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Wednesday May 4

16:50
Siri creators developing powerful new personal...

The original minds behind the iOS virtual assistant Siri have a new project in the works. A new report from The Washington Post details that Siri’s creators are working on an artificial intelligence technology called “Viv” that does more than Siri or any other virtual assistant currently available.
more…Filed under: iOS Tagged: iOS, Siri, Viv ...

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16:20
Apple, others urge presidential candidates to...

Apple and a cadre of Silicon Valley heavyweights have plans to issue a nonpartisan letter urging the next U.S. president to back the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, a policy that would make hiring foreign workers a low friction process.

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16:15
Linux Foundation Badges Aim to Separate Wheat From...


The Linux Foundation's Core Infrastructure Initiative project on Tuesday announced a free badge program to help foster security, quality and stability in open source software projects. Through an online app, the CII lets devs determine whether they're following best practices, generally within an hour or so. If they are, they'll receive the badge, which they can display on GitHub and other online properties. The ongoing development of the app and its criteria is an open source project to which devs can contribute.

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16:02
Siri Creators Debuting New AI Assistant 'Viv...

Dag Kittlaus and Adam Cheyer, co-founders of Siri, the virtual assistant now built into all of Apple's iOS devices, are set to demonstrate their newest artificial intelligence project on Monday, reports The Washington Post. Viv, the name of the AI bot, is more advanced than Siri and is able to carry out complex tasks by mimicking the "spontaneity and knowledge base" of a human assistant.

Viv can, for example, set up a dinner reservation and purchase movie tickets all based on one query, parsing ticket prices to find deals and offering suggestions if a movie is sold out or a restaurant has no seating available. Completing the same task with Siri would require multiple commands and human interaction. In an example given by The Washington Post,...

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15:09
Gist Of PowerShell Script To Set Forest Mode to 2008...
14:47
Apple says all apps must support IPv6-only...

Apple in an announcement Wednesday reminded developers of an upcoming change to App Store policy that requires all iOS apps include support for IPv6-only networking.

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14:45
AWT News Update: May 4, 2016

In today's Apple news -- iPhone 7 popularity, a YouTube TV service, iOS must have IPv6, and a new official Twitter Mac app:

  • The iPhone 7 is months away, but a poll shows that interest in the new phone is high
  • Another company announces an impending live TV service -- YouTube
  • Developers need to make sure by June 1, 2016 that their iOS apps support IPv6-only networking
  • Twitter ships v4.1 of its official Mac app

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for May 4, 2016.

We’re still months away from the expected iPhone 7 launch, but a survey of prospective smartphone owners by UBS Evidence Lab shows that consumer interest and...

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14:32
New Class Action Filed Against Apple over iTunes...

Thomas Silkowski, a citizen of the State of New Jersey, has filed a class action law suit against Apple alleging violations of the New Jersey Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act (TCCWNA). Mr. Silkowski alleges that Apple's iTunes violates the New Jersey Act.

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07:12
BlackBerry's BBM for Android and iOS adds video...

Facebook and Microsoft are chasing the dream of messaging apps as the future of user engagement, and now BlackBerry wants in on the action too. No, BlackBerry isn’t ready to join the bot revolution, but it is adding video calling across all platforms. BlackBerry Messenger users on Android and iOS can now try out BBM’s new video chat feature, called BBM Video, currently in beta.

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14:03
Lists of available trusted root certificates in OS X

The OS X Trust Store contains trusted root certificates that are preinstalled with OS X.

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13:57
Notable apps and app updates for May 4, 2016

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

iOS Apps/Updates for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Fortyfox has introduced Lunar 1.0. With the free app, you subscribe to your favorite podcasts, and it notifies you when the latest episode releases. Lunar will automatically download that episode.

Wasabi Productions has unleashed One Giggly Gorilla, the sequel to Ten Giggly Gorillas for iOS. Th $3.99, child-safe app lets kids help one, then two, three, four and more gorillas get to the bananas at the top of the tree. The fun is in catapulting each gorilla up to the branch above. The learning is...

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13:53
Apple will require iOS App Store apps to support...

Apple has announced on its developer blog that it will require all apps submitted to the iOS App Store to support IPv6-only networks from June 1 2016. Apple originally introduced the transition a year ago at WWDC 2015, implying it would soon become a requirement.
more…Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: App Store, developers, iOS, IPv4, IPv6, networking...

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13:12
Sight unseen, consumers are more excited about Apple...

A new survey of prospective smartphone owners signals customers are more excited to see what Apple has in store for this year's "iPhone 7" than they were last year's iPhone 6s unveiling, though early interest for the 2016 upgrade is still behind hype for the iPhone 6 two years ago.

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13:06
YouTube said to be planning 'Unplugged'...

Though best known for user-uploaded videos, Google's YouTube is nevertheless planning to launch a live TV subscription service dubbed "Unplugged," a report said on Wednesday.

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12:59
Hulu, YouTube planning TV streaming services

Cable cutters, rejoice. Hulu and YouTube are apparently planning their own streaming services.

Hulu has announced that it's going to begin offering subscribers the ability to stream "live programming from broadcast and cable brands" in 2017. That'll include "live sports, news, and events," 

Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins said. Hulu's subscribers won't be required to have a traditional cable TV subscription in order to watch. His comments confirm what The Wall Street Journal reported over the weekend, saying that Fox, ABC, ESPN, FX, and the Disney Channel were all involved in negotiations.

YouTube is working on a paid subscription service called Unplugged that would offer customers a bundle of cable TV channels streamed over the Internet, people familiar...

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12:55
Researchers Hijack Samsung's SmartThings IoT...


Researchers at the University of Michigan on Monday announced they had uncovered a series of vulnerabilities in the Samsung SmartThings home automation system that essentially could have allowed hackers to take control of various functions and break into a user's home. The researchers, working with Microsoft in what may be the first comprehensive study of an Internet of Things application for the home, did a security analysis of the system, they said. They were able to perform four proof-of-concept attacks.

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12:51
iOS Apps must support IPv6-only networking as of...

At WWDC 2015 we announced the transition to IPv6-only network services in iOS 9. Starting June 1, 2016 all apps submitted to the App Store must support IPv6-only networking. Most apps will not require any changes because IPv6 is already supported by NSURLSession and CFNetwork APIs.If your app uses IPv4-specific APIs or hard-coded IP addresses, you will need to make some changes.Apple announced this last year, so most of any work that needs to be done by developers is probably taken care of already. If not, this is a good reminder from Apple.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:48
Twitter for Mac catches up with iOS & Web via...

Twitter released an important update to its official Mac client on Wednesday, finally bringing the software's features closer to par with iOS and the Web.

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12:03
Google Slides receives big update w/ audience Q&...

Google’s web-based alternative to Microsoft PowerPoint is getting a big update today that adds the ability for members of the audience to easily ask questions during a presentation. Additionally, Google Slides is adding more presentation options on iOS and a cool laser pointer tool.
more…Filed under: Apps Tagged: Google Slides, Hangouts, iOS, presentation, Slides QA ...

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12:00
Happy Hour Podcast 065 | Apple Watch fitness, upset...

This week Zac and Benjamin talk some Apple Watch fitness, the many upset AAPL investors, and an Apple Music revamp! The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed.

more…Filed under: Happy Hour Tagged: AAPL, Apple Music, Happy Hour, Podcast, tech ...

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12:00
Supporting IPv6-only Networks

At WWDC 2015 we announced the transition to IPv6-only network services in iOS 9. Starting June 1, 2016 all apps submitted to the App Store must support IPv6-only networking. Most apps will not require any changes because IPv6 is already supported by NSURLSession and CFNetwork APIs.If your app uses IPv4-specific APIs or hard-coded IP addresses, you will need to make some changes. Learn how to ensure compatibility by reading Supporting IPv6 DNS64/NAT64 Networks and watch Your App and Next Generation Networks.

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12:00
Supporting IPv6-only Networks

At WWDC 2015 we announced the transition to IPv6-only network services in iOS 9. Starting June 1, 2016 all apps submitted to the App Store must support IPv6-only networking. Most apps will not require any changes because IPv6 is already supported by NSURLSession and CFNetwork APIs.If your app uses IPv4-specific APIs or hard-coded IP addresses, you will need to make some changes. Learn how to ensure compatibility by reading Supporting IPv6 DNS64/NAT64 Networks and watch Your App and Next Generation Networks.

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12:00
Kuner KuPower: 5500 mAh battery pack with memory...

Kuner KuPower. Photo©2016, Steven Sande

Here's a product that's designed anyone with a need for an external battery pack and extra storage for their favorite device: The Kuner KuPower currently has 7 days to go on Kickstarter, where it has beat its goal and is on the way to manufacturing. I have been testing a prototype of the unit, so let's see how it works.

Design

KuPower is a slender silver curvy box measuring 5.2 x 2.8 x .35 inches (132 x 72 x 9mm) and weighing just 5.1 ounces (145 grams). Packed inside that box is a 5500 mAh battery pack, a microSD card slot, USB and micro-USB ports, and proprietary chips Kuner has designed. The idea? To give users of almost any device the ability to have a way to charge their technology on the run and also store a lot of media.

Business end of the KuPower: microSD slot,...

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11:24
I’ve had a big secret. Now I’m sharing it.

Tom is the “Grand Old Man” of the Mac Community. He and his lovely wife Dori have been involved on many levels – users, authors, speakers – for decades. Both of them are wonderful, kind, funny, smart and fierce people. I’m proud to know them and even prouder to call them friends. This is terrible news but, Tom being Tom, he will handle it with the dignity and intelligence for which he has always been admired. My thoughts are with both of them as they go through this awful ordeal.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:02
YouTube Working on 'Unplugged' TV...

Internet-based subscription television plans are growing in popularity, and YouTube is the latest company rumored to be working on a standalone television service. According to Bloomberg, YouTube is developing a paid subscription service called "Unplugged," offering a bundle of channels for a set price.

YouTube has already built the infrastructure necessary for the service and is prioritizing its development for a 2017 debut. YouTube has been in talks with major media companies like NBCUniversal, Viacom, Fox, and CBS, but has not yet been able to secure rights for the service.

YouTube is said to be aiming to build a streaming service similar to the service Apple hoped to offer before putting its...

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11:00
Announcing simple and powerful file sharing and...

Effectively managing and sharing files is critical to almost every organization. Today, we’re announcing a bold new vision for file management in Office 365 across OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online, and new ways for you to share and collaborate on all your files on any device. We’ll also talk about how we’re moving beyond utility file sync and share by bringing intelligent discovery to recommend content, as well as providing insights on the impact and reach of your work.

OneDrive recap
It’s been a breakthrough year for OneDrive. We’ve made important advances with rock-solid, reliable sync on your PC and Mac, deep Office integration, four-star and above–rated mobile apps and a fast, intuitive browser experience. Additionally, we’ve built lots of new admin and security controls for IT to protect critical corporate data. Great progress, but as always, there is more to do! Later this year, we’ll make it possible for you to sync files stored in any SharePoint...

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10:44
Procreate for Cartooning on the iPad Pro

Our resident bad cartoonist draws upon the power of Procreate to unleash his creativity with the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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10:41
Apple Music UI to go grayscale, add better support...

Apple is said to be working on a vast overhaul of its up-and-coming music streaming service, one that will reportedly include a new monochromatic user interface and a streamlined experience for users who prefer to read lyrics.

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10:38
ADATA launches line of certified accessories for the...

ADATA Technology has launched its Apple Series in North America. The accessories are designed specifically for iOS and OS X devices, including the iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Mac. 

The initial five products are: the Lightning card reader, i-Memory flash drive UE710, i-Memory storage expansion card, USB type-C OTG flash drive, and Lightning cables. Fully Apple MFi certified, the ADATA Lightning card reader gives users convenient interconnectivity, as it’s the first product of its type with two-way data transfer (read and write), enabling users to freely move content to, from or among Apple, Android and digital camera devices, says Robert Chen, managing director of North America at ADATA. Apple’s MFi Program ("Made for iPhone/iPod/iPad") is a licensing program for developers of hardware and software peripherals that work with Apple's iPod, iPad and iPhone.

It’s also the first reader to combine SD and microSD on...

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10:23
tvOS at 6 months: where are the apps?

One of the complaints from developers is that there’s just no there there. In other words, there’s just not enough to the Apple TV to make developing for it worth the effort, particularly for smaller developers working on iOS.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:23
LiveCode 8 adds new plug-in architecture

LiveCode Ltd has unveiled LiveCode 8 (www.livecode.com) , representing the next generation of the highly coding environment for iOS, Android, Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and Server platforms. Rewritten from the ground up, LiveCode 8 brings a new plug-in architecture allowing users to drag-drop widgets.
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10:13
Twitter for Mac gains Moments tab, poll support,...

Twitter relaunched its Mac app last December with a new dark theme and GIF support, and today Twitter 4.1 for Mac is rolling out on the Mac App Store. The latest update includes Twitter’s new Moments section plus support for viewing and creating polls as well as GIF search.
more…Filed under: Apps Tagged: Twitter ...

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10:05
Hulu confirms plans to launch live TV streaming in...

Just two days after the first rumors surfaced, Hulu on Wednesday confirmed that it will be launching a live TV streaming service sometime in 2017, creating a tougher competitive landscape for anything Apple might have planned.

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10:00
Counterpoint Research: Samsung tops Apple in US...

According to Hong Kong-based research firm Counterpoint Research — as noted by Business Korea, Samsung accounted for 28.8% of the U.S. market in terms of sales in March to take over the top spot for the first time in 11 months since it led the market in April 2015.

Apple ranked second with a 23% market share. Counterpoint Research says Samsung was able to reclaim the No. 1 spot in the U.S. smartphone market thanks to strong sales of its latest Galaxy S7 flagship smartphone.

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09:39
∞ An Apple Music plea

News came today that Apple is planning a major revamp of Apple Music at its Worldwide Developer Conference in June. This is welcome news for sure. While the service has improved considerably since its introduction, there are still some things that need to addressed—hopefully, this is it.However, there are some lessons I hope Apple learned from last year’s introduction.So Apple:

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09:30
The SharePoint Framework—an open and connected...

Today, we announced The Future of SharePoint, which detailed our vision, roadmap and significant investments across the user experiences in SharePoint Online. We’re excited by the potential and ability for our customers and professional developers to innovate on these scenarios and drive them to the next level.
Our partners, customers and independent developers have created innovative solutions using SharePoint’s Page and Web Part model, which was largely implemented in .NET and, like many content and collaboration systems, was designed and matured in the server-rendered era.

Server-side development.
As technologies and connectivity have evolved, JavaScript language and performance have advanced substantially. We can go back to distributed computing and build rich, fast, interactive user experiences on the client. And we can build responsive interfaces that run in...

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09:30
SharePoint Server 2016—your foundation for the future

“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement and success have no meaning.”
—Benjamin Franklin
We’re pleased to announce general availability of SharePoint Server 2016, which provides SharePoint customers a foundation for modern, intelligent intranets and content collaboration. SharePoint Server 2016 delivers foundational improvements that enhance the quality of your on-premises SharePoint solutions and enable you to take advantage of innovations we introduce to Office 365 and SharePoint Server moving forward.
Customers who would like to evaluate the capabilities of SharePoint Server 2016 can download trial versions at the SharePoint Server 2016 website.
In addition to general availability of SharePoint Server 2016, today we announced a new vision for SharePoint and significant new innovations across SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business. You can...

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09:30
The Future of SharePoint

Today’s post was written by Jeff Teper, corporate vice president for the OneDrive and SharePoint teams.
Today, at our Future of SharePoint event in San Francisco, we unveiled a new cloud-first, mobile-first vision and roadmap for SharePoint, along with innovations that empower people, teams and organizations to intelligently discover, share and collaborate on content from anywhere and on any device. We also announced general availability of SharePoint Server 2016, which includes new hybrid capabilities that enable on-premises customers to tap into the innovation we’re delivering in Office 365.
For over a decade, our customers—including...

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09:30
SharePoint—the mobile and intelligent intranet

The intranet is at the epicenter of many organizations, as the place where employees can get company news and information, plus search for people and content.
Now, we will make the intranet a more personalized experience, one that is where you need it, when you need it. Welcome to the mobile and intelligent intranet. Spanning on-premises and Office 365, the mobile and intelligent intranet brings together the productivity of SharePoint Team Sites, the broadcast reach of publishing sites and portals, and the mission criticality of your most important business applications—accessible from your desktop to your mobile phone—and powered by the Office Graph, so information finds you, instead of you having to find information.
Today, we announced The Future of SharePoint, which detailed our vision and innovations, including the new SharePoint mobile app, a new SharePoint home in Office...

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09:15
CVlabel showing no luns

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: cvlabelHi all,
I'm new to SANs and XSAN. Trying to install a 4gb fibre San with XSAN network at our facility. We inherited all the kit so was keen to try it.
Have a Mac Pro as MDC, Mavericks 10.9.5 and Xsan installed. Atto FC41es card.
I'm trying to make an internal drive a LUN to test the whole system works. I read that with terminal command cvlabel I should be able to get this drive working.
However, I get absolutely no LUNs show up, no result from cvlabel -l at all
Just blank. Should I not see the internal drives?
Any help greatly appreciated!
M

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09:12
Capto 1.0

New screen and video capture app replaces Global Delight’s Voila, adding new editing and sharing features. ($29.99 new, discounted upgrade from Voila, 20.7 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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09:00
Office Online Server now available

We are excited to announce the release of Office Online Server (OOS), which allows organizations to deliver browser-based versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote, among other capabilities. Microsoft recognizes that many organizations still value running server products on-premises for a variety of reasons. With OOS, you get the same functionality we offer with Office Online in your own datacenter. OOS is the successor to Office Web Apps Server 2013.
OOS scales well for your enterprise whether you have 100 employees or 100,000. The architecture enables one OOS farm to serve multiple SharePoint, Exchange and Skype for Business instances. OOS is designed to work with SharePoint Server 2016, Exchange Server 2016 and Skype for Business Server 2016. It is also backwards compatible with SharePoint Server 2013, Exchange Server 2013...

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09:00
D-Link DSP-W110 Wi-Fi Smart Plug: Good product,...

I love testing home automation products; it's great fun to be able to control all sorts of devices from your iPhone or iPad, although there are still huge incompatibilities between the devices made by different manufacturers. Today I'm taking a look at the D-Link DSP-W110 Wi-Fi Smart Plug ($59.99 MSRP, available on Amazon for $29.91).

Design

Like most smart plugs I've tested, the DSP-W110 plugs into an existing three-prong socket and then provides a single grounded socket for the device you wish to control from an app. The DSP-W110 is a bit larger and heavier than some plugs I've tested, but on the other hand it feels sturdier than most. There's an external button on the front of the device for manually turning on power to your connected device, as well as a WPS button on the...

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08:33
Kohl's becomes first Apple Pay retailer to link...

Department store chain Kohl's on Wednesday announced that Apple Pay users can now pay with a Kohl's Charge card and earn Yes2You Rewards points at the same, making it the first Apple Pay retailer to combine store card payments and rewards in a single-tap transaction.

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08:25
Rumor: Apple looking to overhaul Apple Music user...

It may be only a year old, but it looks like Apple is planning a fairly major overhaul of Apple Music’s user interface.
The company is set to redesign the user interface to make it more intuitive, according to sources, who asked to remain anonymous because the plans are yet to be made public. Apple also means to significantly enhance the integration of its streaming and download businesses and expand its online radio service.

Apple is said to be performing a full reboot of the Apple Music service. The changes will be unveiled at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June and arrive alongside a marketing campaign to attract users to the subscription-based service.
The new version of Apple Music will ditch the current colorful and...

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08:17
Moog brings its $10,000 Model 15 synth to iPad and...

Moog Music has been known for producing some of the most popular synthesizers since the 70s— we reviewed a couple of the newer models in our Logic Pros series and noted that iPad/Mac synths still can’t quite capture the experience of even a $1,000 Moog. But today Moog is releasing its own iPad and iPhone version of its popular $10,000 Model 15, aiming to offer a similar experience in a $30 mobile app. 
Moog’s own techs helped program the app at the Moog Factory in Asheville, NC, according to the company, with the app both resembling the look and sound of the original 1970’s Model 15 hardware:
...

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08:15
Marks & Spencer uses Office 365 to boost...

Today’s post was written by Carl Dawson, IT director for Marks & Spencer.

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has come a long way from the Penny Bazaar stall opened by Michael Marks in Leeds Kirkgate Market back in 1884. Today, we sell quality products at great value to 33 million customers through our 900 stores in the United Kingdom. The M&S brand is internationally recognized, with an additional 460 stores across 58 territories in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. And more than 7 million registered users do their online shopping through M&S.com.
To ensure we’re putting customers at the heart of our business, it’s really important that we’re agile and responsive. Three years ago, we embarked on a new journey to find the right technology tools to support a new business culture—modern, agile, connected and collaborative—that’s defined by a digital mindset.
We chose Microsoft Office 365 cloud-based productivity tools to enable this change in our...

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07:52
Apple Warns of new UK Phishing Scam

A new phishing scam is being reported on in the UK today. The scam aims to take advantage of unaware iPhone users as scammers attempt to send them requests for personal information.

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07:34
Apple Music reportedly getting redesigned, will be...

(credit: Apple)


Nearly a year after being introduced, Apple Music might be getting a much-needed revamp. A Bloomberg report suggests that Apple plans to redesign the music streaming service with a more "intuitive" interface and better integration with its other music offerings.
According to "people familiar with the product," Apple's goal is to make Apple Music more user-friendly. It also plans to marry its music download and streaming options better in iTunes while also expanding its radio service. According to the report, content head Robert Kondrk and Trent Reznor of the band Nine Inch Nails are overseeing the redesign, which should debut at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference in...

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07:32
Recording an iPhone call

This is a simple way to record a call. Are there laws against recording a call without someone’s knowledge? Now updated with a link to a legal guide.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:27
10-year-old exposes flaw in Instagram, Zuckerberg...

Our hope for the future.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:24
Apple hires Google X founder and former Nest...

Apple's Jeff Williams announces CareKit in March. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple has hired Yoky Matsuoka, a cofounder of Google's experimental Google X division and former vice president of Technology at Nest, to work on some of its health initiatives. Fortune reports that Matsuoka is working under Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams on the company's health initiatives, which include HealthKit, ResearchKit, and the recently announced CareKit.
Matsuoka has worked on multiple tech and health initiatives at several big-name companies. After leaving Google X for Nest, Matsuoka...

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07:23
Apple increases chip orders for iPhone SE

iPhone SE is a bright spot.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:22
Fitness bands outselling all other wearables,...

Despite devices like the Apple Watch nominally being able to do more, dedicated fitness bands are vastly outselling other wearables in the U.S., according to a research report published on Wednesday.

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07:22
Did Samsung's Fake Galaxy S7 Sales Place them...

Samsung finally got the headline they coveted: They're the number one smartphone maker in the U.S. with 28.8% market share surpassing Apple at 23 percent due to "strong sales of its latest Galaxy S7 flagship smartphone.

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07:19
Results from the great Mac developer survey

Lots and lots of data here, gathered from more than 7,000 developers. Interesting read, visually well presented.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:11
∞ The Apple Watch is a glass half full. A big glass.

There’s a lot of press focusing on the slowness and lag of Apple Watch apps. True, but shortsighted. Read on for details.

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07:10
Hedge fund manager David Einhorn staying in Apple,...

Infamous hedge fund manager David Einhorn, who has previously butted heads with Apple, remains bullish on the iPhone maker despite its recent market plunge, giving the company a vote of confidence during a recent conference call.

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07:08
TableEdit is a new spreadsheet app for Mac OS X (and...

Yay! It must be freebie day. The CoreCode team has announced TableEdit, a free spreadsheet app for Mac OS X. It offers features such as charts with cell styling, formatting options, and comprehensive import/export capabilities. 

TableEdit features a “world-class” Excel-compatible formula system that has been tested on more than a million formulae from over 20,000 Excel-files, according to Samuel Vimes of the CoreCode team. The tool is built exclusively for OS X and takes full advantage of its latest features and technologies, he adds.

TableEdit requires Mac OS X 10.8. It’s available at the product website and the Mac App Store.

Cases For The Brand-new iPhone SE Are Now Available at OtterBox.com!

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07:05
CoreCode teams releases TableEdit spreadsheet for...

The CoreCode team has announced TableEdit, a spreadsheet app for Mac OS X. It offers features such as charts with cell styling, formatting options, and comprehensive import/export capabilities.
TableEdit features a “world-class” Excel-compatible formula system that has been tested on more than a million formulae from over 20,000 Excel-files, according to Samuel Vimes of the CoreCode team. The tool is built exclusively for OS X and takes full advantage of its latest features and technologies, he adds.
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07:00
Life's Too Short For Slow Computers

Nilay Patel, the Editor-in-Chief of The Verge looks back the Apple Watch, the company's first wearable device which went on sale roughly a year ago. In the article, Patel notes that Apple Watch, a computing product, is just too slow at doing some of the most basic things such as running apps. He writes: Here's the problem with the Apple Watch: it's slow. It was slow when it was first announced, it was slow when it came out, and it stayed slow when Watch OS 2.0 arrived. When I reviewed it last year, the slowness was so immediately annoying that I got on the phone with Apple to double check their performance expectations before making "it's kind of slow" the opening of the review. [...] The grand ambition of the Apple Watch is to be a full-fledged computer on your wrist, and right now it's a very slow computer. If Apple believes the watch is indeed destined to become that computer, it needs to radically increase the raw power of the Watch's processor, while maintaining its just-...

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06:54
What will Tim Cook’s ‘can’t live without’ new...

In a TV interview with CNBC’s Jim Cramer this week, Cook said the iPhone 7 will have a killer feature that would prove to be an upgrade customers won’t be able to resist. “We are going to give you things that you can’t live without that you just don’t know you need today,” Cook teased.
Could it really be something we already know about? Could any of the rumored features for the device possibly fall under the groundbreaking or irresistible category of features Cook hinted at? Could the new rumoured dual-camera system be enough to account for Cook’s comment, perhaps? Of course, it’s also possible it’s all just post-Q2 PR hype after a quarter of declines. Will Apple have something new and exciting that we don’t yet know about for the iPhone 7?
That’s the question we ask readers in today’s poll. What rumoured new feature for iPhone 7 will make it upgrade worthy...

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06:48
MacCheck is new problem-solving and diagnostic...

Micromat, the company behind the TechTool Pro line of software, has released a new troubleshooting utility called MacCheck. The new product can perform a series of critical tests on Mac systems running OS X 10.6 or higher, helping to isolate what might be wrong with a particular computer. 

MacCheck is being offered free of charge and is available for download immediately. The program tests many of the critical systems in a Mac, including RAM, I/O, Volume Structures, Partition Maps, Batteries, RAID systems and more. The program allows users to quickly verify the overall health of their Mac with one click of a button, according to Micromat president Jeff Baudin.

“For many years, we always offered our free TechTool Lite product and it was very a popular way to introduce Macintosh users to troubleshooting,” he says. “We retired that product as most of the functionality became outdated with time. We see MacCheck as...

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06:44
Micromat’s MacCheck is new problem-solving and...

Micromat, the company behind the TechTool Pro line of software, has released a new troubleshooting utility called MacCheck. The new product can perform a series of critical tests on Mac systems running OS X 10.6 or higher, helping to isolate what might be wrong with a particular computer.
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06:33
Department store Kohl’s first retailer to integrate...

Apple Pay may be a convenient, one-tap method of paying for your purchases – but not if you want to collect rewards points at the same time. That has so far always required a separate step, usually using the store’s own app.
Department store Kohl’s has just announced that it has partially solved the problem, allowing Yes2You Rewards points to be accrued just by using Apple Pay – but there is one small catch …
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06:30
Kohl’s Charge and Yes2You now support one-tap Apple...

Kohl’s customers are now able to pay for their purchases with Kohl’s Charge and simultaneously earnYes2You Rewards loyalty points with a single tap using ApplePay. The service is available in approximately 250 Kohl’s stores and is expected to be in all Kohl’s stores in the U.S. later this month. 

Kohl’s — a specialty department store with more than 1,100 stores in 49 states — first announced the availability of Apple’s mobile payment service in its stores in June 2015. Customers can add Yes2You Rewards to the Wallet app in iOS 9 and earn rewards at checkout withApplePay. When paying in stores, customers simply hold their iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus or iPhone SE near the contactless reader with a finger on TouchID to pay and receive their individual rewards. On an Apple Watch, they just double-click the side button and hold the face of their Apple Watch up to the reader.

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06:13
Rumor: Apple Music revamp to be announced at WWDC

Apple will announce “sweeping” changes to its Apple Music at its Worldwide Developer Conference next month, according to Bloomberg

Plans include revamping the user interface of the streaming service to make it more intuitive to use, the article adds, quoting unnamed (as always) “people familiar with the product who asked not to be identified because the plans aren’t public.” Apple also plans to better integrate its streaming and download businesses and expand its online radio service and launch a marketing blitz to lure more customers to the $10-per-month streaming service, Bloomberg reports. Apple Music is just about a year old, but already has 13 million subscribers.

Chances that this will happen (IMHO): 90%. Why not? The big question is: when will iTunes for the Mac get a major revamp?

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06:05
Apple hires robotics expert to work on health...

Apple has hired robotics expert Yoky Matsuoka to work on health projects, according to Fortune.

Apple told the publication that Matsuoka is working for Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams, who oversees the company’s growing number of health initiatives. Those efforts include the HealthKit framework for developing apps, ResearchKit for using mobile devices in medical studies, and CareKit to help individuals improve their own medical care.

Yoky Matsuoka speaks onstage during Tina Brown's 7th Annual Women in the World Summit at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on April 8, 2016 in New York City. Photograph bu Jemal Countess 2016 — Getty Images

In 2007, Matsuoka won a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant for her work in neurorobotics, using technology to help disabled people and stroke victims regain the use of their limbs. She was one of the co-founders of...

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05:54
Kohl’s Becomes First Retailer to Support Store...

Kohl's has announced that customers can now pay for their purchases with Kohl’s Charge Cards or other credit or debit cards and simultaneously earn Yes2You Rewards loyalty points with a single tap using Apple Pay.

The combined functionality is currently available in approximately 250 Kohl’s stores in the United States, and the department store chain expects one-tap checkout to be available in all stores nationwide later this month.

Kohl's is the first retailer to offer a one-tap solution for payments and rewards using Apple Pay. Customers can simply add both their Kohl's Charge Card or other payment method and Yes2You Rewards card to Apple Pay and...

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05:26
'Intentional' culture clash between Apple...

The $3 billion acquisition of Beats sparked a culture clash between the headphone maker and Apple, but the conflict was apparently an intentional attempt to shake things up in Apple's music business, according to a new report.

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05:12
Apple Music to get more intuitive UI, expanded Beats...

A year after its debut, Apple's $10-per-month music streaming service is reportedly set for a major overhaul at the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, including a shakeup to its user interface aimed at making it easier to use.

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05:10
Apple Set to Deliver a Reinvented Apple Music UI in...

During Apple's financial conference on April 26, Apple's CEO noted that "We feel really great about the early success of Apple's first subscription business and our Music revenue has now hit an inflection point after many quarters of decline." Cook added that "Apple Music continues to grow in popularity with over 13 million paying subscribers today." We had learned that...

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05:07
ProtonMail secure email app now lets you use Touch...

ProtonMail, the iOS app that makes using PGP email a near-seamless experience, has now made itself even easier to use. Instead of having to use both your login and mailbox passwords, you can now use Touch ID to unlock encrypted mail. The app also offers support for password managers.
more…Filed under: Apps Tagged: PGP, ProtonMail, Touch ID ...

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05:00
Desktop/tablet combos may be the future of computing

In the long-ago days of 2013, Ben Bajarin, writing for Techpinions, predicted that desktops are going to make a comeback and that it's notebooks that are "the past" as tablets such as the iPad continue to grow in popularity. I think he was onto something, despite a more-common line of thinking that the desktop is the past of personal computing as ever more folks move to laptops.

"I see desktops making a comeback due to a role change," Bajarin said. "There is an interesting trend emerging around desktops. Consumer all-in-one desktops (like the iMac) are being designed to be showcased prominently in the house rather than stuck in the den or office. These computers will be very elegant, very powerful, and very affordable. So rather than try to converge a notebook and a tablet, I think a better create a solution is to pair a desktop all-in-one with a tablet."

Under this scenario, when you want a big screen, keyboard,...

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05:00
Gadget Ogling: Digital Doodles, Magnetic Lighting,...


Orée's Stylograph pen, which is made of copper, can transmit your scrawls and doodles to an iOS or Android device. It houses an accelerometer and a camera on the tip to capture what you're noting. You can get two days of use from an hour's charge, and if you're away from your smartphone or tablet as you're sketching or writing, you can store the data and transfer it later. You can export your handiwork to PDF so you can mold it further digitally. There are some limitations, in that you must use special paper with almost-invisible markings.

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04:50
Kool Tools: Apple Watch screen protector from Belkin

Belkin's (www.belkin.com) ScreenForce InvisiGlass Advanced Screen Protection for the Apple Watch is a flexible glass screen that’s engineered to withstand and absorb shock.
InvisiGlass is made with 100% real, flexible glass and it’s tested to 9H hardness for scratch-resistance to protect the screen from cosmetic damage. With a thinness of 0.2 millimeters, ScreenForce InvisiGlass preserves touchscreen-sensitivity so that users can take advantage of the functionality of their Apple smartwatch.
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04:35
Chinese Handbag Maker Wins Case to continue using...

Apple fought a trademark case in China to stop a handbag company from being able to use the "iPhone" trademark in China.

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04:35
Apple loses right to exclusive use of iPhone...

Apple has lost the right to the exclusive name of the iPhone trademark in China after the Beijing Municipal High People’s Court ruled against the company. Apple retains the right to the trademark for electronic goods, but a local company that has been using the name for leather goods remains able to do so.
The ruling was reported by Legal Daily, which the BBC says ‘is widely recognised as the official mouthpiece for the country’s Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission.’
The trademark dispute over the iPhone trademark has been a long-running one in the country …
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04:30
Tension Software revs TS Calc for the Mac to version...

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated TS Cal for Mac OS X to version 1.5.
It’s a document based application; its documents can be realized and used as calculation models for specific mathematical technical problems. Version 1.5 provides better import of variables with a Cascade Assignment feature and improved undo support in variables, constants and functions management.
TS Cal requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $14.99 and is available at the Tension Software website and the Mac App Store.

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04:25
CNS Barcode revved to version 2.0

Comm-Unity Networking has released version 2.0 of CNS Barcode for FileMaker Pro.
This version finalizes the transition to 64-bit FileMaker plug-ins with full, cross-platform, 64-bit GUI support. It also includes some important bug fixes. CNS Barcode is available (http://cnsbarcode.cnsplug-ins.com/) for both Mac OS(R) X and Windows.
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04:15
Apple Music Set for Design Overhaul in Time for WWDC...

Apple is planning to overhaul its year-old music streaming service to make it "more easy to use", according to people familiar with the matter (via Bloomberg News).

The company is set to redesign the user interface to make it more intuitive, said the sources, who asked to remain anonymous because the plans are yet to be made public. Apple also means to significantly enhance the integration of its streaming and download businesses and expand its online radio service.

According to Bloomberg, a full reboot of Apple Music is to be unveiled at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June and will be accompanied by a fresh marketing campaign to entice customers to the subscription-based service, which currently costs $10 per month.

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04:09
IDC: VR hardware to soar past the $2 billion mark...

Worldwide shipments of virtual reality (VR) hardware will skyrocket in 2016, with total volumes reaching 9.6 million units, according to IDC. Led by key products from Samsung, Sony, HTC, and Oculus, the category should generate hardware revenues of approximately $2.3 billion in 2016, adds the research group.
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04:07
Mad Money Host Jim Cramer asks One Big Question:...

On Monday we reported about Tim Cook's appearance on Jim Cramer's CNBC financial show called 'Mad Money.' We pointed to Tim Cook's emphasis on wanting to point out the potential Apple has in China with their middle class which is exploding. In today's report, Mad Money host Jim Cramer opened his interview up with Cook to give analysts an opportunity to get to understand Apple through Tim Cook's eyes. The one big open question for Cook in the video noted above was: What does Tim Cook's Apple stand for?

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03:59
tvOS at 6 Months: Where Are the Apps?

Six months in, the tvOS ecosystem feels a bit empty. “Take Control of Apple TV” author Josh Centers investigates to find out why. 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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03:56
Apple will unveil ‘more intuitive’ version of Apple...

Apple has taken on board criticisms of the messiness of the Apple Music app, and will reveal a ‘more intuitive’ version at WWDC in June, reports Bloomberg. The revamp reportedly follows a management shake-up in which several execs involved in the music project have left the company.

Apple is altering the user interface of Apple Music to make it more intuitive to use, according to people familiar with the product who asked not to be identified because the plans aren’t public. Apple also plans to better integrate its streaming and download businesses and expand its online radio service, the people said

Bloomberg‘s sources say that Apple has been struggling to unite the download-...

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Tuesday May 3

22:48
Apple hires Google X co-founder and Nest's ex-...

Robotics professor Yoky Matsuoka is lending Apple her expertise, according to Fortune. Matsuoka co-founded X Labs, Google's secretive research facility that developed Glass and the company's self-driving car. She also used to be Nest's head of techno...

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21:43
Takata is reportedly recalling another 35 million...

If your car wasn't affected by Takata's massive airbag inflater recalls, it might be very shortly. Wall Street Journal tipsters hear that the Japanese firm is planning to recall "at least" 35 million more airbag inflaters, possibly as soon as this w...

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21:01
The Pay What You Want: Spring 2016 Mac Bundle

Have you ever wished you could get a pile of Mac productivity apps and utilities, but just pay what you want for the package? Dream no more -- the Pay What You Want: Spring 2016 Mac Bundle in our Deals Shop is exactly what you were imagining. 

Here's how it works: you pick what you think is a fair price for the bundle, and you get something from a variety of 13 Mac apps. If you beat the average price (at the time this post was written it was $15.48), you get all 13 apps. Make your price higher than the rest, and if you get onto the leaderboard at any point in the next five days you'll be entered to win a $1000 iTunes Gift Card. Make it to the top of the leaderboard, you get five entries into the iTunes Gift Card Giveaway.

You're also doing good by...

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21:01
The 'Star Wars' holographic chess game is...

"Let's be real: Any article you read about Magic Leap or any AR platform, the first thing they talk about is Holochess."

That's Mike Levine, former senior effects specialist at LucasArts and current CEO of mobile game developer Happy Giant. Levine i...

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20:57
Tesla adds a 75kWh battery option for the Model S

Later this week Tesla will add a new battery option for buyers of its Model S sedan. Currently available with either a 70 or 90kWh pack, the new option will be 75kWh -- the same size as the smallest battery currently available for the company's new M...

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20:21
Nextbit Robin 'cloud phone' is going on...

If you want a Nextbit Robin and missed its Kickstarter fundraising campaign in 2015, you may want to check out its Amazon listing. The "cloud-first" Android phone that raised over $1.3 million on the crowdfunding platform, is going on sale starting a...

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13:13
India has shot down Apple's plan to sell...

India reportedly has rejected Apple’s plan to sell refurbished iPhones in the country, a blow to the company’s hopes for growth there.
The government turned down Apple’s application to import and sell the older, refreshed phones, Bloomberg reported, citing an unnamed official. Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Apple looked to refurbished handsets as a way to attract more buyers in India. An earlier application was rejected last year by India’s Ministry of Environment.
The company’s phone sales growth has been slowing in China, so it has been looking to India as its next big growth market. Apple had only three percent market share in India in the fourth quarter of last year...

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19:36
iPhone tops TIME’s list of most influential gadgets...

TIME Magazine today released its list of the 50 most influential gadgets of all time and Apple appears on the list more than once. At the top of the list, however, is the iPhone. TIME says the iPhone is the most influential gadget of all time because of it “fundamentally changed our relationship to computing and information.”
more…Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Apple, iPad, iPhone, Mac ...

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19:31
China wants to put a man on the moon by 2036

A senior Chinese official announced yet another ambitious plan for the space-faring nation at a press conference on Saturday. PLA Lt. Gen. Zhang Yulin -- who is also deputy commander of the China Manned Space Program -- told reporters that China plan...

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19:10
Apple's iPhone is most influential gadget ever...

TIME Magazine named Apple's iPhone the most influential gadget of all time in a list published Tuesday, which included a variety of tech products from the likes of Sony, IBM, HP and other big-name players.

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18:55
Apple hires former Nest exec & Google X co-...

According to a report from Fortune and her LinkedIn profile, Apple has recently hired former Nest executive and co-founder of Google X Yoky Matsuoka. At Nest, Matsuoka was the head of technology. According to the report, Matsuoka is joining Apple to help with its health initiatives, including ResearchKit, HealthKit, and CareKit. Matsuoka will report to chief operating officer Jeff Williams who oversees all of the company’s health projects.
more…Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple, Google, Health,...

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18:40
Human-robot teams take the drudgery out of sorting...

Think about all the sticky, slimy vile stuff you throw away in a given week. Now multiply that level of gross by everybody in your town. Would you want to have to rummage through all that disgusting detritus to pick out valuable recyclables? Because...

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18:03
Apple Loses Exclusive Rights To 'iPhone'...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from AppleInsider: Adding to the company's problems in the region, Apple has lost exclusivity on the use of the "iPhone" trademark in China, and must now share it with Beijing-based leather products maker Xintong Tiandi Technology, reports said on Tuesday. On March 31, the Beijing Municipal High People's Court rejected an Apple appeal of an earlier ruling, according to Quartz. Xintong Tiandi is already selling a number of "IPHONE" products, including purses, passport cases, and most notably phone cases. The company registered its trademark in China in 2007, the same year as the Apple iPhone launched in the United States. That was, however, still five years after Apple registered the iPhone name in China for computer products, something which formed the basis of a 2012 complaint to the country's trademark authorities. In 2013 the government ruled that because Apple couldn't prove the name "IPHONE" was well-known prior to Xintong Tiandi's...

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17:52
Nintendo pulls a 3DS game to fight another homebrew...

Nintendo's cat-and-mouse game with homebrew exploits isn't over yet. The gaming giant recently pulled Terry Cavanagh's retro platformer VVVVVV from the 3DS eShop after Shiny Quagsire discovered a way to use the game to run your own code. It's not a...

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17:08
Tim Cook talks Apple ethos, government issues, role...

In the second and final segment of a rare one-on-one interview with CNBC's Jim Cramer, Apple CEO Tim Cook discussed his company's core tenets, the recent debate over encryption, his personal legacy and more.

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16:39
Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'We Want to Change the...

Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke with CNBC's Mad Money host Jim Cramer yesterday for a two-part interview covering a wide range of topics. In the second portion of the interview, which aired tonight, Cook talked about Apple's recent feud with the FBI, what Apple stands for, and who he personally admires.

On a question about what Apple stands for and what he's most proud of, Tim Cook said Apple conducts business in a way that's "right and just." He pointed towards the company's environmental efforts, use of renewable energy, focus on human rights, employee shareholder plans, and privacy efforts. "All of these things help us stand for something," he said. "And I think that's what people want."

He went on to say that he's proud of the products Apple makes that give customers the...

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16:10
Tim Cook gets personal in second part of CNBC...

After focusing on Apple’s second quarter earnings and the subsequent reaction by Wall Street in the first part of his interview on CNBC’s Mad Money, Apple CEO Tim Cook got a little more personal in part two. During today’s portion of the interview that just aired, Cook talked about his personal motivation for creating products, as well as people he looks up to and more.
more…Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: interview, Mad Money, Tim Cook ...

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16:03
Jony Ive explains Apple's interest in wearables...

In an interview published on Tuesday, Apple CDO Jony Ive offered his take on the recent Apple-sponsored Met Gala, the intersection of fashion and design, Apple Watch, wearables and more.

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16:00
Things every designer needs to know about...

Accessibility enables people with disabilities to perceive, understand, navigate, interact with, and contribute to the web. Imagine a world where developers know everything there is to know about accessibility. You design it and they build it… perfectly. In this world, only the design itself can cause people with disabilities to have trouble using a product.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:57
Jony Ive Hints of Dramatic Advances for Apple Watch...

Last Friday we posted a report titled "Jony Ive & Friends Open Vogue's Famous Met Gallery Event 'Manus X Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology' Monday." There was a tiny spot within the overall article reserved for Apple and in particular Jony Ive.

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15:53
Slashdot Asks: What Do You Think Is The Most...

TIME has published a list ranking the 50 most influential gadgets of all time, from cameras and TVs to music players, smartphones, and drones. Can you guess what was the number one most influential gadget on the list? That's right, the Apple iPhone. "Apple was the first company to put a truly powerful computer in the pockets of millions when it launched the iPhone in 2007," according to TIME. "The iPhone popularized the mobile app, forever changing how we communicate, play games, shop, work, and complete many everyday tasks."

There's a lot of interesting gadgets on the list that have had a profound impact on mankind in some form or another, for better or worse. Do you agree with TIME's number one choice? What do you think is the most influential gadget of all time?

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15:39
Apple Hires Former Nest VP and Robotics Expert Yoky...

Apple recently hired Nest's former Vice President of Technology to work on health related projects at the company, reports Fortune. Yoky Matsuoka, a well-known robotics expert who co-founded the Google X experimental project lab, joined Apple after leaving Nest last year. At Nest, she led the development of machine learning algorithms for the Nest Learning Thermostat.

At Apple, Matsuoka is working under the company's chief operating officer Jeff Williams, who is in charge of Apple's health initiatives like ResearchKit, HealthKit, and CareKit.

Prior to working at Google and Nest, Matsuoka was the director and founder of the University of Washington's Neurobotics Laboratory, focused on building a robot-human system to help individuals who experience strokes, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries...

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15:11
Jony Ive Shares Thoughts on Design, Fashion and...

Ahead of last night's Apple-sponsored Met Gala, Apple design chief Jony Ive spoke with fashion website Business of Fashion about the "Manus x Machina" theme of the event and accompanying Costume Institute Exhibition, giving some insight into his thoughts on design and some hints on the future of the Apple Watch.

According to Ive, who has had a hand in the creation and design of all of Apple's modern product releases, including the company's first wearable device, the goal of the designer is to solve problems without making the consumer aware of the problem that was solved.In our work, we've always tried to design in a way where you're not aware of the problems that we've had to solve. That's the job of the designer: to solve problems and explore, but not...

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15:05
Co-Founder of Google's X Lab Yoky Matsuoka...

It's being reported late today that Apple has just hired former co-founder of Google's X Lab and former head of technology at Nest Yoky Matsuoka.

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14:59
WhatsApp Goes Through Judicial Revolving Door in...


A Brazilian court on Tuesday overturned a different court's Monday order that blocked WhatsApp, the messaging site owned by Facebook, amid a criminal investigation into drug trafficking in the state of Sergipe. The earlier judicial demand that WhatsApp provide data considered critical to the investigation came soon after a ramp-up in the level of encryption built into the app. Five major Internet service providers faced hefty fines of about US$142,000 daily if they failed to comply with the order.

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14:59
App Store educational “discounts”

How the hell can this be possible?∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:52
Apple hires Google X lab cofounder, former Nest head...

Apple recently expanded its health technology team in a big way with the hire of Yoky Matsuoka, a robotics expert who co-founded Google's experimental X labs and most recently served as head of technology at Nest.

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14:50
Apple hires former Nest, Google executive

Apple has hired famed robotics expert Yoky Matsuoka, one of the co-founders of Google’s X lab and former head of technology at Nest, to work on the iPhone maker’s health projects.Her credentials are outstanding.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:42
Macworld’s MacScan 3 review

But malware attacks are on the rise and OS X is no longer immune to such threats. According to a study from Bit9 and Carbon Black, 2015 was a banner year for malware on the Mac, with more than 1,400 unique samples collected and analyzed, a whopping five-fold increase over the previous five years combined.I have MacScan on my system and it works great.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:30
AWT News Update: May 3, 2016

Image of "iPhone" products from China via Quartz

Tuesday brings an ominous breeze from China, new banks for Apple Pay, CarPlay to the 2016 Hyundai Sonata, and a handful of new betas.

  • Apple must share the iPhone trademark with a Chinese leather good manufacturer, of all things
  • Think things were bad for Apple in Q2? Just wait, as the Chinese smartphone market is taking a hit
  • Apple Pay is joined by Moody National Bank of Texas as well as 19 other firms, and UK gets a prepaid card option
  • Have a 2016 Hyundai Sonata? Get a CarPlay update from your dealer
  • Betas of OS X, iOS and tvOS hit the streets

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14:29
Jony Ive talks future of Apple Watch, design...

The Apple sponsored 2016 Met Gala was held last night and in attendance was Tim Cook, Jony Ive, and Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Steve Jobs. In addition to delivering opening remarks for the event yesterday afternoon and serving as its co-chair, Jony Ive also sat down with fashion news outlet Business of Fashion to discuss the Met Gala’s “Manus x Machina” theme, as well as some more Apple-specific topics.
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14:29
Universal Audio releases the Fender ’55 Tweed Deluxe...

One of Leo Fender’s first and finest amp designs, the Fender Deluxe was introduced in 1946. After various circuit tweaks, Fender eventually landed on the now historic “wide-panel” 5E3 Deluxe in 1955. This amplifier’s touch-sensitivity has a dynamic range from clean and sweet, to overdriven raunch that’s made it a go-to recording amp for the likes of Larry Carlton, Neil Young, Mike Campbell, Daniel Lanois, and Billy Gibbons.I have never been so excited to try out a plug-in. It took Universal Audio two years to complete this single plug-in.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:24
How-To: Hide System Preferences sections in OS X [...

If you find that System Preferences in OS X contains too many options that you don’t regularly use, then you should considering hiding rarely used sections of the app. By using the Customize option in System Preferences, it’s easy to both show and hide specific sections with ease. more…Filed under:
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14:22
What Jony Ive said at the Met Fashion Gala

Sir Jony Ive, chief design officer of Apple was one of the four co-hosts of Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala alongside Anna Wintour of Vogue, singer Taylor Swift and actor Idris Elba. Apple, was an underwriter of an event widely known as “Oscars of the East Coast.” Here is a text of his speech at the event.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:13
[Sponsor] StoryWorth

Mother’s Day is on Sunday, and StoryWorth’s app helps you give her something meaningful this year.

StoryWorth lets you get to know her through weekly stories about her life, from her first crush to her brief stint in marching band.

Invite your mom, and each week they’ll send her a question. She replies with a story through the app, email, or even a landline. After a year, they’ll bind her stories in a hardcover book. She’ll be happy you want to get to know her better, and you’ll have something to talk about when you call. (Get $20 off.)

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14:08
Apple Sued in Civil Action in Alabama over a Local...

An Alabama resident by the name of John Smith is suing Apple in a civil action that involves the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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14:05
Photographer shatters reality with this mind-bending...

This kind of photo-illustration just melts my brain. I can’t even conceive of the concept let alone have the incredible skills this guy has, both in the camera and on the computer.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:54
Judge overturns Brazilian WhatsApp shutdown in...

On Tuesday a Brazilian judge lifted a temporary block on Facebook's WhatsApp Messenger, imposed yesterday by another judge in a fight over chat data demanded in a drug trafficking case.

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13:45
Apple loses exclusive use of the ‘iPhone’ moniker in...

Apple has lost exclusive ownership of the “iPhone” name in China. The company has lost a trademark suit against a Chinese company, which now holds the right to make and sell handbags and other leather products branded “IPHONE,” reports Quartz.

The Beijing Municipal High People’s Court rejected Apple’s appeal of the trademark dispute against Xintong Tiandi Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd. on Mar. 31, the article adds. The final judgement allows the Beijing company to brand leather products including handbags, purses, and cellphone and passport cases with the name “IPHONE.”

Xintong Tiandi Technology,applied to register its trademark on the name -- in the category of leather goods -- in 2007. While Apple filed its own "iPhone" trademark in 2002, that application wasn't approved until 2013.

According to a 2013 ruling from the Chinese...

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13:35
Notable apps and app updates for May 3, 2016

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

iOS Apps/Updates for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Tasa Graphic Arts has introduced Plate Tectonics Visual Glossary and Atlas 1.0. It’s a $1.99 comprehensive glossary of terms and definitions related to plate tectonics with visuals that include illustrations, animations, photos, and videos. The app provides a visual experience that encourages discovery by exploration of Earth's surface. Using a 3D globe with surface maps that show Earth's geologic features, terms are related to the features that are a direct result of the motion of tectonic plates.

The Clash Soft has launched...

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13:21
Review: The Nodus Shell leather iPhone case comes w...

If a super-slim, high-quality leather iPhone case is on your wish list, the Nodus Shell case has a few perks that make it my new recommendation and go-to everyday case.
more…Filed under: iOS Devices, Reviews Tagged: case, iPhone, Leather, magnetic, Micro Dock, mount, Nodus, shell ...

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13:07
Apple loses exclusive rights to “iPhone” trademark...

Well, this is a bit awkward.
In a strange turn of events, Apple has lost exclusive rights to the “iPhone” name in China thanks to losing a trademark suit against a Chinese company which now holds the right to make and sell handbags and other leather products branded “IPHONE.”
The Beijing Municipal High People’s Court rejected Apple’s appeal of the trademark dispute against Xintong Tiandi Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd. on Mar. 31, state media Legal Daily reported. The final judgement allows the Beijing company to brand leather products including handbags, purses, and cellphone and passport cases with the name “IPHONE.”

Xintong Tiandi registered the “IPHONE” trademark to make leather products back in 2007, about five years after Apple registered the same name in China...

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12:55
The 50 most influential gadgets of all time

These lists are always fun/interesting and congratulations to Apple for having the iPhone named as #1 but, is it just me or does anyone think of the iPhone as most certainly not a “gadget”?∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:52
Four of Apple's Devices made it to Time...

Today Time Magazine Published a list of the 50 most influential gadgets of all Time. Apple has four products on that list. The number one gadget of all time was granted to Apple's iPhone, a testiment to Apple's late CEO Steve Jobs who ...

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12:35
Apple loses exclusive rights to 'iPhone'...

Adding to the company's problems in the region, Apple has lost exclusivity on the use of the "iPhone" trademark in China, and must now share it with Beijing-based leather products maker Xintong Tiandi Technology, reports said on Tuesday.

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12:34
External Link: Dish Now Offering iPhone House Calls

Satellite provider Dish has an intriguing new service: on-site iPhone screen and battery repair. You’ll pay a premium for its services, which range from $74.99 to $184.99, which is more than even Apple typically charges, but it might be worthwhile if you don’t have an Apple Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider nearby. $35 of the fee is a “Drive to Me” fee, which is waived for additional devices repaired in a single visit. While devices fixed by Dish won’t be covered by their original warranties, Dish warranties its work for 60 days. 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...

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12:30
Law Affords More Protection to PINs Than Prints


A federal magistrate in Los Angeles ordered the girlfriend of an alleged gang member to open her phone using her fingerprint so prosecutors could look at the data on it for a case they were working on, according to a news report published last week. Paytsar Bkhchadzhyan, 29, of Los Angeles pleaded no contest to identity theft earlier this year. Within 45 minutes after she was taken into custody, U.S. Magistrate Judge Alicia Rosenberg issued a warrant to force Bkhchadzhyan to press her finger to her iPhone to open it.

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12:17
iPhone warning signs

There is a lot of justifiable doom and gloom surrounding Apple in general and the iPhone in particular so far this year. A lot of it is incomprehensible to those of us who use and enjoy the products the company makes. Personally, I don’t think there’s any need to push a panic button but the company does have some serious challenges ahead for the rest of the year and into 2017.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:13
ADATA launches line of certified accessories for...

ADATA Technology has launched its Apple Series in North America. The accessories are designed specifically for iOS and OS X devices, including the iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Mac.
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11:50
Apple revenue from China forecast to fall 15% this...

Apple's revenue from China plummeted 26 percent year over year last quarter, and is projected by Sterne Agee CRT to fall 15 percent in fiscal year 2016, as the entire smartphone market faces struggles in that market.

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11:45
TIME Names iPhone Most Influential Gadget of All Time

TIME Magazine today published a list ranking the 50 most influential gadgets of all time, from cameras and TVs to music players, smartphones, and drones.

Unsurprisingly, Apple's iPhone was ranked as the number one most influential device on TIME's list, because it "fundamentally changed our relationship to computing and information," popularized mobile apps, and influenced the future of smartphone design.

Apple was the first company to put a truly powerful computer in the pockets of millions when it launched the iPhone in 2007. Smartphones had technically existed for years, but none came together as accessibly and beautifully as the iPhone.

Apple's device ushered in a new era of flat, touchscreen phones with buttons that appeared on screen as you needed them, replacing the chunkier phones with slide-out keyboards and static buttons.Apple's Macintosh also ranked high on the list,...

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11:38
Apple Clearly Told the Indian Government that they...

We reported back on April 22 that sources stated that Apple indicated in their presentation to the Indian goverment that it may produce products locally in the future, confirming past rumors. "When pressed on the issue of Apple selling refurbished iPhones in India that caused a stir recently, Apple reportedly stated ...

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11:09
Taiwan Supply Chain Claims that Apple has Increased...

On Saturday we posted a report titled "Patently Apple's Transcript of the Opening Statement from Apple's Q2 2016 Conference Call by Tim Cook," wherein Cook noted that none of the sales for the iPhone SE model had made it into the reported quarter. Which country was leading with pre-orders for the new iPhone? Yes, China – with over 3.4 million orders. Cook repeated that last night ...

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11:06
Tim Cook Sits Down with Jim Cramer on Mad Money

As Apple comes under fire from financial analysts, Cook talks to Mad Money’s Jim Cramer to tell Apple’s side of the story. 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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11:00
OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta 4 (15F31a) Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta 4 (15F31a) Now Available

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11:00
iOS 9.3.2 beta 4 (13F68) Now Available

iOS 9.3.2 beta 4 (13F68) Now Available

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11:00
tvOS 9.2.1 beta 4 (13Y772) Now Available

tvOS 9.2.1 beta 4 (13Y772) Now Available

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11:00
OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta 4 (15F31a) Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta 4 (15F31a) Now Available

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11:00
iOS 9.3.2 beta 4 (13F68) Now Available

iOS 9.3.2 beta 4 (13F68) Now Available

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11:00
tvOS 9.2.1 beta 4 (13Y772) Now Available

tvOS 9.2.1 beta 4 (13Y772) Now Available

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11:00
Exclusive: Redesigned Aspen Grove Apple Store...

The eponymous aspen trees at the Aspen Grove shopping mall in Littleton, Colorado are barely budding out, but there is something new that's sprouted up at the location: A freshly–updated Apple Store.

The Aspen Grove Apple Store has been open for quite a few years (it opened on November 10, 2001 and was the 16th Apple Store overall), and to be honest with you it was definitely in need of a renovation. It's my local Apple Store, and the location where I picked up my first iPhone in 2007. The store is rather small (6,281 square feet), and unlike some recently-refurbished Apple Stores, the new store doesn't feature a mammoth video screen in the back. 


Aspen Grove Apple Store: May, 2016

All photos ©2016, Steven Sande


Interior tables

The new tables provide an open and clean design....

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10:25
Test drive Microsoft Office 365 from the comfort of...

Test drive Office 365 from the comfort of your own office.

An online immersion session is not your typical online event. These 90-minute interactive sessions start with an online roundtable discussing your business challenges and then launch into a live environment in the cloud. A skilled facilitator guides you through simulated business scenarios that are customized to your interests.
We will send you a link to connect your own device to a remote desktop loaded with our latest and greatest technology, so you can experience first-hand how Microsoft tools can solve your biggest challenges in a collaborative, fun environment.
Online immersion sessions help you discover how to:

  • Keep information secure while being productive—Make it easier to work securely and maintain compliance without inhibiting your workflow.
  • Capture, review and share notes from anywhere—Boost your team’s productivity by sharing documents...
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10:21
Retrospect: 52% of small businesses have suffered...

A new survey sponsored by Retrospect (www.retrospect.com), makes of Retrospect Backup & Recovery software, finds that more than half of small businesses have suffered data loss, through accident, loss, failure, theft, or disaster. The survey was conducted with Google Consumer Surveys across a sample of 1,000 small businesses.
 
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10:16
Apple seeds fourth tvOS 9.2.1, iOS 9.3.2, & OS X...

Apple has released the fourth beta of its iOS 9.3.2 update to both developers and public beta testers today. OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 and tvOS 9.2.1 also saw a fourth beta release for developers today. The latest developer and public betas haven’t seen any major changes as it appears they are turning out to be more bug fix releases than anything. Simultaneous use of Low Power Mode and Night Shift had been reactivated as of iOS 9.3.2 beta 2.
more…Filed under: Developers, iOS, Mac Tagged: iOS, os x el...

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10:16
AAS releases Epicycles sound bank for Chromaphone 2...

Applied Acoustics Systems has released the Epicycles sound bank (www.applied-acoustics.com/epicycles/) for the Chromaphone 2 synthesizer and AAS Player plug-ins in collaboration with artist and sound designer Richard Devine.
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10:09
Apple releases fourth betas of iOS 9.3.2, OS X 10.11...

Apple on Tuesday issued the fourth pre-release beta builds of iOS 9.3.2, OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 and tvOS 9.2.1, giving developers the ability to test the software before its official launch. Public beta testers also got their hands on the latest builds of iOS and OS X [updated].

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10:03
Apple Seeds Fourth OS X 10.11.5 El Capitan Beta to...

Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming OS X 10.11.5 El Capitan update to developers and public beta testers, one week after releasing the third OS X 10.11.5 beta and more than a month after releasing OS X 10.11.4, the fourth update to the El Capitan operating system. OS X 10.11.5 has been in testing since April 6.

The fourth beta of OS X 10.11.5 can be downloaded through the software update mechanism in the Mac App Store or through the Apple Developer Center (developers only).

OS X 10.11.5 focuses on security enhancements, performance improvements, and bug fixes to address problems that have surfaced since the release of OS X 10.11.4. As with...

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10:03
Apple Pay picks up over 20 more US banks including...

Apple on Tuesday updated the roster of U.S. banks supporting Apple Pay with 26 new entries, such as Moody National Bank, one of the biggest headquartered in Texas with branches in Houston, Galveston, and Austin.

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10:01
About the security content of Xcode 7.3.1

This document describes the security content of Xcode 7.3.1.

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10:01
Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of iOS 9.3.2 to Developers...

Apple today released the fourth beta of an upcoming iOS 9.3.2 update to developers and public beta testers for testing purposes, one week after the release of the third iOS 9.3.2 beta and more than a month after the launch of iOS 9.3, a significant update that introduced Night Shift mode and other feature improvements. iOS 9.3.2 has been in testing since April 6.

iOS 9.3.2 beta 4 can be downloaded over-the-air using the beta configuration profile or through the Apple Developer Center.

iOS 9.3.2, as an 9.x.x update, appears to be minor in scale, focusing on bug fixes and performance improvements. iOS 9.3.2 appears to fix...

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10:00
Cyclists will love WaterField's Cycling Ride...

Cyclists know that for speed and comfort, you want to carry the bare necessities on each ride. Gary Waterfield, the founder of WaterField Designs, is an avid cyclist and designed the perfect way to carry an iPhone, keys, wallet, and even bike tools in the least amount of space. The redesigned Cycling Ride Pouch (US$79) and Club Pouch ($49) are now available for preorder and start shipping on May 20.

WaterField Designs Ride Pouch

The Ride Pouch (image above) weighs just 4 ounces (113.4 grams) empty and easily slips into a cycling jersey pocket. There's a clear screen in a separate pouch pocket for viewing and seeing your iPhone, and both external and internal mesh pockets for cash, cards and keys. Made of full-grain distressed leather with ballistic nylon, the Ride Pouch can also hold a spare tube, an air...

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09:31
9to5Toys Last Call: Beats Solo2 Wireless $160,...

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09:11
BCC all mail to an OS X Server to an Email address

I’m pretty big on privacy. Actually, I don’t need much privacy; I’m an open book. But I try to be very respectful of the privacy of others. Still, there are certain valid circumstances to send all mail that goes to an OS X Server to an email address. Maybe you have an automation that picks up mail from support staff and files it into software for ticketing, maybe you have a legal hold. In many cases, it’s not my place to judge the validity of such requests; only to find ways to implement them.
To bcc all mail to an OS X Server, first disable the feature from Postfix so you can enable it in serveradmin. First, edit the postfix config file, /Library/Server/Mail/Config/postfix/main.cf. Open the file in your favorite text editor and remove the line that starts with always_bcc. Then close the file and save.
Next, run the following command to enable the option:
sudo serveradmin settings mail:postfix:always_bcc_enabled = yes
And finally, define the email address,...

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09:00
Our journey into the world of OneNote

Today’s post was written by Gerald B. Johnson, data support specialist at Feldwood Elementary School in College Park, Georgia.
As the data support specialist at Feldwood Elementary School, my role is to support teachers in using their students’ assessment results and to support my principal in identifying key data points for decision making. As I began planning how to facilitate these tasks effectively, I knew I would need a medium to organize, store and share the vast amount of information we collected throughout the school year. Like many of you, I was used to keeping a physical binder containing this information about my homeroom class. The problem I faced was that I was no longer in the classroom and needed to facilitate this process with over 30 teachers. The idea of thumbing through over thirty five-inch binders on a regular basis was not an appealing idea.
During the second semester of 2015, our school district purchased the Office 365 suite. My school...

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08:52
Fiat Chrysler, Google partnering on self-driving...

Google and Fiat Chrysler are on the verge of signing their rumored partnership on self-driving technology, which should begin with several dozen Pacifica minivans being equipped as prototypes, a report said on Tuesday.

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08:51
SpaceX's Red Dragon Could Soar Off on Mars...


SpaceX last week announced plans to launch a mission for Mars in 2018, with help from the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The Red Dragon, a variant of the SpaceX Dragon 2 spacecraft, will make the unmanned journey. The Falcon Heavy 9 space launch vehicle will send it on its way. The mission will gain data for NASA as part of its agreement with SpaceX. SpaceX CEO Elon is expected to disclose detailed plans for the Mars Colonial Transporter and associated architecture at a conference this summer in Mexico.

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08:50
Apple Wins a Patent for Networked iDevices acting as...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 66 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's invention covering wireless device networks with smoke detector capabilities. In addition we cover eight Apple Watch related design patents. And finally ...

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08:37
Apple Increases iPhone SE Orders Amid Growing Sales...

In line with Apple CEO Tim Cook's recent comments about "very strong" iPhone SE demand exceeding supply, the company has reportedly increased orders for the low-priced 4-inch smartphone in the second quarter of 2016.

DigiTimes claims that the second-quarter outlook for iPhone SE-related chip orders has been revised to more than 5 million units, up from 3.5-4 million, and the upward trend is expected to continue through the third quarter.

In a related report, the Taiwanese website notes that Apple has conversely lowered orders for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus due to declining sales of the...

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08:16
Apple Pay gains over 20 more banks in the US,...

We’re now more than a year and a half out from the launch of Apple Pay — Apple’s iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch-based mobile payment system — in the US, and we’re still seeing additional banks across the country regularly join the roster of participating partners. More than 20 new banks have added Apple Pay support in this round, and a new prepaid card launching in the UK today has also made the list. These are the latest banks to work with Apple Pay:
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08:15
Apple's iPhone tops TIME's "50 Most...

Original iPhone. Image via WIRED.

Those of us who have watched the changes in the world since the introduction of the iPhone in 2007 know just how influential that device has been. Whether it is the dominance of smartphones these days, the fact that most other manufacturers have copied the design of the iPhone, or the rise of the App Store economy, there's no denying that the iPhone started something big. TIME today published a list of the "50 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time", and the iPhone is at the top of the list.

The Mac made the number 3 spot on the list for how it "forever set the standard for the way human beings interact with computers," and the iPod (below) was at the number 9 spot as "...an entire generation's introduction to Apple's easy-to-use products and slick marketing." 

Two more Apple products made the list, with the iPad at the number 25 spot as being not "the first tablet, but ......

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08:08
Rumor: Apple ups iPhone SE component orders to meet...

Even with declining iPhone sales, the iPhone SE might just prove to be a hit.
A new supply chain rumor has indicated that Apple has increased orders for its new low-end iPhone SE, and plans to build more than 5 million units this quarter alone, as the company continues to struggle to keep up with demand for the 4-inch handset.
The supplies have been constrained since launch and as of Tuesday, predicted shipping times run from two to three weeks on Apple’s web site.

As a result, Apple may be upping production and it was reported that chipmakers have increased component orders for the iPhone SE.
While Apple was apparently previously planning to build between 3.5 million and 4 million iPhone SE units in the current quarter, Tuesday’s report suggests that Apple has...

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07:58
Report: India won’t let Apple sell refurbished...

Enlarge / The iPhone SE is Apple's best cheap iPhone ever, but in India even it may be too expensive. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)


The Indian government won't allow Apple to sell refurbished iPhones in the country, according to a "telecommunications official" speaking to Bloomberg. Apple is currently working to open retail stores in India to expand its market presence, and selling low-cost refurbished iPhones is another part of that strategy. Apple's opponents claim that allowing the company to sell used phones in the country could undermine...

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07:48
Apple Granted Patent for All-New Ways to Implement...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 66 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover another Force Touch invention that may provide future MacBooks with added dimensions to their current Force Touch feature set that could be very cool.

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07:38
Apple and Lenovo are the fastest growing among India...

Now for some good news: the Indian government may have denied Apple’s request to sell used smartphones in the country, but the company and Lenovo are the fastest growing among India’s top 109 smart phone vendors, according to a new report from Canalys.

India’s smart phone market grew by 12% year-on-year, with 24.4 million units shipping in first quarter (Q1) of 2016, notes the research group. The top five vendors stayed the same, with Samsung in the lead, followed by Micromax, Intex, Lenovo and Lava. Lenovo grew the most; its shipments were up 63% on Q1 2015. 

Established international brands Microsoft, BlackBerry, Sony and LG were the biggest losers as the market shifted toward low-cost and value-for-money handsets. Though in eighth place, Apple continued to climb in India, increasing shipments...

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07:34
Dish Network ventures from satellite TV to iPhone...

In a surprise move, Dish -- known for its satellite television business -- on Tuesday announced an iPhone repair service, allowing people in the U.S. to have a technician come out to their location and fix their phone's screen or battery.

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07:30
Grovemade Walnut & Leather Case for iPhone SE, 6...

Grovemade Walnut & Leather Case: iPhone 6s Plus. Photo©2016, Steven Sande

There's something about the juxtaposition of Apple's glass and aluminum works of art with the natural materials of wood and leather that makes the rare handmade cases that use the nature as a source of inspiration all that much more attractive. That's the situation with Grovemade's Walnut & Leather Case ($99 for iPhone SE, $109 for iPhone 6/6s, $119 for iPhone 6/6s Plus).

Design

Image via Grovemade

The Walnut & Leather Case (also available in Maple & Leather) uses a carefully-crafted wood bumper around the sides of the iPhone with a stick-on leather back. The Walnut & Leather Case uses a black tanned leather that works just beautifully with the darker iPhone models, while the Maple & Leather Case's lighter wood and natural leather works...

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07:22
MailButler for OS X Mail gets Follow-Up feature

MailButler (https://www.feingeist.io/mailbutler), the Apple Mail assistant by Feingeist Software GmbH, has added a new feature on its list.
It's called Follow-Up, and it allows users to schedule a follow-up reminder that will notify them when there is no response to a particular email. Once the email is written, the user can just tell MailButler when he wants to be reminded, and the notification will appear on his preferred date and time. MailButler simplifies, optimizes and streamlines working with emails.
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06:57
Indian government nixes Apple’s plan to import used...

The Indian government has nixed Apple's application to import and sell refurbished iPhones, according to Bloomberg, quoting an unnamed telecommunications ministry official.

Apple wanted permission to import and sell used phones in an effort to appeal to price-conscious consumers. A similar proposal was rejected by the Indian government last year.Apple’s rivals have mounted a public campaign against the effort, arguing that such a move would trigger a flood of used electronics while defeating the government’s Make-in-India program to encourage local manufacturing, notes Bloomberg.

What’s more, within two years, all phones — including iPhones — sold in India must have a “panic button” and built-in GPS, according to a new ruling by Minister of Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad.

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06:52
Apple Pay gets support for prepaid cards with Boon...

If you're an iPhone owner in the UK and your bank has yet to climb aboard the Apple Pay train -- or you don't have a compatible credit or debit card -- you now have a new prepaid option thanks to the UK launch of Wirecard's Boon mobile payment app with Apple Pay.

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06:24
Mail Designer Pro 2.6 for OS X gets expanded Mobile...

equinux has released Mail Designer Pro 2.6 for OS X with expanded Mobile Preview and automatic preflight link check.
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06:22
Apple Wins a Patent for a Revolutionary Invisible...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 66 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover yet another revolutionary idea. Apple has invented a method of creating a virtually invisible connector port on the backside of an iPhone that is concealed and able to resist water, debris or gasses.

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06:15
Indian government turns down Apple request to import...

The Indian government has reportedly denied Apple's application to import and sell refurbished iPhones, in a step that may hinder the company's ability to gain traction in the cost-sensitive local smartphone market.

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06:05
Tim Cook Defends Apple, Teases Exciting New Products...

anderzole quotes a report from BGR: Apple's earnings report last week saw the company report a year over year decline in profits for the first time since 2003. The biggest contributing factor to the decline, not surprisingly, is that year over year iPhone sales dropped by 16%. Notably, Apple's most recent quarter represents the company's first iPhone sales decline in history. Consequently, the usual contingent of pundits and analysts have come out of the woodwork, all exclaiming that we've reached 'peak iPhone' and that Apple at this point has nowhere to go but down. In an effort to inject a bit of good news and all-around optimism to a particularly negative Apple news cycle, Tim Cook earlier today appeared on CNBC with Jim Cramer where the Apple CEO teased that Apple's still has a lot of innovation left to do and some interesting items in the product pipeline. "We've got great innovation in the pipeline," Cook said to Cramer. "New iPhones that will incentivize you and other people...

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05:53
∞ Latest drone footage of Apple’s Spaceship Campus

[VIDEO] The campus is looking good. And Matthew Roberts’ production technique is evolving. Now in 4K.

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05:43
TV has lost the working class

We’re seeing a fundamental shift in TV, a move from reflection to idealism.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:27
Legally forcing someone to use their finger to...

The LA Times:Authorities obtained a search warrant compelling the girlfriend of an alleged Armenian gang member to press her finger against an iPhone that had been seized from a Glendale home. The phone contained Apple’s fingerprint identification system for unlocking, and prosecutors wanted access to the data inside it.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:06
Apple reportedly increases iPhone SE chip orders...

A new supply chain rumor claims that Apple has increased orders for its new low-end iPhone SE, and plans to build more than 5 million units this quarter alone, as the company continues to struggle to keep up with demand for the 4-inch handset.

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05:00
Driving around the Apple Car theory

Speculation is raging that Apple will enter the automotive market with the Apple Car. Maybe so, but I think there’s a chance that it’s not going to happen — at least in the way many folks expect. However, you will see an ever-increasing Apple influence in automobiles.

In fact, a Slashdot article from way back in 2012 (yep, these Apple Car theories have been driving around for a long time) opines that Apple’s revolution should be IN your car instead of the company making its own automobiles. The article looked at the "sorry state" of car makers' stereo and navigation systems and concluded: 

"It's clear that most of the auto companies that offer more than a car stereo want to lock you into their interface and services -- as awful as they are. The rest don't care. The aftermarket stereo and nav systems are no better. Stuffed with even more buttons and light-show gewgaws, they're sure to keep your eyes off the road and...

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04:46
Nintendo claims non-Mario games chosen for mobile...

Many Nintendo fans were disappointed when the company chose to launch a new game Miitomo for its first move into mobile, rather than the popular Super Mario series. The company later revealed that it will be bringing existing Nintendo game franchises to iOS later this year, but again, no sign of Mario. Instead, we can expect Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem.
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04:42
Alleged 'iPhone 7' cable suggests Apple...

Despite a plethora of rumors and alleged design leaks suggesting Apple's next iPhone won't include a legacy headphone jack, a new part from China claimed to be for the "iPhone 7" depicts space for a 3.5-millimeter input.

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04:36
Kool Tools: Nektar MIDI controller keyboards

Nektar (www.nektartech.com) has announced two new USB MIDI controller keyboards that sport dedicated Nektar DAW integration features: the $99.99 Impact GX49 and $119.99 GX61 Controller Keyboards.
 
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04:13
Purported iPhone 7 component leak disagrees with...

The iPhone 7 had been rumored to be dropping the analog 3.5 mm headphone jack, in favour of wireless Bluetooth or Lightning cable headphones for audio output. However, a new iPhone 7 component leak posted on Weibo disagrees with previous reports, depicting a board that includes a 3.5mm jack (in the top right of the photo above).
The 3.5mm jack is large (relative to the thinness of the phone), dates back more than a hundred years and has been superseded in terms of signal quality by the modern digital solutions, so it is plausible that Apple would want to abandon it. However, the idea of removing the port has been controversial (with complaints about existing accessory compatibility). This Chinese...

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04:10
Calcine for OS X gets improved import dialog

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Calcine for Mac OS X to version 4.2.1. The new version has an improved import dialog.

The app allows you to have an algebra solver in small stripe window taking just a small portion of your Mac screen. You can use it for simple additions or for complex formula using and assigning variables and constants
Calcine 4.2.1 requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher and costs $4.99. It’s available at the Tension Software website and the Mac App Store.

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04:09
Apple's Secretive Apple Pencil Patent about...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 66 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. Patently Apple covered dozens of Apple's smartpen patents during a time when the Apple community said it was an invention that would never, ever come to market. One interesting idea in particular found in this invention is that the pen's tip could be switched, via a touch sensitive ring around the pen, and provide the Apple Pencil with new features such as a camera ....

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04:07
IHS: automotive touch screens on the rise

With consumers becoming increasingly comfortable using smartphones and tablet PCs, touch screens are now increasingly making their way into their vehicles, too. In fact, the automotive touch panel market is expected to expand from 28 million units shipped in 2013 to 86 million in 2021, according to IHS Inc. (www.ihs.com), the leading global source of critical information and insight.
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04:02
Smartwatch report forecasts that Apple Watch will...

Business Insider report on the smartwatch market is forecasting that the Apple Watch will by 2020 account for around 40% of sales in the luxury watch market, which it defines as watches costing at least $350.
As evidence for this, it cites a consumer survey showing growing interest in the Apple Watch among owners of traditional watches, 27% of those who already wear a watch saying that the added functionality of Apple’s wearable appeals to them. The report also notes a trend away from simpler fitness bands toward full...

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04:00
AluFrame is an elegant shield case for the iPhone 6...

The AluFrame from Just Mobile is an elegant aluminum shield case for the iPhone 6 and 6s Plus. It protects the Apple smartphone from damage without hiding its design. 

The AluFrame also boasts a rubber inner lining to protect the iPhone's own aluminum bezel. It's easy to install. Fit the Apple smartphone in the piece that protects the bottom and right edges. Rotate the other arm around and snap the two segments together. To remove, just press the top of the catch mechanism and pull. Once the AluFrame is installed, you still have access to all your iPhone's ports and buttons.

The AluFrame comes with a screen protector, as well as a film to protect the back of the iPhone. As always, when using a "peel and apply" screen protector, I had a devil of a time getting rid of the air bubbles. But perhaps you're more talented than I.

My one complaint: though the Just Mobile case's interior is...

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03:51
Possible iPhone 7 Headphone Jack Depicted in New...

Amid rumors suggesting Apple is set to ditch the headphone jack in the iPhone 7, an image depicting a spare part that could be used in the device has surfaced – headphone jack included.

This morning, French site Nowhereelse.fr shared an image of a Lightning cable assembly, apparently destined for the iPhone 7, which differs in design from the same part found in the current iPhone 6s.

The assembly part is host to a number of components, including cellular antenna cables and the obligatory Lightning port, but the new design clearly shows a separate white headphone jack on the far left-hand side.

Left: purported iPhone 7 part (Image: Weibo); Right: iPhone 6s part (Image:...

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03:19
Apple Wins Patent for a Digital Newspaper. Is this...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 66 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover one of Apple's most revolutionary ideas that they've had in some time. Apple's invention covers a futuristic newspaper using a very thin flexible OLED display.

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02:20
Apple patent hints next-gen Apple Pencil to sport...

A years-old Apple patent filing might yield clues as to the company's future plans for Apple Pencil, as the document includes never before seen features like interchangeable multifunction nibs with built-in sensors.

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00:01
3 features that would make the iPhone 7 truly...

The iPhone 7 doesn't have to be mind-blowing to get us excited for an upgrade.

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Monday May 2

14:09
Facebook Messenger testing Snapchat-style...

Facebook is considering a new feature so that not every message your send on its Messenger app will live forever.
On Monday, screenshots revealed a potential version of Facebook Messenger on iOS where users can set a time-limit for their messages to remain visible after being sent. According to the screenshots, Messenger users will have the option to enable disappearing messages on the iOS app and set a time-limit for the messages to disappear after one minute, after 15 minutes, after one hour, after four hours, or after a day. The screenshots were posted on Twitter by @iOSAppChanges and were picked up by VentureBeat.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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22:50
Fitbit CEO says Apple Watch 'wrong way' to...

James Park, chief executive at Fitbit, in an interview published Monday described how his company was able to withstand what many viewed as direct competition from Apple in 2015, saying the Cupertino tech giant took a wrong turn with Apple Watch.

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12:23
Why your iPhone-unlocking fingerprint is susceptible...

Should you be able to plead the Fifth when a judge forces you to use your fingerprints to unlock an iPhone?That’s the latest ongoing debate in a Los Angeles courtroom after a judge compelled a woman in custody to use Touch ID to unlock an iPhone. Legal experts are arguing that this goes against the Fifth Amendment’s protection against self-incrimination because the authorities would then have access to potentially-incriminating personal data stored on the device.The debate started after authorities obtained a search warrant for Paytsar Bkhchadzhyan, the girlfriend of a suspected Armenian gang member, to use her fingerprints to unlock an iPhone seized from a home in Glendale, California. The iPhone in question was enabled with Touch ID sensor technology....

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19:25
Apple stock posts longest losing streak in 18 years

In the aftermath of Apple's disappointing earnings report that brought news of a slowdown in worldwide iPhone sales, the company's stock price dropped for the eighth consecutive day on Monday, a losing streak not seen since 1998.

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