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Thursday June 2

12:47
Opinion: Apple’s Back to School 2016 promotion is...

Earlier today Apple announced the start of their annual Back to School promotion for 2016. This year eligible purchases of a Mac, iPad, or iPhone will come bundled with a pair of wireless Beats headphones. This is reminiscent of last year’s Back to School promotion, save for the fact that during this year’s promotion for the wireless headphone is the default and doesn’t require an extra $100 expense. The small, but obvious connectivity choice signals a new direction in which Apple wants its customer to think.
more…Filed under: Opinion Tagged: Apple,...

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12:45
The Week in Mac Apps: Keep your desktop icons hidden...

New Mac apps of the weekThis week’s roundup of Mac apps includes Desktop Ghost Pro, a tool that leaves your desktop looking squeaky-clean with a simple keyboard command. Plus, apps that promote good working habits, contact managers, app launchers, and more. Read on!Artboard 2 2.0.2Mapdiva’s $30 Artboard 2 (Mac App Store Link) provides a full set of drawing tools for creating icons, illustrations, and logos using vector graphics.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:59
Review: Speck iGuy case is a must-have when kids...

It happens all the time. Parents upgrade old iPads with new ones and lucky kids inherit magical (and expensive) tablets. But kids aren’t nearly as careful with pricey pieces of glass and somehow always messy hands. That’s what happened in our house late last year, and Speck’s iGuy case for iPad has made a world of difference.
more…Filed under: iOS Devices, Reviews Tagged: iPad, Speck ...

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11:43
Apple not unveiling new or updated external display...

Apple won’t have a new external display to show off at its WWDC 2016 event later this month despite limited inventory as the company plans an event that will mostly focus on new software, according to sources.
more…Filed under: Mac ...

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11:24
Apple won't release a GPU-equipped Thunderbolt...

Though speculation and rumors have been mounting that Apple could introduce a new high-resolution Thunderbolt Display with its own discrete graphics card, a new report pours cold water on those hopes, saying such a device will not be seen at this month's Worldwide Developers Conference -- if ever.

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11:23
Hangouts 10.0 is improving its sharing capabilities...

Google’s Hangouts app has skipped over version 9 and launched 10.0 on both Android and iOS.
The update includes some platform-specific features that should make chatting with friends or coworkers a little more convenient. On the Android front, the app now supports Android Marshmallow’s direct share, which auto-suggests contacts when you use the sharing menu.

With direct share, you can send a link or other content right to a specific contact in Hangouts.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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10:48
Anticipating WWDC 2016: What's in store for...

Apple TV was first introduced ten years ago at the end of 2006, but unlike the blockbuster iPhone it merely remained a "hobby" over the last decade until finally getting some real attention last year with the 4th generation overhaul. Here's a look at what we're likely to see about the future of tvOS from Apple at this year's Worldwide Developer Conference.

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10:42
Apple rolls out iOS 9.3.2 for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro

Apple has rolled out iOS 9.3.2for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. It addresses an issue with bugs that "bricked" some tablets when users attempted to update them.

iOS 9.3.2 can be downloaded via the Software Update component of the iOS Settings app — or with iTunes on a Mac or PC. Builds are available for both the Wi-Fi-only 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and the LTE-capable model.

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10:33
Alto’s Zen Mode

Zen Mode is a new way to experience the game. We’ve stripped away many things from hillside; no scores, no coins, no powerups, and distilled the game down to its purest elements. There’s no on-screen UI competing for your attention – it’s just you and the endless mountain.What a fascinating idea. I can’t wait to hear how this goes for them.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:26
Rumor: Next-gen Thunderbolt display could feature 5K...

Apple’s current Thunderbolt Display, as impressive as it is, is on its way out.
Following up on previous rumors, Apple looks to be running out of stock for the unit with no signs of replenishing inventory. A new set of rumors has it that Apple’s next-gen Thunderbolt Display will offer a 5K resolution display of 5120 x 2880 pixels. Sources have also indicated that Apple will take the display in a surprising direction, specifically suggesting that Apple plans to integrate a dedicated external GPU into the display itself.

The idea of a GPU within a display is pretty new, but this might be the new standard for Macs in the future. Due to the immense graphics needs required to push 5K worth of pixels, normal super high-resolution displays require connected...

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10:19
Finding colors

Colors play a significant role when it comes to design. However, not everyone can create coherent, suitable color concepts. Thus, there’s a bunch of web applications that help you find appropriate color combinations. Monochromatic colors can be compiled just as well as complementary colors.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:16
BMW refocuses 'i' division on self-driving...

More potential competition for the rumored "Apple Car" emerged on Thursday, as BMW said that it is relaunching its "i" division to concentrate on self-driving vehicles, just a day after Honda revealed its own prototypes in that field.

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10:16
No Man's Sky: Life After Launch


Persistence. It's what permeates the fabric of upcoming sci-fi odyssey No Man's Sky, and it's what will see the game well past its launch this summer. While eager to set out into a digital space that's populated with 18,446,744,073,709,551,616 unique planets, most gamers have expressed patience as developers march toward the release. Of course, expectant fans were disappointed by last week's confirmation of a rumor that the launch would be postponed from June to August, but some gamers reportedly were so angry they made death threats.

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10:12
Lorem Fucking Ipsum

This is absolutely priceless.[Via Coudal]∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:06
∞ Apple releases updated version of iOS 9.3.2

Apple pulling the original iOS 9.3.2 software amid complaints it was bricking devices, Apple today released an updated version of the software. Go to Settings > General > Software Update to get the software. I’m installing it now. Fingers crossed.

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10:02
Apple may not have to pay $533 million verdict after...

A three-judge panel at the patent agency found that the two patents never should have been issued in the first place because the idea of storing and paying for data is an abstract concept, not a specific invention. In March, the agency said the same thing about a third Smartflash patent.I hate patent trolls.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:01
Apple is closer to getting off the hook regarding...

Apple may not have to pay $533 million to Smartflash. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on May 26 invalidated two of three patents owned by Smartflash, which won the award after a jury trial against the iPhone maker in February 2015, reports Bloomberg.

The patent agency found that the two patents never should have been issued in the first place because the idea of storing and paying for data is an abstract concept, not a specific invention. In March, the agency said the same thing about a third Smartflash patent.

However, as Bloomberg notes, the ruling doesn’t end the case. Smartflash can ask the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to reconsider. If that that doesn’t work, the patent holder can file an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

The Federal Circuit, a Washington court that handles all patent appeals, is already...

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09:59
Apple issues new iOS 9.3.2 update to address update...

Apple on Thursday pushed out a new version of iOS 9.3.2 specifically for its 9.7-inch iPad Pro, aiming to address bugs that "bricked" some units while attempting to update.

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09:56
Apple re-releases iOS 9.3.2 for 9.7-inch iPad Pro...

Apple has re-released last month’s minor iOS 9.3.2 software update after pulling it due to customer complaints of bricking iPad Pros. The updated version features build number 13F72 and is available through official channels now.
more…Filed under: iOS, iOS Devices Tagged: iOS, iPad Pro ...

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09:42
'Sims 4' removes gender barriers in Create...

The Sims franchise is all about customization. The city-building games feature wild objects, buildings, people and professions that can be combined in all manner of ridiculous ways, from blue-skinned rocket scientists with a deep love of cactuses to...

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09:32
External Link: Amazon Playing Hardball on Apple TV...

Even though Amazon has previously hinted at making a Prime Video app for the Apple TV, don’t hold your breath for it to appear anytime soon. When asked at this year’s Code Conference why Amazon doesn’t sell streaming media boxes from Apple and Google, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said, “When we sell [streaming] devices, we want our player — our Prime Video player — to be on the device, and we want it to be on the device with acceptable business terms.” As many have suspected, there appears to be some concession Amazon wants from Apple before releasing an Apple TV app. What that could be is unknown; Apple does require a 30 percent cut of sales made through apps, but Amazon could easily circumvent that by requiring users to sign up for Amazon Prime outside the app. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and...

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09:32
Apple might put a GPU right inside the Thunderbolt...

A Thunderbolt Display will run you a cool grand, but Apple hasn’t updated the external monitor/laptop dock in about five years. If you’re in the market for a second screen, you might want to hold off, because rumor has it that the Thunderbolt Display is getting a huge upgrade this year—and we just might see it at the Worldwide Developers Conference this month.
WWDC isn’t typically a hardware-palooza, but 9to5Mac is reporting that the refreshed display might take the stage for one big reason: a GPU baked right inside. Why on earth would Apple do that? Well, the display is rumored to be 5K with a 5120x2880 resolution. The MacBooks you connect to a 5K display likely won’t have the graphics processing power to take advantage of that insanely high resolution. The (rumored) solution: integrating the GPU inside the display....

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09:30
9to5Toys Last Call: 11″ MacBook Air from $600, Beats...

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09:00
Experience virtual reality with Speck's Pocket...

Virtual Reality -- AKA VR -- is getting a lot of press this year thanks to the overpriced and non-Mac-compatible Oculus Rift VR headset. But many other manufacturers are bringing VR devices to market as well, and it's looking like the VR boom may finally be happening after decades of wishful thinking. If you have an iPhone 6 or 6s and want to see for yourself what all the hype is about, consider getting the new Speck Pocket VR with CandyShell Grip iPhone Case (US$69.95).

First, a bit of a backgrounder on how this device works. The Pocket VR is designed to work with the Google Cardboard VR standard. With apps varying from Google Street View to YouTube's iPhone app, you can now pop your iPhone into a VR viewer like Pocket VR and see an amazingly realistic 360° surround video scene. Photos that work with Google Cardboard VR can be created...

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08:39
Goldman Sachs cuts AAPL target, earnings forecasts...

Apple's stock value fell on Thursday morning in the wake of Goldman Sachs reducing price and earnings targets, along with its predictions for future iPhone shipments.

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08:30
Deals: Unlocked 64GB iPhone SE for $494; iMac 4K for...

Beat the 2-3 week wait at Apple and grab an unlocked iPhone SE at a slight discount before they're gone. Or grab the lowest price of the year on Apple's new iMac 4K at $1,299, a Gold 12-inch MacBook for $999, or a 2.8GHz Mac mini for $899 -- all with free shipping and no sales tax in 49 states. An iPad Air for $270 is also up for grabs.

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08:22
Siri enhancements and third-party SDK predicted to...

The most likely main focus for this year's Worldwide Developers Conference will be major improvements to Siri, one analyst believes, led by expansion to the Mac and the introduction of new developer tools that will allow third-party apps to access the virtual assistant.

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07:43
Apple Watch Diary: Native apps or not, my usage...

It’s been a while since my last Apple Watch diary piece, prompted by the experience of losing access to Apple Pay for a couple of days. Unless you get excited by straps, we haven’t seen much in the way of new developments of late, but one thing did change yesterday: that was the date from which only apps using the native SDK would be accepted into the App Store.
The sluggish performance of the Watch was our most immediate complaint when a few of us here looked back at our experience of the wearable over the year. All too often, you open an app or select a Glance and then spend several seconds – and sometimes...

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07:39
Expect Substantial Slowdown In Smartphone Shipment:...

Brittany A. Roston, writing for Slashgear: In 2014, smartphone shipments grew a massive 27.8-percent, and the next year, 2015, smartphone shipments grew by 10.5-percent. The International Data Corporation (IDC) expects that we'll see a substantial slowdown in shipments this year, with 2016 (possibly) ending up at around only 3.1-percent. According to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, this year will probably see about 1.48 billion smartphone shipments, a number that is estimated to climb to 1.84 billion by 2020.According to IDC, Android will see a YoY (year-on-year) growth of 6.2%, whereas Apple's iOS will drop by 2% this year. Also this year, the average selling price of an Android handset will be $218, which IDC expects to fall below $200 in 2019.

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07:12
Apple, Broadcom named as co-defendants in patent...

When Caltech sues you, it’s kind of a big thing.
Both Apple and Broadcom have been jointly named as defendants in a legal complaint filed by the California Institute of Technology last week over alleged infringement of its various patented Wi-Fi-related technologies.
The patents, which were granted between 2006 and 2012, relate to IRA/LDPC codes that utilize simpler encoding and decoding circuitry for improved data transmission rates and performance. The technologies are implemented in both the 802.11n and 802.11ac Wi-Fi standards used by many Apple products.

In the filing, Caltech accused Apple of selling assorted iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch models and other Wi-Fi products that incorporated these IRA/LDPC encoders and/or decoders and...

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07:10
IDC: tablets set to return to growth in 2018

Worldwide tablet shipments are expected to decline for the second straight year in 2016, dropping 9.6% compared to 2015 volumes, according to a new International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker forecast. However, that will change in 2018, adds the research group.

The tablet market in totality has seen its peak and will face down years in 2016 and 2017, followed by a slight rebound in 2018 and beyond driven by detachable tablet growth. Right now the detachable category only accounts for 16% of the market and IDC expects it to reach 31% in 2020.

Tablet life cycles have proven to be more like PCs a few years back, which is likely to be somewhere around four years, notes the research group. Tablet manufacturers, both large and small, are slowly shifting focus toward the detachable tablet market segment, which...

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06:29
Apple to make Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan an...

Apple will be making Bollywood film star Shah Rukh Khan a brand ambassador for India, intensifying the company's profile in the country, according to a Thursday report.

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06:00
Apple Releases First Preview of Swift 3.0

DaGoatSpanka quotes a report from MacRumors: Apple yesterday released the first preview build of Swift 3.0, a major update to Apple's open source Swift programming language. Swift 3.0's official release is expected to come in late 2016 after proposed changes are finalized. The Swift 3.0 preview can be downloaded from the official Swift website. There are versions of Swift 3.0 available for Xcode 7.2, Ubuntu 14.04, and Ubuntu 15.10. [Swift 3.0 is not source compatible with Swift 2.2 as it introduces source-breaking changes, but going forward, the goal is to make Swift 3.0 source compatible with future Swift language updates.] Swift 3.0 will likely be shown at Apple's upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).

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05:55
Apple launches 2016 Back to School deal: free Beats...

Apple has today launched its Back to School deals for students. Similar to last year, Apple will bundle a free pair of Beats headphones with the purchase of an eligible Apple product for college. If you buy an iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, Mac Pro or MacBook Air, you get a free pair of Beats Solo2 wireless headphones worth $299. iPad Pro, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6 buyers can get a free pair of Beats Powerbeats2 wireless headphones, worth $199 retail.
Standard Apple student education discount also applies on Mac and iPad purchases. Although this is one of the best times to buy a Mac or iPad direct from Apple Store, you may save money from buying elsewhere …
more…Filed under: AAPL...

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05:43
BitTorrent Live Brings a Weird Selection of Free...

The BitTorrent Live app offers some obscure cable channels to Apple TV owners, for free. While the selection is truly odd, there’s a little something for everyone. 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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05:30
When should Apple introduce its innovations?

This is just one part of a long series of Apple analyses John Kirk is writing for Tech.pinions. The series is great, but this one is just chock full of goodies, a fun read. Take a minute to dig in, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:22
iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus cases surface, show off...

Cases claiming to be designed for the next-generation iPhones, currently being dubbed the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, have been released online today. Although the cases do not show anything drastically different to what we’ve been hearing for months, with most of the chassis mirroring the appearance of the iPhone 6s, it is interesting nonetheless to see the design formalized into cases that are apparently going to be on sale by the end of the month.
The case renders include a depiction of what the dual camera system on the 5.5 inch iPhone 7 Plus could look like, suggesting that it will have a binocular-esque appearance of two camera iris holes side-by-side with a sizeable gap between them. The camera flash and rear microphone are also aligned horizontally. The iPhone 7 Plus case also includes space for the 3-pin Smart Connector on the back of the device — more pictures after...

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05:20
Yahoo publishes National Security Letters after FBI...

Yahoo just became the first company to go public about NSLs it has received without needing to duke it out with the feds in court. I found the letters to be a fascinating read.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:00
Voyager Offers a Mostly Smooth-Sailing Linux...


Voyager Live 16.04 is a Linux distro that could be an ideal choice for everyday computing tasks -- but first it has to step away from its branding with Xubuntu. The once-per-year release of Voyager Live, which hit servers last month, is an Xubuntu-based distribution showcasing the Xfce 4.12.2 desktop environment. Its features include the Avant Window Navigator, a limited Conky desktop display of basic system information, and more than 300 photographs and animations that can be used as desktop backgrounds.

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04:07
Tesla CEO Elon Musk says Apple may have left it too...

Never one to shy away from provocative opinions, Tesla CEO Elon Musk told the Re/code conference that Apple may have left it too late to compete effectively in the autonomous car field. He also said that not all companies exploring the idea appreciate the scale of the undertaking.

I think they should have embarked on this project sooner. I don’t think they’ll be in production sooner until 2020. Is that too late? […]
The sheer scale of automotive manufacturing is hard to imagine until you see the plants. The size of the industrial infrastructure is astonishing.

He did, though, wish Apple luck …
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Wednesday June 1

22:21
Elon Musk expects 'Apple Car' to be late...

Speaking at Re/code's Code Conference, Tesla founder Elon Musk restated assumptions that Apple -- not Google -- will one day be an automotive industry contender, but said the mythical project is already a "missed opportunity."

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20:33
Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends Report shows Android...

Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends Report for 2016 became available this evening, and as usual it serves as a great tool to analyze the ongoing battle between Android and iOS. Apple saw its first ever decline in revenue last quarter and Meeker’s report definitely takes that into account. One slide from  the report shows the marketshare and average selling point difference. As usual, Android has a commanding lead in marketshare and shipments, while Apple dominates in ASP. There are a few differences this year, however.
more…Filed under: AAPL Company ...

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18:34
Facebook Messenger puts 1500 new, more diverse emoji...

Facebook announced today that it is adding over 1,500 new emoji to Facebook Messenger. The company made the announcement on the Messenger Facebook page, explaining that the new emoji bring a lot more diversity to the service.
more…Filed under: iOS Tagged: Facebook Messenger ...

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18:00
Apple Pay transactions totaled $10.9B in 2015,...

Apple customers who provisioned credit and debit cards with Apple Pay made $10.9 billion in purchases in 2015, a report said Wednesday, suggesting the nascent payments service is -- slowly -- gaining momentum as the company expands beyond core markets.

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17:52
Report: Apple Pay faces technical issues and slow...

Apple Pay has expanding gradually around the world, most recently to all five big banks in Canada. A new report from Reuters, however, details that the global rollout has not been short of issues for Apple, banks, and retailers alike. The report explains how data shows Apple Pay is popular with core Apple enthusiasts, but not with the general public. In 2015, Apple Pay usage totaled $10.9 billion, but the majority of that was in the United States.
more…Filed under: Apple Pay Tagged: Apple pay ...

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17:45
Mary Meeker's 2016 Internet Trends Report:...

Mary Meeker, a former Morgan Stanley internet analyst and now partner at venture-capital fund Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, has delivered her annual report that offers critical stats and trends about how technology is evolving. TechCrunch has highlighted the takeaways from the report: 1) The global internet adoption rate was flat year-over-year at 9%, reaching 3 billion users or 42% of the world's population. 2) Smartphone adoption's growth is slowing, while Android increases marketshare despite a shrinking average selling price. 3) Video viewership is exploding, with Snapchat and Facebook Live showing the way, though video ads aren't always effective. 4) Messaging is dominated by Facebook and WeChat, it's growing rapidly, and evolving from simple text communication to become our new home screen with options for vivid self-expression and commerce. 5) US advertising is growing, with Google and Facebook controlling 76% of the market and rising, but advertisers still spend too much...

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16:10
Report: Apple may use a separate GPU to drive new 5K...

Enlarge / The current (chunky, old) Thunderbolt Displays. (credit: Apple)

Remember the Thunderbolt Display? Because sometimes it seems like Apple doesn't; it's been nearly five years since the last time the monitor-plus-laptop-dock was updated, and it's increasingly an anachronism as high-resolution Retina displays take over the lineup. For some time now, the Thunderbolt Display has actually been larger and heavier than the 27-inch iMac, which has a whole computer inside of it.
One of the roadblocks to releasing a new 5K Retina-capable version of the Thunderbolt Display is the DisplayPort graphics interface, which in its current iteration (1.2) is only capable of driving a 4K display at 60Hz...

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16:05
Jawbone says it is still committed to wearables,...

Last week, a report emerged claiming that Jawbone, the company behind many Bluetooth speakers and fitness wearbles, was going to stop making its UP line of fitness trackers. At the time, it was reported that the company would stop selling its UP2, UP3, and UP4 trackers. Now, however, Jawbone CEO Hosain Rahman has shared a blog post saying that last week’s report is “unequivocally false.”
more…Filed under: Tech Industry Tagged: Jawbone, up...

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15:53
Apple edges past rival in ACSI’s smartphone...

After tying with Samsung last year in terms of smartphone satisfaction, Apple has (barley) edged past its rival to take the top spot this year, according to a new American Customer Satisfaction Index report — as noted by CNET.

In 2015, both companies scored 80 out of 100 for customer satisfaction. This year Apple inched up to score 81 out of 100, while Samsung stayed where it was the year before.

Apple was the only major phone maker to improve in customer satisfaction, according to the ACSI, which attributed the improvement to its large-screen models, introduced with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Among the top smartphones for customer satisfaction...

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15:50
Google will help people find lost iPhones

Google is giving iPhone users another way to find their misplaced devices -- by searching the Web for it. 
Soon, when iPhone or Android users enter "I lost my phone" at Google.com, the search engine will respond with options that will allow them to ring the device, or locate it on a map. Right now, users can already get access to that functionality through Google's My Account feature, which serves as the nexus for people to understand and access the information connected to their Google account.
Unlike Apple's Find my iPhone, Google's phone location feature isn't capable of locking an iPhone or remotely erasing it. Still, it may be a useful feature for someone who have misplaced his phone and just wants to figure out where it is.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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15:44
Apple Daily Report for June 1, 2016

The AWT News Update is on hiatus while my compadre, Steve, takes a road trip. In its place, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.

According to a document on Onyx Solar’s website, Apple “has decided to commit itself to OnyxSolar’s designer photovoltaic technology for its new stores. The first of these is located in the heart of San Francisco, the company’s home town.”

Photos have leaked depicting alleged components destined for the rumored redesigned MacBook Pro, giving us a look at the thin body of the device, the space where a rumored OLED touch panel will be positioned, and its possible ports.

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15:44
Notable apps and app updates for June 1, 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.

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

Tension Software has introduced Menu Calendar 1.0 for Mac OS X. The tool makes a small calendar available under the menu bar in any running app.

Clicking Menu Calendar’s icon under the menu bar not only shows a small standard calendar that you can use to navigate inside any month, it also makes available a small area under the calendar for date calculation. You can add (or subtract) days, months, years and the app will instantly show the resulting day.

You can also optionally select from the menu to have Menu Calendar launched any time you log in to your Mac.

The app requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $1.99 and is available at...

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14:55
Purchasing your own cable modem may save money and...

If you get your home internet connection via your local cable provider, then it may be wise to invest in your own cable modem. Why? Have a look at your bill. If the cable company provided you with a modem, you might notice that it’s charging you a monthly lease fee.
This leasing option seems to be more common in the US, but investing in your own modem could end up saving you money in the long run. Outright owning a modem also means that you can sell it once you’re finished using it.
Saving money isn’t necessarily the only benefit of purchasing or upgrading your own modem. It may be possible to achieve significantly faster download and upload speeds by taking advantage of new hardware advancements....

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14:45
Macworld’s June Digital Edition: 2016 MacBook Review

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld Digital Edition.
Available as single copies or with a yearlong subscription, the Digital Edition comes in two forms: Enhanced and PDF replica. The Enhanced Edition has all the news, analysis, product reviews, and how-to’s, along with interactive features, and videos—customized for consumption on your iPad. The PDF replica Edition is designed for your mobile device’s touchscreen to allow pinch and zoom.In the June issue

We review the more powerful and just as portable 2016 MacBook. Also one year after it’s release, Susie Ochs examines how the Apple Watch really is Apple’s most personal product. Plus, hands on with CarPlay in iOS 9.3....

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13:56
Apple deploys first preview branch of Swift 3.0...

Developers now have access to the first preview release branch for Swift 3.0, the next evolution of Apple's custom programming language.

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13:50
Comment: One year later, Apple Watch has kickstarted...

For all of its shortcomings, the Apple Watch has redeemed itself for me with its fitness and health tracking features. I wear it primarily because it’s a watch but I like (the idea of) having Siri always there plus access to important alerts instantly. The sports watch part can be ignored if you’re not interested, but being one device means its still there if you decide to explore activity tracking later.
That’s been my experience. I generally ignored activity tracking for the first year, but decided at the end of March to use the start of April as a reason to pay attention. The Activity app uses week- and month-long streaks to mark achievements, so the start of a new month (like today) can be motivating.
My real goal was to lose weight using Apple Watch as a motivator. Two months in, I’ve been very happy with the results so far and have to...

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13:37
Apple releases Swift 3.0 preview 1 ahead of WWDC

If you’re a Mac or iOS developer, this is huge.
Prior to the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple has release Swift 3.0 preview 1, the tech preview for the latest version of its Swift programming language.
According to the Swift-Evolution GitHub page, the primary goal of Swift 3.0 is to “solidify and mature the Swift language and development experience.” As it turns out, this also means that there will be source breaking changes this time around, but Swift 3.x and 4+ are said to hopefully remain as source compatible as possible.

Developers can grab the preview as well as implement it into Ubuntu 14.04, 15.10 or directly into Apple’s Xcode. With WWDC 2016 coming in the following weeks, it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to believe that later Xcode betas might have the latest...

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13:24
iCloud Music Library outage triggers error messages...

A component of Apple Music, iCloud Music Library, was hit with extended downtime on Wednesday, causing numerous problems for people trying to play songs and albums.

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13:10
Apple readying new external 5K Display as current...

If true, this is great news. Props to Marc A. Morissette, who wrote about this exact solution back in February.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:09
Apple releases Swift 3.0 Preview 1 ahead of WWDC 2016

Apple’s programing language Swift saw its first preview release branch for 3.0 hit yesterday as the programming language moves closer to a finalized 3.0 release due later this year. Though nowhere near a final release of Swift 3.0, this marks the beginning of the major Swift revisions that developers will see coming later this year.
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13:04
KFC officially launches Apple Pay at US restaurants

Fried chicken chain KFC on Wednesday announced that it has finally begun supporting Apple Pay, something originally teased by Apple in October 2015.

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12:45
The Week in iOS Accessories: In the clutch!

Clutch perfromanceThe newest way to recharge your iPhone? Toss it into your battery-equipped handbag. Read on!AmigoAmigo is a dual-purpose device—it acts as a tiny, portable stand for your iPhone (so easy to slip into you pocket between uses) and as a cord minder, keeping your electronics tangle-free. The Amigo is still in its Kickstarter phase; pledge $14 or more to secure your own copy.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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12:43
Podcast 510: No more 16GB iPhone?

The iPhone doesn’t even get announced at WWDC—well, not typically, anyway. But this year the run-up to WWDC is silly with iPhone rumors, and Glenn and Susie are in a tizzy about two in particular. One is that we may finally see the end of the era when iPhone storage started at a paltry 16GB. The other is that we may see the end of the tick-tock cycle for iPhone upgrades—this year’s iPhone is rumored to keep the same form-factor as the iPhone 6 and 6s, with a bigger redesign pushed out to 2017.
Elsewhere, don’t make billionaires angry. Don’t buy into that study about rats getting cancer from smartphone radiation. Don’t worry about that ridiculous anti-encryption bill proposal, since it looks to be DOA. Don’t be surprised if Apple buys a cable company someday. And don’t miss the Macworld WWDC Happy Hour.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here...

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12:42
Rumor: next Thunderbolt Display could pack an...

As I noted yesterday, a revamped Apple Thunderbolt Display could be announced at the upcoming Worldwide Developer Conference. If not then, almost certainly whenever new MacBook Pros are introduced (probably in August). A new rumor says the displays could include an integrated GPU.

A GPU, or graphics processing unit, is a single-chip processor that creates lighting effects and transforms objects every time a 3D scene is redrawn. These are mathematically-intensive tasks, which otherwise, would put quite a strain on the central processing unit (CPU).  Removing this burden from the CPU frees up cycles that can be used for other tasks.

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12:42
Get ready for Apple’s WWDC keynote on June 13 at 10...

Apple hasn’t yet announced whether or not the WWDC Keynote will be livestreamed but it has in the past so I’m going to assume it will be for this event as well. I like to play the game of “Spot Jim Dalrymple in the crowd” at these keynotes. To be fair, he’s not hard to find. Waldo he’s not.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:34
Mophie introduces wirelessly charging battery case...

I’ve always liked mophie’s product offerings and I like the look of this system. But at $100, I don’t know that I need/want this product just yet. It certainly points the way to the future of charging our iPhones, though. Thanks to my friend Loren Finkelstein for the link.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:18
Widespread iCloud Music Library issue affecting...

A widespread issue with iCloud Music Library is currently affecting Apple Music subscribers. Apple’s System Status board hasn’t acknowledged the issue yet, but several Apple Music customers have complained online and the issue is affecting several of us here. Launching the Music app on iOS prompts users to ‘Join Apple Music’ regardless of subscription status and some customers are reporting libraries disappearing.
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12:05
New Yerba Buena Center for the Arts logo reviewed

If you’ve ever been to WWDC, the you know Yerba Buena Gardens and the venues surrounding the gardens. Brand New gives its thoughts on the new logo and identity.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:04
Rumor: Apple preparing Thunderbolt Retina 5K display...

Rumors of a revamped Thunderbolt Display with high-resolution Retina display have persisted for years, but a new report claims that Apple may finally update its standalone display, complete with an external graphics card that would ensure all Macs could push the pixels necessary for a 5K resolution.

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12:03
The 100 best stories from Radium Age sci-fi, which...

As a kid, I was a huge fan of science fiction and my local library had a bunch of these old stories. In checking out the list, I see I’ve read about 25% of them. Some of them don’t stand up because of writing style but if you’re looking for some stuff to put on you summer reading list, you can’t go too far wrong grabbing a few of the listed books.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:00
Satechi unveils space gray, gold, and silver dual...

Satechi is launching a nice-looking new dual USB car charger that comes in iPhone-matching gold, silver, and space gray.
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11:40
Get ready for Apple's WWDC keynote on June 13...

Time to create a Calendar event: 10 a.m. Pacific on June 13 is when Apple will unveil iOS 10 and OS X 10.12, and maybe a few surprises.Only Tim Cook and co. know exactly what the Worldwide Developers Conference keynote has in store, but now we know the day, time, and place those announcements will happen. We’re expecting the latest versions of iOS and OS X to take the spotlight at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, and hopefully some news about the Apple Watch (watchOS 3 or new hardware, perhaps). WWDC is primarily a developers conference, so expect Apple’s emphasis to be on software.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:37
Mark Gurman is leaving 9to5 Mac

Neither Weintraub nor Gurman could confirm where Gurman would be working next, or what his role will be, but Weintraub did say he would be working for a big name media publication. Gurman also confirmed plans to move to San Francisco to start his new gig, which will still include reporting and breaking news about Apple, among other companies. He will officially start work in July.It will be interesting to see where Gurman lands. Maybe Buzzfeed or perhaps one of the more traditional media outlets.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:35
WWDC 2016 rumor roundup: What to expect at Apple...

Members of the press were invited on Wednesday to an Apple keynote that will kick off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, scheduled to take place on June 13 at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern in San Francisco. Here's what you can expect.

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11:21
Google adds “Find your phone” feature

Find your phone is a new feature that will help you if your phone is ever lost or stolen. In a few simple steps, you can not only locate your phone, but also lock and call it, secure your account, leave a callback number on the screen, and more. The feature can be used to find lost Android and iOS devices, and soon, you’ll also be able to access it by searching Google for “I lost my phone.”∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:14
Google Home a dressed up version of Chromecast

According to technology news site The Information, Google Home will share many of the hardware components of the company’s popular internet-connected TV streaming device, Chromecast, relying on the same dual-core ARM-based microprocessor, 4GB of RAM, and a dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi chip.The similarities are apparently so close between the two devices because the same team responsible for the Chromecast headed up development of the Google Home. As a result, it is being described as “dressed-up version” of the company’s existing device, with the addition of a microphone, speaker, plastic top with LED lights, and a fabric or metal bottom.I have no issue at all with that—it makes sense. My big question with these types of devices is how, and if, I would use it in my everyday life. I suppose you would get used to it, but I have a hard time visualizing how that happens....

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11:01
Jeff Bezos reveals why he kicked Apple TV, Google...

“[W]hen we sell those devices, we want our player — our Prime Video player — to be on the device, and we want it to be on the device with acceptable business terms,” he said. “You can always get the player on the device. The question is, can you get it on there with acceptable business terms?”∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:20
WWDC keynote to take place on June 13 at 10 a.m. (...

Apple has announced to members of the press that its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) keynote will take place on June 13 at 10 a.m. (Pacific) at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.

WWDC 2016 runs June 13-17 and will spotlight the future of OS X, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS. According to Apple, the Keynote and State of the Union “promise exciting reveals, providing inspiration and new opportunities to continue creating the most innovative apps in the world.” The most remarkable developers of the year will be honored at the Apple Design Awards.

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10:15
Office 365 now snoops on users with a new Advanced...

Enterprises using Microsoft’s Office 365 have a new security product that they can use to better lock down their organizations—for a price. 
The company introduced a new Advanced Security Management service on Wednesday that gives companies a trio of tools aimed at helping detect security threats, provide granular controls and let IT administrators track if people in their organization are using unauthorized services.
It’s another part of Microsoft’s push to lure businesses over to its subscription-based productivity suite. By providing more advanced security capabilities, Microsoft may be able to convince security-conscious businesses to buy into Office 365, rather than avoid a subscription or choose one of Office’s competitors like Google Apps for Work.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here...

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10:10
TrendForce: iPhone 7s will sport expanded storage...

According to the global research firm TrendForce, Apple has settled on most of the specs for the next iPhone, which, like the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, will come in two sizes: 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches. The major hardware highlights include expanded storage for all models and dual-camera specifically for the 5.5-inch model. 

The iPhone 7 — picked here in fanciful mock-ups — will be generally consistent with its predecessor appearance-wise, according to the research group On the whole, the market keeps a conservative outlook on the annual iPhone sales for this year. TrendForce’s latest analysis puts this year’s iPhone production volume at 216.5 million units, down 8.2% from 2015.

Apple will hold on to LPDDR4 and the 5.5-inch model of iPhone 7 will be first in the series to carry 3GB of memory, the research group predicts. As the latest generation of mobile DRAM, LPDDR4 will continue to serve the iPhone 7 as it did for iPhone 6s....

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10:02
Myspace Crowned King of Mega Breaches, With More...


Myspace and Tumblr this week emerged as the latest in a string of mega breaches that resulted in the theft of millions of user IDs -- not just recently but years ago.
"Over the period of this month, we've seen an interesting trend of data breaches," wrote security researcher Troy Hunt, operator of the Have I Been Pwned website. "Any one of these four I'm going to talk about on their own would be notable, but to see a cluster of them appear together is quite intriguing."

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09:58
Forecast says Apple iPhone shipments will drop to...

iPhone shipments may actually slip from about 232 million in 2015 to 227 million this year, marking the first such decline in Apple history, according to a research forecast published on Wednesday.

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09:56
IDC: iPhone market share to grow from 26% in 2016 to...

According to a forecast update from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, smartphone shipments are expected to grow 3.1% in 2016, which is a substantial slowdown from the 10.5% growth in 2015 and 27.8% in 2014. 

Apple is expected to face its first down year for iPhone in 2016 with shipments dropping from 232 million in 2015 to 227 million in 2016, according to the research group. The expected decline of 2% year over year is...

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09:34
Coach will start selling Apple Watch bands June 6

Expect at least part of Apple’s WWDC keynote on June 13 to cover Apple Watch news: Even if Apple doesn’t unveil a second-generation Apple Watch itself, there will be new bands.
Several new Apple Watch bands from Coach were revealed by hidden listings on Coach’s website, as spotted by 9to5Mac. Coach then confirmed the new bands would start appearing in Coach stores on June 6, priced at $150.
One band is made from “glovetanned” leather with little metal charms that attach to a leather loop just below the watch face. (You might want to refrain from busting out random jumping jacks, to keep the metal pieces from banging the watch’s glass face or metal bezel.) That strap has “hand-creased edges and hand-tacking at stress points for durability,” (which, same), according to the...

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07:01
Massive library of 3D objects: Rotate to view you...

From the PixelSquid site:Browse thousands of objects in our library, spin for the right angle, and then download a PNG or layered PSD with perfect transparency. With PixelSquid objects, you’ll never need to spend your time masking.Great concept. Worth a look.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:54
Rumor: iPhone 7, 7 Plus could see storage capacities...

Apple’s next-gen iPhone may see an increased storage capacity up to 256 gigabytes.
The rumor comes from research firm TrendForce, which reported on Wednesday that Apple has “settled on most of the specs for the next iPhone.” Most of the details they shared have already been reported, including 3 gigabytes of RAM exclusive to the larger 5.5-inch “iPhone 7 Plus.”
The report revealed that Apple is looking to offer a high-end 256 gigabyte capacity for the next-gen iPhone. In addition, the 256-gigabyte option will reportedly be available for both the “iPhone 7” and the larger Plus variant.

TrendForce’s report hinted that the 256 gigabyte option is a possibility, but did not indicate whether Apple will discontinue the 64-gigabyte capacity and replace it with the 128...

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06:40
Apple working on first Taiwanese bond sale, new...

Apple is exploring a new bond sale in Australia in light of a successful offering last year, and is also looking at launching its first-ever Taiwanese bonds, a report said on Wednesday.

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06:36
NetMarketShare: OS X and iOS market share dip in May

According to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare, the market share for both Mac OS X and iOS declined in May.

According to the report, among desktop operating systems, Mac OS X had 8.52% of the global market share in May, down from 9.2% percent in April (that’s global market share; in the US it’s over 13%). April’s 9.2% was an all-time high, according to NetMarketShare’s measurements. Windows remains dominant with 89.69% as of May.

iOS had 23.10% of the mobile operating system market share in May, down from 28.62% in April. This compares to 70.85% for Android, 2.57% for Windows Phone, and 1.50% for Java ME. The all-time high for iOS was in July 2012 with 65.94%

NetMarketShares’ monthly surveys don’t measure market share in terms of computer systems sold. Instead they sample data from visitors to some 40,000 web sites operated by their clients. And note that NetMarketShare’s numbers don’t...

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06:30
Analyst: iPhone 7 is ‘sitting in front of a massive...

In a note to investors (as obtained by Business Insider) from BMO Capital Markets analyst Tim Long and his team, the iPhone 7 is “sitting in front of a massive wave of untapped sales.”

Long says Apple has the largest base of existing users it has ever had, and those whose phones are at least two years old form the largest percentage of those users in years. Twenty-five percent of the "installed user base" is poised for an upgrade, the analyst believes. That’s an audience of 120 million phones.

According to Business Insider, Long went back through the history of all iPhone sales and calculated that on average 17% of users upgrade as soon as the next year's model comes out; 58% upgrade a year after that; and 22% the year after that. Only 2% of users hang on longer. However, the analyst predicts...

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06:13
Apple Pay now supported by Canada’s ‘Big Five’ banks

Apple Pay users in Canada have three more banking options now that Apple has rolled out support for the country's remaining "Big Five" banks (BMO, TD and Scotiabank), according to The Toronto Star.

In May Apple announced had inked deals with the big banks, as well as Interac and credit card companies to bring the digital payment service to Canada. CIBC and RBC launched the app May 10, the day the announcement was made, but the rest of the banks said they’d be ready to launch in June.

As of today, BMO, TD and Scotiabank, join the others. All of the Big Five banks, as well as Alberta-based ATB and Canadian Tire are also launching in-app payments for credit cards, which will allow users to make online payments to retailers on their iPads and iPhones using apps, notes The Toronto Star.

Six countries now have Apple Pay support: Canada, the U...

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06:00
Native Union introduces stylish Italian leather...

Native Union makes some really well designed accessories for Apple products, and TAG is the latest to join its collection. TAG is a stylish Lightning cable meant to look attractive enough to carry on your key chain or loop around your bag.
more…Filed under: Tech Industry Tagged: Lightning, Native Union ...

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05:44
Apple planning $1B bond launch in Foxconn’s home...

If an unconfirmed Reuters report is correct, Apple could be tapping Taiwan for more than just components and assembly – it is also looking to raise capital from the island.

Apple Inc plans to issue bonds in Taiwan for the first time with the aim of raising $1 billion, sources familiar with the matter said, joining a queue of big global names that have sold billions of dollars on the island’s busy debt market.

more…Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: AAPL, AAPL bonds, Bonds, Dividends, ...

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05:06
Apple Stores, starting in San Francisco, will use...

After our attempt at explaining the 500% markup on Apple’s new solar array yesterday, further information has now confirmed that Apple’s new stores – starting in the brand new San Francisco location – will be utilizing a new walkable solar glass floor technology for electricity generation. According to a document on Onyx Solar’s website, Apple “has decided to commit itself to OnyxSolar’s designer photovoltaic technology for its new stores. The first of these is located in the heart of San Francisco, the company’s home town.” more…Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple, apple...

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04:44
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos explains why the company no...

If you search Amazon for streaming media players, you’ll find plenty of them. The one thing you won’t find is the Apple TV, and company CEO Jeff Bezos told the Re/code conference why not. Apple TV doesn’t currently offer access to Amazon’s own Prime Video platform, and Bezos says that isn’t because Apple refuses to include it, but because it wants too much money for doing so.

[W]hen we sell those devices, we want our player — our Prime Video player — to be on the device, and we want it to be on the device with acceptable business terms. You can always get the player on the device. The question is, can you get it on there with acceptable business terms?

While he doesn’t say so outright, the meaning of the vague phrase is pretty clear …
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04:30
Ready any good BookBooks lately? You should

Twelve South is known for creating great products to enhance the Apple experience, and that’s certainly not changed with the BookBook cases for the iPad Pro and 12-inch MacBook. While each case will set you back a pretty penny at $99.99, it’s worth every dollar. 

Yours Truly is shown holding BookBooks for the iPad Pro (in front) and the 12-inch MacBook (behind it).

The quality is obvious as soon as you touch the case. The hard leather front and back assure you that your precious iPad Pro and MacBook will be in good hands while you are away — and even more so when you’re not. Since I am prone to dropping things the reinforced corners give me a sense of security that I have yet to have with any other case. 

The inside of the BookBook is covered in a soft felt to ensure the computer has a cozy ride wherever I take it. And taking it anywhere iseasy to do due to the BookBook's lightweight, slim design. While...

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04:27
BMO analyst says iPhone 7 could see record sales as...

It’s been mostly doom and gloom where iPhone sales and forecasts are concerned, but one analyst believes that the iPhone 7 could see record sales in September, reports Business Insider. BMO Capital Markets analyst Tim Long says the reason is because such a high proportion of existing iPhone owners currently have a model two or more years old.

Twenty-five percent of the “installed user base” is poised for an upgrade, Long believes — an audience of 120 million phones. BMO’s Long went back through the history of all iPhone sales and calculated that on average, 17% of users upgrade as soon as the next year’s model comes out; 58% upgrade a year after that; and 22% the year after that. Only 2% of users hang on longer.

While he’s predicting a huge number...

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04:00
If you're a movie buff, you need can I Stream It

Let's say that you want to stream a movie on your Mac, iOS device, or Apple TV, but you don't know if it's available for streaming. What do you do? Well, you can go to iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, and a dozen other sites and search them individually. Or you can do it the easy way and go to Can I Stream It.

Can I Stream It is a free web site/service/app that lets you enter the name of a movie you'd like to see. It will search iTunes, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu Plus, Crackle, YouTube, EPIX, Xfinity StreamPix, SnagFilms, Redbox Instant, HitBliss, Vudu, Starz and more to see if it's available for free streaming, digital rental, digital purchase or DVD/Blu-ray purchase. 

For example, when I searched for "Take Shelter," I found that it's offered for digital purchase, digital rental and DVD/Blu-ray purchase, but isn't offered for free streaming. On the other hand, when I did a search for "Star Trek: The Wrath of   Khan," I found...

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02:00
Daily Deal: The World Class Mac Bundle

I thought our last Mac bundle was good, but this one? I've been waiting for this one to start so I can pick it up. The World Class Mac Bundle ($29.99) is a pack of 8 OS X apps (several of which I already own, but...) that run the gamut between useful utilities and astounding applications.  What does the bundle include?

  • Data Rescue 4: World-class data recovery software from Prosoft, usually $99
  • Hype 3.5: Powerful HTML5/CSS editor, priced at $49.99
  • Freeway Pro 7: From Softpress, a drag-n-drop website design tool usually priced at $150
  • Painter Essentials 5: Corel's excellent Mac painting app, regular price of $49.99
  • uBar 3: Replace the OS X Dock with this excellent $20 utility
  • iStat Menus 5: One of my favorites for keeping an...
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01:45
OnePlus starts selling phones via Amazon UK

If you've been eyeing up a OnePlus phone, there's now another place you can order one in the UK. The company is selling the OnePlus 2 on Amazon UK for £249 -- the same, recently reduced price found on its own website. A spokesperson for OnePlus...

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21:41
Apple Pay adds support for BMO, TD and Scotiabank in...

Canadian Apple Pay users have three more banking options from which to choose, as Apple on Wednesday rolled out support for the country's remaining "Big Five" banks BMO, TD and Scotiabank.

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