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Thursday January 14

08:38
Nest thermostat software bug chills users once again

The inevitability of software bugs has once again bitten Nest thermostat users, with some reporting that they’d woken up to no heat.
The problems stem from an update Nest issued in December, but only started popping up recently, the New York Times reports. In Nest’s forums and in social media posts, users are complaining that their Nest thermostats have lost power and gone offline.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:32
Apple Music down for some listeners, asking others...

Some Apple Music listeners are currently experiencing serious problems with the service, including not being able to stream anything at all, according to numerous grievances on Twitter. [Updated]

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08:20
1Password for Mac updated to 6.0

1Password just hit version 6.0 for the Mac.
AgileBits’ password manager has just been updated to version 6.0 and the changes are pretty massive:
All Vaults View: This allows you to see all of your items in the main app and mini app without switching vaults. Vaults can also be created for families and teams, such as when business social media accounts are shared.

Other new features include:
Powered-Up Strong Password Generator: This uses a new wordlist password generator, creating wordlist passwords that are easy to remember and type, without sacrificing strength and security. If you prefer a jumble of letters, numbers, and symbols, the Characters option you know and love is still there for you.
iCloud Sync: This integrates 1Password with iCloud, allowing for sharing over devices....

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08:02
Fassbender, Winslet grab Oscar nominations for...

Actress Kate Winslet and Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin picked up Golden Globe awards for their respective work in the movie Steve Jobs at the recent event, and that was widely seen as a prediction that the movie would be nominated in a number of categories for the upcoming Academy Awards presentation. The nominations are out, with Michael Fassbender picking up one for Best Actor in a Leading Role and Kate Winslet lined up for a second major win as Best Actress in a Supporting Role. 

Left out of the Oscar nods was Aaron Sorkin, probably because there is no category for "Best Fictional Screenplay Based Loosely on Real Events" in the Academy Awards. Likewise, Daniel Pemberton's score for the film was overlooked in the Oscar nominations, while it was in the running for the Golden Globes but lost out to Ennio Morricone's score for Hateful Eight.

Fassbender was nominated in 2013 for his supporting role in ...

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07:46
Samsung to invest up to $7.47B in developing...

Samsung Display is reportedly planning to spend up to $7.47 billion on expanding manufacturing capacity with the long-term goal of producing flexible OLED panels for future iPhones.

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07:04
Fassbender, Winslet earn Oscar nods for roles in...

Awards season continues to be kind to the stars of Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs biopic, as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences bestowed one nomination apiece on Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet for their roles in the film.

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07:02
Steve Jobs movie cast among Oscar nominees for...

Aaron Sorkin’s mixed reviewed Steve Jobs movie already won a Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay and was nominated for even more. Now the film is showing up on the 2016 Oscar nominees list with the Steve Jobs biopic up for two Oscars at the upcoming 88th Academy Awards.

Michael Fassbender, who portrayed the title character in the movie is nominated for Best Actor for his role as Steve Jobs in the film. Fassbender is competing with Bryan...

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06:59
∞ Jimmy Fallon, Billy Joel, J. K. Simmons impromptu...

[VIDEO] Billy Joel and J. K. Simmons were both guests on The Tonight Show. During one of the commercial breaks, they got together with host Jimmy Fallon, house band The Roots, and some other folks for an improvised doo-wop rendition of The Longest Time, embedded in the main post.

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06:51
Apple updates Wi-Fi Assist in iOS 9.3 to show exact...

A great addition to iOS that came with 9.3 beta 1.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:46
Tim Cook to the White House: No backdoors

I know of no other tech company whose CEO has taken as strong a position on privacy as has Tim Cook.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:26
Wallpaper* magazine names Apple Watch Hermès ‘Life...

The Independent reports that Wallpaper* magazine has listed the Apple Watch Hermès as one the winners of its 2016 design awards. The category? ‘Life enhancer of the year.’ I guess that’s the kind of category you have to expect from a magazine with an asterisk in its name.
If you’d like to enhance your own life, the Hermès collection starts at $1100, but you can get a similar look from around a...

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06:19
Software bug shuts down Nest thermostats, turns off...

A buggy software update has caused many users of Nest's smart thermostat to wake up in the cold in recent days, as the devices have been found to quickly drain their batteries and shut down, leaving heating and cooling systems offline.

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06:14
Report: Samsung to be Apple’s primary OLED display...

Korea’s ET News claims that Samsung will become Apple’s primary supplier of OLED display panels, stating that an agreement has “practically been decided.” Samsung is reportedly gearing-up for the contract with an initial investment of between $2.49B and $3.32B in plant and equipment, rising to $7.47B depending on order levels.
Apple currently uses OLED displays in the Watch. Rumors that it will switch to OLED for the iPhone have been doing the rounds for many years, but have been getting much more specific of late. The switch is said to be...

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06:08
Apple Music experiencing issues for subscribers...

[Update: Apple’s system status board has been updated to acknowledge the blip and note the issue is over.]
If you’re having issues getting started with Apple Music this morning, you’re not alone. The iOS app started the day by asking subscribers to sign up and join Apple Music (a force quit fixed for me but the problem persists) and iTunes on the Mac is also serving up error messages for a great number of users.

At the time of writing, Apple’s system status page hasn’t been updated to reflect any issues, but that usually happens a bit after the problem is recognized if at all. We’ll keep an eye on the status and update accordingly, but rest assured that if you’re a subscriber being asked to join again that it’s not just you and there’s a widespread hiccup in progress.

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05:49
They took Snape, too. Fuck cancer.

Alan Rickman died from cancer. Snape, Hans Gruber, and so much more. Damn.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:44
∞ How to sort your iTunes purchases by Apple ID

Have you ever fired up an iOS device and been prompted to enter the password for some Apple ID that’s not yours? This is especially likely to happen on a newly purchased device, when bulk music and apps are being loaded for the first time.Here’s some thoughts on how to track down those app and music purchases.

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05:00
Beware Nasty Auto-Download Music Bug in iOS 9

Many iCloud Music Library and iTunes Match users are finding that their iOS devices are downloading music without their knowledge. Kirk McElhearn explains how to prevent this before it could leave you with an enormous data bill. 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
Researchers May Have Licked Flaming Lithium-Ion...


Incorporating a polymer switching material into lithium-ion batteries could prevent their overheating due to a process known as "thermal runaway," according to Stanford researchers. Lithium-ion batteries consist of an anode, a cathode, a separator and a flammable electrolyte. The separator melts when a large amount of heat is generated by overcharging or shorting, ultimately resulting in a thermal runaway. Pressures and temperatures can rise inside cells too fast to control using existing safety mechanisms.

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04:55
Key Apple chipmaker TSMC reports that its 2015...

While we’ve heard tales of gloom and despair from other Apple suppliers, leading analysts and media alike to suggest that the iPhone market might be contracting for the first time ever, it’s rather a different story with key Apple chipmaker TSMCFocus Taiwan reports that its 2015 earnings were the highest in its 29-year history.

The company posted NT$306.57 billion (US$9.15 billion) in net profit for 2015, a 16.2 percent annual increase. TSMC’s 2015 earnings per share was NT$11.82, compared with NT$10.18 the previous year, and its consolidated sales rose...

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04:06
Patent application shows Apple Watch band that...

An Apple patent application published today reveals an idea for an interesting variation on the magnetically-closed Milanese Loop band that allows it to do much more than simply secure the Apple Watch on your wrist.
By using a careful arrangement of magnet orientations, the band can transform itself into a protective case when travelling, a stand on a bedside table or desk – or a Mac accessory …

In the standard band configuration, the band would be...

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04:00
Antec solutions handy for keeping your OS X and iOS...

Let's face it: your OS X and iOS devices get dirty and grimy. You need to clean them regularly. One of the best products for doing this is Antec's Advance Cleaning Solutions line. The line includes three different types of cleaners: 100% Natural, 3x Strength and a Deep Cleaning Gel.

The 3X Strength Spray kit -- which costs US$18.99 for a 240 mL + 60 mL Home & Travel Pack and $12.99 for a 60 mL travel-size bottle -- contains a non-drip formula that adheres to your device's screen and is anti-bacterial to keep your device germ-free. An included microfiber cloth dries your screen without any smudges or streak marks.

All products come alcohol and ammonia free, while keeping your device or accessory fingerprint resistant, bacteria free and static free. The cleaning solution cleans and protects devices with an ecologically-friendly formula. The wipes and 60mL spray are TSA-compliant...

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03:07
Apple A9 chip fab TSMC reports record earnings,...

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the world's largest chip fab and a manufacturer of Apple's A9 chips used in iPhone 6s models, has posted earnings that beat analysts estimates for the quarter and established the company's highest annual earnings in 29 years.

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02:30
Apple invents plug insertion guidance system for...

Addressing what some would call a drawback of modern computer design, Apple has developed a system that provides users plug alignment assistance for hard to reach ports normally located in the rear of desktop enclosures.

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01:51
Apple investigating Apple Watch band that transforms...

Apple Watch launched with a total of six swappable band styles, but a patent application published Thursday suggests Apple is investigating a successor model with magnetic closure that doubles as a protective encasement and stand when not on the wrist.

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Wednesday January 13

21:28
Nvidia Blames Apple For Bug That Exposes Browsing In...

An anonymous reader points out this story at VentureBeat about a bug in Chrome's incognito mode that might be a cause for concern for some Apple users. From the story: "If you use Google Chrome's incognito mode to hide what you browse (ahem, porn), this might pique your interest. University of Toronto engineering student Evan Andersen discovered a bug that affects Nvidia graphics cards, exposing content that you thought would be for your eyes only. And because this only happens on Macs, Nvidia is pointing the finger at Apple."

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20:52
Interact is a new iPhone & iPad contacts app for...

If you’ve ever wanted a little something more out of the Contacts app on iOS, you may be in for a treat with the latest app from Agile Tortoise, which makes the popular Drafts text actions app. Interact is a new contacts app on the iPhone and iPad made for power users. The app includes an iOS extension for creating contacts from information found in other apps, a scratchpad feature for parsing details you jot down for creating new entries, better group management than the built-in contacts app, and much more. Check it out below:

Interact works by pulling in your current contact database already available on your iPhone. There’s no need to create a new account or use a foreign...

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19:58
OS X 10.11.4 beta adds support for viewing and...

Sharing and viewing Live Photos shot on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus on the Mac has been tricky if not impossible until now. Previously the enhanced photos could only be viewed in Apple’s Photos app on the Mac, which limited sharing to iCloud Photo Sharing. Starting with the new OS X 10.11.4 beta released earlier this week, Live Photos can now be shared and viewed over iMessage using Messages on the Mac for the first time.

Before now Live Photos were diluted into still images, losing their audio and video. With the latest El Capitan beta, however, Live Photos can be sent from Photos...

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18:57
App Store games bring in $1B in revenue during...

December is always one of Apple’s biggest months of the year thanks to the influx of new devices people receive as gifts during the holiday season. The company often reports its highest device sales during this month, and as you can figure, the more people who are using iOS devices, the more people who are downloading apps from the App Store. App Store analytics company Sensor Tower has today shared its figures for the month of December 2015, and it was another record-setting month for Apple. Sensor Tower says that revenue for games in the App Store during December was nearly $1 billion.

According to the report, games in the App Store brought in nearly $1 billion in revenue during the holiday month of December. This is an 18 percent increase over the $847...

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17:37
GoPro to cut 7% of workforce on poor sales as...

It was a bleak day for action cam maker GoPro, as the company said it planned to axe about 7 percent of its workforce on lower than expected fourth quarter sales, an announcement that sent shares tumbling.

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17:09
A proposed bill in New York would force Apple to...

A new bill proposed in New York could see that all phone manufacturers be required to implement a way for law enforcement agencies to access and decrypt user devices. This bill is somewhat similar to the Investigatory Powers Bill currently being debated in the UK, which Apple has voiced its opposition towards. Apple and Tim Cook have repeatedly stated that government agencies should not have any access to user devices or data, whether be through a built-in backdoor or other means.

The bill making its way through the New York state assembly specifically states that “any smartphone manufactured on or after...

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15:48
Rinspeed's Etos concept car has a drone,...

This Rinspeed Etos concept car is all business up front with Office 365, Skype video calls and Microsoft’s Cortana digital assistant in the dashboard and a party in the back with a drone that will scoot off to pick up shopping or take selfies as you drive.

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15:28
Report: Apple “stepping away” from iAd, giving...

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A report from BuzzFeed's John Paczkowski says that Apple is backing away from direct involvement in iAd, the mobile advertising platform it launched back in early 2010.
The company isn't killing the iAd platform, which serves relatively unobtrusive ads that don't force users to leave the app they're already in. Instead, Apple will reportedly disband its own internal sales team and require publishers to sell ads themselves. This is already an option for iAd users, as outlined in this developer document—you keep 100 percent of the revenue from ads you sell yourself, but if Apple sells the ads on your behalf the...

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15:20
The Week in iOS Accessories: Movi making

Movi makingThis week’s roundup of accessories includes the new Movi camera, which makes broadcast-quality lives-streaming possible at a relatively low cost. Read on!MoviThe $199 Movi is a camera built specifically to live-stream events. Pair it with the forthcoming Movi app on your iPhone and you can “edit” live shots by instructing the camera to do closeups, pans, and to cut between shots. (Or don’t: The camera has an automated feature that follows the action and gives it a smooth gloss. Check out a demonstration video here. ) Shipping is expected in April.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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15:17
First look: Night Shift mode eases nighttime eye...

With its latest iOS 9.3 beta, Apple is for the first time allowing users to access and control display temperature on their iPhones and iPads, albeit in limited fashion, through a feature called Night Shift.

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15:00
AWT News Update: January 13, 2016

Apple's rethinking the ad business and more Apple news for this Wednesday:

  • Apple's iAd sales team is reportedly getting the axe and the platform will go programmatic soon
  • iOS 9.3 beta has a plethora of 3D Touch shortcuts
  • Rumors abound that the second-generation Apple Watch will go into trial production later this month

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for January 13, 2016.

Six years ago, Steve Jobs announced iAd, which was the company’s idea to serve interactive ads inside iOS...

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14:49
GoPro cuts jobs after a big drop in action camera...

Engadget:It’s tough times for GoPro’s fledgling empire. The action camera maker is cutting the jobs of about 7 percent of its workforce (roughly 105 people) after poor sales during the fourth quarter, particularly in the first half. It doesn’t have a detailed explanation for the drop, but it recently slashed the price of the notoriously expensive Hero4 Session — clearly, it misjudged how much people were willing to pay for the tiny cube cam.As my very smart friend Ben Bajarin said on Twitter, “GoPro simply maxed their user base, peaking essentially. No reason for base to buy new ones and no product to expand their TAM.”In other words, everyone who wants a GoPro likely already has one. As a motorcyclist, I always thought it would be cool to have one until I realized, I’m never going to watch/edit/post the video so why bother?...

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14:45
Apple reportedly phasing out in-house iAd sales team...

Six years after launching its advertising platform, Apple is moving to phase out its in-house iAd sales team in favor of a new publisher-driven system, reports BuzzFeed News, quoting unnamed “multiple sources.”

iAd is a mobile advertising platform developed by Apple for iOS devices. It allows third-party developers to directly embed advertisements into their apps.

While iAd itself isn’t going away, Apple’s direct involvement in the selling and creation of iAd units is ending. “It’s just not something we’re good at,” one source told BuzzFeed News.

The company is reportedly is phasing out its iAd sales force entirely and updating the iAds platform so that publishers can sell through it directly. Publishers who do so will keep 100% of the revenue they generate.

Advertising...

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14:35
Is Apple’s Tim Cook “completely clueless?”

Motley Fool:While reasonable people can disagree about Apple’s iPhone sales, Global Equities Research Co-Founder Trip Chowdhry pulls no punches with his newest Apple commentary. Instead of discussing the merits or limitations of the company as an investment, Chowdhry resorts to ad hominem attacks, calling Apple CEO Tim Cook “completely clueless.” If you set aside the unnecessary rhetoric, and dig into Chowdhry’s concerns, his argument doesn’t pass muster.Chowdhry is known for making wild and mostly wrong predictions about Apple. Remember his 2014 claim that Apple “…only (has) 60 days left to either come up with something or they will disappear”? But, as the article points out, these claims are more about Chowdhry and his company’s profile than they are about any accuracy about Apple. Which makes his pointless name calling even more disgusting....

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14:34
Notable apps and app updates for Jan. 13, 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

SecureMac has introduced MacScan 3, the next generation of its anti-malware software for Mac users. 

It protects against trojan horses, keystroke loggers and adware. Automatic malware definition updates are designed to ensure that you're protected against the latest threats. MacScan 3 includes a streamlined user experience, new features, and major improvements to speed and stability.

MacScan 3 requires Mac OS X 10.8. It’s available for $49.99/year. Each MacScan subscription includes protection against the latest malware threats, automatic cleaning of blacklisted tracking cookies, product updates, knowledge base access, online tech support, and security advisory notifications. ...

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14:10
U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi checks her Apple...

During last night's widely televised State of the Union address, California Representative Nancy Pelosi appeared on camera just in time to receive a notification on her Apple Watch and respond to it with a touch.

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14:09
New York state considers bill mandating backdoors in...

A bill up for consideration by the New York state assembly would force Apple and other smartphone makers to ensure their products can be decrypted for the sake of law enforcement.

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14:07
How to create and rename app folders with tvOS 9.2...

Just a few months after the platform launched, folders are already coming to tvOS, in the form of an upcoming 2.2 update that will make it easier for Apple TV owners to organize their apps.

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13:56
Report: Apple doesn't want to sell iAd mobile...

After almost six years, Apple now wants out of the mobile advertising business.
According to BuzzFeed, Apple is phasing out its internal iAd mobile ad sales team and shifting the iAd network into an automated platform that app publishers and advertisers can access. While the iAd service will remain in that capacity, Apple won’t have any direct involvement in selling or creating the iAd unit, as it has done since Steve Jobs launched the business in 2010. 

Steve Jobs launched the iAd business in 2010.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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13:44
Podcast 490: iOS 9.3, CES, and the mess that is News

Susie's back from her time covering the madness of CES, which is always insane for us tech reporter types, whether you're on the ground in Vegas or holed up in your house in Oakland, like Susie was, editing until your fingers fall off. Even though Apple has no official presence at the massive show, tech trends emerge that will trickle down to Cupertino's product lines eventually—ad we saw plenty of products that could come in handy for Apple fans today.
Elsewhere, iOS 9.3 is out, with some new features that sound cool, and some additions to CarPlay that have us wondering why those things weren't already in CarPlay. We also talk about the seemingly sad state of the News app, which doesn't seem to be doing much for publishers, and as of yet hasn't captivated your friendly podcast hosts as readers, either. Do you like News? Let us know in the comments.To read this...

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13:42
1Password 6 for Mac

1 Password has become one of my must-have apps on Mac and iOS.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:40
Apple to reportedly exit ad business, hand over iAd...

Nearly six years after its debut, Apple is reportedly planning to take a much less active role in its in-house iAd advertising platform, as it intends to hand over ad management duties -- and revenue -- to publishers in the near future.

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13:02
First look: tvOS 9.2 redesigns Apple TV app switcher...

Apple's newly released tvOS 9.2 beta for the fourth-generation Apple TV has revamped the platform's app switcher, bringing visual consistency with iPhones and iPads running iOS 9.

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13:01
Apple Music surpasses 10 million paid subscribers

Apple Music has surpassed 10 million subscribers across iOS, Mac, PC, Android and Apple TV in just six months, a milestone that took its largest rival Spotify around six years to accomplish.Yep, this sounds right to me.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:57
Apple is getting out of the ad sales business

While iAd itself isn’t going anywhere, Apple’s direct involvement in the selling and creation of iAd units is ending. “It’s just not something we’re good at,” one source told BuzzFeed News. And so Apple is leaving the creation, selling, and management of iAds to the folks who do it best: the publishers.I think this is good news. Ads are just not where Apple’s focus should be.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:55
Report: Apple says it sucks at selling ads, will...

Apple’s rocky iAd advertising platform is about to see some major changes, says Buzzfeed’s John Paczkowski. According to the report, Apple plans to dismantle its iAd sales team and stop its role as a middleman between publishers and customers:
While iAd itself isn’t going anywhere, Apple’s direct involvement in the selling and creation of iAd units is ending. “It’s just not something we’re good at,” one source told BuzzFeed News. And so Apple is leaving the creation, selling, and management of iAds to the folks who do it best: the publishers.
Apple is phasing out its iAd sales force entirely and updating the iAds platform so that publishers can sell through it directly.
The big news, Buzzfeed notes, is publishers that play ball will take home 100% of the ad revenue generated rather than a ...

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12:10
The Oristand standing desk

Oristand:The Oristand is a standing desk made of cardboard that easily collapses and requires no complicated assembly. It’s made out of industrial grade cardboard that is light, strong and affordable. Not to mention it is 100% recyclable. Meaning you can save some cash and we can save some trees.I’ve been interested in standing desks for a while but most are over $200. At $25, this looks like something you could test out inexpensively. It’s being produced by the folks behind the Vancouver, BC based Hootsuite.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:00
Moshi iGlaze luxe iPhone 6s/6s Plus metal bumper...

Moshi iGlaze Luxe. Photo©2016, Steven Sande

The number of different iPhone cases on the market never ceases to amaze me. Some are inexpensive and thin, others are expensive and offer amazing protection. Some are ugly; others enhance the look of the iPhone while keeping it safe. The Moshi iGlaze luxe for iPhone 6/6s ($44.95) and 6/6s Plus ($49.95) is a metal bumper case that gives your favorite iPhone military-grade drop protection while retaining the cool metal feel of a "naked" iPhone.

Design

The iGlaze luxe comes in four different colors for the iPhone 6/6s -- satin gold, titanium gray, alloy orange, and rose pink -- and two colors for the iPhone 6 Plus/6s Plus (titanium gray and rose pink). 

There's a silicone sleeve that hugs the outside of your iPhone for protection...

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11:52
Apple Watch political oopsies: Jeb Bush’s ‘Batphone...

It’s no secret that former Florida governor Jeb Bush is a huge fan of his Apple Watch. Since the Apple Watch launched, the Republican presidential candidate has gone after the youth vote by showing off his Apple Watch and calling it a better option than Obamacare, despite labeling it unintuitive and power-hungry a few months later.
Jeb’s “iWatch,” as he often calls it, wasn’t dead earlier this week during an interview with the Des Moines Register’s editorial board, USA Today points out, as the presidential hopeful accidentally either placed or answered a phone call on it unknowingly. Jeb explained it away to...

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11:35
EFF Urges Revival of Human Rights Case Against Cisco


The Electronic Frontier Foundation on Monday pressed to revive a lawsuit against Cisco Systems for violating human rights in China, in a brief filed with a U.S. Court of Appeals. Members of Falun Gong, a religious group persecuted in China, originally filed the lawsuit in 2011, but a federal district court in California dismissed it in 2014. The federal appeals court now is considering a challenge to that dismissal. "We applaud the role technology companies play in spreading the benefits of the digital age around the world," the EFF wrote in an amicus brief filed with the appellate court.

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11:05
Antutu: iPhone 6s performance thrashes high-spec...

Performance benchmark vendor Antutu presented iPhone 6s as the best performing smartphone of the year, despite being compared against high end Androids with more RAM and faster CPU clocks driving four times as many cores.

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11:00
Happy Hour Podcast 049 | Apple’s latest feature-...


Apple has released new betas across the board for all things. Today, we’ll discuss what new features come along with them and how they may impact your usage, new details about the rumored 4-inch iPhone and upcoming iPhone 7, plus much more.
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...

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10:50
Apple CEO Tim Cook criticizes White House policies...

In spite of how well received last night’s State of the Union was, Apple CEO Tim Cook still had harsh words for the Obama administration regarding encryption last night.
Cook, who’s currently in favor of unbreakable encryption, offered the following statement:
“The White House should come out and say ‘no backdoors’ Cook said. That would mean overruling repeated requests from FBI Director James Comey and other administration officials that tech companies build some sort of special access for law enforcement into otherwise unbreakable encryption. Technologists agree that any such measure could be exploited by others.”

Attorney General Loretta Lynch, in turn, responded to Cook by speaking of the “balance” necessary between privacy and national security — a...

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10:21
Office 2016 for Mac updates with fullscreen Outlook...

Microsoft on Wednesday updated Office 2016 for Mac, adding not just bugfixes but new features for all of the apps in the suite, such as Outlook and PowerPoint.

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10:10
Black Duck Intros Container Scanning


Black Duck Software on Tuesday announced it has added to its Hub software container-scanning capabilities that let users map open source security flaws for applications, Linux distros, and other software in Docker and other Linux containers. Adding a containerized scanner to a Docker host enables automatic identification of known open source vulnerabilities in all layers of containers on that host. Black Duck "maps known open source vulnerabilities" and monitors software for new flaws, said Brian Carter, director of strategic communications.

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09:39
VR brings better motion capture to your video games

The problem with conventional motion capture is that you can't see the world you're supposed to be acting in. How do you get a feel for that epic fantasy landscape when you're staring at an empty room? Cloudhead Games has an idea. For its upcoming...

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09:35
Obama administration planning to speed up...

The White House will reportedly announce efforts to speed up the development of self-driving cars on Thursday, something that may be of extreme interest to Apple as it readies its own such vehicle.

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09:15
VLC Lets You Cache Videos on Apple TV

For those who have trouble streaming video to the fourth-generation Apple TV, the new VLC app offers a solution, but only if the video isn’t encumbered by DRM. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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09:00
9to5Toys Last Call: LG 34″ QHD Monitor $570,...

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09:00
Inateck BR1002 Bluetooth transmitter and receiver: A...

Inateck BR1002. Image©2016, Steven Sande

Over the holidays, I took a long driving vacation with my wife. Faced with the thought of long hours on the road, we decided that it would be nice to have some music along for the ride. Only one problem -- the car (a 2007 Honda CR-V) has no way of interfacing wirelessly with our iPhones. Fortunately, accessory manufacturer Inateck came to the rescue with a tiny black box called the BR1002 Bluetooth transmitter and receiver (US$21.99, affiliate link). 

As the name implies, the BR1002 has two functions. It can act as a Bluetooth transmitter, turning older stereo systems (an old cassette Sony Walkman, anyone?) into Bluetooth devices. But more importantly, it can act as a Bluetooth receiver. The CR-V has a 3.5mm audio input jack, so plugging the BR1002 into it makes it possible for me to beam music to the audio system from iPhone or iPad. 

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Feature Request: It’s time for an official Apple...

If everything goes as planned, Apple is set to hold a spring event in March to introduce the Apple Watch 2 along with some other new hardware and software goodies. That’s only about a year after the original Apple Watch went on sale, but roughly 18 months since the first-gen model was actually announced.
As a mostly satisfied Apple Watch 1 customer, March or April doesn’t strike me as being too soon for the Apple Watch 2. Personally, I’m excited to see if the next model can handle apps better with a needed speed boost and maybe lose a little overall thickness and display bezel.
But while I’m basically already lining up to buy the next Apple Watch, I probably won’t spend the extra $200 on a stainless steel...

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Why Apple might want to buy HBO from Time Warner

Apple has big plans for TV that don’t stop with a redesigned version of its set-top box and an App Store just for TV apps. While Cupertino has given up on creating its own television, leaving that to established players like Samsung and LG, the company is reportedly hard at work developing a streaming TV service that could kill cable. But instead of starting from scratch with its own streaming package, rumor has it Apple is eyeing Time Warner’s assets—not to partner with, but to buy outright.Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of software and services, is reportedly keeping a close eye on Time Warner, which isn’t officially for sale, but is under pressure from shareholders and investors to either sell all or part of itself. According to the New York Post...

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08:39
Apple patent suggests move away from 3.5mm headphone...

As frightening as the idea of an iPhone without the headphone jack may be, a recently published Apple patent suggests that the idea may be fairly likely.
A new patent awarded to Apple on Monday suggests that Apple may convert from the classic 3.5mm headphone jack to Lightning and Bluetooth. The patent seemingly describes a method of getting higher-quality and higher-volume audio from speakers built into slimmer devices.

From the patent itself:
Given the area constraints imposed on many portable electronic devices, it is increasingly difficult to provide high-quality audio sound output and pickup without hindering the ability to make portable electronic devices smaller and thinner. Consequently, there is a need...

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08:33
Rumor: Second-gen Apple Watch going into trial...

The next-generation Apple Watch could go into trial production with Quanta later this month, paving the way for a launch in the not-too-distant future, according to rumors.

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08:21
VLC app becomes available for Apple TV

The much-loved VLC app has just become available for the Apple TV.
VLC, which looks to play video files in “their native formats without conversions”, is a full port of VLC media player combined with platform specific features.
Per lead iOS developer Felix Kühne:
VLC for Apple TV integrates with a plethora of devices and services on your local network and includes a custom way of casting files directly to the TV from your other computers using a web browser!
I was able to test the VLC Apple TV app for a few hours earlier today, and whilst it is early days yet, I am pretty impressed at what the VLC team has been able to accomplish.

VLC obtains its content via the following network protocols:
Local Network:
The first tab of VLC for Apple TV is dedicated to discovering...

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07:19
Apple allegedly keeping 'close eye' on...

Apple is paying close attention to the possibility of Time Warner -- or parts of it -- going up for sale, potentially with the intent of buying assets to help launch a streaming TV service, according to rumors.

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07:08
Apple takes 11th place in awarded US patents in 2015

Apple was awarded 1,938 U.S. patents in 2015, placing it No. 11 overall in newly earned inventions, according to the latest intellectual property rankings published on Wednesday.

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07:00
Administration, Silicon Valley Bigs Meet to...


Obama administration officials last week met with senior executives from several leading Silicon Valley firms in a summit on how to combat the proliferation of terrorist communications on social media networks. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey, and John Carlin, assistant attorney general for national security, represented the DoJ. The meeting was part of a larger strategy the administration announced last week, geared toward cracking down on violent extremism.

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See what’s left after popular Paris canal drained...

No big surprises, but I did find the whole series fascinating.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Pharrell in legal trouble over Beats 1 show OTHERtone

A long-running legal battle between music producer Pharrell and a group of former business associates has recently expanded to include OTHERtone, a show the artist hosts on Apple's Beats 1 streaming network.

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You can now pair multiple Apple Watches to an iPhone...

Nate Swanner explores the new ability to pair your iPhone to more than one Apple Watch. I think it’s a natural evolution.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:30
Apple is number 11 in 2015 U.S. patent rankings

IFI Claims Patent Services, a producer of global patent databases and innovative web services, has announced its annual tabulation of the top U.S. patent recipients, a ranking that is trusted throughout the world. The 2015 IFI CLAIMS U.S. Top 50 ranks global patent assignees by utility patent counts.

Apple’s counts decreased 3% over 2014 to 1,938. However, its ranking went unchanged as its in 11th place, following IBM, Samsung, Canon, Qualcomm, Google, Toshiba, Sony, LG, Intel, and Microsoft.

After seven straight years of increases, 2015 is the first year since 2007 to show a downturn in U.S. patent activity. IFI CLAIMS says there were 298,407 utility patents granted for the calendar year, which is down just less than 1% compared to 2014. Even perennial patent leader IBM is down slightly compared to 2014–although still keeps its #1 position–while #2 Samsung and...

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Apple has this, others do not

Jeffrey Mincey, writing for Mac360, on a major difference between Apple and companies like Google, Samsung, Dell, etc.∞ Read this on The Loop

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How to control your Apple TV with your Apple Watch

Can’t wait to give this a try.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:17
Apple CarPlay wins NAIAS tech of the year award

Nice win. Be sure to check out the CarPlay video on the press release page.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:14
Apple gets a 70% satisfaction rating in IT client...

According to the “Product and Relationship Satisfaction of IT Clients, 2016” from the Temkin Group — a customer experience research, consulting, and training firm — Apple has a 70% satisfaction rating.

The report rates 62 technology vendors based on feedback from 800 IT decision makers within large North American organizations. The research examines eight areas of satisfaction; four that deal with products and services and four that examine relationships. Tech vendors earned the highest satisfaction level for innovation (64%) and the lowest for cost of ownership (56%).

Five tech vendors earned satisfaction levels of 70% or more across the eight areas:  Intel (74%), Google (73%), HP outsourcing (73%), IBM SPSS (71%), and Apple (70%). At the other end of the spectrum, three vendors earned average satisfaction levels below 50%: Cognizant (49%), Sage (49%), and Unisys (46%)....

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06:10
Revisiting the first OS X beta

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06:00
Apple purportedly ready to scoop up Time Warner if (...

Time Warner isn’t actually for sale (yet), but, according to the New York Post, Apple is a potential buyer. Why? An unnamed “senior tech insider” told the Post that the media company’s assets could ease the launch of a stand-alone streaming TV service.”

Not surprisingly, reps for Apple and Time Warner declined to comment. Time Warner Cable is an American cable telecommunications company. It’s the second largest cable company in the U.S. by revenue behind only Comcast, operating in 29 states.

According to Forbes, the company’s market cap, as of May 2015, was $70.8 billion. Apple has over $200 billion “in the bank” so could scoop up the media and entertainment company and still have a little cash left over for a rainy day.

Time Warner operates through Turner, Home Box office, Warner Bros and Time, Inc. business segments...

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05:45
iOS device shipments overtook Windows shipments last...

A new chart by the Asymco analysis/news site shows that iOS device shipments overtook Windows shipments as a whole in 2015.

Apple shipped over 300 million Macs, iPhones, and iPads in 2015. Approximately 275 million Windows devices shipped last year, according to Asymco, down from 300 million in 2014. Since Mac unit shipments tallied around 10 million, Apple shipped 290 million iOS devices.

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AI readers choose Airmail, Outlook and Nylas N1 as...

We polled our AppleInsider audience to vote for their favorite email application for the Mac. The winner is Airmail, with Outlook coming in as a close second.

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05:00
Apple could streamline its Mac line to just iMac and...

There are rumbles that Apple’s product line is becoming too jumbled. We have five product categories: the Mac, the iPhone, the iPad, the Apple Watch, and the Apple TV, not to mention the other products that are lumped in together such as the iPod. And each product category has multiple entries.

Take the Mac, for example. There are the iMac, Mac Pro, Mac mini, MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro. I have a radical suggestion that Apple could use to simplify the line (although I don’t really expect the company to do it): reduce the Mac line to iMac and the MacBook brands. 

Here’s how my plan would work: The iMac would be Apple’s only desktop. The Mac Pro would be replaced by the “iMac Pro” idea (http://tinyurl.com/jh8e8jg) I floated yesterday. The Mac mini could be replaced by a 17-inch all-in-one that shouldn’t cost too much more than the current $499 Mac mini.

The entire Mac laptop...

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The ScanSnap iX100 is a powerful scanner in a mobile...

Fujitsu's mobile ScanSnap scanner (the $229 iX100) may be the most versatile scanner around. Not the most powerful, mind you, but the most versatile. Small and portable, it not only lets you scan to Macs and PCs, but also to iOS devices. 

Fujitsu says the ScanSnap is the lightest and fastest of its kind that comes equipped with a built-in battery and Wi-Fi connectivity. I haven't researched every scanner out there, but I'll take them at their word (the iX100 weighs 14 ounces and measures 10.74 x 1.87 x 1.42 inches). 

The iX100 includes an image processor (the GI Processor) inside the scanner that produces its own wireless network, so you can connect from just about anywhere and instantly scan documents to your device or a cloud-based services such as Evernote, Google Docs, and Dropbox. This means you can have a group of travelers or students, for example, connected and scanning documents to multiple devices, all...

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04:00
Apple patent involves wireless point-of-sale...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,235,861) by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for a “system and method for managing wireless point-of-sale transactions.” It involves Apple Pay, the company’s mobile payment service.

The system involves an account module, an account selection module, a display, an input interface, and a wireless transmitter. The account module stores account information corresponding to a plurality of payment accounts. The account selection module selects a payment account from the array of payment accounts as a default payment account for a wireless point-of-sale transaction based on one or more predetermined criteria. 

The display displays the default payment account to the user. The input interface lets you accept the default payment account by the account selection module. The wireless transmitter that wirelessly transmits payment information to a point-of-sale device. The payment information...

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Take an inside look at the new Apple Museum in Prague

Apple fanboys and fangirls, behold!Image by MobileMania.czThanks to our friends at MobileMania.cz, we got a special look inside the new Apple Museum that just opened in Prague.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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14 of the most-promising new headphones we listened...

2016 will be a banner year for new headphonesImage by Sarah Jacobsson Purewal
This year’s CES saw headphone manufacturers moving in several directions. Almost every lifestyle brand has gone wireless for convenience’ sake, but
top-of-the-line offerings remain wired so as not to compromise audio quality. Thanks to rumors that Apple is doing away with the 3.5mm audio port on its
next phone, several companies are looking to find digital solutions that plug directly into an iPhone’s Lightning port (or the microUSB port on every other
manufacturer’s smartphone).To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Tuesday January 12

23:11
Deals: Apple's 15" MacBook Pros with free...

Readers shopping for a current 15" MacBook Pro this month can not only grab free AppleCare protection plans and a free Canon PIXMA AirPrint-ready printer, but additional cash discounts of up to $90 with free shipping and no tax in 48 states. What's more, this deal is now instant and no longer requires a mail-in-rebate.

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Tim Cook voices views on encryption during meeting w...

Last Friday, Tim Cook was among a handful of Silicon Valley officials who met with White House officials to discuss the use of technology and social media in fighting terrorism. The Intercept today reports that Tim Cook again took the stance of there being no backdoors in technology to allow access to user data and devices.

Cook argued during the meeting that it is the responsibility of the White House to come out and say firmly that there should be “no backdoors” to user information. This would mean that the government would have to...

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Tim Cook pushes for strong encryption at White House...

As expected, Apple CEO Tim Cook urged White House and government officials to come to terms with strong encryption practices that protect consumer data, at one point saying such intentions should be stated publicly.

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How-To: Add iOS 9.3’s Night Shift mode to your Mac...

Yesterday, released the first beta of iOS 9.3 and it includes a new feature called Night Shift. Apple says that Night Shift uses your iOS device’s location and clock to automatically adjust the colors in your display, making them warmer and easier on the eyes at nighttime. In the end, Apple says this should make it easier to fall asleep as the bright blue light normally emitted from a display has been found to disrupt your circadian rhythms, making it harder to sleep. While Apple has solved this feature on iOS, it remains an issue on OS X…

Despite Apple touting it as so, Night Shift is not necessarily a new feature. Popular third-party app Flux (or f.lux) has offered this feature for some time now, but only briefly was...

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16:55
Blue Lola headphones review

After having a runaway hit with the Mo-Fi Headphones (check out our review here), Blue is back at it again with a new pair of passive, closed-back isolation headphones. The Lola headphones promise to deliver much of what is loved about the Mo-Fi model, but at a more budget-friendly price and without compromising on some of the forward-thinking design features. I used Lola for a few weeks to see if they were able to live up to the promise.I enjoyed this review by Matt Vanacoro.∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:44
∞ The Dalrymple Report with Merlin Mann: Power Nipple
16:35
FileMaker launches SDK for building native iOS apps

Apple subsidiary FileMaker on Tuesday announced the FileMaker iOS App SDK, a set of coding tools that offer developers the means to build native iPhone and iPad apps.

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16:35
The Week in Mac Apps: CloudMagic's latest...

...plus, apps to help you with your home chores, and moreThis week’s roundup of new apps is all about productivity, with tools for organizing your email, files, tasks, and hard drive—and a little something to keep you on top of your network usage.CloudMagic Email 7.4.173If you’re juggling multiple email accounts (and really, most of us are), CloudMagic’s $20 CloudMagic Email (Mac App Store Link) helps you centralize all of your accounts across different providers in one convenient location.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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16:26
iOS shipments overtook Windows in 2015 for the first...

Last July, sales of iOS devices caught up with sales of Windows devices, making it a tight race as to who would ship the most units as 2015 wrapped up. Now, Asymco has shared a chart depicting the extraordinary growth of iPhone shipments and showing that in 2015, iPhone shipments overtook Windows shipments as a whole.

As you can see in the graph above, Apple shipped just over 300 Macs, iPhones, and iPads in 2015, continuing its consistent yearly growth. There were 275 million Windows devices shipped in 2015, according to Asymco, down from 300 million in 2014. Around 10 million Macs were shipped, meaning Apple shipped 290 million iOS devices.
While Android shipments still...

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16:02
China reports record sales and 33% growth in non-...

China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has released data showing a significant drop in Android's share of smartphone sales in the December quarter, leaving a 33 percent gain for non-Android smartphones, a segment dominated by Apple's iPhone.

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15:27
Apple's iOS 9 now on 3 out of 4 compatible...

In statistics shared with developers on Monday, Apple revealed distribution of the latest iOS 9 mobile operating system now stands at 75 percent, a number up 5 percent since the last check in November.

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