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Wednesday July 8

15:32
Jim Cramer: Why Apple is China's Biggest Victim

Today we were hit with staggering positive news from Apple's supply chain that Apple is asking suppliers to manufacture between 85 million and 90 million units combined of two new iPhone models with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays by Dec. 31. But the day is ending with a prophet (or profit) of doom saying that Apple could be in store for a rocky ride in China.

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15:10
Apple outlines AppleCare service process for...


When Apple released the first beta of watchOS 2.0 last month following WWDC, users were surprised to learn that there was no way to downgrade from the beta build to the more stable Watch OS 1.0.1. Users tried a variety of different methods, but were ultimately left with one option: send their Watch into Apple and allow them to do the restore. With today’s launch of watchOS 2.0 beta 3, Apple has officially confirmed that there is no way to downgrade to an earlier version of watchOS without sending your device into Apple.

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15:00
Spotify Attempting to Stir Up More Trouble for Apple

Back in April we posted a report titled "European Regulators Sticking their Nose into Apple's Streaming Music Business before it even gets off the Ground." All it took is one formal complaint from an Apple competitor that doesn't have to be identified and the commission opens an investigation. We noted in our report that "The commission's probe had prompted finger-pointing ...

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14:47
Option for high-quality Apple Music streaming over...

It appears Apple is planning to give on-the-go Apple Music users the option to stream tunes at high bitrates when iOS 9 debuts later this year, as the latest beta released Wednesday includes a toggle switch for high quality audio streaming over cellular networks.

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14:18
Hacking group that targeted Apple, others reportedly...

A hacking group that previously targeted Apple, Twitter and Facebook appears to be operating independently and for the explicit purpose of turning a profit on corporate secrets, according to a Symantec research paper released on Wednesday.

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13:55
Latest iOS 9 beta includes separate Photos folders...

With its latest iOS 9 beta, Apple introduced separate Photos folders for selfies and screenshots, a small but useful addition that could go a long way in cleaning up users' libraries.

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13:27
Apple unveils improved two-factor login system and...



Apple has published a new support document detailing its plans to revamp the existing two-factor authentication system that it first launched last year. The document is careful to differentiate the two systems, referring to the existing one as “two-step verification” and the newer one as “two-factor authentication.”
The latest update to the iOS 9 beta has introduced initial support for the new system...

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13:02
Flash Player update closes vulnerability identified...

Adobe on Wednesday updated Flash Player to fix a number of security vulnerabilities, including one in the hands of Hacking Team, a company that infamously sold snooping tools and services to government agencies around the world -- potentially including harsh authoritarian regimes.

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12:49
Get help with WeChat

If you have a question about WeChat, you can look for it—and the answer—in the app's help section. You can also visit the WeChat support website or call the hotline.

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12:45
Apple Music helps iOS 8.4 exceed 40% adoption in...

Apple now notes that as of June 22, 84 percent of its mobile users are now using iOS 8. Analytics firm Mixpanel further details that 40 percent of the installed base has already upgraded to iOS 8.4, and states that rapid adoption is being driven by interest in the new Apple Music.

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12:37
Spotify encourages customers to bypass Apple's...

In an effort to bypass Apple's 30 percent cut of all App Store purchases, and in the wake of the launch of Apple Music, Spotify has begun emailing customers who subscribed through their iOS to convert their subscription to a Web-based one and save $3 per month.

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12:37
Security Pros Shine Light on Shadowy Cyberspy Ring


A highly sophisticated group of hackers who use cutting-edge techniques to shield their attacks from detection has been bedeviling corporations around the world for several years. The group, which Symantec dubbed "Morpho" and Kaspersky Lab calls "Wild Neutron," has hit multibillion-dollar corporations in the Internet, software, pharmaceutical and commodities sectors in at least 11 countries. It's believed to have been behind attacks on Twitter, Apple, Microsoft and Facebook in 2013.

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12:34
Here’s everything new in the latest iOS 9, El...


Apple earlier today began rolling out the third betas of iOS 9, watchOS 2, and OS X 10.11 El Capitan and we’ve been digging into each of them, trying to figure out what is new, changed, and improved. Most of the changes come on the iOS 9 and watchOS 2 side of things, with the new OS X 10.11 beta focusing mainly on under-the-hood changes. Read on for all of the changes…

What’s new in watchOS beta 3:
watchOS 2 beta 3 includes a variety of enhancements and bug fixes. For one, the update enlarges the size of the keypad buttons, making them significantly easier to tap. When data is unavailable, an underscore (...

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12:09
Judge Tosses Jury's $533M Patent Verdict...

An anonymous reader writes: US District Judge Rodney Gilstrap has thrown out a $532.9 million damages award against Apple after a jury found that its iTunes software infringed three patents owned by a Texas company. Gilstrap ruled (pdf) that the damages verdict must be thrown out because of faulty jury instructions and has ordered a new trial to be held solely on the issue of damages.

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12:01
iOS 9 lets you store 105 more apps per folder on the...


In addition to adding the new News app, iOS 9 beta 3 also made a much-needed enhancement to the folder functionality on the iPad. In prior versions of iOS, users were restricted to a 3×3 layout of apps on the iPad, meaning that there were 3 rows of 3 apps on the device, for a total of 9 apps per page. With iOS 9 beta 3, however, users can now have a 4×4 setup of apps in folders on the iPad.
 That means there can be 16 apps per page, up from 9 in previous versions. Seeing that iOS supports 15 pages of apps within a folder, today’s change means that each folder can now house 240 apps. Previously, folders could only contain 135...

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11:24
First look: Apple's News app debuts in latest...

The newest pre-release version of Apple's next-generation mobile operating system brought the first public release of the company's News app, an app and cloud service unveiled at WWDC and designed to act as an aggregator for news and commentary.

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11:10
Apple may have avoided $533 million iTunes patent...

Reuters is reporting today that a $532.9 million fine against Apple awarded to patent troll Smartflash LLC has been thrown out by a federal judge. US District Judge Rodney Gilstrap said jurors who awarded the damages to Smartflash on February 24 may have been "confused" by his instructions on how to calculate royalties. The jury found that Apple's iTunes software infringed three patents owned by Smartflash. 

Apple had protested the damages as being too high because the jurors might have considered the entire market value of the products instead of focusing just on patented features. Gils trap has set a new trial to determine the proper level of damages to be awarded in Tyler, Texas, where Smartflash is based. Smartflash appears to have set its headquarters in Tyler thanks to the fact that it is located in the Eastern District of Texas, favored by patent...

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11:06
iPad home screen folders now display 16 apps per...

In another move intended to take advantage of greater screen real estate on the iPad, folders in the latest beta of iOS 9 are now a larger four-by-four design, accommodating 16 apps per page.

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02:45
The mystery of the iMac's granddaddy: The...

I got not one, but two very exciting Macs this week. The first was a new main Mac, the replacement for my trusty 2008 MacBook Pro: A tricked-out 5K iMac.The second, though, was just as exciting: I became the caretaker for a Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh, the grandfather of the modern iMac.The TAM is a complete aberration. It doesn’t fit into any product line, it cost $7,499 when introduced, only a few thousand were made, and nothing like it would ever be made again. Few enough people have ever heard of it, never mind know what one looks like, and fewer still own one. And yet at the same time, the same design decisions that gave us the basic formula for an all-in-one—which we first saw with the iMac G5—clearly informed the design of the TAM. To read this article in...

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04:11
3 things we hate about Apple Music

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04:13
3 things we love about Apple Music

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04:30
You Should Play: Explore dungeons and power-up your...

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.My experience with mobile-exclusive RPGs has been mixed. Some games emphasize the collectability—giving you hundreds of dragons/powers/characters that need to be powered up through hours of grinding. The drawback with this style is that the gameplay usually lacks any semblance of skill— you’re running down the same hall, doing the same thing, and if you have the right level, your character will succeed. On the other end of the spectrum, we have games that emphasize the action aspects—every moment of the game is a sword-fight or a quick-time event—but lacks any depth. You’ve played one mission, you’ve played them all....

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07:38
People quickly installed iOS 8.4 to use Apple Music

Apple hasn’t yet released numbers to prove how popular Apple Music is, but now we know that people are rushing to upgrade to iOS 8.4. Just eight days after Apple pushed out the upgrade with Apple Music as its core feature, more than 40 percent of all iOS devices are running the newest version of iOS.The data comes from third-party analytics firm Mixpanel—Apple doesn’t break out point release adoption from larger release adoption. iOS 8 is currently running on 84 percent of iOS devices. Mixpanel
Apple Music, the brand new feature in iOS 8.4, was the main reason people upgraded their devices so quickly.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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10:59
Use iPad accessibility and assessment settings in...

Learn to use the iPad accessibility and assessment features so teachers can make the most of lessons and tests.

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10:54
If Wi-Fi is grayed out or dim on your iPhone, iPad,...

If you can't turn on Wi-Fi on your device because the setting is grayed out or dim, follow these steps.

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10:47
Review: LAUT’s Nomad series for iPhone 6/Plus are...


If you’re looking for a “hip” iPhone case or a nice way to represent your city, you’ll love the Nomad series from LAUT. The Nomad series features unique abstract map designs on the backside of a case that showcase different cities. I’m not usually a fan of cases, but the artwork here is what lured me in…

Today we’re checking out the iPhone 6 version, but this is also available for the iPhone 6 Plus as well. The packaging and presentation are nice and each case comes with a screen protector as well for complete coverage of your iPhone. The abstract art on the backside is made up from a couple of layers. On the top layer there are shiny accents, while the bottom layer is home to the colors of the abstract art.
The design/...

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10:40
iOS 9 Beta 3 Tidbits: 4x4 Folders on iPad,...

Apple today released the third beta of iOS 9, which has turned out to be the biggest update to the operating system so far. It adds a revamped Music app with access to Apple Music, the News app that was first unveiled at WWDC, a new two-factor authentication system, and several other smaller tweaks, along with the traditional performance improvements and bug fixes. With today's changes, the beta is feeling faster, more polished, and more full featured. For beta testers and those eager to know what's coming in the OS ahead of its official release, we've rounded up a complete list of all of the new changes introduced in iOS 9 beta 3 below. News app - Today's beta is the first iOS 9 beta to include Apple's new News app, first announced at WWDC. The news app offers up a curated list of news stories based on each user's preferences and interests. The News app displays specific channels and topics and also supports the...

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10:11
iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan Public Betas Coming Soon

The third betas of iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan launched today, and a new document outlining a revamped two-factor authentication feature built into the operating systems suggests we may be seeing public beta availability in the very near future. A support document accompanying the two-factor authentication changes explicitly states that it's designed for "the public betas of iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan." When Apple introduced iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan at its Worldwide Developers Conference, the company promised that a public beta would be available beginning in July, so customers who are enrolled in Apple's public beta testing programs may not have much longer to wait to get access to the new software. It is not clear exactly when the public beta will be seeded to customers, but the wording in the support document suggests beta testers will be receiving access to the same third betas of iOS 9 and OS...

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10:10
PDFKey Pro 4.3.1 - Edit and print password-protected...

PDFKey Pro can unlock PDF documents protected for printing and copying when you've forgotten your password. It can now also protect your PDF files with a password to prevent unauthorized access and/or restrict usage permissions. PDFKey Pro can also integrate in complex workflows using command-line tools (included). Features

  • Completely unlocks files restoring editing and printing capabilities
  • Supports PDF with viewing password set as well (providing the correct password)
  • Protects your PDF files with a password to prevent unauthorized access
  • Restricts usage, such as printing and copying, permissions with a password.
  • Batch processing
  • Automatic update system via UpdateFX
  • Command Line Tool to use in scripts
  • Localized in English, Italian, Russian, German, French, Polish and Dutch
  • Free support

Version 4.3.1:

  • Performance optimizations
  • Fixed command line...

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10:10
Apple Introduces Revamped Two-Factor Authentication...

With the third betas of iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Apple is introducing a revamped two-factor authentication system, according to both the beta release notes and a detailed support FAQ that outlines the changes. The new two-factor authentication system is different from Apple's existing two-step verification system, using "different methods" to trust devices and deliver verification codes. Apple also says it includes a "more streamlined user experience." Based on the support document, the new two-factor authentication system works similarly to the existing two-step verification system. Any device that you sign into using two-factor authentication in iOS 9 or El Capitan becomes a trusted device that can be used to verify identify when signing into other devices or services linked to an Apple ID. Apple recommends that iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan beta testers using the new two-factor authentication...

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10:07
Apple pursuing close, 'day-to-day'...

Even with well-established plans for contractors, Apple is micromanaging the construction of its Campus 2 complex in Cupertino, a new report revealed on Wednesday.

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09:57
Safari Content Blocker, Before and After

Dean Murphy wrote an iOS 9 Safari Content Blocker, and tested it against iMore:

With no content blocked, there are 38 third party scripts
(scripts not hosted on the host domain) running when the homepage
is opened, which takes a total of 11 seconds. Some of these
scripts are hosted by companies I know, Google, Amazon, Twitter
and lots from companies I don’t know. Most of which I assume are
used to display adverts or track my activity, as the network
activity was still active after a minute of leaving the page
dormant. I decided to turn them all off all third party scripts
and see what would happen.

After turning off all third party scripts, the homepage took 2
seconds to load, down from 11 seconds. Also, the network activity
stopped as soon as the page loaded so it should be less strain on
the battery.

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09:08
Apple issues third betas of iOS 9, Watch OS 2 &...

Testing of Apple's next-generation software platforms continues to move along, as developers on Wednesday were provided with the third beta releases of iOS 9, WatchOS 2 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan, ahead of their anticipated release this fall.

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09:05
Apple Seeds Third WatchOS 2 Beta to Developers

Apple today seeded the third watchOS 2 beta to developers, just over two weeks after seeding the second watchOS 2 beta and a month after announcing the new operating system update at its Worldwide Developers Conference. watchOS 2 requires iOS 9 and can be downloaded over-the-air through the Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General -> Software Update. watchOS 2 is the first major update to the software that runs on the Apple Watch. The new software brings many new features that Apple Watch developers can take advantage of, including native apps that run on the Apple Watch itself instead of the iPhone. It also allows developers to access the Taptic Engine and a number of other sensors in the Apple Watch, including the heart rate monitor, the microphone, and the accelerometer. Along with these features for...

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09:04
Apple Seeds Third iOS 9 Beta to Developers With News...

Apple today seeded the third beta of iOS 9 to developers for testing purposes, just over two weeks after releasing the second beta and exactly a month after unveiling the new operating system at the 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference. The update, build 13A4293f, is available through Apple's over-the-air updating system on iOS devices and is also available for download through the Apple Developer Center. As promised by Eddy Cue last week, today's beta includes the updated Music app, allowing those running iOS 9 to access the new Apple Music service and the Beats 1 radio station. Today's beta also includes the new News app, a new two-factor...

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09:01
Apple Seeds Third OS X 10.11 El Capitan Beta to...

Apple today released the third beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan to developers for testing purposes, just over two weeks after releasing the second El Capitan beta and a month after unveiling the new operating system at its 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference. The update is available through the software update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Apple Developer Center. OS X El Capitan largely builds on the features introduced with OS X Yosemite, focusing on improving performance and user experience. Behind-the-scenes improvements in El Capitan have made a number of apps and processes on the Mac much faster, and the introduction of Metal makes system-level graphics rendering 40 percent more efficient. Along with a new systemwide font, El Capitan includes a revamped Mission Control...

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09:00
OS X El Capitan 10.11 beta 3 Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11 beta 3 Now Available

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09:00
iOS 9 beta 3 Now Available

iOS 9 beta 3 Now Available

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09:00
OS X El Capitan 10.11 beta 3 Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11 beta 3 Now Available

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09:00
iOS 9 beta 3 Now Available

iOS 9 beta 3 Now Available

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08:55
Deals: $180-$225 off new 15" MacBook Pros, $500...

Apple's new 15" MacBook Pros are seeing their deepest discounts yet (between $180 and $225) this week. Meanwhile, two of the most brawny 2014 15" models are now marked down by $500. Also, a few days remain to take advantage of $50 rebates and grab a fully loaded 11" MacBook Air for $999 with free accessories. Most deals expire July 10th.

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08:49
Spotify Encourages Customers to Cancel App Store...

Spotify is sending emails to its customers encouraging them to stop paying for the Spotify music service through Apple's App Store, reports The Verge. The email informs customers they can save $3 per month on their Spotify fees by canceling their App Store Spotify subscription and resubscribing through the Spotify website. Spotify subscriptions that people signed up for using the App Store are priced at $12.99 to account for the 30 percent fee that Apple collects for all app and subscription revenue routed through the App Store. The same service is priced at $9.99 through Spotify's website. Customers who subscribe to Spotify through the App Store might mistakenly think that Spotify is more expensive than Apple's new streaming service, Apple Music, which is also priced at $9.99 per month. That's true, but only when the service is purchased via the App Store. Spotify's emails are...

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08:40
Ecobee3 HomeKit-connected thermostat available at...

Apple's HomeKit home automation framework is beginning to show some surprising growth and strength, today with the announcement that the Ecobee3 smart thermostat will be available for $249 at Apple Stores throughout North America.

There have been plenty of smart thermostats available up to this point; Google's Nest and Honeywell's Lyric are two good examples. But Ecobee3 is the first that has been designed from scratch to support HomeKit. It's available with additional sensors (two for $79) that can be place in other rooms of the house to ensure even heating or cooling.

What HomeKit support means to potential Ecobee3 owners is that they'll be able to use Siri to control home temperatures through voice commands or group the thermostat into a "scene". Imagine telling Siri you're going to bed and it turns off all...

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08:36
Adobe is patching a hole the Hacking Team used to...

Techcrunch:Many companies have best practices and the Hacking Team, the “computer security experts” who sold hacking tools to various federal and state agencies around the world, are no exception. Their database of information includes a number of interesting hacking tips, including mention of a 0-day, unpatched hole in Adobe Flash that the company is currently closing.It’s long past time that Adobe should do the right thing and stop developing Flash and web site creators should stop using it.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:04
Apple Cranking Up the iPhone 6's Success Story...

On July 3 we posted a report titled "Production of Apple's Next-Gen iPhones set to Begin," and followed that up with another report days later titled "Pegatron Subsidiary Cranks up Hiring for iPhone that goes into Production in August." Cranked up hiring would be an understatement if the latest Wall Street Journal report is accurate.

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07:42
Apple orders up 90 million 'iPhone 6s'...

Apple reportedly has big ambitions for its next-generation iPhones, having tasked its manufacturing partners with assembling between 85 million and 90 million handsets --?complete with Force Touch --?to carry it through launch and the holiday shopping season.

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07:31
Apple's iPhone 6 maintains almost 50% share of...

During the June quarter the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus kept the iPhone the top-selling smartphone brand at all four major U.S. carriers, with a sell-through share of almost 50 percent, according to survey data published on Wednesday.

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07:25
Microsoft's CEO Still Cleaning Up the Ballmer-...

In April 2007, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was interviewed by USA TODAY's David Lieberman at the sixth USA TODAY CEO Forum, in conjunction with the University of Washington Business School. Ballmer was asked what he thought of the coming iPhone from Apple. He conceitedly laughed it off. Before retiring from Microsoft, Ballmer stated that looking back he wished he could have pursued the mobile market earlier ...

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07:16
Apple to Order Record-Breaking 85-90 Million Force...

Apple is asking suppliers to assemble a record-breaking 85 to 90 million units of its next-generation iPhone models combined by year-end, according to The Wall Street Journal. That order tops the reported 70 to 80 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus units that Apple ordered during its initial production run last year. The report reiterates rumors that the so-called "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus" will feature both Force Touch, which can distinguish between a light tap and deep press, and a new color option, likely rose gold or pink. Foxconn and Pegatron are expected to be the main suppliers of the next-generation iPhones, while...

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07:05
Apple HomeKit gets thermostat to compete with Nest

Apple’s ecosystem is getting more intelligent.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:03
Microsoft to Lay Off 7,800 Employees 'Primarily...

In a letter to Microsoft employees sent out this morning, company CEO Satya Nadella confirmed that over the next few months Microsoft will undergo a massive restructuring mainly focused on its phone business and which will see the loss of "up to 7,800 positions globally." In addition, the company will take a $7.6 billion impairment charge and an estimated restructuring cost of $750 million to $850 million as Microsoft attempts to rebuild its phone hardware division after its 2013 acquisition of Nokia's hardware units that has failed to generate momentum. In his letter to Microsoft employees, Nadella reaffirmed that he doesn't take such changes lightly, and that the company has plans for its future, with Microsoft...

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07:02
Apple releases VoiceOver patches for iOS iWork apps



You may want to update your iWork apps today.
Following a rare overnight update on Tuesday, Apple has updated its Pages, Numbers and Keynote apps for iOS to version 2.5.4, returning full VoiceOver navigation and editing functionality to the apps.
The fixes resolve issues that prevented UI navigation and content editing using VoiceOver. In addition to the VoiceOver patch, Pages no longer blurs text on certain devices when the Speak Screen option is activated.

It’s unknown how long the bugs have persisted, but the launch of iOS 8.4 last week might be speeding along various bug fixes at 1 Infinite Loop.
The latest versions of Pages, Numbers and Keynote come in at...

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07:00
Apple releases update to fix accessibility issues in...

Apple yesterday updated its iWork suite of iOS apps with bug fixes and feature improvements that address accessibility issues in the latest version of its apps. According to the changelog, Pages, Numbers and Keynote were updated to fix “an issue that prevented proper navigation and editing with VoiceOver.” Apple also resolved an issue in Pages where turning on Speak Screen blurred text on some devices. The latest version of Page, Numbers and Keynote with the accessibility fixes is 2.5.4.

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06:44
Apple Pay arrives at 23 additional U.S. banks,...



Apple Pay was just picked up by another 23 U.S. banks and credit unions.
Here we go:
- American Chartered Bank
- Bank-Fund Staff Federal Credit Union
- Bellco Credit Union
- EFCU Financial
- First Federal
- First National Bank

- Health Care Systems Federal Credit Union
- Keesler Federal Credit Union
- Kemba Credit Union
- Members 1st Federal Credit Union
- NorthStart Credit Union
- Parsons Federal Credit Union
- Pinnacle Bank
- Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union
- Service Credit Union
- SRP Federal Credit Union
- SUMA (Yonkers) FCU
- Tampa Bay Federal Credit Union...

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06:32
iPhones account for a 35.6% of all browser-based...

Adyen (www.adyen.com), a global payments technology company, has published its quarterly Mobile Payments Index (MPI), which tracks mobile payment data from web-based transactions across Adyen’s customer base. The Index reveals that iPhones account for a massive 35.6% of all browser-based transactions made using mobile devices.
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06:23
Sticky Password offers new browser extensions

Sticky Password (www.stickypassword.com), a password management software provider, has announced new browser extensions on Safari for Mac OS X, Safari and Chrome for Mac OS X and iOS, and Firefox for Android.
Sticky Password is expanding its features across more platforms so users benefit from more comprehensive online security for all of their accounts, says Petr Bilek, CEO of Sticky Password. Users can take advantage of Sticky Password’s proven password management software and exceptional auto-filling capabilities on more Web browser platforms starting this month, he adds.
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06:21
Microsoft to axe 7,800 jobs from struggling mobile...

A strategic shift at Microsoft could see as many as 7,800 former Nokia employees lose their jobs this year while the software behemoth absorbs a $7.6 billion write-down on its troubled handset business, the company announced on Wednesday.

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06:20
Gun-shaped iPhone case ‘Is a Terrible Idea,’ police...
06:17
Apple Music review, as seen through the lens of...

Ben Lovejoy, writing for 9to5mac, uses iTunes on his Mac to dig into Apple Music.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:11
∞ Using Siri to control Apple Music

Knowing how to use Siri to control Apple Music will really enhance your Apple Music experience, especially if you own an Apple Watch.

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06:10
External Link: The Swift Doctrine

Is musician Taylor Swift secretly running Apple? In a humorous post at Six Colors, Philip Michaels ponders the question, examining how many of Apple’s recent decisions can be traced back to Swift’s works. Michaels is currently studying Swift’s lyrics for clues about the next iPhone. 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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06:00
Ask serveradmin If an Open Directory Certificate...

The serveradmin command has an option to run commands. I’ve talked about these in past articles, for doing tasks like asking how many concurrent NFS connections are open on a host. Well, here’s another, and it’s a simple command. Here, we’re going to look at whether the Open Directory server has a CA. To do so, we’ll use the serveradmin command, along with the command verb. Then, we’ll add the certs option, followed by command= and then the payload of the command. In this case that’s isODCAPresent:
sudo serveradmin command certs:command = isODCAPresent
This is a simple, informational command, similar to the web:command of getSites or the mail:command of getConnectedUsers. Enjoy!

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06:00
How to save songs from Apple Music, Beats 1 or Music...

Apple Music is designed to integrate seamlessly with your existing iTunes library by allowing you to add streaming music content to your paid music downloads. When browsing your music library, you then can view both your purchased songs and your streaming songs and use them to build playlists.

Adding songs from Apple Music to your music library is easy -- just tap on the ellipses button that appears next to any song that is playing. Select "Add to My Music" from the contextual menu to add that song to your music library. You can add songs from an Apple Music stream, Beats 1 radio or any other radio station to which you are listening.

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05:53
US law enforcement officials to argue for encryption...

Later on Wednesday, two key U.S. law enforcement officials will testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee to argue in support of backdoors in various consumer encryption platforms, a report said.

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05:51
External Link: Apple Working on Music Home Sharing...

Many of our readers were concerned that iOS 8.4 removed Home Sharing for music (video Home Sharing still remains). The good news is that Eddy Cue, Apple’s SVP of Internet Software and Services, announced on Twitter that the company is working on bringing back Home Sharing for music in iOS 9. Keep your fingers crossed! 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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05:47
Judge Drops Apple's $533M Fine in iTunes-...

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas on Tuesday voided $532.9 million in damages awarded to patent licensing firm Smartflash LLC in February in an iTunes-related patent lawsuit, reports Reuters. The report claims federal judge Rodney Gilstrap has set a new damages trial on September 14 after ruling that "his jury instructions might have 'skewed' jurors' understanding of the damages that Apple should pay." Apple was initially ordered to pay $532.9 million in damages to Smartflash LLC after a federal jury in the Tyler, Texas courtroom found certain iTunes apps to be infringing upon the company's patents related to digital rights management, data storage and managing access through payment systems. Apple countered that Smartflash LLC was exploiting the patent system...

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05:34
DiskMaker X 4.0b6 - Make a bootable OS X installer...

DiskMaker X (was Lion DiskMaker) is an application built with AppleScript that you can use with many versions of OS X to build a bootable drive from OS X up to OS X 10.10 Yosemite installer program. As soon as you launch the application, it tries to find the OS X Install program with Spotlight. Then, it proposes to build a bootable install disk and make it look as nice as possible. It’s the easiest way to build an OS X Installer in a few clicks !Version 4.0b6:

  • It took me way too much time to provide a new version of DiskMaker X, but finally, here it is, and it should be the last one before the coveted final release. I tested this new beta in different situations and it seemd to work well. Also, yes, no beta 5: this one was a limited, privately held version distributed to some testers, and it should not be used anymore.
  • So, when will the final version be released? Hopefully soon. The last step is the localization, and to provide a bit more feedback...

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05:34
Federal Judge Throws out Smartflash Infringement...

In February we posted a report titled "Smartflash wins their Lawsuit against Apple who Vows to Appeal." At the time Kristin Huguet, an Apple spokeswoman stated that "Smartflash makes no products, has no employees, creates no jobs, has no U.S. presence, and is exploiting our patent system to seek royalties for technology Apple invented. We refused ...

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05:00
Flesky keyboard goes free, offers improvements

Flesky Keyboard for iOS has announced that it is now free forever, for everyone. I first reviewed Flesky for TUAW in September of 2014, and found it to be fast and capable. Now, everyone can give it a try.

In addition to being free, today's update offers some nice improvements. A new view option called "Highlights" which is like text suggestions for GIFs and stickers. As you type, Flesky notes the content and context and produces a screen of relevant, fun content. Just give it a tap to see what's been suggested.

Those who previously paid for Flesky can enjoy an all-new theme and additional extension slots on the house as a thank you.

If third-party keyboards are your thing, you now have no reason not to try Flesky.

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04:57
Judge tosses Smartflash's $533M victory against...

Months after a Texas jury ordered Apple to pay $532.9 million to a product-less company that critics have dubbed a "patent troll," a judge has tossed out that decision, declaring that instructions given to the jury may have improperly affected the damage assessment.

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04:52
Japan Display is the Leading iPhone 6 Display...

Apple has pursued a supply chain diversification strategy that procures two or three different suppliers in each component category including display panels. According to a new report ...

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04:49
Apple updates Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for iOS...

Apple has updated all its iOS iWork apps —Pages, Numbers, and Keynote — to version 2.5.4. All resolve bugs that stopped some accessibility features from working as they should.
All three app updates fixes an issue preventing proper navigation and editing with VoiceOver. Pages 2.4.5 also fixes a problem with blurred text when activating Speak Screen on certain iOS devices.
The updates are free downloads for existing users. New customers can purchase the apps for US$9.99 each. Upgrades and new versions are available at the Apple App Store.

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04:23
Suitcase Fusion 6 17.1.0 - Font management solution...

Suitcase Fusion 6 is the creative professional's font manager. Every professional font manager should deliver the basics: spectacular previews, powerful search tools, and efficient font organization. You have those basics covered. But there is a lot more you actually DO with fonts - namely traditional and web design. We can help with that too! Features:

  • Secure, professional font storage
  • Full-featured font previews allow you to compare fonts side-by-side
  • Auto-activation plug-ins for professional design applications, including Adobe Creative Cloud and QuarkXPress
  • Support includes OS X 10.9 Mavericks and Windows 8
  • See how fonts work side-by-side in paste-up style previews with QuickComp
  • Patented Font Sense technology fingerprints fonts for precise identification
  • Find similar fonts fast with QuickMatch
  • Web font enabled with WebINK and Google Font connections
  • Organize fonts with Sets...

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04:00
Artificial Intelligence Dreamtime


Google researchers last month reported progress in advancing the image classification and speech recognition capabilities of artificial neural networks. Image classification and speech recognition tools are based on well-known mathematical methods, but why certain models work while others don't has been hazy.
To help unravel the mystery, the team trained an artificial neural network by showing it millions of images and gradually adjusting the parameters until the network was able to provide the desired classifications.

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03:48
Over 10% of U.S. households have a smart home product

In a survey of smart home use cases, the Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) research group found that over 40% of U.S. broadband households are interested in the ability to receive medical alerts via a smartphone or other connected platform. And about 10% have some type of smart home product, service, or both.
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03:07
PDFpen 7.2 adds cloud tool, advanced search options...

Smile has released PDFpen 7.2, an update to its all-purpose PDF editing tool for Mac OS X. This update includes a new Cloud annotation tool as well as an option for case-sensitive searches.
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02:57
Apple updates iOS Pages, Numbers & Keynote apps...


Apple has updated all three iWork iOS apps to resolve bugs that prevented Accessibility features working properly. Apple says that Pages, Numbers and Keynote all had “an issue that prevented proper navigation and editing with VoiceOver,” while Pages also blurred text when turning on Speak Screen on some iOS devices. The updates are to version 2.5.4.
Updates are of course free for existing users, each app costing $9.99 to purchase. Pages,...

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02:27
TextMate 2.0-beta.7.4 - Code/markup editor with many...

TextMate is a versatile plain text editor with a unique and innovative feature set which caused it to win an Apple Design Award for Best Mac OS X Developer Tool in August 2006. A rapidly growing community have created modes for more than a hundred different "modes" including support for all major programming languages, writing prose in structured formats such as LaTeX, Markdown, Textile, etc., blogging, running SQL queries, writing screen plays, doing your budget, and much much more. Some of the features include:

  • collapsable text blocks - fold away the code you don´t want to see
  • recordable macros - you don´t have to write a script to automate tedious work
  • a CSS-inspired selector system which allows preferences and more to be applied to subsets of your document - you want return to do something different inside comments? or maybe you want spell checking enabled for your strings in C++, both can be done in seconds.
  • snippets with...

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01:14
iOS 8.4 reportedly accounts for 40% of all iOS usage...


Using data by Mixpanel, Apple Music seems to be quickly driving adoption of Apple’s latest iteration of its operating system, iOS 8.4. The chart shows that, in just one week, iOS 8.4 usage now makes up more than 40% of all iOS device usage. This is a rather staggering rate of uptake for a point-release. Clearly, the interest and advertisement around Apple Music is having an effect on update rates. Obviously, this only tracks OS adoption and says nothing about how well Apple Music itself is being received.

The 40% mark for iOS 8.4 is an impressive achievement but it would likely be even higher if it wasn’t for the...

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01:01
Apple fixes VoiceOver bugs in update to iWork suite...

Apple in a rare overnight update on Tuesday issued what appears to be critical fixes to accessibility features in all three iOS iWork apps, returning full VoiceOver navigation and editing functionality to Pages, Numbers and Keynote.

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00:18
Jerr Pierre-Paul, Leaders instructor do not fulfill...
00:16
Frank Wesseling's Top 10 gamers of 2015
00:03
Kevin Patra's Top 10 gamers of 2015
03:03
Kool Tools: Verto Studio Cloud

Verto Studio (http://www.vertostudio.com/) has launched its 3D cloud service for free to all users of desktop and mobile Verto Studio 3D.  
Now, all Verto Studio scenes can be published to the web, viewable by anyone else in the world within a web browser. Additionally, a shape editor has also been added to Verto Studio which supports the importing and 3D extrusion of SVG files.
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Tuesday July 7

10:30
The Week in Mac Apps: Snow Daze makes your summer...

...plus an activity timer, apps for digital design, and more!In this week’s roundup of new Mac apps, you’ll find a great way to make sure your bills are never late, tools that help your digital design efforts, and an app that turns summer into winter at the click of your mouse.Activity Timer 2.0.1If you have trouble staying on top of your tasks, Happy Coding’s Activity Timer (Mac App Store Link) can help you better track what you do throughout your day.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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23:03
FIFA 16 No Touch Dribbling

Forums: General FCS DiscussionTags: fifa 16What is No Touch Dribbling?No Touch Dribbling is our new dribble control system that gives players the freedom to decide how and when to touch the ball. By separating and creating space between the player and the ball, you will be able to perform different skill moves, feints, or even change direction without actually applying contact to the ball.How to initiate and use No Touch Dribbling in FIFA 16.To trigger No Touch Dribbling, simply press and hold the L1/LB button on your controller. Once pressed, the player with possession of the ball will momentarily step away from it to create a bit of space. From there, by flicking the left analog in different angles, the player in possession of the ball...

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22:01
Apple Watch 'collapsing sales' report...

Widely publicized study data reported by clickbait sites as evidence that Apple Watch sales have "plunged" and "are tanking" actually shows something completely different: that Apple has launched the most successful smartwatch product by a vast margin.

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19:59
PDFpenPro 7.2 - Advanced PDF toolkit for HTML...

PDFpenPro allows users to edit PDF's easily. Add text, images and signatures. Fill out PDF forms. Merge or split PDF documents. Reorder and delete pages. Create fillable forms and tables of content with PDFpenPro! Even correct text and edit graphics! The Pro version adds these additional features that the regular version does not:

  • Create cross-platform fillable PDF forms
  • Add interactive signature fields to forms
  • Create and edit Table of Contents
  • Convert websites into PDFs
  • Correct typos in OCR text layer
  • Add and edit document permissions
  • Automatic form creation - detects text fields and check boxes in existing PDF and makes them fillable
  • Create submit buttons to submit form data via web or email
  • Gather submitted form data via backend integration
  • Export in Microsoft® Excel (.xlsx, .xls), Microsoft® PowerPoint (.pptx, .ppt), and PDF Archive (PDF/A) formats (...

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19:59
Alternote 1.0.3 - Note-taking app that integrates...

Alternote is a gorgeous OS X note-taking app that integrates with Evernote. Designed to be the most convenient and natural way to make notes, collect information, write down your ideas, feelings and memories. Alternote is totally secure. There are no Alternote servers in the chain, just you, your Mac and Evernote backend. Distraction-free Interface slightly dims as you start typing. Now just focus on writing. Night mode and font settings Change sidebar background, color scheme and font settings as you like. Robust search Search through note title and contents as-you-type. Start searching just as you launch Alternote, no more focusing search field. Backed by Evernote Alternote is an alternative Evernote client for Mac. You can use Evernote mobile apps and clippers. All your data will be in sync. Retina-ready and smooth You will make use of every pixel of Alternote. It’s retina-ready...

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19:38
MacBook: Vertical lines or solid gray, white, or...

After updating to Mac OS X 10.4.7, the MacBook may show a solid grey, white, or black screen or a screen with vertical multi-colored lines.

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07:42
Expect your local Apple Store's accessory...

Apple is giving its in-store accessory selection a makeover—literally. The company is reportedly working with accessory makers like Mophie, Incase, and Logitech to redesign their product packaging so everything sold in Apple stores has that distinct Apple aesthetic.Expect accessories to appear in new packaging as soon as next week. 9to5Mac reports that Apple just notified its retail employees about the overhaul. Products from partner companies will appear in Apple’s signature clean, white boxes with higher-quality product photos, Apple’s preferred fonts, and clearer compatibility labels.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:54
Ecobee becomes the first HomeKit thermostat

Connected thermostats are an easy way to make your home a little smarter, and a new HomeKit-supported version of Ecobee aims to make things even easier.The $250 Ecobee3 smart thermostat is available now through the Apple Store. Technically, Ecobee isn't the only thermostat that works with HomeKit, though it's the only one that doesn't require a separate hub device, such as Insteon's thermostat and HomeKit hub.Like other HomeKit-enabled products, Ecobee3 users can control the thermostat using Siri voice commands. HomeKit can also group multiple actions into “scenes,” for instance letting users turn down the heat and switch off connected lighting with a single command. With an Apple TV as a hub, users can control HomeKit devices with Siri from outside the house as well....

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09:38
Showtime debuts a la carte streaming for $11 on...

Apple TV owners, today you can subscribe to Showtime, no cable subscription required.
The Showtime Apple TV channel is rolling out today, and so is a new Showtime app for iOS. You have to pony up $11 a month to subscribe, but Showtime is offering a free month if you want to take the service for a spin before signing up (and catch the season premiere of Ray Donovan on Sunday).
Showtime isn’t exclusive to Apple TV—the channel will also be available to Roku and PlayStation Vue users later this week, too. Hulu users can tack on a Showtime subscription for an additional $9 a month (on top of the $8-per-month Hulu subscription).To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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18:45
Penn State researchers to investigate Apple Watch as...

An upcoming research program to be conducted by Penn State University staff is exploring the effect wearables like Apple Watch have on human behavior, with an eye on turning the device into a learning tool.

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17:02
Today in the App Store, featuring LEGO Minifigures...

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 PhotoBulk: Watermark, Resize, Optimize and Rename; the new LEGO® Minifigures Online ; and an update to Evernote for the Mac. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Instaweather Pro [$1.99 → Free] This is not another boring weather forecast app ;)!

MilkCrate [$2.99 → Free] Get info on the spot! Prices, tracklists, ratings, descriptions, discography & label info, are all accessible!

Stickyboard 2 [$4.99 → Free] Imagine a giant whiteboard with a...

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16:39
Questionable report claims Apple Watch sales plummet...

According to research firm Slice Intelligence, which has been closely following Apple Watch performance since the device launched in April, sales averages are taking a nose dive in the U.S. as availability increases, but the firm offers little data to support the provided numbers.

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15:08
∞ Black Sabbath: The Sign of the Southern Cross

Black Sabbath with Ronnie James Dio. This is legendary.

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13:21
Xsan 4 spotlight issues

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: spotlightWe recently upgraded from Xsan 3 to Xsan 4 and everything is working except search is not working on any clients or the secondary MDC. Search works fine on the primary MDC only.
I have already tried deleting and re-indexing the whole Xsan volume, but the problem still is happening, sometimes if you search within a folder and type almost the whole filename your searching for it will bring up those results, but searching from the root of the Xsan always results in 0 items found.
Looks like the spotlight index is working its just not being read or shared to the Xsan clients, including the backup MDC, very strange.
Anyone have any ideas on how to fix this?

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13:00
Get help using Find My iPhone

You can get help using Find My iPhone if you don't see your iOS device or Mac, it says that your device is offline, or you see a device that you don't use anymore.

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12:37
Apple stops signing iOS 8.3 just one week after 8.4...

On Tuesday, Apple quietly stopped signing the code for iOS 8.3, preventing people from downgrading to the release from iOS 8.4 using iTunes.

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11:28
Apple Pay comes to 23 more US banks, sees early...

Apple on Tuesday added 23 more companies to the list of U.S. banks supporting Apple Pay, simultaneously gearing up for the launch of the mobile payment service in the United Kingdom.

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10:41
Is Isolating the Internet Key to Bulletproof...


With so many cybersecurity pros drowning in an ever-rising tide of hack attacks on their computer systems, an emerging approach to defending those systems may be the life preserver they've been looking for. The approach doesn't involve beefing up perimeter defenses, carefully scrutinizing network traffic, or applying analytics to employee behavior. "We need something very different -- something that will take the malware problem off the table," said Kowsik Guruswamy, CTO of Menlo Security.

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10:31
Apple touts 'tested to the limit' iPhone...

Apple on Tuesday updated its virtual retail outlet with a new section that describes the company's approach to testing and approving the third-party cases it stocks for the iPhone and iPad.

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10:12
Apple launches new webpage to detail how it tests...

Yesterday we revealed that Apple was revamping the third-party accessory selection in its retail locations with new boxes designed by Apple itself. Apple has recently launched a new webpage that showcases the testing that all iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch cases are required to go through before they are sold in an Apple Store.

Apple first notes that it analyzes the design of the case to ensure that all ports and buttons are still easily accessible and that the case design is strong enough for day-to-day use. Apple then tests to make sure the case does not interfere with the camera on the iPhone in any way.
Next, Apple says that acoustics are tested for each and every...

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10:12
Sales of 53M iPhones in June quarter predicted to...

Apple's June quarter will come in higher than most on Wall Street expect, Brean Capital told investors on Monday, revealing it expects the company to have sold as many as 53 million iPhones in the three-month period.

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10:00
Daily Deals for July 7, 2015, featuring OmniGraffle

It’s time to save some of your hard-earned money with our Daily Deals, featuring highlighted 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 Apps

  • OmniGraffle [Standard version starts at $49 for iOS, $99 for Mac] OmniGraffle is for creating precise, beautiful graphics. Like website wireframes, an electrical system design, a family tree, or mapping out software classes. For artists, designers, casual data-mappers, and everyone in-between.

Hardware and Accessory Deals

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09:28
Apple Pay comes to over 20 more US banks and credit...


Apple is continuing the roll out of Apple Pay today with the addition of 20+ new US banks and credit unions supporting the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch-based payments service.
The total 23 new banks and credit unions include:

  • American Chartered Bank
  • Bank-Fund Staff Federal Credit Union
  • Bellco Credit Union
  • EFCU Financial
  • First Federal
  • First National Bank
  • Health Care Systems Federal Credit Union
  • Keesler Federal Credit Union
  • Kemba Credit Union
  • Members 1st Federal Credit Union
  • ...
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08:11
Contact Apple TV content providers

Learn how to get information or support from a third-party content provider.

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08:10
9to5Toys Lunch Break: WD 2TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard...

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:

WD Elements 2TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive $70, Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD $150...

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07:16
Showtime now available on Apple TV w/o a cable...


CBS’s channel Showtime is now available on Apple TV. The company this morning began rolled out its version of the service that does not require a cable subscription. Instead, users simply pay $11 per month for the service, after a 30-day free trial.

In addition to coming to Apple TV, a new Showtime app that does not require a cable login is also hitting the iOS App Store. The app is not live yet, although it should rollout soon. The same $11/mo charge applies to it, as well. HBO’s standalone service costs $14.99, for comparison’s sake.
Last year, Showtime Anytime...

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07:00
Eddy Cue: Home Sharing for music will return in iOS 9

It's back (almost)! 

When Apple released iOS 8.4, many users noticed that Home Sharing for music was not supported. Home Sharing lets customers stream video and typically music between devices on the same WiFi network. Video streaming still works with iOS 8.4, but not music. That's about to change, according to Eddy Cue.

In a Twitter exchange published on July 6, Cue confirmed that "We are working to have Home Sharing in iOS 9." 

Good on you, Apple! Many people will glad to have that feature restored. 

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06:51
Queens NYC Apple Store to open this weekend

The borough of Queens, NYC will get its first Apple Store this weekend, according to a statement the company made to the New York Daily News. The busy Queens Center shopping center will host the store, where foot traffic is expected to be high. 

In an interesting note, the company revealed that the store's staff will speak a total of 25 languages, with two-thirds of them being bilingual. 

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06:45
Apple Music diary one week in: A massive missed...


I gave my first impressions of Apple Music on day two, and my main disappointment remains: despite putting both owned and streamed music into a single app, there is absolutely no real integration between the two. All the evidence suggests that Apple Music has no awareness of my owned music.
I’ll get past that in a moment, but bear with me first for a couple of paragraphs. Because this is, in my view, more than just a missed opportunity: it’s almost criminally negligent. iTunes knows more about my musical tastes than my girlfriend. More than my neighbours, who have sometimes been more familiar with my musical tastes than they might wish. More than any of my friends – even the one who...

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06:30
Review: Elago’s W Stand is a surprisingly tall, $30...

It’s easy to look at a photograph of Elago’s new W Stand ($30) without fully appreciating how large it is. There aren’t many Apple Watch stands that dwarf the device they’re holding — Griffin’s plastic WatchStand is a notable exception — but when you take the 6-inch-tall, 2.4-inch-diameter W Stand out of its package, you quickly get the sense that it’s designed to feel big and solid. Yet it’s also affordable, selling for the same price as WatchStand and $10 less than Just...

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06:25
About the OS X Yosemite v10.10.4 Update

The OS X Yosemite v10.10.4 Update is recommended for all OS X Yosemite users.

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06:23
Apple CEO Tim Cook joins Duke University Board of...

Apple CEO Tim Cook, an MBA graduate and devoted booster of Duke University, has been appointed to the school’s Board of Trustees for a six-year term. Cook and seven other people joined the Board on July 1, bringing it to a total of 37 members — a size that suggests Cook will not be unduly distracted from his work at Apple.
The Board is the University’s governing body, responsible for its “educational mission and fiscal policies.” Fellow new Board members include NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, Coca-Cola Foundation Chairwoman and VP of Coca-Cola Global Community Affairs Lisa Borders, and two experts on financial services.

Cook has appeared at Duke a number of times during his years at Apple, notably offering leadership tips (above) during a 2013 interview at the Fuqua School of Business, his alma mater. He attended the 2015 NCAA basketball championship game back in April, wearing a blue sweater in the Duke Blue...

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06:00
A visual tour of the Pokémon Research Lab

There's no better way to inspire children into a career in animal taxonomy and species classification than Pokémon. Possibly. A temporary Pokémon Lab in Japan is opening its doors to wannabe researchers (and their parents), offering them a pokéball a...

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05:30
FBI director says he's 'not a maniac...

FBI director James Comey is making a final push for backdoor cellphone access for law enforcement ahead of key Senate committee meetings. In national security site Lawfare, he first admitted that "universal strong (cellphone) encryption will protect ...

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05:00
ICYMI: 3D-printed art, a Pac-Man satellite and more

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Today on In Case You Missed It: The giant robot...

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04:40
How the BBC's Micro:bit came to be

In the early eighties, the BBC started a computing revolution with the launch of the Micro. The heavy, light-brown box, created with help from Acorn and ARM, was designed to complement the broadcaster's ongoing computer literacy project. It was inten...

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04:15
Facebook tests 'floating' videos in your...

Pop-Up Video: it's not just the greatest VH1 show ever, it's also Facebook's latest feature. The social network is rolling out floating videos for desktop users that can sit anywhere in your window while you continue browsing your News Feed, just lik...

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03:30
EE's Rook is a £49 4G smartphone for pay-as-you...

It seems like we can't get through a single month these days without one UK carrier or another launching an own-brand device. And, since the last device bearing a network provider's name came from Vodafone, it's only fitting that its own-brand nemesi...

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03:16
NASA funds low-cost probes and other futuristic...

Low-cost probes, an extraterrestrial submarine and spacecraft propelled by electric sails: these are but three of the seven projects moving on to Phase II of NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program. All the entries have only just begun dev...

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03:08
RuneScape is a fantasy massively MMORPG

Forums: HardwareRuneScape is a fantasy massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) released in January 2001 by RS Gold Andrew and Paul Gower, and developed and published by RS Gold Jagex Games Studio. It is a graphical browser game implemented on the client-side in Java or HTML5, and incorporates 3D rendering.FUT 16 CoinsMaplestory2 Mesos

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03:07
MapleStory is a free-to-play, 2D, side-scrolling...

Forums: HardwareMapleStory is a free-to-play, 2D, side-scrolling massively multiplayer online role-playing game, developed by RS Gold the South Korean company Wizet. Several versions of FUT 16 Coins the game are available for specific countries or regions, and each is published by various companies such as Nexon. RS GoldMaplestory2 Mesos

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03:05
FIFA 16 is an upcoming association football game

Forums: HardwareFIFA 16 is an upcoming association football FIFA 16 Coins simulation video game published by RS Gold EA Sports for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. Cheap RS Gold

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01:57
Meet the Micro:bit, the BBC's tiny programmable...

The Raspberry Pi has been a huge success story for Britain, giving millions of people an affordable way to tinker and learn with pocket-sized hardware. Now, the BBC is hoping to make a similar impact with the "Micro:bit." Like the Raspberry Pi, this ...

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01:23
Amazon will stand trial for its 'confusing...

Have you ever searched for a product on Amazon, only to find a similar item from another company? Sure you have. But while this search behavior is arguably great for customers, it's the reasoning behind a trademark lawsuit against the online retailer...

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00:51
Nest's home security camera comes to the UK

Last month, Nest unveiled two new products that could make your home a whole lot safer: a revamped Protect smoke alarm and a wireless Nest Cam security camera. Both quickly debuted in the US and now, they're available in the UK too. The new £159 Nest...

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Monday July 6

14:46
Final Cut Server: Cannot connect to Java Web Start...

When you connect to Final Cut Server to download the Java Web Start file using a web browser, the webpage may display a message such as "File not found!" or "Object not found!"  The Final Cut Server installer will only install web server components to the default web site included with Mac OS X Server.

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14:41
iMac G5: Troubleshooting when your computer won...

If your iMac G5 won't turn on—the display has no picture or color, and you don't hear fan or hard drive activity sounds—follow these steps to troubleshoot the issue.

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13:34
iMovie ’08: Camcorder Support

iMovie '08 is designed to work with a wide range of digital video devices and formats, including tape-based and the latest tapeless camcorders that record to flash memory, a hard disk drive, or DVD media.

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13:31
iCloud: Account troubleshooting

This article discusses common troubleshooting steps for various issues that you might encounter when creating or using your iCloud account.

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13:13
About AirPrint

AirPrint is an Apple technology that helps you create full-quality printed output without the need to download or install drivers.

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12:49
Upgrade your iCloud storage on your iOS device
05:54
Identify your iPad model

Find out which iPad model you have.

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Saturday July 4

15:06
Boot Camp: Multi-Touch trackpad gestures

Learn how to use your MacBook or MacBook Pro trackpad in Windows for secondary clicking, dragging, scrolling, and more.

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14:58
Identifying legitimate emails from the iTunes Store

Learn how to identify legitimate emails from the iTunes Store.
 

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14:49
Choosing good passwords in Mac OS X

Mac OS X is designed to give you a safe and secure computing environment, often by the use of passwords. One of the best things you can do to keep your information and computer secure is to use good, hard-to-guess passwords.

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10:31
Using USB 3 devices on Mac computers FAQ

Learn more about using USB 3 ports and devices on Mac computers.

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09:44
Promise VTrak: Configuring for optimal performance

Configure Promise VTrak RAIDs for best performance using the guidelines in this article.

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09:15
Wireless carrier support and features for iPhone in...

Choose your region to learn about the wireless carriers in your country.

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Friday July 3

18:19
If you can't see images for Apple Music...

To see images for playlists, albums, and artists in Apple Music, your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch must be connected to the Internet.

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Thursday July 2

18:34
One or more keys on the keyboard do not respond

If some or all of the keys on your Apple keyboard don't seem to be working, use these tips to troubleshoot.

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18:30
OS X: Manually migrating data from another Mac

 If your computer is too old to work with Migration Assistant, you can manually copy your data from one computer to another using these steps.

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18:19
Locating vendor information

Learn how to find information about a third-party product vendor.

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17:53
Upgrading from Xsan 1.4.2 to Xsan 2.x

Follow these instructions to upgrade your Xsan 1.4.2 SAN to Xsan 2.

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16:11
Using the USB-C port and adapters on your MacBook (...

Learn about the power, data-transfer, and video capabilities of the USB-C port and USB-C adapters for your MacBook.

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15:04
About EFI and SMC firmware updates for Intel-based...

This article lists firmware updates available as standalone installers for Intel-based Mac computers.

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14:09
Create and modify share destinations in Final Cut Pro

This video demonstrates how to create and modify share destinations in Final Cut Pro X.

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14:08
Use 3D Text in Final Cut Pro

This video demonstrates how to use 3D text in Final Cut Pro X.

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14:08
Use clip effects in Final Cut Pro

This video demonstrates how to use clip effects in Final Cut Pro X.

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14:08
Import media in Final Cut Pro

This video demonstrates how to import media in Final Cut Pro X.

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14:08
Manage libraries in Final Cut Pro

This video demonstrates how to manage libraries in Final Cut Pro X.

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11:03
Create a new book in iBooks Author with the same...

Learn how to create a template, give your book a new internal ID, or duplicate your book as a new one.

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09:02
Accessing and archiving content from iTunes U...

On September 1, 2015, Apple will discontinue iTunes U private sites and disable all access to private sites. Please review the information below to determine whether your iTunes U site will be affected.

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07:52
Boot Camp: iMac displays a black screen during...

When installing Microsoft Windows 7 on an iMac (27-inch, Late 2009) and iMac (21.5-inch, Mid 2010) using Boot Camp, a black screen may appear.  This can happen because the Windows 7 installer does not include the necessary graphics or Bluetooth drivers for your Mac.

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06:01
Get help signing in to Messages, FaceTime, and Game...

In rare situations, when you try to sign in to Messages, FaceTime, or Game Center with your Apple ID you might receive one of the following alerts.

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Wednesday July 1

14:30
Changes to iCloud storage for current customers

We're offering new storage plans. Learn what your options are and what will happen to your current plan.

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12:37
Use LTE on iPhone with China Unicom

You can update certain models of iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c to iOS 8 and enable 4G LTE for China Unicom. Your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus already have iOS 8, and certain models can support 4G LTE for China Unicom.
If your carrier is China Telecom, learn to use LTE on iPhone with China Telecom.

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12:31
Identify your iPhone model

Learn to identify your iPhone model by its model number and other details.

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11:34
Learn about cellular data settings and usage on your...

Cellular data on your iPhone and iPad (Cellular Model) is used for data communication in cellular networks. It doesn't affect your ability to make or receive phone calls or use Wi-Fi to connect to the Internet.

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11:10
If your Mac won't turn on

Learn what to do if your Mac won't turn on.

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10:30
Boot Camp 3.0, Mac OS X 10.6: Frequently asked...

This article contains answers to common questions about Boot Camp.

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Tuesday June 30

16:51
Join Apple Music

Join Apple Music, choose artists that you like, and start enjoying the greatest collection of music on the planet.

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16:44
If Apple Music appears with unusual text or doesn...

If Apple Music appears with unusual text or doesn't open as expected after you update to iOS 8.4, force the Music app to close and then reopen it.

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16:28
If your Apple ID has been locked

If you or someone else enters your password incorrectly too many times, your Apple ID will automatically be locked to protect your security.  

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16:11
About the security content of iTunes 12.2

This document describes the security content of iTunes 12.2.

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15:34
Transfer content from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch...

You can use iCloud or iTunes to transfer content from your current iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to another device.

| Read more »
14:59
TCP and UDP ports used by Apple software products

Learn more about TCP and UDP ports used by Apple products like OS X, OS X Server, Apple Remote Desktop, and iCloud. Many of these are referred to as "well known" industry standard ports. 

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14:28
Apple security updates

This document outlines security updates for Apple products.

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13:26
About the security content of QuickTime 7.7.7

This document describes the security content of QuickTime 7.7.7.

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11:57
About the security content of OS X Yosemite v10.10.4...

This document describes the security content of OS X Yosemite v10.10.4 and Security Update 2015-005.

| Read more »
11:52
About Apple SIM on iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3

Apple SIM makes it easy to sign up for short-term, long-term, or shared cellular data plans right on your iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi+Cellular.

| Read more »
10:19
Soundtrack Pro 3: Troubleshooting Basics

If Soundtrack Pro 3 isn't starting up properly or performing normally, try these basic troubleshooting steps. Please note that these steps aren't exhaustive and are not intended to cover any specific issue. They are fundamental, basic steps that are most effective in getting Soundtrack Pro 3 into good working order and are the steps most often suggested by AppleCare Technical Support. 

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10:17
Motion 4: Troubleshooting basics

If Motion isn't starting up properly or performing as expected, try these basic troubleshooting steps to remedy the situation. Please note that these steps aren't exhaustive, and are not intended to cover any specific issue. They are fundamental, basic steps that are most effective in getting Motion into good working order, and are the steps most often suggested by AppleCare Technical Support.

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Monday June 29

17:25
Cameras supported by iMovie

iMovie is designed to work with a wide range of video recording devices, including camcorders, digital still cameras, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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13:27
Keeping iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch within...

Learn about the operating temperatures and temperature management of iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch (4th generation and later).

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12:51
Get help connecting your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch...

You can connect your iOS device with a compatible car stereo using CarPlay, Bluetooth, or a USB cable. If you can't pair or connect your iOS device with your car stereo, or you don't hear audio playback, try these steps.

| Read more »
12:07
DVD Studio Pro: Troubleshooting Basics

If DVD Studio Pro isn't starting up properly or performing normally, try these basic troubleshooting steps to remedy the situation. Please note that these steps aren't exhaustive and are not intended to cover any specific issue. They are fundamental, basic steps that are most effective in getting DVD Studio Pro into good working order, and are the steps most often suggested by AppleCare Technical Support.

| Read more »
07:00
If you forgot your Apple ID password

If you're having issues signing in with your Apple ID password, use these steps to reset it and regain access to your Apple ID account.

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Friday June 26

11:46
iOS Wi-Fi profiles: About Auto Join and per-...

When you create a Wi-Fi profile for an iOS device, you can configure a device to automatically join a configured wireless network and also use a per-connection password with a configured wireless network. However, when both settings are applied to the same wireless network, they may not work as expected when installing the profile on the device. Learn how these settings work.

| Read more »
10:39
Using Apple power adapters, cables, and duckheads...

Learn how to use Apple power adapters, cables, and duckheads, and what to do if you have a damaged part.

| Read more »
09:37
Delete photos and video synced from iTunes when you...

You can delete photos you synced from iTunes by syncing them with a new folder.

| Read more »
07:12
If you can't import photos from your iPhone,...

If you can't import your photos to your computer, or your computer doesn't recognize your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch as a camera, try the steps below. 

| Read more »
06:42
What to expect when you import edited photos from...

Most programs will show the original, unedited version of the image.

| Read more »
06:11
If you can't update your Signed Configuration...

If you can't replace an existing profile on an iOS 8 device, update the device to iOS 8.3. Then, remove the existing profile and install its replacement.

| Read more »
06:11
About the security content of Safari 8.0.6, Safari 7...

This document describes the security content of Safari 8.0.6, Safari 7.1.6, and Safari 6.2.6.

| Read more »
05:55
What type of gift card do I have?

Apple offers two different types of gift cards: Apple Store Gift Cards and iTunes Store Gift Cards.

| Read more »
05:47
If Photos won't open a library that you already...

Photos lets you know if you try to open an iPhoto or Aperture library that you already migrated. 

| Read more »
05:44
Apple Deployment Programs: Web Browser Support

If you are seeing issues when setting up your device deployment or administrating your Volume Purchase Program (VPP) account, make sure you are using a supported web browser.

| Read more »
05:43
Airport Utility says your Apple ID or password is...

After enabling Two-Step Verification for your Apple ID, if you use AirPort Utility to set up Back to My Mac on your AirPort base station, AirPort Utility shows this message: “An Apple ID or password is incorrect or couldn’t be authenticated. Enter the correct AppleID and password and try again.” This happens even if you've entered the correct Apple ID and password.

| Read more »
05:40
Apple Deployment Programs and two-step verification

Learn about how two-step verification is used with the Apple Deployment Programs.

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Thursday June 25

13:40
If your Apple TV gets stuck on the date and time...

Each time your Apple TV powers on, it updates the system's date and time. If your Apple TV can't connect to the Internet or to the port that it uses to update the date and time, it might get stuck on this screen.

| Read more »
11:19
If you need help restoring from an iTunes Backup

Follow these steps if you need help restoring your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch from an iTunes backup. For example, there might not be a backup available for your device, or you might have questions about using an iPhone backup for an iPad.

| Read more »
10:53
What to do before selling or giving away your iPhone...

Follow steps to remove your personal information from a device you're giving away, even if you don't have the device anymore.

| Read more »
10:40
Wireless carrier support and features for iPhone in...

Choose your region to learn about the wireless carriers in your country.

| Read more »
08:09
iTunes U security and privacy overview

Apple takes data security and the privacy of personal information very seriously. iTunes U is built with industry-standard security practices and employs strict policies to protect user data.

| Read more »

Wednesday June 24

13:10
iBooks and iBooks Store: Parental Controls in iOS 6

Learn more about Parental Controls for books in iOS 6.

| Read more »
09:59
Get help with your keyboard on your iPhone, iPad, or...

iOS supports multiple languages and dialects, offering international keyboards and dictionaries. You can use the built-in keyboards in all apps, and you can change between multiple international keyboards.

| Read more »
 
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