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Friday November 20

TMO Daily Observations 2015-11-20: Converging iOS...

Apple isn't working to merge iOS and OS X into a single operating system; instead, it's trying to build a better cross-device workflow. Peter Cohen and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about the future of iOS and OS X, and they also look at Jeff's Apple Pencil review.

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Dojo Stands Cybersecurity Guard for Smart Homes

Dojo-Labs on Thursday introduced Dojo, a device that plugs into the router of a home network and acts as a watchdog to ensure that everything connected to the network is operating on its best behavior. The device brings some of the advanced technologies used to protect corporate networks to the home. It can prevent attacks and detect intrusions by observing how a device behaves on the network. Moreover, the longer it's connected to a network, the smarter it gets about how that network works, the company said.

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Jimmy Iovine, women, and the Apple car

I laughed and nearly spit out my coffee when I read Gruber’s comment about Jimmy Iovine.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Rhapsody music streaming gets a car mode to keep you...

One of the problems with streaming music in the car is that it takes too much effort. Thumbing through an app while you’re still in the driveway can mean delaying your trip, and trying to set up songs while driving is just dangerous.That’s the issue Rhapsody is trying to solve with a new Auto mode for its subscription streaming service. It’s basically a set of jumbo-sized buttons with quick access to playlists, and it becomes available when users plug in an auxiliary cord or connect to a car’s audio system via Bluetooth. Auto mode is available for Android now, and is headed to iPhone soon.The playlists on offer include favorite tracks, top tracks, trending music, favorite genres, and curated playlists. While listening to music, the now playing menu shows a big “Play More Like This” button that creates a custom Internet radio station. Users can also bookmark songs or albums for Auto mode, so they’ll download for offline listening. That could come in handy when driving through dead...

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Review: Nanoleaf Ivy, a HomeKit lightbulb made from...

The new Nanoleaf Smarter Kit with HomeKit support comes with a Smart Hub and two Nanoleaf Smart Ivy Light Bulbs to get you started. Like other popular connected lighting systems including the Philips Hue, you can purchase more bulbs individually once you’ve bought the Smarter Kit with the hub that allows a wirelesses connection for control from your iPhone or iPad and support for connecting up to 50 bulbs (the standard limitation among these types of products). But the Nanoleaf Ivy bulbs have a lot to offer in a package unlike anything else I’ve tested. The bulb is made entirely from a foldable printed circuit board with embedded LEDs…...

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External Link: Yahoo Mail Blocking AdBlock Plus Users

The war between advertisers and ad blockers has escalated. Yahoo Mail is reportedly blocking users of the AdBlock Plus browser extension, displaying the following error message: “Uh oh… We are unable to display Yahoo Mail. Please disable Ad Blocker to continue using Yahoo Mail.” A workaround for those who don’t wish to disable AdBlock Plus is to change Yahoo Mail’s view from Full Featured to Basic. 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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Mac: MacPhun Aurora HDR

MacPhun’s Aurora HDR ($40) app provides Mac users the ability to turn their own digital photos into high-dynamic-range images. The app offers more than 60 editing tools and dozens of one-click presets developed by renowned photographer Trey Ratcliff. Other presets geared toward various photography styles simplify the process even further, allowing for instant transformations of photos whether they were taken inside or outside, of landscapes or buildings. While the app is designed to make editing photos simple, a broad range of editing tools lets users experiment with more precise changes like split-toning, color filtering and graduated neutral density.

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External Link: The Wirecutter’s Guide to Prepaid...

The prepaid cellular landscape is dense and complex, but Rob Pegoraro has written a guide for The Wirecutter that cuts through the confusion. Unlike most of The Wirecutter’s guides, this one doesn’t present a single best choice, but rather a variety of recommendations depending on your needs. 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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iPhone 6s Plus vs. Moto X Pure – How does Motorola’s...

Apple got in to the high-end phablet game for the first time last year. And just a couple of months back, it released its follow up to the 6 Plus just as Motorola turned its Moto X into a giant. Can the X Pure compete with what many consider to be the best phablet around?

Like Apple, Motorola has a big focus on design. Although their focus takes them on a slightly different path, the value for aesthetic appeal is there nonetheless. The metal-framed phone can be customized with a number of different color frames, front panels, metal accents and materials to personalize it before it even arrives at your door. With the iPhone 6s Plus, you have four colors. Only one if you want a black front panel...

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Pad & Quill: Beautiful wood and leather...

Thanks to Pad & Quill for sponsoring The Loop this week. Pad & Quill is offering beautiful wood and leather accessories for iPhone, Apple Watch and more. I have one of their Backpacks and absolutely love it! They are offering Loop readers a 10% discount on any order including the new Minneapolis made Lowry Leather Cuff and Lowry Leather Band for Apple Watch. Code: LOOP15.Lowry Leather Band Features

  • USA made leather strap for Apple Watch
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9to5Toys Last Call: MFi 3ft Lightning cable $4, MEE...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.
Heads up! During Black Friday/Cyber Monday you’re going to have to follow us on Twitter to get the best deals since many sell out too quickly to post.

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Pad & Quill goes big for the iPad Pro

The best just got bigger. Pad & Quill just announced three new products specifically for the iPad Pro, and like all of the company’s products, they’re hand-crafted and beautiful.

The first is the Contega Linen ($119.95), a new take on the existing Contega case. It uses a wood frame and linen book binding to encase your Pro in long-lasting and beautiful protection. P&Q has added four sound channels to make sure that the four speakers of the iPad Pro are enhanced, not muffled. Available in charcoal, cranberry and linen gray exterior colors, the Contega has a multi-angle self-propping stand.

Next up is the Oxford Leather Case for iPad Pro ($119.95), a minimalist leather folio case crafted from American Full Grain leather. Inside, the iPad Pro is held in place with a 3M clean...

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Apple Watch supplier LG Display plans to spend $4.2B...

LG Display is planning to spend up to $4.2 billion on a new factory in Paju, South Korea in order to meet demand for OLED screens -- some of which could potentially make their way into future Apple products.

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Deals: 13" MacBook Air (1.4GHz, 4GB, 256GB) for...

While supplies last, grab a 13" MacBook Air with 256GB of storage for $880, a fully-loaded 11" MacBook Air for $999, $220 to $649 off all other 2014 MacBook Airs and $55 to $200 off 2015 MacBook Airs. Plus free shipping and no sales tax in 48 hours.

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Yahoo Mail begins blocking users with ad block...

Yahoo may be hoping that access to your email is more important than freedom from advertisements.Some users of AdBlock Plus have reported that they can’t access Yahoo Mail in Chrome or Firefox on the desktop. Instead of seeing their inboxes, the get the following error message: “Uh oh… We are unable to display Yahoo Mail. Please disable Ad Blocker to continue using Yahoo Mail.”The reports, first spotted by Digiday, surfaced in the AdBlock Plus forums on Thursday. Andrei Herasimchuk, a former Yahoo designer who now works at Twitter, also claims to be blocked from his inbox.To read this article in full or to leave a comment...

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Help select a design for AWT logo wear

Well, we should have expected that letting an amateur design our hoodie wouldn't work out. The hoodies aren't exactly flying off of the virtual shelves, so we've canceled the existing campaign and AWT patron chat room regular tenthrow has come up with eight designs that all look much better than what we came up with. 

We WANT you to buy some logo wear, so we've decided that you need to decide what you like the most. Even if you're not in the market for some AWT gear, please answer our questions so we can get a feel for what readers might be more willing to buy. 

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PSA: Apple Pencil for iPad Pro available at Best Buy

Best Buy is currently listing Apple Pencil for iPad Pro as in-stock and available to ship within 1 business day for $99.99. Free standard shipping will get it to you around December 2, while upgrading to Express shipping ($20) puts it at your doorstep by this Monday. Apple online is still showing a 4-5 week wait and store inventory has been very limited.
Delayed shipping for Apple’s newest accessory has caused resale prices to skyrocket. If you haven’t yet seen Apple Pencil in person, check out our hands-on for an in-depth look.
Filed under: iOS Devices, Tips and Tricks Tagged:...

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How to Check Your Apple Pencil Battery Charge

Apple Pencil is an amazing stylus and great iPad Pro accessory, but it doesn't offer any way to tell how much of a charge is left on its battery. Not a problem, because Apple has an easy way you can monitor your Apple Pencil charge from your iPad. Read on to learn how.

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News: Apple Music: Iovine apologizes for remarks...

Apple Music head Jimmy Iovine issued an apology for remarks he made about “some women” finding it difficult to find music, Buzzfeed reports. The cringe-inducing moment came while Iovine was on CBS This Morning with Mary J. Blige discussing a new Apple ad featuring Blige alongside actresses Kerry Washington and Taraji P. Henson. “I just thought of a problem,” Iovine said. “Girls are sitting around, talking about boys, right? Or complaining…

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Feature Request: Automatically activate emergency...

We reported recently on an Apple patent application for a ‘panic mode‘ on an iPhone, where using a specific finger on the Touch ID sensor could do anything from locking down the phone to calling 911 and starting audio and video recording.
There are pros & cons to the idea, of course, with one 911 operator saying that a similar Blackberry function has resulted in “thousands and thousands” of false emergency calls, each of which have to be treated as real calls for help until demonstrated otherwise.
But if we waited until someone manually dialled 911, it seems to me that there’s merit in some of the other ideas … 
For example, witnessing an accident or crime in progress can be a traumatic experience, and it’s not unusual for...

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What you can and cannot do with an Apple Pencil on...

The Apple Pencil is more than just a drawing utensil -- it can work as a full-fledged, system-wide stylus with the iPad Pro. But there are also certain tasks that just aren't possible with Apple's new accessory. Here's a breakdown of what it can and cannot do.

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∞ Jimmy Iovine. Stop putting him out there.

This is a disaster. One Apple should put a stop to.

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News: Apple expands personal pickup to Apple Stores...

After expanding in-store pickup for items purchased from Apple’s online store to Canada and Australia earlier this week, the company has made the option available in the United Kingdom, as well. Apple is also said to be training employees in France on the new process. Apple Stores allow customers to reserve in-stock products online in most parts of the world, but those purchases still must be completed inside the store. The option to pick up already…

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How to See Every Apple TV Video Screensaver

If you have the fourth generation Apple TV, then you're probably familiar with the arial-shot screensavers showing locations such as San Francisco, London, New York City, and China. They're automatically downloaded to your Apple TV, but resourceful fans figured out where to find their server, and Benjamin Mayo put together a webpage showing all of them in their high resolution glory. If you want to see what all of the new Apple TV screensavers look like this is the place to go.

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New EFF website highlights content that social...

We already know that Facebook and other social networks tailor our feeds based on what is likely to interest us instead of showing us everything our friends post by default. But what else aren’t they showing us? A new site from the Electronic Frontier Foundation aims to tell us all about the types of content social networks such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube are reluctant to let us see.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Apple addresses charging issue requiring hard...

This may be the first fix Apple has to address with the iPad Pro.
Only days after buying theirs, some customers began complaining about an issue that caused the iPad Pro to become unresponsive after charging, requiring a hard restart to restore functionality.
Apple has issued a support document letting customers know it’s looking into the problem and recommending the aforementioned hard restart as an interim fix.

The document reads as follows:
To get back to using your iPad Pro, force restart it by pressing and holding both the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons for at least ten seconds, until you see the Apple logo.

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News: Apple acknowledges iPad Pro charging problem,...

In a brief support document, Apple has acknowledged the reported problem of iPad Pro devices requiring a hard restart to resume functioning after an extended period on the charger. The company instructs users to force restart the device if it becomes unresponsive and notes that “Apple is aware of this issue and is investigating.” We at iLounge have yet to experience the problem despite more than a week of working with the tablet....

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News: App Store rules may limit number of iPad Pro-...

The iPad Pro has been touted as powerful enough to replace laptop and desktop computers, but many developers tell The Verge that they see big problems with developing apps specifically for the larger device’s enhanced capabilities. While the tablet is fast enough to run professional-grade software, it still operates on iOS, making all apps developed for it subject to App Store rules. The App Store doesn’t allow free trials as part of the…

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[Giveaway] Get MacX DVD Ripper and Video Converter...

We’d like to thank Digiarty for sponsoring 9to5Mac today with a great giveaway of MacX DVD Ripper Pro. This popular software normally sells for up to $59.95 but this week you can get it for free via this special link. Digiarty are limiting this to 1,000 copies/day but it’s a full version of the software, though it won’t receive free future upgrades.
Why do you need MacX DVD Ripper Pro? Everyone has some optical media laying around but before we know it, we won’t own any optical drives to play it back. Apple hasn’t made a new computer with an optical drive in years (already without? ...

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NASA Awards Space Robot R&D Projects to MIT,...

NASA on Tuesday announced it has awarded one R5 humanoid robot each to MIT and Northeastern University to conduct research on adapting them for use in space. The universities were selected from U.S. entries in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Robotics Challenge held in June. NASA seeks to engage engineers and scientists to develop and test unique solutions that will "have the potential to significantly enhance, or potentially enable, missions that we can only dream of today," said NASA's Ryan Stephan.

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FunBITS: Testing the Siri Remote as a Game Controller

Gaming is on the new Apple TV’s menu, but how capable is it as a game console? To find out, we must examine its controller, the Siri Remote. 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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Federal Appeals Court Shoots Down Samsung in Apple...

Samsung's appeal for a rehearing over the summary judgement Apple was awarded in their protracted patent infringement fight was denied. With its argument falling on deaf ears, Samsung's next move will most likely take it to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Mac Observer Spin: Samsung's latest patent infringement appeal was denied. Next stop: Supreme Court.

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Swiss watch exports plummet

My 2 cents: It’s only going to get worse.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Personal Pickup comes to UK Apple Stores in...

Apple on Friday brought Personal Pickup to shoppers in the United Kingdom, allowing them to buy products online but pick them up at their closest Apple Store on the same day.

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OMG PENCIL OMG (or why the Pencil is the best stylus...

Serenity Caldwell nails it. Just why the Apple Pencil is such a great experience.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Apple brings Personal Pickup to the UK today,...

If you want to get your hands on a shiny new piece of Apple kit right away, but want to minimize the amount of time you have to spend doing battle with the crowds in an Apple Store, U.S. customers have long had the option of placing their order online and then going to a store later the same day or soon after to collect it.
Apple extended the option to Australia and Canada earlier this week, and has now done the same for the UK.
Personal Pickup is available for most in-stock Apple products. To check availability, select your item on the Apple website and then select the ‘Available for pickup: Check availability’ option. You’ll be prompted to enter your postcode to search for nearby stores, and can then see which ones show the product as ‘Available today.’
Once you’ve placed your order, it will usually be available for pickup within the hour, though Apple...

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How to wipe your Mac, Watch, iPhone or iPad ready...

This is worth reading (it’s not too long and there are a few key steps worth understanding, especially when it comes to wiping your Mac) and bookmarking.∞ Read this on The Loop

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OS X Mail: Forwarding Multiple Messages

Today's Quick Tip is about forwarding messages in Mail under OS X. If you need to show someone a chain of emails, for example, and you don't want to have to forward them one at a time, then this tip'll make you happy. And you can choose whether to send them all in the body of your message or as attachments! Neato.

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If your iPad Pro stops responding and the screen is...

If your iPad Pro has this issue, bookmark this link (Apple’s official support page).∞ Read this on The Loop

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News: Daily Deal: SNES30 Bluetooth Game Controller

In our iLounge Deal for today you can relive the glory days of playing Super Nintendo with the SNES30 Bluetooth Game Controller for only $29.95. This retro Bluetooth controller lets you play modern games on your iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV, and more with the feel of an old-school game controller. Wiimote emulation support also allows you to play with up to four players on a Wii or play multiplayer iOS games using the dual-keyboard code system, and…

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How to silence Siri with the mute switch

Easy to do. Great tip.∞ Read this on The Loop

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AppleInsider podcast goes deep on iPad Pro, Apple...

Apple's new iPad Pro and accessories are the focus of this week's AppleInsider podcast, as Neil and Mikey share their thoughts on the giant tablet after a week's worth of testing. Shane drops by to discuss iOS-Mac convergence theories and we break down rumors about a supposed 4-inch iPhone set to debut next year.

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Developers say Apple’s App Store policies make it...

Developers of pro apps have long complained that Apple’s App Store policies are a barrier to them creating iOS versions of popular Mac apps. The launch of the iPad Pro has brought the issue front and center, with a number of developers sharing their thoughts with The Verge.
There are two key issues, they say. First, pro apps are expensive, and users want to satisfy themselves that they are worth the money before they pay. Free trials are the usual way to achieve this with desktop apps, but the App Store doesn’t allow them to offer the same option for iOS apps … 


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∞ Muppets Apple TV commercial

Embedded in the post itself is another short Apple TV spot, here and gone in 15 seconds. I wish this one was a bit longer. Muppets. Enjoy.

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“Help I’ve fallen” and the iPad Pro saves the day

We’ve seen the ads and laughed at the line “help I’ve fallen and I can’t get up”! When that happens it’s anything but comical as I discovered first-hand last night.

It was an evening like many others, I was eating dinner while reading a Kindle book on the iPad Pro sitting on the table. Once finished I set about cleaning off the table and while doing so the ceiling fan blew some napkins onto the floor.

I bent over to pick them up and in an instant I had slipped on one of the napkins and was lying flat on my back next to the dining table. I wasn’t injured, just flat out on the floor.

My first reaction was to laugh due to that comical line but after assessing my situation I realized I was in serious trouble. I recently injured my knee and it was in such bad shape it offered no support. After spending 30 minutes trying this and that, I realized the knee was useless. This meant that I was incapable of even getting up on my knees to try to get up. I was truly...

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Nvidia Updates Shield Tablet, Shaves $100 Off Price

Nvidia this week revealed a refreshed Shield Tablet K1 and indicated that it isn't done updating the gaming slate. One of the biggest parts of the refresh is a cut of $100 off the price of the 16-GB tablet. The original Shield Tablet was available in a $299 16-GB version and a $399 32-GB variant. There's also a new battery, replacing the fire-prone cells that caused Nvidia to recall the original Shield Tablets back in July. The refreshed Shield Tablet has picked up silicon grips, but it dropped LTE and the 32-GB variant.

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iTunes Match vs Apple Music: why you’ll want to use...

Apple’s cloud services are confusing to say the least, and things have only gotten more convoluted as these services have proliferated. iTunes Match, Apple Music, or both? iCloud Photo Sharing, Photo Stream, or both? I’ll try to shed some light on these matters over the next couple of days. Let’s start by looking at iTunes Match and Apple Music.

If you want to use Apple Music, using it along with iTunes Match is your best choice if you already have a large music library. In case you’re not familiar with it, Apple Music is a streaming music service, a live radio station, and a venue for music fans to connect with artists. 

Your music, whether from the iTunes Store or ripped CDs, “now lives in one place alongside the Apple Music catalog with over 30 million songs,” says Apple. You can stream songs, albums, or playlists — or let the service do the work for you. 

Apple Music costs $9.99 per month (you can try it free for three months). There’s a family plan for $14...

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This could be really interesting.
Image Searcher, Inc. and Net Ideas, LLC have brought out TapTapSee, a mobile camera application designed specifically for the blind and visually impaired iOS users. The app utilizes the iDevice’s camera and VoiceOver functions to photograph objects and identify them out loud for the user.
The App allows users to photograph any two or three dimensional object at any angle, have it accurately analyzed, and defined within seconds. The iDevice’s VoiceOver then speaks the identification audibly to the user.

TapTapSee also allows users to repeat the last image identified, upload images from the camera roll, share identification via Twitter, Facebook, text or email, rotor reader, flash...

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TrendForce: Apple will get closer to Samsung’s...

Total smartphone shipments for 2015 are projected to decline by 9.7 percent to 1.286 billion units, according to the latest report from TrendForce. However, the global market research firm says Apple will begin closing the gap with Samsung when it comes to global smartphone market share.

“While Samsung has kept its shipment title through the year, it is struggling against Apple in the high-end market and being pushed out of the mid-range and low-end segments by Chinese competitors,” says Avrid Wu, TrendForce’s smartphone analyst. “Facing challenges on two fronts, Samsung’s smartphone business will operate in an increasingly difficult situation in the near future. Closely trailing Samsung in global shipments is Apple, which remains as the dominant and most profitable vendor in the high-end market.”

Wu thinks Apple will release an upgraded 4-inch iPhone C series in the second...

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Apple acknowledges issue with some iPad Pros failing...

Apple has officially acknowledged an issue reported by multiple iPad Pro owners on Reddit and Apple’s own support forum, in which some units become unresponsive after charging. We’ve even happened upon a few dead iPad Pros at the Apple Store for which an Apple employee shyly asked us to avert our eyes while he did a hard restart.
Some users report that the device won’t wake after charging, while others who left it switched on say that the Pro fails to respond to either the touchscreen or the home button. The problem can be resolved by a force restart, and this is the action Apple recommends while it investigates … ...

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Apple wants to make iOS devices with tougher...

Despite the situation with the bankrupt GT Advanced regarding the use of sapphire material, Apple hasn’t given up on building tougher, more durable iOS devices. The company has filed for a patent (number 20150327641) for “composite fiber reinforcement for stiffening shells.”

According to Apple’s patent, a device case can be reinforced by a reinforcing member made up of composite extrusions embedded within a top edge portion of the stiffening shell. The device shell can be utilized to define and maintain an overall shape of the device case. 

Apple says that composite fibers suitable for use in these embodiments can have high tensile strength and high tensile modulus. The device case can include a single length of embedded twisted composite fibers that extend continuously around the top edge or alternatively can include a number of discrete segments that reinforce particularly fragile portion of the top edge....

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Samsung wows investors with futuristic tech that...

Speaking at Samsung Electronics' 2015 Investors Forum, a series of company executives spent hours saying very little, while talking about "innovations" such as phase detection Focus Pixels and camera sensor Deep Trench Isolation that iPhones already have.

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Thursday November 19

Adobe kills off its photo-sharing service Revel

First it was called Adobe Carousel. Then it was renamed Adobe Revel. But regardless of the moniker, it was the company’s cloud-based platform for amateur photographers to privately save and share photos and videos free from prying eyes. And soon it will cease to exist.
Adobe has announced that Revel’s run is coming to an end, and that users can opt to transfer the assets stored and shared by the service into Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography Plan. February 23, 2016, will be the last day both free and paying customers will be able to sign in to the Revel app....

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Apple Sales in India Top $1 Billion for First Time

A billion dollars. Just saying it makes me wax whimsical about the salad days when such an august figure was what we in the business called "a lot of money." The gigantic sums of money earned by the likes of Apple and Google may have jaded us to such figures, but there are innumerable companies that would kill for a billion dollars of business in year.

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iPad Pro cases from Pad & Quill

I’ve mentioned how much I love their products before—now you can get quality cases for the iPad Pro.∞ Read this on The Loop

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New Facebook tools help you manage awkward romantic...

Wow, Facebook is getting downright emo. In a Thursday blog post titled “Improving the Experience When Relationships End” (and, no, that’s not a Morrissey song), Facebook introduced features that mitigate the awkwardness of break-ups in the social media age.
If you’ve ended a romance in the last seven or eight years, you probably know that “it’s complicated” barely begins to describe the weirdness of seeing your ex’s posts in your news feed—or knowing that he or she can see yours. The new tools address all that. Once you change you status to single, Facebook’s emotional-insulation agents come to the rescue.To read this article in full...

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Apple Pencil Video Review: A New Breed of Stylus

Apple decided it could improve on the ten styluses on the ends of our arms with its new Apple Pencil for the iPad Pro. It's definitely a high quality stylus, but is it worth the US$99 price tag? Watch The Mac Observer's video review to see what Jeff Gamet thinks.

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Jimmy Iovine & Mary J. Blige discuss Apple Music...

Apple executive Jimmy Iovine and popular recording artist Mary J. Blige sat down with the hosts of CBS This Morning earlier today to discuss Apple Music. A couple of months back, Apple debuted a new TV ad for its music streaming service starring Blige along with actresses Kerry Washington and Taraji P. Henson. In the ad, the three stars described Apple music as the “Instant boyfriend mixtape service” and touted that the For You feature is the equivalent of having a boyfriend inside your computer.

In today’s interview with CBS, Iovine discussed the inspiration behind the ad, explaining that he believes women have trouble finding music to listen to (a quote some have found to be controversial). “Women find it very difficult at times – some women – to find...

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Volvo concept, Facebook Safety Check, Drone...

On The Wrap this week Volvo intros a new concept car that will pave the way for autonomous vehicles, Facebook enables Safety Check and there's a renewed push for chip and pin for new credit cards.

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First look: Apple Pencil paired with iPad Pro is no...

Still a rare find, with asking prices on eBay double --?or more --?its $99 suggested price, the Apple Pencil is slowly finding its way into the hands of consumers who are early adopters of the jumbo-sized iPad Pro. AppleInsider had the chance to spend an extended period of time with the new stylus, and we offer our initial first look.

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Tweetbot 2.2

Adds support for full screen and split screen views in OS X 10.11 El Capitan. ($9.99 new, free update, 11.5 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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Jimmy Iovine says finding music is difficult for...

Apple Music exec Jimmy Iovine is getting flak for supposedly sexist comments made during a interview on Thursday, where he said a recent ad series was made because finding music is difficult for "some women."

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How-To: Unlock iPad Pro’s full potential w/ iOS 9...

If you haven’t mastered iOS 9 and all its new tricks introduced in September, then it’s easy to find yourself using the iPad Pro as just a jumbo iPad Air or iPad mini. But new multitasking features like Picture in Picture, Split View, and Slide Over transform the iPad Pro experience and shine on the larger display if you know how to use them and which apps work. And while the iPad Pro doesn’t have 3D Touch like new iPhones, there’s a similar keyboard cursor gesture to now about. All that plus much more on unlocking the full potential of the iPad Pro below:
Before we dive in, many of these tips will apply to all iPads with iOS 9 while other features are limited to iPad mini 4 (7.9″), iPad Air 2 (9.7″), and iPad Pro (12.9″). If you’re comfortable with the bigger display of the Pro, however, it is able to present the most amount of...

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CalDigit announces two new USB-C docks, other...

Apple's 12-inch MacBook might not be getting the love that the iPad Pro is, but there are still a lot of companies that are creating new and exciting accessories for the diminutive Retina display laptop. CalDigit announced two new USB-C docks yesterday, the USB-C mini Dock (US$99, $89 on pre-order) and the USB-C Dock (US$159, $149 on pre-order). Also announced were a USB-C to HDMI Adapter ($29.99) and USB-C to VGA Adapter ($24.99).

The USB-C mini Dock is a small form-factor dock perfect for travel. Featuring 2 USB 3.1 Type C ports, 2 USB 3.1 Type A ports, Gigabit Ethernet and HDMI and VGA ports, the mini Dock uses bus power to operate. The mini Dock cannot be used while charging the MacBook.

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Lithium 9-Volt Battery with Built-in Wi-Fi for Smoke...

Here's a product I can get behind called the Roost Smart Battery. It's a Lithium battery in a 9-Volt form factor designed specifically for smoke alarms. First, it will last five years. Secondly, it has built-in Wi-Fi that allows you to monitor and communicate with the battery from your smartphone. That includes the ability to identify WHICH FREAKIN' SMOKE ALARM IS BEEPING FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY MAKE IT STOP!!! Oops, sorry. I just went through an epic hunt for a chirping smoke detectors, and it was absolutely the most idiotic event I've participated in this year. This product would have made it so much simpler to handle. Back to the Roost Smart Battery: the Lithium core is replaceable. It's priced at US$34.99, and just began shipping. You can also order it through Amazon.


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The Week in iPhone Cases: Customize iSkelter's... a granite case, transparent options, and moreThis week’s iPhone case roundup brings you germ killing screen protectors, one-of-a-kind cases for that unique look you’ve always wanted, lots of extra power for extended trips, and much more!IncaseThe Pro Slider (iPhone 6/6s; $40) features co-molded side walls, a hard PC exterior, and a shock-absorbing band around its perimeter.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Hands-on with HP's tough little Elite X2: This...

If you drop a Surface Pro 3 and shatter the screen, kiss it goodbye.
That’s not the case with HP’s newly announced Surface-clone Elite X2. Aimed at business users, you can walk the Elite X2 down to IT, where they can remove a few screws and replace the screen in minutes. No glue and no heat gun, as you must use to open most other tablets.
But that’s what HP says sets its convertible apart from similar designs, making it better suited for corporate customers who need to be able to service the devices. HP isn’t just taking shots at Microsoft’s Surface Pro-series either—the company says its similar (but consumer-focused) Spectre X2 isn’t up to enterprise standards of durability, either....

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$AAPL Rises as Goldman Sachs Tells Wall Street to...

Goldman Sachs goosed Apple's stock on Wednesday by placing it on the investment banking firm's "Conviction Buy List." Analyst Simona Jankowski told Wall Street that Apple should be valued more as a services company, rather than a hardware company, and issued a 12-month target of US$163 per share.

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Of 101M iPhones now in U.S installed base, 62% are...

According to research by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, the installed base of iPhones in the United States has now reached 101 million. Somewhat incredibly, the majority of these phones now in use are iPhone 6 (or newer) models with support for Apple Pay via Touch ID.

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∞ I don’t want an iPad to replace my Mac

There’s been a lot of talk about whether or not the iPad Pro can replace your Mac as a primary device. I think the simply answer to that question is, yes, it can. However, for me, the bigger question is do I want the iPad to replace my Mac? The answer to that question is, no.

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AWT News Update: November 19, 2015

News from Adele to Quanta, and all the Steve Jobs in between:

  • Adele snubs Apple Music (and Spotify) for her new album
  • Facebook lets you turn off exes.
  • Horace Dediu's classic handwritten review of the Apple Pencil
  • iPad Pros going dark after charging
  • Apple Watch doing so well, Apple wants a second company making them

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for November 19, 2015. Hey, have you checked out our Apple World Today hoodies? Buy one in the next 19 days and you’ll not only stay warm, but help...

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Uber’s Business Profiles make it easier to expense a...

Uber is catering to business users with the ability to switch between work and personal profiles.
After providing a work e-mail address, users can set up a separate credit card, add expense memos and project codes, and direct receipts to the appropriate inbox. There’s also an option to receive monthly or weekly expense reports.
Switching between profiles takes just a couple of taps within the Uber app. The option to switch appears in a drop-down box on the confirmation screen, with the last four digits of the associated credit card next to it. Users can also create badges to associate with personal and business profiles, and can rename either profile at any time.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Tip of the Day: Changing the name of your Apple TV

While your new Apple TV would have prompted you to give it a name during the setup process, if you were in a hurry to get going you might have just selected a default name like “Apple TV” without giving it too much thought. However, if you want to choose a more descriptive name — particularly useful if you use AirPlay and have multiple devices around the house — you can easily go back in and change it to just about anything you want.…

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Fantastical 2.1.3

Maintenance update for the full-featured calendar app. ($39.99 new, free update, 11.8 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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CIRP: over 100 million iPhones are in use in the US...

Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) has released research on the installed based of iPhones in the U.S. The research says that, as of the end of the September 2015 quarter, 101 million iPhones were in use in the country, including 58 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and 4 million iPhone 6s and 6s Plus models.

“The analysis shows the continued strength of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, now one year old,” says Mike Levin, Partner and Co-Founder of CIRP. “We estimate a combined 60 million of these flagship phones sold in the US from the September 2014 launch through September 30, 2015. For comparison, the iPhone 5S sold about 28 million in the same period in 2013-2014. With only a weekend of availability in the quarter, we estimate 4 million of the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus sold in the US.”

By analyzing data on iPhone buyers, their new model selection, and their prior phones, and...

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Here’s what to do if your iPad Pro stops responding...

Apple has posted a support document about what you should do if your iPad Pro doesn't respond when you press buttons or tap on the screen, and the screen is black.

It’s pretty simple. Apple says that to get back to using your iPad Pro, force restart it by pressing and holding both the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons for at least 10 seconds, until you see the Apple logo.

Apple says it’s aware of this issue and is investigating. The support document will be updated as more information becomes available.

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REMXD On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones: $35.99

Check out the REMXD On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones. Being Bluetooth, they offer up to 33 feet of connectivity, and they support hands-free calls and uninterrupted audio for up to 15 hours of straight playtime on one charge. You can get these headphones through our deal for $35.99.

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Apple acknowledges iPad Pro screen blackouts, offers...

Apple on Thursday posted a new support document on its website, responding to complaints about iPad Pros suddenly going black and refusing to accept touch or button input.

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It’s Metal month at Toontrack

I own a lot of Toontrack products and they are all fantastic. This company gets music creation for all genres, but especially Metal.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Review: Lunatik Taktik 360 for iPhone 6/6s

There have been plenty of rugged, protective iPhone cases over the years, but few are quite as hardcore as Lunatik's new Taktik 360 ($120). Taktik 360 provides full coverage of an iPhone 6/6s, and IP68 waterproof, dustproof protection. Lunatik claims the case can be submersed in two meters of water for up to one hour. Drop and impact protection almost goes without saying in this bulky case — Lunatik says the case endured drop testing above 4 feet. The front is protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass, and a clear membrane covers the touch ID. The entire case is actually locked into place with a small key. A headphone port extender is also included in the package. {/exp:char_limit}

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The ‘Transatlantic’ Accent Explained

This is way off the tech track, but Boing Boing posted this great video from HowStuffWorks explaining the "Transatlantic" or "Mid-Atlantic" accent that we know today mostly from movies in the 1930s and early 1940s. I enjoy the study of accents, and I thought this was a great breakdown of how this peculiar one worked, where it came from, and why it disappeared. No spoilers, just watch the video. It's great.

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Announcing the best value fix or cash trade-in for...

If you’re like me, you have a bunch of old Apple devices sitting around that hardly get used. Whether it’s because they’re broken or they’ve just been supplanted by newer, better tech, they lose a lot of value EVERY DAY just sitting on your desk or in a drawer doing nothing. With the holidays coming up and lots of presents to buy, that’s a lot of potential cash left sitting on the table.
To get value out of your old or broken Apple devices, we’ve partnered with two companies we’ve long used ourselves and have a great relationship with to get value out of your unused devices.
For repairs, ifixyouri has long been our go-to for broken screens, dents, and other damage to our iPhones and iPads. Their site is easy to navigate, and they will immediately generate a UPS shipping label by email which you can print out and attach to your device and send it on its way. Repair turnaround is generally just a few days and cost is always...

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FBI, Carnegie Mellon Deny $1M Contract to Crack Tor

The FBI has denied allegations that it paid Carnegie Mellon University security researchers $1 million to crack a network designed to protect the anonymity of its users. The Tor Project, which operates the network, last week accused the FBI of cutting the CMU deal. The attack occurred from January to July 2014. The attackers discovered a way to strip the anonymity of Tor users by tracking their traffic on the network. Tor attributed the attack to CMU after a pair of researchers from that university abruptly canceled a scheduled presentation.

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Report: Apple now at over 100 million iPhones in use...

Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) is out with a new report today claiming Apple is now at over 100 million iPhones in use in the US. That means Apple has crossed 100 million active iPhone units since CIRP reported 97 million iPhones in use back in August, according to the research firm’s data.
CIRP uses its data to estimate that, of the 101 million iPhone in use during the quarter, around 58 million were iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, 4 million were iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, and the rest previous generation models (as pictured above).
The report’s data accounts for up to the end of the September quarter and notes that 101 million...

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New Adele album to be withheld from Apple Music,...

Singer Adele's new album, 25, reportedly won't be made available on streaming services like Apple Music or Spotify when it launches on Friday.

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Docker, Yubico Team Up to Secure App Development

Docker this week announced new security enhancements at DockerCon EU in Barcelona, Spain, including hardware signing of container images -- an industry first -- through a partnership with Yubico. Docker Content Trust offers hardware signing through support for Yubico's YubiKey. The YubiKey 4 lets Docker users digitally sign code during initial development and through subsequent updates, ensuring the integrity of Dockerized apps throughout the application pipeline, Yubico said.

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Swiss watchmakers see huge decline post-Apple Watch

Remember the bluster of Swiss watch manufacturers before the Apple Watch appeared on the scene? Many of them were sure that nothing could cause a decline in the sales of their mechanical watches. Well, the Swiss customs office released a statement today showing that exports of Swiss watches dropped 12 percent in October, the most dramatic decline in six years.

Perhaps the biggest decline by region was in Hong Kong, normally a hotspot for sales of luxury watch lines like Rado, TAG Heuer, and IWC. Shipments to Hong Kong dropped by 39 percent, and shares in watch companies slumped today as a result. In addition to the competition from Apple Watch and other smartwatches, the Swiss watch industry is also suffering from an 11 percent surge in the value of the Swiss franc from a year ago, cutting profit...

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SunPower to build three solar farms for Apple in...

SunPower will build three solar farms in China’s Inner Mongolia region with a capacity of 170 megawatts for Apple, a sale that will more than quadruple the Mac/iPhone/iPad maker’s commitments to pollution-free power in the country, reports Bloomberg.

SunPower designs and manufactures high-efficiency crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, roof tiles and solar panels based on a silicon all-back-contact solar cell invented at Stanford University. When completed next year, the company, Tianjin Zhonghuan Semiconductor. and another partner will own the three plants, San Jose, SunPower said in a regulatory filing Wednesday. While the third investor wasn’t identified in the statement, SunPower Chief Executive Officer Tom Werner said Wednesday that Apple would take an equity stake in the new projects, notes Bloomberg.

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Facebook testing feature to hide posts from your ex...

Facebook announced today that a new feature rolling out soon across its mobile apps will allow you to hide posts from ex automatically (or hide your posts from them) when you change your relationship status back to single. You can also hide all traces of your past relationship from the public.

Now when you decide that you are never, ever, ever getting back together, the Facebook app will suggest that maybe it’s time to “take a break” and present several new options.

Among those other options are the ability to go back and edit any posts in...

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iPad Pro and Apple Pencil make TIME’s ‘Best...

TIME is out with its list of the “25 Best Inventions of 2015.” The list includes the “hoverboard” scooter, period proof  underwear, Samsung’s transparent truck and more. The Apple Pencil and iPad Pro also made the list.

Here’s what TIME has to say about the tablet/pencil combo: “In the 450 years or so since its invention, the pencil has become so ubiquitous, it’s easy to forget how remarkable a technology it is. It can write at any angle. Shades get darker depending on how hard you press. Marks can be erased. Reproducing this functionality digitally has vexed computer engineers for years, which is what makes Apple’s latest effort so impressive. 

“The Pencil allows users to draw, paint or write on a screen, just as they would a sheet of paper. And it works in tandem with the iPad Pro, a tablet faster than roughly 80% of laptops sold in the past year, so there’s no perceptible delay. That...

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Adele's new album won't stream on Apple...

According to a new report, streaming music subscribers won’t be “rolling in the deep” with Adele’s new music tomorrow.
Adele’s highly anticipated new album, 25, will hit stores on Friday, but it won’t be available for streaming on Apple Music, Spotify, or any other competing service, according to The New York Times. Adele is said to be personally involved in the decision to withhold 25 from streaming, at least during its initial release.
According to the Times, 25 is expected to sell 2.5 million albums in its first week, which would make it the fastest-selling album ever, even beating album sale figures from the peak of the CD-selling era in 2000.To read this article in full or to leave a comment,...

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Notable apps and app updates for November 19, 2015

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 iOS, tvOS, and Mac OS X:

iOS Apps/Updates

So, you want to write music but you don't play any instruments? Don't let that stop you. iMaschine 2 (US$4.99 with in-app purchases) is a powerful but easy universal iOS app for creating melodies, bass lines, and beats that can be saved and shared. The app is on sale between now and December 1, 2015, so be sure to buy it today if you're interested!

One of my favorite games on...

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SunPower agrees to build 170 megawatts of Chinese...

California's SunPower is planning to build three new Chinese solar farms for Apple with a peak capacity of 170 megawatts, the company said in a newly-submitted regulatory filing.

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Someone made a giant Rubik's Cube in '...

It seems there are two types of Fallout 4 gamers: those who want to do nothing but take out bad guys, and a very patient few who painstakingly create some incredible stuff. Case in point, this giant floating Rubik's Cube. User "Theowest" spent a wh...

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Microsoft Office 2011 14.5.8

Patches several critical security vulnerabilities. (Free update, 113 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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TMO Daily Observations 2015-11-19: Balancing Your...

If keeping up with Apple's fast paced tech advancements and new products feels overwhelming, John Martellaro has some suggestions for getting your life back. Along with John, Kelly Guimont joins Jeff Gamet to talk about balancing their tech gear piles with the rest of their lives, and Kelly has some suggestions for keeping your Apple Pencil-and the rest of your stylus collection-under control.

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'Beyond: Two Souls' hits PS4 next week

When it comes to story-driven gameplay, few developers are quite as ambitious as Quantic Dream. We already knew that its PS3 titles, Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls, were coming to PS4, and now we've got some release dates. Beyond is coming out di...

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Adele won’t be sharing her upcoming album ’25’ with...

Adele’s people have already tried to get her new blockbuster album, 25, into Apple Store retail shelves as physical CD volumes with no success, but she isn’t so keen on Apple Music streaming. According to the New York Times, Adele’s management has informed digital music distributors that 25 will not be offered for streaming, at least at launch. You can of course buy the album on the iTunes Store; preorders are up now.

Taylor Swift famously keeps he...

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Horace Dediu’s Apple Pencil review
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Just in time for Rocky fans who can’t wait to see CREED, the latest movie, we have the official tie-in game,Real Boxing 2 CREED. It builds on the success of its predecessor and there’s lots to take in so we at 148apps thought we’d run you through the basics to help you get started. [Read more] | Read more »
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Dr. Panda Firefighters (Education)
Dr. Panda Firefighters 1.0.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Education Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0.1 (iTunes) Description: FIGHT FIRES AND SAVE THE DAY!Work together with Dr. Panda and his firefighting team to rescue his trapped friends! Race through the burning building, extinguish the flames and use the right tools to clear the... | Read more »
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Puddle + 1.0 Device: iOS iPhone Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Puddle is back in a new "+" edition featuring enhanced graphics, new videos and Apple TV support ! No IAP and No Ads. Dive into Puddle, a game unlike any other where you have to guide a puddle of fluid by tilting the environment to the... | Read more »
Football Manager Mobile 2016 (Games)
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