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Friday July 24

08:38
Intel’s upcoming Skylake processors promise improved...

Intel’s upcoming processor refresh with Skylake appears to be promising for Mac users awaiting a significant performance upgrade. Internal Intel slides leaked by the website FanlessTech describe the year-over-year advancements and performance improvements from Broadwell to Skylake chips. As Apple is expected to include Skylake processors from Intel in refreshed hardware later this year or early next year, these specs give us a preview of what is likely coming to the Mac’s performance.

As far as advancements go, the upcoming Skylake chipset boasts better low power CPU performance and a 30% longer battery life compared to its predecessor. According to the leaked slide, Broadwell capped out at 8.5 hours with the test configuration...

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08:37
Twitch Yanks Player Controls From Flash


Game-streaming service Twitch on Thursday joined Apple and other tech companies in swearing off its dependence on Adobe's Flash. The move away from Flash will happen in stages, but Twitch has promised its community that the gradual rollout will advance at a steady pace. Twitch began the transition to the more secure HTML5 and JavaScript by hybridizing its streaming video player. The controls have been replaced with HTML5 objects, but the streams running below are still Flash.

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08:04
Consortium-backed Apple Pay competitor CurrentC to...

CurrentC, the MCX-developed mobile payment platform backed by a number of major U.S. retailers, will reportedly see an initial trial run in August, signaling that the service is finally approaching a public launch.

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08:04
9to5Toys Last Call: Black Friday in July, 5K iMac $1...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.
Today’s can’t miss deals:
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08:00
What to play this weekend: Agar.io

Recently I was hanging out with some friends when someone showed me Agar.io for iPhone (free, universal). "You're a cell who eats other cells while trying to avoid getting eaten yourself," he said.

"That's it?" I said.

"That's it."

Agar.io comes to iOS after a successful run on PC and browser-based play. This mobile version preserves the low-end, no-frills graphics of its siblings and is somehow just as compelling. I've pretty much explained everything there is to know, but here are a few more details.

Game play

Agar.io is a world-wide competition. You'll start with a tiny circle that you can name. The game begins right away and your "cell" appears on what looks like a field of grid paper, along with other cells of various sizes. The point is to grow larger, which you do by running into, or "eating," cells smaller than yourself....

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07:56
Honda's first CarPlay-supported vehicle is the...

Honda was one of Apple’s launch partners when Apple announced CarPlay, its plan to bring iOS into your car, more than a year ago. Now Honda finally has a timeframe for shipping CarPlay vehicles, but you’ll have to wait for 2016 models.Honda showed off its 2016 Accord at a media event in Mountain View, California. The new sedan will include both CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto, according to Re/code. Despite its promises to support CarPlay last year, Honda has also been throwing its weight behind Android Auto. The company announced in May that the 2016 Pilot SUV would include Google’s infotainment system.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here...

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07:39
Google's Nest smart thermostat yanked from the...

It was fun while it lasted, but with HomeKit devices appearing on store shelves, the Google-owned Nest Learning Thermostat is disappearing from the Apple Store.
If you check out the Apple Store online or in-person, you won’t find the famous smart thermostat co-created by former Apple exec Tony Fadell. In its place, the Apple Store is now selling the HomeKit-enabled Ecobee3.
That’s not to say that you can’t find non-HomeKit devices in Apple’s connected home section, but the Nest Thermostat isn’t most smart home devices, as Mashable points out. It’s probably the most well-known thermostat ever—save perhaps the near-ubiquitous Honeywell brand of not-so-smart home...

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07:03
Pandora CEO says company has seen 'no impact...

Apple Music so far isn't -- and probably won't be -- a meaningful threat to Pandora, the latter company's CEO told analysts during a conference call announcing better-than-expected quarterly financials.

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06:54
Review: Manfrotto KLYP+, the fun iPhonography kit at...


As Apple’s Shot on iPhone ad campaign illustrates, the iPhone is a capable camera in the right hands. Many people find that it’s the only camera they ever need.
But if you’ve ever wished it could do just a little more without carrying around too much extra bulk, the Manfrotto KLYP+ kit may be worth a look. It’s an iPhone case (available for a range of models) that comes with two screw-on lenses and a combination light and tripod mount. The whole kit comes in at $125 … 
Look & feel
The case itself is very plasticky, and to be honest feels a little cheap for something made by a manufacturer of Manfrotto’s standing. For...

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06:42
Poll: Should Apple Music be labeled as beta until...


It’s been almost a month since Apple Music first launched, and reception seems to be largely critical despite the music streaming service being completely free to use for the first three months after signing up.
Parts of the service suffered the far-t00-common multi-hour outage earlier this week while professional Apple blogger Jim Dalrymple condemned the “nightmare” service after losing purchased music and experiencing complicated UI/UX issues. 9to5Mac’s Jeremy Horwitz...

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06:13
Apple's $26.5B in purchase commitments hint at...

Apple had $26.5 billion in off-balance sheet commitments at the end of the June quarter -- a massive year-over-year increase that suggests the company is planning for a record breaking launch of its next-generation "iPhone 6s."

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05:35
How to Replace a Cracked iPhone 5c Screen with...

With his wife’s iPhone 5c suffering from a broken screen, Josh Centers had the perfect opportunity to test out the Screasy iPhone Screen Repair Kit. 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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05:28
News: Apple pulls Nest from its stores

Apple has pulled the venerable Nest smart thermostat from its retail and online stores in the wake of a series of new HomeKit products, Mashable reports. Originally designed by former Apple engineers Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers, the Nest thermostat was at the leading edge of connected smart home products and considered by many to be inspired by an Apple design ethos, particularly when Apple became one of the first retailers to sell the device in 2012.…

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05:27
FunBITS: Music in Time and Space

A clever Web site takes you on a space-time journey to sample popular music from bygone decades. 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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05:10
Teen finds pics of very first Nirvana gig tucked...
05:08
Purported iPhone 6s front panel image leaked,...


If you were wondering what a purported image of the new front panel to the next-gen iPhone might look like, it goes a bit like this:

According to French web site Nowhereelse.fr, the front panel image was shared by a source close to the story who also said that the iPhone parts are currently in production and ready to be shipped to iPhone 6s assembly lines for use in the Silver and Gold iPhone 6s.

As an “S” upgrade, the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus are not expected to feature physical design changes, so as is expected, the front panels said to be for the iPhone 6s look identical to front panels for the iPhone 6. Previous iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s...

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05:01
News: Daily Deal: NetSpot Pro Wi-Fi Optimizer

Today in iLounge Deals you can get the NetSpot Pro Wi-Fi Optimizer for only $19.99 – 86% off the regular price. This powerful Wi-Fi analysis tool helps you get the most out of your Internet connection by using your MacBook to visualize, optimize, and troubleshoot your wireless networks. NetSpot’s features allow you to figure out the optimal placement for your hotspots and selection of radio channels, with visual maps that help you see where…

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04:57
BBC interview with Tony Fadell [VIDEO]

The embedded video is short and (to me) well worth watching, especially the part about privacy.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:55
Microsoft Office for iOS updated, adds Outlook...



You might want to update your Microsoft apps for iOS today.
A new update for the iOS apps adds support for viewing protected documents and Outlook integration. For Outlook, users now have the ability to “send a document as an attachment in Outlook. Or directly edit a document attached to or linked from an Outlook email message.”

Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint have also received support for bi-directional and script languages, including Thai, Hebrew, and Arabic.
The updated apps will also now let users invite others to edit a document and configure permissions for those collaborators.
The Microsoft Office apps are available...

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04:33
∞ Dave Mark: Why I’m not done with Apple Music

A few days ago, Jim wrote about his nightmarish experience with Apple Music. I do understand his frustration. But I’m not ready to give up on Apple Music just yet.Here’s why…

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04:32
Senator Al Franken to Attorney General and FTC Chair...

I think this letter has the potential to change things for Apple. Very specific allegations.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:14
iPhone Film Festival announces winners

Check out the entries on the winners page. Some impressive filmmaking.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:10
AppleInsider podcast talks earnings, future of...

On this week's all-new AppleInsider podcast, we discuss Apple's earnings call, Neil reveals how he feels about Wall Street analysts, Victor endorses the Mac App Store, and Mikey tells all about the good and bad of the Coin connected credit card.

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03:07
Google Spotlight Stories arrives on iOS – beautiful...


There aren’t too many cool apps that launch first on Android, but Google Spotlight Stories is one. It plays sweet, animated stories using a mix of 2D and 3D imagery – the cool part being that you can ‘look around’ the scene simply by rotating your phone.

Immerse yourself in a world of storytelling made just for mobile. Engineers and critically-acclaimed filmmakers are bringing stories to life using the latest advances in mobile technology. Using 3D and 2D animation, 360° spherical cinema-quality video, sound sphere audio and sensor fusion techniques, the screen is now a window into a story that unfolds all around you. Look anywhere, follow individual characters, watch it over again and again. It’s a little...

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Thursday July 23

19:57
THORwin humanoid machine wins robotic soccer...

THORwin isn't quite capable of bending it like Beckham yet, but when it comes to robotic soccer players, it's one of the best. The US-made machine has just won top prize in the adult-sized category at this year's RoboCup in China, an international an...

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18:47
YouTube for iOS updated w/ support for fullscreen...



On the same night that VidCon kicks off in Los Angeles, Google has released a new version of YouTube for iOS. Earlier this week, the Android version of the app was updated with a fix for those annoying videos filmed vertically. Now, that update is making its way to iOS.

Available now on the App Store, version 10.28 of YouTube for iOS now supports the ability to view vertically...

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18:26
App Store puts 100 iOS titles on sale for 99 cents,...

In a pair of iOS App Store developments on Thursday, Apple put a collection of 100 titles up for sale priced at 99 cents each, while Google updated YouTube for iOS to make the "vertical video" viewing experience a bit more bearable.

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15:20
Apple removes Nest Learning Thermostat from online,...

A pair of reports this week made note of Apple's apparent decision to remove Google's Nest Learning Thermostat from its online and brick-and-mortar stores, leaving only smart home devices compatible with HomeKit available for purchase.

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15:18
Apple stops selling Nest’s smart thermostat...


Apple has removed Google’s Nest smart thermostat from both its online store and physical retail locations following the launch of some of the first HomeKit devices. As reported by Mashable, Google’s smart thermostat is not available from Apple and searching for the product on Apple’s online store now reveals HomeKit-compatible smart devices instead.

Specifically, Apple is marketing the Ecobee 3 smart thermostat instead of Nest’s offering. The Ecobee 3 runs $249 and officially went on sale in Apple Stores earlier this month...

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15:00
AWT News Update: July 23, 2015

What's at the top of the Apple news today? Here's a good hint:

  • Apple announces the nice deal that will be part of the 2015 Back to School promotion
  • Meerkat and GoPro link up to provide livestreaming of video from GoPro action cams
  • Annual sales of iOS devices now equal total annual unit sales of Windows PCs
  • Apple adds 35 more US banks and credit unions to Apple Pay

Want to read the news and not listen to it? Take a look at the text version below.

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 23, 2015.

Thinking about getting a new Mac soon? If you’re a student or educator, Apple has a deal for you as part of its Back to School promotion for 2015. If you buy a...

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14:28
Honda says CarPlay to share dash space with Android...

Honda on Thursday announced that the 2016 model year Accord will be its first car to support CarPlay, making good on a promise from March of last year to bring Apple's iOS-powered infotainment platform to its auto lineup.

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14:08
Honda reaffirms commitment to Apple’s CarPlay, says...


When CarPlay was debuted in March of 2014, a variety of automobile manufacturers signed on to support Apple’s in-car offering. One of those launch partners was Honda and despite the manufacturer having promised to support the platform from the beginning, it has yet to release any car model with support for CarPlay. Today, however, Honda announced at an event in Silicon Valley that it will begin shipping cars with support for CarPlay in 2016.

Speaking at the event, Honda’s American Research and Development head Frank Paluch promised that the manufacturer will begin supporting both CarPlay...

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14:00
Apple celebrates 25th anniversary of the Americans...

Observing 25 years of the U.S. Americans with Disabilities Act, Apple is profiling a collection of accessibility apps expressly designed to accommodate users with vision, hearing, speech, physical and motor skills or learning and literacy issues.

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13:59
Apple throws clout behind Equality Act blocking...

Via a press statement, Apple on Thursday officially backed the Equality Act, an expansion of 1964's Civil Rights Act that -- if voted in -- would add gender identity and sexual orientation to non-discrimination protections for Americans.

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13:53
First photos of supposed 'iPhone 6s' front...

A set of photos posted to the Web on Thursday claim to show so-called "iPhone 6s" screens rolling off the production line, suggesting mass manufacturing of the next-generation handset has started.

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13:47
Apple highlighting Accessibility apps to celebrate...


Apple today has launched a new page on the App Store dedicated to showcasing apps that take advantage of the Accessibility features on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Apple says that the section is meant to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Accessibility featured page on the App Store is further broken down into sections for Vision, Hearing, Speech, Learning and Literacy, and Physical and Motor Skill.

Apple last month promoted a section of apps that took advantage of VoiceOver and later showcased LBGT...

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13:46
Patent application shows possible Apple TV remote...



Apple may not have released its anticipated next-gen Apple TV console at the Worldwide Developers Conference, but it appears that the company is still working on one.
A recently published patent shows an Apple TV remote with a built-in Touch ID sensor.
As is often the case, the patent is expressed in extremely broad terms, referring to a “sensor configured to detect a biometric characteristic of a user” and mentioning everything from iris detection to voice sensing, but a fingerprint is included and appears to be what is shown in the main drawing.

The patent suggests that biometric authorization could perform functions like...

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13:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Check out Speck's new...

...plus cases for working out, classic hardshells, and more!This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases includes some pretty wood-based cases from Carved and Native Union, a new battery pack from iBattz, and a versatile armband from PureGear.AlexciousHandmade from a single block of wood, the Wooden Cover (iPhone 6; $72) fits your iPhone 6 to a tee and adds a layer of protection to its back and sides.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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12:53
Apple launches massive iOS sale w/ 100 apps for $0....

From 9to5Toys.com:

Unlike most App Store promos, Apple has now quietly kicked off one the largest iOS game/app sales we have seen this year. The news comes courtesy of participating app developer Readdle.
The sale includes 100 apps and games at “new low prices”, most of which are $0.99. While we have posted some of these titles over the past week in our daily/game app roundups, this is the first time they’ve all appeared together in one giant sale. Now is your chance to fill up your app library, as we are seeing all-time lows on games, productivity apps, photography apps and much more.
A couple standouts...

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12:42
IDC: Apple snags global smartphone marketshare from...

IDC research data published on Thursday shows that Apple's share of the global smartphone market grew to 14.1 percent in the June quarter, up from 11.7 percent in the same period a year ago -- largely at the expense of Samsung.

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12:40
Meerkat teaming up with GoPro to offer live...


Twitter’s Periscope app may have taken a lot of the attention from Meerkat after the live video streaming competitor launched, but the first live streaming service to capture everyone’s attention this year isn’t giving up yet.
Meerkat announced an interesting partnership with GoPro today at VidCon, CNBC says. The partnership will allow GoPro users to live stream on the Meerkat service using action cameras. Previously streaming was limited to using either the front or rear smartphone camera so adding GoPro cameras as a source should result in some interesting streams for viewers.
The integration...

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12:25
Microsoft Office iOS apps add Outlook integration,...



Microsoft is rolling out an update to some its Office iOS apps today that includes a handful of new features for the Word, PowerPoint, and Excel iPhone and iPad apps.
Among the new features, all three apps get support for viewing protected documents and Outlook integration. For Outlook, users now have the ability to “send a document as an attachment in Outlook. Or directly edit a document attached to or linked from an Outlook email message.”
In addition, all three apps get support for bi-directional and script languages, including Thai, Hebrew, and Arabic.
The updated apps will also now let users invite others to edit a document and configure permissions for those...

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12:16
Tip of the Day: Accessing a song’s album in the iOS...

One of the features that may appear to be conspicuously absent in the newly redesigned Music app in iOS 8.4 is that ability to find the associated album or artist when looking at a given track. The menus provide a wealth of options for adding tracks to up next or starting stations, but the way to see a list of other tracks on that album is less obvious. In reality, the option is there, but it’s hidden behind the album cover, which is kind of…

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12:03
The truth about a new vulnerability on OS X Yosemite

Rene Ritchie:To make a bad analogy, if they’ve already broken into your house, they can break into the locked drawer in your desk as well.well said.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:00
Bluelounge Posto: The vital accessory you didn’t...

Every once in a while we get review items that seem a little strange… until we give them a try. The Bluelounge Posto (US$19.95) is one of those accessories that clicked with me the minute I did the one-time assembly and put my headphones onto it.

That’s right; Posto is a headphone stand. It’s rather simple in design, featuring a square base with four nonslip rubber feet, an 8-inch (20 cm) tall post, and a silicone hook that your headphones rest on when not in use.

Bluelounge says that Posto works with any headphones. I was doubtful since I have the strangely-shaped (but wonderful) Blue Mic Mo-Fi headphones, but sure enough, the Mo-Fi set hangs on the Posto nicely.

So is it functional? Yep. Posto is one more accessory that might possibly just keep my desktop clearer in the future. Instead of just tossing my ‘phones onto the desktop and having them take up about 52...

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11:59
Removing Apple Pay on a lost Apple Watch

I love my Apple Watch and just the thought of losing it is scary, but having a way to turn off Apple Pay on the Web is nice.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:36
Hackers Take Hijacked Jeep Cherokee for Joyride


White-hat hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek remotely took over a Jeep Cherokee, ran its controls, then cut the transmission as it sped at 70 mph along Interstate 64 in an experiment conducted with Wired. They turned on the air conditioning, switched radio channels, turned on the windshield wipers, activated the windshield washer fluid pump, and transmitted a photo of themselves to the vehicle's digital display -- all from a laptop 10 miles away. The hackers attacked through Chrysler's Uconnect infotainment system.

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11:35
Gear: Hex Stinson Collection Relay Duffel + Echo...

Hex recently introduced its Stinson Collection, a new collection of three different bags coming in seven different designs — 21 bags in all. We received the charcoal canvas version of Relay Duffel ($110) and the denim/dot-design Echo Backpack ($80). The former has external pockets for electronics, while the backpack can hold up to a 15” MacBook Pro.

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11:28
“I don’t understand the doom and gloom”

Just look at the company’s historic success with the iPhone and you can tell that we are indeed living in strange times! So far Apple has taken down Nokia and left Motorola, HTC and Samsung gasping for air. The profits have not stopped flowing to Cupertino. Apple has reported $42.3 billion in net income so far for the first three quarters of this fiscal year. That’s more than the company’s profits for all of 2012.I’ve said this before, but no company that reports a profit in the billions of dollars should be worried about doom and gloom. It’s based on what Wall Street predicts, which seems flawed to me.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:59
Pinterest for iOS updated with enhanced Pin button...


The iOS 8 update last year introduced the ability for third-party apps to extend their apps to share sheets in other apps just like Messages, Mail, Facebook, and other apps. Pinterest was ready on day one with an iOS app extension in the form of a Pin button that allowed you to “pin” content from Safari to your account.
Today its introducing an enhanced version of that Pin button just as functional as the web version with the ability to “edit descriptions of Pins, create new boards and choose from multiple images in a new grid format.” This should make it easier to save content for viewing later, tagging it with a proper description, and putting in somewhere where you can find it safely later when using the service.
You can download the latest version of Pinterest with the enhanced Pin button share extension for free from the...

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10:31
External Link: Jim Dalrymple Quits Apple Music,...

When longtime Apple journalist and fan Jim Dalrymple is angry with Apple, you know something’s wrong. Dalrymple has announced on his blog, The Loop, that he’s “done” with Apple Music after it wrecked his extensive iTunes library. The first problem arose when he tried to add songs from different albums that iTunes saw as duplicates and ignored. Later, it jumbled up his albums, refused to sync between devices, and when he disabled Apple Music, it took 4,700 of his songs with it. “I trusted my data to Apple and they failed. I also failed by not backing up my library before installing Apple Music. I will not make either of those mistakes again,” Dalrymple said. 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...

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10:30
Apple backing LGBT anti-discrimination Equality Act


Apple is officially putting its weight behind new LGBT anti-discrimination legislature currently being proposed in Congress. The company said in a statement to the Human Rights Campaign that it actively supports the Equality Act.
At Apple we believe in equal treatment for everyone, regardless of where they come from, what they look like, how they worship or who they love. We fully support the expansion of legal protections as a matter of basic human dignity.
Apple’s support for the bill that would expand federal protections in the workplace to LGBT Americans in all states follows several years of Apple CEO Tim Cook calling on Congress to pass such legislation, and Apple’s backing is in line with its own company policies....

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10:30
A Tweet-Sized Exploit Can Get Root On OS X 10.10

vivaoporto writes: The Register reports a root-level privilege-escalation exploit that allows one to gain administrator-level privileges on an OS X Yosemite Mac using code so small that fits in a tweet.

The security bug, documented by iOS and OS X guru Stefan Esserwhich, can be exploited by malware and attackers to gain total control of the computer.

This flaw is present in the latest version of Yosemite, OS X 10.10.4, and the beta, version 10.10.5 but is already fixed in the preview beta of El Capitan (OS X 10.11) Speaking of exploits:

Reader trailrunner 7 notes that "HP’s Zero Day Initiative has released four new zero days in Internet Explorer that can lead to remote code execution."

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10:30
PhotoFast MAX puts speedy data transfer and backup...

PhotoFast MAX (left) and PhotoFast iFlashDrive (right). Photos ©2015, Steven Sande

PhotoFast MAX (starting at US$79.99 for 16GB) is the latest incarnation of what used to be known as the i-FlashDrive. Take a USB 3.0 flash drive, add a Lightning adapter to one end, and toss in an iOS app to organize and view files, and you have an iFlashDrive. Let’s start this review with a bit of history.

Way back in the year 2009 (remember that year?), one nasty little problem showed up with the iPhone — if you wanted to move some large files between it and your Mac or PC, you were stuck trying to do it through iTunes. That didn’t always work, as there were certain file types that just weren’t recognized.

Along came the i-FlashDrive, which at that time had a USB 2.0 connector on one end and a 30-pin dock connector (remember those?) on the other. I found the device to be surprisingly useful, particularly when I wanted...

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10:10
Apple supplier LG Display to spend nearly $1B on...

LG Display on Thursday announced plans to devote almost $1 billion towards building a fourth OLED factory, one that could potentially be instrumental in keeping up with demand for products like the Apple Watch.

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09:54
News: Apple Maps van spotted in greater NYC metro...

Though Apple has already announced it will be driving vehicles in certain cities to collect Apple Maps data — it provides an updated location list on its website — iLounge spotted an Apple Maps van today in Tarrytown, N.Y. Tarrytown is located in Westchester County, N.Y., about 25 miles north of midtown Manhattan. The sighting isn’t entirely surprising, but it does give us some idea that Apple’s current data collection may expand significantly…

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09:15
OPM Director's Resignation Draws Mixed Reactions


The resignation of U.S. Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta is drawing mixed reactions from the cybersecurity community. Archuleta's departure on July 10, in the wake of a massive data breach resulting in the theft of the personal information of more than 22 million people, is being characterized by security pros as everything from "necessary" to "unfair." It was "fair, justified and necessary," said Richard Blech, cofounder and CEO of Secure Channels.

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08:44
IDC: Apple snatches 3% of smartphone users from...


IDC has just released its smartphone market share data for Q2 2015, and at least one thing is clear: Samsung is still struggling, and Apple is still doing really well. The Korean company’s smartphone market share dropped from 24.8% to 21.7% year-over-year, a 3.1 percentage point drop. Conveniently, while other manufacturers made gains as well, Apple’s numbers are up about the same number — 2.4 percentage points year-over-year to 14.1%…...

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08:39
Rumor: Supply chain expects Apple to grow Mac...

Apple's Mac orders with suppliers have remained constant, and are expected to increase overall during the second half of the year, heading into the lucrative holiday shopping season, according to a new rumor out of Apple's supply chain.

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08:10
Apple's security requirements are reportedly...

Apple launched HomeKit last year to unite your smart home accessories under one framework. But we’ve only seen a handful of HomeKit-compatible devices on store shelves, and now manufacturers are saying Apple’s tough security demands are causing the delay.
Devices that use both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE are suffering the most, according to Forbes. Apple has stringent requirements for manufacturers aiming to get HomeKit-certified for Bluetooth LE and Wi-Fi accessories: those devices must use 3072-bit keys and Curve25519, the 128-bit elliptic curve, for encrypted key exchange and digital signatures. Those security standards will help HomeKit devices protect against outside...

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08:06
9to5Toys Last Call: GoPro HERO4 Black $399,...

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Today’s can’t miss deals:
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App Store Free...

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08:03
Mellel 3.4.2

Addresses an issue that prevented older .mell files from being opened. ($39 new, free update, 93.6 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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08:00
How-To: Screen record in full 4K/5K resolution at...


4K and 5K displays are relatively new, but with more and more users upgrading, there is some catching up to do with apps to support the higher resolution screens. That’s why we were pleased when Screenium, one of our favorite screen recording suites, updated earlier this month with some pretty notable new features for Retina, 4K and 5K display users, as well as everyone looking for a solid screen capture solution.
After months of trying different screen casting software and running into issues on 4K and Retina displays, Screenium 3 has finally delivered what we’ve been waiting for. The company has been hard at work on a custom video codec that makes continuous screen recording at 60fps on...

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07:53
Apple Watch charging docks could get less clumsy...

If you’re thinking about buying a third-party charging dock for the Apple Watch, you may want to wait for officially-licensed versions to come around.Sources have told 9to5Mac that Apple will soon include smartwatch charging modules in its Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFi) licensing program. This will allow for new docks with integrated wireless chargers.Although several third-party Apple Watch docks are available already—with some even popping up before the smartwatch went on sale—none of them have an actual charger built-in. Instead, users must take Apple’s official charger and snake it through the dock, which...

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07:45
Sales of Apple's iOS devices now equal total...

Sales of Apple's iOS lineup -- comprised of the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch -- has now matched annual sales of devices running the ubiquitous Microsoft Windows platform.

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07:40
Best Buy Black Friday in July: iPad Air 2 $125 off,...

From 9to5Toys.com:

Update (7/24 8:30am): Best Buy’s Black Friday in July event is now open to everyone.
Just a week after Amazon’s Prime Day event (fiasco?), Best Buy is set to run its Black Friday in July Sale this weekend. One of the standout deals is a $125 discount on all iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi models. Even though the sale doesn’t officially kick off until tomorrow, new and existing My Best Buy members can...

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07:30
2 Days Left: Free AppleCare with all early-2015 13...

[Problems with these deals have been corrected] For the next 2 Days or until supplies run out, readers can get 3 years of AppleCare free plus instant discounts on all of Apple's standard early-2015 13" MacBook Pros, or save between $119 and $200 on select custom configurations with exclusive coupon codes. In each case, these deals deliver the lowest prices ever for each of these new models.

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07:27
Review: Trinity Delta, the first in-ear headphones...


I’m an on-ear/over-ear headphone guy. To me, the size and weight has always been a price worth paying for the far higher quality and sound isolation they deliver when compared to consumer-grade in-ear headphones.
I’ve tried numerous in-ear headphones, and none have ever felt remotely comparable to me – until now. Trinity is a brand new British company founded by former lead designer at Rockjaw, specifically to create high-quality in-ear monitors (IEMs) at an affordable price. The Delta is the high-end model, at $135/£90, and it takes rather an unusual approach … ...

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07:00
Accessible Apple: RIP iPod shuffle

1st generation iPod shuffle

For my birthday in the fall of 2005, I received my first iPod, a 1st generation iPod shuffle. Its lack of a display made it the only accessible iPod at the time, as VoiceOver would not begin appearing on the rest of the iPod lineup until the 4th generation nano came out in the fall of 2008.

The iPod traveled with me everywhere. Its long battery life and small size made it both an ideal music player and audiobook listening device.

In the summer of 2006, a family friend warned me that supplies of iPod shuffles were drying up in our local area. Fearing that Apple would discontinue the iPod shuffle family, the decision was made for me to acquire a second iPod Shuffle.

2nd generation iPod shuffle

As it turned out, Apple was not discontinuing the iPod shuffle, but rather was refreshing it for a second generation. I received a 1GB iPod shuffle for my birthday that year. Sometime before the release of the 2GB 2nd generation...

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06:46
News: Apple announces annual Back to School...

Apple has announced its Back to School 2015 Promotion, later than usual this year and notably excluding any iOS devices or iPod-related offers. Between July 23 and September 18, educational customers purchasing an iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or Mac Pro can also elect to receive a $199.95 credit to be applied to a pair of Beats Solo2 On-Ear Headphones or Beats Solo2 Wireless On-Ear Headphones purchased at the same time. The same promotion…

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06:41
How normal people get their photos featured in Apple...

One of the things that has defined Apple for the past decade is its dedication to and admiration for photography, whether it's improving the iPhone's camera or creating advertising campaigns centered around famous images. Here's how the company selects the images that it features on billboards, in commercials, and on your desktop.

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06:40
Apple Pay goes live for over 30 new banks and credit...


With Apple Pay now up and running in the UK, Apple is continuing to roll out additional banks and credit unions in waves across the US for its iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch-based mobile payment service. The latest round includes 34 more institutions now supporting Apple Pay. Here are the latest to join in the US as well as the full list to date: 1st Source Bank
Allegacy Federal Credit Union
Amarillo National Bank
American National Bank and Trust
Cambridge Trust Bank
CASE Credit Union
CME FCU
Coast Line Credit Union
...

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06:34
Chrome 44 brings the Physical Web to iPhone, iPad

Google recently released Chrome 44 for iOS, an update that offers support for the company's Physical Web project, as well as some handy navigation features to the iPhone and iPad. 
With the addition of Google's Physical Web support, iOS devices are able to communicate with smart devices without downloading a special app for each gadget. Instead, you can communicate via web technologies using the Chrome widget from the Today view on iOS.
When enabled, the Chrome widget scans for smart devices that support Physical Web interactions by broadcasting URLs.  When your device finds an appropriate URL, you can choose the broadcasting device from a list displayed in the Today View, and then interact with it.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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06:05
News: Apple planning Touch ID Apple TV remote?

While Apple has been expected for some time to release a new Apple TV with a remote that would reportedly incorporate a touchpad, a new patent revealed by Patently Apple suggests that Apple may be looking to go a step beyond a simple touchpad with an integrated Touch ID sensor. While the patent itself remains broad, referring simply to a “sensor configured to detect a biometric characteristic of a user,” a fingerprint appears to be the…

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06:02
Apple's Back to School 2015 promo offers $200...

Apple on Thursday launched its awaited Back to School 2015 promotion, offering a free pair of Beats Solo2 wired headphones, valued at $200, with the purchase of a new Mac.

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05:45
Apple Pay's US roster adds 35 new banks,...

Apple on Thursday added another 35 companies to the list of U.S. banks supporting Apple Pay, this time offering a more even split of credit unions and conventional banks.

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05:40
Apple’s 2015 Back to School deal: free Beats Solo2...


Apple is today launching its Back to School promotion for 2015. This year, it will give away a free pair of Beats Solo2 headphones with the purchase of an eligible Mac.  Customers must either purchase an iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or Mac Pro with education pricing to qualify, including build-to-order configurations. The Mac mini does not participate in the deal.
Alternatively, customers can upgrade for an additional $100 to a pair of wireless Beats Solo2 headphones, rather than the usual $299 price. The announcement is not yet being advertised on Apple.com apart from a small mention on its rebates page. It is surprising that there appears to be no Back to School promotion for iPads this year, despite Apple pushing the tablet into education...

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05:18
News: Report: Integrated Apple Watch charging coming...

Apple plans to allow MFi program partners to begin integrating charging pads into Apple Watch accessories, 9to5Mac reports. While existing Apple Watch stands offer a place to insert the standard Apple Watch charger and route cables through the stand, an integrated solution would provide a more efficient solution for consumers, allowing them to avoid having to insert and use their own chargers. The approach would reportedly be similar to how Apple…

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05:15
News: Daily Deal: Save 82% on a Lifetime...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering up a lifetime subscription to a collection of over 5,000 Adobe training videos for only $89. With Train Simple’s award-winning training videos, you can become an Adobe expert and web design master, learning at your own pace. Courses include Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom, Flash, Dreamweaver, ColdFusion, Edge Products, Muse, HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, WordPress, Premiere, and Audition,…

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04:41
Apple patents TV remote with Touch ID, references...


While Apple reportedly dropped its plans to make a complete TV, its adoption of the Apple TV box as the gateway device for HomeKit may be behind a...

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04:22
Apple adds 35 new issuers in the United States,...



The new batch of participating issuers, banks, credit unions and financial institutions that support Apple Pay is in.
35 of them, no less, bringing the total in the U.S. to over 375 with plans for dozens more.
The new list includes the following:
1st Source Bank
Allegacy Federal Credit Union
Amarillo National Bank
American National Bank and Trust
Cambridge Trust Bank

CASE Credit Union
CME FCU
Coast Line Credit Union
Columbia Bank
Community Financial Credit Union
Eagle Federal Credit Union
Earlham Savings Bank
Eastern Bank
Evergreen Credit Union
Fidelity Bank
...

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04:12
Apple releases MacBook Pro Flash Storage Firmware...



If you were having problems with the flash storage on your swanky new 2015 Retina display MacBook Pro, this might be the solution.
Apple has issued the first firmware update for the 2015 Retina MacBook Pro notebooks. The update, labeled “MacBook Pro Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.0″, is intended for the new MacBook Pros with Force Touch trackpads and is intended to fix an issue with flash storage and prevent potential data corruption.

This update, which can be downloaded via OS X’s App Store feature, is recommended for MacBook Pro (mid 2015) models. This update addresses a storage firmware issue that, in rare cases, may cause...

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03:59
Apple increasing R&D spending by $1.5B as it...


An SEC filing by Apple shows that the company plans to increase this year’s spend on product development by $1.5B, reaching a total of $5.9B by the end of September, reports Business Insider. At the same time, Apple is cutting its forecast capital expenditure by $1B, which the company told the WSJ was due to efficiency savings.

A company spokeswoman said Apple lowered the forecast because it was able to spend more efficiently for tooling equipment and facilities. “There are no changes in our product plans,”...

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02:43
Microsoft Office 2011 14.5.3

Security update patches critical 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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02:20
Apple envisions Apple TV remote with fingerprint...

A trio of Apple patent filings relating to biometric input devices could reveal plans for a remote control, potentially destined for Apple TV, capable of distinguishing multiple users for association with custom profiles on a second device.

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01:31
Apple investigating automated ad system for podcasts

Your next podcast listening session could be interrupted by dynamically placed, constantly refreshed and targeted content -- read advertisements -- served up by iAd, if Apple deploys technology described in patent application published Thursday.

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Wednesday July 22

23:23
MacBook Pro Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.0

Fixes a vulnerability with the internal SSD firmware in the MacBook Pro model released in May, 2015. (Free, 1.9 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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21:47
Enjoy Brother Attachment on Raksha Bandhan with Time...

Forums: SuggestionsTags: Best PracticeRaksha Bandhan is a celebration connected with appreciate, bonding, brotherhood and abundance. The particular festivity is all centered about tying of colourful place throughout brother’s hand. The actual rakhi that people tie up currently may be the refreshed kind of the particular old in addition to authentic rakhi mauli. Mauli can be a defense thread, in essence with discolored or maybe crimson in coloring, that is linked divorce lawyers atlanta auspicious situation just like puja in addition to celebrations so that you can strengthen to help combat evils.
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20:22
Default Folder X 4.7.3

Improves compatibility with the public beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan. ($34.95 new, free update, 11.1 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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18:37
The importance of iOS overtaking Wintel unit sales

But that’s not the story at all. For one thing, Android overtook the Wintel world way back in 2012. The story here is that mobile utterly dwarfs desktop and laptop computing. Civilization has been changing under our very noses, and today even the second largest mobile platform outsells the world of Wintel.This is an interesting take from Bryan Chaffin.∞ Read this on The Loop

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18:31
Apple revises down capital expenditure projection 8...

Apple revealed in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing Wednesday that it plans to spend $12 billion on capital expenditures for the 2015 fiscal year, $1 billion less than was initially projected last year.

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17:29
Apple looks to hire government affairs specialist in...

Apple is looking to hire its first government affairs officer in India as part of an overarching plan to more aggressively target the growing market, according to a local report.

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16:16
Official third-party Apple Watch stands and docks...

An example of current Apple Watch stands that must utilize Apple’s official Watch charging cable.
Apple will soon let manufacturers in its Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFi) licensing program include charging pads for the Apple Watch directly in their accessories, according to sources. Currently, dock makers can only offer charging by making unsightly openings in their docks for Apple’s official charger to sit, forcing users to bring their own cable and install it, and compromising an ideal design and user experience in the process. By making charging modules available to manufacturers to use, however, customers will be able to buy docks and stands with integrated chargers without needing to use their own.
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16:14
Consumer advocacy group, Sen. Al Franken add to...

Advocacy group Consumer Watchdog leveled antitrust accusations against Apple Music in a letter to the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice on Wednesday, saying Apple is leveraging access to consumer credit cards and user music preferences to tamp down competition. Senator Al Franken shared similar concerns in a separate letter to the same governmental bodies.

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14:57
Apple releases firmware update for new MacBook Pro

Bought a new MacBook Pro recently? There might be a firmware update waiting for you.Apple on Wednesday released the MacBook Pro Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.0, which, according to Apple’s website, is for mid-2015 MacBook Pro models. The website also sates that the firmware update fixes an issue that “may cause data corruption.”In case you’re wondering, about the “mid-2015” part: When Apple releases new Macs, it uses identifies when the model was released with “early-,” “mid-,” or “late-,” labels. The 15-inch MacBook Pro currently for sale by Apple is labeled mid-2015. So if you have a MacBook Pro from mid-2014, you do not need to install the firmware update.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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14:42
Google Groups

 July 22, 2015 3:42:00 PM PDTThe problem with Google Groups should be resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support. Please rest assured that system reliability is a top priority at Google, and we are making continuous improvements to make our systems better. July 22, 2015 1:39:00 PM PDTGoogle Groups service has already been restored for some users, and we expect a resolution for all users within the next 2 hours. Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change. July 22, 2015 12:36:00 PM PDTWe are continuing to investigate this issue. We will provide an update by July 22, 2015 1:36:00 PM PDT detailing when we expect to resolve the problem. July 22, 2015 11:36:00 AM PDTWe are continuing to investigate this issue. We will provide an update by July 22, 2015 12:36:00 PM PDT detailing when we expect to resolve the problem. July 22, 2015 9:45:00 AM PDTWe're investigating reports of an issue with Google Groups. We will provide...

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14:03
How to enable Home Sharing in iOS 9 beta

With the latest iOS 9 beta restoring full support for Home Sharing, here's how to toggle on the feature that allows streaming music and video from computers connected to the same local Wi-Fi network.

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13:22
Report: Apple Watch owns 75 percent of the...

According to a new report, Apple has become the leader in the smartwatch market with the launch of a little new gadget known as the Apple Watch.
On Wednesday WatchAware reported on new findings by research firm Strategy Analytics claiming that the Apple Watch is already the “star performer” of the smartwatch industry. According to the report, in just three months, the Apple Watch has managed to capture 75.5 percent of the global smartwatch market share, shipping an estimated 4 million units to vendors all over the world.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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13:17
External Link: Flying the Unfriendly Skies

Mike Masnick of Techdirt reports on tech entrepreneur Brian Fitzpatrick’s close encounter with an unwanted DRM-plugin, courtesy of United Airlines. It seems the airline is beta-testing what it calls its “Personal Device Entertainment” option, by which passengers can use the in-flight Wi-Fi to view movies on their own devices. However, Fitzpatrick learned that the option requires the installation of a DRM-plugin and Flash on personal computers, and the required plugin is one considered dangerous enough that Google Chrome does not support it for security reasons. Maybe Fitzpatrick should have just rented headphones and purchased an alcoholic beverage. 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...

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13:15
The Week in iOS Accessories: Cables, cords, and...

Cables, cords, and connectionsThis week’s roundup includes all-new ways to dock, charge, and sync your iOS device. Read on!KanexKanex’s $40 iPhone 6 Dock has an aluminum finish and a slip-resistant base, displaying your new iPhone to maximum effect while it charges and syncs.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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