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Monday November 2

SoftRAID version 5.1 supports Mac OS X 10.11 El...

OWC Holdings has released SoftRAID 5.1 (, an update to the disk driver for OS X that replaces the RAID functionality that was removed from Disk Utility in El Capitan.
Version 5.1 supports the enhanced security mechanisms in Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan. It’s a free update for all version 5.x users of SoftRAID.
For new users the cost is $179. Upgrades from version 4.x users to version 5.1 are $89. A demo is available for download. SoftRAID 5.1 requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher.

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Apple pushes Maps Indoor service to venue owners,...

Joined by a new dedicated indoor mapping app, Apple has also begun encouraging large venue owners to sign up for its "Maps Indoor" service, potentially laying the groundwork for advanced indoor step-by-step directions in future iPhone updates.

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2015 5K Retina iMac supports 10-bit screen color...

This could come in handy if you’re doing extensive photo and video work.
Apple’s latest 5K Retina iMac supports 10-bit screen color. This feature was discovered via new driver software in OS X El Capitan, as noted in Cinema5D and German publication Mac & I. It’s not clear whether the code might support an external 10-bit monitor.

10-bit screen color helps eliminate banding artifacts while restoring gradient detail. Most external and built-in device displays are still limited to 8-bit color at most, and accordingly, OS X didn’t offer compatibility until now. Windows has had 10-bit support since 2009’s Windows 7.
Even on a 4K or 5K iMac, 10-bit...

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Assorted Mac, iPad and Beats products edge towards “...

Every so often, a group of Apple products moves into an “Obsolete” category, meaning the product is no longer eligible for service or repair support through Apple retail stores or authorized third-party channels.

This time around, the products include:
– iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2009)
– iMac (27-inch, Late 2009)
– MacBook Air (Mid 2009)
– Mac Pro (Early 2009)

– MacBook (13-inch, early 2008)
– MacBook Pro (15-inch, early 2009)
These Macs will move to Obsolete status in all regions and vintage status where applicable. Apple typically begins the process for...

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06:10 introduce iSwift 2.0 has announced iSwift 2.0 (, an update of its automated Objective-C to Swift conversion tool, developed exclusively for Mac OS X.
It offers automatic as-you-type conversion of your Objective-C sources to Apple's Swift language, along with a full-featured Objective-C editor. iSwift offers a tool to convert and translate your existing Objective-C files (Cocoa or iOS) to Swift on the fly.
iSwift requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It costs US$13.99.

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Install Apple Configurator 2

Apple Configurator 2 is a great tool to manage iOS devices. It’s also a pretty decent tool when you need to create profiles for use on Macs. Apple Configurator is easily installed using the Mac App Store. This involves a number of tasks:

  1. Restore: Restore an operating system to an iOS device
  2. Duplicate: Similar to imaging (but not), restore various options on a device so it is similar to a previous device. There are limitations to this feature as any data stored in the secure enclave will not be duplicated
  3. Application Assignment: Install apps on devices with or without an MDM solution to manage the devices
  4. Supervise: Enable supervised mode on the devices so that you can prove ownership and therefore unlock additional restrictions on devices
  5. Manage: Deploy profiles on devices to control the features used on devices and automate configuration

However you plan on using Apple Configurator, the first step to use the product is...

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Oh, Microsoft

Will Oremus, writing for Slate, points out the huge (read that in sarcastic tone, with air quotes) differences between the design of Microsoft’s new Manhattan flagship store and the Apple Store:∞ Read this on The Loop

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Apple TV tips, tricks, shortcuts and useful settings

Joe Rossignol, writing for MacRumors, pulled together a nice list of tips and tricks for the new Apple TV. Worth reading through.∞ Read this on The Loop

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How to disable password prompts for both free and...

If you’ve got a new Apple TV, you no doubt feel the pain of the long, linear software keyboard and recognize the value of any tip that will save you typing time (especially typing of long, arcane passwords).∞ Read this on The Loop

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∞ How strong your iPhone signal actually is

I tested this on my iPhone and it works as advertised.

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Apple Financing iPhones is a Huge Boost for Smaller...

I don't think that it comes as much of a surprise that Apple's entry into iPhone financing is starting to dislodge some customers from the biggest carriers and sending them shopping for cheaper, smaller providers like T-Mobile US Inc.

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Hidden 'Indoor Survey' App Created by...

Apple last week quietly launched a new first-party app called Indoor Survey [Direct Link], which allows its users to map out the interior space of a building using their iPhone. Spotted by developer Steve Troughton-Smith yesterday evening, the app specifically uses radio frequency signals in concert with an iPhone's various sensor data to successfully map an interior location (via AppleInsider).

The app, however, doesn't appear to be entirely functional as of yet. When prompted with Indoor Survey's home menu, after entering an Apple ID and password, users will be met with an Authorization Failed message and be barred from further accessing the app's suggested indoor mapping abilities. The app...

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Josh Centers, writing for TidBITS, pulled together a well-written assemblage of frequently asked Apple TV questions. Terrific set of questions, well worth scanning through.∞ Read this on The Loop

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The WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank is a good printer —...

The Epson WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank wireless all-in-one comes loaded and ready with up to two years of ink in the box. Or so says Epson. I can let you know in …. let’s see … about 23 months.

If true, that’s an incredible amount of ink — enough to print up to 11,000 black/8500 color pages, and equivalent to about 50 ink cartridge sets. The printer is designed for homes, home offices and small offices that print 300 to 400 pages per month.

If it lives up to the hype, the WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank will be worth its $499 price tag. If it doesn’t, the price tag won’t be justified. My family goes through a LOT of ink each year as my wife and daughter print photos, recipes, coupons, etc. I need a printer that doesn’t threaten to break my bank account in ink cartridge purchases.

When replacement ink is needed, the cost for the WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTan will reportedly be as...

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Jean-Louis Gassée: The Apple Car and Apple’s...

A thoughtful column (as usual) from JLG, questioning the culture that builds software that has the luxury of being allowed to crash and having that culture be required to build software that absolutely cannot fail.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Procreate version 3 adds iPad Pro and Apple Pencil...

Popular drawing app Procreate has today released version 3 of their iPad app ($5.99) with a whole host of new features. This includes new brushes (including quick brush previewing before committing to canvas drawing), motion blur and perspective blur, simplified tap gestures and much more.

Perhaps the most significant change is the addition of iPad Pro and Apple Pencil integration. Procreate now create images with up to 16,0000 x 4000 resolution on Apple’s latest hardware, due to be released later in the month. Existing Apple hardware can also benefit, with the iPad Air 2 now capable of...

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How to use Share Sheets in iOS 9

Using Share Sheets in iOS 9 has been simplified. For example, now when you wan to search for a keyword on a Safari web page, or load its desktop version, just press the Share Sheet button in the bottom-left corner of the screen. 

Next, swipe to the left on the lowest horizontal menu until you see Find on Page and Request Desktop Site buttons. You can also tweak their  by tapping on the last item (dubbed More) in the menu. Use the drag and drop buttons next to each feature to reposition it as you wish.

In iOS 9 Share Sheets allow you to save a website as a PDF. Open the Safari Share Sheet menu and you’ll now find “Save PDF to iBooks.”

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Top Apple TV Apps Revealed With Games Topping the...

On Friday, Apple officially launched the fourth-generation Apple TV, which for the first time included an App Store.

While Apple includes a list of featured apps, there are currently no other methods for discoverability, and users can't browse categories or Top Charts to find other Apple TV Apps that haven't been explicitly featured. Currently, the Apple TV App Store only shows what's featured. If your game isn't featured, it effectively doesn't exist. There's no way to browse genres, top lists don't exist (this arguably might be a good thing), and finding something that isn't featured requires typing its name in the search field. Siri search doesn't work on apps (yet?) so the amount of friction to download a game like Highway Rider which didn't make the feature cut is not only incredible but also has resulted in three sales. (Well, make...

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Apple has a hidden ‘indoor GPS’ app in the App Store...

Apple has an Indoor Survey app on the iOS App Store, designed to help pinpoint locations inside a store, restaurant or other business – but it doesn’t show up in a search, and you need to register in Apple Maps Connect to download it.

By dropping “points” on a map within the Survey App, you indicate your position within the venue as you walk through. As you do so, the indoor Survey App measures the radio frequency (RF) signal data and combines it with an iPhone’s sensor data. The end result is indoor positioning without the need to install special hardware … 

The app...

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Get that syncing feeling with Eltima’s SyncMate for...

If you use only Apple products (Macs, iPhones, iPads, etc.), you can probably handle all your syncing chores through iCloud, iTunes, iTunes Connect, etc. However, if you use other devices and online storage platforms, you should check out Eltima’s SyncMate, which allows you to sync just about anything with your Mac (if it’s running Mac OS X 10.8.5 or higher).

The latest version (6) has been revved for Mac OS X El Capitan. SyncMate is, as far as I know, the only sync tool that’s fully compatible with El Capitan (OS X 10.11) and offers syncing with Android and iOS, MTP and storage devices and Microsoft Office apps. It’s also the only Mac sync software I’m aware of that allows syncing Mac with multiple devices simultaneously. 

The utility can not only sync data with several gadgets, but with online accounts and cloud storage options such as Outlook and Office 365, Google Drive,...

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Paragon NTFS for Mac 14 revved for El Capitan

Paragon Software Group has released Paragon NTFS for Mac 14. an upgrade of the solution to solve incompatibility issues between Mac OS X and Windows.
The new update helps overcome the functional limitations of the latest version of OS X Disk Utility in El Capitan, according to the folks at Paragon Software. Earlier versions of OS X allowed to easily format volumes in Disk Utility by implementing third-party file system drivers, but these functions are no longer available in El Capitan.
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The Northern Spy: Apple’s sales saga

By Rick Sutcliffe
Apple's sales saga continues to flummox many pundits. They forecast earnings estimates too low or too high, and when they miss, they criticize--not themselves, but Apple--as if it were Cupertino's fault they aren't more prescient.
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Kool Tools: Boot Runner 2.3 for OS X

Twocanoes Software’s Boot Runner is a popular startup solution for dual-boot Macs in classrooms, labs and enterprise workspace. The latest version (2.3) adds support for Mac OS X El Capitan.
Boot Runner makes it easy to automate startup control to ensure that Mac-based Windows systems are ready when critical security patches arrive. Version 2.3 includes detection of and notification for OS X 10.11 El Capitan's System Integrity Protection.
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Sunday November 1

The Guardian trots out notorious Mike Daisey to...

A British newspaper has published a meandering, conspiracy-chasing fantasy piece written by discredited theater-journalist Mike Daisey... in its technology section.

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Apple indoor positioning app 'Indoor Survey...

Apple could be on the verge of releasing its first dedicated indoor positioning app for iPhone, as a seemingly legitimate, albeit non-operational, first party app called "Indoor Survey" was spotted in the iOS App Store on Sunday.

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New Apple TV: Tips, Tricks, Siri Remote Shortcuts...

The new Apple TV launched on Friday in several countries around the world, giving early adopters a chance to try out the fourth-generation device for a few days now. The consensus opinion is that the new Apple TV is a worthwhile upgrade, particularly because of new features such as the App Store, Siri, and tvOS user interface, with lots of potential to get even better in the months and years ahead.

Press the Home button twice to bring up the new Apple TV's app switcher

To complement our coverage of the new Apple TV, which includes a trio of hands-on videos, an Apple TV apps roundup, several tidbits, and a reviews roundup, we have created the...

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The Logic Pros: Working with Logic’s built-in Space...

In this week’s episode of The Logic Pros, we are looking at Space Designer, Logic’s flagship reverb plug-in. Much like the Delay Designer we detailed last week, Space Designer is highly customizable with various shaping tools and the ability to create your own impulse responses.

Reverb plug-ins are basically the emulation of the way instruments sound in a particular room or space. This effect is used commonly in music production to add life to various instruments in...

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Parallels Desktop 11.0.2

Maintenance update for popular virtualization software with a number of bug fixes. ($79.99 new for standard edition, $99.99 annual subscription for Pro/Business Edition, free update for version 11 licenses, 289 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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Daniel Craig resisted Android phone placement in...

Internal Sony communications indicated that "Spectre" star Daniel Craig and the movie's director Sam Mendes were both opposed to multimillion dollar product placements for Sony or Samsung Android phones because it could tarnish the suave image of James Bond.

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State of the Site

Hi, friends of Apple World Today. 

It's the beginning of November, so I thought I'd let you know how we're doing. In one word, "better".

We are still not out of the woods yet financially, but our readership numbers are climbing at about 15 percent per month. With readership comes revenue and financial stability. Every day I thank each and every one of you who reads Apple World Today for making us one of your go-to websites for Apple news, reviews and how-tos.

The word of the month for AWT is going to be conversion. It's important that we convert readers to subscribers who are willing to throw a couple of bucks our way every month. We're still $400 per month below our minimum goal on Patreon. Why? Only a minuscule 0.36 percent of our readers are subscribers. Raise that number to 1 percent at our current average...

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Mophie debuts iPhone 6s Reserve batteries, TechLink...

With the post-launch dust now settled for the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPad mini 4, two accessory makers have released four batteries designed to fuel Apple’s latest devices. While they carry significant price premiums over top-rated batteries we’ve covered, both vendors have received Apple’s seal of approval for device compatibility.
Mophie has officially released...

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Nest Cam Review: Is Google’s Wi-Fi security cam...

It’s certainly not the only connected-security camera, but following Google’s acquisition of popular security cam maker Dropcam last year, the company has just launched a second-generation product with new features. The new product was re-envisioned by Google’s Nest team— the people building smart home accessories like the Nest thermostat and fire alarm— and in the process dropped the Dropcam branding and gained a few notable enhancements.
But is the new Nest Cam worth an upgrade from your current Dropcam setup? And how does the product compare to the other connected home security-cam and all-in-one security devices on the market? We’ve been testing out Nest Cam since its release a few weeks back to find out.

Setup is painless with the usual Wi-Fi accessory configuration process for iPhone users...

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Restrict Access To Sites On iOS Devices Using Apple...

One of the more common requests we get for iOS devices is to restrict what sites on the web that a device can access. This can be done in a number of ways. One is using the content filter option in Apple Configurator 2. The second is using a Global HTTP Proxy. We’ll cover both here, using custom profiles. Both require the device be Supervised.
Use the Content Filter
To enable the Content Filter, open Apple Configurator and click on the New menu. From there, click on Content Filter in the sidebar. You have three ways you can use the Content Filter. These include:

  • Built-in: Limit Adult Content: A basic profile that allows you to specifically whitelist and blacklist sites. This gives you very basic control of sites. Here, use the plus sign to enter a URL, as you can see here.
  • Built-in: Specific Websites Only: This option only allows certain sites, and creates a badge for each in the bookmarks list of Safari.


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Review: Logitech's Z533 computer speakers...

Logitech's 2.1-channel Z533 speaker system may not be the pinnacle of home audio, but it more than gets the job done at a very reasonable price.

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Saturday October 31

Google's self-driving cars are more cautious...

If you've got spawn traipsing through the streets of Mountain View in search of sweets tonight, you needn't fear Google's self-driving cars... much. While there's something a little unsettling about an autonomous car -- even a cute one -- coming at...

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Amazon Follows Through: Drops Apple TV, Chromecast

Hot Hardware notes that Amazon has stopped selling two pieces of hardware -- Apple TV and Google's Chromecast -- that compete with Amazon's own streaming business. (They promised to drop them a while back; not everyone though they actually would.) From the article: While some have likened this move to being anti-competitive, it's hard to grasp whether the legal system would agree. Amazon's defense is that since these devices don't support Prime Video, it doesn't want to sell products to its customers and have them assume that they will."


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Study answers lingering questions about Voyager 1 in...

Three years ago, the American Geophysical Union said the Voyager 1 probe left the solar system. NASA quickly said nope, hold your horses, we're not there yet. Then, NASA announced a year later that yes, Voyager 1 really did make it. The debate stil...

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Don’t Have Time To Make A Halloween Playlist: Use...
The week in Apple news: Apple TV now available,...

Apple headlines for the week ending Oct. 30, 2015.The new Apple TV made its debut on Friday. You can go to the Apple Store to buy one, or you can go to Best Buy. Be sure to follow our advice on the six things you need to do first with your new Apple TV. While you’re waiting for your Apple TV to set up, you can catch up on all the important Apple-related headlines here in this slideshow. Just click the link to get more information on a story.To read this article in full or...

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Researchers see evolution working faster than...

The word "evolution" tends to conjure up images of early hominids dodging predators on the veldt as they inch — agonizingly slowly — toward modern humanity. Most of those popular images of evolution are steeped in antiquity because, wel...

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A month with Nest's latest smart thermostat

Nest's programmable thermostat has just turned four, and the company marked the anniversary with the debut of its third-generation device. Four years ago, thermostats were still boring blocks stuck to your wall and while programming them was alread...

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DJI Osmo review: A hand-held stabilized camera...

Thanks to the rise of small action cameras, camera stabilizers (aka gimbals) are becoming more portable than ever. Amazon has plenty of these coming from random Chinese brands, but most are either poorly designed, or only a partial solution to your...

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Vodafone says 1,827 customers' bank details...

In what's been a big week for corporate security following the TalkTalk hack, Vodafone has confirmed that it has also been the target of a malicious attack. In a statement today, the company said that between midnight on October 28th and midday on...

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Apple's investments in infrastructure, tooling...

After spending $11.2 billion across fiscal 2015 on capital expenditures, Apple anticipates that it will ramp up its investments in manufacturing, data centers, facility and retail infrastructure to $15 billion over the next year.

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Life with my robot secretary

By Mark Wilson

This article originally appeared on Fast Company and is reprinted with permission.

I'm not important enough to have what the rich and powerful call "people." Most of us aren't. The average personal assistant is paid about $31,000 a...

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∞ The Beatles: A 5 minute drum chronology

This is phenomenal. Note that this was filmed in 4K, so ratchet the video settings up if you have gear that will support it.

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∞ Happy Halloween

Some Halloween links to spread the Halloween spirit. Have a great Halloween and be sure to save some candy for us!

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Apple and 60 Tech Companies Support the Houston...

In a recent statement, Apple urges Houstonians to vote Yes on Prop 1 to ensure everyone is treated fairly and equally under the law

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A New Twist Arises in the DOJ's Case to Force...

Last week we reported that the DOJ Filed their official reply with the Court that continued to request that Apple be required to unlock an iPhone 5s in a drug dealer case. On Friday there was another twist this story. The defendant in the case pleaded guilty prior to the scheduled court date. So will Apple still be compelled to unlock the iPhone 5s in this case? The DOJ said ...

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Make Your Bash Prompt Into A Smiling Pile Of Poo (

Did you know that bash supports emojis? So do SSIDs. Let’s run a quick and easy command so that bash can enjoy the same holiday that you’re enjoying. Let’s say the name of an emoji. To do so, open the and paste this command in:
say 💩
You can also easily edit your .bash_profile. To do so, run the `vi .bash_profile` command and paste this line in:
PS1="💩   $"
Note that I put a few spaces here, after the smiling pile of poo (which I really just like to type and verbalize while sitting next to people on airplanes). The reason for the spaces is that otherwise your text might overlap with the emoji. The $ allows me to know I’m at a prompt rather than just looking at an otherwise smiling pile of poo. Anyway, save and open a new Terminal prompt. Boom. Poo. In the Edit menu of the Terminal app, there’s an “Emoji & Symbols” option, which lets you pick many, many more emojis. So you’re not just stuck with the poo I left for you...

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Chrome OS Is Dead, Long Live Chrome OS?

Google reportedly is two years into a plan to consolidate the Chrome operating system and Android and plans to roll out a combined OS in 2017. Chromebooks running the Chrome OS have gained adoption as entry-level computers for students and as a low-cost option for a growing number of corporate customers. "Chrome OS isn't being killed," said a source familiar with the company's strategy. It has awesome momentum and we're still pursuing Chromebook partnerships, for example, and doing better than ever in U.S. schools."

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Apple Filed for Several Trademarks this Week in...

This week Apple filed for four trademarks in Hong Kong China and two in Europe as highlighted in this weekend report.

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Nissan unleashes its autonomous car prototype in...

Nissan has begun testing its Leaf-based autonomous car prototype, not on private property, but on Japanese inner city roads and highways. To be exact, the automaker wants to put its "Piloted Drive" mode (part of its Intelligent Driving System) to t...

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Medicine-covered nanoparticles could help stroke...

Doctors have been working for years on using tiny nanoparticles covered in clot busting drugs to clear blocked vessels in stroke victims. The only problem is that when a vessel is completely blocked, a lack of blood flow in the affected area is a p...

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This week on AppleInsider: Q4 triumph, Apple TV...

The last week of October was (relatively) upbeat for Apple, with blockbuster quarterly results, the launch of a redesigned Apple TV, and plans to bring Apple Pay to new countries.

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Price Guides: How our new partner Citi can help you...

AppleInsider is proud to announce that it has partnered with Citi, which offers a Double Cash Card that financially-responsible Price Guide shoppers can use to get cash back twice on their future Apple product purchases this holiday shopping season, further?sweeting deals that are often already offered at unbeatable prices.

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Friday October 30

The first 10 Apple TV games you should play

Apple's own consoleThe new Apple TV looks pretty similar to the previous version, and does most of the same things—but now it’s a game console, too. With the App Store included, now you can download a bunch of games, including iOS favorites and ports from the Mac and dedicated home consoles. And in many cases, if you already bought a game for the iPhone and iPad and it’s compatible with Apple TV, you’ll have it there free of charge. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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50 Choices For Your Halloween Party Background...

My Top 10
The Lost Boys: Thow shall not kill is still in my head from last night. Seriously, my favorite movie to throw on in the background when throwing a Halloween party. You can do this one with or without audio. It’s not so scary, it moves quick enough, and it can be watched for just a few seconds or minutes without someone becoming engrossed and not socializing. Regrettably not available on Netflix.

The Crow: An instant classic. A love story. A ghost story. So many things are kinda’ creepy and kinda’ awesome about this movie, including an amazing soundtrack. And it’s available on Netflix.

Underworld: Vampires vs werewolves. Kate Beckinsdale. Guns. Leather. Did I mention vampires vs werewolves? Available on Netflix. Basically I’d watch the whole series again. Worth it.

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​Uber shuts down in three German cities amid driver...

Surprise: Uber has having trouble in Germany, again. No, the company isn't facing another nationwide ban, but the trouble does seem to stem from a previous court decision -- apparently Uber is just having a hard time finding drivers. "For many pros...

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Find life on Mars and kill it in 'The...

Miss the character decision-driven science fiction epic of Mass Effect, but wish it had a little more of a melee focus? Pay attention to Techromancer -- it could be the spiritual successor you've been looking for. The game's developer, Spiders, doe...

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Hands-On With the New Apple TV: An Overview of Siri...

Along with an App Store, Siri voice integration and universal search are important software-based features available on the new Apple TV. With Siri voice integration, it's possible to search for content and control video playback, while universal search allows users to look for movies and TV shows across a range of different apps.

In the video below, we went hands-on with the new Apple TV to give MacRumors readers an in-depth look at how the new Siri and universal search features work in person.

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Siri is linked to universal search, as the main (and simplest) way to seek out television shows, movies, and apps on the Apple TV. Siri is able to do things like pause, rewind, and fast forward, and there are also some cool tricks. For example, asking Siri "What did he say?" during a bit of missed speech in a TV show or movie will rewind a...

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Hands-On With the New Apple TV: A Look at the tvOS...

One of the key features of the new Apple TV is the full App Store, which mirrors the iOS App Store and allows third-party developers to create a range of apps and games for the device. We went hands-on with the new Apple TV and took a look at the App Store to give MacRumors readers a better idea of how it works.

Anyone who has downloaded an iOS app on an iPhone or an iPad will be familiar with the way the tvOS App Store works. When first logging in, the Apple TV interface is rather empty, because standard apps, like Netflix, must be downloaded from the tvOS App Store. There are a wide range of games and apps already available, and we've catalogued a number of them in a list.

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Games in the tvOS App Store are controlled with the included touch-based Siri...

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Hacking Team offers encryption breaking tools to law...

Mere months after having more than 400 GB of confidential information stolen from its servers, spyware vendor Hacking Team has announced that it has resumed operations with a suite of digital tools to help law enforcement agencies get around pesky...

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Apple throws support behind Houston equal rights...

Apple on Friday issued a statement in support of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, also known as Proposition 1 or HERO, a ballot item that seeks to end multiple forms of discrimination in the Texas city.

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New Apple TV hits store shelves as first wave of...

Apple opened up preorders for the fourth-generation Apple TV on Monday, but didn’t say when the 32GB and 64GB models would be available to buy in-store. It’s unclear why the company didn’t announce a date, given that they probably want to sell a lot of products, but now it’s official: New Apple TVs are on Apple Store shelves starting right now.
Before venturing down to your local Apple Store to snag a new Apple TV, check inventory online to make sure your efforts don’t go to waste. You can select Personal Pickup to see which store has the device in stock, then reserve one and prepay for it so you can get in and out quickly....

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iPad Pro's rumored release date is Nov. 11

Apple has been teasing the November launch of the iPad Pro and its accessories, the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, since September, but hasn’t officially narrowed down that release window. Rumor has it that Nov. 11 is the big day when the Pro goes on sale online and in stores.
According to 9to5Mac, which is usually accurate when it comes to Apple’s product launch announcements, Apple is gearing up to sell its 12.9-inch tablet on Veterans Day. No word yet on whether the company will open up preorders a week early, like it did for the latest iPhones and Apple TVs.


The Apple Pencil will retail for $99 and is sold separately from the iPad Pro.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Facebook changes 'real names' policy to...

Starting in December, you will be able to change your Facebook name to match whatever identity you want—if you have a good enough reason.
On Friday, BuzzFeed reported that Facebook will soon start making changes to how it enforces its “real names” policy. Facebook users who want to use a name other than their legal name will be able to provide context and additional details as to why. Secondly, Facebook users who are reporting a profile name they believe to be fake will have to provide their reasoning. These changes will take effect in December, according to a letter Facebook released today in response to criticism by a coalition of civil rights groups.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please...

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MIT Media Lab celebrates 30 with Martha Stewart,...

MIT's Media Lab celebrated its 30th anniversary with tech visionaries including Marvin Minsky, Alan Kay and Danny Hillis.

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Hands-On With the New Apple TV: A Closer Look at the...

The new Apple TV officially became available for purchase today, with Apple selling the fourth-generation set-top box in retail stores around the world. We went hands-on with the Apple TV to give MacRumors readers who want to know more about the device a chance to get an overview of the hardware and the software.

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Apple's latest Apple TV marks a significant departure from the previous-generation Apple TV, with a thicker external design, a touch-based motion-enabled remote control that doubles as a gaming controller, and a more powerful A8 processor.

On the software side, it's running a new operating system called tvOS, which includes universal search features for finding television shows and movies across a wide variety of platforms, Siri integration for voice-based search, and a full App Store that's open to third-party developers....

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Amazon to deliver 'Call of Duty' at...

Grabbing a physical copy of a new game on day one usually means either braving an in-store midnight event or waiting through the day for a package delivery. In the case of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Amazon has an alternative: midnight delivery stra...

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Access to Past Beats 1 Radio Shows Now Limited to...

Access to Apple Music's Beats 1: Replay feature, which allows users to listen to previously broadcast Beats 1 radio shows, is now limited only to Apple Music subscribers. MacRumors readers and users on reddit have both noticed a recent change that no longer allows those without an Apple Music subscription to access Beats 1 radio segments they've missed.

According to the reddit thread, past Beats 1 radio shows became inaccessible to non-subscribers approximately two weeks ago. The Apple Music Help Twitter account has confirmed that Beats 1 Replays now require an active Apple Music subscription.

@adrow You are correct. Beats 1 replays do require that you have an active subscription with Apple Music.— Apple Music Help (@AppleMusicHelp)...

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New Apple TV incompatible with Apple's own...

As shipments of Apple's latest and greatest Apple TV reach eager customers, some may be disappointed to find Apple's Remote app for iOS and watchOS incompatible with the new model, meaning all tvOS navigation and text entry must be conducted via the included Siri Remote and onscreen keyboard.

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Custom iPhone case picks of the week: El Dia de Los...

In keeping with our Halloween theme today, here are a few spooky, scary, and otherwise great Redbubble cases and skins to protect and customize your Apple gear.

Day of the Dead  - You Haz Key

Tomorrow through November 2, Mexico and many parts of the USA celebrate Día de Muertos (or El Dia de Los Muertos), the Day of the Dead. This incredible iPhone case by artist Jimiyo caught my attention immediately. It's too late to buy it for this year, but my iPhone will be wearing this next year. On $21.04 in "snap" style or $25.25 for the extra rugged "tough" version for every iPhone since the iPhone 4.

El Dia de Los Muertos Mermaid

And what could be more charming than a beautiful mermaid ... who is dead? This whimsical, bright, and morbid iPhone case by Spanish artist...

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Majority of Google Play reviews for Apple's...

Google has struggled to attract a fraction of iOS' top-tier commercial app development for its own Android platform. The abusive language allowed in Google Play--for reviews of products the reviewer hasn't even downloaded--highlight another reason why so few developers take Android seriously as a platform.

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These Mac, iPod, & Beats products are losing...

As it does regularly with older products, Apple is about to move a bunch of Macs, iPods, and accessories to obsolete status, meaning the products will no longer be eligible for service or repair support through Apple retail stores or authorized third-party channels. So if you happen to have one of these products and need a hardware repair of some kind, you’ll have until early December to do so at an Apple Store or authorized service provider. 
The Macs getting the axe this time around include:

  • iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2009)
  • iMac (27-inch...
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AWT News Update: October 30, 2015

This frightening image captured by Hal Sherman on Periscope...

Mullets and black cats and news, oh my!

It's the last AWT News Update before Halloween, which means it's time for costumes and black cats (on the video) and some frighteningly good news:

  • The 12.9-inch iPad Pro has a delivery date
  • New iMacs (and one older model) have a new 10-bit graphics driver
  • Apple opens two security-related open source libraries to developers

The text version is below, while the video (seriously, dude - mullets and black cats!) is here.

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Marketcircle: Helping small businesses grow

Thanks to Marketcircle for sponsoring The Loop this week. Marketcircle, helping small businesses grow with amazing Mac, iPhone, Apple Watch, and iPad apps. Marketcircle is a Mac-based software company in Toronto that develops award-winning apps to help you save time, stay organized, and work happier. Serving the Apple/Mac community for over 10 years, Marketcircle’s Daylite and Billings Pro can take your business to new heights.Billings Pro is a time tracking and invoicing app that helps freelancers and small businesses create beautiful and professional invoices in as little as 60 seconds. With less time managing invoices, you have more time to focus on clients and do the work you love.New in...

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Apple TV apps come flooding out; here’s some of the...

With the fourth generation Apple TV generally available today — look for our review next week — apps are being released in droves for the revamped set-top box. Here’s a roundup of some of the ones we’ve run across.

MacPaw has unleashed three tvOS apps. Open the World is a countries and capitals quiz game. You jump through the toughest questions and see how well you know the whole world, not just your country. 

Opti is an Apple TV app that has exercises for relaxing and training your eyes. GIFtv is a gif reel app with background music from iTunes’ popular.

Harmonix Music Systems and Tilting Point have teamed up for Beat Sports. It’s a $9.99 collection of music-infused mini-games inspired by familiar sports like tennis, volleyball and golf.

Ubisoft’s Rayman Adventures...

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Rumor: Apple to release iPad Pro on November 11th

November looks to be the month where Apple releases its big gun.
Apple has been teasing the launch of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and sources have indicated that the tablet will launch on November 11th, or Veterans Day. There’s no word yet on whether the company will open up preorders a week early, like it did for the latest iPhones and Apple TVs.

The iPad Pro starts at US$799 for the 32GB Wi-Fi model, then hits US$949 for the 128GB Wi-Fi model, and tops out at US$1,079 for an 128GB version with both Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity. The Apple Pencil, which is Apple’s version of a pressure-sensitive stylus, and the Smart Keyboard will be sold separately, for US$99 and US$169,...

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Apple promo offers $50 savings on Apple Watch with...

Apple is conducting a very limited promotional offer at select Apple Store locations in California and Massachusetts that nets customers $50 off the price of an Apple Watch or Apple Watch Sport model when purchased with a new iPhone.

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Select Apple Stores offering $50 discount on iPhone...

Apple seems to be trialling small discounts on Apple Watches purchased with iPhones in certain stores. Through a store-only deal running today through November 15th, Apple is knocking $50 off the price of Apple Watches and Apple Watch Sports when bought with new iPhones, MacRumors notes. Not only is the promo not available online but it’s also being offered in select stores in just two states: California and Massachusetts.
Shoppers in other markets may not be missing out on much, however, as 9to5Toys has seen better deals from resellers previously including $80 off without the required iPhone...

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BackBox Takes Its Security Tools Seriously

BackBox Linux 4.4 is a great Linux distro for IT and other techies who want to do their own penetration tests and security assessments. The latest version, released this month, is an Ubuntu 14.04.3-based distribution that is speedy and simple to use. It is a fully functional Linux distro that comes well stocked with standard software. It runs a desktop environment based on the Xfce window manager, which makes it standard and uncomplicated to use.

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T-Mobile Rumored to Roll Out Unlimited Video

Rumors that T-Mobile plans to introduce an unlimited data plan for streaming video services circulated Thursday following a Twitter post from journalist Evan Blass, who tweets under the handle @evleaks. The company would allow unlimited high-speed data to be used to watch select streaming from services such as Netflix and HBO under its "Uncarrier 10" campaign, he suggested. The Uncarrier 10 press event will be held Nov.10 in Los Angeles.

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Apple Offering $50 Off Apple Watch With Any iPhone...

Apple has started a new limited time in-store promotion that offers customers $50 off an Apple Watch Sport or Apple Watch with the purchase of any new iPhone, including the latest iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, the company confirmed to MacRumors. Apple Watch Edition and Apple Watch Hermès models are ineligible for the discount.

The promotion is available at participating Apple Store locations in California and Massachusetts, including Burlingame, Chestnut Street, Corte Madera, Hillsdale, San Francisco and Stonestown in the Bay Area, and Boylston Street, Burlington, CambridgeSide and Chestnut Hill in the Boston metro area.

Apple confirmed that the promotion runs from October 30 through November 15, 2015, and is not available online. The deal does not require purchasing AppleCare+ or other accessories and add-ons. The offer is only valid when the qualifying iPhone and Apple Watch are purchased together on one transaction.

(Thanks, Robert!)Related...

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Last Call: Save $79 instantly on Apple's new 21...

Exclusive coupons from Apple authorized resellers Adorama and MacMall that offer AppleInsider readers instant $79 discounts on every new iMac, iMac 4K and iMac 5K configuration will expire at 11:59 on Oct 31st and will not return.

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How to control your TV volume with the new Apple TV...

The vastly improved Siri Remote that ships with the fourth-generation Apple TV includes dedicated volume buttons, which can be programmed to control volume levels on TVs and receivers, even via legacy infrared line-of-sight.

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Google Migrates Project Loon to Indonesia

Project Loon, part of Google's parent company, Alphabet, on Wednesday announced that it has signed agreements with three mobile network operators in Indonesia -- Indosat, Telkomse, and XL Axiata -- to begin tests of its balloon-powered Internet service in 2016. Only about one in three of Indonesia's 250 million residents is connected to the Internet. Project Loon will transmit signals from areas connected to an Internet ground station across several balloons in the stratosphere and back down to areas without access.

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Notable apps and app updates for October 30, 2015

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

iOS Apps and Updates

Want to pick up some scary apps before Halloween? This first pick will give you nightmares -- The Walking Dead: Road to Survival (free with in-app purchases) is based on the hit TV series and  asks you to make life and death decisions -- stay & fight the walkers or run away. It's a popular app on the App Store, and you'll be having fun for weeks delivering headshots to the walkers or using an axe (bloody, no less) for defense. 

The little ones in the household might have nightmares if you give them The Walking Dead to play, so why...

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Rumor pegs Nov. 11 launch date for Apple's iPad...

Apple is targeting a Nov. 11 launch date for the iPad Pro, including its Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard accessories, a report said on Friday.

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How-To: Make Apple TV screenshots and video captures...

At some point in the future, creating pixel-sharp screenshots, UI videos, and game recordings from your Apple TV may be as easy as hitting a button or two on the Siri Remote, but right now, the only obvious technique is a workaround. Thankfully, the workaround doesn’t require the use of Apple’s Xcode or another developer tool — all you’ll need is OS X’s built-in app QuickTime Player and a USB-C cable of your choice

The process is the same for screenshots and videos. Load QuickTime Player on your Mac using Spotlight or the Applications folder. Connect your Apple TV — still plugged into the wall and your HDTV — to your Mac using the...

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Google’s new ‘Who’s Down’ app shows which of your...

Google has just quietly released a new app on the App Store called “Who’s Down”. As you might be able to tell from its name, the app will apparently — once there are people who are actually using it — let you see which of your friends are free to hang out. Currently, the app is invite-only, so the only things we know about its functionality are from the app’s App Store screenshots…
As you can see in the images below, the app’s main functionality seems to be a quick-to-access toggle switch, letting your friends know if you’re free. Sliding the switch makes you available for three hours, and lets you pick from a list of popular activities to say you’re down for (although it seems likely that one particular thing that people are commonly “down to” do will...

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New Apple TV Tidbits: Limited App Discovery, User...

The new Apple TV officially launched today at Apple Stores and select resellers in the U.S. and other first wave countries. As customers begin receiving their new Apple TV deliveries around the world, the following are useful tidbits about the new fourth-generation device.

Apple TV Support and User Guide - Forum Discussion

Apple has updated its Apple TV Support portal for the new Apple TV, including an official Apple TV User Guide that contains detailed information about how to set up and use the streaming box. The user guide is broken down into several categories: Getting Started, Basics, Siri, iTunes, App Store, Photos, Music, Home Sharing, Search, Accessibility, Safety and more.

Apple TV apps -...

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Report: iPad Pro, Smart Keyboard, and Apple Pencil...

Enlarge / The iPad Pro and its Smart Keyboard. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

According to a report by the usually reliable 9to5Mac, Apple's new iPad Pro is slated to go on sale on Wednesday, November 11. The tablet (as well as its Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil accessories) will supposedly be available both on Apple's online store and in retail stores, so this appears to be the actual launch day and not just a pre-order date.
The new iPad looks a lot like an iPad Air 2, but it has a larger 12.9-inch 2732×2048 screen, a new Apple A9X SoC, and 4GB of RAM. Between the better specs, the larger screen, and the accessories, Apple...

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Game controller support is already better on Apple...

Right out of the box, the new fourth-generation Apple TV offers much clearer, simpler, and broader support for dedicated physical game controllers than the iPhone or iPad, even though the latter devices have featured gamepad connectivity for years.

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Apple to Start Selling iPad Pro on November 11

Apple's much-anticipated larger-screened iPad Pro will go on sale both online and in Apple retail stores on Wednesday, November 11, reports 9to5Mac. Apple has thus far remained tight-lipped on the tablet's release date, giving only a general November release timeline.

Previous rumors suggested the iPad Pro would go on sale in early November, perhaps during the first week of the month, but Apple's release plans can shift ahead of an important launch. It is not clear if the company will offer pre-orders for the device ahead of the Wednesday, November 11 launch date.

Along with the iPad Pro, Apple also plans to begin selling its accessories, the Apple Pencil and the Apple Smart Keyboard, on November 11, both online and in retail stores.

Pricing on the iPad Pro starts at $799 for the 32GB Wi...

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Apple plans to start selling the iPad Pro on...

Apple plans to start selling the 12.9-inch iPad Pro on Wednesday, November 11th via both its physical retail and online stores, according to multiple sources. Apple previously only said that the large tablet would become available during the month of November, a couple of months after the introduction in early September. The iPad Pro’s marquee accessories, the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, will also become available for purchase on November 11th. The iPad Pro starts at $799 and comes in both 32GB and 128GB configurations with WiFi only. An LTE-compatible version comes exclusively in the 128GB configuration and costs upwards of $1000. We reported earlier this week that Apple’s support staff is scheduled to complete...

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Apple opens cryptographic libraries to developers in...

Apple has opened its Security Framework and Common Crypto libraries to developers, hoping to foster tighter levels of security in third-party apps.

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Apple voices support for Houston’s Equal Rights...

Continuing its efforts in supporting various equal rights campaigns in recent years,  Apple has voiced its support for a new equal rights bill in Houston through a statement issued by the Human Rights Campaign organization. Business Houston Journal reports that the organization issued the statement below on Apple’s behalf in support of the bill known as Proposition 1, or Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), ahead of voting on the bill ending October 30.

Apple said...

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First look: Fourth-generation Apple TV with Siri...

After being unveiled in September, the revamped Apple TV today made its way into consumers' living rooms, along with the all-new Siri Remote with voice input and touchpad. AppleInsider offers a closer look at the brand new set-top box.

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Amazon follows through on threat, yanking all Apple...

Following through on a threat made earlier this month, Amazon has pulled all Apple TV hardware from its online stores, regardless of whether it was being sold by Amazon directly or third-party vendors in Amazon’s Marketplace. The removal coincides with today’s official release of the fourth-generation Apple TV, Apple’s first model to launch with an App Store full of third-party apps.
Amazon notified third-party merchants that it planned to remove both Apple TVs and...

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New 4K & 5K iMacs support 10-bit screen color...

Apple's latest Retina iMacs support 10-bit screen color, something that may be especially useful for professional photo and video editors in the future, reports said on Friday.

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∞ Apple TV Hands On: This Changes Everything

I went to Cupertino to meet with the Apple TV team yesterday, and to pick up a unit to try out for myself. What struck me about the new model was Apple’s attention to detail—this is the most “Apple” Apple TV the company has ever released. [...]

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9to5Toys Last Call: 21″ iMac (newest version) $950,...

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

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Word real-time co-authoring—a closer look

Now that Office 2016 is officially here, we are giving a special nod to one of our coolest features within the suite—real-time co-authoring. The Word team is honored to debut this new capability in Office 2016 for Windows.
We work and live in a world where collaboration can’t always happen in person and sharing ideas and information can’t always wait. In fact, a lot of real-time collaboration went into delivering this very blog post—weaving comments and content together between engineering and marketing teams located in different buildings. At times, multiple people were in the document making changes at the same time.
Real-time co-authoring in Word 2016 allows for this and, in fact, has been available since 2013, when we introduced real-time collaboration in Office Online. But with Office 2016, we take real-time collaboration to the next level by offering it within the client, delivering a ton of flexibility. In the client, users don’t need to go back and forth between...

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Video suggests Nexus 6P bends easier than iPhone 6...

There’s nothing like a little controversy when a new smartphone is launched to get people debating online. Remember ‘#scratchgate’ when the iPhone 5’s slate blue anodized finished scratched off really easily? Or last year’s iPhone 6 Plus, which some said bent really easily? Put those two hashtag-gates together and you apparently have the latest flagship Android phone. The Nexus 6P is the newest pure Android phone from Google, and is about to come under some new scrutiny from prospective buyers thanks to a video from Jerry Rig Everything on YouTube

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Apple Music Diary: Really appreciating it while my...

After a rough start and a mixed early experience, I did finally press the button on Apple Music – a decision I’m grateful for at present as my main Mac is away for repair. This diary piece is as much about that experience as Apple Music, but I will get to music, I promise …
I love a large screen on a laptop, so have stuck doggedly to my 17-inch MacBook Pro, despite the fact that it’s now four years old. It’s a maxed-out late-2011 machine that has been very heavily upgraded over the years, with 16GB RAM and 2TB of SSD storage, and consequently still offers decent...

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Fourth-gen Apple TV now available for in-store...

The new Apple TV is available for in-store pickup on Friday not only at Apple Stores, but also for some Best Buy shoppers, who previously didn't expect to have any pickups until next week.

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Clear my weekend; Alto's Adventure comes to...

In case you haven't noticed, I haven't exactly been jumping at the opportunity to spend even more of my hard-earned cash on one of the new 4th-generation Apple TVs. I just don't watch that much TV. But one announcement is making my resolve quickly fade away -- Alto's Adventure ($2.99) is now available on the big screen. 

Anyone who's played this snowboarding side-scroller with beautiful graphics and sound knows how addictive it is. Now your levels will transfer straight to the Apple TV version thanks to iCloud syncing. 

The iOS app also got a bump to version 1.2, adding support for Apple TV syncing, MFi Game Controller support, the option to move the pause button to the right side of the screen, volume sliders in the settings menu, and the all-important choice of whether or not to use helmet or chasm rescues after crashing (this will make sense to you if you play...

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Apple’s latest Android app is already getting...

Apple can’t catch a break on Android. When Apple released its first app on Google’s platform last month called Move to iOS, Android fans were quick to negatively rate the app that only existed to help people switch from Android to iPhone. To date, Move to iOS has roughly 30,000 1 star reviews to only 10,000 5 star reviews with not much happening in the middle.
Now Apple has its second Android app on the Google Play Store called Beats Pill+. It’s a companion app to Apple’s new portable Bluetooth speaker with the same name, allowing both Android and iPhone users to pair two speakers...

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Apple's Culture of Secrecy Slowing its...

Apple's strict adherence to an environment of secrecy and privacy in regards to its software and hardware development has been suggested as a major blow to the company's potential for growth in the field of artificial intelligence. In a new article by Bloomberg, Apple was noted as a non-attendee at the Neural Information Processing Systems conference, an annual confluence of companies including Google and Microsoft where researches get together to discuss the progress and development of AI technologies.

In years past, Apple has attended the conference, but its emissaries were known to keep "a low profile" during the proceedings. In the midst of a mass sharing and celebration of discoveries and findings in the world of AI, many remain unsure of the Cupertino company's continued success in such departments if it remains attached to such strict secrecy...

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The 10 best Apple TV apps to grab on day one (and...

After years of waiting, the Apple TV finally has its own App Store, and it’s already populated with a surprisingly large number of worthwhile apps and games. We’ve been testing them and looking to see what’s hot and not for day one Apple TV buyers, including some titles compatible with third-party Apple-authorized game controllers.
Here are 10 of our top early picks, plus some honorable mentions that you may want to grab anyway despite some early issues. There are even several games that support...

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Migrate Settings From Apple Configurator 1 to Apple...

The first time you open Apple Configurator 2, if you’ve been using Apple Configurator 1, your settings will be upgraded from the old sqlite3 database in Apple Configurator 1 into the Apple Configurator 2 decentralized file structure. To get started, first backup your computer. I’d recommend a clone as with certs and profiles and databases and all that fun stuff. Once you have a solid backup, open the new Apple Configurator 2 app and then click on the Next button at the Introduction screen.

At the Library Migration screen, select each of the types of data that you’d like to migrate and click on the Next button.

At the Device Backups screen, you will have the option to select any backups that should be migrated to...

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The subtle ways in which Pulp Fiction visually...

I am a huge fan of both. Amazing how many of these shots are strikingly similar. I just can’t imagine this is coincidence.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Google to launch new OS in 2017 Merging Chrome...

Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai told analysts on a call last week that "mobile as a computing paradigm is eventually going to blend with what we think of as desktop today."

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Roundup of best Apple TV apps and games

Got an Apple TV on its way? Spend a few minutes and Christian Zibreg, writing for iDownloadBlog, will give you a tour of some of the best Apple TV apps and games you can look forward to downloading.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Adobe Photoshop Fix & Mix get iOS 9 multitasking...

Adobe has updated its two main Photoshop apps for iOS, Fix and Mix, with full support for iOS 9's multitasking features, as well as the upcoming iPad Pro.

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Everything you need to know about Apple TV and game...

Serenity Caldwell does her usual awesome job laying out the details. There’s one bit in particular I found interesting, about how Apple not allowing games to require a controller. Read on.∞ Read this on The Loop

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The animated biography of Steve Jobs

This was just lovely. Watch the video below, then take a trip over to the home page to read through the time line.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Amazon pulls Google Chromcast, Apple TV units from...

If this proves anything, it’s don’t sell a product that directly competes with Amazon’s interests.
Following through on its promises to halt sales of set-top streaming devices competing with its own Fire TV lineup, Amazon on Thursday removed all Apple TV and Google Chromecast products from its online store.
In an effort to boost both its Prime Video subscriptions as well as sales of its Fire TV set top box and Fire TV Stick units, has pulled both the Chromecast and the Apple TV from its shelves.

“It’s important that the streaming media players we sell interact well with Prime Video in order to avoid customer...

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Bluetooth not working or unreliable? Here’s the fix

Another of those tips that you should bookmark and pass along. You never know when you’ll need it. In my post, there’s a TL;DR version.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Apple TV and cord cutting

Hayley Tsukayama, writing for The Washington Post:The new Apple TV, which launched this week, offers a tantalizing breakthrough: It has the potential to be the only set-top box you will need.Interesting read, plus a video that lays out some cord cutting options.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Fourth-generation Apple TV now available in assorted...

The fourth-generation Apple TV has begun to arrive in the cases of some pre-orders.
For those of you looking to put your mitts on it in person, today’s your lucky day.
Apple Store and Best Buy locations have begun selling the new fourth-generation Apple TV in the U.S. and first wave launch countries. Apple is also offering Personal Pickup in the U.S., while Best Buy is allowing customers who pre-ordered for in-store pickup to pick up their set-top boxes starting this morning as the stores open up for the day.
Best Buy, which began accepting pre-orders on Monday, had originally listed November 4th as the first date it would be on the chain...

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App Game Kit upgrade added animated 3D features, more

The Game Creators have released App Game Kit Version 2.0.15 ( The upgrade adds such new features as animated 3D features, Bullet physics support and Assimp 3D model format importing.
AppGameKit is available for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux platforms . Apps can be deployed cross platform, including on iOS, Mac OS X, Android, Windows, Blackberry, Mac and Linux systems. The pay once, royalty free price also drops down to $79.
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Apple has sold more than $1.7B in Apple Watches, and...

There are a lot of interesting tidbits in Apple’s 10-K, including patent filings, dependencies, and lots of discussion of risks in the marketplace. But if you don’t feel like digging through all the cruft, Chris O’Brien, writing for Venture Beat, did a nice job of laying out some of the highlights.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Apple's smartphone share in Japan fell 7.2...

Apple's share of smartphone shipments in Japan fell 7.2 percentage points YoY to 50 percent in the first halfof 2015 (that’s April to September), or 6.31 million units, according to a report by MM Research Institute (as noted by, a global investment newswire.

New mid-priced smartphones from Sony, Sharp and Fujitsu ate into Apple's share of the shipments, according to the research group. Sony had an 18.6 percent share of shipments in H1, the second-highest among brands. Sharp was in third place with 14.3 percent and Fujitsu had 9.3 percent. Samsung was fifth with 6.1 percent, the report said.

Smartphone will account for 75.6 percent of cell phone shipments in Japan this year, according to MM.

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Apple and the hidden challenge standing in the way...

Most of what you read about Apple’s rumored web TV service (where Apple provides both the set top box and the content) revolves around the complexities of acquiring rights. But there’s another, subtler issue that is just as critical.∞ Read this on The Loop

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With Samsung's Mobility Profitability Declining...

The Korean press is reporting today that "Industry watchers said Samsung Electronics is expected to fire up to 30 percent of its workers ...

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AppleInsider podcast talks AAPL earnings, Android...

On this week's all-new AppleInsider podcast, Neil, Mikey, and Victor discuss Apple's earnings call, Apple TV, and Nvidia deep learning artificial intelligence. Neil has tips about Wi-Fi Assist in iOS 9, and we talk about Aaron Sorkin's "Steve Jobs" and its low-performing box office numbers.

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Video game pioneer betting on the Apple Watch as the...

Video game pioneer Larry DeMar believes that the Apple Watch is the ideal platform for slot machine gaming if and when other U.S. states legalize online gambling. DeMar created the popular arcade machine game Defender, and now works on slot-machine games for casinos.
At present, online gaming for real money is legal only in New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware – and the App Store bans gambling apps. But DeMar thinks that will change, reports the Chicago Tribune.

He wants to be ready if more states legalize online gaming, something he and his brother – Steven DeMar, LED Gaming’s director of business development – believe is inevitable.

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ChargeCard, ChargeKey make it easy to charge your...

When you first see the $29 Nomad ChargeCard, you'll probably wonder what the heck it is. It's flat, black, and credit card-sized with an odd-looking prong that snaps out. Unusual, yes, but useful, as it's an ultra-thin iPhone Lightning cable.

It's designed to fit into a wallet or passport carrier just like a credit card, so you'll always have a charging/sync cable on hand. You can use the ChargeCard to charge any iPhone or iPad with a Lightning connector from any USB port. 

There's also the $24.95 Nomad ChargeKey. It performs the same function as the ChargeCard, but comes in a form factor built for connecting to a key chain. Both are made of rubber and plastic, and are slightly bendable,...

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Apple’s artificial intelligence work is being hurt...

Apple’s famed obsession with secrecy in its product development process is hampering its work in the field of artificial intelligence, say academics working in the field. Bloomberg reports that AI experts believe that lack of two-way sharing of information slows development.

“Apple is off the scale in terms of secrecy,” says Richard Zemel, a professor in the computer science department at the University of Toronto. “They’re completely out of the loop.”

Apple Maps was cited as an example of what can go wrong when AI teams within Apple are cut off from other work being done in the...

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IK Multimedia releases AmpliTube 4 for the Mac, PC

IK Multimedia has released AmpliTube 4 ( for the Mac and PC. It’s an upgrade of the guitar and bass tone studio.
It includes what IK Multimedia says is the most advanced speaker cabinet section ever developed. It also packs a new speaker modeling, five new British amplifiers, a new acoustic simulator pedal, a built-in 8-track DAW and a more.
AmpliTube 4 is available now via the IK Online Store and select music instrument retailers. It costs 149.99 or 150 Gear Credits from the AmpliTube Custom Shop.

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The New Apple TV: TidBITS Answers Your Questions

Curious about the new fourth-generation Apple TV or have one on the way? “Take Control of Apple TV” author Josh Centers answers your questions. 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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How to open and close the Notification Center in iOS...

The Notification Center provides iOS 9 users with a way to easily access all notifications―text messages, missed calls, calendar alerts, app alerts and more, compiling ‘em all in a single place. Also, in iOS 9, the iPad’s Notification Center has been split into two columns to take better advantage of its larger screen (especially that of the upcoming iPad Pro).

To open the Notification Center, put a finger atop the iPhone/iPad screen and pull down. Think of it like pulling down a window shade. To close the Notification Center, drag the handle at the bottom of its window up — or press the Home button.

When you open an app for the first time, it will ask if you’d like to receive notifications from it (assuming it supports the Notification Center). Go to Settings > Notifications to select if the app will notify you. You’re provided with several choices as to how the app will notify you.

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Office 365 news roundup

Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning and focused effort.
—Paul J. Meyer, entrepreneur and founder of Success Motivation International
It’s no secret that Office 365 is one of the fastest growing businesses in Microsoft’s long history of providing innovative technology products and services that change lives and help organizations succeed. And when Microsoft announced its first-quarter earnings last week, the numbers clearly showed that people everywhere are choosing Office 365 to enhance their personal and professional productivity.
Office 365 revenue grew nearly 70 percent in constant currency (a calculation that reconciles the...

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Fast Reports releases platform independent tool for...

Report generator creators Fast Reports have released a new version of FastReport.NET: 2015.4 The upgrade includes a list of important changes, but the main news is that report designer FastReport Online Designer is now a standalone application.

FastReport Online Designer has joined company´s cross-platform product line. Designer works on devices based on iOS, Android, iOS and Windows operating systems. It uses HTML 5 technology.
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Gartner: worldwide semiconductor spending to dip one...

Worldwide semiconductor capital spending is projected to decline one percent in 2015, to $63.9 billion, according to Gartner, Inc. ( This is a down from the 2.5 percent growth predicted in Gartner's previous quarter's forecast. The forecast for 2016 is unchanged at a 3.3 percent decline over 2015.
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You can buy the Apple TV from today in Apple Stores...

Apple has confirmed our report that the Apple TV is available in its retail stores from this morning, with Best Buy, MacMall and Target also having limited stock available for pickup starting today.
Apple has sent an email to some customers promoting the 4th-generation Apple TV as ‘the future of television,’ highlighting apps, Siri remote and the new user interface. Apple’s email contains links to both the online store and retail store-...

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Kool Tools: Better Finder Rename for OS X’s A Better Finder Rename 10, the latest version of their batch file renaming solution for Mac OS X, adds improved preview, change highlighting, a new look and a multi-step renaming interface.
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If Pages is too limiting for your print projects,...

For the past couple of years, Chronos’ PrintLife has offered a reasonable alternative to Apple’s own Pages when it comes to designing print. However, version 3.0 sports a completely redesigned the user interface which makes the software even easier to use (and it was pretty darn easy to start with).

PrintLife can help you jump start a variety of printing projects such as greeting cards, collages, labels, letterhead, gift tags, contact summaries, certificates, photo pages, CD labels, raffle tickets, fax covers, activity lists, flyers, postcards, jewel cases, file folder tabs, invoices, activity summaries, invitations, posters, envelopes, name badges, contact lists, and menus. It packs an artwork collection that’s over 7.6 GB and includes 145 kits (called “iScrapKits”) containing over 5,100 graphics. All of the artwork has a resolution of 300 dpi.

So what’s new with PrintLife 3’s interface? The Smart Inspector has been replaced with dedicated inspectors in a sidebar for...

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Thursday October 29

The Week in iPhone Cases: Spigen's Thin Fit..., two new crystal-clear cases, and more!This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases includes a plethora of options from More, Caseology, OtterBox, and more. Read on!Bianca MoscaHandcrafted in France, the Alligator (iPhone 6/6s; $395) features real gator leather straight from the source: Louisiana. You can pick between a number of colors and patterns.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Apple Usurps Oracle As the Biggest Threat To PC...

AmiMoJo writes: According to data from Secunia, Apple's software for Windows is now the biggest threat to PC security, surpassing previous long term champion Java. Among U.S. users, some 61 percent of computers detected running QuickTime did not have the latest version. With iTunes, 47 percent of the installations were outdated versions. There were 18 vulnerabilities in Apple QuickTime 7 at the time of the study. Oracle has now fallen/risen to 2nd place, followed by Adobe. All three vendors bundle automatic updater utilities with their software, but users seem to be declining new versions. Update fatigue, perhaps?


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Video games are pretty lazy in their portrayal of...

It's reported that one in three troops returning home from war are being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress symptoms. If you look at video games, those numbers are probably exponentially higher considering the events characters endure while savin...

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Best Buy to Begin In-Store Sales of New Apple TV...

Best Buy will begin selling the new fourth-generation Apple TV in its retail stores beginning tomorrow. The retailer is also allowing customers who pre-ordered for in-store pickup to pick up their set-top boxes starting tomorrow morning as the stores open up for the day.

While Best Buy began accepting pre-orders for the new Apple TV on Monday, it originally listed November 4 as the date when customers would be able pick them up in stores. Several MacRumors readers who pre-ordered began receiving notices tonight letting them know their purchases would be ready for pickup tomorrow, nearly a week early.

Apple retail stores around the world will also be offering the Apple TV, and in countries where October 30 has already rolled around,...

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Apple launches new Beats Pill+ apps for iOS and...

Apple on Thursday issued its first ever synchronized iOS and Android app release in a remote control and setup app for its Beats Pill+, the first Bluetooth speaker to come out of Beats since the company was acquired by Apple in 2014.

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Adobe updates Photoshop Mix & Fix w/ iOS 9 Split...

Adobe today has rolled out updates to a pair of its iOS apps, adding support for features introduced in the latest version of Apple’s operating system. Adobe Photoshop Fix and Adobe Photoshop Mix have both been updated this evening, the former being bumped to version 1.1 and the latter to version 2.1.

The changelogs for both updates are identical. Adobe has added support for iOS 9 multitasking to Photoshop Fix and Photoshop Mix. This means that both apps now support iOS 9’s Split View multitasking feature, allowing users to use Adobe’s apps on one half of their display and another app on the other half.
The updates also both add iPad Pro support. With the...

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Can’t win for winning: Apple doom coming any day

Apple reported record-breaking results again and its precipitous slide to doom could not be any more imminent.
“Apple’s best days are behind it, says top analyst” (Tip o’ the antlers to @BradSkid.)

Just hours before Apple is set to report quarterly earnings, one top Internet analyst said the tech company’s best days are behind it.

That’s great timing if you want to get on the news, not so good timing if you want to be accurate.
“Ehhh, I don’t have all the facts but I’m pretty sure I know what I’m twerking about. … Talking. I meant to say ‘talking’. What did I say?”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Weather Channel app update brings more contextual...

There are times when your iPhone’s native Weather app just doesn’t cut it, like when you want to know whether to expect a light drizzle or a torrential downpour. There are plenty of weather app alternatives, but the stalwart Weather Channel just overhauled its iOS app to be your first destination for weather news.

Weather Channel

The Weather Channel’s app update puts the information you want up front.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Siri search coming to Apple Music on the Apple TV...

Apple mentioned during the earnings call on Tuesday that the Apple TV, which just went on sale, would indeed get Apple Music at launch. But while you can use Siri to search Apple Music on your iPhone, that feature won’t be supported on the Apple TV until “the beginning of next year,” Apple told BuzzFeed News.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please...

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Early Apple TV reviews agree the streaming puck isn...

The fourth-generation Apple TV isn’t all that different from other streaming set-top boxes. While Apple hails it as the “future of TV,” the word from early reviews of the streaming puck indicate that the Apple TV holds plenty of potential, but isn’t quite revolutionary. Yet.
The Apple TV is no replacement for cable, though we’re getting closer (and Cupertino is reportedly working on a streaming subscription service). It’s the most expensive streaming device of its kind, with a 32GB version costing $149 and a 64GB model going for $199. It’s not the only set-top box to support apps or voice search. But it does replicate the ease of using an iPhone on your TV screen, and seems well on its way to doing a whole lot more....

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Project Loon, Oracle security, Samsung profits - The...

Project Loon takes off in Indonesia, Oracle touts new security measures embedded in silicon and a balloon will take you to the edge of space for a price.

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Fly to the edge of space on a balloon with a bar

World View hopes to have commercial flights ready for 2017.

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Apple ceases iOS 9.0.2 code signing after iOS 9.1...

Following the release of iOS 9.0.2 last week, Apple on Thursday stopped signing code for iOS 9.1 on compatible devices, prohibiting users from downgrading to the older operating system version.

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Google to fold Chrome OS, Android together into new...

After two years of exploration work, Google is said to be "folding" its web-based Chrome OS into its mobile Android platform, creating a single operating system strategy that it expects to unveil in 2017.

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The 'Apple Watch' is the Most Recognized...

According to a new Kantar report, 92% of consumers on a panel connected Apple to the category, far more than any other brand.

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Following release of iOS 9.1, Apple no longer...

A little more than a week after it released iOS 9.1 to the public, Apple today has stopped signing iOS 9.0.2. This means that users are no longer able to downgrade from iOS 9.1 to iOS 9.0.2, which was initially released almost exactly a month ago.

For Apple, it’s normal for the company to stop signing an older version of iOS when it releases an update to the public. In Apple’s eyes, any bugs that were present in iOS 9.0.2 have since been fixed with iOS 9.1, making it the more stable and secure option for the average user.
Of course, the more likely reason for Apple to stop singing iOS 9.0.2 is to block the...

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Apple TV Reviews: Kinda Buggy, Kinda Great

The latest version of Apple's streaming media set-top box, expected to hit U.S. retail stores on Friday, has gathered a bundle of mixed early reviews. Some reviewers saw great potential in the $149 diminutive black box designed to pump movies, TV shows, games and apps from the Internet to a television set. Others found plenty to criticize. "Functionally, it's the biggest change we've seen to Apple TV since its introduction," Ross Rubin, principal analyst with Reticle Research.

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New Apple TV supports 3DTV content, games already in...

It appears Apple's fourth-generation Apple TV is capable of displaying 3DTV content on compatible sets, as a third-party developer on Thursday released one of the first 3DTV-enabled titles to hit the new tvOS App Store.

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AWT News Update: October 29, 2015

Stories from both sides of the pond on today's AWT News Update!

  • Apple has petitioned the Supreme Court to have the 2013 guilty verdict on antitrust and conspiracy charges heard (did you catch the visual joke in the thumbnail photo for this post? The Supremes? Get it? Never mind...)
  • iPad Pro is coming soon! Training for AppleCare support staff is underway and will finish by November 6.
  • BBC has confirmed that iPlayer will be available "soon" for the new Apple TV
  • Siri will be coming to Apple Music on Apple TV in early 2016

The text version is back today (see below) and here's video of the podcast recording!

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Amazon yanks Apple TV and Chromecast from digital...

Making good on promises to halt sales of set-top streaming devices competing with its own Fire TV lineup, Amazon on Thursday removed all Apple TV and Google Chromecast products from its online store.

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Apple releases its second Android app for managing...

Apple has published a new app for controlling and managing its Beats Pill+ speaker. Notably, this cross-platform release is the second Android app the company has released, following up on the Move to iOS app.

The app includes features that allow multiple users take control of the music playing from one speaker, or use two speakers to achieve a higher volume level than one speaker can output. Dual speakers can also be put into a stereo mode that uses one speaker as the left channel and the other as the right channel.
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Apple's secrecy hampering AI development,...

Apple's intense levels of secrecy are preventing the company from making real leaps in the quality of its artificial intelligence, a report said on Thursday.

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IDC: For the Fourth Straight Quarter Worldwide...

Yesterday we reported on the top 5 smartphone vendors and today IDC is reporting on the top five tablet vendors for Q3 2015. The report notes that the worldwide tablet market recorded lower shipments for the fourth straight quarter ...

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Apple has apparently sold almost $1.7 billion of...

In examining Apple’s annual SEC filing, the folks at VentureBeat found that the Apple Watch, which didn’t go on sale in the U.S. until April 10, still accounted for more than 100 percent of the year-over-year growth in net sales of “Other Products.” 

Other Products -- which includes, among other things, the Apple TV and the iPod -- grew from $8.379 billion in 2014 to $10.067 billion in 2015. That means Apple has sold at least $1.688 billion worth of Apple Watches, notes VentureBeat. However, as the statement implies, the actual figure is higher in a category that was dragged down by falling iPod sales. 

“If that pace can be maintained, it’s reasonable to think Apple Watch could be at least a $5 billion business in this current fiscal year,” VentureBeat adds.


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Apple seeds OS X 10.11.2 beta to public testers

Two days after Apple seeded the first OS X 10.11.2 beta to developers for testing, the company on Thursday issued a build to consumers taking part in the public beta program.

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Apple Releases First OS X 10.11.2 El Capitan Beta to...

Apple today seeded the first beta of OS X 10.11.2 El Capitan to public beta testers, just days after releasing the first beta to developers and just over a week after the public launch of OS X El Capitan 10.11.1.

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

It's not yet known what improvements the latest update to OS X El Capitan will bring, but it's likely to include bug fixes, security enhancements, and performance improvements to address issues discovered since the release of OS X 10.11.1. Apple's release notes for the first developer beta asked testers to focus on...

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First look: SteelSeries Nimbus wireless controller...

Online buyers of the new fourth generation Apple TV get a "personalized" recommendation to also buy the SteelSeries Nimbus, a wireless video game controller designed to enhance gameplay on the new device with physical joysticks, a D-pad and buttons. Although it won't be required for standard play on any games, it is needed for multiplayer gaming.

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Apple wants the Supreme Court to dismiss ebook...

Apple has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an appellate court decision that found the company conspired with five publishers to increase e-book prices, reports Reuters. The Cupertino, California-based company wants the high court to review a June ruling that favored the U.S. Department of Justice, and found the company liable for engaging in a conspiracy that violated federal antitrust laws.

Reuters reports that Apple, in its petition, said the June decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York contradicted Supreme Court precedent and would "chill innovation and risk taking.” "The Second Circuit's decision will harm competition and the national economy," Apple wrote.

If upheld, the decision would force Apple to pay consumers $450 million under a 2014 settlement with 33 state attorneys general and consumers that was contingent on the company's...

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Apple asks Supreme Court to dismiss ebook antitrust...

Apple has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an appellate court decision that found the company conspired with five publishers to increase e-book prices, reports Reuters ( The Cupertino, California-based company wants the high court to review a June ruling that favored the U.S. Department of Justice, and found the company liable for engaging in a conspiracy that violated federal antitrust laws.
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Apple begins delivering 4th-gen Apple TV, launches...

The first online orders of the new Apple TV are beginning to reach customers, just as Apple is officially launching the device's App Store and seeding the finished version of tvOS.

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AmpliTube 4 for Mac

AmpliTube 4 is a guitar and bass tone studio for Mac/PC that works as a standalone application and as a plug-in for your favorite DAW. AmpliTube recreates the entire guitar/bass signal chain from instrument to recording device, and does so in a very realistic and intuitive way. But it also does it in ways you never dreamed possible.AmpliTube has been around for years and is one of the best amp software packages on the market. I’m looking forward to trying this out.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Apple TV 4 Deliveries Begin as Apple Releases Final...

Customers who pre-ordered the Apple TV and opted for one-day shipping have begun receiving their devices in New Zealand, where it is just after 9:00 a.m. local time. Deliveries will begin soon in Australia and countries in Asia, before expanding to Europe and the United States.

Those who pre-ordered their Apple TVs on Monday can expect to begin receiving them at the end of this week and the beginning of next week, as not choosing one-day shipping largely offered delivery estimates of November 2 to November 4.

Apple's retail stores will also begin selling the Apple TV on Friday, October 30. The first customers in Australia should be able to pick up an Apple TV in the next few hours.

As customers begin receiving their Apple TVs, Apple has officially launched the tvOS operating system for the device to allow those with developer and review units to update to the publicly released version. Following the update to the official tvOS software, users are able to access...

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Apple TV apps now appearing in tvOS search as first...

The first Apple TV shipments have started rolling out to customers in preparation for the device’s launch later this week. As seen in the screenshot above, users are now seeing their shipment statuses updated on Apple’s website.
At the same time, Apple has now enabled users with pre-release hardware to search for and find tvOS apps, though the platform’s dedicated App Store has yet to officially launch…

As you can see in the tweet below, app search is now fully functional despite the current lack of an actual store from which to install them. Search is powered by Siri and the new...

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Apple VP Eddy Cue Talks about a Future Apple TV...

Apple TV goes on sale tomorrow and the sales blitz is on. Earlier today Mossberg gave Apple TV a glowing review and now CNNMoney's Brian Stelter interviewed Apple's Senior VP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue. One of the more interesting points made by Cue was on Apple TV being more than just TV because it could also be interactive.

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Apple asks US Supreme Court to toss ruling upholding...

Apple has formally asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a lower appeals court ruling from June, which upheld a judgment that Apple violated antitrust laws in its 2010 e-book dealings with publishers.

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Apple Pencil to Ship With Adapter for Charging With...

Apple's upcoming iPad Pro accessory, the Apple Pencil, will now ship with an adapter that will allow it to charge using a standard Lightning cable, reports 9to5Mac. The Apple Pencil, which has a Lightning connector on the end for charging, was originally designed to charge by plugging into the bottom of the iPad Pro.

With the adapter, which will fit over the Apple Pencil's Lightning connector, it will also be able to charge using a regular Lightning cable. This will expand the number of ways the Apple Pencil can be charged and it will alleviate concerns about potential damage to the Apple Pencil from being knocked or bent while plugged into an iPad Pro.

The iPad Pro appears to be on track for a launch in the first weeks of November. AppleCare employees and retail staff are currently receiving training on the new larger-screened...

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Element 14 to Bake Custom Raspberry Pi's

Element14 on Tuesday revealed an exclusive agreement to offer OEM customers bespoke designs based on the Raspberry Pi platform. Raspberry Pi -- which has seen success in the educational and maker fields -- is targeting commercial manufacturers and the Internet of Things, signing up Premier Farnell through the latter's element14 brand to customize its boards. Customizations will include reconfiguring the Raspberry Pi board layout, adding functionality, redesigning the interfaces, and changing board and memory configurations.

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iPad Pro: AppleCare staff given Nov. 6 training...

Ahead of the iPad Pro’s launch in November, sources have shared a couple of tidbits regarding launch plans for the device. We are told that Apple this week has started training its AppleCare support staff to become familiar with troubleshooting the larger tablet. Apple typically prepares its support network on major new products in the couple of weeks prior to the device’s launch. Apple is asking its support centers to complete their training by Friday, November 6th, which indicates that the iPad Pro is likely still on track for the early November launch we previously discussed.


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Apple Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Overturn Guilty...

Apple is asking the United States Supreme Court to overturn the 2013 U.S. Appellate Court ruling that found the company guilty of conspiring with publishers to inflate the prices of e-books, reports Reuters.

Apple's petition comes following the loss of a June appeal where the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld the guilty verdict and maintained Apple violated antitrust laws and colluded with five publishers - HarperCollins, Simon and Schuster, Hachette Book Group, Macmillan, and Penguin - to fix e-book prices and unreasonably restrain trade.Apple in its petition said the June decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York contradicted Supreme Court precedent and would "chill innovation and risktaking."

"The Second Circuit's...

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Notable apps and app updates for October 29, 2015

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

iOS Apps/Updates

The Weather Channel is a huge source of information and forecasts for anyone who is interested in weather, and today it updated its free (with in-app purchases) iPhone app. Note that the in-app purchases take away ads in the app for a year, probably a worthwhile purchase if you use this app a lot. 

Now, I'm one of those people who uses Siri dictation to enter a lot of messages and text on my iOS devices, but if you insist on using a keyboard, you might want to look at Swype (US$0.99 with in-app purchases). It...

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Popular iPhone camera app VSCO launches new GIF...

Photography-focused startup Visual Supply Co. on Thursday launched a new app entirely exclusive to iOS: DSCO, a quick and easy way to make animated GIFs on your iPhone.

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Mossberg Gives Apple TV a big Thumbs up due to Siri...

Walt Mossberg, Re/code's editor-at-large shares his review of the new Apple TV. Mossberg thinks that Siri ...

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Former OS X chief Bertrand Serlet offers a new peek...

Former OS X chief Bertrand Serlet is finally ready to talk about his cloud startup UpThere after founding the company in 2011. While Sertlet isn’t completely taking the wraps off the company he assembled after leaving Apple four years ago, UpThere is opening a beta for its cloud service today following nearly three years of silence. The service is said to be similar to iCloud, Dropbox, and similar cloud solutions, but UpThere’s strategy is fast access to data stored online and not syncing content across devices. The beta will preview two products coming down from UpThere… While UpThere’s site has been updated beyond the hiring page first seen in 2012 to further explain their mission and take sign ups for the beta, it’s an interview between Bertrand Serlet and ...

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Eddy Cue dodges questions about original TV content...

In a TV interview posted on Thursday, Eddy Cue -- Apple's senior VP for Internet Software and Services -- dodged questions about original programming, while downplaying the possibility of using the new Apple TV as a cord-cutting option.

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Apple launches first public beta of iOS 9.2

On the heels of the developer release, the first public beta of iOS 9.2 was made to members of Apple's voluntary testing community on Thursday.

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Apple releases first iOS 9.2, OS X 10.11.2 builds...

Update: Apple has also today released the first OS X 10.11.2 El Capitan beta build to public beta testers. This build follows the public launch of OS X 10.11.1 last week. You can sign up to join the public beta program on Apple’s beta testing website
Following this week’s release to developers, Apple has seeded the first version of iOS 9.2 to public beta testers. The update brings some important changes to the Safari View Controller, which serves as the in-app browser for many apps in iOS 9.
Those changes include the ability to reload a page without content blockers and...

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Sony Talks VR and 2016 Games in Paris

While Microsoft has been driving home the potential hits it has for the holidays, Sony has sat silent. That changed this week at Paris Games Week, when Sony set the tone for the next year or so by touting 21 games, mostly exclusives, poised to redefine the PlayStation 4 experience. It's what PlayStation fans have been waiting for -- a listing of completely new games. At its first-ever appearance at Paris Games Week, the company put on a console-selling show that evidenced the potential of the latest PlayStation and the upcoming PlayStation VR headset.

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Apple, U2 ride the Experience Bus with a VR music...

Apple and their musical buddies, U2, has teamed up for a virtual reality, 360-degree music video for “Song for Someone,” a song off the band’s Songs of Innocence album. 

The music video is part of a larger Apple Music partnership with U2 called the Experience Bus, “which is basically an environment at concerts for U2 fans to come strap on Oculus headsets a’” music video and experience it alongside other fans,” according to TechCrunch. As you're watching the video, you get to interact with U2 as if you're standing on the e-stage as they perform. You also see other fans singing the song, too -- presumably sourced from several months ago when fans were invited to send the band videos of themselves singing the song....

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Adele is Back on Top with her Smash Hit 'Hello...

The new video from music star Adele called 'Hello' has already attracted well over 93 million views on YouTube.

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Apple Releases First iOS 9.2 Beta for Public Beta...

Earlier this week, Apple seeded the first beta of iOS 9.2 to developers, just under a week after the public release of iOS 9.1. As of today, Apple is also making iOS 9.2 available to its public beta testers.

Beta testers who have signed up for Apple’s beta testing program will receive the iOS 9.2 update over-the-air after installing the proper certificate on their iOS device.

Those who want to be a part of Apple’s beta testing program can sign up to participate through the beta testing website, which gives users access to both iOS and OS X betas. Because iOS 9.1 was just released, it will likely be a month or more before we see the public release of iOS 9.2.

iOS 9.2 fixes several bugs in the operating system and it includes other under-the-hood enhancements. According to...

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Appeals court refuses immediate ban on NSA metadata...

The National Security Agency's collection of phone metadata will be allowed to continue during the 180-day wind-down period authorized by Congress in June, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Thursday.

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SXSW’s GamerGate debacle shows it’s clueless on...

Wired:Although South By Southwest has long been one of digital culture’s foremost summits, recent events suggest it’s time to re-assess that. SXSW’s organizers have publicly foundered over some of the event’s programming on online harassment—undoubtedly one of the most important and complex topics facing digital culture today. And that they’ve messed this up so monumentally exposes a fundamental problem with the very events that purport to champion the issue.This may seem too “inside baseball” and uninteresting but it’s actually an important issue on many fronts – it’s about the continuing and vehement online harassment of women by cowards and the companies and organizations, like SXSW, who don’t have the courage to stand up to that same harrassment themselves....

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The Apple Store in Dubai's Mall of the Emirates...

We reported earlier this month that Apple would be opening two new stores in Dubai on October 29 and voila – we see that Apple has done just that by the great photo that ...

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Few folks care if their music service is championed...

Drake’s recent hit, Hotline Bling, is exclusively available on Apple Music, but according to a recent study by Vennli, only 15 percent care if their service is championed by big-name celebrities. However, 96 percent of music streaming users strongly agree that it’s important for their services to have a large music selection, according to the SaaS (software as a service) growth strategy platform.

With artists voicing their allegiances to different streaming platforms, the market may become fragmented, and services could struggle to win over consumers if no one platform has every artist. What’s more, YouTube Red will launch tomorrow, joining a crowded market of paid, ad-free music streaming services. 

However, new data from Vennli reveals that 22 percent of consumers currently using a free music streaming service plan to switch to a paid model, pointing to a substantial opportunity to snap up new premium members...

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Eddy Cue talks new Apple TV, says 20 million...

With the new Apple TV shipping to customers and expected to hit stores tomorrow, Eddy Cue, the head of Apple’s Internet services, is talking up the latest set-top box in a new interview with CNN Money.
In the demo, Cue relates the new Siri Remote’s touchpad to using multitouch on iPhones and iPads. This allows tvOS, the software running on the new Apple TV, to become a platform for what Cue calls an “app ecosystem” as we’ve seen explode on iOS. Cue says Apple believes the same explosion will take place on television next.
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4th-gen Apple TV reviewers love Siri as a TV helper

Tomorrow is the day that pre-orders of the new, fourth-generation Apple TV will arrive, and Apple Stores will have the new unit in stock. So should you pull out the credit card and buy one? We can't tell you what to buy -- or not -- but we can let you know what the other folks who are doing reviews of the device are saying. To start off, this video review by Nilay Patel over at The Verge is excellent:

What are other bloggers saying? Mashable's Christina Warren (a TUAW alumnus!) said that setup is a snap if you have an iOS device with iOS 9.1 installed as you can "use the Bluetooth connection from your iPhone or iPad to share information such as iCloud and iTunes account preferences and your WiFi password". 

BuzzFeed loves the new Siri Remote, saying it's a big improvement over the previous Apple TV remote. The ability to ask Siri to find content is great, but the reviewer (John...

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22 percent of smartwatch owners plan to use it for...

New data from Parks Associates ( reveals home controls and automation are key use cases in the smart watch market, as more than one in five U.S. broadband households that own or plan to buy a smart watch intend to use this device for these applications. The research group notes that more than 80 percent of smartphone/tablet users who own at least one smart home device have downloaded mobile apps for these devices.
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ScreenFlow 5.0.3

Adds support for OS X 10.11 El Capitan and fixes a number of bugs. ($99 new, free update, 52 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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Wednesday October 28

The Week in Mac Apps: Turn every photo into art with... plenty of other productivity utilitiesThis week's roundup of new Mac apps features tools for image and photo management, utilities that streamline how you spend time at your desk, and a great way to safely share files with everyone.The Clock 3.0.1Let developer Fabrice Leyne’s $5 The Clock (Mac App Store Link) give you the time of day—and then some.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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