what’s new in iOS.

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17:27
Top 10 iOS 9 Features (Video)


Apple’s WWDC 2015 keynote was full of software announcements. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much on the hardware side of things, but we have some important updates for Macs and iOS devices. Today we’re checking out the Top 10 features in iOS 9. There’s not much of a redesign happening here, but there are a handful of noteworthy features you should know about…

To see these features in action, be sure to check out our features video embedded below. First up, Apple has added a new Low Power Mode, which can be enabled in the Settings app and will add up to 3 additional hours of usage to your device. Resources will be limited and the display brightness...

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17:15
2015 Apple Design Award Winners Announced:...

Following today's Worldwide Developers keynote, Apple held an event to announce the winners of its prestigious Apple Design Awards. Apple's Design Awards are handed out each year and highlight a selection of the year's best apps available on iOS and Mac, honoring all kinds of apps from utilities to games. Apple created its design awards to recognize high-quality apps that combine design and technology in creative, compelling, and powerful ways. Along with significant recognition and a trophy, Apple gives its Design Award winners a selection of Apple products each year. This year's winners include popular calendar app Fantastical 2, personal automation tool Workflow, and stock trading app Robinhood...

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16:45
Developers, Drake, Pharrell, a bird, and some...


ars.AD.queue.push(["xrailTop", {sz:"300x250", kws:[], collapse: true}]);SAN FRANCISCO—This year's World Wide Developer's Conference was a bit more subdued than last year's. In 2014, Apple filled the floors of the Moscone Center with an assortment of vintage and luxury cars, it launched its new Swift programming language, and it launched the heavily-redesigned Yosemite OS. Today the area outside of the conference rooms was sparsely decorated, but there was still a little excitement to come.
Apple announced the new El Capitan OS and WatchOS 2, previewed some things to come in iOS 9, and introduced its new...

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16:10
Apple to require 6-digit passcodes on newer iPhones...


As part of its iOS 9 announcement on Monday, Apple revealed that all newer iDevices equipped with TouchID and running the newer version of the operating system will be required to upgrade from a four-digit to a six-digit passcode. Passcodes remain optional, and users can create a more complex alphanumeric password, but six digits will be the minimum. After 10 failed attempts to type in the code, the device will erase itself.
According to Apple (and math), this will vastly expand the effort required to crack a four-digit passcode. Instead of 10,000 possible combinations, newer iOS devices will soon have one million. This change affects the iPhone 5S, 6, 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, and iPad Mini 3.
The switch comes at a time when the White House is in the process of coming up with a position on the issue as a chorus of...

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16:06
A Quick Overview of Apple's WWDC Announcements

Apple's WWDC Keynote had to be one of the longest in history. If you were waiting for the new Apple Music announcements, then you had to wait close to 2 hours ...

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14:43
iOS 9 Tidbits: Battery Saving Features, Search for...

Apple covered the major new features of iOS 9 during today's keynote event, introducing a more intelligent and proactive Siri, split-screen multitasking for the iPad, major performance enhancements, Transit directions in Maps, a new News app, and more, but there are hundreds of other minor improvements that went unmentioned. We've gathered up a list of some of the more notable changes and hidden new features in iOS 9 that have not yet been mentioned, to give you a better idea of what we can expect to see when the new operating system is released in the fall. iCloud Drive - It wasn't mentioned during the keynote, but there's a new optional iCloud Drive app on iOS that can be turned on in the Settings menu. The app lets you access files stored in iCloud Drive. Keyboard changes - The shift function...

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14:40
AWT News Update: June 8, 2015

WWDC 2015 Special Edition... with not enough time to talk about everything even though this is the longest AWT News Update in history!

  • The Platforms State of the Union livestream is going on right now, with a lot more detail about what we heard this morning...
  • iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan will be released this fall. Developer betas are available now.
  • Apple merged the OS X and iOS developer programs and added in watchOS, all available now for a single $99 annual membership
  • Apple Watch will be getting native apps this fall
  • Apple Music launches on June 30, 2015 for $9.99 per month or $14.99 for up to 6 people per household. It includes Beats 1, a music/music culture radio station.
  • Siri gets a chance to help you with your music trivia

The full text version of the podcast is located below!

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14:16
Apple to replace iOS app Passbook with Wallet, fold...



Apple Pay will be incorporated into Passbook and become Wallet.
During the WWDC keynote, Apple announced that its upcoming Wallet app will replace Passbook, but function in the same way: You’ll still store your concert tickets in Wallet alongside your Apple Pay card information. The program will also store reward cards for stores like Kohl’s and JCPenney as Apple Pay will start supporting retail loyalty programs this fall.

Apple Pay is also rolling out in the United Kingdom this July, supporting about 70 percent of all British credit and debit cards. More than 250,000 locations will accept Apple Pay on launch day, including Boots, Waitrose, Post...

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14:15
For news organizations, this was the most important...

Nieman Lab:The big news — and pitched as one of the biggest new features in iOS 9 — is an app called News. It’s an awful lot like Flipboard — though the power of being installed on every iPhone and iPad is obviously huge. The presentation features all the same sort of bells and whistles we’ve seen in Facebook’s Instant Articles — animations, swipe-able photo galleries, fluid movement. And it promises, like other aggregator apps, to get better with time, as it learns which sorts of articles you’re interested in.Its importance remains to be seen. I don’t necessarily think “Apple just sherlock’ed Flipboard” but, depending on how news organizations take to this, it will be another medium to publish rich content on. I’m interested to see whether or not average people will be able to create “magazines” with these tools....

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14:10
WWDC 2015: OS X El Capitan Key Features

Apple today unveiled OS X El Capitan, the successor to OS X Yosemite 10.10. Besides overall performance improvements, the next generation desktop operating system from Apple is chock full of minor improvements to many different apps and core technologies that drive the OS.

Improved Spotlight Search
First and foremost, Apple is improving Spotlight search, adding new information such as weather, sports, stocks, web video, and transit information. With even more information to display, Apple now presents search results within a resizable window that can be moved around the display. Spotlight also is smarter, allowing you to use natural language to search for an item. It also pulls in additional

Split View
One significant addition to OS X El Capitan is a new split-screen view for full-screen apps. This new view will allow you to run two Mac apps side-by-side on a...

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14:08
Robots Meet DARPA Challenge Despite Pratfalls


Robots from Korea and the United States staggered off with the top three prizes at the DARPA Robotics Challenge, held in Pomona, California, over the weekend. In all, robots from 23 teams participated in the challenge, which consisted of an obstacle course simulating conditions similar to those following the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster. DRC-Hubo, the entry from South Korea's Team Kaist, took home the first prize of $2 million; second prize went to Running Man, from Florida-based Team IHMC Robotics.

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14:01
Apple announces Apple Music streaming service, cites...



You knew it was coming.
It wasn’t like the universe needed another streaming music service, but Apple’s thrown its hat into the ring and announced “Beats One”, or the Apple Music service, which will be available for US$9.99 per month for a single account, US$14.99 per month for a family account and feature on-demand content and curated playlists. The service will launch on June 30 for Apple devices and Windows, but will also come to Android and Apple TV this fall.

During his segment of the keynote speech, Apple executive Jimmy Iovine stated that one of the key components of Apple Music is human-curated playlists, which Iovine said offer much better quality...

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13:55
iOS 9 to Add More Intelligence and iPad Multitasking

Apple has announced iOS 9 with a number of refinements to iOS, improving the efficiency of the operating system, taking better advantage of the iPad’s screen size, adding intelligent features, and enhancing the built-in apps.  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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13:49
How to identify your MacBook Air

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13:42
Where to find your AppleCare registration number

You’ll need the registration number to register the AppleCare plan for your new Apple device.

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13:39
Apple announces watchOS 2, new features such as...



Apple pulled the curtain back on watchOS 2, its upcoming operating system for the Apple Watch, on Monday. The new version, which will be available in the fall, is said to feature added support for native third-party apps, on-screen video playback, and a collection of many new features for both users and developers.
The upcoming operating system offers the following fixes and changes:

New Timepiece functions: Apple is adding Photo face, Photo Album face, and a Time-Lapse Face covering five different cities to the collection of Watch faces; Photo and Time-Lapse were slated to be part of watchOS 1.0, but didn’t make the cut....

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13:38
Mapbox Sponsoring TidBITS

Please welcome our latest TidBITS sponsor, Mapbox, makers of the Mapbox mapping platform for designers and developers. 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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13:22
MasterCard UK & Ireland Customers have Access to...

Today during Apple's WWDC 2015 Keynote, Jennifer Baily, a 10-year Apple Veteran and VP of Internet Services, took to the Stage to talk about Apple Pay coming to the UK. More importantly, MasterCard announced that they'll be offering its customer's access to Apple Pay, which is transforming mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way ...

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13:22
iOS 9 "Move to iOS" app to ease the move...

With all of the great new things coming out for Apple devices, it's not surprising that Apple will be adding a new "Move to iOS" app in iOS 9 that will make it fast and simple for Android users to wirelessly transfer information to a new iOS device.

The app is shown on Apple's iOS 9 preview web page and it's noted that Android users can move photos and video, bookmarks, mail accounts, contacts, message histories, and even wallpapers between devices. However, DRM-protected music, video and ebooks won't be moved over. 

Next, the app actually analyzes the free Android apps on a device and then makes suggestions on how to rebuild or replace those items with iOS versions. If an app is a paid app, it's added to the user's iTunes Wish List so that it can be purchased later.

Expect to see this capability this fall when iOS 9 ships. 

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13:20
OWC announces USB-C Dock

Other World Computing has announced the OWC USB-C Dock. Available for immediate pre-order, it provides a complete connectivity solution for the 2015 Apple MacBook and other computers that utilize USB-C ports.
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13:18
Apple Music

John Welch:WEDR, and its DJs taught me things. Like what funk was. What soul was. Not the calm, whitewashed things you saw on TV when they trotted out Ray Charles for yet another rendering of “Georgia on My Mind” or “Hit The Road, Jack”. But the deep dirty funk. It’s where I first heard Prince, Earth, Wind, and Fire, and so many other artists. But here’s the thing: WEDR and the DJs were the only way I was going to hear that. My friends were all into either Zeppelin & Pink Floyd, or Disco. From them, I’d have never heard this stuff.My friend John Welch makes a great point about Apple Music and Beats 1. Like him, I’m interested, if not excited, by what Apple and their DJs come up with. Like John, I’m of an age when DJs mattered. Maybe Apple can bring that age back.∞ Read...

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13:15
Apple introduces iOS 9, outlines upcoming features...



Apple introduced iOS 9 during the Worldwide Developers Conference with a copious number of new changes.
As the mighty Craig Federighi took the stage, he highlighted improvements for Siri, power management, extending battery life, etc.
Federighi cited that Siri is now 40 percent faster, and comes with a new interface that matches Apple Watch, and understands contextual statements like, “show me my WWDC photos from last year.”

iOS 9 will include a Proactive Assistant that learns your routine and offers to perform tasks based on your location, the time of day, or activity. Proactive Assistant can search your email messages for phone numbers to...

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13:14
WatchOS 2 brings new features, more powerful and...

Ars Technica:All of the Apple Watch’s third-party applications so far have used WatchKit, a small SDK that limits apps’ functionality and UI and restricts them from using all the watch’s underlying hardware. At its WWDC keynote today, Apple announced that it would be moving beyond WatchKit and giving its third-party developers a more capable, native SDK that can take advantage of more of the Apple Watch’s features. With WatchOS 2 and the native SDK, third-party apps will be able to do more of the things that Apple’s first-party apps can do.This is a really big deal, akin to the launch of the App store the year after the original iPhone launch. It’s going to make the Apple Watch app ecosystem positively explode....

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12:56
Apple Pay expands benefits, heads to the UK

Apple says Apple Pay is making everyday payments even better by adding support for rewards programs and store-issued credit and debit cards with iOS 9. It's also heading to the United Kingdom.
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12:55
Introducing Apple Music — All The Ways You Love...

Apple today unveiled Apple Music, a single, intuitive app that combines the best ways to enjoy music — all in one place. Apple Music is a streaming music service, a worldwide live radio station broadcasting 24 hours a day, and a new way for music fans to connect with their favorite artists. Apple Music combines the largest and most diverse collection of music with the expertise of world-class experts who have programmed playlists for your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, Apple TV, and Android phones. Apple Music will be available starting June 30 in over 100 countries. “We love music, and the new Apple Music service puts an incredible experience at every fan’s fingertips,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “All the ways people love enjoying music come together in one app — a revolutionary streaming service, live worldwide radio, and an exciting way for fans to connect with artists.”

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12:52
Apple Previews iOS 9

Apple today unveiled iOS 9, giving a preview of new iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch software that will be available this fall. In this upcoming release, iOS devices become more intelligent and proactive with powerful search and improved Siri features — all without compromising users’ privacy. New multitasking features designed specifically for iPad allow you to work with two apps simultaneously, side-by-side, or with the new Picture-in-Picture feature, to keep watching a video while browsing the web, composing email, or using any other app. “iOS 9 is packed with more intelligence throughout, and delivers big updates to the apps customers use most — Maps supports public transit, a redesigned Notes app provides great new ways to capture ideas, and a beautiful News app delivers content that’s personalized to your interests,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “With our new iPad features, users can take advantage of the power of iPad, working in...

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12:51
Apple Announces News App for iPhone and iPad

Apple today unveiled an all-new News app delivering the best news reading experience on any mobile device. Available with iOS 9 this fall for iPhone and iPad, News combines the visually rich layout of a magazine with the immediacy and customization of digital media. News follows over a million topics and pulls relevant stories based on your specific interests that can be easily shared or saved for later. News is powered by the new custom-designed Apple News Format, a digital publishing format that allows publishers to create beautiful layouts. “News seamlessly delivers the articles you want to read in a beautiful and uncluttered format, while respecting your privacy, because Apple doesn’t share your personal data,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We already have nearly 20 publishers representing more than 50 titles joining us, including Condé Nast, ESPN, The New York Times, Hearst, Time Inc., CNN, and Bloomberg.”

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12:50
Apple Announces OS X El Capitan

Apple today announced OS X El Capitan, a new version of OS X that refines the Mac experience and improves system performance. Building on last year’s release of OS X Yosemite, El Capitan introduces enhancements to window management, built-in apps, and Spotlight search, and makes everyday activities faster and more responsive. Metal, Apple’s breakthrough graphics technology, is integrated into El Capitan, delivering systemwide performance gains and enabling games and pro apps to tap into the full power of Mac graphics processors. “OS X delivers unparalleled integration between Mac hardware, iOS devices, apps, and online services, and has helped Mac sales outpace the PC industry every year for the last decade,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “Customers loved last year’s landmark OS X Yosemite release and made it the fastest-adopted PC operating system ever. With El Capitan, we’re further refining the Mac experience with enhancements to...

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12:50
Apple announces changes for HomeKit, plans for...



HomeKit is evolving.
On Monday, Apple announced several changes to its connected-home platform. The next version of HomeKit, which will correspond with the launch of iOS 9 this fall, will add support for motorized window shades and a raft of new sensor classes, including motion and carbon-monoxide detectors.
HomeKit already supports a limited number of thermostats, along with lighting controls from Lutron and Insteon. While Apple didn’t release any specifics, it indicated that the next version of HomeKit would work with home security devices such as those manufactured by outfits like ADT and Vivint.

Apple’s Senior Vice President of Software Engineering,...

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12:50
WWDC 2015: iOS 9 Key Features

During today's WWDC 2015 Keynote, Apple senior vice president of Software Engineering Craig Federighi introduced the upcoming version of Apple's mobile operating system -- iOS 9. Key features of iOS 9 include:

Slide Over, Split View and Picture-in-Picture

Slide Over provides a way to work in a second app without leaving the first with a single swipe. With a tap on the iPad Air 2, the new Split View (see image at top) lets iPad users work in two apps at the same time side-by-side. As AWT Editor Dave Caolo noted during our Google Hangout, "this may finally make the iPad something I can use to do work on everyday." For video or FaceTime calls, the Picture-in-Picture functionality provides a way to continue watching or talking while using your favorite apps.

All of the multitasking capabilities are supported by the built-in Apple apps and third-party developers can use new APIs to add support to their apps. 

Multi-Touch Trackpad...

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12:49
If you see duplicate contacts after setting up...

After you set up iCloud Contacts, you might see duplicated contacts on your iOS device, Mac, or PC.

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12:49
Apple Previews New Apple Watch Software

Apple today previewed watchOS 2, the first major software update for Apple Watch, giving developers the tools to build faster and more powerful apps running natively on Apple Watch. Starting today, developers can take advantage of innovative hardware features of Apple Watch including the Digital Crown, Taptic Engine, and heart rate sensor, along with software APIs to build new app experiences. Available to Apple Watch users this fall, watchOS 2 also includes new watch faces, third-party app information as watch face complications, and new communication capabilities in Mail, Friends, and Digital Touch. “We are thrilled with the feedback we’re getting from Apple Watch customers, and after just a few weeks of availability we’re excited for developers to start building native apps for watchOS 2,” said Kevin Lynch, Apple’s vice president of Technology. “We think Apple Watch users will love being able to see information from their favorite apps right on the watch face, and enjoy the many...

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12:48
Apple Pay Giving Shoppers Even More Ways to Pay

Apple today announced Apple Pay is adding support for rewards programs and store-issued credit and debit cards with iOS 9. Apple Pay will also give shoppers more ways to pay in the U.S., expanding merchant acceptance to over one million locations next month and bringing support for Discover this fall. With this addition, Apple Pay will accept credit and debit cards across all major card networks, issued by the most popular banks, representing 98 percent of all credit card purchase volume in the U.S. “Apple Pay has kicked off a new era of payments and our users love the incredibly easy, secure, and private way to pay,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We’re bringing our customers the most requested features with support for rewards and store-issued cards, and expanding how and where Apple Pay is accepted, which truly transforms the way people pay.”

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12:46
Apple Pay Coming to the UK

Apple today announced that starting next month, Apple Pay will be available to customers in the UK, bringing them the easy, secure and private way to pay. At launch, over 250,000 locations will accept Apple Pay, with support from eight of the UK’s most established banks, across all of the major credit and debit card networks. “We’re thrilled to bring Apple Pay to the UK with support at launch from the most popular banks, an incredible roster of merchants, and many of our users’ favorite apps.” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services.

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12:36
Apple launches News app for the iPhone and iPad

Apple has unveiled an all-new News app that will be available with iOS 9 this fall for the iPhone and iPad. It combines the layout of a magazine with the immediacy and customization of digital media, according to Susan Prescott, Apple's vice president of product marketing, who demoed the app at today's Worldwide Developer Conference keynote.
News follows over a million topics and pulls relevant stories based on your specific interests that can be shared or saved for later — without compromising your privacy, she says. It's powered by the new custom-designed Apple News Format.
 
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12:35
Apple announces OS X 10.11 El Capitan, plans for...



The torrent of news and announcements from this year’s WWDC keynote starts here.
It starts with El Capitan.
On Monday, Apple announced OS X 10.11 El Capitan, the next version of its operation system. The updated OS will feature new versions of multiple stock apps, including Safari, Mail and Notes, improved Spotlight search with natural language enhancements and contextually aware results, Metal for Mac and other new features and refinements.

The announced changes are as follows:
Safari: A new pinned feature enables users to keep websites listed at the top of Safari, similar to a bookmarks bar. The browser also gains a universal mute feature that allows users to...

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12:29
First Look: Apple drops Helvetica for San Francisco...

The first pre-release versions of Apple's new iOS 9 mobile operating system confirm the company's plans to bring its bespoke San Francisco typeface to the rest of its product lineup, as Helvetica's short run has come to a close.

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12:24
Apple unveils Apple Music; available June 30

Apple has introduced Apple Music, an app that the company says "combines the best ways to enjoy music — all in one place." It's a streaming music service, a worldwide live radio station from Apple broadcasting 24 hours a day and a tool for music fans to connect with their favorite artists.
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12:10
Apple introduces watchOS 2 for the Apple Watch

Today at its Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple previewed watchOS 2, the first major software update for Apple Watch, giving developers the tools to build apps running natively on the smartwatch.
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12:06
Get help with Mail on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

You might not be able to send email with Mail on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Or you might be unable to get email, or move a message. This article can help you solve these and other issues with Mail on your iOS device.

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10:02
iOS 9 makes Siri more intelligent, adds transit maps...

Siri is about to get much, much smarter.
On Monday morning at WWDC, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed new enhancements to iOS 9, calling it “the world’s most advanced mobile operating system.” Among the key features are a major Siri update, deep-dive transit Maps and a ton of useful user-experience improvements.
According to Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering who led the iOS presentation and demo, Apple wanted to add “intelligence throughout the user experience” in iOS 9.
Siri: In iOS 9, Siri can pull up photos and videos stored on your device. Siri becomes a smarter assistant by looking at how you are using your iPhone at any given moment. For example, when you’re looking at a webpage on Safari, you can create a Siri reminder by saying “remind me about this” and Siri will refer back to the webpage you are browsing....

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10:07
Apple reveals OS X 10.11 El Capitan, promising...

Apple has brought Yosemite to the mountain: El Capitan, specifically, which is the name of OS X 10.11 as well as a peak in Yosemite National Park. Revealed Monday at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, El Capitan the release is intended to reach a higher point, but not dig new ground.
Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, emphasized the release is about an improvement in experience and performance. El Capitan’s announcement focused on small points of irritation and big bumps in efficiency.
Safari adds pinning, letting users keep particular pages readily available. The sites will be regularly updated in the background to keep them up to date. In a feature that received plenty of applause among the audience, Safari will now make it easy to reveal which tab or tabs is playing sound, and let audio be muted with a single click on in its tab....

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10:27
Apple's Siri becomes even more helpful with...

Apple said its Siri digital assistant will soon become far more helpful, proactively—but discreetly—figuring out what you want to do before you do it.The upgrade, announced Monday at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference and expected in iOS 9, will put Siri more on a par with Google Now and Microsoft’s Cortana, reminding you when you need to leave for an appointment, queueing up your favorite jams when you hit the gym, and other helpful features.Siri fields a billion requests per week, according to Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering. Siri also responds to those requests with just a 5 percent error rate, he added.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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10:29
Apple Maps in iOS 9 adds public transit, local...

Apple on Monday announced an update to Maps that include access to public transit directions, enhanced location detail, and the ability to discover nearby business and other points of interest.

Apple's new public transit maps starts in 10 major cities in North America and Europe, plus 300 locations in China.

Speaking from the stage at this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference, senior vice-president Craig Federighi mentioned that Maps will soon provide dedicated maps and directions for public transit systems in a number of cities like San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, London, Paris, and over 300 locations in China. The company has gone as far as incorporating detailed surveys of individual subway stations into its data—a feature that makes the directions provided by Maps more accurate and timely.To read this article in full or to...

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10:34
Apple replaces Passbook with Wallet as Apple Pay...

Apple Pay was designed to replace your physical wallet, and with iOS 9, Apple is uniting Apple Pay and Passbook under a new umbrella called, appropriately, Wallet.Announced during Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote Monday, the new app will replace Passbook, but function in the same way: You’ll still store your concert tickets in Wallet alongside your Apple Pay card information. Your rewards cards for stores like Kohl’s and JCPenney will also hang out in Wallet, because Apple Pay will start supporting retail loyalty programs this fall.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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10:56
iOS 9's major iPad upgrades include...

Major changes are coming to our iPads, from the way we select text, to the way we interact with our favorite apps and play videos.Speaking at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference on Monday, Senior Vice President Craig Federighi showcased an updated version of iOS 9 that included a few new features designed specifically with tablet users in mind.Let’s start with QuickType, an enhancement to the iPad’s onscreen keyboard that includes new shortcuts and turns into a trackpad when you place two fingers on it. The trackpad can be used to select text, move objects around, and generally combine the convenience of touch controls and the precision of a mouse.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:29
Apple Music turns iTunes into a streaming service

Apple to Spotify: We’ll take it from here.
Apple’s long-awaited new streaming-music service, Apple Music, isn’t just a shot at the dominant player, which has 60 million active users. The new app challenges the way people get songs from Apple itself, which has long placed a high premium on its iTunes digital download storefront and emphasized how that platform revolutionized the music industry.
Apple’s new service, unveiled during Monday’s keynote at the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference, takes iTunes to the next level by making 30 million of the expansive catalog’s songs streamable. That’s millions of songs on demand, right alongside the music you already own. You can comb through the iTunes catalog to find tracks you like or want to save for later....

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11:47
Apple Watch apps will get much more useful with...

Apple is removing the training wheels for Apple Watch app makers, letting them take full advantage of the device’s hardware.Currently, Apple Watch apps can’t function without a paired iPhone, which handles not just Internet connectivity but core functions such as the app's logic. These apps also can’t tap into key hardware features such as the microphone, motion sensors, the heart monitor, and the Digital Crown.All of that’s going to change now that Apple is allowing native app development on the Watch. The new and improved apps should start to arrive this fall, alongside the release of WatchOS 2 and iOS 9. Why this matters: The Apple Watch is an exquisite piece of hardware, but one that can be extremely frustrating to use. Users are frequently confronted with loading screens, as third-party apps struggle to load everything they need from a paired iPhones. And when these apps finally load, most of them are of limited utility. The new powers that Apple is granting...

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11:52
iOS 8.4, iTunes for Mac updates coming by June 30 to...

As a part of its its WWDC 2015 keynote, Apple announced that iOS 8.4 and a new version of iTunes will be available by June 30, in time for the launch of the on-demand Apple Music streaming service.

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11:48
If your Mac or iThing runs Yosemite or iOS 8, it can...


Here's some good news for just about everyone: For the first time in many years, neither iOS nor OS X drops any current hardware from the system requirements list. If your device can run OS X Yosemite (or Mavericks, or Mountain Lion), it can run OS X El Capitan. If it can run iOS 8, it can run iOS 9. For your convenience, here's the complete list of Macs supported, pulled from this developer support page:

  • iMac (Mid-2007 or later)
  • MacBook (13-inch Aluminum, Late 2008), (13-inch, Early 2009 or later)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid-2009 or later), (15-inch, Mid/Late 2007 or later), (17-inch, Late 2007 or later)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or later)
  • Mac Mini (Early 2009 or later)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or later)
  • Xserve (Early 2009)

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11:45
WWDC 2015 Roundup

Here's an overview of the main announcements and new products unveiled at WWDC today.
The latest OS X will be named OS X El Capitan. Features include: Natural language searches and auto-arrange windows. You can make the cursor bigger by shaking the mouse and pin sites in Safari now. 1.4x faster than Yosemite. Available to developers today, public beta in July, out for free in the fall.Metal, the graphics API is coming to Mac. "Metal combines the compute power of OpenCL and the graphics power of OpenGL in a high-performance API that does both." Up to 40% greater rendering efficiency.iOS 9: New Siri UI. There’s an API for search. Siri and Spotlight are getting more integrated. Siri getting better at prediction with a far lower word error rate. You can make checklists, draw and sketch inside of Notes. Maps gets some love. New app called News "We think this offers the best mobile reading experience ever." Like Flipboard it pulls in news articles from your favorite sites. HomeKit...

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11:41
Apple Announces Apple Music Service

Apple has announced its long-anticipated Apple Music streaming service, based on the Beats Music service it acquired last year. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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11:41
Apple reveals new integrated developer program for...

Developers will no longer be required to maintain separate memberships to develop for Apple's Mac and iOS platforms, as the company has done away with the old configuration in favor of a new, unified Apple Developer Program.

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11:40
Apple previews iOS 9 at WWDC

Apple has unveiled iOS 9, giving a preview of new iPhone, iPad and iPod touch software that will be available this fall. In this upcoming release, iOS devices become more intelligent and proactive with powerful search and improved Siri features — all without compromising users’ privacy, according to according to Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering.
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11:38
Apple Announces iOS 9 With Proactive Siri, Maps...

At today's WWDC keynote, Apple unveiled iOS 9, the latest version of its mobile operating system. iOS 9, which is designed to improve upon iOS 8, has four central areas of focus: intelligence, apps, iPad multitasking, and foundation. With iOS 9, our iOS devices are more intelligent and proactive thanks to improved Siri features and new deeper Spotlight search, and the iPad experience is better than ever with the addition of multitasking, letting users run two apps at once on the same screen. Built in apps like Notes and Maps have gained new features, there's a newly announced News app for reading news stories, and Passbook has been renamed to Wallet. Most importantly, performance improvements...

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11:37
Apple Announces watchOS 2 With Native Apps, Third-...

At today's Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple detailed some major changes coming to watchOS, the operating system that powers the Apple Watch. New features in watchOS 2 include support for native apps, third-party complications, communications improvements, better health and fitness performance, new Siri capabilities, and more. With watchOS 2, Apple Watch apps are going to see some major improvements. Developers will be able to build apps that run entirely on the Apple Watch, speeding up launch speeds, and they're also getting access to a whole host of Apple Watch features. Developers have access to the Taptic Engine, to build haptic notifications into third-party applications, and they're also getting access to sensors like the accelerometer and the heart rate sensor. That means third-party apps will be able to track your movement and heart rate, contributing that data to...

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11:28
Apple’s watchOS 2 to Gain Native Apps, Third-Party...

New watch faces, new complications, native apps, and a nightstand mode — with watchOS 2, Apple’s new wearable will gain numerous features that early adopters have been clamoring for. 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 June 7

12:53
Whoops! Sony Music CEO confirms Apple's new...

If you were hoping for Apple to announce a new music streaming service, it looks like you’re in luck. According to VentureBeat, Sony Music CEO Doug Morris effectively confirmed that the aforementioned rumored streaming service is real, and that it’ll make an appearance during Monday’s WWDC keynote.Morris made the pre-announcement announcement Sunday while speaking at the Midem music industry conference in Cannes, France. Morris didn’t divulge any specifics on pricing and such, but VentureBeat notes that Morris “much prefers paid streaming services to ad-supported ones from a financial perspective.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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