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Wednesday February 11

10:02
Box to Let Enterprises Bring Their Own Keys to the...


Box is working with Amazon Web Services and Gemalto to bring to market the solution, called "Box Enterprise Key Management," and give its most security-minded customers total control over the keys used to encrypt data they store on Box. "Industries like finance, government, legal and healthcare are facing a new set of challenges when it comes to establishing control over their content -- and who can access it -- without hindering collaboration and productivity," Aaron Levie, Box co-founder and CEO, said in a statement.

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10:00
Apple's Activation Lock credited for drop in...

Apple Inc. Activation Lock Status Webpage

Reuters reported today that smartphone thefts -- particularly those of iPhones -- have dropped dramatically since Apple first implemented its "kill switch" Activation Lock in September of 2013.

In San Francisco, iPhone theft dropped 40 percent, while New York saw a 25 percent decline. Perhaps the most impressive decline was in London, where smartphone theft was cut in half. 

With such impressive results, lawmakers are calling for action to mandate similar features in all smartphones. London Mayor Boris Johnson, New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon are all pressing for laws mandating "kill switches". California already...

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09:28
Google brings smooth Safari-like zoom to Chrome...

The latest build of Chrome Canary for Mac packs a great new feature that’s likely familiar to those who use Safari on a daily basis. While current stable builds of Chrome have a jaggedy pinch-to-zoom functionality that only zooms in 10% increments, the latest build of Chrome Canary provides a smooth buttery zoom experience like Apple’s browser.
As of right now, it looks like the feature works a little bit less fluidly than Apple’s offering, but that’s to expected in the most experimental public release version of Chrome. Zooming works the same way that it does in Safari and current versions of Chrome, so all it takes is pinching two fingers on the Trackpad.
If you’re sticking with Safari on your Mac for this reason or others (battery life, anyone?), it looks like this feature—once it makes its way to the stable release—will give you one more reason to switch over to Google’s...

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09:10
9to5Toys Last Call: Retina MacBook Pro $250 off, uNu...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.
Today’s can’t miss deals:
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09:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

Apps Now Free

gTasks Pro - Tasks Manager for Google Tasks, Todo list & Reminders [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $4.99] Sync your tasks with Google and across your iPhone & iPad devices.
Never liked your tasks app? You’ll love this one :)

Pomodoro Time: Focus Timer & Goal Tracker for work and study based on Pomodoro Technique ™ [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] Create tasks, configure breaks and track your progress throughout the day, week or custom period. Use either your iPhone...

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08:51
Four Little-Known Safari Tricks

Safari in Yosemite may look simple on the surface, but if you know where to look under its skin, you can find a number of useful and advanced features. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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08:47
XSAN 4 Pane in Server not showing Volumes after...
08:47
Apple's $848M, 25-year solar agreement is the...

Apple's landmark solar power deal, announced by CEO Tim Cook this week, is a long-term sustainable energy solution that should generate enough to power essentially all of the company's California operations, including the upcoming "spaceship" Campus 2, by the end of 2016.

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08:45
Smartphone Theft Drops After Spread of Kill Switches

alphadogg writes "Thefts involving smartphones have declined dramatically in three major cities since manufacturers began implementing 'kill switches' that allow the phones to be turned off remotely if they are stolen, authorities said on Tuesday. The number of stolen iPhones dropped by 40 percent in San Francisco and 25 percent in New York in the 12 months after Apple added a kill switch to its devices in September 2013. In London, smartphone theft dropped by half, according to an announcement by officials in the three cities. ...

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08:45
Smartphone Theft Drops After Spread of Kill Switches

alphadogg writes "Thefts involving smartphones have declined dramatically in three major cities since manufacturers began implementing 'kill switches' that allow the phones to be turned off remotely if they are stolen, authorities said on Tuesday. The number of stolen iPhones dropped by 40 percent in San Francisco and 25 percent in New York in the 12 months after Apple added a kill switch to its devices in September 2013. In London, smartphone theft dropped by half, according to an announcement by officials in the three cities.

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08:30
The Week in iOS Accessories: Dandy docks and super...

Dandy docks and super selfiesThis week’s roundup includes a pair of cool new iOS docks and a couple of different accessories for taking great selfies. Plus: speakers, photo lenses, and more.CableJiveThe $50 HeroDock has a sturdy aluminum base designed to support either your iPhone or your iPad while it charges. The maker says it features “a solid aluminum base for a solid foundation and one-hand release, a secure stage for docking all size devices, perfect lift and tilt for streaming audio and video.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:26
Snowman teases new game Alto's Adventure

Snow, llamas, snowboards, inclement weather! Snowman has released a teaser video for its upcoming game, Alto's Adventure. I've been playing with the beta builds for quite a while and I am liking it a whole heck of a lot. I'll have all the details when the app ships on February 19th. 

 

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08:15
Tired of Tinder? Try Willow, the Quora of dating apps

For better or worse, Tinder and its clones have changed the way people date. But swiping through photos to find the hottest nearby hook-up partner isn’t for everyone. Willow launches Wednesday in the App Store to give you another, less superficial way to meet people.
How it works: People love to answer questions, if the popularity of Quora and Yahoo! Answers is any indication. They also love to talk about themselves. Willow combines the two with a Q&A-style format designed to encourage conversation before a big photo reveal.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:55
iPhone 6 Plus owners consume twice the data of their...

Apple iPhone 6 Plus owners outpace all other iPhone owners in data consumption, doubling the amount used by iPhone 6 owners and exceeding iPhone 3GS owners by a factor of ten. As reported by Citrix, the data consumption pattern of iPhone 6 Plus owners mirrors that of tablet users.

“iPhone 6 Plus subscribers generate the most data volume, double that of an iPhone 6. This increase impacts subscribers when choosing a new device – be careful to select a data plan that matches your super-sized screen.

Clearly the phablet sized iPhone 6 Plus shows data usage patterns more akin to tablet usage. For mobile operators, this increase provides an opportunity to shift subscriber Wi-Fi usage towards mobile networks.”

— Citrix

Our take on the news:

These results are not surprising...

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07:43
Review: iBattz’ Refuel Invictus battery case lets...

Like most things, the title of “best iPhone 6 battery case” is subject to change whenever something new and great shows up to challenge existing options, and as the iPhone 6 is still young, we’re expecting a lot of jockeying for position over the next few months. The latest real contender comes from iBattz, maker of some of the best iPhone battery cases I’ve tested. Refuel Invictus for iPhone 6 ($100, aka Mojo Refuel Invictus) is the first iPhone 6 case to include a great feature from some earlier iPhone 4/4S and 5/5s cases: removable, replaceable batteries.
Using solely the items in its own box, Refuel Invictus delivered the largest recharge I’...

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06:58
Sketchy analyst claim says Apple will stick to 8MP...

A Taiwanese analyst speaking about the company which makes most of the lenses for iPhones claims that Apple will be sticking to an 8MP camera in the next-generation iPhone 6s, reports Taipei Times.

Jeff Pu said that the camera specifications of the next-generation iPhone, dubbed iPhone 6S, will stay the same as the current iPhone 6 at 8-megapixels, limiting potential catalysts to push [Apple lens supplier] Largan’s stock price higher in the second half of the year.

Pu’s reasoning–that limited supplies of higher-resolution CMOS sensors have lead Apple to make the decision–seems somewhat spurious for a company renowned for its supply chain management, but the idea isn’t an unreasonable one.
While those who know little about photography may buy on numbers, cramming more megapixels into a small sensor can actually hurt image...

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06:38
Apple Invests $848 Million Into Solar Farm

An anonymous reader writes: Apple is making a huge investment in solar energy, sending $848 million to First Solar's California Flats Solar Project. The deal will supply Apple with energy for 25 years. Construction of the new 2,900-acre solar farm will start this summer and finish by the end of 2016. Apple's share of the energy produced will be about 130 megawatts, while another 150 MW will be sold to Pacific Gas & Electric. "The iPhone maker already powers all of its data centers with renewable energy. Tim Cook, Apple's chief executive officer, has advocated taking more steps to combat climate change." ...

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06:38
Apple Invests $848 Million Into Solar Farm

An anonymous reader writes: Apple is making a huge investment in solar energy, sending $848 million to First Solar's California Flats Solar Project. The deal will supply Apple with energy for 25 years. Construction of the new 2,900-acre solar farm will start this summer and finish by the end of 2016. Apple's share of the energy produced will be about 130 megawatts, while another 150 MW will be sold to Pacific Gas & Electric. "The iPhone maker already powers all of its data centers with renewable energy. Tim Cook, Apple's chief executive officer, has advocated taking more steps to combat climate change."

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06:36
JP Morgan raises Apple price target to $145,...

Investment firm J.P. Morgan on Wednesday revised its estimates to accommodate for the April launch of the Apple Watch, a product it believes will help push shares of AAPL to $145 before the end of 2015.

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06:28
Transcript of Tim Cook at the Goldman Sachs...

Serenity Caldwell is a miracle worker. She put together a transcript of Tim Cook’s talk at the Goldman Sachs conference. Given the casual, conversational nature of his talk, that was no easy feat.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:25
iPhone 6/6 Plus come to Ting as Sprint MVNOs no...

Sources say Sprint is dropping a requirement that made the mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) using its network—such as Ting, FreedomPop, Straight Talk, Boost, and Virgin—wait a certain period of time, usually at least a year, before offering support for the latest devices.
Up until now, that meant that Sprint MVNO carriers like Ting have only offered support for last generation devices. With the lifting of the requirement, Ting is getting set to announce support for both iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Other Sprint partners will likely follow. 
Users that purchase a SIM-free unlocked iPhone 6 or 6 Plus can soon bring and activate it on one of Ting’s no...

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06:01
∞ Tim Cook setting the Apple Watch bar on “Cool”

An interesting moment in Tim Cook’s Goldman Sachs talk where he calls out the moderator on his choice of watches.

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05:40
Personalized news feed app Pipes updated with new...

Pipes News, an iOS app that pulls together news feeds on technology, business, sport and politics, has received a major update, introducing a new look and a bunch of new features.

Pipes 2.0 comes with a great new design. Great new typefaces, integrated Stories, Twitter & Wikipedia views. […] We’re also introducing Pipeline. After popular request on App Stores across the Globe, Pipeline has come into existence. Pipeline curates all your Pipes in a very interactive UI. If you just want to quickly read through all your Pipes without opening them, jump to Pipeline.

Pipes News works in a different way to conventional RSS newsreaders, the developers doing the newsfeed collation at their end–and including both Twitter and Wikipedia in the mix. This automated collation is either a good or bad thing, depending on your point of view … ...

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05:23
Webcast of Tim Cook’s Goldman Sachs talk

Tim Cook talks Apple accomplishments and a lot more. Some great quotes.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:49
iPhone and Galaxy smartphones more reliable than...

If you were thinking about buying a fitness band, a university study suggests you probably shouldn’t bother: it found that the iPhone 5s and Samsung Galaxy S4 measure activity more reliably than most current fitness bands.
The study by the University of Pennsylvania (via EurekAlert!) tested the ability of the phones to measure steps on a treadmill and compared the results to six dedicated fitness bands. The two smartphones had a margin of error of 12.9%, while the error rates of the fitness bands ranged up to 22.7%.
The study tested the iPhone 5s and Galaxy S4 against the Nike Fuelband, Jawbone UP24, Digi-Walker SW-200, Fitbit Flex, Fitbit One and Fitbit Zip. Only the FitBit One and Zip performed...

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04:45
How to add Internet Accounts to OS X (and why you...

Did you know there is a preference pane in your Mac’s System Preferences called Internet Accounts? Take a few minutes to read about this little known OS X feature.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:35
Be your own Genius

the best repairs are the ones you do yourself. To that end, spend a few minutes reading Joe Caiati’s Mac troubleshooting guide, posted on 512 Pixels.Joe is a former Apple Genius and writes from hard-won experience.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:08
Samsung TVs start inserting ads into your movies

Advertising appears to be moving down the chain to your devices. An interesting and, perhaps, scary development.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:06
Activation Lock has reduced iPhone theft by 25% in...

Officials in three major cities have reported dramatic reductions in iPhone thefts since Apple introduced Activation Lock as part of iOS 7, preventing devices being re-activated without the original owner’s iCloud login. Reuters reports that the number of reported iPhone thefts has fallen year-on-year by 25% in New York, 40% in San Francisco and 50% in London … 
Activation Lock was originally announced in June 2013 as part of iOS 7, resulting in ...

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03:41
Audubon Birds helps you identify birds and learn...

If you enjoy watching the activity at your bird feeder, but need help identifying which birds are sampling your food then you should check out Audubon Birds Pro by Green Mountain Digital. The mobile field guide contains detailed information on up to 821 common and rare bird species in North America.

Audubon Birds Pro is a perfect guide for both new and experienced birders. I count myself among the newbies and have used the app extensively to identify birds that I have seen or photographed while kayaking. I've also brought the app along on birding trips and have impressed experienced birders when I was able to playback bird calls on the spot. In one shining moment, I was able to settle a disagreement over the sound made by the Tennessee Warbler.

Audubon Birds Pro is focused on helping you identify birds, so the app launches to a dashboard filled...

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03:40
6 things Apple should fix in iOS 9

It’s not a shock to learn that Apple is always hard at work on the next big thing. There will always be another iPhone, a lighter MacBook Air, a faster iMac, and new operating systems to run on them. 9to5Mac reported last week that, according to its unnamed sources, iOS 9 would focus not on new features, but rather on cleaning up iOS and making sure all the bells and whistles added in iOS 7 and iOS 8 work like they’re supposed to, every time.
Think of it as the Snow Leopard of iOS. When Apple decided to slow the roll of feature creep in OS X 10.6, the result was an OS that didn’t boast hundreds of new features, but turned out to be stable and reliable—and we loved it.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please...

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03:18
Jon Stewart’s emotional farewell

Jon Stewart is stepping down as the host of The Daily Show. Here’s his announcement.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Tuesday February 10

21:54
Shopping products feed

Forums: General Xsan TalkToday everyone is depending on the online shopping for a variety of reasons. The online shopping is an excellent option for many business shoppers. There are many benefits which make online shopping most popular. The main benefits include convenience and express shipping options. One of the most obvious benefits of online shopping is convenience because of the ability to shop for products at a time convenient for the customer. Therefore online shopping eliminates the inconvenience and the customers can easily access online stores whenever they have free time. The consumer can order products from around the world. Additionally there are several websites and online retailers providing online shopping service. Therefore the customers may feel confusion while selecting a product. Therefore it is important to read the feed back from other customers for...

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21:49
Apple's Activation Lock drives iPhone thefts...

Once a hot item for thieves and pickpockets, Apple's iPhone is becoming a significantly less attractive target as the company's Activation Lock prevents the devices from being easily wiped and re-sold, a new report indicates.

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21:00
Parallels Desktop 10 updated with support for...

Parallels announced this evening that its virtual machine software Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac has been updated with “experimental” support for the technical preview of Windows 10 from Microsoft. Users who want to take the latest version of Windows for a test run without overwriting their existing Boot Camp installation or creating a new partition can now do so safely within the confines of a VM.
The update also adds the ability to run the new preview version of Office for Windows 10, which includes updated versions of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Microsoft announced earlier this year that Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for one year for any users running Windows 7 or later.
Parallels Desktop 10 is available from the Parallels website for $79.99. Special...

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20:20
Smartphones apps equal to fitness wearables for step...

Consumers searching for the best way to automatically log their daily activity may need to look no farther than the App Store, as a new study from the University of Pennsylvania shows that data collected by dedicated fitness wearables is generally no more accurate than that from a smartphone kept in a pocket.

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19:37
Talking Todoist, Apple Watch with developer Enric...

The folks behind Todoist are bringing their app to the small screen, and that's a big task. 

What we know about the Apple Watch is nothing compared to what's unknown. We know it'll come in two sizes, 38mm and 42mm, across three lines: Watch, Watch Sport and Watch Edition. The entry model will cost $349. It's got several customizable faces, features sweet apps for health, fitness, communication and keeping time. It does that weird heartbeat thing. There's more, of course, but the list of what we don't know is even longer:

  • What will battery life be like?
  • What will cost be across models?
  • How will Apple Pay work without fingerprint ID?
  • What features will work if a paired iPhone is unavailable?
  • What is the internal storage like?

The biggie for me is, what will third-...

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16:25
Apple invests $850 million in California solar farm

The project in Monterey County, California will provide enough energy for 60,000 homes as well as Apple’s future head office in nearby Cupertino, Cook said at a Goldman Sachs technology conference in San Francisco.“We know in Apple that climate change is real. The time for talk is passed,” he said. “The time for action is now.”Great move.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:20
Tim Cook talks Apple Watch, Apple Pay, and IBM...

Apple CEO Tim Cook was among the guests of honor at Tuesday's annual Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference, where he discussed a range of topics including the Apple Watch's role in life, Apple Pay's growth, and the symbiotic partnership with enterprise giant IBM.

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15:15
Daily Deals for February 10, 2015, featuring Simon 4...

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

AWT's Daily Deal

Simon 4.0 [OS X; On sale for $49.00, down from $99.00]
AppleWorld.Today is pleased to offer an exclusive deal on Simon 4.0 by Dejal Systems. Simon is a robust site monitoring tool for OS X that checks servers for changes or failures and notifies you when a change is detected. The app sends a notification via email, sound, speech, Twitter, or a variety of other means.

The native Mac utility can be used to monitor both your own website and servers as well as external sites. You can use it to track your favorite...

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15:09
iPad saves child from leaving the school band

As his body weakened from a muscle disease, Ethan Och knew the time had come.He told his music teacher he’d have to give up his favorite school activity.His teacher wouldn’t let him just quit. They had another idea.Today Ethan is back in the percussion section, drumming on an iPad hooked to an amplifier.What a wonderful story.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:00
60-Second Tips: Adding an Apple World Today icon to...

We have a lot of veteran Apple users in our readership, but there are lots of new people coming into the fold every single day. 60-Second Tips are exactly what they sound like — very short how-to videos that focus on one simple thing you can learn to make your daily life more enjoyable.

Today’s tip is the answer to a question I’m sure a lot of you are having — will Apple World Today have a mobile app? The answer is no; instead, the site has been designed with a responsive theme that changes depending on the device it is being viewed on. If it’s an iPhone or iPad, it scales images and moves text around to fit the device. Likewise, on a desktop or laptop, you’ll see the full-width site.

Text for our readers who cannot watch the video

Wouldn't it be nice to have a way to just tap an Apple World Today button on your iPhone or iPad to go straight to the site? That’s why Apple has a feature for adding a icon to your iOS home screen....

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14:34
Review: Ears-on with the Legend ANC headphones from...


Back in January at CES 2015, we stopped by the House of Marley booth to check out some upcoming products, one of which, were the Legend ANC headphones. Since then, we’ve acquired a pair to thoroughly examine and it’s been a great experience so far…

If you’re into over-the-ear headphones, you’ll definitely want to give these a look. They are crafted with some very premium materials, have great sound, and as mentioned, active noise canceling. The headphones are constructed from stainless steel, recycled plastics, leather, and even...

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14:20
Tim Cook speaks: Apple Watch, Apple Pay, and what he...

When Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks, the world listens—even if he’s speaking to a room full of bankers and other finance bigwigs at the annual Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference.
And he didn’t disappoint. Cook announced that Apple is partnering with First Solar to build an $850 million solar farm in Monterey County, Calif. The 1,300-acre farm will produce enough power for Apple’s new campus, currently under construction, along with the company’s data center, offices, and 52 retail stores in California.
“We’re doing this because it’s right to do,” said Cook, who has taken heat for considering more than just Apple’s bottom line when he makes decisions. “But it’s good financially to do it. We expect to have very significant savings because we have a fixed price for the renewable energy.”To read this article in full or to leave a...

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13:41
Updated Touch ID hardware to provide more secure,...


The Touch ID hardware is about to get better.
A report from well-connected insider Ming-Chi Kuo released on Tuesday stated that Apple’s new Touch ID model will improve the Apple Pay experience with fewer reading errors.
Kuo, an analyst with KGI Securities, projects that Touch ID module shipments will grow 12.4 percent this year to 262 million. His forecast was revealed in a research note to investors.
According to Kuo, the upgraded Touch ID module will “offer a better and safer Apple Pay user experience by reducing reading errors.” He expects companies in Apple’s supply chain to begin ramping up for the new Touch ID module in the second quarter of calendar 2015.

Touch ID will remain in the home button on those devices for now, Kuo said, as he doesn’t expect the fingerprint scanning technology to be integrated into touch panels in the near term.
“Though Apple has filed...

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13:25
Apple gearing up for early-2015 MacBook Air refresh...

With the launch of new MacBook Air models featuring Intel's latest-generation Broadwell processors just around the corner, Apple has begun taking steps to prepare its international distribution partners for the updates, and to sell off remaining inventory of existing Air models, AppleInsider has learned.

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13:23
Apple becomes first U.S. company in history with $...

Shares of Apple reached a new all-time high on Tuesday, closing at $122.02 per share, with a record breaking market capitalization level of $710.74 billion -- the largest closing value ever for any U.S. company.

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13:11
Apple becomes 1st company ever to close at market...

Apple’s stock price closed up 2.3 points today to close at 122.02 giving the Cupertino company that was on the verge of bankruptcy less than 2 decades ago, the highest market cap of all time. The closing market cap of $710B reflects significant growth since it hit a recent low of a split-adjusted 56 in mid-2013.
To put it into perspective, Apple is now valued at $100 for every man, woman and child on the face of the earth.
Speaking of AAPL, Tim Cook is at Goldman Sachs today discussing Apple’s recent success and announcing a industry first Solar...

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13:01
If I die on Mars: meet the people on a mission to be...

The Guardian:Three volunteers are on the shortlist to be among four people on the Mars One programme, the first manned space flight to Mars – a one-way trip that’s effectively a suicide mission. Why do they want to leave Earth, and who are they leaving behind? As the list of potential Mars explorers is whittled down further on 16 February, meet those competing to be the first to land on the Red Planet.I’d go.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:53
Apple announces $850m, 1600-acre solar farm in...

During Tim Cook’s talk at the Goldman Sachs Tech Conference 2015 today, the Apple CEO announced a new initiative that will see the company build a solar farm in Monterey County, California that Cook called Apple’s “biggest, boldest and most ambitious” energy project yet.
“We know at Apple that climate change is real… our view is the time for talk is past and the time for action is now… we’re now running all of our data centres… off renewable energy.. Just today we’re announcing our biggest, boldest and most ambitious project ever…building a solar farm in Monterey County…”
Apple says the new solar farm will offset all of its California operations including 55 retail stores, its entire...

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12:50
Apple to build 'ambitious' 1300-acre, $...

Calling it his company's "biggest, boldest and most ambitious project ever," Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook revealed a massive new $850 million solar farm that his company plans to build in California -- one that will generate enough electricity to power virtually all of its operations in the Golden State.

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12:30
The Week in Mac Apps: Photo management tools, a hard...

Photo management tools, a hard drive organizer, and moreIn this week’s roundup of new Mac apps, we have software that helps you rule over all your electronics, reclaim your hard disk space, and take your pictures to a whole new level.1Keyboard 2.6Sure, having multiple devices to use is awesome, but switching between them? Not so much. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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12:23
Live blog: Tim Cook at Goldman Sachs Tech Conference...

As mentioned earlier today, Tim Cook is speaking momentarily at the 2015 Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference where his remarks will be live streamed, and below we’ll update with the latest from the Apple CEO. In previous years, Cook has used the platform to share insight about product performance including the Apple TV and tease future roadmaps as the CEO often does. Today’s appearance follows Apple’s record quarter for any company with more than $74 billion reported in revenue and over 74 million iPhones sold. Apple is also positioned to release the Apple Watch in April, Cook recently mentioned, so today’s remarks should be interesting....

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11:55
Samsung says its TVs aren’t creeping on your living...

The Verge:The company is stepping in to tell everyone to calm down and that those 1984 references are way off base. In a blog post plainly titled “Samsung Smart TVs Do Not Monitor Living Room Conversations,” the company does acknowledge that its clumsy, broad-strokes privacy policy could’ve used some clearer language.The problem for Sony is that, even if their TVs don’t work the way they are accused of working, many of us have no problem believing they’d be sleazy enough to do that.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:47
[Sponsor] 62 Amazing Fonts, Brushes, Graphics, Stock...

Fill up your design toolbox with these essential graphic design files from Creative Market. On sale this week only… 96% off!

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11:18
Advice from an Apple Tech: Why it's essential...

No person is an island, and in the world of tech consulting, you’re going to need both help and allies along the way.I’ve found this out both the easy way and the hard way over the years. Under easier circumstances, alliances formed when potential customers called or emailed looking for something specific that I couldn’t do or didn’t feel comfortable doing at that time. Case in point, iPhone repair. As much as I’d love to pick up the phone, hear the person explain they they’d dropped their iPhone and shattered the screen, then reassure them that I had the exact parts they needed in stock and could readily repair their baby for a good price, this wasn’t my area of expertise. Nor did I want to put the future of a device so many of us are umbilically attached to in my as-yet-unexperienced hands.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please...

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11:07
Legacy Support! After 14 years, the first iPod still...

What happens when you hook up the original 1st-generation iPod with the latest version of iTunes? YouTuber Matthew Pearce attempted exactly that, and surprisingly found that the current version of iTunes (12.1) works just fine with the old 2001 iPod, and even prompts to set it up as a new device.
It appears that Apple is supporting the first-gen iPod, rather than it just happening to work: iTunes shows an icon for the original iPod design after connecting the device. The setup required a Firewire 400 to 800 adapter, and for newer Macs you’d also need a...

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10:38
Popular news reading service Flipboard launches a...

Flipboard for the web
The popular news reading service Flipboard is becoming more than an app on your iPhone or iPad today as it launches a web version for the first time. Flipboard first launched on the iPad in 2010 and later released a version specifically for the iPhone, and now Mac users can access Flipboard from any browser with today’s launch of the web version.
Current Flipboard users can simply log in through Flipboard.com and access the same content from the mobile apps including Cover Stories and sources you follow including websites, Twitter feeds, and topics like technology, sports, and more.
New users can also access the newly launched web version of the site with options to log in through Facebook or Google+ or just create an actual Flipboard account....

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10:15
Tim Cook to speak at Goldman Sachs Technology...


Tim Cook will speak at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference, starting later today. Apple will offer live audio of Tim Cook’s section of the conference. It is unclear how Tim Cook will feature at the event, whether it is an interview or a predefined talk. In previous years, Cook has generally discussed the state of Apple and the wider industry in a loose interview format. You can listen to the live audio here at 12:30 PM Pacific Time.

Cook has spoken at the Goldman Sachs conference for the last two years,...

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10:14
The man who brought us the lithium-ion battery at...

Quartz:Unlike the transistor, the lithium-ion battery has not won a Nobel Prize. But many people think it should. The lithium-ion battery gave the transistor reach. Without it, we would not have smartphones, tablets or laptops, including the device you are reading at this very moment. There would be no Apple. No Samsung. No Tesla. In 1980, Goodenough, a whip-smart physicist then aged 57, invented lithium-ion’s nervous system.He says, “I’m only 92. I still have time to go.” What a great attitude.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:09
Bug Bounties Entice Researchers to Don White Hats


Bug bounty programs are used by individual software makers to improve the quality of their products, but they can have incidental benefits for all software makers, too. One of those is to encourage bug hunters to wear a white hat instead of a black one. That's particularly true for researchers attracted to bounty programs, observed Eduardo Vela Nava, a security engineer with Google, which has a large and successful bug bounty program. "The target audience of bug bounty programs are researchers who want to keep users safe," he told TechNewsWorld.

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09:06
9to5Toys Last Call: Mass Effect Infiltrator for iOS...

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Last Call updates:

  • Nikon intros its first dedicated astrophotography DSLR alongside a slew of point-and-shoots
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08:39
VESA's new DisplayPort standard will enable...

The latest Embedded DisplayPort standard will help pave the way for future ultra-high resolution displays and better battery life when it adds support for 8K screens starting in 2016.

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08:34
How many laws did Apple break?

Monday Note:I have no trouble with the Law of Large Numbers, it only underlines Apple’s truly stupendous growth and, in the end, it always wins. No business can grow by 20%, or even 10% for ever. But, for the other three, Market Share, Commoditization, and Modularity, how can we ignore the sea of contradicting facts?Part of the reason why it seems Wall St doesn’t understand Apple is because the company’s operations don’t conform to so many commonly held beliefs about economics and business.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:34
Apple Pay flying high with JetBlue now on board

JetBlue passengers, leave your credit cards in your wallets: Apple Pay is on board.
The airline is rolling out Apple Pay on select flights between New York City’s John F. Kennedy airport and airports in San Francisco and Los Angeles starting next week. By June, 3,500 flight attendants will be able to accept mobile payments using new iPad minis in NFC-compatible cases on all JetBlue flights. The cases will also accept traditional credit and debit cards if you don’t have an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. Later this year, JetBlue is also integrating Apple Pay into its own mobile app so passengers can make purchases, and the company said customers won’t need to purchase Wi-Fi as part of their transactions....

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08:30
Review: ClamCase Pro case for iPad Air 2 – a premium...

At first glance, you could be forgiven for thinking you’re looking at some kind of ultra-small MacBook Air on the right, next to my MBA 11. It’s actually my iPad Air 2 in the ClamCase Pro keyboard case that combines all-round protection with a near-laptop-quality keyboard.
I’m testing here the case for the iPad Air 2, but there are other models for the iPad 2/3/4, previous iPad Air and iPad mini … 
Look & feel
Aesthetically, the ClamCase Pro is a slightly odd mix. The keyboard itself is clearly closely modelled on a MacBook keyboard, chiclet keyboard with black keys set into an anodised aluminum base. The recessed ‘tray’ in which the keys sit is made from white plastic, in place of the all-aluminum MacBook casing, but is otherwise almost a clone.

The wedge shape of the keyboard also closely...

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08:08
Apple Pay takes to the skies via JetBlue

USA Today:Starting next week, passengers on select JetBlue Airways flights can use Apple Pay on their iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets to buy food, drinks and certain onboard amenities when the plane reaches cruising altitude. You’ll be able to upgrade to available premium seats, too. JetBlue is the first airline to accept Apple Pay at 35,000 feet. It almost certainly won’t be the last.One more Apple Pay domino falling.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:44
“Blind Trust Project” proves Canadians choose...

Huffington Post:Canadians have a reputation for being some of the world’s kindest people. This video proves that to be true. In order to test how Canadians would react, a blindfolded Muslim man stood at Dundas Square in downtown Toronto, with signs that read “I am a Muslim. I am labelled as a terrorist,” and “I trust you. Do you trust me? Give me a hug.”To be fair, it doesn’t prove that – Canadians can be as racist as anyone else – but the video does make me very proud of my fellow country men and women.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:29
Using Hyperlapse to shoot incredibly stable handheld...

Pro photographer Austin Mann takes Hyperlapse through its paces. Some amazing video, along with tips and tricks.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:25
KGI: Apple to upgrade Touch ID sensor in next iPhone...

KGI is out with a new report today predicting both a large rise in the number of Touch ID sensors shipped this year as well as an improved version of the biometric security reader for the next version of the iPhone. “We raise our 2015F shipments of Touch ID (fingerprint recognition) module by 12.4% to 262mn sets, up 77% YoY.” As for the updated Touch ID sensor, the improved version is believed to offer more reliable reads and better security as Apple continues to push Apple Pay, it’s recently launched mobile payment service:

We think the new iPhone, expected to launch in 3Q15, will be equipped with an upgraded Touch ID...

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07:23
JetBlue to begin accepting Apple Pay on...


This is sort of cool.
While assorted vendors are lining up and adding support for Apple Pay, JetBlue Airways has announced that it has become the first airline to use Apple Pay to purchase things in-flight starting next week.
Starting next week, passengers on select JetBlue Airways flights can use Apple Pay on their iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets to buy food, drinks and certain onboard amenities when the plane reaches cruising altitude. You’ll be able to upgrade to available premium seats via Apple Pay as well.

JetBlue’s flight attendants will have iPad minis outfitted with a special case that will accept both credit cards and Apple Pay. Starting next week, only intercontinental flights from JFK to Los Angeles and San Francisco will accept Apple Pay, with additional flights in March and plans for all JetBlue flights to accept the payment service in June. Like iPhone 6 and 6...

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07:13
Apple's next iPhone to include updated Touch ID...

The Touch ID fingerprint sensor will get an upgrade this year with Apple's next-generation iPhone, according to well-connected insider Ming-Chi Kuo, who said on Tuesday that the new model will improve the Apple Pay experience with fewer reading errors.

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07:07
MacBook Air falls 1,000 feet from airplane, survives


Your MacBook Air may be tougher than you think.
Apparently, a South African pilot managed to drop his MacBook Air notebook from the light aircraft he was flying when the canopy flew open. The MacBook, along with his flying license and logbook, fell 1000 feet into the fields below–but amazingly survived the experience.

Upon recovery, was bent, the glass trackpad shattered and the cooling fans were damaged, but the screen remained intact and the MacBook continues to work.

The MacBook was found by a farmer, along with with the pilot’s paperwork, which enabled the farmer to make contact via Facebook in order to arrange to return the items.
So, yeah, don’t go seeing if you MacBook Air can actually fly…
Via ...

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06:59
∞ The history of Apple in under 3 minutes

A nice ride through history from Fast Company.

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06:52
Apple threatens to ban iPhone, iPad accessory makers...


Apple is working to step up the secrecy surrounding future iPhone and iPad models by targeting a frequent source of leaks: third-party accessory makers. 9to5Mac has learned that in fall 2014, just before the iPhone 6 launched, Apple demanded that a number of leading accessory makers sign agreements barring them from seeking out information about future Apple devices, according to four sources with first-hand knowledge of the matter.
On one hand, the agreement dangled the loss of “future business opportunities that Apple and/or its affiliates may present to you” as a potential consequence of violating or not signing the agreement. On the other hand, signing and following it could lead to months-long delays in making accessories like cases available, during the time of year when those cases were most needed and demanded by customers....

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06:44
∞ Getting Apple to call you

Apple has inserted an immediate callback option in the path to scheduling a Genius Bar appointment. Also, a tip on fixing a wonky trackpad.

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06:34
Long-time NeXT/Apple Developer exalts Swift after 1....

In 1989 I saw Cocoa (nee NeXTstep) and said, “I’ll spend my life making it so everyone can use this.”

I feel that was about Swift, now.— Wil Shipley (@wilshipley) February 10, 2015
Wil Shipley, a developer whose association with Apple began with a contract for NeXT, has posted two tweets in praise of Swift shortly after Apple’s “significant update” to the programming language.
Shipley says he feels the same way about Swift that he did when he first saw Cocoa on the NeXT platform, and that Objective-C is a “crapshack” of a language in comparison.
The developer co-founded The Omni Group in 1991, one of the few companies to create...

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06:30
Time Limits desperately needed on iOS

TL;DR I’d like to see the Time Limits feature from OS X come to the Parental Controls in iOS.
It’s hard to deny that the iPad is an unbridled success and that it changed how we use computers in our daily lives. For kids, this might be the understatement of the decade. The iPad is a kid’s dream, it can play games, movies, music and can be interacted with on many levels.
The iPad’s popularity with children is simultaneously its best and its worst feature. Ask any parent with young kids.
I have two kids (ages 7 and 4) and they received iPad minis for Christmas. While iPads are nothing short of magic to young kids, things can quickly turn ugly when young ones are told that “it’s time to put the iPads away.”
My seven year old is definitely ready for an iPad but my four year old is borderline. As any parent will tell you: what you buy for one you need to buy for the other.
It’s important to set limits on iPad use for young kids, so that they can do other...

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06:22
Apple to raise at least $1.08 billion from two-part...

Apple today is expected to complete a two-part sale of Swiss-franc bonds, raising at least $1.08 billion U.S. to help fund its massive ongoing capital reinvestment program.

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06:00
How Apple could improve the awesome VIP Sender...


I love the VIP Sender feature in OS X and iOS and use it all the time.
It works like this: click a sender’s name/email address in either OS X Mail or Mail.app and select “Add to VIPs.” Doing so prioritizes email from that sender and when new mail arrives, you’ll see an alert in notification center.
It’s super-convenient when you’re waiting for an important email from a client, colleague or your spouse. You can’t help but notice the email’s arrival on your iPhone lock screen and VIP Sender has saved my bacon many times. I’m using a VIP Sender this week to correspond back and forth with my account, for example, because I’d like to know immediately when he emails me.
The problem is that Apple caps the number of VIPs at 100 and once you’ve reached the cap your only...

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05:42
Move over 5K iMac, 8K displays are on the way next...

The 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display may have the highest resolution screen in the world today, but it seems Apple will have to up its game next year if it wants to retain that title: 8K displays are expected to arrive sometime in 2016.
The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) has announced Embedded DisplayPort standard version 1.4a, which uses a new compression standard to support higher resolution panels, together with greater color depth and faster refresh rates. The new standard allows manufacturers to pipe around four times as much data to displays to support panels with resolutions of up to 8K.
The standard will also benefit machines with lower-resolution screens by enabling displays to be thinner, and extending...

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05:18
MacBook Air survives 1000-foot, 125mph fall from...

Left, a Sport Cruiser aircraft of the same type; right, the MacBook Air after the fall
A South African pilot appears to have taken the name of his MacBook Air a little too literally, managing to drop it from the light aircraft he was flying when the canopy flew open. The MacBook, along with his flying license and logbook, fell 1000 feet into the fields below–but amazingly survived the experience.
Admittedly it didn’t emerge entirely unscathed. Pilot and Reddit user Av80r reports that the unibody casing was bent, the glass trackpad shattered and the cooling fans were damaged, but the screen remained intact and the MacBook continues to work … 
The MacBook was found by a farmer, along with with the pilot’s paperwork,...

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04:35
Apple’s comms chip supplier Qualcomm fined almost $...

Qualcomm, which makes baseband communications chips for Apple and licenses 3G and 4G patents to other smartphone manufacturers, has been fined almost a billion dollars by the Chinese government in an anti-trust case. The company was found to have abused its dominant position in wireless chip technology by charging “unfairly high” licensing fees to manufacturers of smartphones and tablets.
The 6B Yuan ($960M) fine is the largest fine ever imposed on a foreign company, reports the GuardianChina’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said that the fine was calculated as 8% of Qualcomm’s 2013 revenue in China. China is responsible for around half of Qualcomm’s total revenue.
Chinese regulators said that Qualcomm bundled together patent...

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03:30
Think Retro: Apple's fonts have always been as...

Even for those of us who aren’t designers or typographers, a company’s corporate font seems to seep deep into our consciousness. I mean, yeah, that’s what it’s meant to do, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise, but the extent to which we’ve internalized the slight and esoteric differences in the shapes of letters and assigned them to individual companies can sometimes be surprising.
Let’s try an experiment, using Apple’s old corporate font, a specialised cut of a condensed weight of the famous Garamond typeface.

Yeah, those ain’t working; they just look like words written out rather than logos. Even in the case of Google, whose corporate font—with that distinctive double-story lowercase G—is the closest to Apple’s, your brain knows there’s something wrong. But set a few of the product names from the era of Apple Garamond using it, and ahhhh, that just feels right....

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Monday February 9

22:43
JetBlue to begin accepting Apple Pay for in-flight...

Some frequent flyers will soon be able to use Apple Pay to order drinks or upgrade their seat for extra legroom, as U.S. airline JetBlue announced on Tuesday that it would start accepting Apple's mobile payment service on select flights next week.

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22:19
Apple CEO to speak at White House cyber summit

The Hill:Apple CEO Tim Cook will speak at the White House cybersecurity summit Friday at Stanford University, according to an event invitation. The White House is expected to reveal its next executive action on cybersecurity at the summit, which will bring together tech executives, leading academics and government officials to discuss ways in which the government can better collaborate with the private sector on cybersecurity initiatives. Cook’s remarks will come amid a debate between tech companies and law enforcement officials over encryption.Encryption and security is becoming more and more important to everyone on the internet – business, consumers, and governments. It will be interesting to see if anything concrete comes out of this summit....

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22:04
JetBlue will become the first airline to accept...

Passengers on select JetBlue flights will be able to purchase food and drinks using their iPhone, USA Today reports. Customers will also reportedly be able to use the payment service to upgrade to any open premium seat once the flight has started.
Payments will be handled by airline employees using iPad minis with NFC-equipped cases. Over 3,500 of these devices have been issued to JetBlue staff. The cases will also accept regular credit cards, and will serve as a full replacement for the existing in-flight payment terminals.
Apple internet services chief Eddy Cue told USA Today that the move was likely to cause other airlines to follow suit:

“Somebody else doing it always puts...

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18:49
White House cybersecurity summit to feature address...

Apple's chief executive will reportedly be among those speaking to participants at Friday's White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection, an event designed to bring together representatives from all sides of the cybersecurity and privacy debate.

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18:15
Tim Cook scheduled to speak at White House...

Apple CEO Tim Cook is scheduled to speak at a White House “cyber summit” at the end of the week, The Hill reported today. The White House is expected to unveil a new cybersecurity program during the summit, and is bringing together leaders in technology and government to address the issue.
Cook’s exact talking points haven’t been revealed, but Apple has previously taken strong stances on issues of customer privacy—putting it in direct conflict...

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17:31
Apple takes dominant role in managing IBM...

A new report today (via Gigaom) has provided some more information about the alliance the two companies recently forged. According to UBS analyst Steven Milunovich, Apple has taken a dominant role in the relationship, demanding that IBM salespeople carry MacBooks pre-loaded with sales presentations created by Apple.
While IBM has mostly been...

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16:50
Sling TV streaming service opens to the public,...


Dish Network-owned streaming service Sling TV announced today that it will finally allow the general public to sign up and watch live TV from a variety of networks from a Mac or iOS device (through the free Sling Television app), along with several other devices.
Sling TV offers plans starting at $20 (with $5 add-ons available for some networks) that includes streaming and video-on-demand viewing options for live TV networks that usually require a pricey cable subscription, such as ESPN, TNT, Disney, TBS, CNN, and many more.
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16:48
Apple World Today

Good luck to Steve, Dave, and Kelly.∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:31
∞ Muppet’s Animal vs. Buddy Rich drum battle

Animal wins for the screams.

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16:21
Bringing the disposable camera to the iPhone

We all snap pictures like crazy these days and post them to a number of sharing sites. But there was a time when you would be so excited to get your roll of film back to see what pics you shot. Mari and Linda Johannessen are bringing that experience back with a new app for iPhone. You can take 24 pics, but you can’t review them. When the “film roll” is full, you send it away and get back 24 developed prints, delivered to your physical mailbox, within a week.Personally, I love the idea.∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:10
Dish makes Sling TV available to all, adds AMC and...

Dish Network announced on Monday that its new over-the-top web television service, Sling TV, is now open for business and will include content from AMC --?the television home of Breaking Bad and Mad Men --?as well as access to WatchESPN apps for all customers.

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16:07
Speaking of Apple’s tablet competition, what’s this...

Slashing prices on tablets all over the place. I thought they were selling so good.∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:02
And this is how Apple’s competition sells tablets

Buy a phone, get a tablet for $0.99. And they still can’t beat the iPad. It makes you wonder why people are so worried about iPad sales.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:37
Apple planning new Swiss franc-denominated bond...

Apple looks set to continue expanding its debt offering program, with the company reportedly planning a new sale of bonds denominated in Swiss francs designed to take advantage of the extremely low yields available in the market.

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15:30
Report: Connected Vehicles Vulnerable to Hack Attacks


Motorists in the United States are increasingly at risk of cyberattacks and violations of privacy, as more and more technology is added to their cars. A report released on Sunday by the office of Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) listed a number of key findings that are based on responses from 16 auto makers to a letter sent to them by Markey's office. While the Markey report praised some voluntary privacy principles adopted by two industry groups, it also raised some questions about them.

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15:18
Sketchy new rumor claims Apple is planning to ‘give...

Remember those minivans driving around San Francisco with cameras on top that were reportedly leased to Apple? Well, a new rumor coming from Business Insider claims that the site was contacted by an Apple employee who says the company is planning a project that will “give Tesla a run for its money.”
Tesla, of course, is the electronic auto maker who is currently waging an employee-poaching war with Apple (and winning, for now). What exactly this means is unclear at the moment, but it would appear...

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