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Friday September 18

New ways to get the Excel business analytics...

Recently, we told you about the exciting new features and improvements in Excel 2016 that expand the business analytics capabilities available to you and your company. Today we will tell you about the changes we have made to help you get access to the features that fit your unique needs, including more Office plans that offer advanced analytics functionality.
Giving analytics power to all Excel users
No matter what Office plan you decide to purchase, you can leverage Excel’s powerful data analysis tools to help you discover, organize and analyze the data around you and find the business insights that matter. Rich chart types and easy formatting, a library of powerful functions and fast and flexible PivotTable capabilities are just a few of the core capabilities in every box of Excel 2016. The following are a few of the new features made available in Excel...

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Veriown’s small business story—harness the power of...

More than a decade ago, Steve Johanns became fascinated with the idea of figuring out how the energy industry would look if it worked like the Internet, with people everywhere contributing to it. With his cofounder, Dr. Chirinjeev Kathuria, he launched a company to pursue that idea. Veriown, a distributed energy company, is working to extend energy to billions of people who have never had a reliable energy source.
“I believe that the next 20 years will be the most transformative in all of human history,” says Johanns, who serves as president and CEO of Veriown. “That’s saying something, considering all that the past 20 years have delivered. But right now companies everywhere are building on advancements in technology and communications, resulting in a convergence like we’ve never seen.”
Johanns advises entrepreneurs to take the long view of their business, build a core...

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T-Mobile starts selling Apple’s new iPad mini 4 w/...

Competitively pricing Apple’s new tablet, T-Mobile has opened up orders on the LTE-enabled models of the iPad mini 4. Pricing starts at $529 full retail, with $0 down finance options available to well-qualified buyers. From today, customers can order the latest 4G-capable mini from T-Mobile’s online store in all three colors and storage capacities. 16GB – […]

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Appeals Court Bans Features From Older Samsung Phones

walterbyrd writes with news that Apple has finally emerged victorious in a long-standing patent case against Samsung — though it's more of a moral victory than a practical one. Samsung is no longer allowed to sell some of its older phones unless the company disables features that infringe upon Apple patents. "The market impact will likely be limited, since the lawsuit was filed in 2012 and covers products that came out that year, like the Galaxy S3. Furthermore, software updates to Samsung software mean that the patents may not be infringed anymore. For instance, Samsung's Android phones no longer use a 'slide to unlock' feature on the bottom of the phone. In dissent, U.S. Circuit Judge Sharon Prost paints a sharply different picture (PDF) from the majority. 'This is not a close case,' she writes, noting that Apple's patents cover a spelling correction feature it doesn't use, and two others cover 'minor features' out of 'many thousands.'"

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AppleInsider podcast answers your questions about...

On this week's AppleInsider podcast, Mikey and Neil discuss the iOS 9 release, your favorite features, our experiences with it, and Neil's wish to replace his MacBook Pro with an iPad Pro. We also discuss iPhone 6s launch sales, and the rumored Apple Car causing a migration of employees from Tesla.

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Deals: B&H's mega 2015 MacBook sale knocks...

Apple authorized reseller B&H Photo on Friday launched an aggressive MacBook sale, knocking up to $150 off 12" MacBooks, up to $150 off 2015 13" MacBook Pros, up to $200 off 2015 15" MacBook Pros, and between $270 and $600 off MacBook Pro closeouts.

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A Mysterious Meeting between Apple and the...

According to a new report, Apple executives have discussed their plans for an 'autonomous vehicle' with officials at California’s department of motor vehicles (DMV).

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Apple now accepting Red Cross donations for migrant...

In the wake of the migrant crisis, Apple has Apple has added a banner to its U.S. website that allows customers to donate to the American Red Cross through the iTunes Store to support the refugee and migration crisis across the Mediterranean Sea and Europe.
Users can donate in tiers of US$5, US$10, US$25, US$50, US$100 and US$200.

The donations are processed as regular iTunes Store transactions with the entire proceeds going to the American Red Cross. Apple has ran American Red Cross donation campaigns several times in the past for crises such as the 2015 Nepal earthquake, 2013 Philippines typhoon, 2012 Hurricane Sandy, 2011 Japan tsunami and 2010 Haiti...

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iOS 9 includes new iCloud Drive app, 6-digit...

This week's launch of iOS 9 brings a slew of small but important new features for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users. They include an all-new app for viewing iCloud Drive content, support for more complex six-digit passcodes, and a series of tweaks and improvements.

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Freezing time

I’m no physicist but, if I read this correctly, it is possible under certain circumstances to FREEZE TIME. Holy crikey. The mind reels.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Amazon Updates Fire Tablets and Streaming Devices

Amazon has just updated nearly its entire Fire line of tablets and streaming boxes with a host of new features, all while sharply undercutting Apple on price. Maybe the biggest news: You now can buy cheap Fire tablets in six-packs. 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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De facto veto power

John Gruber lays out a nice chain of logic that explains why Safari (and through it, Apple) does not control the web. Instead, it has the same veto power as the other web standard bearers.∞ Read this on The Loop

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iFixit posts iPad mini 4 teardown, notes iPad Air 2...

The cool cats at iFixit just tore into the newly-released iPad mini 4 and found that it’s essentially the iPad Air 2 components squeezed into a smaller form factor.
The new tablet uses the iPad Air 2’s fully laminated screen technology, which lends itself to a thinner design. The glass and display are adhered together, giving it a more rigid design and making screen repairs more difficult. iFixit also notes that the iPad mini has retained a battery design that makes it easy to disconnect, unlike the battery found in the larger iPads. Another small similarity between the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 is that the Touch ID cable is now integrated directly into the...

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What to play this weekend: Super Happy Fun Block

I spent last weekend at the Boston Festival of Indie Games and played many super games. A real standout was Super Happy Fun Block (universal, $2.99), a side-scrolling puzzle game that's cute, fun and challenging. Its hero is a bulbous little guy you can't help but root for as you guide him from puzzle to puzzle, building and destroying as you go. Here's our look at indie gem, Super Happy Fun Block.


Super Happy Fun Block (let's call it SHFB) is a side-scroller with some puzzles tossed in. It's got a fun, hand-drawn look that reminds me of the stuff I scribbled in notebooks while bored to tears in sixth grade. It reminds me of the charming (and now defunct) Parachute Panic. The main character has a few cute facial expressions to watch out for, too. Note when...

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Apple meets California officials to discuss self-...

Really looking forward to watching this (still alleged) project unfold.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Apple accepting donations on iTunes to support Red...

In the past, Apple has used the iTunes Store as a way to raise money for relief efforts around the world, and this week the company is asking customers to donate to help out people affected by the Syrian refugee crisis. The special iTunes Store page can be found here. 

Past efforts by Apple and the American Red Cross have raised relief funds for the 2015 Nepal earthquake, the 2013 typhoon in the Philippines, Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 2011, and the 2010 Haiti earthquake. 

All of the proceeds from donations are sent to the American Red Cross. Donation levels include $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, and $200.  

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How to share your exact physical location with...

If you’ve never dug into the details of sharing your location, this writeup by Chris Hoffman for How-To Geek is worth reading, bookmarking, and passing along.∞ Read this on The Loop

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De Facto Veto Power

Thom Holwerda posted a link on OSNews to my comments about Apple effectively having veto power over new web technologies. He didn’t add much commentary, other than:

What could possibly go wrong.

I’ll save you a link hover — “wrong” links to Wikipedia’s entry on IE 6.

The comments on Holwerda’s piece are interesting, insofar as they convey the frustration of those who resent Apple’s position.

It has nagged me ever since the “Safari Is the New IE” debate erupted a few months ago that there’s a simple, succinct, counterargument. I just couldn’t put my finger on it. Reading Holwerda’s post...

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Apple gearing up for rollout of Apple Pay to China...

Apple is one step closer in its plans to take Apple Pay into the company’s second-largest market, China. The WSJ reports that Apple has created a company in the Shanghai free-trade zone specifically to operate its Apple Pay business in the country, and seeded it with $13.4M of capital. The Apple Inc. entity, named Apple Technology Service […]

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This seems appropriate now: The Banksy Coke ad

An image from a few years ago, an ad created by Banksy, so appropriate now.∞ Read this on The Loop

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∞ Here’s one way to test your content blocker

Here’s a simple test you can run to see how well your content blocker handles ad-versity (sorry!).

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Apple invites Red Cross donations through iTunes to...

With the number of refugees now fleeing war-torn Syria reaching into the hundreds of thousands, Apple is inviting customers to donate to the Red Cross through a splash page on the iTunes Store. There are donate buttons for amounts ranging from $5 to $200 in the U.S. store, and for similar sums in other countries. […]

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Some Apple Fans are Reportedly Experiencing Problems...

I downloaded Apple's new iOS 9 unto my iPhone 6-Plus, my iPad 2 and my wife's iPhone 5s without a single issue. But that's not the case for a significant number of iPhone users ...

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ICNSmini is new bitmap shrinking app for the Mac

Ohanaware ( has introduced ICNSmini 1.0 for Mac OS X. It's a developer utility that slims PNG, ICNS, TIFF and Iconset images down in file size.
Some files can shed up to 85% of their digital fat. Underneath ICNSmini's exterior lies Ohanaware's custom ICNS generator, custom TIFF processor and "pngquant." pngquant is a process for compressing PNG files, and its behind many image compression tools.
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Apple opens up iTunes donations to help migrant...

Apple on Friday placed a link banner on its website, encouraging people to donate to the American Red Cross via iTunes to alleviate the ongoing migrant crisis spanning Europe and the Mediterranean.

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Magnetola is new music player with sound softener...

Hovik Melikyan has introduced Magnetola 1.0 ( for OS X. Stylized as a vintage compact cassette player, it's a "sensory-friendly" music player that can play tracks either unaltered or, for more sensitive ears, slightly "softened."
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∞ And so it begins

With a content blocker enabled, I followed a link to a story on What I saw was not pretty.

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IBM, Apple to release 10 more iOS-based apps for...

IBM will soon release 10 more iOS-based MobileFirst apps developed with Apple for companies in China, reports Yesky, a Chinese IT consumers portal.

The apps are designed for connection and streamlining of workflow in airlines, finance, retail, healthcare and other sectors, according to the report (as noted by, a global investment newswire).

IBM said it has released 32 mobile enterprise apps worldwide and the number will reach 100 by the end of the year. In July 2014 Apple and IBM announced an exclusive partnership designed to transform enterprise mobility through a new class of business apps — bringing IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to the iPhone and iPad. 

The companies say IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions will be built in an exclusive collaboration: IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities, with the power of more than 100,000 IBM industry and domain...

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Apple Pay Entering Last Phase before Entering China...

Apple's mobile payment service called 'Apple Pay' has taken an important step forward into the Chinese market ...

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iTunes accepting new American Red Cross donations

Apple has added a banner to the iTunes Store ( that allows customers to donate to the American Red Cross to help people affected by the refugee and migration crisis across the Mediterranean Sea and Europe.
You can click the Donate button under the amount you wish to donate. Donation choices are $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 and $200.

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Apple execs reportedly met with California DMV about...

Apple executives have reportedly discussed their plans for an “autonomous vehicle” with officials at California’s department of motor vehicles (DMV).

According to documents obtained by The Guardian, Mike Maletic, a senior legal counsel at Apple, had an hour-long meeting on Aug. 17 with the department’s self-driving car experts Bernard Soriano, DMV deputy director, and Stephanie Dougherty, chief of strategic planning, who are co-sponsors of California’s autonomous vehicle regulation project, and Brian Soublet, the department’s deputy director and chief counsel. The department wouldn't comment on what was discussed at the August meeting, beyond saying that “the Apple meeting was to review [the] DMV’s autonomous vehicle regulations.”

The article also says that Apple has appointed an engineering program manager (EPM) to Project Titan. EPMs generally arrive on an Apple project...

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It turns out we may not have really seen Apple’s...

While Apple’s new Move to iOS app appeared to be the company’s first ever Android app, Phandroid did some digging around in the code to discover that it in fact appears to be just a rebadged third-party app called Copy My Data. If we take a look under the hood of Apple’s Move to iOS app, […]

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20 Restaurants Within 5 Miles Of The Guthrie In...

I hear there are a bunch of people coming to Minneapolis in October, to visit JAMF Software for the JAMF Software User Conference (JNUC). The JNUC is at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, and here are a few places to check out when you’re here, if you get hangry:
Spoonriver, 750 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Next to the Guthrie
Nicollet Island Pavilion, 40 Power Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401
.9 miles from the Guthrie
The Bachelor Farmer, 50 North 2nd Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55401
.9 miles from the Guthrie
Aster Cafe, 125 Southeast Main Street, Minneapolis, MN 55414
1.1 miles from the Guthrie
112 Eatery, 112 North 3rd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401
1.1 miles from the Guthrie
Smack Shack, 603 North Washington Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55401
1.3 miles from the Guthrie
Borough Minneapolis, 730 North Washington Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55411
1.4 miles from the Guthrie
Red Stag Supperclub,...

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Poll: Some users reporting sluggishness and crashes...

Along with the new features, iOS 9 promised an improvement to the ‘foundation’ of iOS with performance boosts and battery usage improvements across the system. However, as always seems to happen with new versions of iOS, not all users are satisfied. There have been many reports that iOS 9 is causing lagginess, especially on older hardware such as […]

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Apple’s never-ending court cases continue with extra...

Apple has scored a belated additional victory against Samsung in its endless patent trial battle with the smartphone rival. Apple had originally asked the court for two remedies: financial compensation, and an injunction forbidding Samsung from continuing to sell devices which infringed its patents. The court said yes to the first, no to the second. As […]

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Self-driving Apple car may be 'almost ready for...

California laws and regulations for self-driving cars may force Apple's "Project Titan" out of the shadows and into the public view, and sooner than some may have expected, according to a new report.

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Apple Accepting Red Cross Donations Through iTunes...

Apple has added a banner to its U.S. website that allows customers to donate to the American Red Cross through the iTunes Store to support the refugee and migration crisis across the Mediterranean Sea and Europe. The donation tiers available include $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 and $200. All of the proceeds from donations, which are processed as regular iTunes Store transactions, are sent to the American Red Cross. Apple has run American Red Cross donation campaigns several times in the past for crises such as the 2015 Nepal earthquake, 2013 Philippines tycoon, 2012 Hurricane...

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Apple Dresses iOS to the Nines

Apple on Thursday released iOS 9, the latest version of its mobile operating system. Although more evolutionary than revolutionary, it has some useful additions. The good news is that iOS 9 works on much of Apple's existing hardware. If your device can run iOS 8, it should be able to run iOS 9. However, some of the software's features are available only on the newest iOS devices -- the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, and the iPad Pro. I installed the new OS on all of my Apple devices without much of a hitch. Apple Pay fans will find this version of iOS very friendly.

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Documents and DMV discussions indicate that Apple...

The Guardian is reporting that Apple legal representatives met with California’s department of motor vehicles to discuss regulations about self-driving cars. On record, the DMV told The Guardian that “the Apple meeting was to review DMV’s autonomous vehicle regulations”. This news follows reports that Apple is searching for a private road-testing site for its ‘Apple Car’ electric vehicle project. More interestingly, The Guardian claims to […]

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Apple Met With California DMV to Review Autonomous...

Apple senior legal counsel Mike Maletic held an hour-long meeting with the California Department of Motor Vehicles last month to review "autonomous vehicle regulations," according to internal documents obtained by The Guardian. The revelation comes amid widespread rumors that Apple has hired hundreds of employees to develop an electric vehicle over the past several months. California DMV headquarters in Sacramento Maletic reportedly met with a trio of DMV executives familiar with self-driving cars, including deputy director Bernard Soriano and chief of strategic planning Stephanie Dougherty, who are co-sponsors of California's autonomous vehicle regulation project. Brian Soublet, the department...

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The latest iOS apps for Sept. 18

Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and/or Apple Watch.
Darin Myman has announced DatChat Secret Messages & Hidden Picture. It's a free app that allows you to change how long your messages can be viewed before or after you send them, prevent screen shots and hide encrypted messages on your camera roll. DatChat offers you a traditional texting experience while providing total control and security for your messages.
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iOS 9 power-saving tactics include cutting display...

Better battery life is an Apple priority for iOS 9, and to that end the company has adopted extreme attention to detail, implementing things like face-down power restrictions, a Low Power mode, and a dedicated menu in the Settings app with more granular detail.

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Sprint follows T-Mobile in expanding low-cost...

Following T-Mobile’s announcement yesterday that it has expanded its Simple Global program, which provide inclusive data and texts while travelling, Sprint has made a similar move with its Open World plan, adding an additional 33 destinations. Sprint now offers free calls and texts, plus 1GB of free data, in 14 countries. A further 50 countries get free […]

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We need better game controllers for the Mac

At its 2013 Worldwide Developers Conference Apple held a session about support for dedicated third-party gaming controllers for iOS devices as part of its MFi Program (“Made for iPhone/iPod/iPad”). At the time I thought it might mean better game controller support for the Mac, but so far that hasn't happened.

Many of us have a games console (or two) at home and love the use of joysticks, gamepads, etc. They’re easy to use. Hardcore computer gamers say that nothing beats the precision of a keyboard and mouse, but some of us prefer a dedicated game controller.

It is possible to use PlayStation and Xbox controllers with your Mac. However, you’ll have to use software such as Joystick Mapper, GamePad, etc. As useful as these utilities are, they can be cumbersome to set up, as they involve installing software, configuring keystrokes to a particular game controller, and more.

Wouldn’t it be nice if Macs came with built-in game...

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TimeTable for Mac OS revved to version 3

Capparsa has released TimeTag 3, an update to their popular productivity app for Mac OS X (10.10 and higher).
TimeTag is a time management tool designed for on-the-go freelancers and people who want to track their time quickly and easily. Version 3.0 brings one of the most requested features: syncing records with the iPhone and iPad. People can now login to their TimeTag Pro accounts created on their iPhone or iPad, and keep their records, tags and categories in sync automatically on the Mac.
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Rememoried game for Mac OSX available on Steam

Hangonit has announced Rememoried for Mac OS X and Windows. It's a game available at Steam ( for US$9.99.
Here's how the game is descibed: "Rememoried is a virtual place where memories change to dreams and the only possible way is forgetting, which becomes a mechanism for proceeding to the next layer of dreams. Some elements in the surroundings change when the player turns away or leaves, and become more than just a direction sign: they become the way along which the player walks, flies and falls.
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Personal cloud market to reach $89.9 billion

According to a new report by Allied Market Research (, the world personal cloud market is estimated to garner revenue of $89.9 billion by 2020, registering a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 33.1% during 2015-2020.
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Kool Tools: Macro Pro lens for the iPhone

olloclip's new Macro Pro Lens makes it easy to bring professional and recreational mobile photographers closer than ever to their subjects with superior clarity. 
Three different macro lenses (7x, 14x, 21x macro magnification) offer various levels of detail to achieve crisp close-up photos with greater depth of field and less pincushion distortion. The included InstaFocus hoods make taking macro photos easier than ever by naturally collecting and diffusing light and automatically setting the focus.
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You light up my life: the Satechi Flexible LED Desk...

If you need a cool desk lamp to go with your Mac desktop set-up — or anywhere else in your home or office — the Satechi: Flexible LED Desk Lamp looks good, works great, and even sports a USB port.

The US$60 device isn't your run-of-the-mill lamp. It's programmed with five different brightness levels to accommodate a variety of work or study conditions. it sports a touch sensitive lamp that allows you to control the level of brightness — or turn the lamp on or off — with the touch of a button. Tap the touch-sensitive control button to turn on the lamp, and hold it down to adjust the brightness. Tap again to turn the lamp off.

When it's first turned on, the Flexible LED Desk Lamp shines at its brightest level. Press and hold down the touch-sensitive control button and the brightness level will reduce down incrementally to five levels. Once you have the appropriate (for you)...

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Thursday September 17

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[Sponsor] MacUpdate’s Fall Bundle Is Back

MacUpdate’s Fall Bundle is back and it’s better than ever. With a value of over $550 and priced at $49.99, this is an offer you simply can’t beat. With 10 of the best titles for the Mac, including ExpanDrive 5, DEVONthink, iMazing, and Toast 14, there’s something for everyone. The bundle won’t last long, so grab it today!

The first 5,000 buyers will also receive Seasonality Core, the best weather app for the Mac. That’s 11 top Mac apps for only $49.99!

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Apple rebranded existing Android app for 'Move...

An inspection of code in Apple's "Move to iOS" migration tool for Android users, its first app for Google's mobile operating system, reveals the title might be a simple rebranding of software already on offer in the Google Play Store.

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NFL Commentators Still Calling Microsoft's...

AmiMoJo writes: Back in 2013, Microsoft inked a $400 million deal with the NFL to promote the Surface. Unfortunately for Microsoft, commentators and even players couldn't help themselves from referring to the tablets as iPads. Last year, announcers referred to the Surface as an "iPad-like tablet,", while Chicago Bears quarterback called them "knockoff iPads". It happened on more than one occasion, and while you can bet that Microsoft and the NFL have been in talks with announcers and players about the goof, little progress is being made. This year, the problem persists.


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Apple's 'Move to iOS' Android App...

Alongside the launch of iOS 9 yesterday, Apple debuted a new Android app called "Move to iOS." The app is designed to help Android users transfer their content from an Android device to an iOS device. According to Phandroid, the app may not be developed by Apple and instead be a rebranded version of an existing app. The app in question is Media Mushroom's Copy My Data, one of two Media Mushroom apps that specialize in transferring data between devices. The other app is Device Switch, and both are available in the App Store and Google Play...

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Teardown of Apple's iPad mini 4 reveals 5,...

A teardown of Apple's new iPad mini 4 shows the tablet is indeed a shrunken hybrid version of last year's iPad Air 2, but comes with a few surprises like a slightly tweaked component layout.

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Apple iPad mini 4 unboxing and comparison [Video]

This wasn’t discussed much in the official announcement, but the iPad mini 4 is a pretty nice step above its predecessor with enhancements in a few key areas that definitely make a difference. The major things you need to know about with this iPad mostly falls in line with Apple’s upgrade patterns: thinner, lighter, faster. […]

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Apple Watch availability expands to Australian,...

As part of a continued effort to extend Apple Watch sales beyond Apple Stores and into retail chains, Apple will soon supply stock to select authorized retailers in Australia, Germany and the UK.

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iFixit’s iPad mini 4 teardown shows smaller battery...

At its event earlier this month, Apple took the wraps off of a refreshed iPad mini 4 that is nearly identical to the iPad Air 2, but obviously in a smaller form factor. This evening, the crew at iFixit has shared its detailed teardown images of the iPad mini 4 and as expected, they show what is essentially a scaled down iPad Air 2.

One feature the iPad mini 4 steals from the iPad Air 2 is the fully laminated screen technology, which lends itself to a thinner design. The glass and display are...

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iPad Mini 4 Teardown Confirms Smaller Battery and 2...

At its "Hey Siri" event, Apple announced an updated iPad mini 4 but largely glossed over any details, focusing its time on the iPhones 6s and 6s Plus, the new Apple TV and the iPad Pro. Today, iFixit completed its teardown for the device, confirming that it comes with a smaller battery than the previous iPad mini as well as 2 GB of RAM. While iFixit's teardown physically confirms that the iPad mini 4 has 2 GB of RAM, Ars Technica ran a GeekBench 3 test a couple days ago on the device, confirming that it runs a 1.5 GHz Apple A8 with 2 GB of RAM. This makes the iPad mini 4 faster than the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which run a 1.4 GHz A8, and both the iPad mini 2 and 3, which run 1.3 GHz A7's. iFixit's teardown also confirmed that the device comes with a smaller, thinner single-cell battery. The iPad mini 4's battery is 5,...

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Second Interview With Command Control Power

Was interviewed by the most excellent guys from the Command Control Power podcast. Wetland everything from Bushel, to IBM, to Apple, to OS X Server, to Krypted, to Instagram nerdy and even a little reading It’s now available at

I have tons of fun with these guys and look forward to getting a good excuse to hang out with them again! Maybe next time I’ll interview them!

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Daimler CEO Rants that they Won't be the...

Late last month Daimler's CEO Dieter Zetsche placed emphasis on working with Apple and Google in context with advanced software. While acknowledging that some form of cooperation with Apple could be possible for system software for cars, Zetsche made it crystal clear that they "don't want to become contractors ...

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iOS 9 How-To: Access your iTunes library using Home...

With the launch of iOS 8.4 earlier this summer, Apple removed support for Home Sharing, prompting the users to voice their dissatisfaction with the company’s decision. Eddy Cue then revealed that Home Sharing support would return with iOS 9, and sure enough, it did. The process for using it is similar to what it has always been, but […]

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Fantastic 4k Drone Video of Apple Campus 2 as of...

The Apple Campus 2 in Cupertino, California is an incredible building as we all know by now. The new 4K video comes courtesy of Above Reno. The massive scale of the project is truly remarkable. It's really starting to take shape. In the end, the new campus will house 13,000 employees. It was one of Steve Jobs' last projects. About...

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iOS 9 adoption at 12.5% and rising after 24 hours of...

Adoption of Apple's new iOS 9 mobile operating system reached 12.5 percent approximately 24 hours after launch, one analytics firm claims, a rate on track with last year's iOS 8 debut.

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Tensions are high as Apple and other Tech Titans are...

Last week we posted an extensive report titled "The U.S. is on the Cusp of Taking Action against China for Cyber Espionage that Could Affect Apple and other Tech Firms." The report set the background surrounding the tensions between tech companies like Apple and the Chinese Government. The Chinese are well prepared to act and have even set up a meeting with Apple and other U.S. tech titans for next week in Seattle ...

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How to use iOS 9 content blockers to remove web...

One of the most frequent irritations you may encounter, even on sites you otherwise explicitly want to have ads load, because you want every penny of their ad revenue to accrue due to you viewing, are dismissible or timer-driven popover boxes. These boxes can work poorly in iOS or even prevent you unintentionally from viewing the page. Some require tapping a difficult target X in a corner; missing launches an ad. Others appear for a period of time. Content Blocking Safari Extensions can help.

This popover at the Washington Post encourages you to subscribe, but if you don’t plan to, you may just want it to go away.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Hands-on with content blocking Safari extensions in...

Call it anti-tracking and privacy software, bandwidth-reduction management, or ad blocking. By whatever name, it’s popular in desktop operating systems like OS X and Windows. A study released midyear found nearly 50 percent of U.S. and 40 percent of routine online newsreading consumers employed blockers. With the release of iOS 9, these kinds of filters can be installed in Mobile Safari.
Content Blocking Safari Extensions, as Apple calls them, are filters created by third-party apps. The apps either include a prefabricated and updated list, or offer options to configure which kinds of content to block, including whitelisting and blacklisting sites.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Sprint and T-Mobile reportedly ready to sell Apple...

If you’re picking up an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus at your local Sprint or T-Mobile store on September 25, you might be able to accessorize with an Apple Watch, too.MacRumors is reporting that T-Mobile will start selling the watch in-store on iPhone launch day, and 9to5Mac’s sources say Sprint is joining the party that day, too. AT&T is rumored to start selling the watch on September 25 as well, but none of the carriers have confirmed their plans. The carriers’ retail stores will reportedly carry the 38mm and 42mm Sport and stainless steel models, but don’t expect to find the luxury Watch Edition any place but an Apple Store....

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Here's how many users upgraded to iOS 9 on Day 1

It’s been 24 hours since Apple dropped the official release of iOS 9, and the adoption rate of this new operating system is a little more than 12 percent, according to Mixpanel, a third-party mobile analytics firm.
Utilizing data taken from iOS apps using its SDK, Mixpanel has put together a chart of iOS 9 adoption rates versus iOS 8 and older operating systems, updated hourly. As of 10:00 a.m. Pacific on Thursday—exactly 24 hours after iOS 9 was released—the adoption rate for Apple’s latest version of iOS was 12.54 percent. Meanwhile, 80.23 percent of iOS devices currently run iOS 8, with that figure slowly declining as iOS 9 adoption continues to climb. And according to Mixpanel’s chart, only 7.23 percent of iOS devices are running  iOS 7 or earlier versions....

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Apple wants to take its e-book price fixing case to...

Apple wants one more shot at clearing its name of e-book antitrust violations.
Having lost a federal court appeal earlier this year, Apple will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that the company conspired with publishers to fix e-book prices, Fortune reports.
Apple lost its original case in 2013, after being sued by the U.S. Department of Justice along with 33 states and U.S. territories. At the time, U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote found that Apple broke the law when it convinced five major publishers to adopt the same “agency” pricing model, in which they set their own prices and agreed not to offer lower prices elsewhere. This had the effect of raising some prices...

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Pokémon GO Steps on the Mobile AR Gas

Nintendo and The Pokémon Company teamed up with Niantic on an augmented reality project, complete with a wearable Poké Ball that just might be the next best thing to filling Pokédex with pocket monsters. Pokémon GO players will have the opportunity to catch, trade and battle Pokémon characters wandering the wilds of the real world when the game launches next year. "Bringing the property ... to iOS and Google Play exposes Pokémon to exponentially more potential players than ever before," said IHS Technology's Christine Arrington.

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AWT News Update: September 17, 2015

Lots of fun little news items on today's podcast:

  • Honda announces that the 2016 Civic will come with CarPlay support
  • Microsoft's CEO does a demo with an iPhone
  • Apple - we need your help!
  • OS X El Capitan 10.11.1 beta is released to developers
  • Samsung got its hand slapped again in an appeals court, once again over that same old case that's been going on since I was a little boy

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You can now drive your Apple accessory. No,...

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Brussels Apple Store offers glimpse at radical...

Apple's new store in Brussels, Belgium -- officially opening Saturday -- will sport a look and layout unlike any other location, suggesting trends for upcoming outlets.

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Apple Campus 2 construction progress gets a close up...

Today we get one of the best looks yet at Apple’s under construction “Campus 2” in Cupertino with a drone flyover video courtesy of Emory Peterson and aerial photography company Above Reno. The video, shot in 4K over Labor Day weekend earlier this month, gets us up close with Apple’s rapidly progressing Campus 2 project […]

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Ford Rolls out Free 'MyFord Mobile' Apple...

Ford unveiled its MyFord Mobile app for both Apple Watch and Android Wear Thursday, which allows owners of electric or plug-in hybrid models ...

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Developers Now Receiving Apple TV Units for App...

Earlier this week, Apple began allowing developers who won the lottery for an Apple TV Developer Kit to place orders for the devices, and shortly after, Apple began shipping Apple TVs out around the world. As of today, a large number of developers have begun receiving the Apple TVs according to reports on Twitter and images shared with MacRumors. Developers were selected to receive an Apple TV using a lottery process that started shortly after the Apple TV was introduced on September 9, which has now wrapped up. Developers who won were able to obtain Apple TV Developer Kits at no cost, with a $1 fee being charged to verify billing and shipping addresses. Apple TV Developer kit just arrived in the mail. Pretty. Will play with it this weekend.— Mark Lassoff (@mlassoff)...

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Office 365—monthly Dev Digest for September

This month’s Office 365 Dev Digest was written by Jeremy Thake, technical product manager for the Office 365 Dev team.
Welcome to the seventh edition of Dev Digest, designed to help you—the Office 365 developer—keep up-to-date with what’s new in Office 365 development.
This has been an exciting month of announcements for Office 365 developers. We launched a new Yeoman generator for building Office Add-ins. This is a powerful tool for developers who do not use Visual Studio but are interested in building Office add-ins. You can use it to generate a raw add-in manifest or a full add-in project using either plain HTML/JavaScript/CSS or AngularJS. The Yeoman generator supports all of the add-in types across Outlook mail, task pane and content add-ins.
We also introduced the...

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Google’s own security researchers don’t even agree...

Members of Google’s Project Zero vulnerability research team have challenged a key talking point surrounding the security of Google’s Android mobile operating system. To wit, a key exploit mitigation known as address space layout randomization does much less than the company’s overworked public relations people say in blocking attacks targeting critical weaknesses in Android’s stagefright media library.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Patreon backers: Thank you! Now let's get rid...

Over the past week we've had a number of readers start backing us on Patreon or increase their support for the site. Thanks to them, we now have support coming in at $1,624.49 per month. While that's over double the amount we started with at the end of August, we're still over $1,400 per month below the level needed to keep going. Don't worry -- we're not going to shut down on you!

We're a small site by Apple website standards -- we only get about 60,000 unique visitors a month, while our total page impressions are of course much higher. If just one out of every ten unique visitors -- 10% -- would pay $1 per month or more towards the care and feeding of the bloggers here, we'd be at twice the amount needed to keep going. You do that, and we promise to take every ad off the site. Right now, we're getting support from one out of every 215 readers.


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New Roomba Knows Its Way Around

iRobot on Wednesday unveiled its latest robotic vacuum cleaning system, the Roomba 980. The device combines adaptive navigation with visual localization, cloud-connected app control and increased cleaning power. It is the most capable model to date, according to the company, which has been a pioneer in robotic cleaning tools. The Roomba 980 includes new sensors that allow it to create a map of its environment, keeping track of where it's been and where it needs to go.

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Google Reinvents Glass as Project Aura that will be...

Last week we reported that with Amazon's Fire Phone going down in flames, Jeff Bezos decided to reorganize its Silicon Valley-based hardware-development center known as Lab126 and laid off dozens of engineers who worked on the device. The division was responsible for developing Fire tablets, Kindle e-readers, the Fire TV set-top box and other devices including Echo. Even with a...

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Honda adds CarPlay support to 2016 Civic models

The 2016 Civic, arriving this fall, will be Honda's second vehicle with support for Apple CarPlay, according to an official announcement.

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Apple TV picks up Apple Music Festival channel ahead...

Apple Music Festival kicks off in London in just two days, and in preparation Apple TV has gained a dedicated channel for viewing the free performances from home. The Apple Music Festival channel includes a Featured section for highlighting performances, a Lineup section for following the schedule, and an About section for learning about the […]

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Apple appeals to Supreme Court in e-books price...

Apple is looking to file an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court in order to overturn previous court decisions, which found that the company conspired with book publishers to fix the price of e-books.

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iDevice apps crash a bit more after a switch to an...

When Apple releases an update of its mobile operating system iOS, as it did yesterday with iOS 9, millions of users rush to update their iPhones and iPads. However, we make the switch to the new operating system, we shouldn’t be surprised to see apps (not the operating system itself) crashing more often than we may be accustomed to.

According to data supplied by app intelligence firm Crittercism, app crash rates follow a distinct pattern. When a new iOS version is released, crash rates tend to spike as it takes developers some time to fix errors and fully understand the new OS. After the initial spike, app crash rates quickly return to a normal level and continue to gradually decline as developers get more and more acquainted with the operating system. (The accompanying chart is courtesy of Statistica.)

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Court Rules Against Samsung & Sets a Great...

Apple legal finally received a little good news today. It's being reported that "Apple won an appeals court ruling that may force Samsung Electronics Co. to stop using some features in its smartphones and tablets."

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Will the IoT Be Held for Ransom?

A perfect cybercrime storm is brewing, and two of the main ingredients are ransomware and the Internet of Things. Cybercrime has become an industry with all the operational trappings of any legitimate sector, McAfee Labs noted earlier this month. It has its own supply chain, market segments, service providers, and finance and trading systems. It has its own business models. On the other hand, the Internet of Things is young, McAfee pointed out. Smart device hacks and data breaches are just beginning to make headlines.

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Early iOS 9 Adoption Rate in Line With iOS 8 Adoption

iOS users are installing Apple's latest operating system at roughly the same pace iOS 8 was installed last year, according to multiple analytics companies that are tracking iOS 9 adoption rates. iOS 9 has now been available for download for just over 24 hours. Mixpanel's live iOS 9 tracking site suggests iOS 9 is now installed on approximately 12.60 percent of devices, which is in line with iOS 8 adoption rates in 2014. "iOS 9 has received 12% adoption in the last 24 hours and is being adopted similar to iOS 8 last year. This kind of adoption took Android's latest operating system, Lollipop, in comparison 5 months to achieve. One huge advantage Apple got right this year over last year was that the update is much smaller than last year (3.5x smaller) < Apple has empathy for its users who have nearly maxed out the space on their phones. However, one issue for it being substantially...

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Apple begins testing OS X 10.11.1 with focus on...

Before OS X 10.11 El Capitan launches to the public, its first forthcoming maintenance and security update is already available in beta form for developers to test.

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iOS 9 hits 12% adoption in 24 hours, similar rate of...

iOS 9 has now been out for 24 hours now and the first usage data is in. According to analytics from Mixpanel, iOS 9 has crossed the 12% adoption mark of all iOS devices one day after launch. Although 12% is a good figure, it is actually down a bit from last year’s rate of adoption of iOS 8, which […]

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Apple's First Android App, Move To iOS, Is...

An anonymous reader writes: Apple today launched Move to iOS, the company's first Android app built in-house. As we noted earlier, "It should surprise no one that the first app Apple built for Android helps you ditch the platform." The fact that the app is getting flooded with one-star reviews is not particularly surprising, either. At the time of publication, the app has an average rating of 1.8. The larger majority (almost 79 percent) are one-star reviews, followed by five-star reviews (almost 19 percent).


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Court says Apple can block competitors for using its...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled that Apple is entitled to blocking competitors from using its intellectual property, reports Bloomberg (
The court said Apple was entitled to a narrow order that prevents Samsung from using Apple’s slide-to-unlock, autocorrect and quicklinks features. To rule otherwise would eliminate patent rights of inventors of certain features in multicomponent devices, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington said in an opinion posted on its electronic docket.
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iOS 9 already nearing 12 percent adoption

Despite some early hiccups, iOS 9 has rebounded strongly. According to Mixpanel’s data, it’s already nearing 12% adoption, less than 24 hours after its debut. (Mixpanel is an analytics platform for mobile and web devices.)

According to founder and CEO, Suhail Doshi, that’s faster than iOS 8. He thinks one of the big reasons is the download size. iOS 9 is 3.5x smaller than iOS 8. 

"One huge advantage Apple got right this year over last year was that the update is much smaller than last year," says Doshi. "Apple has empathy for its users who have nearly maxed out the space on their phones. However, one issue for it being substantially slow compared to iOS 7 is that servers are having trouble keeping up right now as people update.”

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Second trailer for 'Steve Jobs' film shows...

Universal on Thursday released a second full trailer for the Danny Boyle-directed "Steve Jobs" biopic, mixing scenes of darker moments in the Apple co-founder's life with glimpses at his ambition.

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Apple Seeds First OS X 10.11.1 El Capitan Beta to...

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming OS X El Capitan update to developers, two weeks before OS X El Capitan will be released to the public on September 30. The new beta, build 15B17c, is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Apple Developer Center. It is not clear what improvements the first update to OS X El Capitan will bring, but it's likely to include bug fixes and performance improvements for issues that have been encountered following the operating system's official release. Update: OS X 10.11.1 includes support for Unicode 8 and a range of new emoji like taco, burrito, cheese wedge, hot dog, middle finger, and unicorn head. The emoji are also included in iOS 9.1, which is currently in testing as well. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Amazon Debuts New Fire TV with 4K Video & Alexa Voice Assistant •...

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Apple Pay begins working at select Best Buy stores

Best Buy is already supporting Apple Pay in some stores, despite not having formally announced a start date, various anecdotes indicated on Thursday.

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Appeals Court Rules Apple Was Entitled to Sales Ban...

A U.S. federal appeals court has ruled that Apple was entitled to an injunction on multiple Samsung products that a lower court ruled to be infringing on the iPhone maker's patented technologies in an early 2014 trial. As noted by Bloomberg, the ruling sets an important precedent, since it could have an impact on how damages are awarded in future trials involving patented inventions from large technology companies such as Apple, Samsung and Google.The decision could have far-reaching consequences in how disputes are resolved when it comes to complex devices. The ability to block use of an invention is a powerful tool that increases the price tag when negotiating settlements.The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington echoed that in its ruling:“The right to exclude competitors from using one’s property rights is important,” the...

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iOS 9 content blockers: Great for the reader, bad...

Yesterday was the start of a new era: Apple's release of iOS 9 brought something new to Safari, content blockers. The primary reason for content blockers is to block ads on websites that you're visiting. Some sites -- probably not Apple World Today -- take forever to load simply because of the huge number of ads that are scattered throughout the site. Those ads are usually pulled from an ad server that's completely different from the web server, causing incredibly slow load times. Content blockers are designed to let you put certain slow-loading sites on a "blacklist", and then block those ads from loading. Other sites can be whitelisted if they're not a problem.

Here's a list of content blockers that are currently available on the App Store, although some of the links may not yet be live:

  • 1Blocker (free, US$2.99 for unlimited blockers)
  • ...
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Apple wins key patent appeal vs. Samsung, could bar...

A federal appeals court has ruled that Apple has the right to block rival Samsung from using its patented inventions in its own handsets, a decision that could have major consequences for future products from the South Korean electronics maker.

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Tastea’s small business story—east meets west for...

Ted Vu and his business partner, Scott Nguyen, were still in college in 2001 when they launched Tastea as a drink delivery business based in Vu’s garage. They soon started selling their drinks at festivals, where they proved extremely popular with young Southern Californians. Before long they decided it was time to open their first brick-and-mortar location.
The big challenge was money—they didn’t have any. The bank laughed when they asked about a business loan, so Vu and Nguyen maxed out their credit cards, borrowed against their cars and took personal loans from family members who believed in what they were doing.
“And that’s when the hard work began,” Vu says. “We hired a contractor to help build our location and bootstrapped wherever we could to conserve costs.
We’ve heard that the less money you have, the more creative you need to be, and that was certainly...

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The new Office 365 Admin Center Preview

Our mission is to empower you to achieve more. For Office 365 IT administrators, this means improving the experience of the Office 365 Admin Center so that it is more delightful to use, by making it more intuitive, informative, scalable and insightful.
Introducing the new Office 365 Admin Center Preview

We started with a clean sheet and looked at how we could truly modernize the experience. We focused on simplifying the dashboard and how you access the tools. We targeted on making it easier to complete common tasks without having to leave the dashboard—whether it’s adding a new user, resetting a password or even simply checking your monthly bill. By focusing on making the experience more intuitive, you will achieve more by quickly getting through your needed administrative tasks—no more searching.
We realize that technology can be complex, and you may not be familiar with all the terminology and tools that are available. We are here to help by providing more...

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Episode 063 on unified authentication and Outlook...

In this episode, Richard DiZerega talks to Venkat Ayyadevara about the new unified APIs for mail/contact/calendar and the converged consumer/commercial app registration and authentication offered in Azure AD’s “v2″ application model.
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How to read AppleInsider in iOS 9's News...

Apple chose to highlight AppleInsider content in its new News app at this year's WWDC keynote, so it should come as no surprise that you can add us as a source in News after updating your iPhone or iPad to iOS 9.

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Best Buy quietly rolls out support for Apple Pay,...

Best Buy and in-store Apple Pay finally tied the knot, albeit Best Buy has yet to officially announce it.
Best Buy recently began rolling out full Apple Pay support within its stores, a new YouTube video and Reddit thread confirming that customers have made successful debit and credit card purchases using both Apple Pay and Android Pay at separate Best Buy stores in California.

Best Buy is now permitted to support Apple Pay, Android Pay and other NFC payment services after its three-year exclusivity period with payment consortium Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) expired in August. MCX has developed its own...

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As iPhone trade-in payouts begin their decline,...

For the next 72 hours, electronics buyback service Gazelle is offering to prop up falling iPhone trade-in payouts by offering an automatic 10% cash bonus on top of its existing cash offers for all models.

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Apple adjust iCloud storage plans, bumps 500 GB...

This is kind of a nice bonus.
Apple on Wednesday made its updated iCloud storage plans active, improving some tiers while eliminating another and leaving the free default plan unchanged.
The free tier remained at 5 gigabytes of storage while the US$0.99/month option was bumped from 20 gigabytes of storage to 50. The 200 gigabyte tier is down to US$2.99 a month, the 500 gigabyte plan was eliminated and the 1 terabyte tier went down to US$9.99/month.

Users with a previous 500 gigabyte plan are being migrated to 1 terabyte automatically, despite the extra cost. Subscribers willing to sacrifice can downgrade to 200 gigabytes.
Fees outside the U.S. vary, and...

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Bluelounge Aaden USB AA battery recharger

Bluelounge Aaden. Photo ©2015 Steven Sande

Bluelounge just announced something that I've personally needed for a long time; a AA battery recharger that I can plug into my Mac. The $19.99 Aaden is designed to charge up those rechargeable Ni-MH or NiCd AA batteries that probably power your Apple Wireless Keyboard, Mouse or Magic Trackpad, but instead of Apple's answer -- plugging a recharger into a wall socket -- Aaden neatly plugs into an open USB port on your Mac. 


Aaden looks like -- but isn't -- an Apple TV. The little (2.5 x 2.5 x .87 inch) black box has two slots on the bottom into which your rechargeable AA batteries are placed. Drop them into the slots, flip the Aaden over, and plug it into a USB port. When you want to check the charge level, just turn Aaden over again - twin LEDs let you know when the batteries are ready to be used in your favorite juice-...

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Universal Releases New Trailer for Upcoming '...

Universal today launched the second official trailer for the upcoming Steve Jobs movie, directed by Danny Boyle and starring Michael Fassbender (via Coming Soon). Set backstage at three of Jobs' biggest product launches, the movie aims to showcase the personality of the former Apple CEO through some of the most intense and public moments of his life. The film also stars Seth Rogen, Kate Winslet, and Jeff Daniels as Steve Wozniak, Joanna Hoffman, and John Sculley, respectively. Since initial rumors began on the movie's production four years ago, it's faced multiple changes in directors and lead actors...

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iOS 9, OS X El Capitan close serious AirDrop...

iOS 9 and the forthcoming OS X El Capitan address a vulnerability in Apple's AirDrop feature that could allow malware infections and the theft of sensitive data, according to a security researcher.

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Best Buy Begins Rolling Out In-Store Apple Pay...

Best Buy has accepted Apple Pay for in-app payments since April, and now the U.S. electronics retailer has begun rolling out the iPhone-based mobile payments service in stores. A new YouTube video and Reddit thread confirm customers making successful debit and credit card purchases using both Apple Pay and Android Pay at separate Best Buy stores in California. Best Buy is now permitted to support Apple Pay, Android Pay and other NFC payment services after its three-year exclusivity period with payment consortium Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) expired in August. MCX has developed its own mobile payments service called...

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Apple wants the Supreme Court to look into the ebook...

Apple will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a federal judge’s finding that it conspired to fix the prices of ebooks when it launched its original iPad and iBook store in January 2010, according to FORTUNE (
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Images of the very first location of 35 different...

Some real history here. Fascinating.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Amazon updates Fire tablets & TV products,...

Amazon on Thursday announced seven new hardware products from its Fire lineup of tablets and streaming TV accessories, including an entry-level tablet that costs just $49.99, and a new $99.99 Fire TV with support for 4K video content.

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The best flight tracker app for iPhone

Joe Caiati, writing for The Sweet Setup, takes you through a detailed walkthrough of his favorite flight tracking app. If you fly a reasonable bit, this is absolutely worth reading.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Microsoft pledges $75 million to expose more kids to...

Just like the City of New York, Microsoft believes that it's best to expose kids to computer sciences as soon as possible to prepare them for the growing number of tech jobs out there. That's why Satya Nadella and company have decided to invest a t...

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To hack an Android phone, just type in a really long...
Turntable is new 'real album' app for the...

Turntable for Mac, a "real album" app for Mac OS X, is now available at the Mac App Store for US$14.99. (A demo is available at
It's touted as the first desktop music player ever to present real albums as you have in a physical collection. Albums and album art play full-screen and wide-screen on your computer. It’s the first time album art displays just like a real-life LP, like the records in the 60s, 70s, & 80s. 
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What every startup founder should know about buying...

Must read if you are on the hunt for a domain name for your startup.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Kirk McElhearn on ad blockers

A solid read from Kirk McElhearn. Sure hope content blockers don’t impact him negatively.∞ Read this on The Loop

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NASA successfully tests detect-and-avoidance system...

NASA's Detect-and-Avoidance (DAA) system for drones is looking mighty promising. The agency has just finished its latest phase of of test flights using a remote-controlled Ikhana aircraft equipped with DAA sensors over the Mojave desert in Californ...

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Learn iOS 9 Fast with “iOS 9: A Take Control Crash...

If you want to figure out what has changed in iOS 9 quickly — and how to use all the new features — check out our latest title, “iOS 9: A Take Control Crash Course,” written by Managing Editor Josh Centers. 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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Amazon Prime users now get free online Washington...

Washington Post:Amazon today announced that Prime members can now enjoy six months of free unlimited access to The Washington Post National Digital Edition, a subscription usually retailing for $9.99 per month.To me, this is very similar to Apple’s model.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Oops! Unlike the upcoming Apple TV, the new Fire TV...

One complaint I have about the upcoming Apple TV is its lack of 4K support, which would help "future proof" it. Now Amazon has announced the new Fire TV Stick, which has such support. It's now available for pre-order for US$99.99 — a price tag lower than that of the next gen Apple set-top box.  

According to new data from Strategy Analytics, nearly 50% of U.S. homes will own a 4K TV by 2020. Apple should look to the future. The research group says:

° Shipments of 4K/Ultra HD TVs grew 633% in 2014 to reach 12.1 million units with Asia Pacific accounting for 75% followed by North America (12%) and Western Europe (11%).

° Global shipments of Ultra HD TVs will more than double in 2015 to 27.5 million units and more...

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Belgium to get Apple Watch on Sept. 19, T-Mobile USA...

The reach of the Apple Watch is due to expand both domestically and internationally in the coming weeks, reportedly arriving in Belgium on Sept. 19, and possibly U.S. carriers Sprint and T-Mobile later in the month.

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iOS 9 can tell you when your bus is running late

The addition of Transit to Apple Maps is fantastic, even better when you live in a city with a complex mass transit system.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Quark introduces content automation at Information...

Quark Software Inc. is a gold sponsor of Information Development World, the only conference dedicated to helping organizations rethink the way they create, manage, and deliver content experiences. While exhibiting onsite Quark will introduce content automation, a new transformational approach to streamlining the entire lifecycle of business-critical content.
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Apple patent filing touts advantages of downloadable...

Apple pooh-poohs physical media (hey, it wants you to buy all your content on iTunes) and has, in fact, filed for a patent (number 20150261425) with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for "optimized presentation of multimedia content" that shows why downloadable media is better than DVDs and Blu-rays. It also discusses ways to make items purchased at the iTunes Store even better.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that physical discs can be purchased or rented either from physical stores or online stores. Often, DVD and Blu-Ray discs contain not only an electronic file containing media content (e.g., a feature-length film), but also interactive media portions that serve various uses. In some instances, the interactive media portion provides introductory multimedia effects, in addition to a menu for navigating the content of the DVD. 

Such menus enable the user to make a menu selection by entering inputs into the playback device. Other interactive portions can be...

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Apple Invents Retroactive Check-In Service for...

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals an invention that generally pertains to the field of social media and more specifically to the use of global positioning system coordinates to share locations through social media.

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Apple starts Shanghai tech service company to...

Apple has set up wholly owned Apple Technology Service (Shanghai) Co Ltd to bring Apple Pay to China, reports Yicai — as noted by, a global investment newswire.

Yicai, citing the local Shanghai Free Trade Zone (FTZ) government, says the company was registered with a capital of US$13.4 million on June 10. This week the government showcased 23 services including Apple Pay at a conference to introduce the FTZ's preferential policies for technology service providers. (Yicai is the online news section of China Business News, an economic and financial media group based in Shanghai.)

Apple announced Apple Pay in September 2014, describing it as “a new category of service designed to transform mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay.” It works with compatible devices through a NFC antenna design, a dedicated chip called the Secure Element, and Touch...

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Inside iOS 9: Apple Maps gains transit directions...

For years, the biggest omission in Apple Maps has been the lack of transit directions. But that all has changed with this year's iOS 9 update, which includes built-in support for buses, subways, trains, and more in select major cities.

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Apple's First Android App Makes It Easy To Move...

Mark Wilson writes: Apple has released its first ever Android app. No, there's not an Android version of Safari or anything like that, but a tool designed to simplify the process of switching to iOS. The predictably named Move to iOS will appeal to anyone who was persuaded to switch allegiances by the release of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, or indeed iOS 9. The app can be used to move contacts, messages, photos and more to a new iPhone or iPad, and is compatible with phones and tablets running Android 4.0 and newer. It works slightly differently to what you may have expected. Rather than uploading data to the cloud, it instead creates private Wi-Fi network between an Android and iOS device and securely transfers it.


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∞ Content blockers and a spanking new frontier

iOS 9 was released, and content blockers emerged from beta. A few thoughts…

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ExTiX LXQt Breathes New Life Into Weak Hardware

The latest release of ExTiX offers a new spin on an old desktop environment and exhibits a passion for speed and ease of use. ExTiX 15.3, a fusion of the LXDE and Razor-qt desktop environments, has the economy of working in the LXQt desktop environment. LXQt is lightweight, modular, very fast and user-friendly. It is based on the popular LXDE -- that is, Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment. I tried several early releases of LXQt on other distros and was pleased with their performance. LXQt proved to be a stable desktop environment.

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Devs Shine Light on Halo 5's Overhauled Engine

Weeks away from the launch of Halo 5: Guardians, 343 Industries and Microsoft on Tuesday revealed some of the technical ingenuity behind what's expected to be the biggest Xbox One game of the 2015 holiday season. The game's developers have been raving about their playtime with the upcoming sci-fi shooter. For starters they're promising first-class digital tourism in Halo 5: Guardians, with galactic locales ranging from life-filled jungles to snowcapped mountains. Also promised is a compelling narrative.

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Honda Introduces 2016 Civic With CarPlay and Android...

Honda on Wednesday at YouTube Space LA introduced the redesigned 2016 Civic with CarPlay and Android Auto support. The tenth-generation sedan will be the second Honda vehicle to support CarPlay alongside the 2016 Accord as the Japanese car maker continues its 2016 vehicle rollout. Apple has listed Honda as a CarPlay partner on its website for quite some time, but the car maker waited until its 2016 lineup to introduce the iPhone-based dashboard system. GM is also supporting CarPlay and Android Auto in 2016 across its Chevrolet, Cadillac, Corvette,...

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Kool Tools: Neo smartpen N2

Neo smartpen N2 ( is a smartpen that helps you transform your written ideas into digital reality. It allows you to capture, organize and share content with friends, family and colleagues.
Among its features is a free printing app that allows users to print smartpen paper at home, eliminating reliance on special smartpen notebooks. The latest app update to N2’s companion app, Neo Notes, gives iOS users the ability to erase paper lines and make backgrounds completely blank or transparent.
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Wireless connectivity driving the global home audio...

Consumer demand for wireless audio products that come with built-in Bluetooth and/or Wi-Fi is being driven by a desire to wirelessly play music sourced from a portable device such as a smartphone or tablet on a loudspeaker located either in or outside the home, says Strategy Analytics (
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The 3D printer market set to boom, but don't...

According to Canalys, worldwide 3D printer shipments rose 52% year on year in the first half of 2015. The research group predicts that the worldwide market will reach US$20.2 billion by 2019. Some folks think that Apple should enter this market. Perhaps they're right, but I don't think our favorite tech company will make its own printer. 

“This is a market with enormous growth potential now that the main barriers to up-take are being addressed,” says Canalys Senior Analyst Tim Shepherd. “Advances in technology are yielding faster print times and enabling objects to be printed in greater combinations of materials, colors and finishes. Crucially, prices are also falling, making the technology an increasingly feasible option for a broad variety of enterprise and consumer uses, restricted only by computer aided design competencies and printer availability – both of which are set to improve significantly."

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The latest iOS apps for Sept. 17

Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and/or Apple Watch.
Dare Do Be has announced Pendilly. The free messaging app allows anyone to type a message, capture or import a photo or video, and then choose a future time to deliver the message. The recipient then receives a notification telling them a message is on the way, but not what the message is, who it's from, or even when it will arrive.
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'MacVoices' looks at the iOS 9 version of...

On the new MacVoices TV, host Chuck Joiner talks with Jason Wudi, the chief technology officer for JAMF Software, about the iOS 9 version of Casper Suite.
It's designed to help IT professionals deploy apps and protect corporate assets in an enterprise or large educational institution setting. With Casper, it doesn’t matter if a user has a company iPhone or iPad or if they're in the bring-your-own-device camp. Wudi talks about Apple’s often un-sung efforts in the enterprise market and their part in helping users enjoy the benefits of a new iOS as soon as they can download it.
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BBC iPlayer latest app to support new Picture in...

The BBC iPlayer app, which provides streaming and downloadable access to BBC television shows in the UK, has joined Hulu and Pocket in supporting the new Picture in Picture feature in iOS 9.
As with other apps, press the home button once while playing a show and the video window becomes a small floating window that you can resize and reposition while using other iPad apps. The functionality is available on the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 2 and 3.
iPlayer is a free download from iTunes.

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An Apple Patent Comes to Light Covering a Dual-Axis...

Another Apple/PrimeSense 3D Scanner related patent has come to light today. A number of patent filings and granted patents have surfaced on this very complex technology in recent months ...

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Xcode 7.0 - Integrated development environment (IDE...

Xcode includes everything developers need to create great applications for Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Xcode provides developers a unified workflow for user interface design, coding, testing, and debugging. The Xcode IDE combined with the Cocoa frameworks and Swift programming language make developing apps easier and more fun than ever before. Xcode includes the Xcode IDE, Swift and Objective-C compilers, Instruments analysis tool, simulators, the latest SDKs, and hundreds of powerful features. Xcode 7 includes Swift 2 and SDKs for iOS 9, watchOS 2, and OS X 10.11 El Capitan.Version 7.0: Note: Now requires OS X 10.10.4 or later. New in Xcode 7

  • User interface testing uses accessibility to auto-generate tests for you and run them as part of a test suite
  • Code coverage displays what parts of your code are covered (and not) by your test suite
  • Interface Builder adds StackViews to simplify the construction of complex...

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Apple keeps their iPad with Touch Bezel Controls...

Apple was granted a patent in early 2010 for an iPad with touch bezel controls. Today Apple is shown to have revisited their patent by updating their patent claims to cover such things as 'sliding touch' ...

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Apple researching earphones with embedded pressure...

An updated patent filing published Wednesday suggests Apple is revisiting a pressure-sensing earphone design that promises to deliver higher quality sound by customizing output based on a user's ear size.

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Wednesday September 16

Tim Cook shows Stephen Colbert a more people-...

A music streaming service. An iPad stylus. The CEO appearing on a late night talk show. This has been a year of many firsts for Apple.
Tim Cook appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday to show off the new iPhone 6s in Rose Gold, and ended up also showing a more approachable side of Apple, one that was not too big nor too cool to be in on the jokes.
“I have to admit I feel a little naked,” Cook said after being asked whether he was comfortable talking in front of an audience without a presentation remote.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Apple releases iTunes 12.3 update

While you’re busy upgrading to iOS 9 (or trying to decide if you should upgrade in the first place) you can also update iTunes. Apple on Wednesday released iTunes 12.3, which you can update through the App Store.
According to the release notes. iTunes 12.9 adds support for iOS 9 and is designed to work with OS X El Capitan, Apple next version of OS X, which will be released on September 30. Once you upgrade your iOS devices to iOS 9, you need iTunes 12.3; your iOS 9 device won't appear in iTunes 12.2....

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Lyft partners with Didi Kuaidi to let you hail a car...

Uber’s main rival in China, the ride-hailing app Didi Kuaidi, is making a move in the States by partnering with Lyft, Uber’s sole competitor here. The deal involves money, of course: Didi Kuaidi put $100 million into Lyft earlier this year. But it also means that Lyft’s American users can easily use Didi Kuadi’s services in China, and the same goes for the Chinese app’s customers when they arrive in the U.S.
This is Lyft’s first international play. Until today, the company had focused solely on domestic expansion, which means Uber’s only competition overseas is homegrown services like Didi Kuaidi. You won’t see Lyft branding in China as part of this deal, but the ridesharing app will start letting you hail Didi cars through the Lyft app early next year. Didi offers a range of ride-hailing options: black cars, taxis, ridesharing, bus service, and chauffeurs. In a survey of Chinese users,...

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Hands-on with iCloud Drive, a brand-new app in iOS 9

If you’re a regular user of iCloud Drive, Apple’s Dropbox-like storage solution for managing file syncing between your Mac and iOS devices, then your life is about to get a teensy bit easier. Apple built a standalone iCloud Drive app and bundled it within iOS 9, placing all of your iCloud Drive files in one easy to access spot. 
But, surprisingly, the iCloud Drive app doesn’t automatically appear—it’s instead tucked away within Settings, and you have to tell your iOS device that you want to see it. Besides that, it’s a pretty straightforward app. Here are some quick tips on getting started. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Podcast 474: A new iOS update is now available

This week we welcome Brianna Wu, head of development at Giant Spacekat and friend of Macworld, to discuss making games for the Apple TV. Turns out, Apple's restrictions make the most sense if you're developing games Apple's way, but that's obviously not how every game studio works.
We also discuss iOS 9 and our confidence in its stability—as well as our annoyance at those incessant popups urging beta testers to skip right ahead to iOS 9.1. The iPad Pro still has us a bit baffled, so we toss around theories as to what role it will ultimately fill in Apple's lineup and the lives of its eventual users.

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Getting started with "Hey Siri" in iOS 9

One of iOS 9’s capstone features is an update to an old friend: Siri. Our built-in personal assistant just got smarter, thanks to its proactive intelligence that promises to anticipate our needs a bit better. Another new-ish thing Siri can do? Launch at the sound of your voice, instead of waiting for you to hold down on the Home button. Apple calls this feature “Hey Siri” (since you have to say the phrase “Hey Siri” to activate it) and you can use it any time your iOS device is connected to a power source.
True, Siri could do this in iOS 8, but the feature is turned off by default in iOS 9 and also offers better voice-recognition technology—meaning, presumably, that Siri won’t start listening if someone else grabs your iPhone and says “Hey Siri.” If you decided to turn this feature on, iOS 9 walks you through a quick setup process to help Siri learn your voice tone a bit better. ...

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Apple releases 'Move to iOS' app for...

The latest Android operating system, dubbed Marshmallow, seems to borrow a few features from iOS, so Apple is now helping Android users make the big switch.
On Wednesday, shortly after iOS 9’s official release, Apple also released ‘Move to iOS,’ its first ever app for Android users, created with the sole intention to make them leave. Available now for free in the Google Play app store, Move to iOS securely transfers data stored on Android devices — contacts, calendars, bookmarks, email accounts, messages, photos—to an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch....

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Another Patent is Fulfilled Regarding Apple's...

Today we discovered yet another patent that was fulfilled regarding Apple's new Apple TV with Siri Remote.

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Apple's 16GB IPhone 6S Is a Serious Strategic... writes: Matthew Yglesias writes at Vox that Apple's recent announcement of an entry level iPhone 6S is a serious strategic mistake because it contains just 16GB of storage — an amount that was arguably too low even a couple of years back. According to Yglesias, the user experience of an under-equipped iPhone can be quite bad, and the iPhone 6S comes with features — like the ability to shoot ultra-HD video — that are going to fill up a 16GB phone in the blink of an eye. "It's not too hard to figure out what Apple is up to here," writes Yglesias. "Leaving the entry-level unit at 16GB of storage rather than 32GB drives higher profit margins in two ways. One, it reduces the cost of manufacturing the $649 phone, which increases profit margins on sales of the lowest-end model. Second, and arguably more important, it pushes a lot of people who might be happy with a 32GB phone to shell out $749 for the 64GB model."

But this raises the question of what purpose is...

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Apple switches on revamped iCloud subscription...

Apple on Wednesday made its updated iCloud storage plans active, improving some tiers while eliminating another and leaving the free default plan unchanged.

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While T-Mobile CEO John Legere announced last week that the carrier would begin selling the Apple Watch he did not provide a specific release date. MacRumors has learned that T-Mobile will begin selling the Apple Watch on September 25. Additionally, 9to5Mac reports that Sprint will also start selling the device on the same day. With the iPhone 6s and 6 Plus launching on September 25, it's likely carriers want the ability to sell Apple's smartwatch as an accessory to the Cupertino company's new flagship smartphones. While it's unknown whether Verizon and AT&T will also sell Apple Watch on September 25, it's possible they will also sell the device. Since launching in April, the Apple Watch has slowly been expanding to retailers like...

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New Apple hire suggests upcoming shift in social...

In what could foreshadow a shift in Apple's social media strategy, the company this month hired Tai Tran, a digital marketing specialist and former intern who worked on the Beats by Dre social response Twitter feed.

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Federico Viticci’s iOS 9 review

As usual, Federico does a bang up job in this review.∞ Read this on The Loop

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iTunes 12.3

Adds support for iOS 9, improves support for OS X 10.11 El Capitan, and adds support for two-factor authentication. (Free, 239 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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Apple Granted Registered Trademarks for Apple Pay,...

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest registered trademarks for Apple Pay, CarPlay and Handoff. Apple's CarPlay was ...

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Inside iOS 9: Apple's iPad-exclusive split-...

With Apple's iOS 9 upgrade, the iPad lineup -- and the upcoming iPad Pro -- gets special attention to enhance productivity on the big-screen tablets, including an all-new split-screen multitasking mode that will allow users to more easily accomplish two tasks at once.

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Peace: Marco Arment’s iOS 9 ad blocker

Today, I’m launching my own iOS 9 content blocker, called Peace, to bring peace, quiet, privacy, and — as a nice side benefit — ludicrous speed to iOS web browsing.I always like the software Marco makes.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Hands-on: Jump the fence with Apple’s “Move to iOS”...

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Apple likes to boast about winning switchers from Android on its earnings calls and in is presentations, and today it did something to help facilitate those switches. The Move to iOS app in the Google Play store will transfer some data from Android phones running version 4.0 and up to newer iPhones, iPods, and iPads running iOS 9.
The app can't be comprehensive—iOS and Android have different app stores and ecosystems, after all, and purchases made in Google Play aren't going...

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Facebook's Button Pushing: What's Not to...

CEO Mark Zuckerberg has revealed that Facebook may integrate an alternative to its ubiquitous Like button. Facebook users have asked for a Dislike button for years, and the company now is preparing to launch a test of something designed to respond to that user demand. The idea is not to transform Facebook into a forum where users could in essence vote up or down on particular posts -- that isn't the point. Instead, the idea is to provide a way for users to express emotions other than Like when posts may contain sad or disturbing news.

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Apple updates iMovie with support for 4K video, 3D...

As part of Wednesday's iOS 9 release, Apple updated its portable version of iMovie with support for editing 4K video and new UI gestures to be introduced alongside iPhone 6s and iPad Pro.

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Gruber responding to a Nilay Patel tweet:Perhaps I am being smug. But I see the fact that Daring Fireball’s revenue streams should remain unaffected by Safari content-blocking as affirmation that my choices over the last decade have been correct: that I should put my readers’ interests first, and only publish the sort of ads and sponsorships that I myself would want to be served, even if that means leaving (significant) amounts of money on the table along the way.Fucking right.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Apple Reportedly Acquired Data-Driven Mapping...

It's being reported today that Apple has acquired Mapsense. Mapsense states that there are over 10 billion devices on the planet streaming location data on a daily basis. While collecting location data has become mainstream, the traditional tools to visualize, understand, and harness it have been hampered ...

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Screen Protectors Will Work With iPhone 6s and 6s...

The iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus have a new screen technology called 3D Touch, allowing the devices to support new gestures that are based on pressure, as well as touch. 3D Touch works through capacitive sensors embedded in the backlight of the devices, measuring microscopic changes in the distance between the glass cover of the display and the backlight, combining signals from the touch sensor and the accelerometer to respond to finger pressure. Because of the way 3D Touch operates, there was some speculation that screen protectors might not work with the new devices, but Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller appears to have confirmed in an email to 3D Techtronics that screen protectors that comply with Apple's design guidelines will work with 3D Touch. "Yes. screen overlays that follow our guidelines will continue to work with 3D Touch," Schiller...

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AWT News Update: September 16, 2015

iOS 9 launch day didn't go off without a hitch, but things smoothed out quickly and there's a lot of Apple News as a result:

  • watchOS 2 release is delayed due to "bugs"
  • AT&T customers who were lucky enough to keep their grandfathered "unlimited" data plans now have a higher data cap
  • Apple released its first Android app today
  • 1Password gets a shiny new update
  • iMovie for iOS now handles 4K video

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Apple reportedly buys Mapsense, a data analytics...

Re/code reports that Apple has bought Mapsense, a data analytics and visualization company, for US$25-$30 million. The acquisition was mostly likely for acquiring technology, services and perhaps talent for improving the Maps app for Mac OS X and iOS.

Mapsense's platform and developer tools are designed to help organizations "quickly ingest and analyze billions of rows of location data to make more intelligent, locally targeted business decisions across the organization." Users can embed Mapsense to launch real-time reporting and analytics. The platform provides tools to create original data-driven map visualizations.

Mapsense users can take advantage of dynamic vector map tiles to render raw map data, rather than relying on static images. The platform is cloud-based and designed to be highly scalable, with infrastructure capable of streaming billions of rows...

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Apple's iOS 9 Now Available in the U.S.

Finally the day has arrived where those who didn't download the iOS 9 Beta can now download the official final version today. At the time of this writing it's only available in the U.S. The Canadian website still says "Coming Soon," so stay tuned.

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Apple Acquires Mapping Visualization Startup Mapsense

Apple has purchased mapping startup Mapsense, reports Re/code. Mapsense is a San Francisco-based startup that's able to sort through massive geotagged datasets to create quick geographical visualizations of location-based data points that can be embedded into apps. According to its website, Mapsense built a cloud-based high-speed mapping engine that could ingest and index huge amounts of data with "lightning fast" search and filtering and simple visual analysis tools. There are over 10 billion devices on the planet streaming location data on a daily basis. While collecting location data has become mainstream, the traditional tools to visualize, understand, and harness it have been hampered by the speed and scale of this massive and complex new datasource. Mapsense's platform and developer tools help organizations quickly ingest and...

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Apple buys mapping data analytics and visualization...

Apple quietly acquired San Francisco startup Mapsense last week for a reported $25 million to $30 million, adding yet another firm to a growing arsenal of mapping data IP and personnel assets.

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Apple launches Move to iOS content migration tool...

In conjunction with iOS 9, Apple on Wednesday released Move to iOS, a tool for switching away from Android that is also its first-ever app custom-developed for Google's rival operating system.

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New iCloud Storage plans now available

Wow, we just keep finding these little Apple treats all over the place! The next big thing to come from Cupertino is the new, lower-cost iCloud Storage. 

Changes may be made either through Mac OS X (System Preferences > iCloud, click on Manage... button, then click Change Storage Plan...) or iOS (Settings > iCloud > Storage > Change Storage Plan). 

5GB plans are still free, while 50GB is $0.99 per month, 200GB is $2.99 per month, and that big new 1TB plan is $9.99 monthly. 

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Apple releases iTunes 12.3, adds support for iOS 9,...

Amid a day of muchos updates, it should come as no surprised that iTunes has also been boosted a it.
Apple on Wednesday released iTunes 12.3. The new version adds support for iOS 9 and is also designed for OS X 10.11 El Capitan, which is scheduled to arrive later this month.
Other changes include the following:
– Improved Apple Music accessibility with VoiceOver.
-Resolved a problem that prevented ordering of songs within Up Next.

– Fixed a problem where some radio stations did not appear within Recently Played.
– Addressed an issue where songs you loved on iOS did not appear loved on iTunes.
– Support for two-factor...

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IoT Can Open Doors to Cybercriminals, FBI Warns

The FBI on Monday warned businesses and consumers to be careful when deploying devices that connect to the Internet of Things. As more companies and consumers use IoT devices to improve efficiency and convenience, their connection to the Internet creates opportunities for cybercriminals, the FBI said in a public service announcement. The "Internet of Things" is a broad term that encompasses myriad devices that connect via cyberspace. Poor security measures, patching challenges, and a lack of security awareness give cybercriminals opportunities.

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Apple drops Helvetica for San Francisco in iOS 9

The launch of Apple's iOS 9 mobile operating system officially brings its bespoke San Francisco typeface to the rest of its product lineup, as Helvetica's short run has come to a close.

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Inside iOS 9: HomeKit Gains Simpler Set Up, Pre-...

HomeKit officially became available in June, with the launch of the first HomeKit-compatible products, but as we've highlighted in reviews, Apple's home automation platform is still in need of some work to make it a viable choice for most users. With iOS 9, Apple is debuting several new HomeKit features that have the potential to significantly improve the way it works, by simplifying some of the setup process broadening supported device types, and introducing key automation features to cut down on user interaction. Setup Setting up HomeKit devices isn't difficult, but it does require users to enter a unique HomeKit identifier to pair with an iPhone. In iOS 9, Apple will support scanning the code with the camera, shaving some time off of the setup process. Information displayed during the setup...

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∞ Apple releases iOS 9

You can download the update through iTunes or by going to General > Software Update on your device. I’ve been using iOS 9 for a while and love it.

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Samsung Fans Buzzed over News of Foldable Smartphone...

The news hit the wires this morning from a Korean source that Samsung is set to introduce a new folding smartphone in January.

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∞ iTunes 12.3 released with Apple Music fixes

Apple on Wednesday released an update for iTunes, adding support for iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan. Changes in the update include:

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Apple releases iOS 9 update

You’ve been waiting for iOS 9.
And it’s here.
Apple released its iOS 9 operating system update today. The update, a 1 gigabyte download available over the air or through iTunes, adds the following fixes and changes:
– New multitasking features on iPad make you even more productive.
– Siri can do more than ever, and new proactive suggestions help you get things done before you ask.

– Improvements at the foundation of the operating system enhance performance, battery life, and security.
– Improvements included in Notes, Mail, and Maps, which has gained Transit directions.
– Apple Pay has been renamed to Wallet, and for the first time, iOS 9 brings split-screen multitasking...

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Kodi 15.2.rc1 - Powerful media center tool for Mac...

Kodi (was XBMC) is an award-winning free and open-source (GPL) software media player and entertainment hub that can be installed on Linux, OS X, Windows, iOS, and Android, featuring a 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls. It allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media and the internet. Note: To install Kodi on OS X 10.9 Mavericks or later, you need to right-click the application after it has been installed and select "Open" from the list (this need only be done once). Alternatively, you can go to System Preferences -> Security & Privacy -> General. From there, unlock the lock at the bottom of the window and "Allow apps downloaded from: Anywhere." This second method is the preferred method, as you will no longer be bothered for future XBMC...

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Apple discovers watchOS 2 bug, delays operating...

If you were hankering for watchOS 2 today, you might have to wait a bit.
“We have discovered a bug in development of watchOS 2 that is taking a bit longer to fix than we expected,” an Apple spokesperson was quoted as saying. “We will not release watchOS 2 today but will shortly.”
Not the best news you want to hear, but it’s still better than the operating system heading out into the wild – and onto your Apple Watch – without it being fixed.

The new operating system adds a handful of new features, but most importantly gives developers building apps the ability to directly access its sensors and stream data more efficiently between the iPhone and the watch. Other...

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iOS 9 on the iPhone 4S: A stay of execution, nothing...

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The S in iPhone 4S used to stand for "speed," but it's been a couple of years since that was true. iOS 8 wasn't kind to Apple's oldest supported iPhone, which made it even more of a surprise when the company announced in June that the 4S would be hanging around for another year.
That's mostly good news for people still using the four-year-old phone that Apple sold all the way up through late 2014. It doesn't get all of iOS 9's new stuff and it's not nearly as fast as an iPhone 6 or 6S, but competing Android phones from 2011 are all distant memories at this point. This is the longest Apple has ever supported an iPhone, and iOS 9 manages to run about as well as iOS 8 did on the same hardware.
The bad stuff about iOS 8 hangs around, though. Apple...

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Inside iOS 9: Siri Suggestions, news, apps &...

Apple has introduced an entirely new home screen in iOS 9 that presents users with intelligent, contextually aware information, including frequently opened apps based on time of day and location, or potential destinations in Maps that a user might seek out.

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AT&T shifts data cap for grandfathered '...

AT&T on Wednesday changed the LTE data cap for its grandfathered "unlimited" data plans, improving the ceiling from 5 to 22 gigabytes of data before throttling kicks in.

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iTunes updated for iOS 9, OS X El Capitan

Apple has posted iTunes 12.3, adding support for iOS 9 and Mac OS X El Capitan, which is coming later this month.

According to Apple, the upgrade also:

° Offers improved Apple Music accessibility with VoiceOver;

° Resolves a problem that prevented ordering of songs within Up Next;

° Fixes a problem where some radio stations did not appear within Recently Played;

° Addresses an issue where songs you loved on iOS did not appear loved on iTunes;

° Supports two-factor authentication to secure your Apple ID;

° Includes improvements to overall stability and performance. 

You can download iTunes 12.3 via the Software Update option in the Mac App Store or from the iTunes...

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iOS 9 Hidden Features: Settings Search, Selfie...

There are quite a few major changes in iOS 9, like split-screen multitasking for the iPad, improvements to search and Siri, under-the-hood performance boosts, and revamped apps, but there are also dozens if not hundreds of lesser-known tweaks and refinements that make the iOS 9 experience better than ever before. We've had a lot of hands-on time with iOS 9, so we've rounded up a list of the best hidden features in new operating system. These are great little changes you're going to want to know about, so make sure to check out the video and the list below. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Settings search - There's a new search bar in the Settings app that lets you quickly locate a specific setting by typing in what you're looking for. Want Siri settings? Search for Siri, and all the settings options for Siri will be shown in a list. Go Back to App - When you tap on a Notification or a...

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iOS is the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, and it’s the foundation of iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It comes with a collection of apps and features that let you do the everyday things, and the not-so-everyday things, in ways that are intuitive, simple, and fun. With an easy-to-use interface, amazing features, and security at its core, iOS 9 is the foundation of iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It’s designed to look beautiful and work beautifully, so even the simplest tasks are more engaging. And because iOS 9 is engineered to take full advantage of the advanced technologies built into Apple hardware, your devices are always years ahead.Version 9.0: Note: The update to iOS 9.0 can be downloaded by navigating on you iDevice to Settings > General > Software Update; or by connecting your iDevice to your Mac, opening iTunes, and clicking on the image of your iDevice in the toolbar.

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