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Tuesday April 5

07:40
Following Apple’s lead with iMessage, WhatsApp rolls...

Although the battle over encryption between the FBI and Apple has currently subsided, the issue of privacy and security in technology continues. Today, WhatsApp is announcing that all messages, photos, phone calls and videos sent over its messaging app will be encrypted end-to-end. This means that no one can access any communications apart from the people in the conversation. This means if WhatsApp is subpoenaed by government for information, WhatsApp will not be able to help them as it simply cannot help them.
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07:30
DoBox Kickstarter: A portable wireless dock

Despite having had a string of bad luck with crowdfunded projects, I'm still a huge fan of Kickstarter and Indiegogo One of the latest concepts to catch my attention is DoBox, a portable wireless dock for Apple devices. The DoBox project is currently 62% funded with 25 days to go, and this is one project that I think a lot of Apple fans will be excited about.

The DoBox features a micro-USB port to charge it, as you can take it anywhere with you to charge up your iOS devices with an internal 5000 mAh Li-ion battery. Next, there's a 3.5mm jack for headphones or speakers, an HDMI output for connecting your iPad or iPhone to any monitor, a pair of USB ports, and even an Ethernet connection. What would you need an Ethernet port for? Well, DoBox is also a Wi-Fi router. There's also a micro-SDHC card reader, and 32GB of internal storage for those movies or...

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07:26
France competition watchdog says Apple owes carriers...

According to a report from BFM.TV (via iphone.fr), France’s Directorate General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (DGCCRF) has launched a case before a court in Paris claiming Apple owes 48.5 million euros. The complaint points to clauses in contracts Apple has with mobile operators in the country that the DGCCRF, a governing body under the Ministry of Finance, claims are illegal and essentially provide Apple with too much power over the carriers.
The DGCCRF outlined 10 clauses in Apple’s contracts specifically that it wants the company to remove. The clauses relate to stipulations Apple enforces including the amount of product carriers must order, advertising requirements, mobile plans and other guidelines the carriers must follow in order to sell iPhones. Other clauses relate to Apple’s permission to use...

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07:24
Security hole in iOS 9.3.1 could offer access...

If you’re running iOS 9.3.1 and gave Siri access to your Twitter information as well as yourContacts or Photos, this is something worth looking into.
A video surfaced online yesterday purporting to show a vulnerability in iOS 9.3.1 that allows anyone to access photos and contacts on a locked iPhone without having to enter a passcode.
The YouTube video, uploaded by Jose Rodriguez, depicts a user performing a Siri search followed by a series of relatively simple steps, one of which involves 3D Touch, limiting the exploit to iPhone 6s and 6s Plus devices.

The procedure starts by invoking Siri on the locked phone by holding the home button or using the “Hey, Siri” function, and then asking the personal assistant to...

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07:23
Lawrence Livermore Lab Buys Brainy IBM Supercomputer


IBM last week announced that Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has purchased its TrueNorth processor-based cognitive computing platform. The purchase included an end-to-end ecosystem and a multisocket host node. The lab will build a supercomputer based on the platform to see how neural networks might be used in the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration's cybersecurity program. The NNSA's Advanced Simulation and Computing Program will conduct general computing feasibility studies using the supercomputer.

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07:12
Apple Granted 63 Patents Today Covering an Electro-...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 63 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover an iSight camera module that incorporates a solid-state electro-optic variable aperture to provide iDevices with improved focusing and greater depth of field. Apple was granted a second camera related patent today for ...

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07:03
Apple Pay now supported by Barclays, all major UK...

Apple appears to have locked down Barclays and the major UK banks for Apple Pay.
Barclays has announced that the bank has finally gone live and launched its support for Apple’s mobile payments service. This means that every major bank in the UK now supports Apple Pay, a big win for a country that already has wide availability of contactless merchant terminals in many stores.
Barclays customers can open the Wallet app on their iPhone and configure Apple Pay for their account on any iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and the new iPhone SE.

Users can also configure Apple Pay to the Apple Watch, allowing customers with older iPhones to use Apple Pay through their wearable. To set up Apple Pay for Apple Watch, open the Watch app on the paired iPhone and follow the...

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06:02
HP Introduces the Thinnest Notebook on the Market...

Yesterday we posted a report titled "HP Unveils New Notebooks Tomorrow with the Hope of Stealing the Innovation Thunder away from Apple." 24 hours later and HP has launched the new HP Spectre, the world's thinnest laptop.

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05:38
STARZ premieres subscription streaming app for iOS...

Cord-cutters, take note. STARZ has launched its “STARZ” digital retail service, providing STARZ streaming subscriptions directly to consumers and offering what the company says is the first-ever download capabilities from a premium pay TV streaming service.

For $8.99 per month, you can have access to more than 2,400 selections each month, including STARZ series ranging from “Outlander,” “Power” and the upcoming “American Gods” and other TV content, to Hollywood hits and movies including Avengers: Age of Ultron and, later this year, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In celebration of the launch of the new STARZ app, the second installment premiere episode of the STARZ hit series, “Outlander,” will be made available beginning April 7 for streaming and download in advance of its official premiere on STARZ on April 9 at 9PM ET/PT.

The standalone “STARZ” service allows for up to four...

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05:23
Zixi introduces cloud-based video over IP services

Zixi (www.zixi.com) — which specializes in broadcast quality contribution, management, and distribution — has debuted ZixiFY, a new cloud-based content delivery platform for “the highest quality contribution to a content distribution network (CDN).”
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05:13
Smile Launches TextExpander.com with apps for Mac,...

Smile, the developer of productivity applications for Mac, iPad and iPhone, has launched TextExpander.com, which provides a way to share snippets across a team, along with new app versions: TextExpander 6 for Mac, TextExpander 4 for iPhone and iPad, and the new TextExpander for Windows beta.
TextExpander keeps your snippets current on all your devices and lets you easily share and manage snippets across whole teams. New sharing options let you share the wealth of knowledge stored in your snippets. For sharing management across a team of users, you can set up a TextExpander Organization.
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05:00
Here’s a video of Apple’s ‘next gen’ retail store

Apple retail stores are trendsetters within the larger retail industry. They’re also highly successful, earning top spot among U.S. retailers for sales per square foot.

For months, Apple enthusiasts and other interested parties have been waiting for the opening of the “next generation” Apple Store. Well, it’s here.

The anticipated store just opened in Germantown, Tennessee (Germantown is a suburb of Memphis). Field Agent, which specializes in location-specific auditing and research, dispatched several Agents to the new Apple retail store. Here's a video from a visit to the store, as well as some other feedback from their trips.

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04:38
Barclays finally adds support for Apple Pay

While Apple Pay has been available in the U.K. since July of 2015, one of the biggest banks in the country hasn't offered its customers the ability to use their credit cards with the touch-free payment system. Until now. Barclays has finally added support.

Barclays cardholders can set up Apple Pay through the Wallet app on iOS 8.1 or later. Bank-issued cards can be scanned or added manually by tapping the "Add Credit or Debit Card" option. Apple’s mobile payment system is also supported at Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, M&S Bank, MBNA, Nationwide, NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander, Tesco Bank, TSB, and Ulster Bank in the United Kingdom.

Apple Pay is compatible with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, and Apple Watch.

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04:28
Apple’s only retail store in Iowa is getting a major...

The Apple Store at Jordan Creek Town Center in West Des Moines, Iowa, is getting a major makeover,” according to The Des Moines Register. It’s Apple’s only retail store in the state.

Apple is taking over the former Brookstone space to its west, and the Clarks shoe store to the east. The expansion will nearly triple the size of the often crowded store. Apple will be temporarily housed in a space across from the construction in a storefront formerly occupied by New York & Company, which recently closed, Randy Tennison, general manager of the mall, told the Register.

Construction on the new Apple Store will take about five months, he added.A building permit issued by West Des Moines listed the value of the construction project at $3 million. The new store will be about 7,160 square feet. There's no word yet on whether...

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04:25
Apple Granted a Patent for Synchronized, Interactive...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple patent 9,305,402 today which covers a highly advanced synchronized and interactive augmented reality (AR) display...

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04:19
Fundraising campaign underway for Apple engineer...

Longtime Apple engineer, François Jouaux, 46, of Woodside, California, died Sunday when an allegedly drunken driver crossed the double-yellow line on La Honda Road in Woodside and hit him head-on, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Francois worked more than 20 years at Apple, most recently as a manager of a team within the Maps group. There’s a fundraising campaign for Jouaux’s family to help with the immediate expenses they will face and to providing a memorial for him.

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04:00
Drobo adds secure remote access with myDrobo, Drobo...

Owners of Drobo devices already know just how powerful the BeyondRAID boxes are, but until now, it’s been difficult to access all of that storage securely from a remote location. Today Drobo announced myDrobo and DroboAccess, two services for Drobo 5N and Drobo B810n Network Attached Storage (NAS) that provide secure remote data access to data and DroboApps that are running on the devices.

To start with, myDrobo is a DroboApp that runs on either of the two supported Drobo boxes, providing end-to-end encryption of data at a unique URL. For example, let’s say AWT has a massive Drobo B810n with about 64TB of total storage (we don’t…). We could flip on the myDrobo app with one click, do some fast configuration, and then have access to our storage through AWT.mydrobo.com...

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03:43
Apple Granted a Patent for Future Magic Mouse with...

Back in August 2015 Patently Apple covered a European Apple patent filing that pointed to force touch being applied to future devices such as a touchpad, display or magic mouse. Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple a patent specifically for a future Magic Mouse with integrated force touch sensors.

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03:31
Kool Tools: USB duplication software for Mac OS X

Aleratec’s (www.aleratec.com) has launched a new software update for the 1:16 USB 3.0 Copy Cruiser Mini duplicator that now allows compatibility with Mac OS X and laptops in addition to Windows 10/8/7/Vista platforms.
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03:30
Photo Slideshow for Mac lets you easily create...

You can create some pretty sweet slideshows with Photos. However, if you want even better, more intricate, results, check out iFunia Studio's Photo Slideshow for Mac. It's a tool for combining digital pictures and music into home movies and slideshows complete with captions and transitional effects.

The folks at iFunia say Photo Slideshow lets you create slideshows with unlimited photos and audios. That's a bit of an exaggeration; after all, one with unlimited data would run forever, right? Still, Photo Slideshow can handle a ton of photos and audio and spruce 'em up with an abundance of transitional effects, DVD menus (yes, iFunia still believes in DVDs even if Apple doesn't), and flexible output formats.

The iFunia app is easy and fun to use. You can import your photo collections in such formats as jpg, jpeg, png, gif, bmp, tiff, psd, and more. Photo Slideshow's built-in media manager makes it a breeze to browse and find your files on your Mac's hard drive or...

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03:29
Usage of TV Everywhere reaches 40% of pay-TV...

New research from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) shows that usage of authenticated video viewing, or TV Everywhere, reached 40% of U.S. pay-TV consumers in 2015, up from 22% in 2013. The data shows the percentage of respondents watching authenticated video at least once a month is 23%, which both broadens and deepens the online video audience for pay-TV providers.
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03:10
Eltima releases Commander One 1.5 for OS X

Eltima Software (www.eltima.com) has announced Commander One 1.5, the latest version of their dual-panel file manager for Mac OS X.
Apart from file management functionality, the app features a built-in FTP and WebDAV clients, allows mounting Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and Amazon S3 accounts, accessing data on iOS and Android devices, supports multiple archive formats, and more. Version 1.5 is more stable, much faster and has a number of additional features and improvements.
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03:00
Your Apple device can travel in style with the...

I don't travel as much as I once did. However, when I am on the go I pack my 12-inch MacBook, some USB-C accessories, and the power adapter into a $64 Travel Express from Waterfield Designs. It's a rugged, good-looking case. Add the optional shoulder strap for another $22 as I have and you also have a protective carry bag.

What's more, the Travel Express is spacious enough to hold a cell phone and, if you really squeeze things in tightly (which I don't recommend), a magazine. Soft, microsuede, scratch-free pockets separate and protect each item, while plastic inserts protect the laptop and help maintain the Travel Express' shape. And it’s not just for the MacBook; the case works with any size of iPad, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro.

A YKK, self-locking zipper opens the case along the top and side panel of the Travel Express, making it easy to access to the contents inside. Note that the zipper is sewn in a continuous...

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02:43
Barclays Finally Supports Apple Pay at more than 400...

Today Barclays is officially supporting Apple Pay at more than 400,000 contactless points around the UK. Barclay customers could now ...

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01:43
New Apple Store Policy: Goodbye Plastic. Hello Paper

It was revealed yesterday that Apple Stores will be transitioning away from plastic bags to paper as their next move on the environmental front. Apple sent out a memo to all U.S. Apple Store managers and employees ...

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01:07
Security Flaw in iOS 9.3.1 Allows Access to iPhone...

A video surfaced online yesterday purporting to show a vulnerability in iOS 9.3.1 that allows anyone to access photos and contacts on a locked iPhone without having to enter a passcode.

The YouTube video, uploaded by Jose Rodriguez and first spotted by The Daily Dot, depicts a user performing a Siri search followed by a series of relatively simple steps, one of which involves 3D Touch, limiting the exploit to iPhone 6s and 6s Plus devices.

The procedure starts by invoking Siri on the locked phone by holding the home button or using the "Hey, Siri" function, and then asking the personal assistant to initiate a Twitter search. When the returned results include contact details...

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Monday April 4

03:40
After cracking Apple's iPhone, FBI will help US...

The FBI has promised to help local law enforcement authorities crack encrypted devices, in a letter that refers to the federal agency’s success in accessing the data on an iPhone 5c running iOS 9 that was used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists.The agency did not, however, explicitly promise investigators that it would deploy the same tool, said to have been developed by an outside organization, on other iPhones.The FBI had earlier demanded in court that Apple should assist it in its attempts to crack by brute force the passcode of the iPhone used by the terrorist, without triggering an auto-erase feature that could be activated after 10 unsuccessful tries.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:30
The Week in iOS Apps: Play ball!

A home run!This week’s roundup includes two apps that help you live the thrill of baseball season. Read on!AlertFilmTrying to figure out which streaming service has that old James Bond movie you wanted to watch? AlertFilm lets you create a watchlist, then notifies you when your desired flick becomes available on several streaming services—paid and subscription—as well as when it hits theaters. (One service that’s missing: Amazon. But developers promise that will change soon.)To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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23:20
Barclays adds Apple Pay support 9 months after UK...

After months of waiting in the wings, Barclays customers in the UK can now provision bank-issued cards for use with Apple Pay on compatible devices, as the bank finally flipped the switch on Apple's mobile payments service.

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22:35
Barclays Finally Supports Apple Pay in United Kingdom

Barclays appears to have enabled much-anticipated support for Apple Pay in the United Kingdom during the early morning hours on Tuesday.

A growing number of Barclays customers on Twitter have been successfully able to add their debit or credit cards from the large British bank to Apple Pay since shortly after midnight local time.

Screenshot courtesy of MacRumors reader James Richards

Barclays was notably absent from the list of banks and participating issuers supporting Apple Pay when the mobile payments service first expanded to England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland in July 2015.

Barclays cardholders can set up Apple Pay through the Wallet app on iOS 8.1 or later. Bank-issued cards can be scanned or...

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21:27
1Password 6.2

Under-the-hood improvements to make filling in forms more accurate. ($49.99 new, free update, 44.4 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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21:04
MacAdmins Podcast, Episode II

Trying our best to get better, like if you were to watch Star Wars Episodes I through VI, the MacAdmins podcast now has an Episode II. No Jar Jar, but I’m there, so close enough!

Find it at http://podcast.macadmins.org/2016/04/04/episode-2-in-depth-with-ios-9-3/

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21:04
Yelpers are getting a show on The Food Network

The Food Network is teaming up with Yelp for a new show, according to Forbes, and it's aptly entitled 12 Angry Yelpers. Forbes says it will use Yelp reviews to "help restaurants discover and fix their problems" and will focus on one restaurant per ep...

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21:01
Tech Firms Have An Obsession With 'Female...

An anonymous reader writes: Alexa, Tay, Siri, Cortana, Xiaoice, and Google Now. These technologies all have one thing in common -- they are digital servants aimed at a mass-market audience that feature a "female" voice or persona. And it's not just the voice or persona of the digital persona we interact with that is biased. The results of those interactions also demonstrate male favoritism. It took Apple more than four years to fix Siri's responses to questions about abortion services, and yet the company didn't seem to have any problem programming Siri to search for prostitutes and Viagra. Here's the gender breakdown for the tech workforce of each company: Microsoft: 83.0% male, 16.9% female Google: 82.0% male, 18.0% female Apple: 79.0% male, 22.0% female Amazon: 61.0% male, 39.0% female

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20:21
New iPhone 6s passcode bypass lets handlers access...

A new iPhone 6s/6s Plus passcode bypass flaw is making its rounds on the internet today, and it’s similar to flaws we’ve seen in the past on iOS. Don’t be overly alarmed, though, as the odds of this happening to you are slim. Besides, if you are concerned, there are some bonafide ways to go about protecting yourself. more…Filed under: iOS, Tips and Tricks Tagged: bug, contacts, how to, iPhone 6s, iphone 6s plus, lock screen,...

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18:47
Iowa's only Apple Store to get massive $3M...

Apple's lone retail outlet in Iowa, which has served Apple faithful for the past 12 years, is about to get a long-awaited makeover that promises to nearly triple floor space, and could introduce the "next-generation" Apple Store design language currently rolling out at international flagship locations.

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08:36
9.7-inch iPad Pro teardown reveals iPhone 6s Plus...

The 9.7-inch iPad Pro isn’t simply a scaled down version of its larger predecessor, according to a closer inspection of the tablet’s internals from the folks at iFixit.
First thing’s first: Like all iOS devices, the smaller iPad Pro isn’t easy to repair, so if you’re a DIY-er, this tablet isn’t the one you’re looking for.
There are a few big differences between the large and small Pros. The 12.9-inch model scored a little higher on iFixit’s repairability scale because its larger battery has pull tabs for easier removal, which the smaller Pro’s does not....

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16:35
Apple Stores to use paper, not plastic, bags in...

Like many retailers looking to go green, Apple reportedly plans to phase out its familiar plastic shopping bags in mid-April, with the drawstring design to be replaced by environmentally friendly paper bags made out of recycled materials.

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16:18
Apple retail stores moving away from plastic bags to...

In a note sent to retail employees and obtained by 9to5Mac, Apple has announced that it will be moving away from the iconic plastic drawstring Apple Store bags in favor of new paper bags made out of 80% recycled materials.

In the note, Apple says that the change will occur on April 15, but adds that if stores still have plastic bags in stock, they should use those first before switching exclusively to the new paper bags. According to AppleInsider, Apple also tells employees to first ask if the customer would like a bag before giving them one, again looking to limit the number bags that it uses to begin with. The new bags are said to come in medium and large sizes.

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16:14
Apple to Phase Out Plastic Bags for Environmentally...

When a customer buys an Apple product in an Apple retail store, it's packaged in a white plastic drawstring bag emblazoned with an Apple logo, something that's become an iconic part of the Apple experience. Starting later this month, Apple is introducing changes to its bagging policy, phasing out plastic bags in favor of a more environmentally friendly paper option.

Apple is planning to switch from the plain white plastic bags to paper bags made from 80 percent recycled materials, which Apple says will further its goal of leaving the world "better than we found it." Apple informed employees of the impending change in a note, which was shared by 9to5Mac.

In addition to handing out paper bags, employees are also being asked to adopt a new policy of querying customers as to whether a bag is needed at all instead of simply providing one.

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16:14
Professional Logo Creation Kit Bundle with 500+...

Whether your own website needs a new logo or your clients are screaming for one, this Mighty Deal from Zeppelin Graphics is the perfect solution. This fantabulous mega bundle is really 3 Logo Creation Kits in 1! In total, you’ll get yourself more than 500 professional design elements to create your new logo. Each element is fully customizable thanks to the original PSD, AI and EPS files that let you change up the color, shape, size and more.∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:11
Siri security flaw grants access to Contacts and...

A newly discovered Siri search handling bug allows nefarious users to bypass passcode protected lock screens on iPhone 6s and 6s Plus handsets, granting easy access to Contacts and Photos data. The vulnerability is likely applicable only to a subset of devices, however.That’s not good.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:27
Shake-up: Two Top Intel Executives in Charge of PC...

Intel has just revealed that two of its most prominent executives have decided to leave the company, the latest sign of turmoil at the chip giant following a recent management change and continued failure to penetrate the mobile-device market.

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15:10
“Alien Day” is April 26th, 2016

If you are lucky enough to live in a city with an Alamo Drafthouse, you owe it to yourself to see one of the greatest horror sci-fi movies of all time. I never had the opportunity to see either movie in a theater and am jealous of those folks who will get the chance on April 26th.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:10
Siri security flaw on iPhone 6s & 6s Plus grants...

A newly discovered Siri search handling bug allows nefarious users to bypass passcode protected lock screens on iPhone 6s and 6s Plus handsets, granting easy access to Contacts and Photos data. The vulnerability is likely applicable only to a subset of devices, however.

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14:58
TSA Paid $1.4 Million For Randomizer App That...

An anonymous reader writes: For those of you who have traveled through U.S. airports in recent years, you may have noticed the Transport Security Administration (TSA) use a Randomizer app to randomly search travelers in the Pre-Check lane. The app randomly chooses whether travelers go left or right in the Pre-Check lane so they can't predict which lane each person is assigned to and can't figure out how to avoid the random checks. Developer Kevin Burke submitted a Freedom of Information Act request asking for details about the app. The documents he received reveals the TSA purchased the Randomizer iPad app for $336,413.59. That's $336,413.59 for an app, which is incredibly simple to make as most programming languages of choice have a randomizing function available to use. What may be even more intriguing is that the contract for the TSA Randomizer app was won by IBM. The total amount paid for the project is actually $1.4 million, but the cost is not broken down in Burke's documents...

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14:17
Oculus' Controversial ToS a Stark Reminder of...


Oculus last week updated its terms of service to accompany the release of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, raising privacy and content ownership concerns. Software will be installed to monitor how the device is used, and the usage data will be sent back to Oculus and its parent company, Facebook, according to the terms of service. Collected data could be shared with third parties, including service providers and researchers. The terms of service also limit the ability to claim ownership of content created for the VR system.

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14:00
AWT News Update: April 4, 2016

The Nest Revolv hub, which will soon be a $300 (and not very attractive) brick

Thank you, listeners, for a record month! Please tell your friends about the AWT News Update and keep our numbers growing. Today we bring you news from all around the world of Apple:

  • If you own a Nest Revolv home automation hub (seen above), you're not going to be a happy camper when you hear that they're totally shutting down your $300 device
  • Have you spit into the bottle for 23andMe to get genetic information? If so, you'll be able to anonymously link your genetic info to ResearchKit medical studies in the near future
  • Apple's plans to sell low-cost refurbished iPhones in India are being undermined by a lobbying group backed by local firms and Samsung

The text version of the podcast can be found below.

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13:07
Universal Audio: Tones and techniques with the...

I have this plug-in from Universal Audio and love it. What this company does to allow people to make music is outstanding. Watch the video.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:02
Notable apps and app updates for April 4, 2016

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

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its intelligent information and document manager DEVONthink as well as the smart notebook DEVONnote. DEVONthink help its users classify and organize documents effortlessly with unique artificial intelligence. 

Version 2.8.10 adds contextual menu options to HTML 5 videos, supports Airmail 2, and accepts videos sent via the sharing extension. All editions fix minor bugs and glitches too. The updates are free and recommended for all users.

All editions of DEVONthink as well as DEVONnote require an Intel-based Mac and OS X 10.8.5 or later (the Mac App Store versions require OS X 10.9 or later). They can be downloaded from...

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12:47
Believe it or Not, Apple Could sell its 2 billionth...

In November 2014, Apple sold its 1 billionth iOS gadget, which includes iPhones, iPads and the iPod Touch. This past January, Apple said it has 1 billion devices that are currently in use by customers. And now...

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12:17
Setting up Apple Classroom

Fraser Speirs, who has written extensively about iPads in classrooms, takes us through setting up the new Apple Classroom.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:04
Apple's ResearchKit incorporates more genetics...

Private genetics firm 23andMe has released a new software module, allowing its genetics results to be incorporated into ResearchKit apps, Apple announced on Monday.

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12:00
Satechi’s Aluminum Mobile Dock and Watch Stand:...

Satechi keeps rolling out new models in its Metallic Series, all featuring solid aluminum construction that compliments the design of Apple products. Today we’re looking at the two newest members of the aluminum family, the Aluminum Mobile Dock for iPhone and iPad mini (US$24.99) and the Aluminum Watch Stand (US$19.99).

Aluminum Watch Stand

The Aluminum Watch Stand is a nice-looking piece of hardware, made from a solid chunk of aluminum complete with an iPhone-like shiny chamfer on the edge of the rectangular base. As you’d expect, you supply your own Watch Charging Cable, which winds down through a channel in the back and bottom of the stand.

On the bottom of the stand is a silicone base that keeps it from sliding, a feature that cat lovers will...

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11:46
Aretha Franklin – Soul Survivor

There is no one on the planet who sang like Aretha did in her prime. My mom was a huge fan (sadly, mom would ruin a lot of my listening by singly along, badly) and we listened to everything she recorded when I was a kid. Even now, at the age of 74, she is a better singer than 99.99% of people on tour today and can still occasionally reach the vocal power of her 70′s fame.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:24
A journey through the most disgusting baseball...

Some of the food pictured is truly disgusting. I’m not sure what started this gatronomic arms race but there’s no need for it. It’s a baseball game. The only food you need is a hot dog or a hamburger and a beer.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:16
Pebble brings iOS text replies to Verizon, adds...

Pebble on Monday announced a series of service and software updates for its multi-platform smartwatches, most notably enabling the iOS text reply feature for Verizon iPhones.

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10:49
Boinx Software conjures up FotoMagico 5

Boinx Software has announced FotoMagico 5 (http://tinyurl.com/hptnokj), an update to its slideshow creation tool for OS X.
The app lets you create customized slideshows, mixing photos with movies and audio. Version 5 features upgraded professional 4K slideshow capabilities, a new audio editing interface and advanced animation features.
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10:47
Apple and VR

Michael Gartenberg:VR has been part of that club for the last thirty years. When, and if Apple does bring a VR product to market it will look very different from anything we’ve seen before or see today. That kind of leap is what Apple looks for prior to making things that are virtual into reality.Apple does not follow trends unless there is a way they can innovate and bring it to the masses. Don’t expect anything from them until they can do that.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:39
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 4...

Notable software releases this week include Banktivity 5.6.7, Parallels Desktop 11.1.3, Fantastical 2.2, Evernote 6.6, OmniFocus 2.5, OmniOutliner 4.5.1, MoneyWell 2.3.10, iBooks Author 2.4.1, KeyCue 8.0, Default Folder X 5.0.3, and DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.8.10. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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10:38
ExtraBITS for 4 April 2016

In ExtraBITS this week, the FBI has agreed to unlock an iPhone related to an Arkansas homicide, Verizon is adding a $20 fee to phone upgrades, and Amazon is trying to banish non-compliant USB-C cables from its store. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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10:10
Brean Capital believes iPhone sales will fall to...

Though the firm remains bullish on Apple, Brean Capital believes Apple will see total iPhone sales for 2016 drop by 16 million units, amidst a slowing smartphone market.

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10:09
Localytics: iPhone SE is off to a sluggish start,...

Both the iPhone SE and the 9.7 inch iPad Pro have received positive industry reviews, but, after their first full weekend on sale, the the iPhone SE managed to grab only 0.1% of the iPhone market, as measured by Localytics’ device adoption.

The new phone was unable to take away the iPhone 5’s share, the model it most closely resembled, suggesting that small-screen lovers haven’t yet been convinced to upgrade from their 5 models to the new iPhone SE, notes the mobile engagement platform. While the 5S, 5 and 5C all lost market share compared to two weeks ago (by 1 percentage point each), the...

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09:38
Apple Campus 2 Drone Video Shows Recent Progress on...

Construction on Apple's second campus in Cupertino, California is slated to wrap up at the end of 2016, and with just eight months to go until the deadline, work on the site is continuing around the clock. As he does at the beginning of each month, drone pilot Duncan Sinfield captured new aerial video of Apple Campus 2, allowing us to see the progress that has been made over the course of the last 30 days.

This month's video gives the closest look we've seen yet at the ring-shaped main building and other areas on the campus, with today's construction juxtaposed with video taken over the last several months to give us an idea of how rapidly work on the campus has progressed.

At the main ring-shaped building, additional windows and window awnings have been added, and solar panels designed to sit atop the roof are...

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09:14
FBI method for hacking iPhone likely to leak

But even if the government walks away from that battle, the growing number of state and local authorities seeking the FBI’s help with locked phones in criminal probes increases the likelihood that the FBI will have to provide it. When that happens, defense attorneys will cross-examine the experts involved.Although each lawyer would mainly be interested in whether evidence-tampering may have occurred, the process would likely reveal enough about the method for Apple to block it in future versions of its phones, an Apple employee said.You know that Apple engineers have been all over this since the FBI first announced they found a way into the phone. If they haven’t already found the weakness, they will as soon as these cases go to court....

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09:08
Tesla Model 3 orders top $10 billion in first 36...

Tesla Motors Inc said orders for its new Model 3 electric sedan topped 253,000 in the first 36 hours — a fast start for the company’s first mass-market vehicle, which may not begin to reach customers for another 18 months or more.That’s impressive.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:05
IHS: the Phone SE is three iPhone generations rolled...

A preliminary estimate by IHS (www.ihs.com) and its Teardown and Cost Benchmarking Service shows that the iPhone SE smartphone costs about $160 to build.
The U.S. version of an entry-level iPhone SE with 16GB of NAND memory carries a bill of materials (BOM) of $156.20, which rises to $160.00 when the manufacturing cost is added, according to results from the IHS teardown of a phone purchased from the Apple Store on March 31. The retail price of the iPhone SE 16GB model is $399.
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08:58
iPhone SE Component Costs Estimated to Start at $160

Component costs for the new 16GB iPhone SE are estimated to be at about $160, according to a preliminary teardown report from IHS iSuppli. When a new iPhone is released, IHS often takes it apart to estimate the cost of each component to ultimately predict how much Apple spends on hardware.

IHS estimates that the materials for the device cost $156.20, rounded up to $160 with the addition of manufacturing costs. Apple is believed to have kept the base cost of the iPhone SE relatively low by using a number of parts designed for the iPhone 5s, 6, and 6s, allowing the device to be sold to consumers at a $399 starting price due to price drops on the...

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08:57
1Password 6.2 for Mac adds automatic login naming +...

Juggling passwords for all the digital services we manage these days is no easy task with varying rules and expiring credentials all the time, but 1Password makes the process both more secure and way more convenient. Rather than using a version of a few passwords that you can actually remember, 1Password easily lets you generate strong, randomized passwords for each service that you protect behind a single secure password, then browser extensions and action extensions on OS X and iOS make password entry super simple.
The latest update to 1Password for Mac, version 6.2, adds a couple of minor but useful enhancements to the desktop experience. First, intelligence behind the automatic login and password filler is smarter in the new version, which means using the keyboard shortcut or browser extension to fill in your info will fail fewer times....

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08:47
The Hololens Academy: How I Became a Novice Wizard


At last week's Microsoft Build conference, I attended the Hololens Academy -- a whirlwind effort to turn me into a master programmer able to create things out of thin air. It failed. Apparently it takes longer than an hour to teach someone who hasn't coded in decades to be a master programmer -- go figure. However, by the end of the class I was gleefully throwing fireballs at the heads of my co-wizards and their digital familiars. That took me down a Hogwarts-like path to the idea that doing things like Harry Potter did won't be that difficult.

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08:38
Sheer amount of data involved delaying EU ruling on...

There's no way of telling when the European Commission will conclude its investigation into Apple's Irish tax deals, simply because the huge amount of data involved, the Commission's competition head said on Monday.

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08:38
A letter to Apple: you’ve given my brother life

What a great story, not from the point of view of Apple but from this young man who could have easily given up, bemoaning his lot in life but instead, pushes through his physical impairments to be the best person he can be.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad Pro Smart Keyboard $143,...

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08:12
Apple's new iPhone SE lags siblings in sales as...

The newest, littlest iPhone hasn't captured the imagination of smartphone buyers just yet, new launch data indicates, while the 9.7-inch iPad Pro has seen steady adoption following last week's debut.

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07:40
SquareTrade completes iPhone SE durability tests,...

How durable is your new iPhone SE?
The best answer might be “fair to middling”.
Recently, extended warranty provider SquareTrade subjected the iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6s Plus to a series of excessive bend, drop, tumble, and water tests, and the results show that its compact design does not necessarily make it more durable than the slimmer 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones.
The company noted that the iPhone SE bent at 160 pounds of pressure as opposed to the 170 pounds that the iPhone 6s began to bend at. Moreover, at 178 pounds, the iPhone SE reached “catastrophic failure,” whereas the iPhone 6s Plus was only beginning to bend under the pressure.
The iPhone SE permanently shut off after less than one minute when submerged...

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07:30
Siri might just be a SABR member with its new...

For many years, my wife and I have been members of SABR, the Society for American Baseball Research. The group is full of what we fondly call "baseball nerds," those people who can rattle off stats for teams or players, or who have a deep interest in the history of the game. Well, Siri has received an update for the start of the 2016 baseball season and it now has a very impressive grounding in baseball stats for the past and present.

Since Siri's inception, it has usually returned requests for stats with the "here's what I found on the web" push to a bunch of website results. Now the statistics show up as native results. Asking Siri questions like "How many home runs did Mark McGwire's hit in his career?" or "What was Ted Williams lifetime batting average?" now gives you fast and accurate answers.

Siri also now provides league-level answers for 29 different baseball leagues, not just Major League Baseball. Once the...

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07:29
9.7" iPad Pro teardown finds 12.9" model...

In order to compress technology from the 12.9-inch iPad Pro into a 9.7-inch form factor, Apple had to make some significant internal design changes, a teardown of Apple's new flagship tablet reveals.

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07:21
iFixit posts 9.7-inch iPad Pro teardown

The cool cats at iFixit have just torn down the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and found the typical mix of components from Samsung, Bosch Sensortec, NXP Semiconductors, and others, plus a whole lot of battery. Cutting to the chase, iFixit rates the smaller iPad Pro’s repairability at a low 2 out of 10, which is the same as the iPad Air 2 it replaces but one point below what it rated the 12.9-inch iPad Pro last year.
Comparing the two, iFixit gave the 12.9-inch iPad Proa slightly higher repairability score because its battery features pull tabs which help when removing and replacing it; the smaller iPad Pro’s battery lacks these pull tabs and can’t be easily removed due to a ton of adhesive that keeps it in place almost like soldering.

The 9.7-inch iPadPro’s battery is slightly smaller than the iPad Air 2’s...

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06:50
Like Bo, now Apple's Siri knows baseball

Apple's new tie-up with Major League Baseball seems to have brought more than dugout cred for the iPad -- the company's virtual assistant, Siri, now has access to a trove of modern-day and historic baseball statistics.

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06:40
iPhone SE Sales Forecasted as 'Lackluster...

While it appears that Apple has elected not to share first weekend sales numbers for the iPhone SE, as it has done in the past for some flagship models, multiple analysts have forecasted that sales of the new 4-inch smartphone were "lackluster" during its first three to four days of availability.

In a research note issued today, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo questioned last week's CNBC report claiming that iPhone SE orders topped 3.4 million in China, and added that demand for the iPhone SE "has been significantly lower than that of past new models" since launching on March 31.Lackluster iPhone SE demand supports our view. Although there exists a market survey that indicates iPhone SE preorders top 3.4mn units in China, we couldn’t find...

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06:24
9to5Mac readers warming to the iPhone SE – purchase...

The first time we ran a poll on the iPhone SE, just after launch, some 26% of you were planning to buy it. Now it’s on sale, and we’ve run a number of hands-on pieces with the more pocketable phone, and that number has grown dramatically, to 48%.
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06:21
9.7-inch iPad Pro teardown finds Samsung RAM,...

It’s been a year and a half since iFixit tore into the flagship 9.7-inch tablet from Apple, and now it’s finally time to look inside the smaller iPad Pro and see what it’s really made of. What you’ll find is your typical mix of components from Samsung, Bosch Sensortec, NXP Semiconductors, and others, plus a whole lot of battery. Cutting to the chase, iFixit rates the smaller iPad Pro’s repairability at a low 2 out of 10, which is the same as the iPad Air 2 it replaces but one point below what it rated the 12.9-inch iPad Pro last year. Here’s what’s inside the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and why iFixit says it’s not so repairable…
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06:15
∞ David Gilmour on Jimmy Kimmel performing Wish You...

[VIDEO] Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here stands as one of my all time favorite albums, and David Gilmour one of my favorite guitarists. This performance of the album’s title track, his first on live TV in ten years, does not disappoint.

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06:08
HP Unveils New Notebooks Tomorrow with the Hope of...

HP’s forthcoming laptop that is slated to be unveiled at an event tomorrow in Versailles, France, organized by the New York Times is out to be the thinnest notebook. More importantly, they want to steal the "cool" factor away from Apple.

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06:03
Planning an Apple product purchase? Check a buyer’s...

In the market for a new retina MacBook Pro? An iPad mini? An iPod Touch? You might consider checking out a buyer’s guide before you buy, to get a sense of where your particular product is in its release cycle.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:48
Teardown of 9.7-Inch iPad Pro Examines Speakers and...

After discovering that a handful of iPhone SE components are interchangeable with those of the iPhone 5 in a teardown last week, iFixit today shifted its sights to the other major release from Apple's "Let Us Loop You In" media event - the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

iFixit surmised that the new iPad Pro is essentially the offspring of the iPad Air 2 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro, acquiring the looks of the former and specs of the latter. The site found, however, that the 9.7-inch iPad Pro acquired the "ugly genes" of the family when it comes to its internals as Apple continues to cram ever...

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05:47
iFixIt: the 9.7-inch iPad Pro’s innards are ‘kind of...

The gang at iFixIt, which tears down new products so you don’t have to, says Apple’s new 9.7-inch iPad Pro “may take after the Air 2’s looks and Pro’s specs, but it ended up with the ugly genes of the family.”

With so much tech to cram into a thinner case, the iFixIt folks weren’t surprised to see the infamous camera bump make its iPad debut. But when they found out they forgot the battery strips we'd seen in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro 12.9, they “were crushed.”

“Add to that some weird cabling choices, copious adhesive, and four speakers, and this iPad is kind of a mess—no offense,” says iFixIt. “Will the Pro line stand the test of time, superseding the original iPad, iPad Air, and maybe even Mini? Time will tell, but we’re hoping future devices will be bump-free and adhesive tab-equipped.

The iPad Pro 9.7" teardown highlights include:

  • The battery weighs in at 27.91 Whr—essentially the...
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05:38
Indian smartphone sellers fear iPhone 'snob...

Apple's application to sell used iPhones in India is reportedly being fought by executives with leading vendors and manufacturers, who are worried that it could jeopardize local industry by opening the door to used imports as a whole.

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05:38
Studiometry 12.5 adds forms and more

Oranged Software (www.oranged.com) has updated Studiometry, its client and project management tool, to version 12.5. The software is used by small businesses and freelancers around the world.
The app can create receipts for incoming payments and have them automatically emailed to your clients. These receipts can display your company logo, branded colors, custom notes, and anything else you want to include. 
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05:33
App Delete for OS X upgraded to version 4.2.5

Reggie Ashworth has announced AppDelete 4.2.5, an update to his application deletion utility for Mac OS X.
Via drag and drop, it will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. The latest version has been optimized for OS X El Capitan.
AppDelete 4.2.5 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It costs $7.99 for a single-user license. Upgrades from version 2.x and 3.x are $3.99. A demo is available at the product website (http://www.reggieashworth.com/appdelete).

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05:31
Siri can now answer more of your baseball questions

Baseball season is now officially here, and Siri can now answer more of your baseball related questions.Try this one to get you started:How many career home runs does Bryce Harper have?∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:30
Banktivity 5.6.7

Resolves a number of bugs in the popular financial app. ($59.99 new, free update, 39.3 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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05:28
Apple is added to the U.S. Focus list at Credit...

Credit Suisse analyst Kulbinder Garcha has raised his price target on outperform-rated Apple from $140 to $150 and the stock has been added to the firm's U.S Focus List.

He says the market under appreciates the growth potential and annuity -type business Apple gets from Services (Internet services, AppleCare, Apple Pay, licensing, etc.) Garcha estimates gross profit from Services has grown from $3.2 billion in 2010 to $14.5 billion (or 15% of total) today. The analyst thinks that, by 2020, it could grow to $33.7 billion — or 29% of total, driven by three factors:

Garcha notes that the installed base of more than 1 billion active devices and nearly 600 million unique users are highly affluent and like to transact (spending 7x more than Android users). As Apple Pay, Apple Music, and iCloud take hold,...

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05:20
The evolution of tech, always seen as a toy. Until...

Terrific post by Steven Sinofsky, showing a sequence of images of evolutionary steps in technology over the years, each one seen as a techie toy when it first emerged.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:15
Amazon is first, Apple third, in the 2016 RESCUECOM...

The latest 2016 RESCUECOM Computer Reliability Report — based on 60,000 service call requests into the computer repair and tech support company’s 1-800-RESCUE-PC hot line annually — rates the Kindle as the most trouble-free device.

However, the always-high-ranking Apple hasn’t dropped dramatically in reliability and only slightly in its rank, taking third this year. Its devices account for fewer tech support calls than most and steadily attract consumers, the Mac and MacBook Pro remaining popular alternatives to PCs.

Amazon has taken over as the most reliable brand because RESCUECOM's Computer Reliability Report now includes tablets and personal...

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05:09
Apple’s push to bring used iPhones to India ignites...

Interesting piece from Bloomberg. In a nutshell, Apple is finding that the price of a new iPhone is too high for the Indian economy, so they are seeking permission to sell used iPhones. Apple’s Indian competitors are doing everything they can to derail that prospect.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:02
Analyst says iPhone sales could fall below 200...

In a note to clients — as reported by AppleInsider — KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says lower-than-expected demand for the iPhone 6s, a soft iPhone SE launch, and dual-camera designs from competitors expected to beat the “iPhone 7” to market means Apple smartphone shipments could fall below 200 million units this year. (Let the “Apple is doomed rumors” begin!)

He predicts shipments of between 85 million and 95 million iPhone units in the first half of 2016, followed by 105 million to 115 million in the back half of the year. Kuo thinks iPhone units will fall between 190 million and 210 million for the full year, and he believes Apple is "likely" to see sales fall on the short end of that prediction, dipping under 200 million.

Apple shipped 232 million iPhones in 2015. Most Wall Street “experts” expect Apple to ship...

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05:00
Bay area software developer selling massive vintage...

If you’re a vintage Apple hardware fan, you’re going to like this.
Bay area software developer, in an effort to clear out some space in his apartment, has just placed a massive amount of his Apple hardware collection on Craigslist with most of the items at rock bottom prices as well as assorted free items in the mix.
Kaisershot, who has been collecting and enjoying Mac stuff for decades, has conceded the need to clear up some room in his apartment as well as the desire to raise money to upgrade his graphics card as well.
So, without further ado, here is the massive list of the items Keith has for sale:
1 $5 Altec Lansing external USB sound card.
1 $50 Apple Adjustable Keyboard ADB with numeric keypad. Surface cleaned and disinfected by me.
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04:39
Apple's iPhone shipments 'likely' to...

With lower-than-expected demand for the iPhone 6s, a soft iPhone SE launch, and dual-camera designs from competitors expected to beat the 'iPhone 7 Plus' to market, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes iPhone shipments could fall below 200 million units this year.

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04:33
Dual Camera Said to Be Exclusive to 5.5-Inch iPhone 7

Dual cameras will be exclusive to Apple's next-generation 5.5-inch iPhone, according to a new research note issued by respected KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.New iPhone shipments to be capped by similar form factor as iPhone 6s & 6s Plus; top hardware upgrade is dual-camera (5.5-inch model only), though many competing models with dual-camera will launch soon, joining others already on the market; first impressions could underwhelm.Rumors surrounding dual-camera iPhones have gained momentum since January, when Kuo said that Apple has both single- and dual-camera iPhone 7 Plus models in development. Recent reports have been unclear, however, about whether the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 will also have dual cameras.

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04:30
Parallels Desktop 11.1.3

Resolves a number of bugs and crashes for the popular virtualization software. ($79.99 new for standard edition, $99.99 annual subscription for Pro/Business Edition, free update for version 11 licenses, 293 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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04:30
How to switch apps on an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus...

I usually switch apps using the "double-tap the home button to access the app switcher" on my iPhone shortcut, but recently learned that there's an easier way. 

Excuse me if you already know this one, but it was new to me (a few months ago) and most of the people I've shown it to have been surprised. Press and swipe from the left edge of the screen to switch to the next app.

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04:00
iPhone SE Found Less Durable Than 6 Series in Bend,...

While the iPhone SE rivals the iPhone 6s series in performance with the latest internal hardware, a new video reveals that the new 4-inch smartphone is less durable than its larger siblings when bent under pressure, submerged in water, and dropped on its corner.

Extended warranty provider SquareTrade subjected the iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6s Plus to a series of excessive bend, drop, tumble, and water tests, and the results show that its compact design does not necessarily make it more durable than the slimmer 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones.

SquareTrade noted that the iPhone SE bent at 160 pounds of pressure, whereas the thinner iPhone 6s did not bend until an additional 10 pounds later. Moreover, at 178 pounds, the iPhone SE reached catastrophic...

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04:00
This is Laugh at Work Week, so celebrate accordingly

April 1-7 is Laugh at Work Week. Steve and I always have fun here at Apple World Today, but wanted to suggest some apps to help you liven up your workplace.

This is a week dedicated to building more fun into our workplaces. Work should always have an element of fun. Here are some apps that may bring a smile to your face and the faces of your co-workers.

Funny Reader is a $0.99 app for Mac OS X. Available at at the Mac App Store, it’s a simple speech synthesizer. Type in any text you want, and Funny Reader will read it for you in some, uh, weird voices, including Bells, Boing, Bubbles, Deranged, Pipe Organ, Princess, and more.

Funny-Quotes, which you nab at the Mac App Store for $1.99, is filled with funny quotes to keep you entertained. Quotes change periodically.

If you prefer some fun on your iOS device, there’s the $0.99 Energy Charger-Artwork Jokes series. It has, as the name implies, a series of jokes on various topics. Or there’s the Funny...

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03:50
Jean-Louis Gassée: Apple’s first victory over Big...

Jean-Louis Gassée, writing for Monday Note, talks about the road to success for Apple’s biggest (back in the early days) business outside the US, Apple France.∞ Read this on The Loop

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03:45
Apple’s plans to boost iPhone uptake in India thru...

Apple’s plan to sell used iPhones in India to bring new customers into the Apple ecosystem has met with strong opposition, reports Bloomberg. A newly-formed lobbying group has sent a letter to the government asking it to deny Apple the official approval it would need to begin the sales – and one of the companies behind the group is Samsung.

“Why even consider allowing import of used phones when import of other used goods such as cars are precluded by 300 percent duty levies?” asked Ravinder Zutshi, chairman of the newly formed Mobile and Communications Council, which issued the letter. The group’s members include the largest Indian phone brands: Micromax, Intex and Samsung … 

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03:40
70% of U.S. households with smart energy devices...

New data from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) shows that 70% of U.S. households with smart energy devices report saving money due to reduced energy consumption. However, the report also notes the difficulty of selling smart energy devices based on cost savings as 83% of U.S. broadband households do not know the price they are paying for electricity.
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03:40
70% of U.S. households with smart energy devices...

New data from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) shows that 70% of U.S. households with smart energy devices report saving money due to reduced energy consumption. However, the report also notes the difficulty of selling smart energy devices based on cost savings as 83% of U.S. broadband households do not know the price they are paying for electricity.
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03:31
Fantastical 2.2

Adds native Exchange support and enables you to print calendars and reminder lists in a variety of different views. ($49.99 new, free update, 13.2 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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03:30
Business spotlight: Chronos, making OS X and iOS...

Apple World Today runs an occasional series (as whenever Steve and I have time) that will spotlight a company that offers cool products and/or services for Apple users. This week we’re featuring Chronos.

“The name Chronos comes from the Greek word ‘khronos,” which means time, says Jerry Halls, vice president of sales. “The information flow and demands of the twenty-first century require that we find more efficient ways to utilize time, our most precious resource. Einstein suggested that Time Dilation (which happens when objects approach the speed of light) is the only way to slow down time. Since this is not feasible, Chronos aims to give people back more seconds, minutes and hours in their day by providing effective time and contact management solutions.”

Chronos makes consumer and small business software for OS X and iOS. Based in Heber City, Utah, the company has been making award-winning Mac software...

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03:28
Fitbit's CEO Thinks that Apple Watch just does...

James Park is on a mission to make you fitter, faster, stronger and more productive. His company Fitbit has put its activity trackers on millions of wrists in the nine years since it was founded. Fitbit's CEO says that the Apple Watch is a great product and Apple's a great company, but ...

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03:00
You'll want to be in the GRID driver's...

Thanks to Feral Interactive, the BAFTA award-winning racing game GRID roared onto the Mac some time ago. Developed and published by Codemasters for PC and consoles, it's part of the acclaimed TOCA Touring Car series. And if you like racing games, you'll want to be behind the wheel in GRID.

The graphics in the $24.99 game are vibrant and gorgeous. I wouldn't describe them as realistic, but "ultra-realistic" with the vibrant colors. 

GRID also has several neat options. You’re in charge of your own racing team. This means you can choose sponsors, buy and sell cars, hire and fire teammates. If you cash strapped, you can even race for other teams to earn some moolah.

GRID is easy to learn, but achieving spectacular racing results isn't so easy. When you start the game, you're diving a Dodge Viper on a street circuit. This helps you learn the rules of the game.

I found driving...

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02:53
President Obama still not allowed to use an iPhone,...

President Barack Obama has said in the past that he’s not allowed to use an iPhone for security reasons (though he does use a WiFi-only iPad) – but the NY Times reports that senior White House aides finally can. The change of policy comes as part of a major update to elderly White House technology.
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02:31
Evernote 6.6

Brings a new navigation scheme for switching between notes and notebooks. (Free, 52.7 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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01:53
Promise Vtrak e610f to Xserve 1,1 with LSI

Forums: HardwareI have recently acquired a 2006 Xserve 1,1 and a Promise Vtrak e610f from different sources. The Vtrak appears to be functional, all light green. Currently, I cannot connect via IP (not sure what the IP is) and don't have a serial cable (on back order).
The Xserve is running 10.6.8 and has an LSI Fibre Channel HBA. I've connected the Promise to this HBA directly using the Apple 4bg SFP copper cable. The link shows as active in System Preferences 'Fibre Channel'.
System Profiler sees the HBA. No LUNS are showing in System Profiler or in Disk Utility.
What do I need to get this working? I am guessing that logging into the Promise would be very useful, but is it necessary? Is there software that needs installing on a base/clean 10.6.8 server install?

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01:32
OmniFocus 2.5

Adds a new Style Preference Pane for creating styles from built-in font and color collections for from your own imported styles. ($39.99 new, free update, 27.6 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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01:09
Apple upgrades Siri to be smarter about baseball,...

Apple doesn’t normally improve the capabilities of Siri outside of a major operating system update, but it has made an exception this time around for baseball. Apple has dramatically improved the knowledge base Siri can draw from for Siri, allowing the voice-activated personal assistant to answer a wider range of questions about the sport. Via The Verge, Siri now covers 28 leagues, not just Major League Baseball, too.
Siri first started answering sports questions with iOS 6. Apple says that the upgrade to baseball, timed alongside the new MLB season, allows users to ask more detailed questions about career statistics and baseball history.
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00:32
OmniOutliner 4.5.1

Fixes a number bugs related to printing. ($49.99 new, free update, 24.1 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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Sunday April 3

10:17
Add-ins are coming to Microsoft Office for Mac

Microsoft’s 2016 Build Developers Conference just wrapped up, and although the conference focused heavily on Windows 10, Office for Mac got some love as well.According to Microsoft’s Office Dev Center, the company is bringing its add-ins feature to the Mac version of its Office suite. Add-ins, which allow third-party developers to add functionality and features to Office, are already a key feature of Office on Windows and iOS, as well as the Office Web apps, so their arrival on the Mac will bring that suite more in line with the rest of the Office universe. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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23:29
MoneyWell 2.3.10

Updates the Sparkle framework. ($59.99 new, free update, 9.9 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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22:33
iBooks Author 2.4.1

Patches a security vulnerability that could lead to disclosure of user information. (Free, 419 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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21:32
KeyCue 8.0

Major new release adds flexible ways to define triggers to perform actions within the keyboard shortcut utility. €19.99 new, free update, 5.1 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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20:32
Default Folder X 5.0.3

Maintenance update fixes a number of bugs in the Open/Save dialog enhancement utility. ($34.95 new, free update, 8.0 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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19:30
DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.8.10

Adds support for Airmail 2 and accepts videos from the Photos app via the Sharing extension. (All updates are free. DEVONthink Pro Office, $149.95 new; DEVONthink Professional, $79.95 new; DEVONthink Personal, $49.95 new; DEVONnote, $24.95 new) 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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17:21
MacDevOps 2016

MacDevOps 2016: f you’re interested in the scripting side of the Apple world and can make it from June 20th to 21st, this might just be the conference for you. At MacDevOps, you’ll see “Speakers from across North America and Europe will be presenting on a number of topics related to Mac administration and deployment.” This would be things like contributing to open source projects, packaging Django web apps to look like native Mac apps, osquery, Munki security, imagr, autopkg, ansible, git, and jenkins. Basically, automating the things: DevOps. And for Macs. Or Appley things. For now.

And… Lots of fun people will be there. including the convergence of friends from other industries who don’t know that each other know me (nor would they likely care – other than to trade stories about how I made them...

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16:07
Samsung & Local Group Call Upon the Indian...

Apple is seeking permission to become the first company allowed to import and sell used phones in India, its second attempt in as many years.

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15:52
Review: Apple's 9.7" iPad Pro is...

After being neglected in 2015, Apple's 9.7-inch iPad has received a much-needed professional makeover, gaining key features from the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and even outperforming it in a few ways. It's a substantial upgrade, and one we find absolutely worthy of the "Pro" moniker, though the $599 starting price may deter some buyers.

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08:30
6 gadgets that provide fresh water to those who need...

By Cat DiStasio

There are 1.2 billion people around the world do not have reliable access to fresh, potable water. That's why advancements in water purification technology are so important. Fortunately, there are a lot of innovative folks working on...

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08:16
Foxconn-Sharp could Enter Apple's OLED Display...

For Foxconn, the crown jewel at Sharp has always been its display business, which supplies screens for smartphones and other devices to the likes of Apple Inc. Foxconn's founder Terry Gou stated at a news conference yesterday after the signing ceremony with Sharp that he's "committed to making speedy ...

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07:00
The After Math: This is a joke, right?

April Fools Day was Friday, capping off a week of news that seemed too good to be true -- or, at least too ridiculous to be taken seriously. From drink-delivering drone caddies and off-road rollerblades to movie theater gimmicks and hilariously overp...

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06:22
Apple Takes us on a Touching Journey into Dillan...

For Autism Acceptance Month, Apple has created two powerful videos about Dillan, a young man with Autism.

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06:03
How to get a free year of MLB.TV Premium if you’re a...

T-Mobile may not traditionally have the MLB coverage that bigger providers like AT&T and Verizon possess, but no one can argue that it isn’t trying to do everything in its power to stand out in other ways. Between April 3rd and April 10th, T-Mobile customers can sign up for a free year of MLB.TV Premium service, a $109.99 value, that features live games for the entire 2016 MLB season.
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06:03
FBI Tells Local Law Enforcement It Will Help Unlock...

Salvador Hernandez, reporting for BuzzFeed: Just days after breaking into a terroristâ(TM)s iPhone using a mysterious third-party technique, FBI officials on Friday told local law enforcement agencies it will assist them with unlocking phones and other electronic devices. The advisory, obtained by BuzzFeed News, was sent in response to law enforcement inquiries about its new method of unlocking devices. Though the dispatch does not explicitly state if the FBI will use the mysterious third-party method to unlock phones for local authorities, officials said the agency "will of course consider any tool that might be helpful to our partners."

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06:00
Inhabitat's Week in Green: Tesla's Model 3...

After years of anticipation, Tesla just unveiled its most affordable electric car to date. The Model 3 is a svelte EV for the masses that starts at $35,000, and it can drive 215 miles on a single charge. Meanwhile, Hyundai set a world record by drivi...

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04:35
Microsoft Invents a Smart Ring Mobile Device...

Last month the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Microsoft that revealed their continuing work on a smart ring. The timing of this latest invention is interesting as it now marks an industry trend. Patently Apple just filed a series of patent filings from Apple relating to the interpretation of tendon movements being interpreted as gestures ...

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Saturday April 2

06:00
Lawful conduct: Using the courts is not being above...

Do people just not understand how the law works? Is that the problem?Writing for the Financial Post, Diane Francis sees through Apple’s crass marketing scheme disguised as protecting their customers’ privacy. Which they also happen to be trying to do.“Apple Inc is protecting your privacy? No, it’s putting itself above the law.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Craig Ferry.)Ha, can’t it be both?! LOL.No, Apple did not gleefully declare that laws to do not apply to it, as it floated two feet in the air while using its perpetual motion machine to create headlines that can be answered “Yes.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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14:44
∞ Apple and Autism Acceptance Month

This is an incredible story and one of the reasons I love Apple so much. They care and they do things to help.

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14:16
FBI will help authorities unlock devices when...

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has assured law enforcement across the United States that it will help unlock mobile devices such as iPhones involved in investigations when it is allowed by law and policy.I’m thinking local law enforcement expected a bit more cooperation than this.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:46
This week’s top stories: iPhone SE & iPad Pro 9....

Apple’s 40th birthday week came alongside some troubles for iOS 9.3, as our top stories this week surrounded a number of bugs, fixes and responses from Apple related to iOS 9.3 problems and the fix with the release of iOS 9.3.1.
But those issues were balanced out by our excitement over our first impressions with the new iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro, as well as the latest leaks for iPhone 7 and other upcoming next-generation iPhones.
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13:26
Apple profiles iPad apps for World Autism Acceptance...

At the release of its new 9.7 inch iPad Pro, Apple presented a video of Dillan, a young man who is both autistic and non-verbal, who was able to begin expressively communicating via apps on his iPad. Today, the App Store is featuring more of Dillan's story and a range of apps developed for autistic people.

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12:56
Apple Celebrates Autism Acceptance Month With Two...

Earlier this morning, Apple posted a pair of videos onto its YouTube channel to join in on celebrating Autism Acceptance Month. The videos - titled "Dillan's Voice" and "Dillan's Path" - show how the company's technology, namely the iPad, has helped a young man with autism navigate a world that doesn't fully understand what he's going through.

Dillan narrates the first video, Dillan's Voice, using the help of an assistive communication app on the iPad. He mentions that most of his life it was impossible to convey what he felt to people around him, but with the help of the iPad he can finally speak and have conversations with his friends and family.

So many people can't understand that I have a mind. All they can see is a person who is not in...

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10:55
Take Control of Slack Basics: Chapter 5, Go Beyond...

In this chapter, Glenn Fleishman explains how you can go beyond simple messages in Slack by uploading file attachments, entering formatted code snippets, creating posts for collaborative editing by your team members, and making voice calls for when text isn’t enough. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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10:51
Chapter 5 of “Take Control of Slack Basics” Available

Simple messages are fine, but you can do so much more in Slack with uploaded file attachments, snippets of code or other formatted text, posts that other team members can edit, and even voice calls. That’s where Glenn Fleishman turns his attention this week. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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10:38
FBI offers crypto assistance to local cops: “We are...

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In a new two-paragraph letter to state and local law enforcement partners, the FBI reiterated its commitment to helping those agencies unlock seized encrypted devices.
The letter was first reported Friday evening and published by BuzzFeedbefore being sent to Ars and presumably other media outlets.
Earlier this week, government prosecutors formally asked a federal judge in California to cancel her prior order that would have compelled Apple to assist efforts to unlock a seized iPhone linked to the San Bernardino attacks in late 2015. US...

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08:06
Review: Apple's 4" iPhone SE is better...

With a decidedly classic design just like the iPhone 5 series, the new iPhone SE has been completely revamped inside in a huge way. For fans of smaller phones, the iPhone SE is just what you've been waiting for -- a capable, modern smartphone in a compact, ultraportable, proven chassis.

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07:41
Grieving Father is Begging Apple to Unlock His Dead...

"A grieving father is begging Apple to allow him access to the photos stored on his dead son's iPhone," reports Time. In September Leonardo Fabbretti's adopted son died of bone cancer at age 13, and the father believes that two months of photographs are still stored on his son's iPhone. Last fall Apple staff attempted to retrieve the photos from their cloud-storage service, but the iPhone hadn't been synced before the 13-year-old's death. "Don't deny me the memories of my son," the father writes in a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook.
The father's letter tells Apple that "Although I share your philosophy in general, I think Apple should offer solutions for exceptional cases like mine," according to a British newspaper, while 88% of respondents in their online poll believed that Apple should unlock the phone.

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07:40
Users Find Renting a Movie On iTunes Frees Up Space...

An anonymous reader writes: Many, if not all, believe that 16GB storage on their iPhone and iPad is not sufficient. Apple insists that users with 16GB variant iDevice can always save files to the cloud. At any rate, several users have found an interesting way to free up storage space on their iPhone and iPad. The trick is to rent a movie from iTunes (on your mobile device) that is larger than the storage you have available. If you have 500MB free, for instance, you could try and rent Bridge of Spies, which is a 5.79GB download, according to an article on BetaNews. "When you click Rent, a loading symbol will appear but then you'll receive a message informing you that "there is not enough available storage" to download the film, and you'll be given the option of managing your storage in Settings. Tap the Settings button, and -- ta-da! -- you should see the amount of free storage you now have is much greater than before. Repeating the process will free up even more space."
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07:35
Father Pleads in Vain with Tim Cook to Open his Dead...

Leonardo Fabbretti pleading with Tim Cook to help him see the photos stored on his dead son's iPhone. The Italian architect sent a letter to Cook on March 21.

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02:00
The week in Apple news: DOJ cracks the iPhone, Apple...

Apple headlines for the week ending Apr. 1, 2016Apple turned 40 yesterday, and the web celebrated by posting retropsectives about the company. We even posted our 40 favorite Apple memories. Here’s to another 40 years and beyond, Apple. There was plenty of other Apple-related news last week, and we’ve rounded up the headlines here. Click on the link to get more info.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:00
Sony's RX10 III is an impressive but overly...

Superzoom cameras aren't exactly the most exciting category when you're looking at photography equipment. They're usually almost as large as a DSLR but don't offer the advantage of interchangeable lenses. But Sony's just-announced RX10 III made me si...

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06:10
Apple Wins Design Patents for New Apple Watch Tables...

Today the Patent and Trademark Office in China published seven granted design patents for Apple. Two of the designs are for all-new Apple Watch display tables with the other five covering various sized Apple Store retail bags.

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04:30
Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Studio now shipping for Mac OS...

Blackmagic Design has announced that both Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Studio, the world’s most advanced visual effects and motion graphics software, is now shipping and is available for download from the Blackmagic Design website for both Mac OS X and Windows.

The release of Fusion 8 is the first ever Mac compatible release of Fusion, which was previously a Windows only product. Fusion 8 Studio is now also available in 10, 20 or 50 multi user licenses. The multi user licenses feature a single USB dongle programmed with multiple licenses that plug into a machine running Fusion Server, which is installed by default with Fusion Studio. 

Fusion Server manages the licenses across the Ethernet network. That means licenses can be floating and aren’t tied to any single machine, making it easy to administer in large facilities with lots of users. In addition, projects can be easily moved between Mac and Windows versions...

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04:00
Tribeca Shortlist launches on Apple TV

Expanding its footprint of curated, high-definition movies directly into more homes, Tribeca Shortlist announced today that its quality catalog is now available on the Apple TV. 

Apple selected Tribeca Shortlist earlier this year as one of its Best New Apps for iPhone and iPad, and the addition of Apple TV extends that experience to a new viewing platform, says Jeff Bronikowski, president of Tribeca Shortlost.Users can also access the service here, as well as via AirPlay from an iPhone and iPad. In addition, Tribeca Shortlist subscribers can download any movie or Shortlist video directly to their iPhone and iPad for offline viewing.

Tribeca Shortlist is a subscription video on demand service created by Lionsgateand Tribeca Enterprises. Subscriptions are $4.99 per month.

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03:30
Seagate previews USB-powered desktop hard drive with...

Seagate Technology has previewed Seagate Innov8, which it says is the world’s first USB-powered, 8TB desktop hard drive.

The Innov8 is purportedly the world’s first 8TB desktop hard drive that doesn’t need to be plugged into a power outlet. Similar to a standard car requiring a battery kick to start the engine, Ignition Boost together with USB 3.1 enables Innov8 to thrive off bus power. No dedicated power source or adapter is required. Users just plug in the reversible USB-C cable.

Innov8 includes Seagate Dashboard software, which offers users either one-click on-demand or customizable, scheduled backups for their devices. What’s more, it includes 200GB of Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage and Lyve software compatibility. The Seagate Innov8 will be available in April for $349.

TextExpander saves keystrokes and time. Download and try it today!

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03:29
Apple shares new video ‘Dillan’s Voice’ highlighting...

Apple early this morning shared a new pair of videos on its YouTube channel highlighting the effect that technology has on those with special needs. As this month is Autism Acceptance Day, the video, called Dillan’s Voice, features a teenager named Dillan and shows how he uses Apple products to express his thoughts.
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03:27
Apple holds Private Beer Bash for Apple's 40th...

Even though Apple's CEO only tweeted about Apple's 40th anniversary hours after our report titled "Happy Birthday Apple, even if it's gone by in Silence," was posted, better late than never, as they say.

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03:00
Epistolary is now available on Mac OS X, Windows,...

Epistory, an atmospheric adventure with an origami aesthetic, is now available through Steam for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux for $14.99.  

Here’s how the game is described: “Players guide a girl riding atop a three-tailed red fox on an epic journey to discover the source of an invasive darkness taking hold in a once pristine land.  As Epistory’s narrative progresses, its papercraft world literally unfolds before the player, revealing lush forests, ominous dungeons, scorched plains, frozen temples and lost cities.

“Magical abilities derived from four elemental types are discovered during the adventure, and they enable the heroine and her companion to navigate these treacherous landscapes. Freezing an enemy with ice magic will lock them in place and allow players to deal with other threats, while fire magic will burn through enemies and obstacles.

“Epistory’s tale is advanced entirely...

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03:00
The Power of Preview: Annotating Documents and Images

We once again explore the power of Preview, OS X’s built-in document and image viewer, with a focus on using Preview to annotate images and PDFs. 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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02:01
The FBI Assures Law Enforcement Across the Country...

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has assured law enforcement across the United States that it will help unlock mobile devices such as iPhones ...

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01:15
Siri Now Responds Appropriately To Sexual Assaults

An anonymous reader writes: Confirmed in a report from ABC News, Apple has updated Siri to respond to statements involving sexual assault and abuse in a more appropriate and consistent manner. JAMA Internal Medicine published an article in mid-March noting how personal assistants like Siri, Cortana, S Voice and Google Now incompletely and inconsistently responded to phrases relating to abuse or sexual assault. Apple has updated Siri in response to that article. If you say, "Siri I was raped," Siri will respond with the following: "If you think you may have experienced sexual abuse or assault, you may want to reach out to someone at the National Sexual Assault Hotline.'' Previously, Siri would respond by saying users "should reach out" for available help.

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01:10
This week on AI: DOJ drops court order, Apple ships...

Apple's confrontation with the U.S. government over encryption took a major twist, thanks to the Justice Department officially withdrawing its court order. Later in the week, Apple shipped the iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and fixed a critical bug via iOS 9.3.1.

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Friday April 1

14:59
New iOS exploit works only on managed devices

A new vector to infect iOS with malware seems unlikely to be easily exploitable except in very particular circumstances. Researchers from Checkpoint presented Thursday at the Black Hat Asia 2016 conference (summarized in a PDF) how iOS devices enrolled in a business-scale management system can be attacked via phishing without leaving much of a trace. A legitimate-seeming message can lead a user to click a link and install a certificate without additional alerts present in non-managed systems, and then be susceptible to a host of attacks.
But surely this would only affect people using iOS in enterprises. Attackers would need to obtain phone numbers or email addresses of potential targets to get any reasonable yield of victims. Administrators would be alert to the problem. Right?...

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06:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Check out HEX's...

...plus, messenger bags, folios, and moreThis week’s roundup of new iPad cases features an envelope-style sleeve from HEX, made to fit your new, smaller iPad Pro. Read on!BelkinThe TrueClear (12.9-inch iPad Pro; $30) protects your screen from accidents while maintaining optical clarity.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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06:38
The best April Fools' Day tech pranks of 2016

Hardy, har, harIt's that time of year again when tech journalists everywhere fear to write anything in case it turns out to be an elaborate prank. Did a product-discovery website really buy a struggling Internet giant? Are parachutes the future of delivery? Just how powerful is the battery in that ZenFone Max?Nope, these aren't real stories—just some of the top April Fools' pranks in tech for 2016.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:11
Gmail April Fools' prank yanked after Minion...

The only thing Google loves more than creating doodles on random anniversaries is April Fools’ Day. Google went too far with one Gmail prank during the 2016 online laugh-fest, however. Before you could said “April fools!” Google had to pull the joke after people complained of missed business opportunities and lost jobs.Drop the mic

It all started out innocently enough. Who doesn’t love a good “drop the mic” joke—like this one featuring Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston? So Google thought it would be a good idea to create a send button that automatically inserted an animated GIF featuring a Minion (from the Despicable Me and Minions movies) dropping a microphone.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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09:20
FBI takes heat for keeping iPhone hack details under...

The FBI doesn’t have to tell Apple how it cracked the iPhone 5c in the San Bernardino terrorism case, and now the American Civil Liberties Union is taking the agency to task.
According to the Wall Street Journal, a White House review group will determine which of three avenues the FBI can take: publicly announce the security flaw, disclose the flaw to Apple, or keep it under wraps so it can use the flaw to crack more iPhones. For now, it looks like the FBI is keeping it a secret. Not even Apple knows what technique the agency is using to get into the iPhone 5c in the San Bernardino case. All the FBI will say is that an “outside party” helped investigators crack the phone, negating the need for Apple’s help....

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16:57
Tesla Model 3: What Elon Musk revealed about this $...

Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled the eagerly awaited Model 3 electric vehicle on March 31, 2016. Here’s what you need to know about the most affordable Tesla ever..

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21:17
20 Business Lessons I Learned Playing Dungeons And...

I started playing Dungeons and Dragons in about the 5th or 6th grade. I didn’t get good at it for awhile. And once I got good at it, I didn’t play much longer. Along the way, I learned a few lessons that until I got older, I didn’t realize were great life lessons. I also learned a lot that helped me later in life in the business world. Here’s a few you may or may not agree with.

  1. Build a great campaign and then if the game is good, expect your players to totally break it. In business, you create a situation where customers give you money. You build processes, procedures, marketable packages, and teams. These prepare you for the massive onslaught of all the moneys that are going to come in. You need to be able to build a product, sell the product, and potentially service the product long-term. Maybe you sell it, maybe you don’t. But if...
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18:34
Apple celebrates 40th anniversary with Beer Bash DJ...

Apple turned 40 years old on Friday, and to celebrate the company held a traditional Beer Bash in front of its Cupertino, Calif., campus shortly after the workday ended, with Beats 1 providing tunes for a crowd of more than 6,000 people.

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18:17
Huffington Post Article: 20 Cool Things You Can Do...

My latest Huffington Post article, Twenty Cool Things You Can Do with Box is online here. It begins:
If you are looking for a secure and uncomplicated and file sharing service, you will find box.com to be a wonderful way to share files from any device. Today, it is easier than ever for businesses to operate globally regardless of how large or small they are. This is because of the digital age that makes works products easy to share or transfer. Here are twenty cool things that you can do with box.com.

For more, click here.
 

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14:54
Cellebrite again rumored to have accessed San...

Citing inside sources, reports this week claim Israeli data forensics firm Cellebrite provided the FBI with technology to extract information from an iPhone 5c linked to San Bernardino terror suspect Syed Rizwan Farook.

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14:00
That Time When Instead of Saying 'April Fool!...


Unintentional consequences led Google to pull its April Fools' prank, Gmail Mic Drop, a few hours after launching it on Friday. The joke let users claim the last word in an email thread by clicking on the "Send + Mic Drop" option. A GIF of a minion from the animated movie Despicable Me -- would accompany the reply, and the sender would not receive any further responses to the thread. The "send and mic drop" button, which was located next to the "send" button, replaced the "send and archive" button.

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13:57
Happy Birthday Apple, even if it's gone by in...

It's days like today where I really miss Steve Jobs. I don't think he would have missed the important dates with silence.

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13:52
Apple, Amazon, Google & Microsoft file joint...

Apple alongside Amazon, Google and Microsoft today filed a joint amicus brief in support of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and President Obama’s proposed Clean Power Plan that aims to introduce new emissions regulations. The EPA had some major pushback on the plan, so now Apple and the others are lending their support:
more…Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Amazon, amicus brief, Apple, clean power plan,...

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08:01
Mozilla co-founder's ad-blocking Brave browser...

Brave, a new privacy- and speed-focused web browser helmed by Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich, has a plan to get you to unblock ads.
First announced in January, Brave is a web browser for Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android that has ad blocking built in. But instead of eliminating ads entirely, Brave wants to replace them with speedier, non-intrusive ads from its own network. Users who agree to see these ads will then get paid in bitcoin.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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12:43
Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon support clean...

Apple, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft have filed an amicus brief in support of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, showing the importance of the plan to major electricity consumers and the growing political advocacy by major technology companies for renewable energy. 

“Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft have each committed to powering their operations with 100% renewable energy, and they know that achieving these corporate commitments will not be possible without state and federal policy solutions such as the Clean Power Plan that will drive new investment in renewable energy,” says Gary Cook, senior energy campaigner for Greenpeace. “Contrary to claims by Clean Power Plan opponents that these policies will drive business outside of the US, some of the largest and fastest growing...

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12:33
These Google Nik Collection video courses are now...

I haven’t used the Nik Collection in years so I’m looking forward to watching these tutorials to bring me up to speed.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:50
At 40, There's Never Been a Tech Company Quite...

Mike Murphy, reporting for Quartz: Forty years ago today, two college dropouts decided to start selling cobbled-together computers out of a garage in California because they couldn't afford the ones on the market. They had an intricate wood-cut logo, not much money or manpower, and their first computer only sold about 175 units. But in the years between then and now, Apple has become one of the most valuable companies in the world, spurring revolutions in how we communicate, use computers, listen to music, and to a lesser extent, tell the time. [...] Some critics think that Apple is boring now, setting itself up to iterate on its successes and lock customers into their services with products that are very good, but nothing they haven't really seen before. This is a solid business strategy that will provide strong returns for years to come, but not those eye-popping leaps we've seen before. Here's a video Apple published recently showcasing 40 of its most remarkable products....

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11:49
Facebook Plots Secret Chat for Messenger


Facebook has been working on mobile pay and secret chat features for its Messenger app, according to a report published this week, based on clues found in extracted software code on Messenger for iPhone. Commands embedded in the software hint at secret conversations, similar to what's found in WhatsApp, the voice and messaging service owned by Facebook, according to the report. Other references reportedly found in the code include commands to pay in person and pay in Messenger when picking up an item.

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11:42
Apple flies pirate flag to commemorate 40th...


You can still rock the pirate flag on occasion.
On April 1st, 2016, Apple marked its 40th anniversary by flying its pirate flag over its Cupertino headquarters in a tribute to the first-generation Macintosh team headed by company co-founder Steve Jobs.
The flag resembles a stereotypical pirate flag, with the notable difference of a rainbow Apple “eyepatch.” It was originally hoisted by the Mac team in 1983, sewn together by programmer Steve Capps with an emblem painted by graphic designer Susan Kare.

The gesture references an infamous Steve Jobs quote, Jobs stating that “It’s better to be a pirate than join the navy,” and also marked the Mac team’s arrival in a new office building.
Apple also released the following tribute video, which highlighted 40 years of Apple...

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11:38
Apple files amicus brief supporting EPA's Clean...

Four of the biggest tech companies on the planet -- Apple, Google, Microsoft and Amazon --?all officially pledged their support for the Environmental Protection Agency's embattled Clean Power Plan on Friday, calling for carbon emissions from power plants to be reduced.

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11:36
9.7-inch iPad Pro First Impressions: Major...

Apple's newest iPad Pro, the 9.7-inch model, made its way into the hands of customers on March 31, and now that a day has passed, many people who purchased the powerful little tablet have shared their thoughts on the device on our forums.

Reviews and impressions from media sites came out earlier this month, but there are always new details and small tidbits of information that come out when products see a wide release. First impressions from actual Apple consumers can also be valuable for those considering a purchase, so we've gathered up some of the details MacRumors readers have shared about the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

A thread ...

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11:31
Apple’s iCloud services experiencing downtime for...

Users are reporting downtime for some of Apple’s iCloud services this afternoon including problems logging in to iCloud and syncing data to apps that access the cloud services for calendars, mail and more.
more…Filed under: Apps Tagged: 400 error, Apple, calendar, downtime, error, Fantastical, icloud, Mail, outage, syncing...

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11:00
∞ Taylor Swift vs Treadmill, all for Apple Music

[VIDEO] Taylor Swift, in a new ad to show off Apple Music’s activity playlists (click “New” in the tab bar at the bottom of the screen, then scroll down to Activity Playlists).A nice bit of stunt-work and editing there.

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10:57
Apple flying the pirate flag

On its 40th anniversary, Apple is flying a replica of that original pirate flag over its corporate headquarters today.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:36
Fantastical 2.2 features highlighted, explained

The spiffy people over at Flexibits have been busy and have finished a hefty number of updates to one of our favorite applications, Fantastical.
Fantastical, which has been updated to version 2.2, adds the following updates and changes which are explained via the following YouTube masterpiece:

Fantastical 2.2 retails for $49.95 and requires OS X 10.10 or later to install and run.
If you’ve tried version 2.2 and have any feedback to offer, let us know in the comments.
Via Flexibits

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10:34
iPhone SE First Impressions: Small Size is Perfect...

Yesterday marked the official launch date of the iPhone SE, with the device arriving to pre-order customers and becoming available for purchase in retail stores. Now that the new 4-inch iPhone is in the hands consumers, many MacRumors readers have been sharing their opinions on the iPhone SE in the forums.

We've already seen reviews and first impressions of the 4-inch iPhone from media sites, but details and thoughts shared by actual customers are often more informative. We've rounded up some of the more interesting tidbits that our readers have shared, which can be seen below.

On the whole, reactions to the iPhone SE...

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10:31
Ubuntu Goes to Microsoft's Windows 10 Bash


Microsoft on Wednesday unwrapped a major open source coup for Canonical when it announced that Ubuntu Linux will be able to run on Windows 10. Kevin Gallo, Microsoft's director of Windows developer platform, announced the development during a keynote address at Microsoft's Build 2016 conference in San Francisco. The Linux Bash command-line tool will run natively within Windows 10. That has been possible using third-party tools for years, but a direct partnership with Canonical should offer developers more flexibility and convenience, he said.

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10:00
Apple turns 40: Reflecting on four decades of history

This is a great collection of facts, images and movies, all to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the founding of Apple. Dig in. Lovely job.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:50
Tesla unveils more affordable Model 3, gives glimpse...

Tesla on Thursday night unveiled the long-awaited Model 3, its first electric car to be priced for the general public instead of rich sports and luxury car buyers.

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09:36
iPhone 5s vs iPhone SE: As expected, 2GB RAM makes a...

The iPhone SE is here, and we’ve given your our initial impressions as well as a look at some of the device’s top features. Now it’s time to talk more about the key differences that differentiate the iPhone 5s from the iPhone SE.
The one key difference that Apple likes to keep under the radar is the amount of RAM included in its mobile devices. It’s ironic, because this is arguably one of the biggest changes between the iPhone 5s and iPhone SE, and it makes a noticeable difference in day to day usage. Watch our video, and see for yourself. more…Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: ...

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09:22
Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Studio are now shipping

Blackmagic Design (www.blackmagicdesign.com) has announced that both Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Studio, the world’s most advanced visual effects and motion graphics software, is now shipping and is available for download from the Blackmagic Design website for both Mac OS X and Windows.
 
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09:00
Belkin does away with the need for an Apple Watch...

Let's face it - isn't it kind of stupid that you have to carry an iPhone with you in order to get your Apple Watch to do anything "smart"? Belkin today announced its new Wrist-Candi Band for iPhone (US$49.99), which not only does away with the need for an Apple Watch by placing your iPhone comfortably on your wrist or ankle, but also offers waterproof protection and additional power. 

Available in Purple Rain, Flamingo Pink and Midnight Black, the Wrist-Candi Band is the first iPhone wristband with a built-in solar battery. Stay outside in bright sunlight, and the Wrist-Candi keeps your iPhone powered up. The device is available in sizes for the iPhone SE, iPhone 6/6s and iPhone 6/6s Plus. 

According to Belkin Product Manager Candice B. Fureal, “We know that many people suffer from “nomophobia” (no-mobile-phone-phobia), which is defined as anxiety or distress that an individual experiences when they do...

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08:39
Apple turning comparatively low profit on iPhone SE...

In spite of recyling many parts from other iPhones, Apple's profit margin on the iPhone SE is relatively low next to the high-end iPhone 6s, a new analyst estimate suggests.

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08:26
DC Healthcare Provider Limps On After Malware Attack


Despite its computer systems being infected with malware since Monday, MedStar Health, which operates 10 hospitals and more than 250 outpatient facilities in and around Washington, D.C., has continued to provide patient care at near normal levels, according to several updates released this week. Since the malware attack occurred, MedStar Health has treated an average of 3,380 patients a day at its 10 facilities, it announced Thursday. It has treated nearly 4,000 patients in its ERs and performed more than 1,000 surgeries.

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08:00
What’s new in Office add-ins + IT admin and...

Heading into the last day of Build 2016, we take a look at what the updates to the Office extensibility model and Office add-ins mean for IT admins. Jeremy Thake highlights new capabilities announced at Build for both developers and users while demonstrating new deployment options to get add-ins to users directly from the Office 365 admin portal.

Yesterday at Build 2016, Qi Lu announced three new Office-specific opportunities for developers:

  • Enhancements to the Microsoft Graph that can be used to build smarter business solutions.
  • Improvements to the add-in model, including support for Office for Mac 2016, centralized deployment and programmatic creation of solution-specific ribbons and buttons.
  • New extensibility features for Skype and Office 365 Groups.

To find out more about what’s new for developers, read...

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07:49
Apple Music Ad: Taylor Swift Falls for Rap

Swift Taylor has partnered with Apple Music for their new ad campaign.

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07:24
iFixit posts iPhone SE teardown, notes impressive...

The cool cats at iFixit have found some interesting stuff within the iPhone SE.
The company, which posted its own teardown, but also installed an iPhone 5s display into the iPhone SE, noting that the display from the older model fits and functions perfectly into Apple’s new handset. iFixit also noted that the parts are interchangeable between the loudspeaker, SIM card tray and vibration motor.

The iPhone SE has been noted for sharing components with the iPhone 5s, including the internal design and the design for the logic board, which is identical to 2014’s iPhone release.
While the phone’s aesthetics haven’t changed, iFixit did uncover a few upgrades from the years-old model, the most prominent being a battery capacity upgrade from 1,560mAh...

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07:14
Apple Invents an Apple Watch Band with Individual...

Late yesterday Patently Apple posted a report titled "New Motion Research for Apple Watch Reveals new Gestures may be supported in the Future." This was the key Apple Watch patent filing amongst a series of them published yesterday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office because it covered some of the fundamentals that carry through to today's Apple Watch report. Today's brief patent report covers this next generation Apple Watch Band with Smart Links.

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06:37
Taylor Swift turns to promoting Apple Music's...

Once having threatened to boycott the service, pop singer Taylor Swift on Friday appeared in a video ad for Apple Music, showcasing the service's curated playlists.

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