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Thursday January 21

07:01
Ireland's Sinn Fein party says it will pursue...

Ireland's left-leaning Sinn Fein party could hold Apple accountable for taxes owed following a still-ongoing European Commission investigation, according to a party finance spokesman.

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07:00
GM Bug Program Gets Mixed Notices


Two white-hat hackers, Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, made headlines last year when they demonstrated how they could hijack the control systems of a moving motor vehicle over the Internet. The move got the attention of the auto industry, and last week General Motors put in place a program to encourage more digital dabblers to alert the company when they find bugs in GM vehicles. Working with HackerOne, GM published a set of guidelines for submitting flaws to the company.

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07:00
Andrew Jarecki, director of HBO's The Jinx,...

Andrew Jarecki is best known as the filmmaker who elicited a confession from killer Robert Durst in the finale of the HBO docu-series “The Jinx.” What does a person do after that? Jarecki’s latest project isn’t another spine-tingling documentary—it’s an iPhone app that lets you construct your own narrative.Jarecki interviewed some 100 people while filming “The Jinx,” and told me these interviews inspired the idea for KnowMe, an app that brings lightweight film editing tools to iOS.
Andrew Jarecki, filmmaker turned iOS app developer.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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06:47
China UnionPay cards purportedly shown working with...

As Apple gears up to launch its mobile payments offering in China early this year, some Chinese consumers seem to have found the service coming online more quickly than expected.

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06:47
Why Apple assembles in China

John Gruber, addressing Donald Trump’s “we’re gonna get Apple to start building their damn computers and things in this country, instead of in other countries” comment.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:34
Proposed bill would kill iPhone sales in California

A proposed bill, similar to a New York draft law, would prevent companies like Apple from selling its encryption-enabled iPhone in California.

California assembly member Jim Cooper introduced the legislation (bill 1681) which requires any smartphone manufactured "on or after July 1, 2015, and sold in California after that date" to be "capable of being decrypted and unlocked by its manufacturer or its operating system provider.” 

Any smartphone that couldn't be decrypted on-demand would subject a seller to a $2,500 fine. If the bill becomes law, there would be a near-blanket ban on nearly all iPhones and many Android devices across the...

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06:34
Why Apple defends encryption

This is a terrific piece from Rich Mogull, writing for TidBITS, that looks at why Apple stands alone in defending encryption. But the article goes further. It lays out the history of government monitoring of communications, as well as the arguments that drive both sides. Important topic.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:21
Apple opening Europe’s first iOS app development...

Apple is investing heavily in bringing iOS dev to the masses, so far announcing sites in Brazil, Indonesia, and now in Naples, Italy.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:15
California bill over encryption backdoors could...


California is now presenting a new bill that, if passed into law, would stop Apple from selling iPhones on its home turf, via ZDNet. The bill requires smartphone manufacturers to sell devices that have backdoors to allow them to be decrypted. Naturally, this affects iPhones which use high-strength security methods and make it practically impossible for anyone including Apple to gain access without the passcode. If this proposed bill sounds familiar, there’s a reason for that. A nearly identical proposition was made in New York state earlier in the month.
Although the bill is only being proposed and isn’t law at this time, it poses a big issue...

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06:00
iPhone sales are booming in India

New data from Counterpoint — as noted by 9to5Mac — iPhone sales in India rose from 500,000 units in the December quarter of 2014 to 800,000 units in the December quarter of 2015. 

The technical market research firm says the iPhone 5s was responsible for 30% of the sales numbers. About half of the 800,000 units sold were iPhone 6s and 6s Plus models. In 2014, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, accounted for 70% of the shipments.

Yesterday it was reported that Apple India had filed an application to open Apple branded retail stores in India with the department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP).

"We have just received Apple's proposal. We are examining it,” DIPP Secretary Amitabh Kant told the...

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05:51
Apple reportedly to open a R&D facility in...

Apple has leased space at a Kanata office complex in preparation for setting up a facility in the National Capital Region, according to the Ottawa Business Journal. Kanata is a suburb of Ottawa, Canada.

© Photo courtesy Colliers

Although the Cupertino, California-based company hasn’t yet made a public announcement, OBJ sources say they believe the 22,100-square-foot suite at 411 Legget Dr. in the Kanata Research Park will be devoted to research and development. The facility offers a "full-floor office suite" with an executive boardroom, meeting rooms, offices, a server room, lunchroom, lab space and even showers, according to the report. 

Apple spent nearly $2 billion on research and development in the first fiscal quarter of 2015, an increase of more than 40% over the year-ago...

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05:39
Apple opening Europe’s first iOS App Development...

Apple has announced the creation of Europe’s first iOS App Development Center in Italy, which is designed to give students practical skills and training on developing iOS apps.

The iOS App Development Center will be located at a partner institution in Naples. Apple CEO Tim Cook says it will support teachers and provide a specialized curriculum preparing thousands of future developers to be part of Apple’s thriving developer community. In addition, the Cupertino, California-based company will work with partners around Italy who deliver developer training to complement this curriculum and create additional opportunities for students. Apple expects to expand this program to other countries around the world, says Cook.

“Europe is home to some of the most creative developers in the world and we’re thrilled to be helping the next generation of entrepreneurs in Italy get the skills they need for success,” he adds. “The phenomenal success...

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05:38
Apple assembler Foxconn bids $5.3 billion to take...

In a potential merging of two key Apple suppliers, Foxconn has officially bid $5.3 billion to take over Sharp -- a move that would resolve the display maker's considerable growing debts.

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05:31
Apple accused of patent infringement involving Siri

Another day, another lawsuit. Dot 23 Technologies — a Texas-based, non-practicing entity (a patent troll, in my opinion) — is suing Apple for patent infringement, claiming that the intelligent digital assistant violates three of its patents. 

In a complaint filed with the lawsuit-friendly Eastern District Court of Texas, Dot 23 claims Apple violated its patents dubbed “Mobile Keyless Telephone Instruments and Wireless Telecommunications System Having Voice Dialing and Voice Programming Capabilities,” “Wireless Telephone System with

Programming and Information Service,” and “Wireless Prepaid Telephone System with Dispensable Instruments.”

The non-practicing entity wants acknowledgment that Apple violated its patents. And, naturally, it wants money: “all damages to which it is entitled under 35 U.S.C. § 284 resulting from Apple’s infringement, and ordering a full accounting of all damages adequate to compensate Dot 23 for the infringement of its patent rights”;...

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05:00
NeatDesk for Mac makes it easier to go paperless

The NeatDesk isn’t a new product, but it’s a convenient one for going paperless. The Sellers household isn’t completely paperless, but we’re getting there.

The NeatDesk is a $399.95 desktop scanner and digital filing system developed by The Neat Company. It combines Neat’s ADF (Automatic Document Feeder) scanner and the company’s NeatWorks for Mac software, which identifies and extracts the information from receipts, business cards, and documents through OCR and parsing technology. 

The paper input tray allows you to insert up to 10 receipts, 10 business cards and 10 full-size documents, and scan them all in a single batch. Or you can remove the tray to scan up to 50 letter-size pages at once. You can even perform double-sided scanning in a single pass. 

Images can be saved in JPEG, PDF and other popular formats. Data can be sent to the Mac OS X Address...

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05:00
Zero-Day Flaw Puts Millions of Linux Machines,...


Tens of millions of Linux PCs and servers, as well as 66 percent of all Android mobile devices, are vulnerable to a zero-day flaw that could allow users with lower-level privileges to gain root access, according to Perception Point, which announced its discovery last week. The local privilege escalation vulnerability, which affects Linux Kernel v3.8 and higher, has existed since 2012, the firm said. However, SMEP and SMAP will make it difficult to exploit Linux boxes, and Android devices are protected by SELinux, Perception Point noted.

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05:00
Lightricks teams up with Kite.ly for Enlight photo...

You remember the photo app Enlight, the mobile Photoshop-style editing competitor that last year took the iOS app world by storm?
A new update, released by Lightricks on Thursday, makes your favorite images viewable to many more eyeballs in a wider scope of venues. Version 1.2.5 kicks off a partnership with Kite.ly, the U.K.-based photo printing startup, that now lets you use your Enlight images to decorate a host of popular consumer gift and collectible items: mugs, iPhone cases, t-shirts, wall canvases, photo books, stickers, and other collectibles, all from within the Enlight app’s Print command.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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04:39
Apple manufacturer Foxconn bids $5.3 billion to...


iPhone manufacturer Foxconn has posted a $5.3 billion bid to buy Sharp, the Japanese display manufacturer who has faced financial difficulties in recent years. iPhone displays are currently manufactured by Sharp, Samsung and LG and assembled at Foxconn’s plant. A successful Sharp purchase puts Foxconn in the position to make iPhone display components, going beyond assembly.

Another possibility is that Foxconn will start producing its own branded electronics products, although competition with Apple is unlikely given their relationship. Foxconn is certainly being aggressive with its offer.
Foxconn has promised to retain current Sharp management, in an effort to woo skeptics of foreign takeover....

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04:39
Facebook sets up real-time 'Sports Stadium...

Facebook wants to grab the large audiences that American football attracts, and has launched Facebook Sports Stadium, which it describes as a dedicated place to experience sports in real time “with your friends and the world.”
“It’s a second-screen experience that we hope makes watching the broadcast even better,” wrote Product Manager, Steve Kafka in a post.
The social network is apparently aiming to replace other social networks, particularly Twitter, which sees a lot of real-time discussions and commentary during games. Often the tweets are viewed woven together as Moments, a feature Twitter launched in October.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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04:30
How to change a passcode on an iOS device

Yesterday we looked at how to create and use a passcode on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. But what if you decide you don’t like the passcode you implemented and want to change it? No problem. It’s easy.

To change your passcode or passcode settings, go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode. On devices without Touch ID, go to Settings > Passcode. You'll find several settings and options:

  • Turn Passcode Off.
  • Change your passcode. Enter a new, six-digit passcode. Or tap Passcode Options to switch to a four-digit numeric code, a custom numeric code, or a custom alphanumeric code.
  • Require Passcode—Immediately: By default, as soon as you lock your screen, you'll need to enter your passcode to unlock it. If you don't want to need your passcode immediately, change this setting.
  • Allow Access When Locked: Allow access to some features when...
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04:14
Apple hits new iPhone sales record in India as it...


According to data from Counterpoint Research, iPhone sales in India are booming. Apple reportedly shipped 800,000 units in the December quarter to the country, up from 500,000 a year ago. Apple has been aggressively promoting their phones with substantial discounts to sustain sales, given high prices for iPhone 6s in India (via Economic Times).
Even with price cuts, that 800,000 number is composed of older iPhone models too. The report indicates that iPhone 5s was responsible for 30% of the sales numbers. About half of the 800k number are made up of...

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04:00
We want our Apple Web TV because live TV viewing...

I don’t want Apple to rush its (rumored) television streaming service (which I’ve dubbed Apple Web TV), but it will certainly be an important asset for our favorite tech company. Despite the proliferation of new technologies, such as smartphones, smart TVs, tablets and subscription video on-demand (SVOD), live TV viewing still rules.

Nielsen — a company that provides media and advertising clients with total audience measurement services for all devices on which content (video, audio and text) is consumed — has released its fourth-quarter 2015 Local Watch Report.

The Local Watch Report analyzes local TV viewing habits and the degree to which the proliferation of new technologies, such as smartphones, smart TVs, tablets and SVOD, influence different markets. The latest data shows that live TV remains the primary medium to consume video. Americans spend four hours and seven minutes per day watching live TV and...

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03:51
Is this the iPhone 6c? Video purportedly shows new 4...


Apple is currently expected to hold an event in March to announce a slew of new products, notably including a new addition to the iPhone lineup. The 4-inch iPhone is expected to be released by April, and MIC Gadget claims to have a hands-on with new unreleased iPhone straight from the Foxconn factory. Boring yet unsurprising, the purported new iPhone looks just like an...

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00:32
Apple to reportedly open R&D center in backyard...

A report on Wednesday claims Apple recently leased office space in Kanata, a suburb of Ottawa, Canada that BlackBerry's QNX Software Systems arm calls home, suggesting the iPhone maker might be looking to develop automotive software in the region.

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Wednesday January 20

23:59
CornerTube for iPad lets you quickly watch picture-...

With iOS 9 being out for nearly five months now, you would’ve expected all the top video apps to already be including picture-in-picture for the iPad. Unfortunately that doesn’t seem to be the case with YouTube and a few others. If you’re feeling the hurt from not being able to catch up on your favorite YouTuber’s latest videos while multitasking around your iPad, then check out CornerTube, a new YouTube utility app focused on PIP. CornerTube lets users quickly jump into videos on YouTube, all the while enabling that missing PIP feature. It gets even better once you start utilizing the included Today widget in Notification Center and Action extension in other apps.

With no...

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23:21
Apple to open first iOS App Development Center in...

Apple on Thursday announced plans to open its first iOS App Development Center in Naples, Italy, to provide developers in Europe the practical skills and training they need to contribute to a growing app ecosystem.

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23:15
Apple announces first iOS App Development Center...

Apple this morning has announced its first iOS App Development Center for Europe. The facility will be located in Naples, Italy and offer a place for students to learn  who to develop iOS apps. The App Development Center will feature on-site teachers and a curriculum to facilitate a strong and diverse development community.

In a press release, the company said that it hopes the App Development Center will create even more jobs in the iOS community, which has already created more than 1.2 million jobs in Europe alone. In Italy, there are already 75,000 jobs attributable to the App Store. European developers have earned more than €10.2 billion from selling their apps on the App Store. Apple plans to partner with other development communities in Italy to build upon its own curriculum and ensure that the most students as...

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21:45
Apple's Siri voice recognition technology...

Dot 23 Technologies, a non-practicing entity located in Texas, is looking to take Apple to trial for implementing Siri into the iPhone platform, alleging the virtual assistant's voice dialing and geolocation capabilities infringe upon three patents.

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19:04
iOS App Store brings in 75% more revenue than Play...

According to a new report out of app analytics company App Annie, Apple’s trend of bringing in more revenue via its App Store than Google does via the Play Store continued in 2015. Google, however, continued to see far more app downloads than Apple…

The report claims that Google saw twice as many apps downloaded from the Play Store as Apple saw downloaded from the App Store. This, however, is reversed when it comes to earnings from each respective app store. The iOS App Store now earns 75 percent more revenue than the Google Play Store. This is an increase over the 70 percent difference recorded during 2014.
App Annie tracks data from “more than 1 million apps,” including 94 of the top 100 app publishers across both platforms. For iOS, however,...

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18:52
Apple website suggests Night Shift to gain Control...

Apple might be looking to make Night Shift an integral and easily accessible part of iOS, as an official screenshot posted to the company's website shows Control Center implementation on an iPad Air 2.

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17:54
Apple updates Logic Pro X, MainStage 3 pro apps with...

Following Apple's consumer oriented music app updates on Wednesday, the company pushed out new versions of its professional audio software Logic Pro X and Mainstage 3, each bringing numerous feature additions and performance improvements.

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17:27
Apple’s iOS 9.3 preview page hints at possible...

With the introduction of the first beta of iOS 9.3, Apple introduced a new feature called Night Shift that adjusts the color temperature of your device’s display at night as to make it easier to fall asleep. One qualm many have had with the feature, however, is that you have to go into the Settings app to turn it on and off. Apple’s iOS 9.3 Canadian preview page, however, hints that it make become easier to enable the feature with future iOS 9.3 updates…

If you head to the iOS 9.3 preview page on Apple Canada’s website, you can see that there’s an option...

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17:14
Apple patches iOS captive portal bug that let...

An iOS bug that allowed malicious agents to impersonate end users' identities by granting read/write access to website cookies was fixed with the release of iOS 9.2.1 on Tuesday, some two and a half years after it was first reported to Apple.

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16:08
Apple updates Logic Pro X & MainStage 3 Mac apps...

Following its onslaught of music updates this morning, Apple this evening has rolled out updates to two more of its Mac audio apps. First is Logic Pro X, which has been bumped to version 10.2.1 with this evening’s update. Next is MainStage 3, which is now at version 3.2.3 thanks to its most recent update. Both apps have received a handful of new features, under-the-hood changes, and performance improvements with their respective updates.

Logic Pro X now supports a new multithreading threading feature that significantly improves performance when processing multiple live channels. Previewing Apple Loops and performing region edits is also much quicker. 30 plug-ins have also been updated and redesigned to support Retina displays and improve usability. There are a variety of other performance and usability enhancements, as...

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16:00
Why Apple Assembles in China

Arik Hesseldahl, writing for Recode on Donald Trump’s “we’re gonna get Apple to start building their damn computers and things in this country, instead of in other countries” campaign promise:

Any honest presidential candidate regardless of party should say
clearly and indeed proudly that America doesn’t want these jobs to
come back. Final assembly jobs are low-skilled, low-paying
occupations; no American would wish to support a family on what
the jobs would pay. Workers at China’s Foxconn, which
manufacturers the iPhone, make about $402 per month after three
months of on-the-job probation. Even at the lowest minimum wage in
the U.S. — $5.15 an hour in Wyoming — American workers can’t
beat that.

It’s not that simple. These jobs are certainly menial, but they’re not low-skill....

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16:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Rugged stuff

Rugged stuffThis week’s roundup includes several devices made to withstand harsh conditions and the occasional drop. Read on!BiteMyAppleThe $40 Night Cable is 10 feet of syncing and charging—but its most notable feature is the weighted knot at the end, making it easy to anchor your cable to a flat surface and know it won’t go sliding out of sight.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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15:53
Child Laborers Mine for Cobalt Used in Tech Gadgets


Amnesty International and African Resources Watch have issued a report alleging that the supply chains of major electronics companies -- including Apple, Sony and Samsung -- included cobalt mined by child laborers in Africa. The companies have failed to make basic checks to halt the practice, the report claims. The report traces the harvesting and sale of cobalt in the poverty-stricken Democratic Republic of Congo -- where children as young as seven work the mines -- for use in lithium-ion batteries that power smartphones and electric cars.

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15:52
DARPA wants to build wetware so we can mind control...

Hot damn, our Ghost in the Shell future is getting closer by the day. DARPA announced on Tuesday that it is interested in developing wetware -- implantable brain-machine interfaces (BMI) that will allow their users to control computers with their tho...

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15:15
iOS cookie theft bug allowed hackers to impersonate...


Apple has squashed a bug in its iOS operating system that made it possible for hackers to impersonate end users who connect to websites that use unencrypted authentication cookies.
The vulnerability was the result of a cookie store iOS shared between the Safari browser and a separate embedded browser used to negotiate "captive portals" that are displayed by many Wi-Fi networks when a user is first joining. Captive portals generally require people to authenticate themselves or agree to terms of service before they can gain access to the network.
According to a blog post published by Israeli security firm Skycure, the shared resource made it possible for hackers to create a booby-trapped captive portal and associate it with a Wi-Fi network. When someone with a vulnerable iPhone or iPad connected, it could steal virtually any HTTP cookie stored on the device...

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15:15
AWT News Update: January 20, 2016

Image via collectingtoys.blogspot.com

At the top of a short and sweet AWT News Update today:

  • More CarPlay-compatible cars and trucks are announced from three manufacturers
  • There's an Android kernel flaw that isn't like to be fixed on over 66% of Android devices - time to switch to iOS, folks!

Text version of the podcast is below, and video can be viewed here if you're a masochist.

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is a short and sweet AWT News Update for January 20, 2016....

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15:04
Nielsen adds Facebook to its social television...

Since 2013, Nielsen leverages Twitter chatter to gauge how popular a television show is on the web. Starting in a few months, those social ratings will include Facebook. Neilsen's new Social Content Ratings will replace its Twitter TV Ratings to trac...

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14:53
Apple profiles Adele producer Greg Kurstin to...

Persisting with the day's music theme, Apple on Wednesday posted a new promotional profile on its website for Logic Pro X, concentrating on Adele producer Greg Kurstin.

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14:51
Apple increases iOS App Store revenue lead, now...

Despite a huge jump in Android app downloads from Google Play fueled by the company's expansion into developing markets, Apple's iOS App Store continues to bring in more money and has actually increased its lead in profitability over Android's official store.

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14:36
Learn absolutely nothing from watching T-Pain use...

Is this really one of Apple’s official spokespeople for GarageBand? That’s what The Verge says in this T-Painful tutorial that teaches us next to nothing about today’s Garageband update. An update that by the way actually introduces some interesting new features for users of the audio production suite Apple bundles with its iOS devices and Macs.
T-Pain says he’s using GarageBand for his latest recordings, which is notable considering the app is known as an amateur version of Apple’s professional Logic Pro audio suite....

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14:31
Oculus founder must face lawsuit over use of...

Oculus founder Palmer Luckey isn't going to escape that lawsuit over the alleged misuse of confidential data. A judge has ruled that Luckey has to face the core claim, which accuses him of breaching a contract with his former employer (Total Recall T...

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14:13
Apple rolls out Logic Pro X 10.2.1

Apple has updated Logic Pro X — its Mac OS X software for professional songwriting, editing, and mixing — to version 10.2.1. According to Apple, the upgrade contains bug fixes and enhancements including:


  • New multi-threading feature improves performance when processing multiple live channels;
  • Faster playback responsiveness when previewing Apple Loops and performing region edits;
  • Flex Pitch editing can be performed within the Tracks area using a Piano Roll interface;
  • A collection of 30 plug-ins have been redesigned to add Retina support and improve usability;
  • Numerous improvements to Alchemy including Apple Loops support and 11 new spectral effects
  • Improved reliability when downloading additional content;
  • Additional content can be downloaded directly from the Sound Library and Apple Loops browsers;
  • Drum Machine...
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14:10
Scientists tie quantum materials into infinite knots

As if quantum physics isn't knotty enough, scientists have now figured how to tie quantum materials into literal knots. A team from Finland's Aalto University, in collaboration with Amherst College, made a very fancy sailor's hitch with a quantum gas...

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13:55
Kickstarter explains why the Zano drone project went...

If you were left wondering how the team behind the Zano mini drone could raise so much crowdfunding cash only to crash and burn within the space of a year, you're not alone. Kickstarter commissioned journalist Mark Harris to find out what went wrong,...

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13:51
Notable apps and app updates for Jan. 20, 2016

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

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

BestiPhoneCleaner has introduced iPhone Cleaner for Mac, an utility designed specifically to keep iOS devices clean. Smartphones can store different unnecessary data, such as cookies and remnants of applications. 

This is where iPhone Cleaner for Mac comes in. It’s free, and can be downloaded from BestiPhoneCleaner online.

AppleMacSoft has announced DRM Converter 4.9.1 for Mac OS X. It’s an update of the software designed to help users legally remove DRM from protected M4P, M4B, AAC, AA, AAX, and more DRM-protected music...

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13:30
Eight top-secret aircraft that definitely aren'...

Since its establishment in 1955, the Groom Lake airfield at Edwards Air Force Base—better known as Area 51—has hosted the development of some of the most exotic and advanced aircraft the world has ever seen. These so-called black projects...

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13:15
Samson Meteor M2 Speaker System brings retro chic...

We review a lot of wireless speakers here at Apple World Today, so today's going to be something a bit different. The Samson Meteor M2 Speaker System (US$72.95 via Amazon, affiliate link) is a wired system that delivers loud and clear sound when connected to your Mac or any other sound source.

Design

The look of the Meteor M2 speakers can only be described as "retro chic", as the speakers have that "grilled" look of old microphones. The speakers are a matched stereo set, each with a 2.5 inch driver and a rear-ported passive radiator. An included 3.5mm male to male cable connects the right speaker to the headphone port on your device (Mac or iOS), while another cable connects the right and left speakers. An AC adapter "brick" is included to power the speakers.

The right speaker has a blue LED on the front of it to let you know when the speaker power has been turned...

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13:13
The world's largest prime number has 22 million...

A computer at the University of Central Missouri has calculated the world's largest prime number, coming in at 22,338,618 digits and surpassing the previous record by nearly 5 million digits. Prime numbers are an important component in computer encry...

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13:07
Apple updates Logic Remote with new iPhone and iPad...

Continuing a string of music-related updates, Apple on Wednesday released a new version of Logic Remote, upgrading the app with support for the iPhone and the iPad Pro.

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12:48
Werner Herzog AI documentary to debut at Sundance

During this week's Sundance Film Festival, legendary director Werner Herzog will debut new work produced by cybersecurity company Netscout. Herzog's latest is a documentary on artificial intelligence and robots titled Lo and Behold: Reveries of the C...

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12:36
SpaceX Finds Silver Lining in Failed Sea Landing


SpaceX this week failed in its third attempt to land a rocket on an ocean platform. The company has landed a reusable rocket on land successfully, but it has stepped up its efforts to land at sea. The latest attempt, though not successful, was a step forward, SpaceX said. It began at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The Falcon 9 rocket was supposed to deliver its payload, its primary objective, and then land on a drone ship out in the Pacific Ocean. The rocket stuck the landing, but it touched down too hard and broke a leg.

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12:20
Apple Watch Hermès on sale in 10 different styles,...

Starting Friday, you can go out and order an Apple Watch Hermès from the Apple Store online, but you might want to bring your French dictionary.First announced in September 2015 during Apple’s big iPhone 6s event, the Apple Watch Hermès collection was originally only available to purchase in select Apple Stores and Hermès store locations in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Toronto, as well as in several cities in Europe and Asia. However, it will now be available to purchase through the Hermès and Apple online stores, as reported by Fashionista and The Verge....

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12:01
Who's going to benefit from the tech revolution?

Top tech CEOs spoke about how they think the world will benefit from the coming tech revolution at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday.

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11:53
Worldwide iOS revenue surges in 2015

Worldwide iOS revenue surged in 2015 due, in part, to “incredible gains” in China, the U.S. and Japan. China was among the most important contributors as iOS downloads grew 20% from the fourth quarter of 2014 to the fourth quarter of 2015 and revenue doubled year over year, according to new data from App Annie. 

Google Play made impressive download share gains in the US, as its share of iOS and Google Play downloads combined surpassed the iOS App Store in 2015, according to the research group that measures the app economy. Google Play’s worldwide downloads continued to widen to nearly 100% over iOS during 2015, according to App Annie.

Wearables (such as the Apple Watch) and TV (such as the Apple TV) emerged as key platforms for apps, presenting new opportunities for publishers. “This will be a space to watch in the coming years,” says App...

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11:42
Another new kernel flaw that Google won't fix...

A new kernel privilege escalation flaw discovered in the Linux kernel requires server operators to install a patch, but is not going to be fixed for the majority of Android users. After record numbers switched to iOS last quarter, Google's inability to update its user base is inciting switchers to move to iPhones even faster.

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11:18
UBS sees record 75M holiday iPhone sales driven by...

Investment firm UBS believes Apple sold a record number of iPhones during the just-concluded December quarter, but that fewer customers opted for Apple's high-end models when compared to a year prior, based on new market research.

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11:00
Happy Hour Podcast 050 | New OS X + iOS versions,...


This week Zac and Benjamin talk about the new versions of iOS and OS X along with some changes for iAds and iTunes Radio plus how Beats 1 can be improved. The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed.


New episodes of Happy Hour are available every Wednesday. As mentioned, you can download this podcast via iTunes or plug in our RSS feed link into your...

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10:59
New York City gains public gigabit Wi-Fi through...

A long-awaited public Wi-Fi initiative, LinkNYC, is now officially live in New York City, providing people within range of the kiosks with free Internet access as well as ports for charging phones and tablets.

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10:20
T-Pain demos GarageBand for iOS updates while...

Despite persistent rumors that the Apple Watch isn't performing as well as expected, the wearable doesn't seem to have lost its cultural cachet as it continues to appear on famous wrists -- including GarageBand ambassador and autotune enthusiast T-Pain.

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10:19
Logic Remote adds iPad Pro and iPhone support

In addition to releasing a new Music Memos app and an updated GarageBand, Apple has upgraded its Logic Remote app to version 1.3 adding iPad Pro and iPhone support.

Available at the Apple App Store, Logic Remote is a companion app for Logic Pro X on the Mac. It provides a way to extend the power of Logic by using your iPhone or iPad. 

Designed to take advantage of Multi-Touch, Logic Remote offers ways to record, mix and even perform instruments in Logic Pro X. It’s a free download and requires iOS 9.1 or later. 

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10:00
Podcast 491: Make A-Mac-ica great again

With Susie on assignment in Florida, Leah Yamshon (Macworld’s associate managing editor) joins Glenn Fleishman to discuss Donald Trump’s fiat economy plan to make Apple produce its hardware in America, the New York Senate’s desire to criminalize a lack of back doors in smartphones, and the return (or continued existence) of Gatekeeper exploits.Leah and Glenn also talk about VLC, a universal format player, for Apple TV; their continued irritation at some Apple TV features; and Netflix’s plan to block more subscribers outside the U.S. who aren’t using their new 190-nation plan.We also decided on a future episode topic. Keep your ideas coming, too!To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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09:41
iOS 9.2.1 makes speed boosts for users with Apple...

The iOS 9.2.1 update can potentially make iOS 9 a smoother experience for people with older iPhones, according to a new series of YouTube videos featuring side-by-side comparisons with devices running iOS 8.4.1.

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09:15
ESPN president says Apple is 'frustrated'...

Sports programming is crucial to the success of any mainstream TV service, and ESPN is at the core of that lineup. Apple is reportedly struggling to persuade networks to sign up for its long-rumored streaming TV package, but ESPN President John Skipper says he’s open to working with Cupertino.“They are creating a significantly advantageous operating system and a great television experience and that television experience is fabulous for sports,” Skipper told the Wall Street Journal this week. “We are big proponents of believing it would be a fabulous place to sell some subscriptions. We have ongoing conversations. They have been frustrated by their ability to construct something which works for them with programmers. We continue to try to work with them.”...

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08:57
Apple updates Logic Remote with iPad Pro...

Apple’s hooking up music creators on iOS with lots of new software updates and features today. In addition to releasing a new Music Memos app and enhancing GarageBand for iPad Pro and iPhone 6s, Apple’s Logic Remote app which works with both GarageBand, Logic Pro X, and MainStage on the Mac has been updated with full iPad Pro support and an iPhone version for the first time.

Logic Remote is a companion app for Apple’s audio programs on OS X that lets you use multi-touch on the iPad and now the iPhone to control the desktop apps. Previously only available on the iPad, version 1.3 includes an iPhone version for the first time, but note that the...

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08:35
Apple releases GarageBand 2.1, Music Memos for iOS

In a rather unexpected move -- at least for this blogger -- Apple today released a new music app and an update to GarageBand for iOS. The new app is called Music Memos (free) and it's used for recording music ideas, while the GarageBand update brings the music-making app up to version 2.1.

First, GarageBand 2.1. The new iOS app has introduced the drummer feature that's in GarageBand and Logic for Mac, and adds a really cool feature called Live Loops. Think about DJ hardware controllers and drum machines, and that's what you have with Live Loops. To create music, you can just tap on cells or play a column of cells in a grid. GarageBand keeps everything in perfect pitch and tempo, and you can add loops by just tapping a cell and selecting one. Apple outdid itself with loops, adding 1,200 new ones...

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08:26
Jony Ive reflects on a decade of Bono’s Product RED...

Apple turns its store logo red every year for World AIDS Day
Bono’s Product RED campaign to fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa has partnered with Apple for so long that you could easily mistake it as an Apple-created initiative, and this year the effort turns 10 years old with more than $350 million raised according to the Financial Times. In marking the decade-long effort to raise awareness and eliminate the virus/disease, FT highlighted Apple’s roots in the campaign:
The late Steve Jobs was involved with Red, designing and selling a Red-branded iPod. Apple has maintained its connection since Jobs’ death in 2011. Two years ago, Sir Jonathan Ive, Apple’s chief design officer, and his colleague Marc Newson, ran an auction of specially designed products, including a...

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08:19
Apple releases new Music Memos app for capturing and...

Apple on Wednesday unveiled a surprise addition to its iOS lineup with a new Music Memos app, designed specifically to help musicians and songwriters craft new musical ideas on the go.

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08:14
Apple updates GarageBand for iOS with Live Loops,...

Apple on Wednesday launched GarageBand 2.1 for iOS, introducing a new feature called Live Loops which aims to make it easy for anyone to create music like a live DJ, and also adding hardware-specific support for the iPad Pro and 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

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08:14
How to save on mobile plans: Your guide to 17 no-...

Forget everything you thought you knew about buying a mobile phone. In just the past year, we've seen more changes to the industry than there are numbers on the dial-pad. The Big Four carriers (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless) have all but abandoned their old business models. Major phone makers like Google, Motorola and even Apple will now sell you their phones unlocked and contract-free. And don't forget the disruptors: The companies offering cheap (or even free) service and feature-packed (but affordable) phones.For you, this is very good news: It means more options, fewer limitations and, best of all, lower prices. Whereas once you had no choice but to buy a subsidized phone from a major carrier, then pay a hefty fee every month for two full years, now you can choose from a variety of inexpensive handsets, get service from a smaller carrier -- a mobile virtual network operator, or MVNO -- and enjoy contract-free service at significantly lower rates....

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08:14
Tech's Big 5 -- Here to Stay?

schwit1 tips a piece at the NY Times about the most entrenched companies in consumer technology: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft. The article makes the case that these five have a such a strong grip on the modern tech industry that they're destined to stick around for the foreseeable future. From the article:
Tech people like to picture their industry as a roiling sea of disruption, in which every winner is vulnerable to surprise attack from some novel, as-yet-unimagined foe. ... But for much of the last half-decade, most of these five giants have enjoyed a remarkable reprieve from the boogeymen in the garage. And you can bet on them continuing to win. So I’m coining them the Frightful Five. .... Though competition between the five remains fierce — and each year, a few of them seem up and a few down — it’s becoming harder to picture how any one of them, let alone two or three, may cede their growing clout in every aspect of American business and society. ... In...

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08:10
Apple releases new ‘Music Memos’ iOS app for...

Apple today released a brand new app for iOS devices called Music Memos that allows songwriters to quickly and easily record audio and develop song ideas.
Apple’s press release for the new app notes that Music Memos was inspired by the fact that many musicians have long used the iOS Voice Memos app as a way of quickly capturing ideas in audio on their iPhones and iPads:

Musicians and songwriters around the world have used the Voice Memos app on their iPhone to quickly record ideas, and many hit songs first started as Voice Memos. The new Music Memos app is inspired by Voice Memos and takes the functionality even further by adding musician-friendly...

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08:08
Apple enhancing GarageBand for iPad Pro, adding 3D...

Apple today is releasing a new update to GarageBand for iOS that includes enhancements to take advantage of the iPad Pro’s 12.9-inch Retina display. The new version, previously only shown in iPad Pro marketing material, shows more of instruments and tracks in a single view than on smaller iPads and iPhones. New 3D Touch features are also being included for iPhone 6s and 6s Plus users. Separately, Apple is releasing a new music app called Music Memos, and adding a new Live Loops feature to GarageBand for iOS. 
From Apple’s...

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08:05
Apple updates GarageBand for iPad Pro, intros new...

Enlarge / Music Memos is a lightweight new Apple app for recording quick song ideas. (credit: Apple)


Apple is announcing a couple of new tools for musicians recording on their iPhones and iPads—one is an update to GarageBand, and one is an entirely new tool called Music Memos.
Apple says that Music Memos was "inspired" by iOS' simple built-in Voice Memos tool, but with a few added features to make it more useful to musicians trying to capture quick song ideas. Like Voice Memos, Music Memos captures sound with your iPhone or iPad's built-in mic, but for guitar and piano music, the software can detect the chords you're playing and add a basic drum-and-bass backing track to give you an idea of how it will sound with fuller instrumentation. You can use tags and star ratings to organize your library of song...

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08:05
Kia, Honda & Lincoln preparing new vehicles...

In the first half of 2016, three more vehicles -- from Kia, Honda, and Lincoln -- are set to expand the range of models supporting Apple's CarPlay platform.

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08:05
New GarageBand 2.1 for iOS update includes Live...

Music makers have some new tools for iOS. In addition to the new Music Memos app, Apple has released GarageBand 2.1 for iOS.
The newest feature in GarageBand 2.1 is Live Loops, which Apple said is “inspired by DJ hardware controllers and drum machines.” Live Loops features a large grid and users tap cells and columns to play looped instruments and samples. As the name implies, Live Loops can be played, arranged and remixed live, and GarageBand can automatically keep the beats in sync.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:05
Apple’s new Music Memos iOS app is for songwriters...

Apple on Wednesday unveiled Music Memos, a free iOS app for anyone who is interested in creating music. Like iOS’s Voice Memos app, the new Music Memos app uses the iPhone’s built-in microphone to record audio, but Music Memos records in a high-quality, uncompressed format.
Once you have your audio recorded, you can name, tag, and rate your clip. According to a statement released by Apple, Music Memos “can analyze rhythm and chords of acoustic guitar and piano recordings, and instantly add drums and a bass line to provide a virtual, customizable backing band that plays along to match the feel of your song.” Songwriters will appreciate Music Memos’ ability to provide basic notation that displays the chords that were played.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:05
Apple video demo of GarageBand 2.1 (iOS) Live Loops

Live Loops features a large grid and users tap cells and columns to play looped instruments and samples.

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08:02
Honda, Lincoln and Kia debut CarPlay-compatible...

Apple’s CarPlay seems to be getting some more support as three new auto manufacturers have unveiled new vehicles with CarPlay and Android Auto support at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this month, including the 2017 Honda Ridgeline, 2017 Kia Forte5 and 2017 Lincoln Continental. All three models will be available in the first half of 2016.
The 2018 Ridgeline will mark Honda’s return to the North American truck market after a three year hiatus. The 2017 Forte5 and 2017 Continental will be among Kia’s and Lincoln’s first CarPlay models in their vehicle lineups.

Lincoln, which operates under Ford, announced earlier this month that it is adding CarPlay and Android Auto to all 2017 vehicles in North America equipped with...

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08:00
∞ Hands On with Apple’s new Music Memos for iOS,...

I’m usually pretty excited when Apple updates its music software, but I was blown away when they showed me their newest app, Music Memos and the updates they did to GarageBand on iOS. [...]

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07:48
Hermes Apple Watch Edition to arrive this Friday

Amid the watchOS 2.2 and next-gen Apple Watch rumors, potential buyers are about to get a dose of fashionable options.
Four months after announcing a special Apple Watch edition created in collaboration with French fashion house Hermes, Apple is taking the device out of limited availability and will begin online sales starting Friday.
The 10 styles and sizes will debut online on Friday and be available through both Apple.com and Hermes.com.

Announced in September alongside new Apple Watch Sport colors and a fall collection of Sport Band options, the Hermes package comes with a stainless steel Watch and leather straps designed exclusively for Apple’s device. The Single Tour buckle, for example, is a classic wristwatch strap that starts at $1,100, while the Double Tour design wraps...

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Intel Authenticate Hands-On

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07:00
Ukraine Mounts Investigation of Kiev Airport...


Ukrainian officials earlier this week said they had launched a probe into the source of a cyberattack that targeted a Kiev Airport. The attack may be related to the BlackEnergy malware attacks that recently targeted Ukrainian infrastructure facilities, apparently from Russia. CERT-UA on Monday warned system administrators to be on the alert for the presence of BlackEnergy malware. The evidence shows a clear link to the BlackEnergy malware that took down utility companies and other targets in recent months, said Eset.

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07:00
X-Doria intros Revel case line for Apple Watch and...

Image of X-Doria Revel case in Camo finish courtesy of X-Doria.

X-Doria Revel case for iPhone 6/6s in Floral Palm finish. Image courtesy of X-Doria.

X-Doria is a manufacturer of a number of accessories for Apple products, and today they announced a new line of fashion cases for Apple Watch and the iPhone 6/6s. The new Revel line of cases offers lightweight protection for your iPhone or Watch while providing a bit of style in the process.

The Revel cases for Apple Watch ($24.99) come in Camo, Floral, and Marble finishes, and clip onto the Apple Watch to give protection from scratches while not obstructing the Digital Crown or Side Button. The Revel cases for iPhone 6/6s will retail for $34.99, and have a...

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07:00
Hands-On: How Intel Authenticate will replace the...

Intel has quietly built what it calls Authenticate technology into its Skylake with vPro chips for businesses, combining multiple means of authentication for greater security.

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06:56
Feature Request: Apple, please bring Siri to the Mac

Siri percolated throughout all of Apple’s platforms in 2015. It started with iPhone in 2011, iPad in 2012, debuted on Apple Watch in early 2015 and Apple TV with the new model a few months ago. It’s quickly becoming a premier feature on these platforms, with live-as-you-speak transcription and radically new features like ‘Remind me about this’ contextual tasks when inside apps. Except for one platform of course. Mac OS X has been ignored and left abandoned with regards to true voice searching and Siri. It’s 2016, and I want Apple to bring Siri to the Mac.

Especially with Apple Watch, it’s just become natural for me to ask for stuff with my voice. For little things like timers or messages, I like to speak. Siri voice recognition has got significantly better for me in the last year, I have come to rely on it. And not having...

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06:45
Apple plans to set up stores in India

Apple has applied to the Indian government for permission to set up a wholly-owned store operated by the company, taking advantage of changing rules for retail in India.
The bid by Apple to set up a direct retail presence in India coincides with the company's move to strengthen its presence in a key market that is still seeing high growth in the smartphone market. The company's phones are currently sold through third-party retailers.
Indian rules currently allow 100 percent foreign ownership in "single-brand" retail stores if they source 30 percent of their products locally. But the government recently said it would consider on a case-to-case basis applications that do not meet the local sourcing requirement.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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06:41
Ford says Apple and Google are 'welcome'...

Ford is glad to see Apple and Google join the automotive world with their exploration of self-driving vehicles, an executive said in a newly-published video interview.

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06:24
External Link: Apple Releases Music Memos for iOS

Apple has unveiled a new free app for musicians in the App Store: Music Memos for iPhone and iPad. Unlike the built-in Voice Memos app, Music Memos is tailored toward musicians, with features like auto-record, backup players, and a pitch tuner. It’s a simple tool for quickly grabbing a recording to send to GarageBand or another audio-editing app. 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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06:08
Apple to sell Hermès Apple Watch Collection at its...

Starting Friday, Jan. 22, Apple will sell the Hermès Apple Watch Collection at its online store, reports Fashionista. The entire collection will be available for purchase, which includes three styles of handmade leather straps: the Single Tour, Double Tour and Cuff.

The Single Tour with the 38 mm stainless steel case comes in fauve Barenia leather, noir box leather and capucine Swift leather, while the Single Tour with 42 mm stainless steel case comes in fauve Barenia leather and noir box leather. The Double Tour pairs with the 38 mm stainless steel case and is available in fauve Barenia leather and bleu jean, capucine and etain Swift leather. 

The Cuff pairs with the 42 mm stainless steel case and is available in fauve Barenia leather only. Across the collection, each stainless steel case features an etching of the Hermès signature and includes a customizable face with...

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05:57
Apple India files application to open retail stores...

Apple India has filed an application to open Apple branded retail stores in India with the department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP).

"We have just received Apple's proposal. We are examining it,” DIPP Secretary Amitabh Kant told the Economic Times.

Last November it was reported that Apple crossed the $1 billion sales mark in its India operations for the first time in the fiscal year that ended in March, according to results filed with the Registrar of Companies (RoC) on Wednesday. 

According to a Brand Equity report, Apple posted a 44% increase in sales to Rs 6,472.89 crore from Rs 4500.35 crore and net profit doubled to Rs 242.85 crore from Rs 119.48 crore as the company widened its retail network and stepped up marketing efforts, including buyback schemes,...

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05:47
iRig Keys Review: A mini MIDI Piano Keyboard for...


The iRig Keys Mini is an electronic MIDI music keyboard that connects to iPhone and iPad with a Lightning cable. Although it isn’t regularly advertised, iPhones and iPads have had great support for MIDI input instruments and other devices for a long time. Since iOS 4 in fact, Apple gave the developers the ability to interact with MIDI peripherals. Simultaneously, the App Store has bloomed a wide ecosystem of sophisticated music creation and audio production apps. This makes for a perfect storm of capability and functionality: not only are MIDI accessories possible, they can really...

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05:41
Why Apple Defends Encryption

With the U.S. government once again campaigning against encryption, why does it seem as though only Apple is standing up for users? Rich Mogull has some answers. 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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05:00
Video: Ford executive is optimistic on Apple Car...


Rumors of Apple Car (codename ‘Project Titan’) continue to swirl and there’s plenty time left for Apple to solidify or change its plans, given the expected launch of the new automobile is still five years away. However, that isn’t stopping car company executives weighing in on the rumors. Whilst GM execs diss the idea of Apple investing in an electric car as a ‘gigantic money pit’, an executive from Ford seems enthused by the prospect. In an interview with Trusted Reviews,  Don Butler, Executive Director for Ford Connected Vehicles, said that they welcome competition and thinks technology companies can pull it off.
“We welcome others joining. We welcome the activity that’s in the space. We think it’s exciting....

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