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Wednesday July 8

11:24
First look: Apple's News app debuts in latest...

The newest pre-release version of Apple's next-generation mobile operating system brought the first public release of the company's News app, an app and cloud service unveiled at WWDC and designed to act as an aggregator for news and commentary.

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11:10
Apple may have avoided $533 million iTunes patent...

Reuters is reporting today that a $532.9 million fine against Apple awarded to patent troll Smartflash LLC has been thrown out by a federal judge. US District Judge Rodney Gilstrap said jurors who awarded the damages to Smartflash on February 24 may have been "confused" by his instructions on how to calculate royalties. The jury found that Apple's iTunes software infringed three patents owned by Smartflash. 

Apple had protested the damages as being too high because the jurors might have considered the entire market value of the products instead of focusing just on patented features. Gils trap has set a new trial to determine the proper level of damages to be awarded in Tyler, Texas, where Smartflash is based. Smartflash appears to have set its headquarters in Tyler thanks to the fact that it is located in the Eastern District of Texas, favored by patent...

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11:06
iPad home screen folders now display 16 apps per...

In another move intended to take advantage of greater screen real estate on the iPad, folders in the latest beta of iOS 9 are now a larger four-by-four design, accommodating 16 apps per page.

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02:45
The mystery of the iMac's granddaddy: The...

I got not one, but two very exciting Macs this week. The first was a new main Mac, the replacement for my trusty 2008 MacBook Pro: A tricked-out 5K iMac.The second, though, was just as exciting: I became the caretaker for a Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh, the grandfather of the modern iMac.The TAM is a complete aberration. It doesn’t fit into any product line, it cost $7,499 when introduced, only a few thousand were made, and nothing like it would ever be made again. Few enough people have ever heard of it, never mind know what one looks like, and fewer still own one. And yet at the same time, the same design decisions that gave us the basic formula for an all-in-one—which we first saw with the iMac G5—clearly informed the design of the TAM. To read this article in...

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04:11
3 things we hate about Apple Music

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04:13
3 things we love about Apple Music

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04:30
You Should Play: Explore dungeons and power-up your...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.My experience with mobile-exclusive RPGs has been mixed. Some games emphasize the collectability—giving you hundreds of dragons/powers/characters that need to be powered up through hours of grinding. The drawback with this style is that the gameplay usually lacks any semblance of skill— you’re running down the same hall, doing the same thing, and if you have the right level, your character will succeed. On the other end of the spectrum, we have games that emphasize the action aspects—every moment of the game is a sword-fight or a quick-time event—but lacks any depth. You’ve played one mission, you’ve played them all....

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07:38
People quickly installed iOS 8.4 to use Apple Music

Apple hasn’t yet released numbers to prove how popular Apple Music is, but now we know that people are rushing to upgrade to iOS 8.4. Just eight days after Apple pushed out the upgrade with Apple Music as its core feature, more than 40 percent of all iOS devices are running the newest version of iOS.The data comes from third-party analytics firm Mixpanel—Apple doesn’t break out point release adoption from larger release adoption. iOS 8 is currently running on 84 percent of iOS devices. Mixpanel
Apple Music, the brand new feature in iOS 8.4, was the main reason people upgraded their devices so quickly.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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10:59
Use iPad accessibility and assessment settings in...

Learn to use the iPad accessibility and assessment features so teachers can make the most of lessons and tests.

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10:54
If Wi-Fi is grayed out or dim on your iPhone, iPad,...

If you can't turn on Wi-Fi on your device because the setting is grayed out or dim, follow these steps.

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10:47
Review: LAUT’s Nomad series for iPhone 6/Plus are...


If you’re looking for a “hip” iPhone case or a nice way to represent your city, you’ll love the Nomad series from LAUT. The Nomad series features unique abstract map designs on the backside of a case that showcase different cities. I’m not usually a fan of cases, but the artwork here is what lured me in…

Today we’re checking out the iPhone 6 version, but this is also available for the iPhone 6 Plus as well. The packaging and presentation are nice and each case comes with a screen protector as well for complete coverage of your iPhone. The abstract art on the backside is made up from a couple of layers. On the top layer there are shiny accents, while the bottom layer is home to the colors of the abstract art.
The design/...

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10:40
iOS 9 Beta 3 Tidbits: 4x4 Folders on iPad,...

Apple today released the third beta of iOS 9, which has turned out to be the biggest update to the operating system so far. It adds a revamped Music app with access to Apple Music, the News app that was first unveiled at WWDC, a new two-factor authentication system, and several other smaller tweaks, along with the traditional performance improvements and bug fixes. With today's changes, the beta is feeling faster, more polished, and more full featured. For beta testers and those eager to know what's coming in the OS ahead of its official release, we've rounded up a complete list of all of the new changes introduced in iOS 9 beta 3 below. News app - Today's beta is the first iOS 9 beta to include Apple's new News app, first announced at WWDC. The news app offers up a curated list of news stories based on each user's preferences and interests. The News app displays specific channels and topics and also supports the...

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10:11
iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan Public Betas Coming Soon

The third betas of iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan launched today, and a new document outlining a revamped two-factor authentication feature built into the operating systems suggests we may be seeing public beta availability in the very near future. A support document accompanying the two-factor authentication changes explicitly states that it's designed for "the public betas of iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan." When Apple introduced iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan at its Worldwide Developers Conference, the company promised that a public beta would be available beginning in July, so customers who are enrolled in Apple's public beta testing programs may not have much longer to wait to get access to the new software. It is not clear exactly when the public beta will be seeded to customers, but the wording in the support document suggests beta testers will be receiving access to the same third betas of iOS 9 and OS...

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10:10
PDFKey Pro 4.3.1 - Edit and print password-protected...

PDFKey Pro can unlock PDF documents protected for printing and copying when you've forgotten your password. It can now also protect your PDF files with a password to prevent unauthorized access and/or restrict usage permissions. PDFKey Pro can also integrate in complex workflows using command-line tools (included). Features

  • Completely unlocks files restoring editing and printing capabilities
  • Supports PDF with viewing password set as well (providing the correct password)
  • Protects your PDF files with a password to prevent unauthorized access
  • Restricts usage, such as printing and copying, permissions with a password.
  • Batch processing
  • Automatic update system via UpdateFX
  • Command Line Tool to use in scripts
  • Localized in English, Italian, Russian, German, French, Polish and Dutch
  • Free support

Version 4.3.1:

  • Performance optimizations
  • Fixed command line...

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10:10
Apple Introduces Revamped Two-Factor Authentication...

With the third betas of iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Apple is introducing a revamped two-factor authentication system, according to both the beta release notes and a detailed support FAQ that outlines the changes. The new two-factor authentication system is different from Apple's existing two-step verification system, using "different methods" to trust devices and deliver verification codes. Apple also says it includes a "more streamlined user experience." Based on the support document, the new two-factor authentication system works similarly to the existing two-step verification system. Any device that you sign into using two-factor authentication in iOS 9 or El Capitan becomes a trusted device that can be used to verify identify when signing into other devices or services linked to an Apple ID. Apple recommends that iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan beta testers using the new two-factor authentication...

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10:07
Apple pursuing close, 'day-to-day'...

Even with well-established plans for contractors, Apple is micromanaging the construction of its Campus 2 complex in Cupertino, a new report revealed on Wednesday.

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09:57
Safari Content Blocker, Before and After

Dean Murphy wrote an iOS 9 Safari Content Blocker, and tested it against iMore:

With no content blocked, there are 38 third party scripts
(scripts not hosted on the host domain) running when the homepage
is opened, which takes a total of 11 seconds. Some of these
scripts are hosted by companies I know, Google, Amazon, Twitter
and lots from companies I don’t know. Most of which I assume are
used to display adverts or track my activity, as the network
activity was still active after a minute of leaving the page
dormant. I decided to turn them all off all third party scripts
and see what would happen.

After turning off all third party scripts, the homepage took 2
seconds to load, down from 11 seconds. Also, the network activity
stopped as soon as the page loaded so it should be less strain on
the battery.

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09:08
Apple issues third betas of iOS 9, Watch OS 2 &...

Testing of Apple's next-generation software platforms continues to move along, as developers on Wednesday were provided with the third beta releases of iOS 9, WatchOS 2 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan, ahead of their anticipated release this fall.

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09:05
Apple Seeds Third WatchOS 2 Beta to Developers

Apple today seeded the third watchOS 2 beta to developers, just over two weeks after seeding the second watchOS 2 beta and a month after announcing the new operating system update at its Worldwide Developers Conference. watchOS 2 requires iOS 9 and can be downloaded over-the-air through the Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General -> Software Update. watchOS 2 is the first major update to the software that runs on the Apple Watch. The new software brings many new features that Apple Watch developers can take advantage of, including native apps that run on the Apple Watch itself instead of the iPhone. It also allows developers to access the Taptic Engine and a number of other sensors in the Apple Watch, including the heart rate monitor, the microphone, and the accelerometer. Along with these features for...

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09:04
Apple Seeds Third iOS 9 Beta to Developers With News...

Apple today seeded the third beta of iOS 9 to developers for testing purposes, just over two weeks after releasing the second beta and exactly a month after unveiling the new operating system at the 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference. The update, build 13A4293f, is available through Apple's over-the-air updating system on iOS devices and is also available for download through the Apple Developer Center. As promised by Eddy Cue last week, today's beta includes the updated Music app, allowing those running iOS 9 to access the new Apple Music service and the Beats 1 radio station. Today's beta also includes the new News app, a new two-factor...

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09:01
Apple Seeds Third OS X 10.11 El Capitan Beta to...

Apple today released the third beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan to developers for testing purposes, just over two weeks after releasing the second El Capitan beta and a month after unveiling the new operating system at its 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference. The update is available through the software update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Apple Developer Center. OS X El Capitan largely builds on the features introduced with OS X Yosemite, focusing on improving performance and user experience. Behind-the-scenes improvements in El Capitan have made a number of apps and processes on the Mac much faster, and the introduction of Metal makes system-level graphics rendering 40 percent more efficient. Along with a new systemwide font, El Capitan includes a revamped Mission Control...

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09:00
OS X El Capitan 10.11 beta 3 Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11 beta 3 Now Available

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09:00
iOS 9 beta 3 Now Available

iOS 9 beta 3 Now Available

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09:00
OS X El Capitan 10.11 beta 3 Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11 beta 3 Now Available

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09:00
iOS 9 beta 3 Now Available

iOS 9 beta 3 Now Available

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08:55
Deals: $180-$225 off new 15" MacBook Pros, $500...

Apple's new 15" MacBook Pros are seeing their deepest discounts yet (between $180 and $225) this week. Meanwhile, two of the most brawny 2014 15" models are now marked down by $500. Also, a few days remain to take advantage of $50 rebates and grab a fully loaded 11" MacBook Air for $999 with free accessories. Most deals expire July 10th.

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08:49
Spotify Encourages Customers to Cancel App Store...

Spotify is sending emails to its customers encouraging them to stop paying for the Spotify music service through Apple's App Store, reports The Verge. The email informs customers they can save $3 per month on their Spotify fees by canceling their App Store Spotify subscription and resubscribing through the Spotify website. Spotify subscriptions that people signed up for using the App Store are priced at $12.99 to account for the 30 percent fee that Apple collects for all app and subscription revenue routed through the App Store. The same service is priced at $9.99 through Spotify's website. Customers who subscribe to Spotify through the App Store might mistakenly think that Spotify is more expensive than Apple's new streaming service, Apple Music, which is also priced at $9.99 per month. That's true, but only when the service is purchased via the App Store. Spotify's emails are...

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08:40
Ecobee3 HomeKit-connected thermostat available at...

Apple's HomeKit home automation framework is beginning to show some surprising growth and strength, today with the announcement that the Ecobee3 smart thermostat will be available for $249 at Apple Stores throughout North America.

There have been plenty of smart thermostats available up to this point; Google's Nest and Honeywell's Lyric are two good examples. But Ecobee3 is the first that has been designed from scratch to support HomeKit. It's available with additional sensors (two for $79) that can be place in other rooms of the house to ensure even heating or cooling.

What HomeKit support means to potential Ecobee3 owners is that they'll be able to use Siri to control home temperatures through voice commands or group the thermostat into a "scene". Imagine telling Siri you're going to bed and it turns off all...

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08:36
Adobe is patching a hole the Hacking Team used to...

Techcrunch:Many companies have best practices and the Hacking Team, the “computer security experts” who sold hacking tools to various federal and state agencies around the world, are no exception. Their database of information includes a number of interesting hacking tips, including mention of a 0-day, unpatched hole in Adobe Flash that the company is currently closing.It’s long past time that Adobe should do the right thing and stop developing Flash and web site creators should stop using it.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:04
Apple Cranking Up the iPhone 6's Success Story...

On July 3 we posted a report titled "Production of Apple's Next-Gen iPhones set to Begin," and followed that up with another report days later titled "Pegatron Subsidiary Cranks up Hiring for iPhone that goes into Production in August." Cranked up hiring would be an understatement if the latest Wall Street Journal report is accurate.

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07:42
Apple orders up 90 million 'iPhone 6s'...

Apple reportedly has big ambitions for its next-generation iPhones, having tasked its manufacturing partners with assembling between 85 million and 90 million handsets --?complete with Force Touch --?to carry it through launch and the holiday shopping season.

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07:31
Apple's iPhone 6 maintains almost 50% share of...

During the June quarter the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus kept the iPhone the top-selling smartphone brand at all four major U.S. carriers, with a sell-through share of almost 50 percent, according to survey data published on Wednesday.

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07:25
Microsoft's CEO Still Cleaning Up the Ballmer-...

In April 2007, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was interviewed by USA TODAY's David Lieberman at the sixth USA TODAY CEO Forum, in conjunction with the University of Washington Business School. Ballmer was asked what he thought of the coming iPhone from Apple. He conceitedly laughed it off. Before retiring from Microsoft, Ballmer stated that looking back he wished he could have pursued the mobile market earlier ...

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07:16
Apple to Order Record-Breaking 85-90 Million Force...

Apple is asking suppliers to assemble a record-breaking 85 to 90 million units of its next-generation iPhone models combined by year-end, according to The Wall Street Journal. That order tops the reported 70 to 80 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus units that Apple ordered during its initial production run last year. The report reiterates rumors that the so-called "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus" will feature both Force Touch, which can distinguish between a light tap and deep press, and a new color option, likely rose gold or pink. Foxconn and Pegatron are expected to be the main suppliers of the next-generation iPhones, while...

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07:05
Apple HomeKit gets thermostat to compete with Nest

Apple’s ecosystem is getting more intelligent.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:03
Microsoft to Lay Off 7,800 Employees 'Primarily...

In a letter to Microsoft employees sent out this morning, company CEO Satya Nadella confirmed that over the next few months Microsoft will undergo a massive restructuring mainly focused on its phone business and which will see the loss of "up to 7,800 positions globally." In addition, the company will take a $7.6 billion impairment charge and an estimated restructuring cost of $750 million to $850 million as Microsoft attempts to rebuild its phone hardware division after its 2013 acquisition of Nokia's hardware units that has failed to generate momentum. In his letter to Microsoft employees, Nadella reaffirmed that he doesn't take such changes lightly, and that the company has plans for its future, with Microsoft...

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07:02
Apple releases VoiceOver patches for iOS iWork apps



You may want to update your iWork apps today.
Following a rare overnight update on Tuesday, Apple has updated its Pages, Numbers and Keynote apps for iOS to version 2.5.4, returning full VoiceOver navigation and editing functionality to the apps.
The fixes resolve issues that prevented UI navigation and content editing using VoiceOver. In addition to the VoiceOver patch, Pages no longer blurs text on certain devices when the Speak Screen option is activated.

It’s unknown how long the bugs have persisted, but the launch of iOS 8.4 last week might be speeding along various bug fixes at 1 Infinite Loop.
The latest versions of Pages, Numbers and Keynote come in at...

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07:00
Apple releases update to fix accessibility issues in...

Apple yesterday updated its iWork suite of iOS apps with bug fixes and feature improvements that address accessibility issues in the latest version of its apps. According to the changelog, Pages, Numbers and Keynote were updated to fix “an issue that prevented proper navigation and editing with VoiceOver.” Apple also resolved an issue in Pages where turning on Speak Screen blurred text on some devices. The latest version of Page, Numbers and Keynote with the accessibility fixes is 2.5.4.

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06:44
Apple Pay arrives at 23 additional U.S. banks,...



Apple Pay was just picked up by another 23 U.S. banks and credit unions.
Here we go:
- American Chartered Bank
- Bank-Fund Staff Federal Credit Union
- Bellco Credit Union
- EFCU Financial
- First Federal
- First National Bank

- Health Care Systems Federal Credit Union
- Keesler Federal Credit Union
- Kemba Credit Union
- Members 1st Federal Credit Union
- NorthStart Credit Union
- Parsons Federal Credit Union
- Pinnacle Bank
- Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union
- Service Credit Union
- SRP Federal Credit Union
- SUMA (Yonkers) FCU
- Tampa Bay Federal Credit Union...

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06:32
iPhones account for a 35.6% of all browser-based...

Adyen (www.adyen.com), a global payments technology company, has published its quarterly Mobile Payments Index (MPI), which tracks mobile payment data from web-based transactions across Adyen’s customer base. The Index reveals that iPhones account for a massive 35.6% of all browser-based transactions made using mobile devices.
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06:23
Sticky Password offers new browser extensions

Sticky Password (www.stickypassword.com), a password management software provider, has announced new browser extensions on Safari for Mac OS X, Safari and Chrome for Mac OS X and iOS, and Firefox for Android.
Sticky Password is expanding its features across more platforms so users benefit from more comprehensive online security for all of their accounts, says Petr Bilek, CEO of Sticky Password. Users can take advantage of Sticky Password’s proven password management software and exceptional auto-filling capabilities on more Web browser platforms starting this month, he adds.
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06:21
Microsoft to axe 7,800 jobs from struggling mobile...

A strategic shift at Microsoft could see as many as 7,800 former Nokia employees lose their jobs this year while the software behemoth absorbs a $7.6 billion write-down on its troubled handset business, the company announced on Wednesday.

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06:20
Gun-shaped iPhone case ‘Is a Terrible Idea,’ police...
06:17
Apple Music review, as seen through the lens of...

Ben Lovejoy, writing for 9to5mac, uses iTunes on his Mac to dig into Apple Music.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:11
∞ Using Siri to control Apple Music

Knowing how to use Siri to control Apple Music will really enhance your Apple Music experience, especially if you own an Apple Watch.

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06:10
External Link: The Swift Doctrine

Is musician Taylor Swift secretly running Apple? In a humorous post at Six Colors, Philip Michaels ponders the question, examining how many of Apple’s recent decisions can be traced back to Swift’s works. Michaels is currently studying Swift’s lyrics for clues about the next iPhone. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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06:00
Ask serveradmin If an Open Directory Certificate...

The serveradmin command has an option to run commands. I’ve talked about these in past articles, for doing tasks like asking how many concurrent NFS connections are open on a host. Well, here’s another, and it’s a simple command. Here, we’re going to look at whether the Open Directory server has a CA. To do so, we’ll use the serveradmin command, along with the command verb. Then, we’ll add the certs option, followed by command= and then the payload of the command. In this case that’s isODCAPresent:
sudo serveradmin command certs:command = isODCAPresent
This is a simple, informational command, similar to the web:command of getSites or the mail:command of getConnectedUsers. Enjoy!

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06:00
How to save songs from Apple Music, Beats 1 or Music...

Apple Music is designed to integrate seamlessly with your existing iTunes library by allowing you to add streaming music content to your paid music downloads. When browsing your music library, you then can view both your purchased songs and your streaming songs and use them to build playlists.

Adding songs from Apple Music to your music library is easy -- just tap on the ellipses button that appears next to any song that is playing. Select "Add to My Music" from the contextual menu to add that song to your music library. You can add songs from an Apple Music stream, Beats 1 radio or any other radio station to which you are listening.

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05:53
US law enforcement officials to argue for encryption...

Later on Wednesday, two key U.S. law enforcement officials will testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee to argue in support of backdoors in various consumer encryption platforms, a report said.

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05:51
External Link: Apple Working on Music Home Sharing...

Many of our readers were concerned that iOS 8.4 removed Home Sharing for music (video Home Sharing still remains). The good news is that Eddy Cue, Apple’s SVP of Internet Software and Services, announced on Twitter that the company is working on bringing back Home Sharing for music in iOS 9. Keep your fingers crossed! 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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05:47
Judge Drops Apple's $533M Fine in iTunes-...

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas on Tuesday voided $532.9 million in damages awarded to patent licensing firm Smartflash LLC in February in an iTunes-related patent lawsuit, reports Reuters. The report claims federal judge Rodney Gilstrap has set a new damages trial on September 14 after ruling that "his jury instructions might have 'skewed' jurors' understanding of the damages that Apple should pay." Apple was initially ordered to pay $532.9 million in damages to Smartflash LLC after a federal jury in the Tyler, Texas courtroom found certain iTunes apps to be infringing upon the company's patents related to digital rights management, data storage and managing access through payment systems. Apple countered that Smartflash LLC was exploiting the patent system...

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05:34
DiskMaker X 4.0b6 - Make a bootable OS X installer...

DiskMaker X (was Lion DiskMaker) is an application built with AppleScript that you can use with many versions of OS X to build a bootable drive from OS X up to OS X 10.10 Yosemite installer program. As soon as you launch the application, it tries to find the OS X Install program with Spotlight. Then, it proposes to build a bootable install disk and make it look as nice as possible. It’s the easiest way to build an OS X Installer in a few clicks !Version 4.0b6:

  • It took me way too much time to provide a new version of DiskMaker X, but finally, here it is, and it should be the last one before the coveted final release. I tested this new beta in different situations and it seemd to work well. Also, yes, no beta 5: this one was a limited, privately held version distributed to some testers, and it should not be used anymore.
  • So, when will the final version be released? Hopefully soon. The last step is the localization, and to provide a bit more feedback...

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05:34
Federal Judge Throws out Smartflash Infringement...

In February we posted a report titled "Smartflash wins their Lawsuit against Apple who Vows to Appeal." At the time Kristin Huguet, an Apple spokeswoman stated that "Smartflash makes no products, has no employees, creates no jobs, has no U.S. presence, and is exploiting our patent system to seek royalties for technology Apple invented. We refused ...

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05:00
Flesky keyboard goes free, offers improvements

Flesky Keyboard for iOS has announced that it is now free forever, for everyone. I first reviewed Flesky for TUAW in September of 2014, and found it to be fast and capable. Now, everyone can give it a try.

In addition to being free, today's update offers some nice improvements. A new view option called "Highlights" which is like text suggestions for GIFs and stickers. As you type, Flesky notes the content and context and produces a screen of relevant, fun content. Just give it a tap to see what's been suggested.

Those who previously paid for Flesky can enjoy an all-new theme and additional extension slots on the house as a thank you.

If third-party keyboards are your thing, you now have no reason not to try Flesky.

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04:57
Judge tosses Smartflash's $533M victory against...

Months after a Texas jury ordered Apple to pay $532.9 million to a product-less company that critics have dubbed a "patent troll," a judge has tossed out that decision, declaring that instructions given to the jury may have improperly affected the damage assessment.

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04:52
Japan Display is the Leading iPhone 6 Display...

Apple has pursued a supply chain diversification strategy that procures two or three different suppliers in each component category including display panels. According to a new report ...

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04:49
Apple updates Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for iOS...

Apple has updated all its iOS iWork apps —Pages, Numbers, and Keynote — to version 2.5.4. All resolve bugs that stopped some accessibility features from working as they should.
All three app updates fixes an issue preventing proper navigation and editing with VoiceOver. Pages 2.4.5 also fixes a problem with blurred text when activating Speak Screen on certain iOS devices.
The updates are free downloads for existing users. New customers can purchase the apps for US$9.99 each. Upgrades and new versions are available at the Apple App Store.

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04:23
Suitcase Fusion 6 17.1.0 - Font management solution...

Suitcase Fusion 6 is the creative professional's font manager. Every professional font manager should deliver the basics: spectacular previews, powerful search tools, and efficient font organization. You have those basics covered. But there is a lot more you actually DO with fonts - namely traditional and web design. We can help with that too! Features:

  • Secure, professional font storage
  • Full-featured font previews allow you to compare fonts side-by-side
  • Auto-activation plug-ins for professional design applications, including Adobe Creative Cloud and QuarkXPress
  • Support includes OS X 10.9 Mavericks and Windows 8
  • See how fonts work side-by-side in paste-up style previews with QuickComp
  • Patented Font Sense technology fingerprints fonts for precise identification
  • Find similar fonts fast with QuickMatch
  • Web font enabled with WebINK and Google Font connections
  • Organize fonts with Sets...

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04:00
Artificial Intelligence Dreamtime


Google researchers last month reported progress in advancing the image classification and speech recognition capabilities of artificial neural networks. Image classification and speech recognition tools are based on well-known mathematical methods, but why certain models work while others don't has been hazy.
To help unravel the mystery, the team trained an artificial neural network by showing it millions of images and gradually adjusting the parameters until the network was able to provide the desired classifications.

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03:48
Over 10% of U.S. households have a smart home product

In a survey of smart home use cases, the Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) research group found that over 40% of U.S. broadband households are interested in the ability to receive medical alerts via a smartphone or other connected platform. And about 10% have some type of smart home product, service, or both.
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03:07
PDFpen 7.2 adds cloud tool, advanced search options...

Smile has released PDFpen 7.2, an update to its all-purpose PDF editing tool for Mac OS X. This update includes a new Cloud annotation tool as well as an option for case-sensitive searches.
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02:57
Apple updates iOS Pages, Numbers & Keynote apps...


Apple has updated all three iWork iOS apps to resolve bugs that prevented Accessibility features working properly. Apple says that Pages, Numbers and Keynote all had “an issue that prevented proper navigation and editing with VoiceOver,” while Pages also blurred text when turning on Speak Screen on some iOS devices. The updates are to version 2.5.4.
Updates are of course free for existing users, each app costing $9.99 to purchase. Pages,...

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02:27
TextMate 2.0-beta.7.4 - Code/markup editor with many...

TextMate is a versatile plain text editor with a unique and innovative feature set which caused it to win an Apple Design Award for Best Mac OS X Developer Tool in August 2006. A rapidly growing community have created modes for more than a hundred different "modes" including support for all major programming languages, writing prose in structured formats such as LaTeX, Markdown, Textile, etc., blogging, running SQL queries, writing screen plays, doing your budget, and much much more. Some of the features include:

  • collapsable text blocks - fold away the code you don´t want to see
  • recordable macros - you don´t have to write a script to automate tedious work
  • a CSS-inspired selector system which allows preferences and more to be applied to subsets of your document - you want return to do something different inside comments? or maybe you want spell checking enabled for your strings in C++, both can be done in seconds.
  • snippets with...

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01:14
iOS 8.4 reportedly accounts for 40% of all iOS usage...


Using data by Mixpanel, Apple Music seems to be quickly driving adoption of Apple’s latest iteration of its operating system, iOS 8.4. The chart shows that, in just one week, iOS 8.4 usage now makes up more than 40% of all iOS device usage. This is a rather staggering rate of uptake for a point-release. Clearly, the interest and advertisement around Apple Music is having an effect on update rates. Obviously, this only tracks OS adoption and says nothing about how well Apple Music itself is being received.

The 40% mark for iOS 8.4 is an impressive achievement but it would likely be even higher if it wasn’t for the...

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01:01
Apple fixes VoiceOver bugs in update to iWork suite...

Apple in a rare overnight update on Tuesday issued what appears to be critical fixes to accessibility features in all three iOS iWork apps, returning full VoiceOver navigation and editing functionality to Pages, Numbers and Keynote.

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00:18
Jerr Pierre-Paul, Leaders instructor do not fulfill...
00:16
Frank Wesseling's Top 10 gamers of 2015
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Kevin Patra's Top 10 gamers of 2015

Tuesday July 7

10:30
The Week in Mac Apps: Snow Daze makes your summer...

...plus an activity timer, apps for digital design, and more!In this week’s roundup of new Mac apps, you’ll find a great way to make sure your bills are never late, tools that help your digital design efforts, and an app that turns summer into winter at the click of your mouse.Activity Timer 2.0.1If you have trouble staying on top of your tasks, Happy Coding’s Activity Timer (Mac App Store Link) can help you better track what you do throughout your day.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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23:03
FIFA 16 No Touch Dribbling

Forums: General FCS DiscussionTags: fifa 16What is No Touch Dribbling?No Touch Dribbling is our new dribble control system that gives players the freedom to decide how and when to touch the ball. By separating and creating space between the player and the ball, you will be able to perform different skill moves, feints, or even change direction without actually applying contact to the ball.How to initiate and use No Touch Dribbling in FIFA 16.To trigger No Touch Dribbling, simply press and hold the L1/LB button on your controller. Once pressed, the player with possession of the ball will momentarily step away from it to create a bit of space. From there, by flicking the left analog in different angles, the player in possession of the ball...

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22:01
Apple Watch 'collapsing sales' report...

Widely publicized study data reported by clickbait sites as evidence that Apple Watch sales have "plunged" and "are tanking" actually shows something completely different: that Apple has launched the most successful smartwatch product by a vast margin.

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19:59
PDFpenPro 7.2 - Advanced PDF toolkit for HTML...

PDFpenPro allows users to edit PDF's easily. Add text, images and signatures. Fill out PDF forms. Merge or split PDF documents. Reorder and delete pages. Create fillable forms and tables of content with PDFpenPro! Even correct text and edit graphics! The Pro version adds these additional features that the regular version does not:

  • Create cross-platform fillable PDF forms
  • Add interactive signature fields to forms
  • Create and edit Table of Contents
  • Convert websites into PDFs
  • Correct typos in OCR text layer
  • Add and edit document permissions
  • Automatic form creation - detects text fields and check boxes in existing PDF and makes them fillable
  • Create submit buttons to submit form data via web or email
  • Gather submitted form data via backend integration
  • Export in Microsoft® Excel (.xlsx, .xls), Microsoft® PowerPoint (.pptx, .ppt), and PDF Archive (PDF/A) formats (...

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19:59
Alternote 1.0.3 - Note-taking app that integrates...

Alternote is a gorgeous OS X note-taking app that integrates with Evernote. Designed to be the most convenient and natural way to make notes, collect information, write down your ideas, feelings and memories. Alternote is totally secure. There are no Alternote servers in the chain, just you, your Mac and Evernote backend. Distraction-free Interface slightly dims as you start typing. Now just focus on writing. Night mode and font settings Change sidebar background, color scheme and font settings as you like. Robust search Search through note title and contents as-you-type. Start searching just as you launch Alternote, no more focusing search field. Backed by Evernote Alternote is an alternative Evernote client for Mac. You can use Evernote mobile apps and clippers. All your data will be in sync. Retina-ready and smooth You will make use of every pixel of Alternote. It’s retina-ready...

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19:38
MacBook: Vertical lines or solid gray, white, or...

After updating to Mac OS X 10.4.7, the MacBook may show a solid grey, white, or black screen or a screen with vertical multi-colored lines.

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02:30
Freemium Field Test: Angry Birds Fight is a truly...

Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it’s difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we’ll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it’s really worth your time (and money).
Angry Birds Space showed that Rovio could do more than simply dress up its tried-and-true series formula with new visual themes, altering the pull-and-fling design in an inspired, entertaining fashion. Sadly, the creative well ran dry shortly after that, and many of the games released since have seemed like half-hearted and desperate attempts to ride the coattails of surging genres....

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06:37
Apple confirms it's trying to fix Home Sharing...

iOS 8.4 users who’ve relied on Home Sharing to stream their music from a Mac will have to wait until at least iOS 9 to get the feature working again.Home Sharing lets users stream their iTunes songs over Wi-Fi from a Mac to iOS devices, Apple TV boxes, and other Macs. Last week, Apple disabled this feature for music in iOS 8.4, which is the same update that enables the new Apple Music streaming service. While Apple flagged the lack of Home Sharing as a “known issue,” the company didn’t say when it might bring the feature back.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:42
Expect your local Apple Store's accessory...

Apple is giving its in-store accessory selection a makeover—literally. The company is reportedly working with accessory makers like Mophie, Incase, and Logitech to redesign their product packaging so everything sold in Apple stores has that distinct Apple aesthetic.Expect accessories to appear in new packaging as soon as next week. 9to5Mac reports that Apple just notified its retail employees about the overhaul. Products from partner companies will appear in Apple’s signature clean, white boxes with higher-quality product photos, Apple’s preferred fonts, and clearer compatibility labels.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:54
Ecobee becomes the first HomeKit thermostat

Connected thermostats are an easy way to make your home a little smarter, and a new HomeKit-supported version of Ecobee aims to make things even easier.The $250 Ecobee3 smart thermostat is available now through the Apple Store. Technically, Ecobee isn't the only thermostat that works with HomeKit, though it's the only one that doesn't require a separate hub device, such as Insteon's thermostat and HomeKit hub.Like other HomeKit-enabled products, Ecobee3 users can control the thermostat using Siri voice commands. HomeKit can also group multiple actions into “scenes,” for instance letting users turn down the heat and switch off connected lighting with a single command. With an Apple TV as a hub, users can control HomeKit devices with Siri from outside the house as well....

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09:38
Showtime debuts a la carte streaming for $11 on...

Apple TV owners, today you can subscribe to Showtime, no cable subscription required.
The Showtime Apple TV channel is rolling out today, and so is a new Showtime app for iOS. You have to pony up $11 a month to subscribe, but Showtime is offering a free month if you want to take the service for a spin before signing up (and catch the season premiere of Ray Donovan on Sunday).
Showtime isn’t exclusive to Apple TV—the channel will also be available to Roku and PlayStation Vue users later this week, too. Hulu users can tack on a Showtime subscription for an additional $9 a month (on top of the $8-per-month Hulu subscription).To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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18:45
Penn State researchers to investigate Apple Watch as...

An upcoming research program to be conducted by Penn State University staff is exploring the effect wearables like Apple Watch have on human behavior, with an eye on turning the device into a learning tool.

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17:02
Today in the App Store, featuring LEGO Minifigures...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on PhotoBulk: Watermark, Resize, Optimize and Rename; the new LEGO® Minifigures Online ; and an update to Evernote for the Mac. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Instaweather Pro [$1.99 → Free] This is not another boring weather forecast app ;)!

MilkCrate [$2.99 → Free] Get info on the spot! Prices, tracklists, ratings, descriptions, discography & label info, are all accessible!

Stickyboard 2 [$4.99 → Free] Imagine a giant whiteboard with a...

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16:39
Questionable report claims Apple Watch sales plummet...

According to research firm Slice Intelligence, which has been closely following Apple Watch performance since the device launched in April, sales averages are taking a nose dive in the U.S. as availability increases, but the firm offers little data to support the provided numbers.

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15:08
∞ Black Sabbath: The Sign of the Southern Cross

Black Sabbath with Ronnie James Dio. This is legendary.

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13:21
Xsan 4 spotlight issues

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: spotlightWe recently upgraded from Xsan 3 to Xsan 4 and everything is working except search is not working on any clients or the secondary MDC. Search works fine on the primary MDC only.
I have already tried deleting and re-indexing the whole Xsan volume, but the problem still is happening, sometimes if you search within a folder and type almost the whole filename your searching for it will bring up those results, but searching from the root of the Xsan always results in 0 items found.
Looks like the spotlight index is working its just not being read or shared to the Xsan clients, including the backup MDC, very strange.
Anyone have any ideas on how to fix this?

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13:20
Microsoft Attempts to Bring Virtual Xbox Game...

A recently published patent application from Microsoft reveals that they're attempting to bring virtual Xbox gaming controls to touch screen devices like their Surface tablet and far beyond.

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13:00
Get help using Find My iPhone

You can get help using Find My iPhone if you don't see your iOS device or Mac, it says that your device is offline, or you see a device that you don't use anymore.

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12:37
Apple stops signing iOS 8.3 just one week after 8.4...

On Tuesday, Apple quietly stopped signing the code for iOS 8.3, preventing people from downgrading to the release from iOS 8.4 using iTunes.

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11:28
Apple Pay comes to 23 more US banks, sees early...

Apple on Tuesday added 23 more companies to the list of U.S. banks supporting Apple Pay, simultaneously gearing up for the launch of the mobile payment service in the United Kingdom.

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10:41
Is Isolating the Internet Key to Bulletproof...


With so many cybersecurity pros drowning in an ever-rising tide of hack attacks on their computer systems, an emerging approach to defending those systems may be the life preserver they've been looking for. The approach doesn't involve beefing up perimeter defenses, carefully scrutinizing network traffic, or applying analytics to employee behavior. "We need something very different -- something that will take the malware problem off the table," said Kowsik Guruswamy, CTO of Menlo Security.

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10:31
Apple touts 'tested to the limit' iPhone...

Apple on Tuesday updated its virtual retail outlet with a new section that describes the company's approach to testing and approving the third-party cases it stocks for the iPhone and iPad.

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10:23
Greeks are Maxing out their Credit Cards to Buy Macs...

Believe it or not, as the going gets tough in Greece, the Greeks are going shopping, for Macs.

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10:12
Apple launches new webpage to detail how it tests...

Yesterday we revealed that Apple was revamping the third-party accessory selection in its retail locations with new boxes designed by Apple itself. Apple has recently launched a new webpage that showcases the testing that all iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch cases are required to go through before they are sold in an Apple Store.

Apple first notes that it analyzes the design of the case to ensure that all ports and buttons are still easily accessible and that the case design is strong enough for day-to-day use. Apple then tests to make sure the case does not interfere with the camera on the iPhone in any way.
Next, Apple says that acoustics are tested for each and every...

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10:12
Sales of 53M iPhones in June quarter predicted to...

Apple's June quarter will come in higher than most on Wall Street expect, Brean Capital told investors on Monday, revealing it expects the company to have sold as many as 53 million iPhones in the three-month period.

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10:04
Banks in the U.K. Gearing Up for Apple Pay Launch as...

Apple Pay in the United Kingdom has yet to officially launch, but some banks are preparing for the upcoming release of the payments service and have begun allowing customers to register their cards for use with Apple Pay. Several Santander customers on the MacRumors forums have been able to successfully add their cards to Passbook for use with Apple Pay, making the cards available on both their iPhones and their Apple Watches. Customers registering their cards are also receiving confirmation emails from Santander, informing them that they're now able to use Apple Pay. As of the time of writing, customers have not yet tested the Apple Pay service at a location that accepts Apple Pay. One customer...

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10:00
Daily Deals for July 7, 2015, featuring OmniGraffle

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

AWT Featured Apps

  • OmniGraffle [Standard version starts at $49 for iOS, $99 for Mac] OmniGraffle is for creating precise, beautiful graphics. Like website wireframes, an electrical system design, a family tree, or mapping out software classes. For artists, designers, casual data-mappers, and everyone in-between.

Hardware and Accessory Deals

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09:51
Samsung Wins a Patent for Foldable TV and/or Tablet...

Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published an interesting Samsung granted patent that relates to a flexible display for a foldable TV and/or or tablet. What was interesting was Samsung stating that they could ...

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09:28
Apple Pay comes to over 20 more US banks and credit...


Apple is continuing the roll out of Apple Pay today with the addition of 20+ new US banks and credit unions supporting the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch-based payments service.
The total 23 new banks and credit unions include:

  • American Chartered Bank
  • Bank-Fund Staff Federal Credit Union
  • Bellco Credit Union
  • EFCU Financial
  • First Federal
  • First National Bank
  • Health Care Systems Federal Credit Union
  • Keesler Federal Credit Union
  • Kemba Credit Union
  • Members 1st Federal Credit Union
  • ...
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09:24
Apple Adds New 'Apple Tested Cases' Page...

As it works on introducing some major changes to the third-party accessory sections of its retail stores, Apple has launched a new section in its online store dedicated to "Apple Tested Cases." The new page is displayed alongside third-party iPhone and iPad cases and outlines the testing procedures for Apple-approved Made for iPhone/iPad (MFi) third-party cases that Apple sells both online and in its retail stores. Designed to reassure customers about the quality of the third-party accessories available from Apple, the site goes over several testing parameters that cases must meet, including design, camera, acoustics, sensors, and cellular and wireless. We analyze how a case fits, so you can still access every button, port, and jack. And a...

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09:15
NewerTech introduces the Kitchen Kit for the iPad

NewerTech has introduced the US$24 Kitchen Kit (http://tinyurl.com/o8lohq9) iPad stand and stylus bundle that lets you safely use your Apple tablet in the kitchen for viewing recipes, videos, web browsing, listening to music, IM’ing and Skype video casts -- all while cooking.
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09:03
Apple TV adds the Showtime streaming channel

Apple continues to add new channels to the Apple TV set-top box. The latest is Showtime's streaming service.
The Showtime streaming channel costs US$10.99 per month, although there's a 30-day, free trial period. The channel offers full access to Showtime’s catalog of TV shows, movies, documentaries, specials, and sports programming. It also includes access to Showtime’s live TV feed on either the east coast or the west coast.
The new Showtime streaming channel is available automatically on all second- and third-generation Apple TV units.
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08:11
Contact Apple TV content providers

Learn how to get information or support from a third-party content provider.

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08:10
9to5Toys Lunch Break: WD 2TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard...

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

WD Elements 2TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive $70, Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD $150...

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08:00
Scary Internet Scam Becoming Disturbingly Common

Infected Web sites are trapping users by apparently freezing their browsers, making it hard to escape. These sites offer release either by offering help that is dangerously invasive or by demanding a ransom. Not actually malware, this social engineering attack has been called “scareware” or “ransomware.” 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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08:00
Management consulting firm picks Office 365 at...

Today’s post about Office 365 was written by Gordon Loeb, chief operating officer at Loeb Consulting Group.
Loeb Consulting Group grew out of my wife Natalie’s expertise and passion about helping people reach their potential at work. It all started about 17 years ago, when Natalie began consulting for the law firm where she had worked as a training manager designing professional development programs. Her drive to help people achieve as much as they can in the workplace and enjoy what they do is responsible for the growth of her consulting business.
I joined her full-time about two and a half years ago, and today, with four employees and 25 consultants working across the United States and in the United Kingdom, Loeb Consulting Group has reached a juncture in its evolution. At this critical moment, it’s essential for us to look professional and to have sound business...

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07:40
The best read-it-later service

The Sweet Setup:In the read-it-later space, the two dominant players have long been Instapaper and Pocket. Each app has its own strengths and weaknesses, and Pocket has some features that could make it the ideal app for some use cases, but Instapaper is our favorite app for actually reading the best writing on the web … later.I was an original user of Instapaper but switched to Pocket (when it was still named Read It Later). After reading this article, I’m going to at least give Instapaper another shot.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:20
iOS 8.4 disables some Home Sharing functions, Apple...



This is why they invented bug fixes.
A number of iOS 8.4 users have stepped forward to complain that the recent update disabled their Home Sharing functionality.
They, in turn, have been told that they’re have to wait until iOS 9′s release to get the feature working again.
Home Sharing lets users stream their iTunes songs over Wi-Fi from a Mac to iOS devices, Apple TV boxes, and other Macs. Last week, Apple disabled this feature for music in iOS 8.4, which is the same update that enables the new Apple Music streaming service. Apple has since flagged the lack of Home Sharing as a “known issue” and has yet to say when it might bring the feature...

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07:16
Showtime now available on Apple TV w/o a cable...


CBS’s channel Showtime is now available on Apple TV. The company this morning began rolled out its version of the service that does not require a cable subscription. Instead, users simply pay $11 per month for the service, after a 30-day free trial.

In addition to coming to Apple TV, a new Showtime app that does not require a cable login is also hitting the iOS App Store. The app is not live yet, although it should rollout soon. The same $11/mo charge applies to it, as well. HBO’s standalone service costs $14.99, for comparison’s sake.
Last year, Showtime Anytime...

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07:14
Apple Watch Demand Slides Significantly in June as...

Apple Watch sales in the United States appear to have slowed down significantly in June based on new data that research firm Slice Intelligence shared with MarketWatch. Following a steep decline in the days after Apple Watch pre-orders commenced, which is to be expected of any product, daily U.S. sales remained relatively stable through May before experiencing a large drop-off last month as launch momentum begins to wane. The report claims that Apple is now selling fewer than 20,000 watches per day in the United States, and fewer than 10,000 on certain days, while the logarithmic chart above indicates that sales dipped to as low as 4,000 to 5,000 units per day in late June. The data does not account for sales in Canada, Australia, United Kingdom or the twelve other countries where the Apple Watch is sold outside of the United States. Slice Intelligence claims that...

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07:05
12-inch MacBook notebooks essentially chained to...



You know how people sometimes go to outlandish (and destructive) lengths to steal things from Apple Store locations?
This, combined with the new 12-inch MacBook’s light weight, may be why they’re literally chaining the new notebook to the display tables.
Apparently the new MacBook, which weighs all of 2.0 pounds, to the display tables as opposed to letting customers walk around with it in the store.

Instead of being able to pick it up and take a few paces with it, about all one can do is lift one up for a bit and then stoop over and fiddle with the keyboard. This, combined with the fact that customers wouldn’t mind...

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07:00
Eddy Cue: Home Sharing for music will return in iOS 9

It's back (almost)! 

When Apple released iOS 8.4, many users noticed that Home Sharing for music was not supported. Home Sharing lets customers stream video and typically music between devices on the same WiFi network. Video streaming still works with iOS 8.4, but not music. That's about to change, according to Eddy Cue.

In a Twitter exchange published on July 6, Cue confirmed that "We are working to have Home Sharing in iOS 9." 

Good on you, Apple! Many people will glad to have that feature restored. 

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06:51
Queens NYC Apple Store to open this weekend

The borough of Queens, NYC will get its first Apple Store this weekend, according to a statement the company made to the New York Daily News. The busy Queens Center shopping center will host the store, where foot traffic is expected to be high. 

In an interesting note, the company revealed that the store's staff will speak a total of 25 languages, with two-thirds of them being bilingual. 

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06:45
Apple Music diary one week in: A massive missed...


I gave my first impressions of Apple Music on day two, and my main disappointment remains: despite putting both owned and streamed music into a single app, there is absolutely no real integration between the two. All the evidence suggests that Apple Music has no awareness of my owned music.
I’ll get past that in a moment, but bear with me first for a couple of paragraphs. Because this is, in my view, more than just a missed opportunity: it’s almost criminally negligent. iTunes knows more about my musical tastes than my girlfriend. More than my neighbours, who have sometimes been more familiar with my musical tastes than they might wish. More than any of my friends – even the one who...

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06:30
Review: Elago’s W Stand is a surprisingly tall, $30...

It’s easy to look at a photograph of Elago’s new W Stand ($30) without fully appreciating how large it is. There aren’t many Apple Watch stands that dwarf the device they’re holding — Griffin’s plastic WatchStand is a notable exception — but when you take the 6-inch-tall, 2.4-inch-diameter W Stand out of its package, you quickly get the sense that it’s designed to feel big and solid. Yet it’s also affordable, selling for the same price as WatchStand and $10 less than Just...

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06:25
About the OS X Yosemite v10.10.4 Update

The OS X Yosemite v10.10.4 Update is recommended for all OS X Yosemite users.

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06:23
Apple CEO Tim Cook joins Duke University Board of...

Apple CEO Tim Cook, an MBA graduate and devoted booster of Duke University, has been appointed to the school’s Board of Trustees for a six-year term. Cook and seven other people joined the Board on July 1, bringing it to a total of 37 members — a size that suggests Cook will not be unduly distracted from his work at Apple.
The Board is the University’s governing body, responsible for its “educational mission and fiscal policies.” Fellow new Board members include NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, Coca-Cola Foundation Chairwoman and VP of Coca-Cola Global Community Affairs Lisa Borders, and two experts on financial services.

Cook has appeared at Duke a number of times during his years at Apple, notably offering leadership tips (above) during a 2013 interview at the Fuqua School of Business, his alma mater. He attended the 2015 NCAA basketball championship game back in April, wearing a blue sweater in the Duke Blue...

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06:18
Microsoft Reinvents and Rebrands Music Service to...

Late yesterday Microsoft introduced the next evolutionary step for their current Xbox Music experience, now titled Groove, with new features that they think fans will love. Groove will also be coming to the iPhone shortly according to Microsoft.

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06:17
Eddy Cue: Apple working to bring back iTunes Home...


iOS 8.4 and its new Music app included a few regressions for those with large local music libraries, but the biggest was the apparent removal of the Home Sharing feature. Home Sharing allows you to use your Apple ID to stream your iTunes library from your Mac to up to five other Macs, iDevices, or Apple TVs on your local network, but the feature disappeared from iOS 8.4 without much warning.
Last night, Apple's Eddy Cue stated on Twitter that the company is "working to have Home Sharing in iOS 9," confirming that the feature's removal is only temporary. That's of small comfort to the people who like Home Sharing and need to wait for the final release of iOS 9 in the fall before they can use it again, but it's better than nothing.

...

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06:12
Tim Cook named to Duke University Board of Trustees

Apple CEO Tim Cook is among eight people named as trustees to the Duke University Board of Trustees.
In addition to cook, the new trustees are the Coca-Cola Foundation Chairwoman Lisa Borders, PRM Advisors founder Patricia Morton, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and ValueAct Capital CEO Jeff Ubben. They will each serve six-year terms.
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06:00
Locate the UUID of a SAN

You can use the UUID of a SAN MDC in Xsan to perform a lot of tasks. To locate the UUID of a SAN MDC in Xsan:
sudo serveradmin settings san:UUID
The output is just the GUID of the san client UUID. Now you know.

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06:00
A visual tour of the Pokémon Research Lab

There's no better way to inspire children into a career in animal taxonomy and species classification than Pokémon. Possibly. A temporary Pokémon Lab in Japan is opening its doors to wannabe researchers (and their parents), offering them a pokéball a...

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05:58
ecobee3 HomeKit-enabled Smart Thermostat available...

ecobee's ecobee3, the first smart thermostat to support Apple HomeKit, is now available at Apple Stores across North America for US$249.
The ecobee3 thermostat comes with one free wireless remote sensor and supports up to 32 sensors total. Additional remote sensors can be purchased in a package of two for $79.
"The new ecobee3 plays an integral role in the connected and energy-efficient home by allowing users to remotely control temperature in the rooms that matter most with simple commands using Siri," says Stuart Lombard, president and CEO of ecobee.
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05:34
Tim Cook Named to Duke University's Board of...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been named as one of eight new board of trustee members at his alma mater Duke University, where he earned his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business in 1988, the school announced today. Cook began serving his six-year term on July 1 and will assist the governing body in determining Duke University's educational mission and fiscal policies. Tim Cook speaking at Duke University in April 2013 The other new trustees are The Coca-Cola Foundation chairwoman Lisa Borders, PRM Advisors founder Patricia Morton, NBA commissioner Adam Silver and ValueAct Capital CEO Jeff Ubben. Duke University also appointed three observing members on the board, including Elastic Fabrics of America marketing executive and Duke alum Jack Boyd, recent Duke graduate Anna Knight and Duke JD/MBA candidate Ben Shellhorn. Cook returned to Duke University in 2013 for his 25th reunion and participated in an hour-long...

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05:30
FBI director says he's 'not a maniac...

FBI director James Comey is making a final push for backdoor cellphone access for law enforcement ahead of key Senate committee meetings. In national security site Lawfare, he first admitted that "universal strong (cellphone) encryption will protect ...

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05:27
Cyberduck 4.7.1 - FTP and SFTP browser. (Free)

Cyberduck is a robust FTP/FTP-TLS/SFTP browser for the Mac whose lack of visual clutter and cleverly intuitive features make it easy to use. Support for external editors and system technologies such as Spotlight, Bonjour, Keychain, and AppleScript are built-in. Cyberduck is an Open Source product licensed under the GPL and free to use. Donations are welcome to help advance development in the future. Thanks to contributors, Cyberduck is available in English, Japanese, German, Catalan, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Russian, and Polish.Version 4.7.1: New Features

  • Invalidate multiple files using wildcards (CloudFront)

Bug Fixes

  • Interoperability with Ceph S3
  • Interoperability with Oracle Service Cloud
  • Second level cache not invalidated when reloading browser
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05:21
Devastating crash at the Tour de France

The linked images are graphic and really give a sense of the risks of riding a bike at high speed as part of a tightly packed group of competitors.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:15
Apple Music and the stark contrast with Google and...

Daniel Dilger, writing for Apple Insider, captures an essential difference between Apple, Microsoft, and Google’s music efforts. The difference is the need for music to be a profit center.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:15
RESTfm Goes Open Source

Australian FileMaker solutions provider, Goya Pty Ltd (http://www.goya.com.au/) has open sourced their RESTful Web Services product (http://www.RESTfm.com/) for FileMaker Server.
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05:12
Apple announces that its first Apple Store in Queens...


Apple has announced on its website that its first retail store in Queens will open on Saturday 11th July at 1oam. We exclusively revealed that the store was on the way back in February, with the first construction shots seen later the same month and signage appearing in May.
The new store is located on the second floor of the Queens Center mall in Elmhurst and will be...

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05:07
Apple Watch pixels, as seen through a microscope

Bryan Jones is a retinal neuroscientist and photographer. Fortunately for us, he likes to share his images.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:02
I’m going independent

I love stories like this. Inspirational.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:00
ICYMI: 3D-printed art, a Pac-Man satellite and more

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04:55
No Surprise: Samsung Misses Quarter Due to Poor S6...

Earlier this morning we posted a report titled "Samsung Slashes Smartphone Prices to Bump up Orders." In that report we briefly noted that "Samsung’s profits fell 4.03 percent in the three months ending June compared to a year earlier...

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04:51
How to share Apple Music songs, albums, and playlists

Kirk McElhearn takes you through the Apple Music sharing interface.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:48
What the Apple Watch Retina Display looks like when...


Bryan Jones has taken close up images of the Apple Watch screen, magnified such it is possible to discern the individual pixels and sub-pixels. The images show the arrangements of red, green and blue light that make up the images users see on the Apple Watch Retina Display.
Jones compares the screen technology with that of iPhone screens (shown below). They look quite different likely due to the fact that Apple Watch uses an AMOLED display rather than a LCD. iPhone pixels are tightly packed together with the red, green and blue aligned vertically. With the Apple Watch, the blue sub-pixels act as spacers for the stacked red and green sub-pixels. Jones also notes that the...

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04:46
Apple Music review from 9to5mac

Chance Miller, writing for 9to5mac digs into Apple Music. Good review, from someone who obviously loves both Apple and music.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:40
How the BBC's Micro:bit came to be

In the early eighties, the BBC started a computing revolution with the launch of the Micro. The heavy, light-brown box, created with help from Acorn and ARM, was designed to complement the broadcaster's ongoing computer literacy project. It was inten...

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04:19
Apple's First Retail Store in Queens, New York...

Apple has announced that its first retail store in Queens, New York, located at the Queens Center shopping mall in the Elmhurst neighborhood, will have its grand opening on Saturday, July 11 at 10:00 AM local time. The new Apple Store at 90-15 Queens Boulevard will be open between 10:00 AM and 9:30 PM on Monday-Saturday and between 11:00 AM and 8:00 PM on Sunday. Apple's first retail store in Queens will mark its eighth location in New York City, with six existing locations in Manhattan and one in Staten Island. Apple is also planning to open its first retail store in Brooklyn, having signed a long-term lease for a 20,000 square-foot building at 247 Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, although those plans are running behind schedule after the store missed its original April 2015 grand opening target. Apple Store at Queens Center under...

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04:15
Facebook tests 'floating' videos in your...

Pop-Up Video: it's not just the greatest VH1 show ever, it's also Facebook's latest feature. The social network is rolling out floating videos for desktop users that can sit anywhere in your window while you continue browsing your News Feed, just lik...

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04:00
Apple Stores to carry third-party accessories with...

Image of new Mophie Juice Pack Plus and Logitech Keys-to-Go Keyboard. Via 9to5Mac

In order to further unify the interior look of its stores, Apple will soon begin carrying third-party accessories in packages that were co-designed by the company. According to an article on 9to5Mac, the move is part of an overall makeover spearheaded by retail chief Angela Ahrendts to reduce the variety of product packaging on store shelves.

Companies like LifeProof, Mophie, Tech21, Logitech, and Sena are taking part, and the first new packages should start appearing on store shelves as soon as next week. The revised boxes are sleeker and look similar to Apple product boxes -- white, with a minimum of imagery on the exterior. It's expected that Apple will soon start limiting accessory sales to...

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03:53
Gartner: worldwide IT spending to decline 5.5% in...

Worldwide IT spending is on pace to total US$3.5 trillion in 2015, a 5.5%decline from 2014, according to the latest forecast by Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com).
Analysts at the research group attribute the decline to the rising U.S. dollar. In constant-currency terms, the market is projected to grow 2.5%. In Gartner's previous forecast in April, it had forecast IT spending to decline 1.3% in U.S. dollars and grow 3.1% in constant currency. 
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03:50
Package Central for Adobe InDesign now supports...

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has launched Package Central 1.9.1, a compatibility update to its file packaging workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
The software automates InDesign packaging by processing files from hot folders. Package Central offloads file packaging to a central system leaving operator machines free from the document collection process. The new version adds support for InDesign CC featured as part of Creative Cloud.
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03:30
EE's Rook is a £49 4G smartphone for pay-as-you...

It seems like we can't get through a single month these days without one UK carrier or another launching an own-brand device. And, since the last device bearing a network provider's name came from Vodafone, it's only fitting that its own-brand nemesi...

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03:28
Kool Tools: The Hitting Test for iOS devices

Zepp (www.zepp.com) which specializes in sports sensor technology, has teamed up with baseball and softball scouting organizations to develop and implement the US$149.99 Hitting Test, an evaluation using Zepp’s sensors to capture and grade player swing data at amateur scouting events.
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03:16
NASA funds low-cost probes and other futuristic...

Low-cost probes, an extraterrestrial submarine and spacecraft propelled by electric sails: these are but three of the seven projects moving on to Phase II of NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program. All the entries have only just begun dev...

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03:08
RuneScape is a fantasy massively MMORPG

Forums: HardwareRuneScape is a fantasy massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) released in January 2001 by RS Gold Andrew and Paul Gower, and developed and published by RS Gold Jagex Games Studio. It is a graphical browser game implemented on the client-side in Java or HTML5, and incorporates 3D rendering.FUT 16 CoinsMaplestory2 Mesos

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03:07
MapleStory is a free-to-play, 2D, side-scrolling...

Forums: HardwareMapleStory is a free-to-play, 2D, side-scrolling massively multiplayer online role-playing game, developed by RS Gold the South Korean company Wizet. Several versions of FUT 16 Coins the game are available for specific countries or regions, and each is published by various companies such as Nexon. RS GoldMaplestory2 Mesos

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03:05
FIFA 16 is an upcoming association football game

Forums: HardwareFIFA 16 is an upcoming association football FIFA 16 Coins simulation video game published by RS Gold EA Sports for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. Cheap RS Gold

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03:04
Samsung Slashes Smartphone Prices to Bump up Orders

It was just yesterday that we posted a report titled "Samsung's missed S6 Opportunity likely to lead to Lower Expectations for the Quarter." Today, the news from the Taiwan supply chain are claiming that ...

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03:02
AirBeam for Mac OS X, iOS beams up to version 2

Appologics (http://appologics.com/airbeam) has announced AirBeam 2, a remake of its app-suite that turns iPhones, iPads and Macs into flexible remote cameras.
The tool streams live video and audio from the cameras and microphones of of iPhones, iPods or iPads. The stream can be followed and controlled remotely on another device with the app or a web browser.
To celebrate the release of AirBeam 2, the iOS app is available at the Apple App Store at a promotional price of US$0.99. The Mac OS X version is available at the Mac App Store in a free and US$3.99 "pro" version.

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02:40
Apple Granted Patent 47 Today Covering a Secure...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 47 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's invention relating to a secure identity service for iMessage and ...

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02:22
PDFpen 7.2 - Edit and annotate PDFs with ease. (...

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01:57
Meet the Micro:bit, the BBC's tiny programmable...

The Raspberry Pi has been a huge success story for Britain, giving millions of people an affordable way to tinker and learn with pocket-sized hardware. Now, the BBC is hoping to make a similar impact with the "Micro:bit." Like the Raspberry Pi, this ...

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01:25
Apple patent adds magnetic drive actuation to UK-...

Continuing a seemingly never ending quest for smaller form factor products, Apple engineers dreamed up a compact folding pin USB adapter design with the convenience of push-button magnetic actuation, as detailed in a patent granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday.

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01:23
Amazon will stand trial for its 'confusing...

Have you ever searched for a product on Amazon, only to find a similar item from another company? Sure you have. But while this search behavior is arguably great for customers, it's the reasoning behind a trademark lawsuit against the online retailer...

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01:14
Apple Granted a Patent for an iPhone Dock with a...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 47newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's granted patent for an iPhone dock with a moveable connector.

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00:51
Nest's home security camera comes to the UK

Last month, Nest unveiled two new products that could make your home a whole lot safer: a revamped Protect smoke alarm and a wireless Nest Cam security camera. Both quickly debuted in the US and now, they're available in the UK too. The new £159 Nest...

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00:32
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09:22
Why compatibility isn't just a computer problem...

Some people I know who dearly love their Sonos speaker systems were feeling nervous this week as Apple launched Apple Music. Would Sonos support Apple Music, and vice versa? Some tweets from Sonos and Apple made it clear that it would, and those Sonos-using friends gave a sigh of relief.
But it struck me that this is yet another example of how conflicting compatibility between hardware and services can frustrate consumers, making us regret our purchases even of otherwise fine devices. In the competition between different standards, between online services, and plenty of other areas, there’s often fallout that can make it hard to be a user of tech products.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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15:20
Hacking Team hack reveals why you shouldn't...

An Italian firm with the appropriate name Hacking Team suffered a massive breach in its company data Sunday, and 400GB of internal documents so far have been released and are being analyzed by reporters and security researchers. Hacking Team’s customers are government agencies, including both law enforcement and national security, and the ostensibly legal software it sells to help them intercept communications includes not-yet-exploited vulnerabilities, known as zero-days.
Much has been speculated before and after Edward Snowden’s release of a trove of National Security Agency (NSA) documents in 2013 about the capabilities of the United States’ agencies as well as those of allies and enemies. The Hacking Team dump reveals quite a bit more about the routine functions of third-party suppliers into that ecosystem, including specifically...

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20:48
Apple Stores to start sales of first HomeKit-enabled...

Apple online and brick-and-mortar stores on Tuesday will start selling ecobee3, the first Internet-connected thermostat compatible with Apple's iOS-based HomeKit framework.

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19:59
LaunchBar 6.4.1 - Powerful file/URL/email launcher...

LaunchBar is an award-winning productivity utility that offers an amazingly intuitive and efficient way to search and access any kind of information stored on your computer or on the Web. It provides instant access to your applications, documents, contacts, and bookmarks, to your music library, to search engines and more, just by entering short abbreviations of the searched item's name. You just hit Command-Space to bring LaunchBar's input window to front, enter an arbitrary abbreviation, and as soon as you start typing LaunchBar displays the best matching choices, ready to be opened immediately. Start applications, open documents, invoke system services, compose emails, or navigate the Web--LaunchBar will be your essential servant.Version 6.4.1: New and Improved

  • Minor improvements to LaunchBar Action Editor.
  • Added support for searching in Dash 3.
  • Extended list of currency symbols that are ignored in calculator expressions.
  • ...

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19:59
TotalFinder 1.6.27 - Adds tabs, hotkeys, and other...

TotalFinder is a universally acclaimed navigational companion for your Mac. Enhance your Mac's Finder with features so smart and convenient, you won't believe you ever lived without them. Tab-based interface Say goodbye to scattered, disorganized Finder windows. TotalFinder merges everything into a workflow-friendly, tab-based layout. System-wide access With TotalFinder, convenience is key: With the stroke of a hot-key, it's available instantly, system-wide. Helpful tweaks TotalFinder's Folders on Top feature takes file organization to a new level. Just click the option in the Preferences menu and your much-needed folders will automatically be prioritized in every window. Reduce clutter OS X's Finder has a bad habit of cluttering your system with hidden attribute files. TotalFinder emphasizes cleanliness, eliminating superfluous files and freeing up valuable storage space.Version 1.6.27:

  • ...

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17:07
Eddy Cue: Apple ‘working’ to bring back music Home...


Last week, we noted that Apple’s latest iOS 8.4 release with Apple Music removes support for the long-existing Music Home Sharing feature. This function allows an iOS device user to stream music from a computer running iTunes on their own WiFi network. Today, Apple Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services noted on Twitter that Apple is “working” to restore Home Sharing functionality in iOS 9. It is likely that Home Sharing was removed in iOS 8.4 due to changes necessary with the record labels to launch the new streaming music service. Cook previously revealed details on...

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17:05
'Hacking Team' Data Breach Confirms Firm...

Cybersecurity firm Hacking Team experienced a data breach earlier today, resulting in 400 GB of its documents being leaked onto the Internet, reports The Guardian. The documents confirm Hacking Team's ability to infiltrate and monitor jailbroken iPhones on behalf of government law enforcement agencies like the NSA, as noted by Macworld. Much has been speculated before and after Edward Snowden’s release of a trove of National Security Agency (NSA) documents in 2013 about the capabilities of the United States’ agencies as well as those of allies and enemies. The Hacking Team dump reveals quite a bit more about the routine functions of third-party suppliers into that ecosystem, including specifically...

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17:03
Apple's push into automotive spurs race to cash...

Rumors of automotive product entries from Apple and Google are prompting carmakers to look beyond traditional toward revenue streams fueled by data, the first being a reported joint overture for Nokia's HERE mapping service worth billions of dollars.

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15:38
Apple looks to reinstate Home Sharing with iOS 9,...

Following revelations that Apple disabled the popular music Home Sharing feature with its latest iOS 8.4 update, SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue on Monday said the company is working to restore services for iOS 9.

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15:29
Apple Working to Add Home Sharing for Music in iOS 9

With the release of iOS 8.4 and the new built-in Apple Music service, Apple removed Home Sharing for music on iOS devices, a move that many Home Sharing users have been upset about. It was unclear if Home Sharing for music would be re-added in the future, but according to iTunes chief Eddy Cue, Apple is planning to add Home Sharing to iOS 9. In response to a tweet about the removal of Home Sharing for music, Cue tweeted "We are working to have Home Sharing in iOS 9." Wording in the release notes for the last iOS 8.4 beta suggested that Home Sharing and Genius Mixes were "not currently available," hinting that the features could return at a later date, and it appears that is indeed Apple's plan. While Home Sharing for music has been removed in...

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14:46
Final Cut Server: Cannot connect to Java Web Start...

When you connect to Final Cut Server to download the Java Web Start file using a web browser, the webpage may display a message such as "File not found!" or "Object not found!"  The Final Cut Server installer will only install web server components to the default web site included with Mac OS X Server.

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14:41
iMac G5: Troubleshooting when your computer won...

If your iMac G5 won't turn on—the display has no picture or color, and you don't hear fan or hard drive activity sounds—follow these steps to troubleshoot the issue.

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14:35
How to make Apple Music do more with Siri voice...

While Apple Music has drawn a lot of comparions with other streaming services, like Spotify and Google Music, on iOS it does have at least one special trick: Siri voice commands.

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14:34
GoPro Whittles Down Hero4 Action Cam


GoPro's latest action cam features something the company's fans haven't seen for eight years: a product redesign. The company on Monday announced the Hero4 Session, a 1-inch cube video camera that weighs just 2.6 ounces -- less than half the heft of an iPhone. Unlike previous GoPro models, you won't need a case to protect it from getting wet. It's designed to withstand a soaking in up to 10 meters of water. However, while the camera is light in weight, it's also light on features -- and a heavy on price.

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14:24
[Sponsor] DevMate

DevMate is a powerful platform for app development and distribution. It’s designed to save hours of coding for both indie developers and established software companies. DevMate offers ready-to-use mechanisms and data collection. This includes licensing, built-in update and purchase mechanisms, feedback and crash reporting. The app data is presented in the Dashboard in real time, and is easy to access and monitor. DevMate is an indispensable tool for developers who value their time and want to focus on the tasks that are really important.

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13:52
Apple to reportedly debut co-designed third-party...

Apple Stores will soon get a more uniform look as select third-party accessory makers adopt packaging co-designed by Apple, part of a larger transition toward a "premium feel" under retail chief Angela Ahrendts.

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13:34
iMovie ’08: Camcorder Support

iMovie '08 is designed to work with a wide range of digital video devices and formats, including tape-based and the latest tapeless camcorders that record to flash memory, a hard disk drive, or DVD media.

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13:31
iCloud: Account troubleshooting

This article discusses common troubleshooting steps for various issues that you might encounter when creating or using your iCloud account.

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13:13
About AirPrint

AirPrint is an Apple technology that helps you create full-quality printed output without the need to download or install drivers.

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13:12
Review: Apple Music offers great discovery &...


Apple Music was a service that I was incredibly excited about when Apple announced it last month at WWDC. I’ve written a lot about music here at 9to5Mac and every time I explain how big of a music fan I am. When I’m in my office, I always have music playing, whether it be radio or a specific artist or album. For the past two years, I’ve been using Spotify for all of my streaming music needs. I never had a problem with the service, especially recently as it has upped the quality of both its iOS and Mac apps to be both more stable and feature-rich. A combination that is hard to come by nowadays.
Being the Apple fanboy that I am, however, I obviously had to give Apple Music a try. For the past week, I’ve been using the service as my exclusive source for music. How does it...

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13:00
Apple Retail Stores to Offer Third-Party Accessories...

Apple is planning to introduce new co-designed packaging for many of the third-party accessories that it sells in its stores, according to retail store information shared by 9to5Mac. Apple has reportedly been working with several third-party accessory manufacturers on packaging design, helping to create a new look for boxes to better fit in with the packaging that's used for Apple's own products. Companies participating in Apple's revamped packaging efforts include Tech21, Sena, Incase, Mophie, Logitech, and Life Proof. When these products are sold in Apple Stores, they'll be sold with simple, no-frills white boxes with minimal labeling as seen in photos. According to the memo, the packaging will be mostly white to match the Mac, iPhone, and Apple Watch boxes, while they will also include simpler fonts, new photography, higher-quality materials, and more consistent compatibility labeling...

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12:49
Upgrade your iCloud storage on your iOS device
12:31
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 6...

Notable software releases this week include Voila 3.9, Typinator 6.6, GarageBand 10.1, iTunes 12.2, Security Update 2015-005, Mac EFI Security Update 2015-001, and Safari 8.0.7, 7.1.7, and 6.2.7. 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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12:31
ExtraBITS for 6 July 2015

Our ExtraBITS this week revolve around developer Nolan Lawson, who sparked discussion recently with a pair of blog posts suggesting that Safari is the new Internet Explorer in terms of holding back Web standards. 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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12:31
All Apple Stores revamping third-party accessory...

Apple-designed packaging for the Mophie Juice Pack and Logitech iPad Keyboard
Apple is looking to own yet another aspect of its product experience. The company is gearing up to revamp its third-party accessory selection across all of its retail stores by next week by reducing the amount of accessories available in stores to ones sold in packaging co-designed by Apple. Apple has been working with select third-party...

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12:30
Opinion: Will size alone be enough to sell a bigger...

There isn’t any question that Apple’s working on a larger-screened iPad: early details leaked in 2013 and have been followed by dimensional drawings and prototype shells over the past year. All of the leaks suggest that the “iPad Pro” or “iPad Plus” will be nearly identical to the iPad Air 2, except with an almost 13″ screen and four (rather than two) speaker grilles. Few of the leaks have suggested major new design elements, such as an extra connector port, an integrated stand, or ...

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12:07
Skype 7.9.746 - Voice-over-internet phone and chat...

Skype allows you to talk to friends, family and co-workers across the Internet without the inconvenience of long distance telephone charges. Using peer-to-peer data transmission technology, Skype eliminates the central server as a middle manager. Today, millions of individuals and businesses are taking advantage of Skype's diverse communication features:

  • Free Skype-to-Skype
  • Landline and cellphone calling
  • SMS and instant messaging
  • Voicemail
  • Free video calls
  • Call forwarding to your phone when you're offline

Skype-to-Skype calls, video calls, and instant messaging are free, 24 hours a day, anywhere in the world. Users can make phone calls and send SMS messages at great value Pay-As-You-Go rates, or make unlimited calls to certain countries with a subscription.Version 7.9.746:

  • Updated and smarter web link preview experience
  • OS X 10.9 or later
  • Microphone...

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08:36
What Apple Music Connect needs to succeed

Apple Music’s Connect is designed to foster connections between artists and fans, but there’s not much to love yet on either front. For listeners, Connect is pretty bare-bones and hasn’t offered much in the way of new content. Musician and iOS app designer Dave Wiskus says it’s not great for artists yet, either.
In a Friday blog post, Wiskus detailed his near-disastrous attempt at uploading a new song to share on Connect.
Embedding a song to share on the platform is riddled with difficulties, a far cry from the ease of uploading to SoundCloud. Artists have to make the clip they want to post available in My Music, which requires importing the track to iTunes (which can be its own special kind of hell). Posting the track can be glitchy—the form artists have to fill out wouldn’t allow Wiskus...

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12:00
NBA player blames injury on iPhone 6 Plus; We call...

Matt Bonner, a player for the San Antonio Spurs, says that his season-changing injury has been caused by -- are you ready for this? -- his iPhone 6 Plus. In an interview with the Concord Monitor, Bonner blamed the drop in his 3-point shooting, from 41.4 percent average over his 11-year career in the NBA to a still respectable 36.5 percent on an injury to his left (non-shooting) elbow. Bonner is "sure" that the injury was caused by the "way bigger" iPhone 6 Plus. 

Bonner says about his injury that "I think because I got that new phone it was a strain to use it, you have to stretch further to hit the buttons, and I honestly think that’s how I ended up developing it."

Wimp.

Ummm, Bonner is 6 feet, 10 inches tall. Like most NBA players (with the possible exception of my personal favorite player from the past, the 5 foot, 3 inch...

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11:54
∞ My walking playlist on Apple Music

A lot of people have asked what music I listen to while I do my walks, so I thought I’d put it up on Apple Music. The songs were chosen to keep up a good walking pace—each of the songs makes me want to sing or play air guitar while I’m walking. I hope you enjoy it.Jim’s Walk playlist on Apple Music.

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11:50
Amazon Launched a Free Cloud Drive App for iDevices

Over the July fourth holiday, Amazon quietly introduced "Amazon Cloud Drive" for the iPhone and iPad.

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11:46
Apple’s MacBook SSD OEM Samsung takes wraps off pair...

From 9to5Toys.com:

Samsung today has announced that it will be adding a 2TB option to its 850 EVO and PRO 2.5-inch internal solid-state drive offerings. Previously, the largest sized capacity was 1TB for ...

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11:32
Musk Donates $10 Million to Keep AI From Going Rogue


The Future of Life Institute on Monday announced 37 winners of grant funding provided by Elon Musk and the Open Philanthropy Project. Musk contributed $10 million toward the effort. A total of $7 million will be awarded to fund the research teams for up to three years, with many of the projects beginning in September. Another $4 million is available to support research grants for areas that emerge as most promising. The teams will focus on the common goal of keeping artificial intelligence beneficial to humanity.

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11:28
Instagram rolling out support for high-res images on...

Instagram has announced today that it is rolling out support for higher resolution 1080 x 1080 pixel images. This doubles the previous upload resolution of 640 x 640 pixels, and you’ll probably notice very soon that the photos in your stream are looking a bit crisper.
According to a post today from Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger, the update is rolling out to both Android and iOS. Other statements from the company suggest that the feature has been rolling out for about week and you should already be seeing these newer photos in-app.
There doesn’t appear to be an actual app update, as this is a change that is being flipped server side for both major platforms. If...

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11:17
∞ Punked by Apple Music

The other night, I checked out the “New” section of Apple Music. Like usual, I switched to the Metal section—when it loaded, I thought for sure someone at Apple was punching me. To be clear, I’m not saying this is a problem, I thought it was funny as hell. I closed the app, reopened and everything was fine. Still funny.

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11:11
Rapper recorded album by posting up at NYC Apple...

A New York-based rapper has taken the phrase "demo unit" quite literally, saying that he parked himself at Apple's SoHo store in Manhattan five days a week, for sixteen weeks, so he could use the store's display computers to record a full-length album.

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11:02
Hullo — Your favorite pillow. Guaranteed. [Sponsor]

Have you ever slept on a buckwheat pillow? It’s kind of like a beanbag for your head. The hull fill supports your head and neck in a way that can’t be matched by traditional pillows.Hullo’s features include:

  • Quality construction & organic materials
  • Breathable fill that provides cool comfort all night long. No more flipping to the cool side in the middle of the night!
  • American-made craftsmanship
  • Free shipping
  • 60-night money-back guarantee

Drop what you’re doing—go and check out Hullo. Try it for 60 nights. If it’s not your favorite pillow, return it for a refund. You can’t lose!...

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11:00
Skype for Business Windows Phone app is here!

It’s an exciting time for Skype for Business as we deliver communication-powered productivity in Office. In the last few months, we’ve delivered the Skype for Business client for Windows, the new Skype for Business Server, and Skype for Business Online in Office 365. And just last week, we announced previews of new meetings and voice capabilities in Office 365 through the Skype for Business Preview Program.
Today we’re pleased to announce the availability of the Skype for Business app for Windows Phone.
What’s new—intuitive interface, more emoticons, improved server communications
If you are familiar with the Lync app for Windows Phone, you’ll notice a number of enhancements in the new app. The most noticeable differences...

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10:07
NBA player blames nagging arm injury on larger-...

There have been a wide range of both complaints and praises regarding the larger screened iPhones Apple introduced last fall, but this one is new. Matt Bonner, longtime member of the San Antonio Spurs, gave an interview recently in which he blamed a season-changing injury on Apple’s larger screened iPhone (via Yahoo).

Bonner revealed that he suffered from tennis elbow in his non-shooting arm for a two-and-half month period during the 2014-2015 NBA season. The pain was such a distraction to Bonner that before we would even catch the ball he would be dreading the...

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09:56
While Samsung has invented a new TV Remote with...

Today our Patently Mobile IP blog posted a new report covering one of Samsung's latest inventions relating to a next generation remote controller.

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09:51
Rick Perry and the Texas vs. California Tech War


A couple of weeks ago, I was waiting to do a CNBC slot on the Apple Watch in Asia -- the entire smartwatch class is having a lot of issues -- and I ran into Rick Perry, former governor of Texas, as he was coming out of the studio I was about to enter. For some reason, I thought he was going to be a typical entitled stuck-up jerk, like a lot of folks in his position are, but he wasn't. We started chatting about technology and jobs, and how he'd been focused as governor on getting tech companies to move to Texas from California.

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09:25
Amazon brings Cloud Drive media, document access to...

Amazon on Monday released an official iOS client for Cloud Drive, allowing people to access content from the file storage service on their iPhone or iPad.

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Saturday July 4

04:00
The Week in iPad Cases: HEX's Supply Sonic...

...plus keyboard cases, standard hard shells, and more!This week’s roundup of new iPad cases includes cases with extra padding from Belkin and OtterBox, keyboard cases from The Snugg and M-Edge, lovely bags and backpacks from HEX, Toffee, and Tucano, and much more.BelkinAvailable in blue, black, or green, the Air Protect (iPad Air; $35) sports shock-absorbent foam designed to dissipate impact from drops or falls.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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