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Sunday January 17

16:09
Roundup: The best Mac email clients for push Gmail

Mac owners who use Gmail know Apple's Mail app for OS X is less than perfect when it comes to pushing emails from Google's service. AppleInsider weeded through a forest of third party apps to find the fastest, cleanest and most reliable push Gmail clients for your desktop.

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15:14
Windows Phone's keyboard is coming to your...

Ask Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile fans about their favorite interface features and they may point to the Word Flow keyboard -- that combination of swiping, word correction and overall feel is hard to replicate. Well, you might not have to pick...

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11:22
The 7 worst ad campaigns of 2015

Venturebeat:It’s always been important for advertisers and content creators to consider their target audience when developing an ad campaign. In the past year, however, we have seen a slew of ad campaigns that seem to have skipped over this essential, yet obvious, standard. Perhaps advertisers forget that unless they carefully understand and represent their audience’s values, they’ll get bombarded with aggressive tweets, posts, pins, and shares, calling them cold, insensitive, and downright ignorant. These kinds of campaigns can easily be avoided if advertisers learn to engage better with their consumers so that they truly grasp their audience’s character. That said, here are seven ad campaigns that just plain failed in 2015.As much as many of us, myself included, hate most of the advertising we see, a good campaign can really capture our attention. Sadly, so can a bad one. These campaigns make you wonder how the hell they managed to make it out into the wild....

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10:00
Apple “investigating” inaccurate battery percentage...

(credit: Andrew Cunningham)


Apple is investigating a bug in the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus that may cause the battery percentage level to be displayed incorrectly. More specifically, the percentage level on affected phones "won't update," which could lead users to assume their batteries are more charged than they actually are.
Apple's support document says the bug occurs when users manually set a new time zone or when their time zone changes automatically as they travel. The recommended fix for now is to restart your phone and to check that your iPhone's clock sets itself automatically (go to Settings > General > Date & Time to check).
This sounds like the kind of problem that can be fixed in a software update—Apple has a minor iOS 9.2.1 update and a major...

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09:28
Microsoft developing iPhone version of its Swype-...

Microsoft appears to be planning to port its Windows Phone keyboard called Word Flow to the iPhone as a third-party keyboard, according to WinBeta. The company is currently reaching out to enlisted software testers to recruit iOS users with iPhone 5s or later to test the Windows Phone keyboard.
Word Flow works similarly to gesture-based third-party keyboards like Swype, which let you trace your finger across letters to suggest words for quick typing. The keyboard also supports traditional typing in the same interface. Emoji characters are even recommended when typing words so ‘dog’ might show the dog emoji when typing the word out.
This is how typing with Word Flow looks on Windows Phone minus gesture typing :

Microsoft is...

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09:07
Microsoft Invents a New Rechargeable Pen &...

When Apple revealed their new Apple Pencil this past September, the reaction to how the iPad Pro accessory would be charged was mixed. Some thought it was ingenious while others thought it was awkward and inconvenient method. Today Microsoft's Surface pen works with batteries but that's likely to change if one of their latest patents comes to life.

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09:00
Ex-Jailbreakers now working to secure iOS for...


For nearly half a decade, teams of hackers and programmers have worked tirelessly to crack Apple’s iOS software code in order to inject new features, themes, and applications. Now, a team led by noted former jailbreak developers Will Strafach, otherwise known as “Chronic”, and Joshua Hill, known as P0sixninja, is working to secure Apple’s mobile platform. The duo, along with a list of unnamed former jailbreak developers, has been working on a new comprehensive platform to secure iOS devices for both enterprises and consumers. Strafach provided us with a preview of the platform known as “Apollo,” the first security product from his new...

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09:00
Apple axes free iTunes Radio service, directs...

Eddy Cue announces iTunes Radio at WWDC 2013. (credit: Clint Ecker)


In an e-mail sent to users late Friday, Apple announced that it would be shutting down its ad-free iTunes Radio streaming service on January 28. Those who enjoyed the Pandora-like feature are instead being directed to Beats 1, the live radio station that Apple launched alongside Apple Music last year. Apple Music subscribers can continue to create iTunes Radio-like stations based on artists or songs, but they'll need to pay the standard $9.99-per-month membership fee to do so.
iTunes Match users will apparently be losing their ad-free version of iTunes Radio, too. The message to users of that service is clear: Apple Music offers...

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05:46
The Lifting of Western Sanctions against Iran Opens...

For Apple, Iran's 77 million people offer a particularly attractive new market. Iran's population is relatively young, with 42% of its people under age 25. Iran also boasts a relative large middle class.

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03:56
Pluto probe sends back photos of possible ice volcano

The New Horizons spacecraft might already be heading for a Kuiper belt object farther than Pluto, but it continues to give us a closer view of the dwarf planet. Some of the latest photos it sent back taken during the probe's closest flyby in July 201...

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Saturday January 16

23:21
Penthouse drops print magazines to deal with...

Internet porn just claimed another casualty. Penthouse has announced that it's dropping its print magazine after 51 years of publication -- from an unspecified point in the future, you'll have to go online to get those articles and racy photos (okay,...

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20:11
Microsoft bundles 1TB Xbox One with 'Tom Clancy...

Maybe you've been holding out on getting an Xbox One all this time because your subconscious has been waiting for this bundle. Whatever your reason is, this package is worth checking out if you've been looking to get both a 1TB version of the console...

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18:34
The first 'Doom' gets a new map from co-...

John Romero is virtually synonymous with Doom as one of its key developers, but he never made a map for it after 1995. Quake, and eventually his other studios, took over after that. However, he's finally coming home to roost: Romero has released an...

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17:46
watchOS 2.2 adds Nearby search to Maps for Apple...

The Maps app for the Apple Watch is set to receive a useful upgrade with new features with the upcoming watchOS 2.2 release. Currently in beta, the upcoming software update adds the Nearby search features in Apple Maps as well as quick navigation buttons for travel directions to home and work addresses.

In the current watchOS version, the Maps application launches to a view of your current location, then pressing the display firmly reveals buttons to access contact addresses, search, and toggling between transit and standard directions.
Starting with watchOS 2.2, Maps on Apple Watch has a whole new layer of actions. Just like Google Maps for Apple Watch, Apple’s Maps app now includes shortcuts to...

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17:23
Apple promises fix for iPhone 6s, 6s Plus not...

In a new support document, Apple has acknowledged a problem in which an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus may not show the right battery percentage as power drains.

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17:02
Microsoft HoloLens can talk to just about any device

As much as Microsoft has been willing to show of HoloLens, it has been surprisingly shy on some basic details. What devices work with the augmented reality headset? How long can you use it? How immersive will it really be? Thankfully, you just g...

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16:32
What to do if you iPhone 6s/6s Plus’ battery...

If you change the time on your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus manually or change time zones when traveling, you might notice that the battery percentage doesn't update. If this is happening with you, follow these steps:

  • Restart your iPhone.
  • Go to Settings > General > Date & Time and make sure that Set Automatically is turned on. Learn more about the date and time on your device.

If this happens again and you didn't change the time or time zone on your device, contact Apple Support.

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15:32
Iran shuts down most of its nuclear program

Iran promised to shut down the majority of its nuclear program in return for an end to stiff economic sanctions, and it's making good on its word. International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors have confirmed that Iran is meeting its end of a 2015 dea...

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14:00
Video: Interview with Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn

From the Autoblog booth at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, Patrick McIntyre interviews Renault-Nissan Chairman, President and CEO Carlos Ghosn. Topics include autonomous driving and Nissan's Titan Warrior concept at NAIAS 2016.

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13:47
Apple acknowledges issue causing battery percentage...

After a plethora of complaints, Apple this week has posted a new support document acknowledging an issue with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus that causes the battery percentage indicator in the status bar not to update as the battery itself drains. This means that the battery percentage icon could display that you have much more battery life left than you actually do.

In the support document, Apple addresses the issue and ensures iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users that it is working on a fix. Weirdly, the company says the issue is caused by time zone changes, whether done manually or automatically while traveling (via ...

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13:06
Review: RHA T20 are some of the finest-made...

For a while, Scotland-based audio company RHA was known primarily for delivering audiophile-grade sound in affordable earphones. With the T20, that’s not exactly how they played it. In fact, this set of headphones is not anywhere near cheap enough to be classed as an affordable pair, but I still feel that in terms of design, audio and versatility, they comfortably give you your money’s worth. That’s despite the fact they’d set you back $240/£180 if you decided to splurge on them…

On the design front, RHA has gone all-out with the T20 to make a headphone that both looks and feels like a high-end product. The 3...

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12:29
Amazon Echo can read your Kindle books aloud on...

You don't even need to lift a finger when you're done playing Jeopardy! on Amazon Echo and want to relax with a book. Simply say "Alexa, read [Kindle book title]," and the voice assistant will start narrating almost anything you purchased from the Ki...

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03:00
The week in Apple news: iAd shuts down, Apple Music...

Apple headlines for the week ending Jan. 15, 2016The big news this week was about the upcoming versions of iOS and OS X. Apple released public betas of iOS 9.3 and OS X 10.11.4; you have to be part of the Apple Beta Software Program to get the betas, but you probably don’t have to wait very long if you rather wait for the official release. While you’re waiting for the betas to download or you’re waiting for the official versions, you can catch up on the important Apple-releated news in this slideshow. Just click the link to get more information.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:00
Blue's Lola headphones nix features in favor of...

When it comes to headphones, comfort is at the top of my list of demands. It even edges out sound quality. Blue's Mo-Fi headphones were announced last year, and while they offered great sound, a built-in amp added an uncomfortable amount of bulk. Tha...

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10:00
First look: OS X 10.11.4 beta brings Live Photos to...

Introduced alongside iPhone 6s and iOS 9 last year, Apple's Live Photos feature plays well with devices running iOS, but viewing the special format images on Mac has been a less than ideal experience. But that will soon change.

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09:29
Microsoft Invents a 3D In-Air Gesturing Recognition...

Earlier this month the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Microsoft that reveals a next-generation 3D gesture recognition system that doesn't require multitouch commands. The new in-air gesture system is designed to work with ...

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09:11
Apple Studying Issue With iPhone 6s & 6s Plus...

Apple this week posted a new support document addressing an issue some iPhone 6s and 6s Plus users have been experiencing with the battery percentage displayed in the status bar on their displays not updating as the battery drains.

The company notes it is investigating the issue and working on a solution, although it appears to be related to time zone or clock settings. In the meantime, users experiencing the problem are advised to restart their devices and make sure the time is being automatically set in Settings.If you change the time on your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus manually or change time zones when traveling, you might notice that the battery percentage doesn't update. Learn what to do.A fairly lengthy discussion thread in Apple's discussion forums reveals a number of users running into the problem, dating back nearly to the new models' launch...

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08:30
Number of Apple Music subscribers reaches 300,000 in...

The number of Apple Music subscribers has reportedly reached 300,000 in Russia, making it the fifth largest market for the service.

The business daily Vedomosti reported the 300,000 figure, citing unnamed sources (Apple hasn't disclosed the number of Apple Music subscribers in Russia). Sources in the Russian record industry told Billboard (http://tinyurl.com/hqwnj9n) that the Vedomosti's number is about right and that Russia is quite likely to be on the top five of Apple Music biggest markets in the number of subscribers.

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07:33
Apple May Owe $8 Billion To the EU After Tax Ruling

Robotron23 writes: An investigation by the EU Commission may make Apple liable for up to $8 billion in back taxes. Bloomberg Intelligence estimates Apple has paid only 1.8% tax on profits between 2004 and 2012 — this ruling increases their liability to 12.5%. This decision comes hot on the heels of a tax avoidance settlement Apple reached with Italy last month for $347 million.

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05:46
China Grants Apple Four Apple Watch Related Design...

Late yesterday Hong Kong's Patent Office granted Apple four design Patents related to the Apple Watch.

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04:10
Apple Rolls 'iTunes Radio' into...

Apple introduced iTunes Radio in 2013 and stations were free to listen to (with ads), or ad-free for iTunes Match subscribers. Late yesterday Apple ...

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02:16
This week on AppleInsider: New betas, iAd flies the...

Apple news was perhaps mercifully quiet this week -- but the company did hit important milestones with Mac sales and Apple Music, while finally giving up the ghost for its long-suffering iAd division.

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01:53
SpaceX successfully fired up its returned Falcon 9

Elon Musk and the folks at SpaceX aren't only preparing to return another rocket from space back to the Earth this weekend, they're also running tests on the one that already safely came back. Of course, firing up a Falcon 9 that made the trip to spa...

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Monday January 11

04:00
Exploring Asia's technology showcase is the...

Given all the attention paid to the big names at CES—Samsung, Intel, and Oculus, to name just a few—smaller vendors inevitably get passed over. But you never know what sort of hidden gems you’ll find in the small region of the show devoted to China, Japan, and Southeast Asia.
And let’s face it: No matter the name on the outside of the box, most likely the product within it has been manufactured by an Asian manufacturing firm. What I find more interesting is when those firms actually participate in the design phase. Years before the iPhone and Android, remember, the coolest phones appeared on Asian store...

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05:00
Best frenemies: How Ford SYNC 3 works with Android...

When it comes to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Ford's SYNC 3 infotainment system has kept it classy. Ford couldn't have enjoyed seeing these two upstart smartphone interfaces gain traction, especially after the years and money Ford spent developing SYNC.
But instead of telling the kids to stay off the lawn, Ford's recent upgrade to SYNC 3 actually embraces both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, if perhaps like frenemies. At CES, Ford's Casey Feldman showed us how SYNC 3 will know when you've connected an Android phone or iPhone and defer its own features to those available through your mobile device. You set those preferences within SYNC 3. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please...

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07:08
Audi targets the moon with lunar rover

Audi's lunar rover debuted at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on January 11, 2016.

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07:17
AT&T brings back unlimited wireless data plans,...

AT&T is bringing back an unlimited data plan—but not for all wireless subscribers. Starting Tuesday, DirecTV and U-Verse customers will have the opportunity to pay $100 per month for a single line of unlimited data, talk, and text on AT&T’s network. Additional phones will cost $40 per line, and if you add four smartphones you’ll get the fourth line for free after the first two months.
You can add a tablet as well for $40 per month, or you can opt for a $10 monthly charge and limit the tablet to just 1GB of data per month. Overages on the $10 option are a killer, however, as every gigabyte after that will set you back $15.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:37
Apple Music creeps up on Spotify with 10 million...

Apple Music is quickly gaining ground on Spotify, Cupertino’s main rival in its quest to dominate streaming music. Apple’s service has reportedly racked up 10 million paying subscribers in the six months since its launch. It took Spotify six years to reach that watershed.
As of June 2015, Spotify officially had 20 million premium listeners, though recent reports peg that number closer to 25 million, and the company has more than 75 million users total—including those using the ad-supported version of the service. Apple Music doesn’t offer a freemium option.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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09:00
How Ford's self-driving car uses Velodyne LiDAR...

A self-driving car needs to see the world around it. LiDAR leads the way on Ford's autonomous research vehicle, mapping the surroundings in 3-D.

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09:20
Carl Zeiss's low-profile smart lens is the anti...

This innovative smart optics system will lead to smart glasses that look...well, normal.

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11:23
Ford takes self-driving into the snow

Detroit has at least one thing Silicon Valley doesn’t: snow. And Ford is taking advantage of that to test how its autonomous vehicles perform when they can’t see lane markings.

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Friday January 15

13:30
The Week in iOS Apps: The Outbound helps you find...

Get outdoors!Want to get back to nature? This week’s roundup includes an app that can help you do just that. Read on!The OutboundThe Outbound is a free travel app that orients (get it?) you to local outdoor travel adventures—spots to hike, camp, and generally get back to nature, even if you live in the middle of a big city.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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05:00
Gatekeeper flaw remains exploitable four months...

A security researcher says flaws in Apple’s Gatekeeper application validation system remain available to exploit, despite Apple patching some vectors he disclosed on September 30 in security updates released in November and December.
“It took me literally five minutes to completely bypass,” says Patrick Wardle, director of research at Synack. He’s not just talking about the problem: He’s also released a tool to block the unpatched pathways to exploitation. To make use of this flaw, a legitimate app has to be modified by a malicious party and then distributed or swapped in when a user thinks the correct package is being downloaded. That said, it remains a reasonable concern.To read this article in full or to leave a comment,...

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06:45
Amazon Prime price slashed 25% this weekend to...

This weekend Amazon is celebrating its Golden Globe wins for the series Mozart in the Jungle with a price drop on an annual Prime membership. Starting at 9 p.m. Pacific on Friday and lasting until 11:59 p.m. local time on Sunday, Amazon is selling an annual Prime subscription for $73—a $26 dollar price cut. Amazon raised the regular price of Prime subscriptions from $79 to $99 in early 2014.
This is the second time Amazon has dropped the price for Prime memberships in recent months. In September, Amazon dropped the price of Prime to $67 after taking home five Emmys for Transparent during the 67th Emmy Awards. Similarly, the 2016 Golden Globes were the 73rd annual celebration of the awards show.To read this article in full or to...

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10:07
F.lux asks Apple to open up Night Shift in iOS 9.3

F.lux is an app that that adjusts your screen’s brightness at night to cut down the blue light that keeps you awake. Sound familiar? That’s because Apple just put the same exact feature in iOS 9.3. F.lux briefly offered a version for iOS last year, but the app is only available for Mac, Linux, and Windows because Apple told the developers to shut it down. F.lux’s creators are now asking Apple to reverse its decision and let the app back in.Apple calls its version of F.lux Night Shift. F.lux’s developers penned a blog post after news of the iOS 9.3 feature emerged, praising Apple for acknowledging the health risks of exposure to bright blue light at night, but also taking a stand for their own work on the science of sleep....

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18:14
Is the Elio P5 the car of the future?

Great gas mileage, two seats, airbags and it's coming this year. Would you consider buying it?

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20:53
NYT: Alphabet's reorganized 'X'...

Last year Google shipped off some of its wilder projects for administration under new parent company Alphabet, which included its efforts with robots and the lab formerly known as Google X. A New York Times report says that the latter, now just known...

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18:56
Supreme Court will hear Microsoft's appeal in...

Proving that the console wars are never truly over, today the Supreme Court of the United States announced (PDF) it would hear an argument relating to Microsoft's Xbox 360. At issue is whether or not Microsoft will have to face a class-action lawsuit...

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17:59
'Apple Watch 2' might not make anticipated...

Those anticipating Apple to unveil a second-generation Apple Watch in March might have to wait a bit longer, as a report on Friday cobbles together indirect evidence to cast plausible doubt on recent rumors.

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17:13
Apple Watch 2 Not Likely to See March Debut

A December rumor pointed towards a possible March 2016 event to unveil a next-generation Apple Watch, but information shared today by TechCrunch's Matthew Panzarino suggests a redesigned second-generation Apple Watch will not be coming so early in the year. That conflicts with some recent rumors suggesting trial production on the Apple Watch 2 is set to begin soon.

Citing several sources with knowledge of Apple's plans, Panzarino says that while new design partnerships and accessories are a possibility for March, a second-generation Apple Watch is not expected. There is, however, a potential March event in the works, but it is not clear what would be launched at that time. New Macs and the rumored 4-inch iPhone...

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17:11
Apple shuttering iAd App Network, ad-supported...

Earlier this week it was reported (http://tinyurl.com/jjeakd6) that Apple is moving to phase out its in-house iAd sales team in favor of a new publisher-driven system. The iAd App Network will be discontinued as of June 30, 2016," Apple states on its developer site. 

"Although we are no longer accepting new apps into the network, advertising campaigns may continue to run and you can still earn advertising revenue until June 30,” Apple says. The App Network, one part of the iAd platform, allows developers to promote their App Store apps across iAd's publisher network

Also, Apple Music customers today received an announcement from Apple about a change in its fee structure...

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17:11
IT Administrator’s Guide For OS X Now Available On...

It can be tough to get information about larger Mac deployments. I’ve written a few books on it. Apple has built some pages on it. But many prefer to consume their content through video. As such, Sean Collins has teamed up with Lynda.com to put together an IT Administrator’s Guide for El Capitan. With topics ranging from SIP to DEP, and all the acronyms in the middle, Sean’s soothing voice will guide you through what you need to get started with a new Mac deployment.

Many a job can seem daunting, but with this latest addition to our arsenal, you’ll instantly feel less intimidated. It’s like the Sun A of the Mac world. But afterwards, when you go into corpse pose, you won’t fall asleep, because the content is too good. Check it out here:
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16:51
Apple's ad-supported iTunes Radio will go away...

iTunes Radio was Apple's first foray into streaming music, but a pretty major change to the service is afoot -- today, the company has started sending emails to customers saying that iTunes Radio will no longer be a free, ad-supported service for iTu...

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16:45
iTunes Radio to be available only to Apple Music...

“We are making Beats 1 the premier free broadcast from Apple and phasing out the ad-supported stations at the end of January,” an Apple spokesperson told BuzzFeed News. “Additionally, with an Apple Music membership, listeners can access dozens of radio stations curated by our team of music experts, covering a range of genres, commercial-free with unlimited skips. The free three-month trial of Apple Music includes radio.”∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:42
Apple Ending Ad-Supported iTunes Radio Stations at...

As part of the winding down of its iAd platform, Apple today sent out a notice to customers who listen to its radio service letting them know the radio feature is being discontinued at the end of January.

In the email, Apple says that Beats 1 radio will be the only free listening option available to those who do not subscribe to the Apple Music service. Customers who listen to radio stations sans ads with an iTunes Match subscription are also receiving the emails and will no longer be able to listen to radio stations as an iTunes Match perk.

Apple has quietly continued to offer ad-supported iTunes Radio stations in the United States and Australia even after the launch of Apple Music, but with the end of its current iAd platform on the horizon, the feature will be limited to...

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16:41
Apple to fold iTunes Radio into Apple Music, make...

In an email blast to Apple Music customers on Friday, Apple announced a change in its fee structure that will make the currently free iTunes Radio service a subscription-only feature for the first time since its launch in 2013.

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16:35
BusyMac: Take control of your calendar and contacts...

Thanks to BusyMac for sponsoring The Loop this week. Take control of your calendar and contacts in 2016 with BusyMac’s Two-for-One New Year’s resolution offer. Get BusyCal and BusyContacts together for only $49.99 — that’s two award-winning apps for the price of one!BusyCal and BusyContacts are ideal for those who want more power and flexibility than the built-in Calendar and Contacts apps on OS X have to offer. BusyCal and BusyContacts are compatible with iCloud, Google and Exchange, and integrate seamlessly to form an easy to use solution for managing all of your contacts and activities.Organize your calendar and contacts this new year and save $49.99 with this limited time Two-for-One offer from BusyMac!...

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16:29
Apple announces free ad-supported iTunes Radio...


In an email circulating to customers, Apple has announced that the ad-supported iTunes Radio stations available in the US and Australia are going away on January 29th. Beats 1 will be the ‘premiere free broadcast’ going forward. All other radio station features, i.e. the algorithmic stations like Charting Now or Pop Workout, will require an active Apple Music subscription.
The full email is included below …

This marks the end of iTunes Radio as first launched in 2013, which expanded...

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16:11
EA's Vault is free for Xbox One Gold members...

The EA Access Vault creaks open next week on Xbox One for those with an Xbox Live Gold membership, which enables many of the console's online functions. EA's Vault will be open from January 19th to 24th for Gold folks. Its library features 14 games,...

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15:27
House Science panel opens new investigation into...

Hillary Clinton already has the FBI and a Senate judiciary committee on her tail about her private emails possibly containing classified info, but now it looks like she has to face yet another inquiry on the matter. Two days ago, House Science, Space...

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15:07
Spacewalk cancelled after water found in helmets...

Mission control had to cut short an ISS spacewalk on Friday after US astronaut Tim Kopra noticed water building up in his helmet hours into the excursion. Both Kopra and British astronaut Tim Peake are back and safe inside the International Space Sta...

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11:02
Hands on with the Galaxy TabPro S, Samsung's...

Samsung is taking a stab at the Windows 10 2-in-1 market with a new tablet that can be unlocked with a Galaxy smartphone.

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14:48
OpenSSH Flaw Could Leak Crypto Keys


Qualys on Thursday reported a flaw in the OpenSSH client that could let a hacker steal the client's private crypto keys. The bug is the result of an undocumented feature called "roaming" that exists in version 5.4, released March 8, 2010, and above. It's one of two vulnerabilities that a malicious SSH server or a trusted but compromised server can exploit, Qualys said. The other is a heap-based buffer overflow. OpenSSH issued a fix for the information leak Thursday.

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14:43
Where is Apple's 5K Thunderbolt Display?

It is approaching five years since Apple began shipping the Thunderbolt Display in September 2011, leading many to wonder when the monitor will receive a long-anticipated update, if ever.

Apple could have refreshed the Thunderbolt Display with USB 3.0, Thunderbolt 2 and a tapered iMac-style design as early as 2013, but it has chosen not to do that. The company continues to sell the 2011 27" model with USB 2.0 and first-generation Thunderbolt ports for $999.

So, what has been the holdup? The answer likely lies in supply chain considerations and connectivity.

4K Thunderbolt Display

Many have been long hoping that Apple would release a 4K Thunderbolt Display, considering that the latest Macs, and most models refreshed since late 2013, can be used with at least one 4K display.

But, typically, standalone Apple displays have shared the same screens as iMacs. Since Apple skipped over a 4K 27" iMac...

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14:43
Apple to shut down iAd App Network on June 30

Apple on Friday announced plans to cease iAd App Network operations at the end of June, ending one facet of the company's six-year play at the mobile advertising market.

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14:39
Sony Builds Smart Home Hub Into Ceiling Light


Sony this week announced its Multifunctional Light, a ceiling lamp that's kitted out with sensors to talk to smart things. It includes sensors for motion, illumination, temperature and humidity. There's also the requisite WiFi radio, a memory card slot, a condenser microphone, and an infrared controller for air conditioners. The lamp form factor offers convenient placement, said Sony Electronics spokesperson John Dolak. "We gave thought to where we could install it so that it would work as well as possible."

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14:18
Samsung working to copy iPhone 6s Life Photos...

Samsung hopes to maintain its "lead by following" style of innovation for this year's Galaxy S7 launch by copying the Live Photos feature Apple developed for iPhone 6s, but it may not be done in time for launch.

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14:11
Apple announces it will discontinue iAd App Network...


On its developer news blog, Apple has announced that it is closing the iAd App Network on June 30th. Targeted at smaller publishers, the iAd App Network let developers pay reduced rates to feature advertisements for their own App Store apps across the iAd publisher network.
The news follows a report from Buzzfeed that Apple is closing iAd campaign sales and converting all inventory to automated system. Apple says that if developers want to keep advertising on iAd until that time, they have to make a campaign from scratch using iAd Workbench...

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14:00
iAd App Network will be Discontinued

The iAd App Network will be discontinued as of June 30, 2016. Although we are no longer accepting new apps into the network, advertising campaigns may continue to run and you can still earn advertising revenue until June 30. If you’d like to continue promoting your apps through iAd until then, you can create a campaign using iAd Workbench. We will continue to keep you updated, but if you have any questions, contact us.

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14:00
iAd App Network will be Discontinued

The iAd App Network will be discontinued as of June 30, 2016. Although we are no longer accepting new apps into the network, advertising campaigns may continue to run and you can still earn advertising revenue until June 30. If you’d like to continue promoting your apps through iAd until then, you can create a campaign using iAd Workbench. We will continue to keep you updated, but if you have any questions, contact us.

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12:17
NASA Advances Mission to Protect Earth From Asteroids


NASA last week announced that it has established the Planetary Defense Coordination Office to formalize its efforts to detect and track near-Earth objects. The PDCO will supervise all NASA-funded projects to find and characterize asteroids and comets that pass near Earth's orbit around the sun. It will issue notices of close passes and warnings of any detected potential impacts, and will work with the Department of Defense, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and other U.S. and international agencies to respond to potential impacts.

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11:59
Apple's Board Rejects Diversity Proposal as...

Today Apple's board is telling investors to reject a new diversity proposal, calling it "unduly burdensome."

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11:34
Is Wall St. Transitioning Apple from a Growth to a...

A new report claims that Major U.S. growth mutual funds have been among the largest sellers of Apple shares over the past six months, fueling speculation that the company’s days of supercharged growth have come to an end.

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11:00
Buggy 4th-generation Apple TVs waking up, annoying...

Some owners of the new 4th-generation Apple TV are reporting that the devices are waking up at random times, resulting in the devices also (in some cases) turning on the HDTVs they're connected to. AppleInsider reported this morning that the issue has become the subject of a number of threads on Apple's support forums.

Once put to sleep, the Apple TV can wake up as soon as a minute later. When the HDTV has HDMI-CEC support allowing the Apple TV to turn on the TV, both of the devices can pop back on. Let's just hope you remembered to turn down the volume on the TV.

The issue can waste electricity when the TVs get turned on, and owners of plasma TVs even risk burn-in issues if the tvOS screensaver doesn't kick in. Possible workarounds at...

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10:41
Hyundai adds Apple CarPlay support to 2017 Elantra,...

Hyundai on Friday announced that its latest sedan, the 2017 Elantra, will launch later this month with support for both Apple CarPlay and Google's Android Auto.

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10:18
Microsoft offering up to $250 for Apple Watch users...

Microsoft is taking direct aim at rival Apple in a new promotion, which offers Apple Watch owners up to $250 in credit toward the purchase of a new Microsoft Band 2.

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10:10
Apple's Gatekeeper Still Broken

itwbennett writes: This weekend, Apple security expert Patrick Wardle will detail a vulnerability in Apple's Gatekeeper that makes it possible to bypass the anti-malware defense. This is the same vulnerability that was disclosed last April, which Apple said it patched later. Wardle was able to easily bypass Apple's fixes. He says "all Apple did was blacklist the signed apps he was abusing, but didn't fix the underlying issue, which is that, essentially, Gatekeeper functions as a guard that doesn't check" software already on the whitelist.

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10:00
Apple offering free sketching, photography classes

What better way to get budding artists to use the iPad or iPhone as creative tools than to offer them free workshops teaching techniques and tips? That's the idea behind Apple's "Start Something New" campaign, which not only offers a gallery of artwork created by professionals, but also workshops at Apple Stores around the world.

Whether you want to learn to shoot stunning landscape photos from the air taking advantage of the iPhone 6s Plus and its amazing image stabilization, see how iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil can be used together with Procreate to create beautiful nature illustrations, or just want to learn a bit more about sketching or taking more than selfies, workshops are being held at most Apple Stores.

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09:00
9to5Toys Last Call: WD 2TB External HDD $69, BRAVEN...

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09:00
The MacBook Air was introduced 8 years ago today

Photo by Matthew Yohe. CC-BY-3.0

If it seems like there have been a lot of "birthdays" announced here lately, it's because Apple used to announce a lot of new products in January around the time of Macworld Expo. One of those products that I was present to see the introduction of was the MacBook Air, which Apple introduced on January 15, 2008 (it wasn't available in stores until January 29 of that year).

As accustomed to ultra-thin laptops as we all are these days, the original MacBook Air was a total shock to the crowd at the introduction. How could Apple jam a Mac into such as thin device? I recall leaving the keynote address and immediately running to the show floor to see the MacBook Air for myself, then pre-ordering the 13.3-inch model. 

That MacBook Air did a lot of traveling, as I was teaching business analysis classes around the country at the...

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08:59
Apple at center stage of Republican presidential...

Apple’s strong position on privacy and encryption has been at odds with the United States government’s pressure to step up its national security efforts in the wake of recent terrorist attacks across the globe. In short, iPhones are encrypted to protect customer data from prying eyes, and law enforcement agencies believe that gives criminals a safe haven for communication that can’t be traced.
The Obama administration including the former and...

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08:36
2017 Hyundai Elantra latest vehicle with support for...

Hyundai today officially announced that its 2017 Elantra will be available this month and the next vehicle to receive support for Apple’s CarPlay platform:

Both smartphone integrations will be available on the 2017 Elantra’s seven-inch Display Audio touchscreen system with rearview camera and Hyundai’s eight-inch touchscreen navigation system with voice texting, access to music stored on the phone and third-party audio apps.

Apple earlier this week published a master list for the first time of car makers and the vehicles confirmed to support CarPlay, its in-dash entertainment platform that provides an iPhone-like experience in vehicles. Some of the vehicles on the list, however, have yet to actually update with full support,...

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08:30
Belight Software releases Get Backup Pro 3

No matter how many times we tech bloggers remind readers to back up their Macs, we still hear horror stories about users who have lost valuable documents and priceless family photos because they didn't get on a regular backup schedule. Belight Software today released Get Backup Pro 3 ($19.99, free trial available), the latest iteration of its backup app that does a lot more than just back up your data.

In the past, many Mac pros have used OS X's Time Machine app to perform hourly backups, then use another app like Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper! to create bootable backups. For those who rely on their Macs and can't have a few hours of downtime in case of a drive failure, bootable backups are a necessity as they can get a user back up and running in minutes. Now Get Backup Pro 3 provides bootable backups as well. 

The app has a long list of key features:

  • Incremental and compressed...
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08:26
Apple Revealed as one of the Super Bowl 50 Host...

Super Bowl 50 was privately financed with money from blue-chip corporate sponsors. It has raised $50 million to date from sponsors including Apple and ...

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08:18
Apple could owe over $8 billion in European taxes,...

Apple could owe in excess of $8 billion in back taxes after the conclusion of a European Commission investigation into its Irish tax dodges, a new estimate suggests.

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08:07
External Link: Jobs and Gates Head to Broadway

Silicon Valley is going to Broadway: the musical comedy “Nerds” will open 21 April 2015 at the Longacre Theatre, chronicling the rise and rivalry of Apple and Microsoft. The show will have plenty of tech itself, featuring holograms, projection mapping, and an in-show app that lets the audience vote for the ending. It was written by two of the writers of Cartoon Network’s “Robot Chicken,” so it should be pretty funny. If you’re in New York City, it could be a fun night on the town. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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07:58
Samsung is Racing to Create a Live Photos-Like App...

While HTC’s 'Zoe Capture' smartphone feature was reportedly ahead of Apple's 'Live Photos," the feature only became fashionable when Apple introduced it with their new iPhone 6s last fall.

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07:53
Apple Could Owe More Than $8 Billion in European Tax...

Apple could owe more than $8 billion in back taxes if the European Commission finds issue with the iPhone maker's corporate tax policies in Ireland, according to analysis by Bloomberg Intelligence.

Apple is one of several multinational corporations that have been scrutinized for corporate tax avoidance in Europe over the past few years. The European Commission began Apple's tax probe in June 2014, and formally accused the iPhone maker of receiving illegal state aid from Ireland three months later.

The company's $64.1 billion in profit generated from 2004 to 2012 could be subject to a 12.5% tax rate, compared to its current foreign tax rate of about 1.8%, depending on the...

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07:48
Complete list of Oscar nominations

Here’s the list. Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress nominations for Steve Jobs.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:31
Feature Request: iCloud Photo Library needs a purge...

I’ve been all in on iCloud Photo Library since Apple replaced iPhoto with the new Photos app on the Mac last year and I haven’t looked back since. I pay $2.99/month to sync my 13,206 photos and 1,087 videos (plus iOS device backups) with iCloud, and this allows me to take or save photos and videos from any device and have them appear across the others including the web, edits, albums, and all. I even have a system to help ensure to if something in the cloud gets hosed that everything will be fine at home (and if the house burns down hopefully the cloud is still there).
This also enables me to access my 155 GB photos library in the...

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07:31
Amazon is dropping Prime subscriptions to just $73...

Is that something you might be interested in?∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:28
Rumor: Samsung borrowing Live Photos feature for...

From one perspective, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
From the other, Samsung could just file this into the realm of legal arguments it’s had and is having with Apple.
Samsung seems to be copying the Live Photos feature found on the iPhone 6s. A new feature which shoots short video clips before and after a photo is taken appears to be surfacing from Samsung. A new rumor claims that Samsung could be first out the gate with a similar software feature for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and all its variants. Still in development, the feature could be dubbed either “Vivid Photo” or “Timeless Photo,” with Samsung allegedly rushing to get this out the door in time for the Galaxy S7’s debut in a few short weeks.

Sources have indicated that Samsung’s implementation...

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07:26
Nest software bug shuts down smart thermostats for...

Is this a sign of the future we can expect as the Internet of Things creeps further into our lives?∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:08
Fourth-gen Apple TVs spontaneously awaken, power on...

Some owners of the fourth-generation Apple TV are complaining that the device is spontaneously waking up itself and/or connected TVs, an inconvenience that could burn unnecessary electricity and could potentially cause screen burn-in for people with plasma sets.

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07:08
If you have a New iPad Pro, then Treat Yourself to a...

Beginning with the very first generation iPad in 2010, artists, designers, doodlers and dabblers have all used Apple devices as creative tools. And now Apple wants more people to deploy their technology in the name of art.

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07:03
What Netflix said about fighting proxies/unblockers...

From their blog, Netflix lays out their logic in fighting proxies that let you watch content in regions not allowed by the content’s license.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:51
Oh, Samsung

Samsung working on their version of Live Photos.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:49
Apple could be fined $2,500 per encrypted iPhone in...

If a proposed bill successfully pass through New York's state assembly and senate, Apple and Google could face fines of $2,500 per device sold in the state after Jan. 1, 2016, if a retailer knowingly sells a smartphone that can’t be unlocked or decrypted by the device manufacturer or operating-system provider.

There's no requirement for Apple, Google, or other companies to create a backdoor. However, if any manufacturer wants to sell a smartphone in New York, the device would need to comply with those requirements or else face a civil suit by the attorney general or district attorney, notes ZDNet (http://tinyurl.com/hz67zr8).

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06:42
Amid a wave of controversy, Stolen pulls their app
06:40
Security researcher says there’s still a problem...

In September 2015 security researcher Patrick Wardle of Synack problem with Apple’s Gatekeeper system on OS X. He says the problem is still there, according to engadget.

Some apps downloaded and installed from the Internet could adversely affect your Mac. Gatekeeper is designed to help protect your Mac from such apps. Apple really wants you to download Mac apps from its Mac App Store.

For apps that are downloaded from places other than the Mac App Store, developers can get a unique Developer ID from Apple and use it to digitally sign their apps. The Developer ID allows Gatekeeper to block apps created by malware developers and verify that apps haven't been tampered with since they were signed. If an app was developed by an unknown developer—one with no Developer ID—or tampered with, Gatekeeper can block the app from...

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06:39
Microsoft has an offer Apple Watch owners most...

If there’s anything less likely than an Apple Watch owner wanting to trade-in their watch for a Microsoft Band, it’s doing so for a trade-in value as low as $150 …
Microsoft wants to give you $150 for the Sport model with polymer band, $200 for the steel model – or a massive $250 if it comes with the Milanese Loop. An offer that is about as sketchy as the cexchange.com URL Microsoft is using to promote the offer. We think we’ll hold out for an Apple Watch Upgrade Program.
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06:36
Steve Jobs, Bill Gates musical-comedy headed to...

Well, this should be interesting. Brought to you by a team from Robot Chicken.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:26
Proof that Apple Didn't Fully Fix Gatekeeper...

A new report published this morning states that "Apple hasn't completely fixed a weakness in Gatekeeper, its security technology that blocks harmful applications from being installed."

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06:24
Apple may be on hook for $8 billion in taxes after...

Some analysis and math on Apple’s tax situation in Ireland. By my take, the reports are worst case and the math seems a little off.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:21
2017 Hyundai Elantra drives out with Apple CarPlay...

The 2017 Hyundai Elantra launches this month with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. According to Apple, CarPlay is the “smarter, safer and more fun way” to use an iPhone in your car. 

It gives iPhone users a way to make calls, use Maps, listen to music and access messages with just a word or a touch. Users can control CarPlay from the car’s native interface or just push-and-hold the voice control button on the steering wheel to activate Siri without distraction, says Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone and iOS Product Marketing.

CarPlay will be available on the 2017 Elantra's seven-inch Display Audio touchscreen system with rearview camera and Hyundai's eight-inch touchscreen navigation system with voice texting, access to music stored on the phone and third-party audio apps.

Mike O'Brien, vice president of...

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06:13
PSA: Apple hasn’t fixed the Gatekeeper vulnerability...

The security researcher who identified a serious flaw in Apple’s Gatekeeper reports that the vulnerability remains despite two security patches applied by the company. Each, he says, only blocks the specific apps he used to demonstrate the method.
Gatekeeper in theory allows users to ensure that their Mac will only run apps downloaded from the Mac App Store – or alternatively, signed by a known developer if you opt for a lower level of protection. But Patrick Wardle last September found a major vulnerability in this protection which would allow any malicious app to be run no matter what Gatekeeper setting was chosen.
Wardle informed Apple, which issued a security patch in response, but Wardle has now reverse-engineered the patch and found that it provides only extremely limited protection …
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06:05
New York state introduces bill to ban sale of...

This is troublesome, and outrageous on many levels. It obviously impacts Apple more than any other company.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:01
SCSC launches Performance Probe 2.1 for Mac OS X

Software and Computer System Company has announced Performance Probe 2.1 for Mac OS X (http://tinyurl.com/zjjec3g).
The tool is designed to help users find the sources of bottlenecks and performance problems with their systems. Version 2.1 includes a heads-up display that can perform loading measurements, dynamically graph drive and network activity, provide quick snapshots of the systems highest CPU and memory consumers. And it’s fully El Capitan capable.
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05:56
Apple could owe more than $8 billion in back taxes...

Apple could owe more than $8 billion in back taxes as a result of a European Commission investigation into its tax policies, according to an analysis by Bloomberg Intelligence

The investigation revolves around a deal the Irish government made with Apple, offering a 2.5% corporate tax rate if the company would base its European operations in Ireland instead of the usual 12.5% corporation tax. Apple hasn't done anything illegal by taking up the deal; the Irish government offered illegal state support to a business, something that is against EC business and taxation regulations. 

However, if the investigation concludes that the deal is illegal, then Apple would need to pay back taxes accrued over the past 10 years. Similar arrangements that were made with Starbucks and Fiat in Luxembourg and the Netherlands have been ruled illegal. Apple has said it will appeal an adverse...

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05:51
Tech Nerds will be Singing the Praises of Steve Jobs...

Apple and Microsoft fans will have a new way to sing their praises soon: A musical about Steve Jobs and Bill Gates will debut on Broadway ...

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05:39
Fantastical 2.1.5

Maintenance update for the full-featured calendar app. ($49.99 new, free update, 11.8 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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05:31
AppleInsider podcast talks beta releases, Apple...

This week the AppleInsider podcast explores this week's deluge of beta releases, Elon Musk's latest comments on Apple and the electric car, a fresh 4-inch iPhone rumor, our readers' favorite Mac email clients, and much more.

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05:21
Bloomberg Analysis Estimates that Apple Could be on...

According to a new report published this morning, "Apple could owe more than $8 billion in back taxes as a result of a European Commission investigation into its tax policies."

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05:00
Apple considers a way to make it easier to use...

Having trouble lining up the plugs for Mac accessories? Apple may be working on a solution. The company has been granted a patent (number 20160014390) by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for “electronic devices with connector alignment assistance.”

Cables are often used to attach peripherals to the input-output ports for Macs and iOS devices. For example, one end of a cable may be plugged into the printer and the other end of the cable may be plugged into an input-output port on a Mac.

Input-output ports are typically located on rear portions of a computer to hide the ports (well, at least on Apple devices) and the cables that are coupled to the ports from view by the user. Apple says that, although it’s desirable to locate input-output ports on the rear of a computer from an aesthetic standpoint, doing so poses challenges when it’s necessary to plug cables into the ports. 

The rear of the Mac may be located close to...

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04:57
Apple could owe more than $8B in back taxes if...

With a recent European Commission ruling making it look more likely than ever that Apple’s tax arrangements in Ireland will be declared illegal, Bloomberg has been doing the sums on how much the company may owe in back tax. The total? More than $8 billion.
Apple funnels all its European revenue through Ireland, where a special agreement with the Irish government means that it pays just 2.5% tax instead of the normal 12.5%. A long-running European Commission investigation into the legality of this arrangement was recently ...

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04:30
How to delete iOS apps you don’t use

According to a TIME study, mobile device users have about an average of 42 apps on their gadgets, but only use about 10 of ‘em daily (I think my wife has about 142, all of which are always up and running unless I close them.) This puts a drain on battery life, so why not trash the apps you don’t use?


To do this on an iPhone or iPad, tap and hold the icon on any app icon. All of the app icons on all your iOS device will start jiggling. Most will have a little X in the top left corner. Tap the X, then choose Delete, on apps you no longer want.

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04:26
Kool Tools: HIFI ELITE Super 66

Modern Portable’s HIFI ELITE Super 66 (www.modernportable.com) over-ear Bluetooth headphones — which cost, appropriately, $66 — offer good sound quality at a reasonable price in a stylish stainless steel lightweight design and feature set.
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04:23
Cybersecurity incidents in Canada increased 160%...

According to PwC's Global State of Information Security (GSISS) Survey 2016 (www.pwc.com/ca/gsiss), Canadian companies are taking steps towards establishing holistic, integrated safeguards against cyberattacks. While investment in safeguards against cybersecurity threats have increased by 82% year over year, it still accounts for an average of only 5% of overall IT (Information Technology) spending.
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04:07
Bad news if you watch Netflix content from other...

There’s bad news for anyone who uses a proxy service to access Netflix content from outside their own country: the company says in a blog post that it will be blocking proxies within the “coming weeks” …

Outdated licensing agreements with content owners – still based on the old days of selling content to local TV networks – mean that Netflix offers access to different TV shows in different countries. Many Netflix users use a proxy app like VPN Unlimited to spoof the location of their device, especially to gain access to the huge U.S. catalog from...

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04:07
PFiddlesoft ships version 3.6.1 of its PFAssistive...

PFiddlesoft (http://pfiddlesoft.com/frameworks/) has released version 3.6.1 of PFAssistive Framework. The PFiddlesoft Frameworks help developers write assistive Mac applications for persons with disabilities using Apple's Accessibility and Quartz Event Taps APIs [application programming interfaces] on OS X.
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04:00
Magnefix C6 book case for the iPad mini is thin,...

The Magnefix C6BookCase is exactly what you’d expect it to be: thin, lightweight, and simple to use. 

The magnetic cover allows for two different stand positions. “Viewing mode” is upright with the screen horizontal. “Typing mode” is also horizontal, but with a slight downward slope from the top. Both modes work well for their assigned tasks and the magnetic strips are strong. 

If you want to view the screen vertically, I found that engaging the stand makes for a good handle or grip. I actually use this mode every time I use my iPad mini.

The C6 isn't drastically different from other cases out there, and it's not inexpensive (it costs approximately US$58). But it does its job well. Enjoy the simplicity. 

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02:00
How malware developers could bypass Mac’s Gatekeeper...

(credit: Patrick Wardle)


In September, Ars reported a drop-dead simple exploit that completely bypassed an OS X security feature known as Gatekeeper. Apple shipped a fix, but now the security researcher who discovered the original vulnerability said he found an equally obvious work-around.
Patrick Wardle said the security fix consisted of blacklisting a small number of known files he privately reported to Apple that could be repackaged to install malicious software on Macs, even when Gatekeeper is set to its most restrictive setting. Wardle was able to revive his attack with little effort by finding a new Apple trusted file that hadn't been blocked by the Apple update. In other words, it was precisely the same attack as before, except it used a new, previously unblocked Apple-trusted file. Notably, that file was offered...

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01:39
Boom 2 v1.4

Maintenance release with a few key bug fixes for the volume booster and equalizer app. ($14.99 new, free update, 11.7 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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00:28
The Supreme Court said that none of the research

Forums: TroubleshootingSo, does this mean that a child with aggressive personality is more drawn to Neverwinter AD violent Neverwinter games? That a child who is coping with a lot of stressful stuff will turn to violent Neverwinter games to blow off steam? Possibly. More research is needed before I can say that. Note that because of the design of my study a survey at a single point in time I can't say whether exposure to video Neverwinter game violence "causes" anything. I can only calculate correlations: the odds of a relationship between two things like playing at least one M rated Neverwinter game "a lot" and getting into a fight last year being greater than you'd expect by chance. The Supreme Court said that none of the research submitted by the State of California "proved that violent video Neverwinter games cause minors to act...

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Thursday January 14

15:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Crank your own power with...

...plus, a case just for My Little Pony fans, and moreThis week’s roundup of new iPhone cases includes armbands for working out, rugged cases, and battery packs—picks for every occasion.AMPwareWhen you can’t find a power outlet, the AMPware Case (iPhone 6/6s; $79) comes to the rescue to replenish your battery.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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23:57
When financing a modular home

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: container housesentry boxmodular homehzxiaoyaWhen buying foreclosed modular homes, you may be wondering how a modern Modular Home is built, as well as if all modular homes are built alike or if there are custom modular homes on the market. Modular home parts are often called "modules", but are sometimes called "boxes". These sections are built at the factor and undergo extensive quality control to ensure...

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23:56
Killer Deals: Save $180 to $260 instantly on all...

This month, 13" MacBook Pro shoppers can combine instant discounts with exclusive $140 coupons to deliver the lowest prices available anywhere on all possible configurations of Apple's current 13" MacBook Pros with AppleCare extended warranty protection. Plus free shipping and no sales tax in 48 states.

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22:23
the many games Devilian at other players Ron Devilian

Forums: HardwareTags: http://www.devilian4u.comThese reform in order to reduce the CPU's Forum Devilian heavy set of labor use. From the new NVIDIA driver development to the various errors. Devilian extension of time to get through to raise more tickets to the media to reach a large and low efficiency. Replacement nuclear balance of shareholders 'equity adjustment' and return the egg to draw Deathmatch.Lead better team many designers Thaddeus Sasser also be http://www.devilian4u.com the server software Aajar- Each console that allows players to adjust to the many games Devilian at other players Ron Devilian the top of the invitation, Stay tuned for more information list of reforms, including the release date of the patch. What are...

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22:23
which opened for the first time in 2013 for Xbox 360

Forums: HardwareMake 10 times.Butcher Blaviken 30Kill least 5 opponents in less than 10 seconds.Brawler 30Defeat OLAF champion insulation Skilling combat.Overkill 30Make opponent who suffer from bleeding, poisoning, burning at the same time. Make 10 times.Master soothe 15Kill 50 dissidents and human rights and how to overcome them with a crossbow bolt.Globetrotter 15Discover 100 travel quickly points.Pest 30Destroy region monsters shaft / Novigrad or state control sockets 15Acquire Skellige.Card leader Gwent all the cards available in the basic version of the Master Game Devilian .Gwent 15Defeat Tybalt and Gwent win the competition, which was held in the Cook Passiflora.Let favorite 15Learn 12 formulae.Bombardier 15Collect dose of 6 different bombs formula types.Bookworm 30 15Read books, magazines or other documents .Armed 30Find and dangerous and processing of all group gear.Power...

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22:04
About the security content of Safari 9.0.3

This document describes the security content of Safari 9.0.3.

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21:24
Ex-con posts gun photo to Facebook, gets another 15...

There is so such a thing as oversharing, just ask Malik First Born Allah Farrad (formerly Marvin Buckles). He was convicted of federal gun and drug charges in 2000. In 2013, the FBI began investigating him over suspicions of "illicit conduct" and sub...

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20:39
Mailplane 3.6

Adds support for accessing Google Inbox in its own tab. ($24.95 new, free update, 21.5 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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20:35
Year-old Android 5 Lollipop on 33% of Google Play...

Google's ability to distribute new Android updates has always lagged far behind Apple's iOS, but the situation is even worse in China, where the "Lollipop" version 5.x, introduced in 2014 alongside iOS 8, has only reached about a fifth of all devices, two thirds the distribution it has achieved elsewhere.

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20:30
Fujifilm reveals the FinePix XP90, a durable point-...

Fujifilm couldn't let Olympus, which introduced the TG-870 at CES 2016, have all the fun in the multi-purpose camera space. As such, Fuji has introduced the FinePix XP90, its new rugged point-and-shoot with waterproof (50ft), shockproof (about 6ft),...

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20:30
Fujifilm's mid-tier camera line grows with its...

Not into the FinePix XP90 that was just announced? Don't worry, Fujifilm has something else for you. The Japanese camera maker is also introducing the X-E2S and X70, a pair of compact shooters for people who want to start getting serious about photog...

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20:30
Fujifilm X-Pro2: The upgraded premium camera finally...

As rumored, Fujifilm's beloved X-Pro1 is indeed getting a sequel. Meet its appropriately named X-Pro2, the top-of-the-line camera that Fuji fanatics have long been waiting on. Designed for professional photographers, the X-Pro2 packs a 24.3-megapixel...

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08:38
Nest thermostat software bug chills users once again

The inevitability of software bugs has once again bitten Nest thermostat users, with some reporting that they’d woken up to no heat.
The problems stem from an update Nest issued in December, but only started popping up recently, the New York Times reports. In Nest’s forums and in social media posts, users are complaining that their Nest thermostats have lost power and gone offline.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:21
Apple just pushed out feature-packed public betas of...

After releasing the developer beta versions of iOS 9.3 and OS X 10.11.4 on Monday, Apple has now made these software updates available to public testers.If you want to test-drive these pre-releases, you can join the Apple Beta Software Program. Being a part of the public beta program will give you access to pre-relase versions of both of Apple’s platforms, iOS and OS X. Here’s how to go back to the shipping version of the software if you want to un-enroll from the Apple Beta Software Program.To read this article in full or to leave a comment,...

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13:45
Apple patents a Watch band that doubles as a case, a...

Apple might be developing a new magnetic and multi-function Milanese Loop for the Apple Watch.According to a new document posted on the U.S. Patents & Trademark Office and first spotted by AppleInsider, Apple has filed a patent application for a new Apple Watch wristband that will double as a protective case, a stand, and a magnetic accessory that can attach to other devices.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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16:57
US plans to spend $4B on self-driving car research

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Thursday that President Obama will ask for $4 billion in his budget for 10 years of research into self-driving cars and their safety.

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18:19
Flux responds to iOS 9.3’s Night Shift feature, asks...

Apple earlier this week introduced the first beta of iOS 9.3 and included in it is a new feature called Night Shift. Night Shift uses your iOS device’s location and clock to automatically adjust the colors in your display, making them warmer and easier on the eyes at nighttime, which ideally would allow you to sleep better. When Apple announced this feature, people immediately noticed the similarity to the popular third-party app Flux, which was only briefly available for iOS last year before Apple shut it down. Now, the developers behind Flux have come out and offered a comment on Apple’s new Night Shift feature…

In a blog post, the Flux team...

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17:15
story and new characters attributes with the new...

Forums: NetworkingTags: http://www.thersgold.comAnd who is responsible. Call of Duty: Ghosts exist. Whether it will use the next generation of engine Call of Duty or not, indicated by the list of online stores over the past few weeks remains to be seen. At present though, Activision and Infinity Ward opened Facebook page for Runescape and published some pictures of the noise everyone main image is of course the one seen above, with a simple message that tells real ghosts with the Skull in the way of writing on the walls reminiscent of a cycle of mask Ghost of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.For Today, rumors are that Runescape was released on November 5, 2013, and will focus on the early life of a character, or at least some of those who took off his mask and identity...

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17:14
next generation of physics destruction of several...

Forums: SoftwareActivision and Infinity Ward, raised the highest ever for this incredible franchise bar. Check out the trailer below. Call of Duty: Ghosts, Infinity Ward, PC, PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360 Molino may be present in the Xbox 720 curtain. Peter Molyneux, who used to work for Microsoft has hinted that he could be there at the unveiling of the Xbox 720 on May 21. He said that he was the last person they want on stage, and pointing out that there is some kind of separation between the two parties. I'm sworn to secrecy here. EuroRunescape gamer and said that it should be really good fun, and maybe a little controversial. You will not see me on the stage of the theater Microsoft. I can say with certainty, and I'm the last person they would like to act. I very firmly in the camp, now a multi-device, where it is mobile, it is a PC and all shapes and not the kind of tie myself to a...

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16:30
Jazz Essentials IV: Multitrack Jazz drum tracks

Beta Monkey’s Jazz Essentials IV is a diverse downloadable set of live jazz drum tracks with over 3 GB of jazz drumming performances of essential jazz standards.I love Beta Monkey’s products. I have too many of them to even count and use them all the time in my recordings.∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:19
F.lux says it is 'original innovator' of...

Developers behind popular screen brightness and color control software f.lux issued a formal statement in response to Apple's debut of "Night Shift" in the latest iOS 9.3 beta, calling on the tech giant to allow a proper version of f.lux into the iOS App Store and open API access to Night Shift's display management tools.

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16:14
Positive Grid: Profiling studio plug-ins

Positive Grid teamed up the world’s brightest DSP engineers and component level modeling and profiling authorities, working with the world’s leading producers, world-class engineers, and mixing & mastering gurus to develop some breakthrough technologies to bring software plug-ins to the next level.The video is really interesting. I’m looking forward to seeing more about this.∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:05
Dronecode Project Gets More Wind Beneath Its Wings


The Linux Foundation this week announced an expansion of the Dronecode project with investments from new members and the creation of three technical working groups. The foundation launched the open source project in 2014 in an effort to create a unified platform for commercial drone technology. Twenty-seven companies have joined Dronecode since, bringing membership to 51, officials said. New technical working groups will focus on areas of development the community views as critical to advancing the project's mission.

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16:04
OS X 10.11.4 Beta Adds Live Photos Support for...

Alongside the iOS 9.3 beta seeded to developers earlier this week, Apple also provided an OS X 10.11.4 beta with some minor updates to the OS X El Capitan operating system. OS X 10.11.4 was overshadowed by all of the features introduced in iOS 9.3 so it's taken a few days for people to dig into the release to find out what's new.

One of the new additions to OS X 10.11.4 is improved Live Photos support in the Messages app. When Live Photos were introduced with the launch of the iPhone 6s, the only place to view them on a Mac was within the Mac Photos app. As of OS X 10.11.4, Live Photos can also be viewed directly in the Messages app on a Mac running the operating system update.

When a message containing a Live Photo is received on OS X 10.11.4, it will have the familiar concentric circles icon that marks a Live...

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15:07
Google's Self-Driving Cars Still Need Human...


Google's self-driving cars showed major safety improvements over the past year -- but there were dozens of incidents when test drivers had to intervene, the company said in a report recently filed with California regulators. There were 272 so-called immediate manual control disengagements due to a failure of the autonomous car technology, between September 2014 and November 2015, Google said in its report to the California Department of Motor Vehicles. However, the rate of that type of disengagement dropped significantly over the past year.

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14:56
CLSA reports strong, resilient demand for iPhones in...

Hong Kong broker CLSA reports a continued "loyal following" for Apple in China, noting that half of smartphone buyers intend to buy from Apple, compared to slipping interest figures for Huawei, Samsung and Xiaomi.

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14:43
Broadway musical to tell story of epic rivalry...

The famous rivalry between tech titans Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, whose companies Apple and Microsoft together shaped the modern computing world, is the focus of an upcoming Broadway musical comedy called "Nerds," set to open in April.

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14:39
Developers Behind F.lux Call on Apple to Allow F.lux...

With iOS 9.3, Apple introduced Night Shift, a feature that is designed to cut down on nighttime blue light exposure from iOS devices to encourage better sleep. Its similarity to the popular f.lux app for Mac did not go unnoticed, especially since Apple put a stop to an f.lux for iOS app just two months before Night Shift debuted.

The developers behind f.lux have now published an official response to Apple's Night Shift feature, calling Apple's move to address nighttime exposure to blue light a "big commitment and an important first step." They ask Apple to take its support a step further by implementing the tools that would allow for an App Store version of the f.lux app.

We're proud that we are the original innovators and leaders in this area. In our continued work over the last seven years...

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14:07
Apple receives San Jose planning commission approval...

Apple’s real estate expansion through San Jose continues.
On Wednesday, Kristina Raspe, senior director of real estate and development for Apple, stated that the company will be establishing a significant corporate presence” in North San Jose Kristina Raspe, senior director of real estate and development for Apple to the city’s commissioners.
Her comments came just before the the advisory body signed off on a development agreement that allows Apple up to 15 years to build a maximum of 4.15 million square feet of space — ranging from industrial to R&D to office. The agreement is just a prelude to an actual project proposal, but represents a big milestone and potentially the largest corporate expansion in San Jose...

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14:01
‘Nerds’ musical about Steve Jobs (& Bill Gates)...

A new musical called “Nerds” about Steve Jobs and Bill Gates is set to hit Broadway and at the same time be the first show of its kind to feature an in-show app experience, onstage holograms, and other new technologies.
An announcement on Broadway.com describes the show as “the story of the rise of computer technology and the two men that made it all possible—Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.” And Hollywood Reporter notes that the show will feature a number of new technologies that include onstage holograms, projection mapping, and in-show app integrations that will allow the audience to select how the show ends. 

The production follows the founding fathers of...

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13:59
US transport regulators may waive some safety rules...

The U.S. Transportation Department may waive some safety rules to make it easier for automakers to test self-driving vehicles, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced at a Thursday event in Detroit.

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13:30
AWT News Update: January 14, 2016

Here's what's news in the world of Apple today:

  • Tim Cook got a bit miffed with administration officials at a recent encryption meeting
  • Samsung's going to invest a lot of money in production of displays for iPhones
  • Another public beta came out today
  • Apple Music had a bit of annoying downtime this morning

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for January 14, 2016.

According to the news site The Intercept, things got a little hot between Apple CEO Tim Cook and Obama administration officials during a recent meeting over encryption. Cook said that the White House should come out in favor of no backdoors in encryption, and criticized the administration for a lack of leadership...

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13:19
Hands-on: Square Contactless is an Apple Pay payment...

Late last year Square released its updated Square Reader for accepting contactless and chip payment methods on iPhones and iPads, which means small businesses and pop up shops can take Apple Pay payments from iPhones and Apple Watches without expensive terminal systems. The new Square Reader goes for $49 with transaction fees set at 2.75% so you keep $97.25 out of every $100 sent through Square. Square’s app lets you create mobilized businesses on iPhones and iPads, and we’ve tested the new Apple Pay-ready reader to see just how easy it all is.

The updated kit includes two pieces of hardware. Square Contactless is a rechargeable Bluetooth reader that takes contactless payments and cards with secure chips. The other is the...

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12:44
Shareholder motion asks Apple to aim for net-zero...

A measure coming up for voting by Apple shareholders asks Apple to explore options for achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions -- for both its own operations and major suppliers -- by 2030.

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12:21
License to (not) drive

Steven Levy:I press a button on the steering column, and a female voice accompanied by an icy synthesizer note — the kind of thing you hear when monorail doors are about to close — intones the word, “Autodrive.” Something catches in my throat; it may be the closest thing I’ll know to flying the Millennium Falcon when it thrusts into hyperspace. In truth, not much really changes. The Lexus rolls forward and rambles down a street in a neighborhood that is all streets and no buildings or people, a Potemkin village of roadways. There is an intersection ahead with a stop sign. The car stops. My foot has not touched the brake. I am behind the wheel of a Google self-driving car.There is no doubt autonomous cars are the future so these articles about the early days fascinate me. There are still a lot of issues, both inside the car and out, that need to be resolved before fantasy becomes reality though....

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12:00
Notable apps and app updates for January 14, 2016

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Some bureaucrat decided that having written care labels in clothing wasn't doing the job anymore, so they came up with a system of undecipherable symbols instead. Finally, someone has created a translator that will tell you exactly what those symbols mean! Laundry Day - Care Symbol Reader ($0.99) scans the labels in or on your clothing, then tells you what they mean. Now if they'd only put the temperature readings in °F for those of us in the U.S...

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11:54
Museum opens doors to largest collection of pinball...

The San Gabriel Valley Tribune:For kids of a certain age — say, 35 and up — it’s the stuff dreams are made of: more than 900 vintage pinball and arcade games, with almost no duplicates among them. Although many of these machines once sucked quarters out of pockets at a dizzying pace — Dragon’s Lair alone likely drained more piggy banks of allowance money than anything else in 1983 — they’ll all be available to play for a single price this weekend at the Museum of Pinball in Banning.How much fun would it be to spend a weekend in this place?∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:33
About the security content of iOS 9.2.1

This document describes the security content of iOS 9.2.1.

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11:10
Public beta of iOS 9.3 now available

Earlier this week we mentioned some of the useful features that are being baked into the next version of Apple's mobile operating system, AKA iOS 9.3. Today Apple made iOS 9.3 available for public beta to those who are enrolled in the company's beta software program.

If you're not currently enrolled and would like to try out the features of iOS 9.3, you can sign up with your Apple ID. Note that like any pre-release software, installing iOS 9.3 can result in data loss on your device, so make sure that you're doing it only on a non-production machine that you wouldn't miss if something went awry... 

The installation process is quite easy and is done over-the-air, so if you have an unused iOS device that can run iOS 9.3 and you'd like a head start on finding bugs in the new OS, give it a try.

 

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11:05
Privacy as a Service Advocates Promise Better Data...


There's been a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth about the Sisyphean task of protecting privacy in the Digital Age, but that hasn't stopped innovators from searching for ways to preserve it. One of the latest ideas to emerge in the field is Privacy as a Service. As with many emerging technologies, the definition of "PaaS" -- which undoubtedly will be confused with Platform as a Service -- is in flux.The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency sees PaaS as a way to share data safely while preserving privacy.

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11:04
Public betas of iOS 9.3 and OS X 10.11.4 available

Apple has released the first public betas of iOS 9.3 and OS X 10.11.4. Corresponding developer betas were released earlier this week. They’re available to those registered in Apple's Beta Software Program (https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/).
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10:29
Apple Seeds iOS 9.3 Beta 1.1 to Developers With Fix...

Apple today seeded a minor 1.1 update for the iOS 9.3 beta that was provided to developers earlier this week to fix a few critical bugs that needed to be immediately addressed.

The iOS 9.3 Beta 1.1, build 13E5181f, is available as an over-the-air update and through the Apple Developer Center.

According to Apple's release notes, the iOS 9.3 1.1 beta fixes an installation issue that developers encountered when trying to install the first iOS 9.3 beta. On some devices, updating to iOS 9.3 failed, causing the update to freeze at the Apple logo. We at MacRumors encountered this installation issue on an iPad mini 2, with multiple failures preventing the beta from being installed.

The update also fixed an issue with apps that used compass data on devices that did not include a motion coprocessor. On these devices, the locationd...

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10:27
Apple seeds 1st public betas of iOS 9.3 & OS X...

Apple on Thursday issued the first public betas of iOS 9.3 and OS X 10.11.4, following up on developer betas released earlier in the week. [Updated]

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10:10
OS X 10.11.4 public beta with Live Photos in...

Public beta testers can now try the new OS X 10.11.4 prerelease that first hit developers earlier this week. New features include Live Photo viewing and sharing in Messages, secure password protection for individual notes in Apple’s Notes app, and other improvements. Check out our full coverage of OS X 10.11.4 and other betas released earlier this week below:

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10:07
iOS 9.3 public beta + 9.3 dev beta 1.1 w/ Night...

The public beta version of iOS 9.3 for non-developer testers is now available. The first iOS 9.3 beta was first released earlier this week to registered developers and includes a number of new mid-cycle features and enhancements. These include secure passwords and Touch ID protection for Notes, a new Night Shift feature to adjust display temperate in the evening, and expanded 3D Touch quick actions on the latest iPhones. iOS 9.3 Beta 1.1 is also available for registered developers.

iOS 9.3 beta 1.1 resolves an issue several testers experienced during installation. Check out our full coverage of iOS 9.3 and other betas released earlier this week below:

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10:06
Apple Releases First OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan Beta to...

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming OS X 10.11.4 beta to public beta testers, just a few days after releasing the first OS X 10.11.4 beta to developers and more than a month after releasing OS X 10.11.2.

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

OS X 10.11.4 has been provided to developers and public beta testers alongside OS X 10.11.3, which is also currently in testing. Apple has provided testers with two betas of OS X 10.11.3, and it could be released to the...

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10:04
Apple Seeds First iOS 9.3 Beta to Public Beta Testers

Apple today released the first beta of an upcoming iOS 9.3 update for public beta testers, just a few days after seeding the iOS 9.3 beta to developers. iOS 9.3 is available to public beta testers alongside iOS 9.2.1, a minor update that is also in testing.

Beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program will receive the iOS 9.3 update over-the-air after installing the proper certificate on their iOS device.

Those who want to be a part of Apple's beta testing program can sign up to participate through the beta testing website, which gives users access to both iOS and OS X betas.

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iOS 9.3 is a major update...

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09:41
Sen. Franken asks Google to address concerns about...

U.S. Senator Al Franken has sent a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, asking his company to describe what it's doing with the private data of students who use Chromebooks and/or Google Apps for Education.

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09:37
Could Apple Report an Upside Surprise for the iPhone...

An interesting report surfaced earlier this week stating that China's shipments of smartphones from Apple Inc., Microsoft Corp. and other makers that don’t use the Android operating system rose by about 33 percent in the final quarter of last year ....

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09:10
Connected on day one—The Kraft Heinz Company creates...

Today’s Microsoft Office 365 post was written by Francesco Tinto, Global CIO, and Leandro Balbinot, North America CIO, both of The Kraft Heinz Company.

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The Kraft Heinz Company—two companies become one

The Kraft Heinz Company—portrait of a brand manager

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09:05
9to5Toys Last Call: Guitar Hero for iOS $50, Philips...

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09:05
Proposed bill in New York state could allow backdoor...

Let the arguments begin.
A new bill proposed in New York could require that all phone manufacturers be required to implement a way for law enforcement agencies to access and decrypt user devices. This bill is somewhat similar to the Investigatory Powers Bill currently being debated in the UK, which Apple has voiced its opposition towards. Apple and Tim Cook have repeatedly stated that government agencies should not have any access to user devices or data, whether be through a built-in backdoor or other means.
The bill is currently making its way through the new York state assembly and specifically states that “any smartphone manufactured on or after January 1, 2016, and sold or leased in New York, shall be capable of being...

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09:00
Episode 080 with form.io on their Office 365...
09:00
Leading the way in the fight against dangerous email...

A typical month for the Microsoft Office 365 Exchange Online Protection team might be considered atypical for most. In our fight against spam and malware, we process over 200 billion emails each month and block 10 million spam messages every minute. That’s the norm for our malicious threat protection efforts—but we don’t stop there. As email attackers around the globe are getting smarter and more sophisticated, we’re making big investments in our Exchange Online Protection and Advanced Threat...

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08:59
MBLM: Apple Watch users view it as ‘non-essential,’...

MBLM, the “Brand Intimacy Agency” says its findings show that owners are cooling on the Apple Watch, viewing it as cool but non-essential, but are still optimistic about its future. 

“Overall, our panel members continue to like the watch. A few are happy with it; a few are indifferent; many have lost that loving feeling. Most view it as a watch that does some cool tricks,” says MBLM. “Expectations have become more realistic, and although some panel members are underwhelmed, few are completely disappointed.”

The watch appears to have an increasingly narrow cast for MBLM’s panel members. Most use it mainly for one specific function—notifications, the activity monitor, or answering texts and calls. The idea of wearing the watch some of the time (3–5 days per week) also seems to be growing in popularity. MBLM panel users are finding it agreeable as a part-time accessory. (By the way, I can...

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08:57
Alan Rickman’s heartfelt goobye letter to Professor...

I believe this was originally written in 2011, but so appropriate now.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:53
External Link: Former NSA Boss Favors Encryption

End-to-end encryption has gained an unexpected ally: former National Security Agency head General Michael Hayden. In a speech, Hayden said that he disagrees with FBI Director James Comey, who has led the charge against encryption, adding “I actually think end-to-end encryption is good for America.” Hayden went on to say, “When was the last time you saw the success of legislation designed to prevent technological progress? It’s just not gonna happen.” Hayden’s support for encryption is an interesting twist that undermines the Obama administration’s argument, since Hayden isn’t exactly a champion of civil liberties: he once told reporters that the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution does not contain the phrase “probable cause” (it does). 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...

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08:48
External Link: Tim Cook Confronts the White House...

According to The Intercept, things became heated between Apple CEO Tim Cook and Obama administration officials during a meeting over encryption. Cook said that the White House should come out in favor of no backdoors in encryption, and criticized the administration for a lack of leadership. However, the administration doesn’t seem to have been swayed by Cook’s argument, insisting on a “balance” between privacy and national security. The administration gave up on legislation that would have mandated backdoors back in September 2015, but the White House has continued pressuring tech companies to open up their encryption schemes to law enforcement and intelligence agencies. 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-...

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08:45
Best Buy Confirms that Q4 Smartphones Sales Declined

Best Buy's Holiday sales declined in Q4 2016 as the retailer sold fewer smartphones than expected...

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08:39
‘Wallpaper’ names Apple Watch Hermès as year’s best...

Wallpaper, a website dedicated to “the stuff that refines you,” has named the Apple Watch Hermès as the best “life enhancer” of the year in its Design Awards 2016, calling it a “smartwatch pairing Apple’s pioneering innovation with Hermès’ uncompromising craftsmanship.”

Here’s what Wallpaper has to say about the smartwatch/band combo: “High style and tech smarts have never been more in sync than in this year’s surprise pairing: the Apple Watch Hermès. The initial Apple Watch launch, back in April, came close to breaking the internet (or at least the pavement outside Apple stores globally), and this latest amalgamation of craftsmanship and technology hit a luxury high when it was announced in September. So now, in addition to sleep tracking, step counting and waving for contactless payment, serious fashion cred is well within arm’s reach.”

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08:32
Apple Music down for some listeners, asking others...

Some Apple Music listeners are currently experiencing serious problems with the service, including not being able to stream anything at all, according to numerous grievances on Twitter. [Updated]

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08:20
1Password for Mac updated to 6.0

1Password just hit version 6.0 for the Mac.
AgileBits’ password manager has just been updated to version 6.0 and the changes are pretty massive:
All Vaults View: This allows you to see all of your items in the main app and mini app without switching vaults. Vaults can also be created for families and teams, such as when business social media accounts are shared.

Other new features include:
Powered-Up Strong Password Generator: This uses a new wordlist password generator, creating wordlist passwords that are easy to remember and type, without sacrificing strength and security. If you prefer a jumble of letters, numbers, and symbols, the Characters option you know and love is still there for you.
iCloud Sync: This integrates 1Password with iCloud, allowing for sharing over devices....

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08:07
Medieval II: Total War now out on Steam for the Mac

Feral Interactive says Medieval II: Total War Collection (http://tinyurl.com/z6halef) is now available on Steam for both Mac and Linux. Developed by Creative Assembly, it was published by SEGA for Windows in 2006.
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08:02
Apple to Extend Hardware Haptic Notifications...

Hardware based haptics are common on your iPhone to alert you of an event like a new message or an alarm to wake you up. Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals that they may extend their haptic alert system ....

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08:02
Fassbender, Winslet grab Oscar nominations for...

Actress Kate Winslet and Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin picked up Golden Globe awards for their respective work in the movie Steve Jobs at the recent event, and that was widely seen as a prediction that the movie would be nominated in a number of categories for the upcoming Academy Awards presentation. The nominations are out, with Michael Fassbender picking up one for Best Actor in a Leading Role and Kate Winslet lined up for a second major win as Best Actress in a Supporting Role. 

Left out of the Oscar nods was Aaron Sorkin, probably because there is no category for "Best Fictional Screenplay Based Loosely on Real Events" in the Academy Awards. Likewise, Daniel Pemberton's score for the film was overlooked in the Oscar nominations, while it was in the running for the Golden Globes but lost out to Ennio Morricone's score for Hateful Eight.

Fassbender was nominated in 2013 for his supporting role in ...

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07:46
Samsung to invest up to $7.47B in developing...

Samsung Display is reportedly planning to spend up to $7.47 billion on expanding manufacturing capacity with the long-term goal of producing flexible OLED panels for future iPhones.

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07:04
Fassbender, Winslet earn Oscar nods for roles in...

Awards season continues to be kind to the stars of Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs biopic, as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences bestowed one nomination apiece on Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet for their roles in the film.

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07:02
Steve Jobs movie cast among Oscar nominees for...

Aaron Sorkin’s mixed reviewed Steve Jobs movie already won a Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay and was nominated for even more. Now the film is showing up on the 2016 Oscar nominees list with the Steve Jobs biopic up for two Oscars at the upcoming 88th Academy Awards.

Michael Fassbender, who portrayed the title character in the movie is nominated for Best Actor for his role as Steve Jobs in the film. Fassbender is competing with Bryan...

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06:59
∞ Jimmy Fallon, Billy Joel, J. K. Simmons impromptu...

[VIDEO] Billy Joel and J. K. Simmons were both guests on The Tonight Show. During one of the commercial breaks, they got together with host Jimmy Fallon, house band The Roots, and some other folks for an improvised doo-wop rendition of The Longest Time, embedded in the main post.

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06:51
Apple updates Wi-Fi Assist in iOS 9.3 to show exact...

A great addition to iOS that came with 9.3 beta 1.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:46
Tim Cook to the White House: No backdoors

I know of no other tech company whose CEO has taken as strong a position on privacy as has Tim Cook.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Wednesday January 13

15:20
The Week in iOS Accessories: Movi making

Movi makingThis week’s roundup of accessories includes the new Movi camera, which makes broadcast-quality lives-streaming possible at a relatively low cost. Read on!MoviThe $199 Movi is a camera built specifically to live-stream events. Pair it with the forthcoming Movi app on your iPhone and you can “edit” live shots by instructing the camera to do closeups, pans, and to cut between shots. (Or don’t: The camera has an automated feature that follows the action and gives it a smooth gloss. Check out a demonstration video here. ) Shipping is expected in April.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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03:08
Take an inside look at the new Apple Museum in Prague

Apple fanboys and fangirls, behold!Image by MobileMania.czThanks to our friends at MobileMania.cz, we got a special look inside the new Apple Museum that just opened in Prague.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:54
Why Apple might want to buy HBO from Time Warner

Apple has big plans for TV that don’t stop with a redesigned version of its set-top box and an App Store just for TV apps. While Cupertino has given up on creating its own television, leaving that to established players like Samsung and LG, the company is reportedly hard at work developing a streaming TV service that could kill cable. But instead of starting from scratch with its own streaming package, rumor has it Apple is eyeing Time Warner’s assets—not to partner with, but to buy outright.Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of software and services, is reportedly keeping a close eye on Time Warner, which isn’t officially for sale, but is under pressure from shareholders and investors to either sell all or part of itself. According to the New York Post...

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13:44
Podcast 490: iOS 9.3, CES, and the mess that is News

Susie's back from her time covering the madness of CES, which is always insane for us tech reporter types, whether you're on the ground in Vegas or holed up in your house in Oakland, like Susie was, editing until your fingers fall off. Even though Apple has no official presence at the massive show, tech trends emerge that will trickle down to Cupertino's product lines eventually—ad we saw plenty of products that could come in handy for Apple fans today.
Elsewhere, iOS 9.3 is out, with some new features that sound cool, and some additions to CarPlay that have us wondering why those things weren't already in CarPlay. We also talk about the seemingly sad state of the News app, which doesn't seem to be doing much for publishers, and as of yet hasn't captivated your friendly podcast hosts as readers, either. Do you like News? Let us know in the comments.To read this...

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13:56
Report: Apple doesn't want to sell iAd mobile...

After almost six years, Apple now wants out of the mobile advertising business.
According to BuzzFeed, Apple is phasing out its internal iAd mobile ad sales team and shifting the iAd network into an automated platform that app publishers and advertisers can access. While the iAd service will remain in that capacity, Apple won’t have any direct involvement in selling or creating the iAd unit, as it has done since Steve Jobs launched the business in 2010. 

Steve Jobs launched the iAd business in 2010.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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LooperSonic (Music)
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