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Friday May 1

05:00
You Should Play: If you're a fan of mobile...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play. I’m a sucker for games that start with a dramatic hook—and what’s more dramatic than an abandoned baby left on your doorstep in the middle of a rainstorm? A few quick puzzles later, and you’re in the middle of a forest, looking up at a huge, enchanted castle, taking a video call from a man who warns you both that “the baby must be protected at any cost,” and that “you must stay away from him at any cost.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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13:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: A case with a screen… in...

A case with a screen… in the back!This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases features accessories from Rockford, Waterfield Designs, and Element Case, designed to make your wallet obsolete. Plus, a cool marble case from Native Union, a gorgeous leather option from CB Innovations, and more.CB InnovationsFashionable and luxurious, the Softcase (iPhone 5/5S, 6, and 6 Plus; $175 to $950) sports a leather exterior with a soft microfiber interior where you can snuggle your iPhone to prevent scratches and smudges.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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10:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Offerings for the jet set

Offerings for the jet setThis week’s roundup includes new and improved apps for travel. Airbnb lets you figure out where to stay; DUFL lets you get dressed once you’re there. Plus, new games inspired by new movies.AirbnbAirbnb is now a universal app, available for iPad as well as iPhone. Hosts can use the app to list a space and manage the listing, and accept or decline reservations from guests. Guests can search for listings and request bookings. The service offers places to stay in more than 34,000 cities.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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18:49
Samsung Debuts Apple-Like Design Video for Galaxy S6...

Earlier today Samsung debuted a new video on its YouTube channel called "Designing Possible", detailing the design process of the brand new Galaxy S6 Edge (via iMore). However, the video bears a striking resemblance to Apple's video on how the company designed the gold Apple Watch Edition. Both videos feature men with English accents talking about the design process of the companies' devices while showcasing the manufacturing processes. The two videos also share similar cinematography, with both of them including almost identical images of lined up components in a dark area as a light zooms over them. The intent for both ads also appears to be the same, making sure people understand the kind of thought and detail that goes into the design of...

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18:49
How to manage Glances on the Apple Watch

From customizable clock faces to notifications, quickly referencing important information without having to dive into an app is a key feature of the Apple Watch. Dubbed Glances, users can access these bits of information with just a single swipe.

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18:30
Adjust the intensity of haptic alerts on your Apple...

Apple Watch taps you on the wrist whenever you receive an alert or notification. Follow these steps to adjust the intensity of haptic alerts. 

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18:16
Make a call over Wi-Fi

Learn about making a voice call over Wi-Fi using the Wi-Fi Calling feature on your iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, or iPhone 6 Plus. 

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18:07
Calibrating your Apple Watch for improved Workout...

Apple Watch uses the personal information you provide (age, gender, height, and weight) to help calculate a variety of metrics for your workouts and daily activity. Additionally, you can calibrate your Apple Watch for even more accuracy.

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17:20
Samsung takes Apple obsession to next level with new...

Samsung has been known to borrow Apple's ideas from time to time, an effective -- if not entirely inspired -- strategy considering massive iPhone, iPad and now Watch demand. But its latest advertisement for the new Galaxy S6 edge, basically an amalgamation of Apple Watch promo videos, dials the homage up to 11.

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16:36
Apple Campus 2 progress

Pictures and videos in this update. The scale of this project is just unreal.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:44
Twitter’s multi-billion dollar mistake

Mathew Ingram:The idea that someone could monetize Twitter before Twitter itself got around to doing so was what one investor called a “holy shit moment” for the company.I wonder what would have happened if Twitter embraced the third-parties years ago.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:41
Microsoft Releases Visual Studio Code Preview For...

ClockEndGooner writes: Microsoft is still extending its efforts into cross platform development with the release of a preview edition of Visual Studio Code, "a lightweight cross-platform code editor for writing modern web and cloud applications that will run on OS X, Linux and Windows." Derived from its Monaco editor for Visual Studio Online, the initial release includes rich code assistance and naavigation for JavaScript, TypeScript, Node.js, ASP.NET 5, C# and many others.

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13:38
Tweetbot updates iOS app with new Twitter '...

Popular iOS Twitter client Tweetbot received a small update on Friday with access to Twitter's new "Quote Tweet" format, which embeds tweets in a new message instead of copying a block of text.

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13:33
HelloTalk: Learn a new language on your iPhone

Thanks to HelloTalk for sponsoring The Loop this week. Finally, learning and practicing a new language is easier and more intuitive than ever before. Introducing HelloTalk, the language app where your teachers are native language speakers from around the world. You just pick the language you want to learn—there are over 100 from which to select—and almost instantaneously you’ll be in touch with native speakers of that language … and you’ll start learning and practicing immediately.HelloTalk isn’t a course you strictly follow; rather, you learn and practice at your pace and in the manner that best meets the way you learn. Practice foreign languages with people around the world. Simultaneously speak and type the language you’re learning. Record your voice before speaking to your HelloTalk friends and compare your recording to standard pronunciations. Change your friends’ audio messages to text for better understanding, and receive help to improve your grammar. Easily translate...

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13:30
AWT News Update: May 1, 2015

A new month and a quiet Apple news day!

  • Apple confirms that tattoos interfere with heart rate sensing with the Apple Watch
  • Want a piece of Steve Jobs history? Three of his business cards are up for auction
  • Would you believe that Apple support docs recommend holding your Watch under running water?
  • Proloquo4Text gets a Watch companion

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This is Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update for May 1, 2015. Our sponsor this week has Juicy Bits Software, developers of the new WhereNotes app for iPhone and Apple Watch and the popular Halftone apps for iOS. 

Apple has confirmed in a support page that the Apple...

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13:28
Amplified: The Beard Wins

Jim and Dan talk about the Apple’s record second quarter results, the Apple Watch’s issue with tattooed skin, and more.Sponsored by MetaCDN (Use the code ’5by5′ for a 10% discount for life) and Macminicolo (Get a full year of hosting for just $100).∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:09
Find the serial number of your Apple hardware product

Learn how to find the serial number of an iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac, or other Apple product.

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13:00
Apple Watch How-To: Unpair your Apple Watch and...


When the Apple Watch first launched, we showed you in detail how to pair and set-up the device with your iPhone. Now, we’re going to show you how to unpair your Apple Watch from your iPhone. There are several reasons one might want to unpair the two devices…
The process could be a troubleshooting step for users who are experiencing connectivity issues between their Apple Watch and iPhone. The unpairing process could also be useful when selling your Apple Watch or returning it to Apple.
The first step in the unpairing process is to ensure that your Apple Watch and iPhone are close enough together to be connected. Then, you’...

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12:52
Dropbox Adds File Comments

Dropbox has added a way to create and share comments among users for files stored in its cloud. However, you have to go through your Web browser to use it. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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12:38
Use Verbose Logging With Profile Manager

Verbose logging can help you isolate a number of problems with Profile Manager. Turn on verbose logging by writing a debugOutput key with a value of 3 into /Library/Preferences/com.apple.ProfileManager.plist using the defaults command:
defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.ProfileManager debugOutput 3
Once set, restart the daemon using killall:
killall -u _devicemgr
To disable, just write the key with a blank value:
defaults delete /Library/Preferences/com.apple.ProfileManager debugOutput
Then restart the daemon again:
killall -u _devicemgr

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11:52
Tweetbot for iPhone update adds support for Twitter’...

Tweetbot for iPhone was updated today with support for Twitter’s recently-introduced ‘quote tweet’ format. The update adds a new option called “standard quote” under the retweet style options. Selecting that setting will change the “quote tweet” button in the timeline so that instead of copying the body of the tweet into the compose screen, it inserts only the URL of the original post.
Linked tweets will appear as embedded media within the timeline, allowing you to quickly see text and images without tapping through to the next screen. You’ll still need to tap through the preview to the original post to watch animated GIFs or videos, however. Embedded tweets also...

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11:15
Vizzywig 8HD gets an amazing Apple Watch companion

Do you shoot HD or Ultra HD video? Have a GoPro camera? If the answer to either or both of those questions is yes and you're the happy owner of an Apple Watch, then you owe it to yourself to get the latest version of i4software's Vizzywig 8HD (US$99.99, universal).

You may remember Vizzywig 8HD from i4software's sponsorship the first week Apple World Today was up and running. It's a full ultra-high-definition film production studio and editor in an easy to use iPad and iPhone app. Seriously, you can shoot at a resolution of 3840x2160 at 30 frames per second on the iPad Air 2, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, add titles and transitions, and then publish the edited movie.

So what does the Apple Watch have to do with Vizzywig 8HD? The company recently added GoPro integration to the app, meaning that you can bring in footage from a GoPro camera for editing. Well, if you...

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11:06
Elon Musk Unveils Tesla's World-Changing...


Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk on Thursday announced the company's plan to develop residential and business battery systems, including the Powerwall Home Battery and business-oriented Powerpack. These systems are being developed to work in conjunction with solar panels to store energy for use at a later time. They also can draw power from the grid when demand for electricity is low and discharge it during the more expensive rate periods, when demand is higher. Musk suggested it could substantially reduce energy dependence on fossil fuels.

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10:39
NBC Sports channel unexpectedly disappears from some...

In the midst of the NHL playoffs and hype for the Kentucky Derby, a number of users have found that the Apple TV channel to stream those events, NBC Sports Live Extra, has unexpectedly disappeared from their set-top box.

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10:30
Pastimes: Gardening

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Pastime (noun): an activity that someone does regularly for enjoyment rather than work; a hobby; his favorite pastimes were shooting and golf. This weekly feature provides ideas on how to use your Apple devices to provide more enjoyment of your favorite hobbies and sports.

It's May, and the thoughts of a lot of people in the Northern Hemisphere are turning towards gardening. Whether you're a fan of fresh vegetables during the spring, summer and fall, love to see flowers at their peak through the seasons, or you're just planting a few pots for the balcony of your apartment building, there are a lot of apps -- and some accessories -- that can help you enjoy your greenery a lot more.

Apps

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07:27
Apple admits that tattoos can confuse Apple Watch...

Apple is officially warning inked Apple Watch users that they might have trouble getting reliable heart rate readings.
The company has updated its Apple Watch support documents to note potential problems for some tattooed users, after complaints started popping up around the web.
“Permanent or temporary changes to your skin, such as some tattoos, can also impact heart rate sensor performance,” the document now reads. “The ink, pattern, and saturation of some tattoos can block light from the sensor, making it difficult to get reliable readings.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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10:02
Create an ISO image for Boot Camp from a Windows...

When installing Windows 7 or Windows 8 using an installation DVD, you might see the message "press any key" or your Mac might restart to OS X.

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09:56
Hands-on with alleged 'iPad Pro' case...

Whether or not a new 12-plus-inch iPad becomes an actual product, case makers are betting on leaked design specifications, and a new video offers an idea of just how big a so-called "iPad Pro" might be.

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09:48
Rumor: Purported industrial renderings of Apple...

An alleged industrial rendering of Apple's rumored "iPad Pro" was leaked on Friday, supporting rumors that the tablet will use a 12.9-inch screen instead of a less-frequently claimed 12.2-inch version.

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09:41
Apple acknowledges Apple Watch tattoo issue

The company updated its Apple Watch heart rate support page, noting that tattoos could affect the watch’s ability to read your heart rate.[Via 9 to 5 Mac]∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:38
Change a Mac client's default save location...

If you're an IT professional managing a number of Mac clients, you can use Profile Manager to change the default save location from iCloud to local storage.

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09:35
Unpair your Apple Watch and iPhone

A new Apple support article covers the steps needed to unfair your watch. Might be handy to bookmark for the future, although it’s easy to find in the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:30
Today in the App Store — Money Pro, Scout GPS and...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on Terminology 3, the new Money Pro from iBear and a significant update to Scout GPS Navigation. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Chess - SocialChess [Now free, down from $0.99] SocialChess is a fun way to play fast or slow chess with friends or with random opponents!

iComics - The Comic Reader for iPad and iPhone [Now free, down from $1.99] iComics™ is a Universal app designed for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch that allows you to read DRM-free comics from your own collection, quickly and smoothly!

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09:17
∞ Apple Watch bands: Color has weight

You’d think that all five color bands for the 38mm Apple Watch Sport would weight the same. Turns out, color has weight.

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09:17
Philip Michaels on Microsoft’s HoloLens

Some great thoughts, although using it must of been kind of freaky.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:08
Twitter, LinkedIn lose $6 billion market value after...

Shares of LinkedIn Corp, operator of the most popular social network for professionals, fell 20 percent in early trading on Friday, wiping out more than $6 billion of market value, after the company slashed its full-year forecast.LinkedIn reported on Thursday its slowest quarterly revenue growth since it went public four years ago.The surprisingly weak results followed Twitter Inc’s on Tuesday. Twitter’s stock fell by as much as 24 percent, slicing about $6 billion off its market value.Social media companies are a bit to volatile for me.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:03
iFixit Posts Apple Watch Repair Manuals for Battery...

iFixit has released Apple Watch repair manuals for various components of the device, including the battery, screen, adhesive, and NFC antenna. The guides provide step-by-step instructions on how to replace the Apple Watch's OLED display and battery, alongside additional steps for repairing the adhesive and NFC antenna that can be damaged as a result of opening the casing. The steps required to replace the OLED display and fused glass digitizer, in simplified terms, include separating the screen from the watch body with a sharp, curved knife and opening pick, prying and removing the internal battery,...

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08:48
Apple Watch repair guides walk you through screen,...


Following its usual teardown of the Apple Watch, iFixit today released its first repair guides for Apple’s new device covering screen, NFC antenna, and battery replacements, as well as the process of safely replacing adhesives during repair.
When it comes to the NFC antenna, iFixit warns that it’s easy to damage the component when opening the Apple Watch for any repair, meaning replacement or repair might be necessary:...

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08:34
Analyst: folks aren't that interested in the...

In a note to clients — as reported by Barron's (http://tinyurl.com/ob8bgmz) — UBS analyst Steve Milunovich says his research indicates that people aren't that interested in the Apple Watch. At least not yet.
"Search interest has deviated lower relative to an index of 30 consumer electronics introductions and the first iPad and iPhone releases—the week of launch, the Watch is about 20% of iPad and iPhone interest," says Milunovich. "We now think about 7% rather than 10% of the expected iPhone 5/6 average installed base of 430 million in F16E is likely to buy a Watch."
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08:01
Pixelmator 3.3.2

Adds support for the Photos for Mac app and Force Touch trackpads. ($29.99 new, free update, 42.9 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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08:00
Our secret weapon—OneNote for sharing, collaborating...

This post was written by Steffi Svendsen, teacher and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert at the Skjetten Primary School in Norway.
Living in the 21st century, the use of technology plays an important role in education. And I can understand why school leaders, educators, students and parents feel overwhelmed when they are introduced to new tools, programs, apps and so forth if the main focus is on the shifting to the new technology, rather than implementing the right technology. However, at Skjetten Primary School we all have one secret weapon—OneNote!
From my perspective, OneNote is the best educational tool, with so many useful tools just waiting to be discovered and used in new and exciting ways. However, I would also like to bring the school as a whole into this educational use of OneNote. Not only are OneNote notebooks easily shared, through Office 365, but OneNote also has a lot of nifty collaboration and assessment features; no...

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07:59
9to5Toys Last Call: iPhone 6 battery cases from $30...

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

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07:59
‘Remote S’ app for Apple Watch takes control of...

It’s happening
A new video posted to YouTube today has demonstrated what is almost certainly the first Apple Watch app capable of remotely controlling most of the functions of Tesla’s Model S. In the video (which you can watch below), developer Allen Wong shows off a Glance that views an overview of the car’s status before launching into the main app to review its capabilities.
Through the app, Wong is able to issue a series of commands to the vehicle, ranging from rudimentary options like honking the horn or flashing the lights, to bigger settings such as full panoramic roof control (something not even Tesla’s official app offers yet) or controlling the car’s charging state and port.

The app also allows the user to lock or unlock the doors, change the car’s charge limit, modify the climate control settings,...

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07:52
Apple Files European Patent Regarding Work on...

On May 01, 2015, the World Intellectual Property Organization published a patent application from Apple regarding a unified connector for multiple interfaces which may be considered Apple's work regarding USB-C.

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07:23
Alleged iPad Pro schematics leak as cases compared...


A new video has been published that compares the rumored iPad Pro shape/size to the current generation iPad. It’s obviously much larger than the iPad Air 2. This rumored tablet is said to feature a 12.3 to 12.9 inch display and crafted from the same 7000 series aluminum used on Apple Watch Sport. Check out the video below for a size comparison between the cases and iPad Air 2…

Recently images surfaced of similar cases, but it’s unclear if the shape/size here actually represents something Apple is working on. Most of these cases are put together using renders and mockups, but in some cases have been fairly accurate...

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07:17
Shipping dates for 42MM Apple Watch, Apple Watch...

Apple's online store in the U.S. -- alongside storefronts in Europe and Asia -- is now showing July shipping estimates for 42-millimeter stainless steel and aluminum Watch models, checks on Friday revealed.

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07:15
Apple Watch support doc suggests tap water rinse to...


Despite its splash and water resistance rating, meaning Apple doesn’t recommend going for a swim with Apple Watch, it does recommend running water over it to clean certain components. One problem it’s anticipating is the Watch’s Digital Crown getting stuck or not running smoothly due to trapped debris, like dust or lotions, between the crown and the Watch’s casing. Apple’s fix: hold your Apple Watch’s digital crown under your sink faucet.
From a new support doc Apple published this week:

  • 1. Turn off your Apple Watch and remove it from the charger.
  • 2. If you have a leather band,...
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07:08
Deals: 6-Day Apple Accessory Blowout: $49 Super...

From now through May 6th, one of Apple's authorized resellers is offering the lowest prices of the year on a wide assortment of official Apple-branded accessories including AirPort Base Stations (from $69), Keyboards ($45), Mice ($45), Super Drives ($45), MacBook Power Adapters ($59), and several Lightening, USB, FireWire, VGA, DVI, SD Card & Gigabit Ethernet adapters ($19).

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07:05
Daily Deals for May 1st, featuring FX Photo Studio

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

AWT Featured Deal

FX Photo Studio - Camera & Photo Editor with Filters, Effects, Frames plus Color Editing for Perfect Pictures [On sale for $0.99, down from $2.99] FX Photo Studio is the biggest collection of photo filter effects available on iPhone, with stickers, borders, fonts, textures and frame effects to help you snap the perfect photo.

Hardware and Accessory Deals

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06:55
Rumored 'iPad Pro' Dimensions and Features...

Following a lull in rumors and news circulating Apple's so-called "iPad Pro", most likely due to the launch of the Apple Watch and reported delays in Apple's internal production timeline, a newly shared industrial rendering (via nowhereelse.fr) [Google Translate] of the device once again provides some claims of dimensions for the large-screened iPad. The industrial rendering, dated December 2014, points to a 12.9-inch screen iPad Pro with dimensions measuring exactly 305.70mm x 222.60mm x 7.20mm, or 12 inches x 8.7 inches x 0.28 inches. These...

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06:51
Opinion: Here’s why Apple won’t offer internal...

At the height of my Apple fandom, I purchased one of the company’s most iconic and quixotic designs: a used Power Mac G4 Cube, the beautiful floating computer Apple initially described as “revolutionary” before putting it on ice — Apple’s words — less than a year later. Like many other people, I had fallen in love with the Cube’s design the first time I saw it, but wouldn’t spend $1,800-$2,300 to own one. So I waited until the price fell significantly and...

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06:45
Maple syrup rebellion

The National Post:Backed by the Quebec justice system and the provincial police, sheriffs have raided sugar shacks down country roads and seized barrels of maple syrup, using trucks and front-end loaders. The federation’s goal: enforcing a supply management system that controls the sale and proceeds of maple syrup in Quebec. “They have more power than police,” says Daniel Gaudreau, a syrup producer in Scotstown, Que. “They can come into my house anytime they want.” Quebec is the Saudi Arabia of maple syrup.We have written about this issue in the past but this story really brings home the enormous power of the The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers – power that looks, on the surface, out of control.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:33
Find the OS X version and build information on your...

The OS X version and build number on your Mac can be helpful if you're trying to determine if the installed version of OS X is up to date.

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06:31
Adobe Acrobat Pro 15.007.20033 - Powerful PDF editor...

Acrobat Pro DC is available only as a part of Adobe Creative Cloud, and can only be installed and/or updated through Adobe's Creative Cloud app. Adobe Acrobat Pro DC with Adobe Document Cloud services is here. Completely reimagined PDF tools let you create, edit, sign, and track PDFs from anywhere. It will change the way you work with design layouts, press-ready files, and all your important documents forever.

  • Access powerful print production and digital publishing tools. Preview, preflight, correct, and prepare PDF files.
  • Work anywhere. Create, export, and sign PDFs from your computer or the Acrobat DC mobile app.
  • Take your files with you. Use Mobile Link to access recent files across desktop, web, and mobile.
  • Edit anything. Instantly edit PDFs and scanned documents -- as naturally as any other file.
  • Make last-minute changes....

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06:21
Apple bringing back personal shopping for...

Customers at Apple's forthcoming Madison Avenue store on Manhattan's Upper East Side will be privy to a special Apple Store experience, as the company will reinstate its dormant personal shopping service and observe shorter-than-normal hours in order to fit in with the tony neighborhood.

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06:19
Apple confirms Apple Watch wrist tattoo issue



If you’ve got nifty ink around your wrist, it might get in the way of using an Apple Watch.
Apple has confirmed that dark wrist tattoos have the potential of interfering with the Apple Watch’s heart rate sensor. It was reported earlier this week that some tattoos, particularly dark or saturated ones, can affect the Apple Watch’s heart rate sensor and ability to register contact with the wearer’s skin.

Per Apple’s support page on the topic.
“Permanent or temporary changes to your skin, such as some tattoos, can also impact heart rate sensor performance. The ink, pattern, and saturation of some tattoos can block light from the sensor, making it difficult to get reliable...

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06:17
MacRumors 2015 Blood Drive

MacRumors is pleased to announce the Sixth Annual MacRumors Blood Drive, throughout the month of May 2015. Our goal every year is to increase the number of life-saving donations in real-world communities by encouraging everyone in our online community to step forward. While most blood drives are specific to a geographic location or collection center, our blood drive is online and worldwide. Our past blood drives have collectively recorded donations of over 250 units of blood and platelets. Apple often supports health, relief, and charity efforts, including facilitating cash donations after the recent earthquake in Nepal, but this drive is run by the staff and volunteers of MacRumors. We ask that you: 1. Donate...

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06:07
Rumor: Apple TV ship times slip to 1-2 weeks, next-...



It’s when the shipping times slip that new stuff is probably around the corner.
Recently, shipping times for the current generation of Apple TV has slipped to 1-2 weeks, as opposed to “in stock” or “1 day”.
The change hints towards a next-generation Apple TV that’s rumored to feature slimmer hardware, a new tactile remote, and a redesigned operating system with App Store-like functionality.

The new Apple TV is rumored for a WWDC announcement, WWDC taking place from June 8-12.
Apple last refreshed its third-gen Apple TV quietly in March 2013 with upgraded internals, but apart from a few iOS 8 features it has remained the same as the...

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06:05
FunBITS: App Camp Quiz Compendium for iPhone

Every summer at App Camp for Girls, teams develop personality quiz apps to hone their iOS development skills. Now you can see their work for yourself. 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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05:54
The Apple Watch and accessibility, a review from...

A test case for Apple’s accessibility features. Usher Syndrome means hearing loss and visual impairment.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:43
Explore Zelda’s Hyrule in your browser

Does the name Zelda ring a bell? If you thought Hyrule, rather than Fitzgerald, then check out this animated HTML 5 map of Hyrule Kingdom from A Link to the Past.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:39
Apple begins hunt for director of Global Marketing...

Apple is hunting for a new director of Global Marketing Operations at its Beats division, according to a job listing posted on Thursday, a rare high-level opening at the company.

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05:37
Apple TV shipping time fluctuation could maybe...

Jordan Kahn, writing for 9to5mac:Ahead of Apple’s WWDC in June and an expected Apple TV refresh, shipping times for its current generation Apple TV have just slipped from in stock to 1-2 weeks.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:28
Most 42mm Apple Watches Now Estimated to Ship in July

While many customers have been receiving their Apple Watch pre-orders earlier than expected, all 42mm Apple Watch Sport and stainless steel Apple Watch models now have shipping estimates of July on the Apple Online Store in the United States for new orders. Apple Watch Edition shipping times have not changed. Now that the calendar has turned to May, it is likely that Apple has simply bumped forward its original June estimates for 42mm models to July to remain conservative. Many pre-orders with initial shipping estimates of 4-6 weeks or later have already been shipped or delivered, as Apple appears to be making up ground on most models. The only two Apple Watches that remain virtually nowhere to be seen are the 38mm and 42mm Space Black with Link Bracelet models, both of which remain available to ship in 4-6 weeks or later for most customers. Earlier this week, it was reported that a...

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05:17
Amazon and rockets

A fantastic race for a reusable rocket between Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:12
AppleInsider podcast discusses our Apple Watch...

This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast is now available to download and subscribe in iTunes or SoundCloud, with detailed analysis of this week's news. We discuss the full Apple watch review and what it's like after a week of day to day use. Apple's record Q2 earnings call, CurrentC ousts its CEO, Microsoft bring Objective-C support to Windows 10, and more.

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05:01
Apple confirms tattoo issue with Apple Watch in...

Apple has confirmed reports of problems using the Apple Watch on tattooed wrists. The company has quietly updated a support page on the heart-rate functionality.

Permanent or temporary changes to your skin, such as some tattoos, can also impact heart rate sensor performance. The ink, pattern, and saturation of some tattoos can block light from the sensor, making it difficult to get reliable readings.

Apple Watch owners on Reddit and Twitter have been posting conflicting reports and video, some showing that the heart-rate functionality works fine with their tattoos, others showing either no reading at all or erratic readings … ...

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04:57
Microsoft can guess your age using facial recognition

The age guessing thing is interesting. But I can’t imagine that technology ever maturing to the point where it is enough of a unique identifier to trust with my login credentials.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:34
Apple Watch Faces Hydrogen Explosion, Liquid...

After being put under multiple torture and waterproof tests in the week since its official launch on April 24, the Apple Watch this week faced some of its most hardcore trials yet from YouTuber Richard Ryan. Known as "FullMag" on YouTube, Ryan this week has put the Apple Watch Sport through a series of three destruction tests - Liquid Nitrogen, Hydrogen Explosion, and a 50-caliber bullet shell - on his technology destruction-focused channel (via Cult of Mac). First posted on Monday, Ryan began his Apple Watch videos with a test focused on dropping the Sport version of the Watch into a container of liquid nitrogen and smashing the...

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04:30
Apple confirms ink in some darker wrist tattoos can...

Apple this week updated a support page for the Apple Watch, revealing that the ink found in some tattoos on the wrist can in fact affect the heart rate monitor, and associated wrist detection feature, for the new wearable device.

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04:22
Steve Jobs business cards up for school auction, one...

If you like a little Steve Jobs memorabilia and want to contribute to a good cause, the Marin School has three Steve Jobs business cards up for auction, spanning 1984 to 1990, providing one each for NeXT, Apple and Pixar.
Bidding started at $600, and was up to $2,405 at the time of writing. The cards were collected by a family who used to do catering for the former Apple CEO, reports Business Insider.
The Marin School is a private school offering financial assistance to 18% of its students to allow access to students from all socio-economic backgrounds.
The recent biography Becoming Steve Jobs was...

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04:00
Steer Clear of iOS 8's Infinite Loop


A flaw in iOS 8 allows hackers essentially to crash apps that perform SSL communications whenever they like. Skycure reported the bug at the RSA security conference held last week, advising owners of iOS devices to upgrade to iOS 8.3. Apple this week confirmed that iOS 8.3 addresses the vulnerability, according to Skycure. An attack would involve specially crafting an SSL certificate to regenerate a bug. SSL is used in almost all apps in the iTunes App Store, which means pretty much every device user running iOS 8 could be at risk.

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03:51
Kool Tools: AKVIS ArtSuite School Pack

The AKVIS ArtSuite School Pack offers extra frame packs can be installed in AKVIS ArtSuite to increase its functionality. The new School Pack includes 50 high quality frame designs.
AKVIS ArtSuite (http://tinyurl.com/n5jylnz) is a collection of versatile frames and effects for your photo. It packs a large number of effects and a rich pattern library. It's possible to add extra themed frame packs to the program to increase its functionality.
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03:38
Component & manufacturing cost of 38mm Apple...

The Apple Watch wasn’t long out before iFixit did its usual teardown. Research firm IHS always takes longer, as it seeks to identify the components and find out what they cost. The result, it says, is that the component cost of the 38mm Apple Watch Sport – the cheapest model – totals $81.20, with manufacturing costs taking the total cost-price to $83.70.
Tim Cook made a pointed reference to this type of cost estimate during last week’s earnings call, saying that “I’ve never seen one that is anywhere close to being accurate” – though he was likely making a broader point … ...

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03:07
Low-cost tablets to help grow global touchscreen...

The Technavio (www.technavio.com) research group has published a report saying the global tablet touchscreen market is expected to grow at a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 11.5% from 2015-2019.
The report draws attention towards the availability of low-cost tablets as well as increased internet penetration in emerging markets like China and India, which has led tablet shipments to increase by a significant amount.
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Saturday May 2

10:04
What would it take to take Apple private?

Die-hard Apple fans have long suggested that the company might be better off without the scrutiny that comes with being publicly traded. On the heels of another record-breaking quarter, AppleInsider took a look at what going private might mean for the computing juggernaut.

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10:00
Review: OWC’s Envoy Pro mini hides a MacBook-like...

Across the How-To guides I’ve written for adding solid state drives (SSDs) to iMacs, Mac Pros, Mac minis and MacBooks, there was one option I left out: thumb drives. While external SSDs such as Elgato’s Thunderbolt Drives and Samsung’s T1 can do two things — dramatically speed up Macs and add storage space — thumb drives tend to be much slower, lower in capacity, and made from inexpensive materials to achieve smaller sizes...

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09:00
Build 2015: With Windows 10, Microsoft is no longer...

Referencing former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's infamous "developers!" chant is practically a cliche nowadays, but it felt like the silent refrain throughout the company's entire Build conference this week. In the run-up to Windows 10, Microsoft wan...

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07:29
DUFL, a service that packs and ships your suitcase,...

Techcrunch:The idea behind Dufl is that frequent travelers waste a lot of time trying to clean and prep their clothes for each trip, especially when those trips are pretty much back-to-back. With Dufl, the user never has to pack a bag or clean their travel clothes ever again.I’d hate to be such a frequent business traveller I’d need this kind of service but it does sound like a pretty cool idea and an example of a business that wouldn’t have been possible ten, maybe even five years ago.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:44
Linking the most interesting places in the world

Mapbox:The Geotaggers’ World Atlas is my long-term project to discover the world’s most interesting places and the routes that people follow between them. Five years ago I first started retrieving photo locations from the Flickr search API and drawing lines between them to make the first version of the Atlas. Today I’m able to launch the full Geotaggers’ World Atlas covering every city in the world. Thanks to Flickr’s API, it exposes over 10 years of photo locations, and as a web map it lets you explore not just the largest centers of activity but also their context, anywhere on earth.As an exercise in coding, this is interesting. As a visualization of data, it’s utterly fascinating. The only downside is the interactive map doesn’t have details like street names so it may be hard to find out what is so fascinating about that particular location but look up your own city on the map and see if you can spot “the most interesting places”....

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04:00
Gadget Ogling: Wine in a Dash, Connected Bicycles,...


I'll admit I'm not the planet's most refined wine connoisseur, but I do enjoy a glass or two of red with my dinner. Right now, I have a few bottles that are vacuuming up space in my kitchen, so I could use a wall-mounted wine rack -- but what's the use of having an empty rack once they're gone? Poppy Reserve -- just a concept at present -- could solve the problem of a barren wine rack by tapping into Amazon's Dash technology. It would track the level of wine in a given bottle and then ask Amazon to ship more when the supply's running low.

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03:42
Samsung takes their act to the next level

Remarkably original Samsung marketing effort. NOT.∞ Read this on The Loop

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02:29
This week on AppleInsider: Apple's blockbuster...

The week began with a financial bang, as Apple published the results of its record-breaking second quarter, but later saw controversies swirl with Apple Watch production obstacles and problems for wearers with tattoos. AppleInsider meanwhile reviewed the device, finding it attractive but saddled with some flaws.

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01:11
PDFpen and PDFpenPro 7.1.1

Maintenance update focused on fixes for the two PDF editing apps. ($74.95/$124.95 new, free update, 52.3/53 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
Default Folder X 4.7.1

Fixes a bug that caused Carbon applications to default to the Documents folder. ($34.95 new, free update, 11 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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01:06
Driving with the Apple Watch

Thanks in part to the iPhone, distracted driving has become a 21st century epidemic. Will the Apple Watch change things for better or worse? Traumatized former commuter Josh Centers took it for a spin to find out. 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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Thursday April 30

23:49
Russia launches its third 'world's...

Russian defense contractor Admiralty Shipyards launched the latest of its ultra-modern Varshavyanka-class diesel-electric submarines earlier this week. Dubbed the Krasnodar, this sub is the third of six its class. These vessels are primarily designed...

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23:31
CleanMyMac 3.0.1 - Delete files that waste your disk...

CleanMyMac makes space for the things you love. Sporting a range of ingenious new features, CleanMyMac lets you safely and intelligently scan and clean your entire system, delete large, unused files, reduce the size of your iPhoto library, uninstall unneeded apps or fix the ones that started to work improperly, manage all your extensions from one place and do much more - all from one newly designed and beautifully simple interface.Version 3.0.1: What's new:

  • Workflow improvement for Utilities.
  • Numerous interface texts improvements.
  • Improved VoiceOver support for all the main controls.
  • Numerous localization improvements.
  • Brazilian Portuguese localization now works for all applicable language codes.
  • Dutch localization added.

Bugs fixed:

  • Inability to disable dictionaries and Safari extensions.
  • Fixed false freezing apps detection in CleanMyMac 3 Menu.
  • Fixed false...

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22:20
Grooveshark's illegal music streaming service...

Death's icy grip hit more than just Secret this week; Grooveshark is shutting down too. Last year, judges found the music streaming service guilty of mass copyright infringement for hosting illegal uploads of songs from Jay-Z, Madonna and others. As ...

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20:34
Mozilla: All new web features should require secure...

A number of internet organizations and even the government want websites to use encryption by default in the future, and from the sound of it, Mozilla shares their view. The non-profit has announced that it plans to limit the capabilities of "the non...

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20:19
Tesla wants its Powerwall to save the grid and your...

Our lust for electricity is insatiable. At night we connect a hydra of wires to our phones, computers, smartwatches and tablets. They sip at the electrons being pumped into our homes, filling their batteries to be ready for another day without being ...

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10:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Arm yourself

Arm yourselfThis week's roundup includes perhaps the most disturbing accessory we've ever featured: The Selfie Arm. But don't worry! We've got some useful stuff, too.ActionProofWe’ve mentioned this product back in its crowdfunding stage, but the $35 Bumper is now ready for pre-order. The product is is (natch) a bumper to protect your precious new iOS device from scrapes, bumps, and bruises—it’s made of a rubber material—while still allowing full access to your screen and buttons.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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19:04
Ekko Player for iPhone will read the latest news...




Ekko Player for iOS is a neat app that will read news headlines and stories to you. In addition to reading the headlines and articles to you, the app also allows you to use you voice to navigate between stories, making it an excellent way to digest news while on-the-go.

Ekko aggregates news from a variety of sources, including CNN, ABC, BBC, Time, and more. To change the source, simply tap the icon in the lower right corner, then choose the ‘+/-” option, which will then allow you to...

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17:25
Wi-Fi Quick Assist

With Wi-Fi, you can connect wirelessly to the Internet, email, local servers, and shared printers. If your Mac has Wi-Fi built in, or an AirPort card, it can access nearby Wi-Fi networks or hotspots.

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16:49
TA15-120A: Securing End-to-End Communications

Original release date: April 30, 2015
Systems Affected
Networked systems
Overview
Securing end-to-end communications plays an important role in protecting privacy and preventing some forms of man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks. Recently, researchers described a MITM attack used to inject code, causing unsecured web browsers around the world to become unwitting participants in a distributed denial-of-service attack. That same code can be employed to deliver an exploit for a particular vulnerability or to take other arbitrary actions.
Description
A MITM attack occurs when a third party inserts itself between the communications of a client and a server. MITM attacks as a general class are not new. Classic MITM attacks (e.g., ARP Spoofing) focus on redirecting network communications. By definition, network infrastructure under attacker control is vulnerable to MITM. However, as technology evolves, new methods for performing MITM attacks...

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15:59
ACLU launches iOS app to record law enforcement...

Looking to reduce "over-policing" and surface instances of excessive force, the American Civil Liberties Union of California on Thursday launched a smartphone app that lets users securely document law enforcement encounters.

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15:38
Unpair your Apple Watch and iPhone

In some cases, you might need to unpair your Apple Watch and iPhone. 

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15:35
Find the right power adapter and cord for your Mac...

Learn which power adapter, cord, and plug comes with your Mac notebook.

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15:22
Apple Watch Insides: PCB Details Revealed for the...

Deconstructing the new Apple watch is not a game for amateurs. ABI Research’s TeardownIQ reveals a design centered on a custom Apple Processor ...

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15:07
Apple Store app for iOS updated with Apple Watch...

Apple on Thursday rolled out an updated version of its Apple Store app for iOS with support for Apple Watch, which lets users keep track of orders, pick up purchases, check in to Genius Bar appointments and more.

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14:53
Some Apple Watch Users Experiencing 'Sticky...

With any new Apple product launch, there are always several issues that pop up in the days following release, and the Apple Watch is no exception. Thus far we've seen sensor issues with customers who have dark wrist tattoos and problems with bands that don't lock. It appears there's another minor problem Apple Watch users are encountering -- malfunctioning digital crowns. The digital crown is located on the left side of the watch and is used as the primary input method on the Apple Watch, aside from touch. A number of users on both the MacRumors forums and Apple's own support communities are reporting issues with the...

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14:48
IDC Report: Apple's iPad Still the Tablet...

Worldwide tablet shipments recorded a year-over-year decline for the second consecutive quarter in the first quarter of 2015 (1Q15). Overall shipments for tablets and 2-in-1 devices fell ...

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14:35
Ford details CarPlay integration with SYNC...

Ford CEO Mark Fields on Thursday offered a few more details about plans to integrate Apple's CarPlay into future vehicles, saying that while support is coming, Ford's SYNC infotainment system will be the star of the show.

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14:16
Apple Store app on iOS updated with support for...



As we reported would happen earlier this week, Apple this evening has updated its Apple Store app with support for Watch. From the app, users can get real-time order status updates, initiate the process of picking up an order, make and search for Genius Bar appointments, and discover events and workshops taking place in nearby Apple Stores.

The update is available on the...

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14:00
AWT News Update: April 30, 2015

A quiet day in the world of Apple, but enough to generate a four-minute long AWT News Update!

  • The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple Watch Taptic Engines made by supplier AAC Technologies failed reliability tests, forcing Apple to destroy some early Watches and move to another supplier
  • More Flyover locations are available in Apple Maps
  • Time Warner CEO thinks Apple will be launching a streaming TV product
  • VoiceOver celebrated a decade of helping the blind and visually impaired yesterday
  • Netflix is adding more audio description tracks to TV seasons and films in its library

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13:58
Ford shares more details on CarPlay support, will...


Ford was one of the first car manufacturers to announce its intentions to add support for Apple’s CarPlay to its in-dash systems. Questions concerning how Ford plans to integrate Apple’s solution, however, have remained since the initial announcement. In an interview with Re/code today, Ford CEO Mark Fields clarified some of the details regarding the company’s plans to offer CarPlay (and Android Auto) in its vehicles.

Fields first commented that Ford doesn’t want to end up as the handset business, meaning that the company doesn’t want to simply offer hardware with other operating systems. Ford has its own SYNC in-car solution and it will continue to...

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13:37
Interesting IHS Teardown of the Apple Watch Sport...

Today IHS revealed the results of their new Teardown of the Apple Watch to find the real cost of Apple's newest iDevice. According to IHS and its Teardown Mobile Handsets Intelligence Service, the much-anticipated Apple Watch has the lowest hardware costs compared to retail price of any Apple product to date.

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13:24
Amazon Instant Video gets HD, cellular streaming on...

Amazon on Thursday released a major update to its Instant Video iOS client, while Waze launched Unusual Traffic, a series of city-based Twitter accounts hooked into data from its mobile navigation apps.

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13:20
Volume Purchase Program: Requesting free iLife and...

Follow these instructions to request iLife and iWork for Mac applications on your Volume Purchase Program (VPP) account.

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13:01
Microsoft Offers Devs an Edge


Microsoft on Wednesday made its new Edge browser available to participants in the Windows Insider Program. Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president, operating systems group, made the announcement at the company's Build developers' conference, being held in San Francisco through Friday. Edge is available through the Windows 10 Preview, accessible to Windows Insiders. It incorporates Cortana, Microsoft's personal assistant. That lets it "learn what you care about and helps you get things done," Belfiore said.

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12:51
Ford Working With Apple on CarPlay, But Won't...

Ford has promised to bring CarPlay to its vehicles and is listed as one of Apple's CarPlay partners, but Ford executives say the company will also focus on compatibility with Android and its own Ford SYNC in-car infotainment system to give consumers as much choice as possible. In an interview with Re/code, Ford CTO Raj Nair explained that the company doesn't want people making car choices based on their smartphones.CTO Raj Nair said part of the reason behind that is ensuring that car buyers have choice. "We want to make sure you are not pushed into a decision on a $40,000 car based on your $200 smartphone," Nair said. Ford, like the other car makers, also sees its infotainment system, known as SYNC, as a key selling point. "The data shows SYNC has been a significant draw in the showroom," Nair said.Ford's focus is on SYNC, but...

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12:46
Apple updates iMovie for iOS with fix for...

Apple on Thursday issued a minor update to its iMovie video editing app for iOS, addressing an issue that sometimes caused portrait photos to be cropped incorrectly.

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12:30
No, Apple didn’t ship a bunch of defective Apple...

The Daily Dot:Before you go cancelling your order for Apple’s first smartwatch, it’s important to grasp the facts.But “Apple Watch Defective!” is such a sexier headline. By the way, it’s a good rule of thumb that, when the headline includes something bad about an Apple product, wait 24 hours before commenting. Invariably, the facts come out and it’s not nearly as bad as the Chicken Littles would have you think.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:53
The Loop Magazine: Apple’s New MacBook

The Loop Magazine released a new issue today with eight new articles. You can download the app for iPhone and iPad and get a free preview of every article in this month’s issue. You can purchase the issue for $1.99 or get a subscription for just $1.99 per month and get access to all of the issues.In this issue:Review: 12-inch MacBook: Jim Dalrymple got his hands on one of the new MacBooks Apple recently introduced and gives you his thoughts, from the Retina display to using the one USB-C port.Skating To Where The MacBook Is Going To Be: Rene Ritchie takes a look at why the all-new MacBook is ahead of the curve and why competitors will have a hard time catching Apple.The MacBook: A New Mac Laptop For A New Mac...

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11:44
San Francisco’s luxury bus

Would you pay $6 to commute in a bus that looks like a cafe crossed with a Virgin America plane?A luxury-bus startup called Leap Transit relaunched in San Francisco last week, carting passengers from the wealthy Marina district to downtown. It’s the latest company to offer a high-end alternative to public transit.I’d do it.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:39
Amid rumors of an Apple buyout, Nokia's maps...

Shares of Nokia fell more than 12 percent on Thursday after the company's networking division reported disappointing results. But a bright spot was its "Here" mapping division, which is rumored to be a potential acquisition target for Apple.

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11:35
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 043 on Build...

In this episode, Jeremy Thake and Richard DiZerega talk to Rob Howard and Chakkaradeep Chandran about the announcements from Build 2015.

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11:26
If you can't connect to a cellular network or...

Get help with No Service or Searching, cellular network, and 4G LTE issues on your iPhone or iPad (cellular model).

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11:14
Apple opens up early access to App Analytics for...

Apple on Thursday offered developers the option to register for the App Analytics beta, opening early access to a feature originally announced at last year's Worldwide Developers Conference.

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10:59
Top 6 essential smart home accessories (Video)


There’s no denying that connected smart home accessories are on the rise. Apple’s HomeKit is slowly making an entrance into this space, but for the moment there are a wide variety of accessories available that can make your house a lot cooler. Today we’re taking a look at some of the essential options that have been around for a little while, but are definitely must-haves if you’re into the smart home scene. These devices may not be necessary, but they make things around the house more convenient…
Withings Home
First up we’re taking a look at Withings Home. This is one of the easiest ways to keep an eye on the house while away. Withings Home is a connected security camera that even has Apple Watch integration. Withings Home...

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10:41
Apple Pay FAQ

Apple Pay offers an easy, secure, and private way to pay using Touch ID on iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, and Apple Watch.

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10:31
Apple Working on Bending Beam Sensors for Force...

Apple worked hard on the Force Sensor solutions that went into the new MacBook and Apple Watch. Today, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published another patent application from Apple regarding force sensors using strain and bending beam sensors.

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10:26
Apple, IBM and Japan Post Announce New iPad...

Today "Japan Post Group, IBM and Apple announced a first-of-its-kind initiative aimed at improving the quality of life for millions of Japanese senior citizens.

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10:17
Apple opens sign-ups for developers to test upcoming...


Apple has started offering registered developers the chance to sign-up and test its upcoming App Analytics feature first announced last year at WWDC. Developers have been awaiting the service since it was announced following Apple’s acquisition of TestFlight (and FlightPath), a service which offered its own analytics features....

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09:44
Apple, IBM To Bring iPads To 5 Million Elderly...

itwbennett writes: An initiative between Apple, IBM and Japan Post Holdings could put iPads in the hands of up to 5 million members of Japan's elderly population. The iPads, which will run custom apps from IBM, will supplement Japan Post's Watch Over service where, for a monthly fee, postal employees check on elderly residents and relay information on their well-being to family members.

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09:41
Identify counterfeit or uncertified Lightning...

Apple recommends using only accessories that Apple has certified and that come with the "Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad" logo. Learn about the issues that counterfeit or uncertified Lightning accessories can cause and how to identify these accessories.

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09:40
Throwback Thursday: ThunderScan

ThunderScan image from yesterbits.com

This week, we're taking the time machine back to 1989 to look at a $249 scanner. What?! An inexpensive scanner in the 1980s? Well, the ThunderScan had more than a few limitations, but it made a fairly workable scanner provided that you owned an ImageWriter or ImageWriter II dot matrix printer. Macintosh pioneer Andy Hertzfeld was the whiz behind the software that drove the ThunderScan and made its images viewable on original Macs.

Users simply removed the printer ribbon cartridge from the ImageWriter, then popped in the ThunderScan. The printer's roller mechanism acted as a "sheet feeder" to feed one page at a time, one line at a time, past the ThunderScan's optical head that moved back and forth across whatever it was you were trying to scan. A cable ran to a nearby adapter connected to a Mac, where the ThunderScan software captured the images.

The original ThunderScan came out in 1984, and basically just provided black...

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09:35
Apple and IBM will give 4 to 5 million iPads to...


Nokton

IBM and Apple said today that they would be working with Japan Post, the country’s postal service, to deliver four to five million iPads outfitted with IBM software to seniors in Japan by 2020.
The collaboration between Apple and IBM is an extension of the partnership the two companies announced last year as they hope...

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09:26
Undeterred by Tim Cook's browbeating, supply...

Apple CEO Tim Cook took supply chain "guesstimators" to task on the company's second-quarter earnings call earlier this week, but that did not stop one firm from moving ahead with its own analysis of Apple's new wearable device.

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09:15
Apple Watch, backups and iCloud

Rob Richman bought a 38mm Apple Watch, spent some time with it, then had a bit of buyer’s remorse. He swapped it out for a 42mm model. This is a bit of what he went through.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:13
How to manage notification alerts on your new Apple...

Managing and customizing notifications is key to having a great experience with the Apple Watch. By default, many of your apps will mirror the notification settings on your iPhone, but dealing with all those apps on your wrist can be a chore.

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09:13
IHS: Apple Watch costs only about 24% of MSRP

The Apple Watch has the lowest hardware costs compared to retail price of any Apple product IHS Technology has researched, according to a preliminary estimate by IHS (www.ihs.com) and its Teardown Mobile Handsets Intelligence Service.
The teardown of the Apple Watch Sport by IHS Technology estimates that the actual hardware costs are only about 24%of the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP). Estimated hardware cost to MSRP ratios for other Apple products reviewed by IHS are in the range of 29% to 98%.
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09:12
About the iPad Smart Cover

The iPad Smart Cover is a thin cover that protects the iPad screen. The Smart Cover connects to your iPad with magnets.    

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09:04
Apple Watch Could Be a Password Alternative


With password tolerance levels at an all time low, alternatives to the pesky and insecure authenticators are beginning to abound. One of those alternatives could be the Apple Watch. Even before Apple's latest gadget began shipping last week, MicroStrategy announced it was extending its Usher enterprise security solution to the Apple Watch. Usher, launched earlier this year, lets an enterprise use smartphones to authenticate its users and eschew user names, passwords and tokens.

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09:04
ABI Research gives us our first look at the Apple...

When iFixit tore down the Apple Watch last week, one of the things it couldn't dig into was the S1 "System in Package" (SiP) that powers the device. The S1's components were covered in a "solid block of plasticky resin" rather than a standard heat spreader, so we couldn't see the individual chips and controllers on the board like we usually can in iFixit teardowns.
Today ABI Research took things one step further, removing that block of resin and exposing what's underneath. Most of the components aren't surprising. There's a Broadcom BCM43342 chip for dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, 512MB of RAM from Elpida, and 8GB of flash memory from Sandisk and Toshiba. An NFC controller from NXP and a signal booster from...

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08:56
Evernote 6.0.10 - Create searchable notes and access...

Evernote allows you to easily capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes this information accessible and searchable at anytime, from anywhere.

  • Create notes containing text and audio
  • Find printed and handwritten text within images
  • Clip application and web content directly into Evernote
  • Synchronize with the Evernote Service and access all notes, even ones taken using other clients

Version 6.0.10:

  • Unlimited monthly uploads with Evernote Premium - Premium subscribers can now keep more notes, more photos, and more files in Evernote without worrying about space.
  • Introducing Evernote Plus - A new subscription tier that gives you many of the fundamentals to unlock more productivity. 1GB of monthly uploads, offline notebooks, mobile passcode, and emailing into Evernote.
  • Improved Work Chat with a new streamlined interface...

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08:50
Apple Watch Sport Component Costs Estimated at $83....

IHS iSuppli often tears down devices to estimate component costs, and today, the research firm released its report on the Apple Watch, suggesting it has the lowest hardware costs compared to retail price of any Apple product IHS has researched. The 38mm Apple Watch Sport dissected by IHS was estimated to cost $81.20 when broken down by component. In IHS' estimation, the most expensive component in the Apple Watch is the display (including OLED and Ion-X cover glass), priced at $20.50, followed by the processor on the S1 chip, priced at $10.20. In addition to component costs, IHS adds an estimated $2.50 for manufacturing costs, bringing its total estimate for the Apple Watch's raw cost to $83.70. IHS did not give similar cost breakdowns for the stainless steel or gold Apple Watches, both of which have sapphire cover displays and different casing materials. At $...

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08:39
‘Marvel Future Fight’ action RPG for iOS arrives as...

With the North American release of the new Avengers: Age of Ultron movie hitting theaters tomorrow, Korean developer Netmarble has perfectly timed the release of its anticipated “Marvel Future Fight” action RPG for iPhone and iPad.
Available on the App Store now for free, the game features 36 officially licensed Marvel characters, including The Avengers, Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Daredevil, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Loki, Doctor Octopus and Ultron.


The game includes a single player campaign, 3 vs. 3 battles, one-finger gesture control or a virtual gamepad, and a familiar RPG leveling system.
With a storyline penned by best-selling...

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08:11
How-To: Clean and speed up your Mac with free,...

“My Mac used to be fast, but now it’s running so slow.” I’ve heard many versions of this complaint, and they’re always factually true, not just opinions: Macs do become sluggish over time, even if all of their chips and hard drives are working like new.
I’ve devoted several columns to hardware solutions — replacing old hard drives with fast new SSDs, adding more RAM, and increasing storage capacity using an external drive — but there are software solutions, too. Even die-hard Apple fans will admit that Macs typically run new OS X versions better (faster, and with fewer bugs) if you start with a clean slate: completely wipe your hard drive, do a fresh install of the latest OS X release, and restore only the files you need. That’s not as...

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08:10
9to5Toys Last Call: Beats Tour $95, 13″ MacBook Pro...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.
Today’s can’t miss deals:
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08:00
Teardown shows Apple Watch S1 chip has custom CPU,...

The first complete teardown of the S1 system-on-chip in the Apple Watch shows parts from a number of different manufacturers, including a Broadcom wireless chip, and memory from Elpida, Toshiba, and SanDisk, a detailed look inside the custom chip revealed on Thursday.

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07:57
Logic Pro X 10.1.1 Release Notes

Learn about current and previous Logic Pro X updates. Logic Pro X 10.1.1 is an update to Logic Pro X.

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07:49
If iMovie doesn't recognize or control your...

Learn what to do if you don't see your camera displayed in iMovie, or if it unexpectedly stops importing, exporting, or responding.

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07:47
Apple TV shipping times slip to 1-2 weeks ahead of...


Ahead of Apple’s WWDC in June and an expected Apple TV refresh, shipping times for its current generation Apple TV have just slipped from in stock to 1-2 weeks. Apple’s estimates for shipping Apple TV from its online store often jump between being “in stock” and “1 day”, but a longer delay in shipping could signal Apple’s intent to introduce a refreshed Apple TV in the near future.
We reported earlier this year that...

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07:40
Apple's iPad remains dominant in shrinking...

More than one out of every four tablets sold in the first quarter of 2015 bore an Apple logo, new data indicates, though the worldwide market for tablets and convertible devices continues to contract.

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07:39
Inside Apple Watch’s ultra compact S1 chip exposes...

We’ve already seen the Apple Watch get torn apart by iFixit, giving us an inside look at the Taptic Engine, Digital Crown, and (mostly) battery, and now ABI Research has gone a level further and opened up the custom designed S1 chip that is the brains of the Apple Watch…
As part of its Teardowns Market Research effort, ABI illustrates each component packed into the tiny, weather resistant module including WiFi, Bluetooth, and NFC radios.
The photo also reveals 512 MB of RAM sourced from Elpida, 8GB of flash storage sourced from SanDisk/Toshiba, and the integrated accelerometer/gyroscope sensor. The real brains of the S1 chip can...

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07:30
Apple, IBM team with Japan Post to address needs of...

Tim Cook recently appeared in Japan with Japan Post CEO Taizo Nishimuro and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty to discuss a collaboration that will benefit Japan's growing aging population.

Nishimuro's Post is developing iPad solutions that are "very easy for seniors to use," and intends to use help from IBM to create analytics and cloud services to support those apps. Without getting too specific, the group announced they'll be making quality of life apps with a focus on accessibility, as well as apps to address accessibility concerns that haven't been addressed yet. Finally, the collaborators will address delivering these apps to elderly customers. 

Our take on the news

It's great to see such powerful and high-profile companies addressing accessibility and the needs of seniors. I'm not sure what WiFi coverage is like in rural Japan. I hope elderly customers in those areas have an opportunity to benefit,...

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07:22
Duet Dock: Apple Watch and iPhone in perfect harmony

Even before the Apple Watch started shipping last week, several products aimed at charging your iPhone and Watch at the same time were touted from several different accessory manufacturers. The Duet Dock, currently on Kickstarter, won't be here until August, but looks like a solid competitor to other products we're seeing. 

Machined from aluminum, Duet uses a design similar to those we've seen from other manufacturers -- it has an elevated "arm" onto which you can place your Watch for charging, as well as a dock for an iPhone. The two parts are held securely together with neodymium magnets but can be separated if desired. The Watch band is wrapped around the arm, which makes it less susceptible to movement. I think this is a good idea -- my cats have decided that a Watch on its charging puck is a...

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07:08
Sony operating profits set to quadruple, aided by...

Based in large part on strong sales of camera sensors for products like Apple's iPhone, Sony is forecasting that its operating profits will more than quadruple in the coming year, a report said on Thursday.

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07:00
Doblet batteries on demand: Today SF, tomorrow the...

You've probably never heard of Doblet, but if you live in San Francisco the name is going to become very important to you. The company is starting the first network of batteries on demand for recharging your smartphone, placing doblets (quick-charge battery packs) where you recharge -- in restaurants, bars and cafes.

The company now has doblets in about a hundred locations and expects to expand to about 1,000 Bay Area venues soon. Backed by Y Combinator, Doblet wants to expand to New York, Chicago, Boston, Miami and Toronto. Not only will your favorite watering hole or eatery have doblets available, but the company wants to place them at hotels, stadiums, airports, and in Lyft and Uber cars.

To use the service and find out where the nearest doblet is waiting for you, just...

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06:59
Rumor: Apple Watch rollout slowed by faulty Taptic...



This may be part of the reason for the delay/long shipping time for your Apple Watch.
A report on Wednesday claims Apple discovered a serious flaw in certain vibrator mechanisms that power Apple Watch’s Taptic Engine, prompting completed units to be scrapped just prior to launch.
Citing sources close to the story, a Wall Street Journal report stated that an unknown number of haptic feedback motors built by AAC Technologies Holdings broke down during reliability testing shortly after mass production of the Apple Watch kicked off in February. AAC Technologies has functioned as the primary supplier for the the feedback motors.

The report also matches statements...

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06:47
Early Looks Inside Apple Watch's S1 Chip...

Since the Apple Watch's initial unveiling last September, Apple has touted the S1 chip that serves as the brains of the device, with the company noting is has essentially packed an entire computer onto a single ultra-compact chip that is encapsulated in resin to help protect it from the elements. iFixit was unable to delve into the S1 itself in the firm's initial teardown of the Apple Watch, and Chipworks offered an early look at the chip's internals starting x-ray imaging, but now ABI Research has more fully deconstructed the S1 and identified a number of its components. ABI's photo shows the center of the S1 dominated by the main processor carrying part number APL 0778, with 4...

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06:46
Aperture 3: Tips on tethered shooting

Get tips on tethered shooting with Aperture 3.

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06:45
Video and audio formats that work with Aperture 3

With Aperture 3, you can use video and audio formats from many still cameras. The cameras listed here have been tested. Video and audio from still cameras that have not been tested may also work.

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06:42
Apple, IBM, Japan Post Group create pilot program to...

This is an incredibly ambitious program with a potentially huge upside for the elderly in Japan and for their families as well. A remarkable effort on the part of Apple, IBM, and Japan Post Group.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:36
Rumor: Apple Store app to arrive for Apple Watch “...



It won’t be long before you can shop for Apple Store items via your Apple Watch.
Sources have stated that Apple is completing its work on a version of the Apple Store app for the new wearable device. The app has not been given a firm release date beyond “soon” and will be part of an application update for the iPhone and iPad.

Given that the Apple Watch lacks a keyboard, more complicated orders will need to take place on the iPhone or iPad app.
It’s also been stated that Apple will ask employees to push Apple Store app installations for the Apple Watch to customers this summer, when the Watch goes on sale in Apple’s own stores.
Until then, retail employees will...

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06:33
Apple Watch Edition suddenly looks cheap as Marc...

If you wanted to get your hands on something (partly) designed by Marc Newson, the Apple Watch is probably the cheapest option out there. Even the $17,000 top-of-the-range Edition model might look a little more reasonable after learning that a Newson-designed lounge chair just sold at a London auction for $3.7M.
Still, when you’re laying out a few million on a chair, you can at least be confident it’s the most comfortable chair in the world, right? Apparently not: Newson told the BBC that it was “not really meant to be comfortable.”
Newson, a close friend of Jony Ive, joined Apple last year to work on a number of projects, among them a special edition...

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06:30
Apple spending on research and development swells...

Apple's spending on research and development surged year over year by another $500 million last quarter, reaching $1.9 billion and growing to 3.3 percent of the company's total net sales.

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06:24
Apple, Japan Post, IBM help connect elderly to...

Japan Post Group, IBM and Apple have announced an initiative aimed at improving the quality of life for millions of Japanese senior citizens.
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06:17
CleanApp 5.0.1 - Application deinstaller and...

CleanApp is an application deinstaller and archiver.... Your hard drive gets fuller day by day, but do you know why? CleanApp 5 provides you with insights how to reclaim disk space. There are definitely tons of unused files on your hard drive - CleanApp will help you to find and delete them. CleanApp 5 has been re-developed from scratch and offers a comprehensive and convenient user interface. Delete applications completely. Any app you install and run in OS X creates a large number of associated files in your system - hidden in places you wouldn't expect them to be. Therefore, free hard drive space will shrink continuously - even if you delete the software after testing and especially if you are trying out lots of applications. CleanApp 5 brings light into the darkness and helps you to tidy up your system. CleanApp relies on sophisticated methods for analysing files and applications. There is even a background service monitoring all file activity...

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06:14
Tattoos Found To Interfere With Apple Watch Sensors

An anonymous reader writes: A number of early Apple Watch adopters have complained that their tattoos cause interference with many of the new product's key features. According to multiple tattooed sources, inked wrists and hands can disrupt communication with the wearable's sensors installed in the underside of the device leading to malfunction. Owners of Apple Watch have taken to social media to voice their frustration using the hashtag #tattoogate and sharing their disappointment over the newly discovered Apple flaw. One user reported that the Watch's lock system did not disable as it should when the device was placed on a decorated area of skin – forcing those affected to constantly enter their security pins. A further source suggested that notification alerts would fail to 'ping' as they are supposed to, and that heart rate monitoring differed significantly between tattooed and non-tattooed wrist readings.
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06:10
Amazon Instant Video iOS app adds HD content,...


The Amazon Instant Video app for iOS is getting a nice update today that brings streaming of content in HD as well as the ability to stream over a cellular connection. Previously users were only able to stream over WiFi, but will now be able to stream movies and TV shows on their LTE connection while on the go. 
With the new iOS app, Prime members can instantly watch tens of thousands of great titles available at no additional cost to their membership over a...

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06:10
Global tablet market continues to contract

Worldwide tablet shipments recorded a year-over-year decline for the second consecutive quarter in the first quarter of 2015 (1Q15). Overall shipments for tablets and 2-in-1 devices fell to 47.1 million in 1Q15, a -5.9% decline from the same quarter a year ago, according to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (www.idc.com).
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06:04
Today in the App Store — Stella’s Journey,...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on Flick Kick Football, the new Stella’s Journey game and a major update to Pixelmator for OS X. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Lane Splitter [Now free, down from $0.99] Ride your motorcycle at insane speeds through ever changing traffic. Your reflexes will mean the difference between surviving or crashing in spectacular fashion. Do you have what it takes to reach TOP SPEED?

Flick Kick Football [Now free, down from $1.99] Kick it old school! See for yourself why Flick Kick® Football is the soccer game that people simply can’t put down...

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05:48
iPad Continues to Lead Declining Tablet Market in...

The latest numbers from market research firm IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker reveal that Apple continues to be the largest vendor in a declining tablet market, shipping 12.6 million iPads in the first quarter of 2015 to capture a 26.8% share of the global tablet market. Apple maintained the top position despite facing a 22.9% decline in tablet shipments compared to the year-ago quarter. Samsung was the second largest tablet vendor with 9 million tablet shipments in the first quarter, good for 19.1% market share in the global tablet market and a 16.5% year-over-year decline. Lenovo, Asus and LG Electronics rounded off the top five, with 2.5 million, 1.8 million and 1.4 million global tablet shipments in the first quarter respectively for a combined 12.2% market share. Apple, Samsung and several other electronics makers are feeling the effects of a prolonged slowdown in the tablet market, with the...

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05:47
Apple to aid Japan's elderly with iPads in...

Japan Post has forged a deal with Apple and IBM that will see iPads put in the hands of elderly Japanese under the care of the national Watch Over service, the companies announced on Thursday.

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05:45
Tour the Arches National Park on Apple Maps Flyover...

Apple is adding 20 new Flyover locations to Apple Maps, including the Arches National Park in Utah. Flyover not only provides a great way to get a realistic view of a location, but also allows some virtual tourism of some of the bigger sights out there that you may never get the chance to visit in person.
As always with Flyover updates, it can take a little time for them to roll out to everyone. You’ll know it’s available when you search for a location and see the Flyover bar with its Start button … 
The other 19 locations are:

  • Badajoz, Spain
  • Bari, Italy
  • Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Canberra, Australia
  • ...
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05:22
Samsung profit dips as feature phone, tablet sales...

South Korean electronics conglomerate Samsung has taken a sizable year-over-year profitability hit in its mobile phone division, with declining sales of high-volume, low-cost feature phones and tablets dragging down its bottom line.

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05:20
Apple continues their Work on a Shock-Absorber...

In 2011 we posted a report titled "Apple Invents Crack Resistant Glass Solutions for Portables," which covered a form of shock absorber system built into devices that would know that a "fall event" was occurring ...

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05:19
Topics for Mac Service Certification Exam (9L0-012)

This article lists the exam topics for the Mac Service Certification Exam (9L0-012).

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02:45
Apple Watch as fitness tracker: Putting Activity and...

No one is going to buy an Apple Watch just to replace her (much cheaper) fitness tracker, but if you shell out $350+ for Apple’s latest device, it needs to perform better than a Fitbit, Jawbone, or Basis Peak. Who’s going to strap two bands to their wrist to count steps? Fortunately the Apple Watch isn’t just a capable health and fitness band: It’s downright amazing, though, like every other facet of the watch, it has room for improvement.Apple Watch’s health and fitness features were what sold me on the watch to begin with, so I had high expectations. I put the device’s native Activity and Workout apps through their paces on outdoor runs and gym workouts during my first week with the watch and plan to fold third-party fitness apps into my regimen down the line. I’ll revisit this in future stories....

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03:59
Default Folder for Mac OS X gets maintenance upgrade

St. Clair Software (http://tinyurl.com/2gm24v) has released Default Folder X 4.7.1, an update to their utility for Mac OS X.
Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications. Its custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips. It provides fast navigation to your files, convenient previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more. Version 4.7.1 fixes a bug in Mac OS 10.10.3, as well as offering a number of feature improvements.
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03:43
Kool Tools: PixPlant 3 for Mac OS X

FaronStudio's PixPlant 3 (http://www.pixplant.com) is an update to their professional texturing tool for Mac OS X and Windows. The app offers an integrated environment for the creation of 3D maps from plain photos.
Select an image, run PixPlant, and the result is seamless texture maps. The app is used by those in the architectural visualization, interior design, 3D virtual prototyping, visual FX and game development industries.
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03:34
Apple continues their Work on Possible Future...

In April 2013 we posted a European patent application report that covered an extraordinary Apple invention that related to advanced iDevices wherein the body and the display would be able to bend significantly, in fact be able to fold over like a wallet.

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02:17
Apple continues their Work on an Advanced Telephoto...

Evidence has been mounting in respect to Apple working on an advanced mechanical zoom or telephoto lens system for future iDevices. On February 12, we posted a patent application report titled "Apple Reveals a Zoom Lens Breakthrough for Future iDevices." Then on March 24 ...

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00:56
Future iPhones may sport both telephoto and wide...

Coming amid rumors of a next-generation iPhone with dual lenses, an Apple patent application published Thursday reveals a setup that features both wide angle and telephoto cameras.

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Wednesday April 29

23:16
Quick Tip – Changing ComputerName Before...

If you are in an AD environment and computer names come from somewhere else in your organization, it may be inconvenient when trying to quickly prepare a new machine. DeployStudio has a form workflow step to set some information you’d like customized for the computer, including the local name(for Bonjour) and computer name(for Apple Remote Desktop). Some AD binds dynamically append the search domain to the local name, or folks explicitly set that in some type of firstboot action, which I do with Outset. However, if there’s a lag between when the computer arrives to be prepared (or, I know it’s passeé, imaged) and when a network hostname is assigned, you can still let DeployStudio run everything like normal but change it before the finalize step, where domain binding actually happens.
While netbooted or otherwise going through your workflow in the DeployStudio Runtime, when prompted for a name in the workflow, just use a...

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22:59
Quicken 2015 2.5.0 - Complete personal finance...

Quicken 2015 helps you manage all your personal finances in one place, so you can see where you're spending and where you can save. Quicken automatically categorizes your financial transactions, helps you stay on top of bills and set goals so you can save more. You can even access your data on the go. Features:

  • View All Your Accounts in One Place - See all your bank, credit card, investment and retirement accounts in one place, so you know exactly where you stand. Quicken 2015 downloads your income and expenses from your accounts, so you don't have to enter transactions manually and avoid the hassle of going to multiple websites.
  • See Exactly Where Your Money Is Going - Quicken 2015 automatically categorizes expenses like groceries, entertainment, and more, so you don't have to edit them manually. You can easily see where you're spending and where you can save.
  • Plan, and Stay on, a Budget...

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22:11
Watch, Apple Watch

When You Were Young and Your Heart Was an Open Book

Regular readers of this column are well aware of my affinity for the James Bond movies. I’ve been a fan for as long as I can remember. As a kid growing up in the late ’70s and early ’80s, I was a staunch Roger Moore fan. I loved the Connery films too, but they felt old, and as a kid, “old” is not cool. That perspective applied even to their watches. Roger Moore wore digital watches; Sean Connery wore mechanicals. Digital watches were cool; analog watches were old-fashioned.

Today, I’ve come to my senses, and I know that Connery was and always will be the definitive James Bond, and his Rolex Submariner — reference 6538 — the definitive Bond watch. The coolest of the cool. But Moore’s Bond’s digital watches were cool, too. Connery drove the most...

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04:00
5 surprising tips for Apple’s new Photos app

Most of the reporting to date on Apple’s new Photos app logically focuses on getting your pictures into the program, dealing with iCloud Photo Library (the syncing service used to copy all your pictures onto all your devices), the Adjustment panel’s smart sliders, and so on. In this column, you’ll learn a few slick Photos tricks that you may not have read about anywhere else. Read on and prepare to be impressed!To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:30
Tattooed Apple Watch owners report sensor troubles

The Apple Watch is slowly but surely making its way into the world, but less than a week after the first devices landed on the front steps of lucky pre-orderers, there’s already a problem—sort of.The watch reportedly has trouble sensing it’s on your skin if you have a heavily pigmented tattoo sleeve, according to Reddit users. This means the watch constantly locks up if you have it set to lock when it’s not on your wrist, and it doesn’t tap you when notifications come in. People who are experiencing the problem have tried turning off wrist detection, which allows alerts to come through, but turning off that setting also prevents Apple Pay from working, so it’s a less-than-ideal solution.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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19:59
Default Folder X 4.7.1 - Enhances Open and Save...

Default Folder X attaches a toolbar to the right side of the Open and Save dialogs in any OS X-native application. The toolbar gives you fast access to various folders and commands. You just click on the buttons to go to your favorite and recently used folders, manage the folders and files shown in the list, and make changes to your settings. It also fixes a number of problems in Open and Save dialogs, "rebounding" to the last selected file, putting the path listing back in the top menu, and correcting bugs in scrolling column views. Features

  • Directory assistant: You can access the contents of your recent, favorite, and open folders right from Default Folder X's toolbar.
  • Real time saving: If you're constantly saving things inside the same folder, Default Folder X can remember that folder for you.
  • Finder management: Default Folder X lets you open up or save to any Finder window with a...

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19:59
BBEdit 11.1 - Powerful text and HTML editor. (Demo)

BBEdit is the leading professional HTML and text editor for the Mac. Specifically crafted in response to the needs of Web authors and software developers, this award-winning product provides a plethora of features for editing, searching, and manipulation of text. BBEdit transforms text with high performance. An intelligent interface provides easy access to BBEdit's best of class features including grep pattern matching, search and replace across multiple files, function navigation and syntax coloring for numerous source code languages, FTP and SFTP open and save, AppleScript, Perl, and OS X Unix scripting support, glossary support, and a complete set of HTML tools.Version 11.1: Full Release Notes

  • OS X 10.8.5 or later

Download Now

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19:59
Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 15.2.2 - Professional image...

Photoshop CC 2015 is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $19.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous Photoshop customer). Photoshop CS6 is still available for purchase (without a monthly plan) if you prefer. Adobe Photoshop CC 2015, the industry standard for digital image processing and editing, delivers a comprehensive package of professional retouching tools, and is packed with powerful editing features designed to inspire.Version 15.2.2 (2014.2.2): Collaborate on libraries You can now share libraries with collaborators from within Photoshop. Collaborators must have an Adobe ID. If they don't already have an Adobe ID, they can create one when they accept the invitation to collaborate.

  • Follow these steps to share a library:
    1. In the...

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19:59
Tonality Pro 1.1.4 - Professional-grade monochrome...

Tonality Pro gives you the power to create stunning and dramatic black & white images. This is a complete monochrome image editor with more than 150 one-click style presets, totally unique creativity tools, stackable layers, adjustable brushes, RAW file support and so much more will blow you away. A non-Pro version of Tonality is available on the Mac App Store; find out more here. An introductory video to Tonality Pro is available here. Features:

  • Professional image quality with a proprietary 16-bit RAW processing engine
  • Scores of inspiring professional presets provide one-click "magic"
  • Unique adaptive exposure and smart contrast tools for advanced tone control
  • Multiple effect layers offer true advancements in creative toolsets
  • Adjustable, pressure-sensitive brushes and masking tools
  • Built-...

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17:16
Apple reportedly hires additional BBC Radio 1...


A new report from Music Business Worldwide claims that Apple has recently hired four producers from BBC Radio 1. This report comes two months after it was announced that Zane Lowe was leaving the British radio station to take a new position at Apple. According to today’s report, the recent Apple hires include James Bursey, Natasha Lynch and Kieran Yeates, as well as one other.

Bursey was Zane Lowe’s old producer at Radio 1 and has been at the station since 2003. Bursey reportedly left BBC Radio 1 on Friday and is now on his way to Los Angeles to begin working with Lowe on Apple’s new...

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16:53
BBEdit 11.1

Adds support for Git and EditorConfig, as well as brings a Dostoevskian list of improvements and fixes to the venerable text editor. ($49.99 new, free update, 11.5 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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16:15
An Early Detected Taptic Engine Glitch is Culprit...

According to a new report published this afternoon, early Apple Watch production problems found that the Taptic Engine produced by supplier AAC Technologies back in February caused some watches to be scrapped or destroyed as a result. None of the defective Watches were shipped to customers.

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15:59
Today in the App Store -- Broken Age, Star Wars...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on Star Wars™ Pinball 3, the new Microgue and a major update to Broken Age. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Lane Splitter [Now free, down from $0.99] Ride your motorcycle at insane speeds through ever changing traffic. Your reflexes will mean the difference between surviving or crashing in spectacular fashion. Do you have what it takes to reach TOP SPEED?

Swordigo [Now free, down from $2.99] Run, jump and fight your way through a vast world to defeat the spreading corruption.

...

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15:58
Apple reportedly poaches more BBC Radio 1 staff for...

A report on Wednesday claims Apple poached a handful of top producers from BBC Radio 1 to work on a secret streaming music service rumored to debut later this year, potentially as a rebranded Beats Music.

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15:44
Apple says it could face ‘material’ back taxes over...

Apple’s European HQ in Cork, Ireland
Following its announcement of record Q2 earnings, Apple published its quarterly 10-Q report, providing more in-depth details about finances. Notably, the company warns of the possibility of “material” back taxes due to the company’s well-documented favorable tax arrangements with Ireland.

On June 11, 2014, the European Commission issued an opening decision initiating a formal investigation against Ireland for alleged state aid to the Company. The opening decision concerns the allocation of profits for taxation purposes of the Irish branches...

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14:50
Samsung's Mobile Business Sees Major Profit...

During its Wednesday earnings call, Apple rival Samsung Electronics reported net profit of 4.63 trillion won ($4.35 billion) for the January to March quarter, a 39% drop from its net profit of 7.49 trillion won in the year ago quarter. A sizable portion of the lost profit came from Samsung's mobile division, which brought in 2.74 trillion won ($2.5 billion) in the first quarter of 2015, vs. 6.43 trillion won in the first quarter of 2014. Despite the year over year profit loss, Samsung's earnings release highlighted its quarter over quarter improvement and pointed towards increased sales of middle-end smartphones including the Galaxy A series. Samsung doesn't divulge its smartphone sales, but analysts believe the company sold 83.2 million smartphones during the quarter, compared to Apple's 61...

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14:40
Intel-based Mac: Startup sequence errors, behaviors...

Learn about startup errors, behaviors, and symbols for Intel-based Mac computers. Note that some newer Mac models use tones to indicate issues instead.

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14:10
Vivid Vervet Doesn't Have Much Meat on Its Bones


You will not see much new in Ubuntu 15.04, aka "Vivid Vervet" -- as in East African monkey -- unless you peer under the hood. The release of Ubuntu 15.04 for the desktop includes mostly maintenance and bug fixes, along with new integrated menus and dashboard usability improvements. Perhaps the most significant technical change in this desktop release is the adoption of Systemd to replace the default init manager system. A significant number of continuing Linux distros are joining the SystemD party line.

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14:00
AWT News Update: April 29, 2015

On a sunny (at least at Apple World Today HQ) day in April, there's a variety of Apple news awaiting you on this podcast:

  • iOS 8 is now running on more than 80% of all iOS devices
  • American Airlines passengers faced delays yesterday after an iPad app used by pilots on Boeing 737 aircraft caused the iPads to crash
  • Twitter announced yesterday that it was working with Apple to build tweet search into Spotlight, and that capability is up and running
  • Pixelmator for Mac gets a huge update including Force Touch trackpad support

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13:42
Third-party iPad software to blame in delay of...

American Airlines on Wednesday said it identified an issue that delayed some 70 planes on Tuesday after crew iPads crashed, blaming the kerfuffle on mismanaged third-party software, not Apple hardware.

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13:20
Evernote adopts new Plus tier and revamped Premium...

Evernote on Wednesday added a new Plus tier to its notetaking services, simultaneously changing up its Premium subscription, while Airbnb introduced a native iPad interface to its iOS app.

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13:16
Get help with the Digital Crown on your Apple Watch

For example, if the Digital Crown isn't turning smoothly or your Apple Watch isn't responding to a button press, follow these steps.

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13:12
WSJ: Taptic Engine component responsible for limited...

If you're still waiting for your Apple Watch order to arrive, the Wall Street Journal has someone for you to blame: Taptic Engine components manufactured by AAC Technologies Holdings Inc. "started to break down over time," a manufacturing defect that "people familiar with the matter" say caused Apple to throw out some watches that had already been built.
Components from another supplier, Nidec Corp., haven't been faulty, but it will apparently take time for Nidec to ramp up production and catch up with demand. Neither AAC nor Nidec provided a comment for the Journal's story.
The Taptic Engine is a key part of the Apple Watch—it's what makes it vibrate when the watch wants your attention. Though many phones and tablets from other companies have used similar haptic feedback for a while now, Apple has only started to deploy it...

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13:07
Mac Basics: Ports and connectors on your Mac

Your Mac includes a number of ports and connectors so that you can connect displays, drives, keyboards, networks, and more. This article describes the most common connections, and what they are for.

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