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Friday May 22

19:31
Instant-calendar year defenseman Brendan Smith lone...

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19:29
Sabres send out absent 4 veterans upon NHL exchange...

Forums: General Xsan TalkBUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres ongoing their rebuilding energy Monday with a flurry of deadline working day offers, relocating 4 veterans mounted in the direction of grow to be totally free brokers any time the time finishes.
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19:28
Blackhawks' Rundblad relishes possibility in...

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19:02
Apple bolsters Maps with more business listings data...

As part of ongoing upgrades to its in-house mapping service, Apple on Friday added a handful of entries to its rolling list of providers that supply the company with maps data, business listings and satellite imagery.

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17:46
Gold Apple Watch Editions arrive for regular...


Nearly a month after the Apple Watch officially went on sale, gold Edition models have begun arriving for non-celebrity customers who placed the earliest online orders. As expected, the Apple Watch Edition’s white external packaging is nearly identical to the cardboard box for the stainless steel Apple Watch, save for the box noting the color of the 18-Karat gold casing and unique band on the side.
Inside the box, however, the items are a bit different. As we’ve noted before, the Apple Watch Edition includes a colored leather-covered box that integrates the MagSafe charger. The Edition also includes a color-matched cleaning cloth with the word Edition embossed into the material. The...

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17:17
Chromecast iOS app updated w/ interface tweaks,...



The companion app to Google’s $35 Chromecast dongle received an update today with a handful of improvements and changes. Bumping the app to version 1.11.4116, the update brings several interface tweaks. First off, the devices view of the app has been redesigned with a card-like interface. The devices screen also now lists what backdrop is currently being displayed along with...

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16:13
Geek Watch brings the classic Casio calculator...




We’ve already seen a couple of useful calculator apps for the Apple Watch, but the most recent one, released today, arguably has the coolest interface of them all. Geek Watch takes the design and interface of the...

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15:28
Reading Roundup: Everything to know (so far) about...

Over the past week, we’ve published several articles detailing the future of iOS (the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch’s operating system), OS X (the Mac’s operating system), and Watch OS (the software that runs on the Apple Watch). With the long weekend ahead, we’ve decided to put together a roundup of all of our published stories on these topics…

iOS
Apple plans to refresh iOS 9, OS X 10.11 using new Apple Watch font: This story details Apple’s plans to utilize a new typeface for iOS 9, taking a page out of the design language for the Apple Watch.
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14:36
Apple Watch Edition buyers begin receiving...



If you’re among the mucho-wealthy who ordered an Apple Watch Edition, the shipment times have started to come in.
A number of Edition buyers have begun receiving shipping notifications and credit card charges for their units. Emails sent to the customers ask them to pick a specific delivery time, as long as it fits within courier hours and days of operation.
The Edition features 18-karat gold layered into its chassis, controls and some of its band components and is priced at US$10,000 and up with some models going as high as US$17,000.

Many other Watch orders have been shipping since April 24, but...

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14:30
AWT News Update: May 22, 2015

After missing a day yesterday, the AWT News Update is back with some fun and informative news about the world of Apple... and its competitors:

  • Anker announces a number of adapters and cables for the new USB-C standard
  • Samsung's flagship Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge phones aren't selling well
  • Researchers at Cambridge University find big problems with security on Android phones
  • Apple Watch sales cool a bit after a hot launch

The full text version of the AWT News Update podcast can be found below.

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I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for May 22, 2015.

Those of us who have the 12-inch MacBook are, for the most part, quite happy with our purchase. For most of our...

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13:33
“Photos for Mac: A Take Control Crash Course” Now...

We’ve now released the full “Photos for Mac: A Take Control Crash Course,” previously available in an abbreviated early-bird version. It helps you transition to Photos, walks you through importing photo libraries, explains the Photos interface and how you can organize your images, gets you going with the editing tools, assists you with syncing to iOS devices, and looks at creating slideshows and print products. 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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13:16
Apple adds on new data providers for Apple Maps,...



Apple’s apparently adding to its list of information providers for its Maps application.
Although the company continues to have TomTom at the top of its list of data providers, additional contributors cited on the acknowledgement page include, E-WEGO SARL, NavAds BV, and Yellow Pages Turkey. The new data sources are likely noticeable in regions around the world including France and Turkey where the information is sourced.

New data providers have been added on occasion, Apple recently adding Gas Buddy and GreatSchools for points-of-interest and ratings data for its mapping service across iPhones, iPads, and Macs. The company is also rumored to be...

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12:52
Tip of the Day: Suspending or removing Apple Pay via...

Apple takes security pretty seriously, particularly when it comes to Apple Pay, and authentication features like Touch ID and Wrist Detection help to ensure that only you can use your device to make payments. However, if you’ve misplaced your iPhone or Apple Watch, you may not be entirely confident in relying solely on these features to protect your credit cards or bank accounts, so Apple provides several ways to remove your Apple Pay information…

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12:23
Apple Maps adds new data providers including NavAds...

While TomTom continues to top Apple’s list of data providers for the backend of its Maps service, a few new additions have recently joined the list of contributors supplying information to Apple Maps. New sources providing business listing data per Apple’s acknowledgement page include E-WEGO SARL, NavAds BV, and Yellow Pages Turkey. The new data sources are likely noticeable in regions around the world including France and Turkey where the information is sourced.
Apple adds new data providers to its backend occasionally, most recently adding Gas Buddy and GreatSchools for points-of-interest and ratings data for its mapping service across iPhones, iPads, and Macs. Earlier this week, we reported on some greater changes coming to Apple...

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10:30
Review: Mophie’s Watch Dock elevates your Apple...

As I noted in yesterday’s review of the Nomad Stand for Apple Watch, I wasn’t initially certain that the Apple Watch needed a dock, but actually using a Watch changed my mind: just as the Apple Watch Edition’s custom charging cases hinted, it’s best to keep metal or metal-accented Watch bands from rubbing against nightstands during charging, and even Apple’s fluoroelastomer Sport Bands tend to flop around when the Watch’s charging puck is connected. My guide to the best Apple Watch stands and docks spotlights many potential solutions, some of which are a lot more compelling than others.
Mophie’s Watch Dock ($60) is completely different in looks from the...

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09:54
Apps: Apple Store, Asphalt 8, Magnetized, PCalc

Apple Store (free) — Apple has been unusually slow to update its own store app for the iPhone to take advantage of some of the newest hardware features, so it’s a pleasant surprise to see Touch ID support finally arrive in the Apple Store app, along with support for Apple’s two-factor authentication for additional security. Touch ID can now be used to quickly access order history, EasyPay receipts, and make reservations, although you’ll…

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09:46
Active Drive Firmware

Forums: Active StorageCan anyone confirm if "Official" Active Storage hard drives come with a custom firmware, or can off-the-shelf drives be used?

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09:31
Anker unveils line of 12-inch MacBook compatible...

Popular accessory maker Anker has shown off its upcoming lineup of USB-C cables and adapters including USB-C to USB 2.0, 3.0, and USB-C solutions. Especially interesting for 12-inch MacBook users is Anker’s USB-C to Lightning cable — the first that I’ve seen from a reputable vendor — which will allow users to connect iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches with Lightning ports directly to Apple’s USB Type C-only notebook for charging and syncing.Apple currently only offers three USB-C adapters including its...

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09:24
Report: iOS 9 will be optimized for older devices,...


We're just a few weeks out from WWDC, and new details about Apple's next-generation operating systems continue to surface. A new report from the well-sourced 9to5Mac details a handful of features, the most interesting of which is a note about support for older devices. We had assumed that Apple would include support for some devices based on its aging A5 SoC—the fifth-gen iPod Touch, original iPad Mini, and third-gen Apple TV are all still being sold, after all—but the report indicates that we can expect an update for out-of-production devices like the iPhone 4S (the iPad 2 isn't mentioned by name, but the implication is that it will be supported as well).
If true, this would be the longest that Apple has ever provided software updates for any one iPhone model. Normally, iOS releases support four iPhone...

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09:07
WALTR: Transfer and playback unsupported formats on...

MY thanks to WALTR for sponsoring The Loop this week. WALTR is the first Mac app in the world to allow users transfer and playback unsupported formats such as MKV, AVI, FLAC & more – directly from the native Videos/Music app.iTunes is the only option Apple gives us for loading media onto our iPhone, iPad or iPod touch from our Macs, and it limits the audio and video file formats we can upload. That’s a thing of the past thanks to WALTR from Softorino. This awesome Mac app lets you upload a long list of file formats — such as MKV, AVI, MP4, CUE, FLAC, APE, ALAC, OGG, AAC, AIFF and WAV — to your iOS device without ever touching iTunes. Just fire up WALTR, connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac via USB, and drag files to convert and upload them so you can watch or listen on the go. It really is drag-and-drop simple, and file transfers are surprisingly fast.
 
No iTunes required; No jailbreak required; No need to worry about 3rd party converters;

  • the awesomely cool app...

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09:00
The Week in iOS Apps: WinIt lets you fight your...

Just say no to parking ticketsThis week’s apps includes an offering that lets you fight parking tickets; there are also transit and photography apps, and much more.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:56
Millions of Android phones don’t completely wipe data

Weaknesses in the factory reset function within Google’s Android mobile operating system mean data from more than 500 million phones can be discovered despite being wiped, researchers have found.AndRecovering data was even possible with full-disk encryption switched on, the researchers discovered.Good luck Android people. Here is a sure way to fix the security issues you’re having.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:51
Samsung’s S6 is a sales disaster

In the month since the phone’s launch, however, the response has been lacklustre. The Korean news outlet Yonhap News Agency reports that the device has seen 10 million shipments so far. For comparison, Samsung’s previous model, the S5, shipped 11 million units in the same time frame a year ago — the year in which Samsung’s sales collapsed. These are shipments, not sales, so the number of devices sold could be even lower.I guess you can’t copy and be successful forever.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:39
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I need one of these.

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07:55
Make it so: Chinese building looks just like Star...

Mashable:There’s a building in China that looks almost exactly like the USS Enterprise from Star Trek. Drone footage shows how a relatively conventional-looking building from the ground dramatically transforms into a regal starship when viewed from the air. Lest you think this is visual trickery done via Holodeck or CGI, the starship/building is clearly visible on Google Maps.Don’t lie – a bunch of you saw that video and thought to yourself how much you’d like to work there, didn’t you? It looks like Nerd Valhalla.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:52
News: Report: iOS 9 will bring new security features...

A new report by 9to5Mac provides some insight into Apple’s plans for iOS 9, expected to debut at WWDC early next month. As previously reported, iOS 9 will focus primarily on stability and optimization, however this new information reveals some new details about some of the features and improvements Apple is working on, particularly in the areas of security and legacy device support. A new security feature, dubbed “Rootless,” is expected…

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07:27
How accurate is the Apple Watch’s step counter and...

CNET:There’s no doubt that the Apple Watch can do a lot of things. It can be used to communicate with others, view notifications from an iPhone and even pay for items with Apple Pay. It’s also a dedicated activity tracker that can measure active calories burned, active minutes, the number of times you stand throughout the day, your daily step count and distance traveled. We’ve been testing the Apple Watch over the past few weeks, and focused on those final two metrics — steps taken and distance traveled — to see how it stacks up against the competition.This is an important question for those who want or need to have accurate tracking. Good to see the Apple Watch scored so highly and that Apple has done a good job in making sure the Watch works as advertised....

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07:20
Some Apple Watch users complain about heartbeat...



Apple put a lot of fixes and changes into its Watch OS 1.0.1 update.
It might need a few more.
A number of users as well as independent testing have reported that the Watch OS 1.0.1 updated has caused some Apple Watches to track heart rate sporadically, in some cases with an hour or more between readings, according to complaints on Apple’s support forums, and verified by AppleInsider’s array of tests.

The Apple Watch owners first cited complaints about the issue on Wednesday, noting that Apple officially states that the Watch should take a reading every 10 minutes outside of the Workout app. In some cases the Watch...

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06:54
Rumor: Apple looking to integrate public transit...



Apple Maps could be reborn with mass transit directions built in.
New rumors have stated that Apple could introduce bus, subway, and train route navigation to Apple Maps.
The rumors have focused on larger icons for mass transit facilities along with a Transit view alongside the Standard, Hybrid, and Satellite/Flyover views, and a trip-planning feature. Apple is also reportedly using autonomous robots to map out large buildings, a feature that may or may not be part of iOS 9 Apple Maps.

Apple has apparently been working on acquiring assets that would allow Maps to coordinate around mass transit systems for a few years now. The company was rumored to be...

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06:54
Review: Apple iPhone Lightning Dock

Apple's new iPhone Lightning Dock ($39) is the company's first since 2013's iPhone 5s Dock and iPhone 5c Dock. As one would expect, this new dock is compatible with the company's newest iPhones, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. While the previous two docks placed the Lightning connector in a recessed slot, the Lightning connector here is extended, allowing for greater case — and device — compatibility. Also included on the back of the dock is an audio-out port — the port uses the phone's headphone volume controls for connected headphones or speakers. The dock doesn't come with a Lightning cable, so you'll need to supply your own, which is accommodated by an input on the back of the dock.{/exp:char_limit}
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06:45
Rumor: Intel prepping next-gen Skylake chips for...

Chip giant Intel is reportedly targeting August of this year for the initial rollout of its next-generation Skylake microarchitecture, a timeline that likely means Apple's high-end Macs will skip the oft-delayed Broadwell line.

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06:40
News: Report: Apple’s push for local content may...

Apple is endeavoring to include access to programming from local TV stations as part of its new streaming television service, Re/Code reports; a move which may delay the launch that was originally expected to occur later this year. The move would help to significantly distinguish Apple’s streaming televisions offering from rival companies, most of which only offer major network programming and in some cases local programming in select major…

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06:30
Spy Agencies Planned to Corrupt Google Play


The United States and its leading Western allies, known as the "Five Eyes," reportedly planned to hack into smartphones through their links to Google and Samsung's app stores.
They wanted to infect apps with spyware and find ways to send misinformation to targets, according to documents released to the media by National Security Agency whistle-blower Edward Snowden. The intelligence agencies also apparently began targeting the mobile browser UC Browser in late 2011, after discovering it leaked revealing details about its users.

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05:54
News: Daily Deal: Blur Premium Privacy Protection...

Today in iLounge Deals you can get a Lifetime Subscription to Blur Premium Privacy Protection for only $49 – 74% off the normal price. Designed to mask your personal information to protect you from data breaches and identity theft, Blur allows you to create temporary, masked email addresses, credit card numbers, and phone numbers so that you’ll never have to give out your personal data to online merchants again. Disposable email addresses…

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05:54
News: Adobe dropping Photoshop Touch in favor of...

Adobe has announced that it will be discontinuing its Photoshop Touch app, preferring to focus instead on its family of more focused apps tied into its Creative Cloud program. A post on the company’s Photoshop Blog highlights Adobe’s other more recent offerings such as Photoshop Mix and Photoshop Sketch as examples of how the company believes it has produced better user experiences through “laser-focus” on specific and traditionally…

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05:36
Take a one-handed picture or video directly from the...

Not sure how long this has been part of iOS, but I just stumbled on this yesterday. A fantastic tip.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:21
Change your Mac’s notification banner wait time

When notifications appear on your Mac, do they disappear too quickly? Want to make them hang around just a bit longer?∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:18
Net neutrality tester

The Internet Health Test site runs a series of upload and download tests to check for consistency and degradation in the connection through your ISP. That data is then passed back as part of a crowd-sourcing effort.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:12
Shoe retailer Clarks rolls out iPad foot measuring,...

Clarks is no small operation. They’ve got more than 1,000 stores throughout the world and they also manufacture their own shoes which they sell in their own shops, as well as via third party retailers.This new system gives them accurate foot measurement, but that’s not the goal behind this system.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:46
On the Apple Watch interaction model and the Digital...

John Gruber digs into the digital crown interface, explaining how it works and why it’s not as complicated as it first seems. This is helpful if you are confused or, perhaps, intimidated by the Apple Watch interface.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:45
UK government torn over plans to censor '...

The Home Secretary Theresa May wants to give Ofcom, the UK's communications regulator, the ability to block shows with extremist content before they're shown on TV. The Queen's Speech will detail some of the Conservative government's legislative plan...

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04:34
Philips turns LEDs into an indoor GPS for...

Philips believes that the days of endlessly roaming around a store looking for the right kind of balsamic vinegar may soon be at an end. The company's lighting division has developed an indoor navigation system that enables your smartphone to direct ...

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04:03
Xbox for Windows app gets a flurry of features ahead...

If you're an early Windows 10 adopter, you'll soon find a smattering of new features inside the Xbox app. As part of its June update, Microsoft is adding "game hubs" which, similar to the Xbox One, show which friends have played the title and their r...

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04:00
Simplicity Linux Makes Good on Its Easy-Peasy Promise


The latest edition of Simplicity Linux, version 15.4, recently became available for download. Simplicity Linux delivers just what its name suggests: It is a simpler way to run a fully powered Linux desktop on any computer you touch. Simplicity lets you carry your entire desktop, favorite installed applications, and complete collection of documents and files in your pocket everywhere you go. Other Linux distros let you do much the same thing -- but solutions like Puppy Linux, Porteus, Knoppix and such are a bit trickier to set up and configure.

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03:30
EE Harrier and Harrier Mini review

EE's Kestrel was its first own-brand 4G smartphone, meant for those wanting breakneck mobile data speeds without breaking the bank. One year on, the Kestrel is coming to the end of its life, and when remaining stock is depleted, it'll disappear from ...

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03:19
You won't need waves with this $20,000 electric...

If you want to surf, but are too lazy to paddle or look for waves, the Wakejet Cruise from Swedish outfit Radinn is for you! The company says it "marries the agility and speed of wakeboarding with the freedom of surfing," but that doesn't mean you ca...

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02:38
Facebook launches 'caller ID' for new...

Next time someone contacts you on Facebook Messenger for the first time, you'll see a calling card of sorts showing his photo, other public info and how you two are connected. Facebook's Vice President of Messaging, David Marcus, calls it "enhanced c...

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02:30
Smart uses for smart albums in Photos for OS X

While it may be satisfying for the OCD within you to manually organize your digital mementos into albums in Photos, you can automate the process using smart albums. These albums self-populate based on criteria you set, so when Photos detects an image that matches your criteria, it’s automatically added to the smart album (just like iTunes’ smart playlists).
Smart albums are insanely handy. For example, you can create one that collects all the pictures you take that include a certain keyword, say, comicon, that fall within a certain date range and that are tagged as favorites. Or how about an album that gathers all the pictures of your kids that also includes the keyword vacation? In this column, you’ll learn how to make smart albums and discover a few ideas on how to use them.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here...

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01:42
Android M might have its own fingerprint login system

Android is getting a TouchID-style system of its own with Android M, according to Buzzfeed's sources. Apparently it'll act a lot like the iOS tool too, bypassing passwords for associated apps in favor of reading your fingerprint. Given that I/O is pr...

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00:20
Google makes a Hangouts Mac app you'll want to...

Listen up, OSX users: with the new Hangouts update from Google you might actually want to use the official app rather than Adium. It consolidates your contacts on the left side of one window and puts your chats on the right as you'll see below. It's ...

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Thursday May 21

23:03
Uber's experimental cars are driving around...

It looks like Uber's robotics lab is now up and running -- the Pittsburgh Business Times has just spotted one of its test cars marked "Uber Advanced Technologies Center" driving around the city. If you recall, the ridesharing company teamed up with C...

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21:03
Fundamental Advantages of Professional Movers and...

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20:56
Find out How to Simplify the Task of Residential...

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17:43
Apple Store app updated with two-step authentication...

Apple on Thursday updated its Apple Store app for iOS with more comprehensive Touch ID support and a new two-factor authentication feature for securing users' Apple ID accounts.

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15:29
Why making your apps accessible is just the right...

Accessibility is not just an additional feature, but a best-practice.Another great article on app accessibility.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:26
Why accessibility matters

Ideally, people with a variety of abilities should be able to access the same mainstream technology wherever possible. Companies such as Apple work hard to make their devices and software accessible irrespective of whether the user may have hearing difficulties, vision problems, fine-motor challenges, or, for that matter, small or large hands, thick or thin fingers, or whether they are left or right handed, young or old. They want their products to be usable by the widest possible range of people. They don’t design a special iPad for children with autism, or a different watch for left handed people. Yet, they invest a lot of effort in making sure that Apple Watch works well for left and right handed people and that iPads have features that work well for kids with autism without sacrificing their utility for, for example, blind users. They aim for universal design. Ease of use, simplicity, and refinement all contribute to making the products better for everyone.This sums up my...

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15:24
Apple highlights apps for Accessibility Awareness Day

We should all be aware of accessibility when making our apps. Apple has posted a few on its “Accessibility Awareness” page on the App Store.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:39
Apple Store app on iOS updated w/ support for Touch...



After being updated with support for Apple Watch last month, the Apple Store app on iOS has been updated today with a pair of highly requested features. With today’s update, which bumps the app to version 3.3, users can now use Touch ID to view orders, access EasyPay receipts, and make reservations at retail locations.

In addition to Touch ID integration, today’s update also adds support for two-step verification. This functionality appears to only apply when you place an order, however. Apple launched...

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13:44
Promotional Apple II Video with Steve Jobs, Steve...

Check out this Apple II promotional video circa 1984. Built on still images, it features voiceovers from Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Paul Terrell, who owned the Byte Shop. The voiceover tells the story of Apple I and Apple II, and includes all manner of tidbits from Apple lore. Highlights for me include Mr. Terrell's recollection of a parts company asking if the two Steves really had an order for 50 Apple I computers, Steve Jobs talking about Woz's ability to reduce components, and several comments about the need for someone to make fully assembled computers. It also features an atrocious song with the lyrics, "Apple II forever and ever/bringing the rainbows to you." It was posted to YouTube in April 2011 by Blake Patterson, who penned a blog post on this and several other Apple promo videos. I hadn't seen it before, and neither had Harry McCracken, who posted something about it on Thursday at FastCompany. It's very interesting, so check it out.

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13:29
LaunchBar 6.4

Adds Action Editor for easy creation and modification of actions. ($29 new, free update, 13.2 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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12:52
AmpliTube 4 for iOS

There are a lot of changes in the new version. Two that really stood out to me are the fact AmpliTube for iOS now uses the same amp DSP as AmpliTube 3 Custom Shop for OS X, and the “Cab Room” that allows 3D miking of cabinets with up to two mics. I just downloaded it.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:47
Google Reportedly Plans to Fingerprint ID to Android...

Google will be adding native fingerprint authentication to the next version of Android, Android M, according to Buzzfeed. Without citing sources, the publication said the feature would allow users to login to their many Google services with a fingerprint. The company will reportedly announce the feature during next week's Google I/O developer conference.


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12:42
DoT: Time to Get Serious About Car Talk


United States Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx recently called for accelerating the timetable to develop technology allowing communication between cars and highway infrastructures. Foxx directed the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration 1) to submit its proposal to require vehicle-to-vehicle communication in new vehicles by the end of this year rather than in 2016; and 2) to accelerate necessary testing to ensure that V2V and vehicle-to-infrastructure transmissions will be free from radio interference.

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12:29
How NSA exploits mobile app stores from Google,...

In 2011 and 2012, the NSA and the communications intelligence agencies of its “Five Eyes” allies developed and tested a set of add-ons to their shared Internet surveillance capability that could identify and target communications between mobile devices and popular mobile app stores—including those of Google and Samsung.Notice two words not mentioned anywhere in this story? “Apple” and “iOS.”∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:59
Do you need to care if Apple changes its system font...

9to5Mac reported yesterday that Apple may switch out the system font used in OS X and iOS from Helvetica Neue to San Francisco, the font it developed in-house for the Apple Watch. And if you listen very carefully, that faint background noise you can just discern on the edge of your hearing is half the Apple community bellowing denunciations that this is a stupid idea, and half yelling that OS X 10.11 and iOS 9 (when the switch is rumored to happen) can’t come soon enough.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:16
Tip of the Day: Manually refreshing Passbook passes

Have you ever wondered why some of your Passbook passes don’t show correct balances for your accounts? While passes in Passbook are supposed to update automatically, for whatever reason this doesn’t always seem to be the case. Fortunately, if you find that your balances are out of date on some of your passes, the good news is that you can refresh them manually. Simply bring up the pass in Passbook and tap on the “i” in the…

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10:30
Does the Apple Watch Free Us or Enslave Us?

The Apple Watch keeps us better connected, and that can be a good or bad thing depending on what one thinks is a good thing to be connected to. And who gets to decide? John Martellaro ponders his newfound attachment to his Apple Watch.


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10:12
News: Report: Dual app viewing, multiple logins...

In addition to the rumored iPad Pro expected later this year, Apple is said to be working on several additional hardware and software improvements to the iPad, according to a new report from 9to5Mac. Rumours have been circulating for some time now regarding split-screen multitasking on the iPad — a feature that was expected in iOS 8 last year — however sources now suggest that the side-by-side app support feature will arrive with iOS 9, and in…

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10:00
Adobe discontinues Photoshop Touch for iOS,...



Adobe announced today that it plans to discontinue its Photoshop Touch software for iPhone and iPad as it changes its approach to bringing features from its professional desktop application to mobile platforms. Rather than continuing to develop an all-in-one app that tries to recreate the Photoshop desktop experience on...

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09:50
Apple Fiddles With MacBook Pro, iMac Features and...


Apple on Tuesday announced performance enhancements for the MacBook Pro and a new configuration and price changes for the iMac. The new 15-inch MacBook Pro with its Force Touch trackpad and improved flash storage, battery and graphics performance is available immediately online, starting at $1,999. The Force Touch trackpad first appeared in the latest 13-inch MacBook. It includes the taptic engine found in the Apple Watch, which provides tactile feedback for tasks.

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09:41
TMO Daily Observations 2015-05-21: Orthogonal Watch...

John Martellaro finally received his stainless steel Apple Watch last week and, true to form, has some thoughts about exactly what is and isn't great with this first iteration of Apple's newest product line. John will take you there ... and we'll take you back home when you're finished.


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09:03
Mozilla begins seeking beta testers for iOS version...

Firefox may be waning in popularity as a desktop browser, but development team Mozilla is pushing ahead to release a version of the software for iOS devices. In a new survey discovered by TechCrunch, the company reveals that it’s currently searching for people who can beta test the upcoming app.
Just about anyone can sign up for the beta, though Mozilla hasn’t made it clear how many people will be chosen, or when the selection process will start. Users interested in testing will need to answer a few basic questions about the types of devices they own and their proficiency with iOS software.
Once you’ve answered all of the questions and supplied an email address, the only thing left to do is wait and see if you’ve been chosen.
Mozilla launched a version of...

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09:02
Automatic Launches App Gallery

Automatic has launched a gallery of compatible apps that greatly expand the capabilities of its Link adapter, which has been revised to allow for real-time engine data transmission. 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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09:01
What to know before you buy the Apple Watch w/...


I decided on the Apple Watch with stainless steel Milanese Loop band for a few reasons, but not before considering the benefits and drawbacks of Apple’s entire collection of straps and bands for Apple Watch. Budget will in many cases guide your decision, but going for the Milanese Loop was a no-brainer for me. There are a few downsides of the band compared to others, however.
Here are a few observations I’ve made after wearing it for the last couple weeks, including little talked about pros and cons you’ll want to consider before purchasing the Milanese Loop for yourself.
1. It looks a bit different than in Apple’s press shots. I was a bit surprised that the...

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08:57
Future of iPad: Dual-app viewing mode, then J98/J99...


Facing slowing growth for the first time since the iPad’s 2010 debut, Apple is working on several significant software and hardware updates to reinvigorate the tablet over the next year. Apple is developing a dual-app viewing mode, 12-inch iPads codenamed “J98″ and “J99,” as well as support for multi-user logins, according to sources briefed on the plans. First planned for debut last year, the split-screen applications feature for the iPad could be introduced as soon as June at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference, while multi-user login support and the 12-inch iPads will apparently arrive later…

Apple had ...

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08:47
Some users irate over new 15-inch MacBook Pro, 27-...



The good news is that Apple released its new 15-inch Retina Display MacBook Pro along with a new US$1,999 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display this week, the 15-inch MacBook Pro gaining expected features like a Force Touch trackpad, faster flash storage, longer battery life, and better graphics. The new MacBook Pro comes in 2.2GHz and 2.5GHz configurations for US$1,999 and US$2,499 respectively. Both configurations come with a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB memory, and Intel Iris Pro Graphics cards, with the higher-end 2.5GHz model gaining expected boosts in flash storage and memory.
The bad news is that Apple has included older technologies within the new...

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08:23
Apple may have inadvertently outed upcoming iPhone...


An inadvertent promotional photo may have just outed an iPhone 5c with a Touch ID sensor.
A new promotional photo posted to Apple’s online storefront this week shows what appears to be a new version of the iPhone 5c, complete with a Touch ID embedded in its home button.

The photo was part of a promotion for Apple’s recently-announced Lightning dock. Aside from the Touch ID home button, the pictured device looks much the same. The FaceTime camera remains above the earpiece, while the lock button is on the top right and distinct, pill-shaped buttons control the volume.

It’s possible that this could be an error on Apple’s part and Apple has...

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08:12
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 1Password for Mac $35, Samsung...

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1Password secure password manager app for Mac drops to $35 (Reg. $50)

Home Theater Speakers: Samsung...

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07:56
Apple Could Add Mass Transit to Maps in iOS 9

Apple is planning to reintroduce mass transit directions to its Maps app in iOS 9. Apple hopes to introduce bus, subway, and train route navigation to Apple Maps, a feature that has been absent since Apple stopped working with Google to power its mapping services.


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07:45
Snake Rewind for iPhone needs work

"...and I am a snake head eating the head on the opposite side." -- They Might Be Giants

This song runs through my head as I play Snake Rewind (free, universal) the modern rebirth of the mobile game that confounded Nokia users in the late 90's. It has you guide an ever-growing snake around a confined space, nabbing power-ups and other benefits while avoiding the walls and its own body. It's a perfect example of the "just one more try" genre of game that can be so addictive.

When the controls work.

While Snake Rewind is a noble reboot in several aspects -- looks, music, theming, -- the controls are so wonky that the rest is moot. There are a few other problems as well, which I address below. Allons-y!

Looks

The designers at Rumlius Design went with a retro look...

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07:44
News: Transit coming to Apple Maps in iOS 9?

Apple may finally be adding transit directions to Apple Maps with the release of iOS 9, according to new information obtained by 9to5Mac. When Apple transitioned from Google Maps to its own mapping service, integrated transit directions were one of the casualties, and as a stop-gap measure, Apple provided plug-ins for third-party routing apps for getting directions, allowing users to start planning a trip in Apple Maps and then switch to another app,…

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07:31
Review: Sennheiser’s ClipMic Digital is the perfect...


Back at NAB 2015, I had a chance to meet with Sennheiser and take a look at their new ClipMic Digital. This is a professional grade lavalier microphone that connects to an iOS device via its Lightning port, not to mention the the first of its kind. I know most audio accessories for iOS claim to be “professional” quality, but this thing is no joke. It even compares to my $600 wireless lavalier kit from Sennheiser…

This product was developed in partnership with Apogee, who has developed the 24-bit/96 kHz A/D conversion technology and the free companion app, ...

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07:11
In 1984, Jobs and Wozniak Talk About Apple's...

harrymcc writes: In 1984, Apple launched the Apple IIc computer. As part of its promotion, it produced a video with Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and other employees talking about company's founding and the creation of the Apple I and Apple II computers. Over at Fast Company, I've shared this remarkable, little-seen bit of history. It's full of goodies, from images of Jobs and Wozniak wearing remarkably Apple Watch-like timepieces to evocative photos of early computer stores.

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06:56
News: Apple and IBM expand MobileFirst apps to Apple...

Apple and IBM have begun expanding MobileFirst enterprise apps onto the Apple Watch, as evidenced by updates to Apple’s Mobile Enterprise Apps webpage. The updated page shows three apps that now provide Apple Watch support. Hospital RN allows notifications to be sent to the Apple Watch to alert “nurses to review new patient requests, changes in lab status, safety alerts, and prioritized task lists for immediate action. And Apple Watch…

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06:47
On the Apple Watch Interaction Model and the Digital...

Steven Berlin Johnson finds the digital crown button convoluted:

If you press this button, these are the potential events that will
transpire on your Watch’s screen:

  • You’ll be taken to the “watch face” view.
  • You’ll be taken to the “home screen” app view.
  • You’ll stay in the “home screen” view, but it will re-center on
    the “watch face” app.
  • You’ll move from a detailed view of a notification back to the
    notifications summary.

His proposed solution:

Fortunately there is an easy fix for this confusion, which is to
streamline the Digital Crown so that it focuses exclusively on the
Watch’s two homes. Pressing the Digital Crown should simply toggle
you back and forth between the “watch face” and the “home screen.”
(Its other functionality could all be...

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06:42
Apple Reportedly Looking at Expansion into San Jose

Apple is looking at two different sites in north San Jose for expansion, according to online reports. Any move into the largest city in the Valley would be the first such for Apple, despite its close proximity to Cupertino-the two municipalities border one another.


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06:31
News: Report: Pebble facing financial struggles?

Pebble, the company behind one of the first successful smartwatches, may be facing financial troubles, TechCrunch reports. Citing sources close to the company, the report notes that the company has allegedly turned to a Silicon Valley bank for a $5 million loan and $5 million line of credit, as VC firms have refused requests for new capital infusions. At this point, Pebble has 150 employees and continues hiring. However, even with the $18 million…

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05:42
Apple Watch Bands in Apple Stores in Limited...

Apple will begin having "limited" quantities of Apple Watch bands in its fleet of Apple Store retail locations later this week. Online reports say the bands will initially be available to customers who want to swap the band that came with their device, though the process for this isn't yet known.


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05:08
News: Daily Deal: Active Wrap Wireless Headphones

In today’s iLounge Deal you can pick up a set of SPBEAT9 Active Wrap Bluetooth Headphones for only $24 – that’s over 50% off. Designed to free you from hassling with ugly and knotty wires, these headphones are designed to be durable while also being lightweight and comfortable for all of your physical activities. The built-in lithium-ion battery provides up to 8 hours of non-stop listening, and built-in noise cancelling technology keeps…

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04:58
Find the tempo of any song

Go to songbpm.com and enter an artist and title. SongBPM will search its database and return all songs that match, along with the beats per minute (BPM) for each song.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:51
∞ Steve Jobs and time travel

Yesterday, I posted this video, a collection of photos and audio interviews of Apple’s early days. A reader alerted me to an interesting picture of a young Steve Jobs at about 1:50 into the video. Take a look.

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04:30
The new Spotify will stream music to match your...

This is Spotify’s latest move to distinguish itself from streaming competition from Apple, Pandora, Jay-Z’s Tidal, and the like. Sounds like a perfect job for Apple Watch.∞ Read this on The Loop

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03:53
David Letterman’s very last entrance

We’ll miss you, Dave.∞ Read this on The Loop

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02:49
Apple invents adaptive eye-tracking 3D display,...

A pair of Apple patent applications published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday describe a display capable of displaying 2D and 3D images at the same time and a portable cellular hotpot with a unique cylindrical design.

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Wednesday May 20

18:23
Morgan Stanley: Apple Watch demand up 60% in US...

Countering an analyst report earlier on Wednesday predicting a plateau to Apple Watch demand, investment bank Morgan Stanley says U.S. consumer interest is not just strong, but is increasing, with first-year sales estimated to hit 36 million units.

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16:40
ACM 307 - Dr. Mac’s One Tip for Mastering Your Mac,...

Bryan Chaffin is joined this week by Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus on the Apple Context Machine. They look at Dr. Mac's one tip for making the most of your Mac, whether or not Apple was ever going to make a television set, and Apple's support for encryption that actually works.


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16:21
A look at the modified Apple Watch w/ Lightning...

Apple’s in-store “magical” Apple Watch displays have brought about a variety of questions since they first appeared back on April 10th. Thanks to new documents from the Brazilian regulatory process, shared by BlogDoiPhone, we now know a bit more about how the Apple Watch display units are set up. The documents and accompanying images show how a special, proprietary band is connected to the Watch that incorporates a built-in Lightning cable and charges the device.
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16:01
Rare Power Computing Posters by Frank Kozik - Fight...

In 1996, Mac clone maker Power Computing commissioned a series of posters from illustrator Frank Kozik. These were great pieces of art that captured the zeitgeist of the platform wars of the 1990s. They exploited both Apple's weaknesses at the time and Power Computing's strengths when it came to making fast computer hardware, while simultaneously harnessing that underdog quality that gripped so many Mac fans at the time. These posters were handed out as schwag at Macworld Expo, Seybold, and other events, and not many have survived. Bob "Dr. Mac" Levitus, who was Power Computing's Director of Eva, just posted his last unframed prints on Ebay. Check them out.


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15:43
Your photos are more popular when you use filters,...

Whether or not you think photo filters represent creative assets or the death of photography as we know it, one thing's becoming increasingly clear: they're your ticket to popularity. Yahoo and Georgia Tech researchers have learned that filtered phot...

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15:29
Russia Aims to Build US-Free Mobile OS


Russia wants to develop alternatives to proprietary or partly closed mobile operating systems by using open source tools as a foundation, Minister of Telecom and Mass Communications Nikolay Nikiforov said last week. "Success would make a fairly significant impact on the go-to market plans of numerous IT vendors. We are seeing the beginnings of similar efforts in China, a market that has long been central to many vendors' future plans and hopes," said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT.

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