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Thursday August 20

09:03
Adobe Social gaining Aviary’s photo editing features...


Adobe announced almost one year ago that it had acquired the team behind the popular image editing app Aviary, and since then the iPhone app has picked up Adobe ID support for syncing editing supplies with Creative Cloud and joined the Creative SDK. Now Adobe is tying Aviary’s tools like text adding and filter adjustments to ...

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08:44
Deals: $999 loaded 11" MacBook Air, $1,785 15...

This week, we've brought back some of last month's most popular offers while extending several others, such as a fully-loaded 11" MacBook Air for $999 ($650 off), the new 15" MacBook Pro for $1,785 ($214 off), a near fully-loaded, early 2015 13" MacBook Pro with AppleCare for $2,148.00 ($300 off) and Dell's Ultra HD 4K display for $499.99 ($200 off).

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08:23
1Password iOS update improves Apple Watch &...

A nice update is awaiting 1Password users on iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch today as the password management app has enhanced a few key parts of the experience. On the iPhone 5s and later plus iPad min 3/iPad Air 2, 1Password’s login screen now features a Touch ID button under the Master Password field so you can choose to sign in using your finger print even if you accidentally hit cancel on the first request. Tapping the fingerprint button prompts the system Touch ID unlock screen.
Also useful for Touch ID users on iOS is an improvement to how the app can stay unlocked between uses in different apps. Previously 1Password’s extension in other apps required being unlocked by password, passcode, or Touch ID each time, but now the 1Password extension and 1Password app share the same unlock time...

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08:03
With iOS 8.4.1, Apple patches app sandbox...

Last week's release of iOS 8.4.1 brought more than just Apple Music fixes -- it also patched a previously undisclosed hole in the app sandbox that made it possible for iOS devices operating in managed environments to unknowingly leak configuration and credential data to other third-party apps.

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08:00
9to5Toys Last Call: 12-inch 256GB MacBook $1,149, 3-...

Update (8/20 2:05pm):  Hitman: Sniper is now currently unavailable. The Hitman: Sniper listing has seemingly disappeared on the App Store. We will update this when we know more
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08:00
My crystal ball says no Skylake-equipped Macs before...

Intel has given some details about its upcoming Skylake processors, sharing some info of the processor's architecture. What we don't know is when we'll see it in Macs, though I'm not expecting that to happen this year.

Reducing power consumption is Intel's top priority for Skylake. The company is also reducing the size of the processor, resulting in smaller motherboards. What's more, the next gen Intel chip is touted to provide gains of 10x or more and support DDR4 RAM for further speed improvements. However, there are other cool features — assuming the rumors are true.

For example, Skylake will purportedly bring wireless charging and data transfers by adopting the WiGig standard — a technology that enables gigabit-speed communications without using wires. This will form the basis of the wireless docking capability. And perhaps wireless display...

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07:53
Intel moves closer to Skylake launch date, new...



Intel’s getting closer to a launch date on Skylake, which might be a pretty drool-worthy processor.
The company in the meantime shared a variety of details about the platform. Skylake processors will, for instance, use a technology called Speed Shift to dynamically change power state and reduce consumption.
The processor will feature planned performance boosts, but will also use “eDRAM+,” a fully coherent form of cache memory that can work for the CPU and not just integrated graphics. eDRAM+ will also be used in more chips than eDRAM, and in 64- and 128-megabyte sizes.

A new extension technology, SGX — Software Guard eXtensions...

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07:33
Apple Music, the Ultimate Guide

Serenity knows her stuff, there’s a lot of detail on setup and troubleshooting, it looks great, and it’s only $4.99.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:31
Flash’s demise continues as Amazon stops accepting...


Amazon may have been Apple’s target when it unveiled its iBooks Store alongside the iPad in 2010, but the digital retail giant’s latest move is helping fulfill Steve Jobs’ vision of a web without Flash. Amazon Advertising issued an update to its technical guidelines today declaring that it will stop accepting Flash-based ads starting next month. Adobe cited “recent browser setting updates from Google Chrome, and existing browser settings from Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari” that interfere with displaying Flash ads....

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07:26
Apple Watch sales expand to more third-party...

On Thursday Apple continued to expand the number of third-party vendors for the Apple Watch, adding France's Fnac to the list of retailers, though initially only in a limited fashion.

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07:21
Rolling Stone: The 100 Greatest Songwriters of All...

It’s a list, so there will be much arguing, teeth gnashing, and hand wringing.But don’t get too wrapped up in all that. All the usual suspects are there. Who cares who’s on top?It’s the bottom and middle of the list that I really found interesting.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:20
Apple Watch coming to 100+ Fnac locations in France...



The Apple Watch just became a little easier to find in France.
The device has begun to appear at assorted Fnac locations within Paris, starting with just one store alongside the Fnac official website.
The Fnac retail store, which is thought of as the equivalent to Best Buy in America, initially selling the Apple Watch is the one located at the Champs Elysées, and will officially begin to sell the wearable on August 21. Other Fnac stores will begin to offer the Watch “within the next week,” and the store’s employees will be trained to field questions and concerns from customers regarding Apple’s smartwatch.

Fnac represents the first European chain to offer the...

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07:19
Review: DODOcase Maritime Collection Multi-Angle...

DODOcase has recently introduced its Maritime Collection for iPad Air 2. There are two different case styles in the collection — the Original protective case ($80), and a Multi-Angle DODOcase ($95). We received the latter, which features a folding back cover which can be placed at one of three pre-set angles. The iPad Air 2 is held in place by a solid bamboo tray. Though the volume controls are left exposed, there's actually a small bamboo button that covers the sleep/wake button, and the cover successfully activates the iPad's sleep/wake function, as well. The Maritime Collection comes in a variety of nautical-themed designs. It's worth noting that these Maritime cases are functionally the same as the company's classic iPad Air 2 cases, which are $15 cheaper.{/exp:char_limit}
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07:07
Major League Baseball and Apple Watch

This is interesting:After concerns were raised during the game about whether Yost wearing an Apple Watch in the dugout gave his team an unfair advantage over its less-connected adversaries, Major League Baseball told MarketWatch it is not banning smartwatches during games.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:59
First look: Boogie Board Jot 8.5 eWriter, an iOS-...

Boogie Board on Thursday announced a new version of their popular writing tablet, and for the first time, announced an accompanying iOS app that allows users to quickly sync their notes with their iPhone's camera.

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06:56
The Gartner hype cycle

The hype cycle is a series of five steps that much emerging technology goes through. There’s a great chart that should crystalize this for you. Interesting read, definitely clicks for me.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:51
Apple reveals data sources for iOS 9′s transit...



iOS 9 will add transit directions to its Maps service, the new data including schedules for buses, trains, subways, and ferries and will be available in 10 cities at launch later this year.
To answer the question as to where the transit data is coming from, Apple has updated its Apple Maps Acknowledgements webpage with a breakdown of where transit data from each city is coming.
The site reveals that the data will hail from twenty different sources, with each source providing data for a single city in most cases. For instance, three different sources are contributing transit data for Berlin and three other sources are contributing to San Francisco transit data. Some...

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06:44
In praise of Apple’s packaging

Kirk McElhearn touches on the care Apple puts in to its packaging. Amen, brother.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:40
The perfect gift for the musician in your life

This is a pretty original idea.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:36
Review: Lynktec’s updated Rechargeable Apex Stylus...

Everyone knew the iPad Air 2’s marquee features — a thinner, lighter body, Touch ID, a gold color option and much faster A8X processor — but fewer people realized that Apple also made subtle changes to the new tablet’s screen, not only improving its visibility outdoors but also changing the way it registered touch input. All of the tweaks added up to a noticeably better user experience, but one category of accessories unexpectedly wound up broken: digital styluses. As it turns out, fine-tipped styluses use tiny electrical pulses to trick touchscreens into thinking they’re fingers, and the pulses needed to be recalibrated to work reliably with the iPad Air 2’s new screen. Adonit was the first to release an iPad Air 2-compatible digital stylus, the...

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06:26
Yamaha announces MusicCast Wi-Fi multi-room audio...

If you want a Wi-Fi-based multi-room audio system, you so far haven’t had many alternatives to the market leader, Sonos. Other manufacturers offer their own solutions, but generally only in a handful of products. That looks set to change as Yamaha today announced that its MusicCast system will be supported by more than 20 products, with pricing starting from $250. That includes all but one of its 2015 receivers, reports CNET.
Unlike Sonos, MusicCast supports five different lossless audio formats, including Apple Lossless, FLAC and WAV. It’s...

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06:24
Cannot Mount Volumes on OS X

Forums: SoftwareTags: 10.8.5; Stornext 5.1.1; failed to load volume list; Mac Mini; M440I will copy the portion of logs that I repeatedly get each time I try to get the volume to mount. However the full story is that I have an M440 appliance that is running a file system that works and is connected to four Windows servers.
We added a new array to the mix with the same fibre switches and metadata switches. The new file system was successfully created and I can perform failovers without issue. The original file system was uneffected. The volume mounts on the MDC without issue.
I have a Mac Mini running 10.8.5 and I have the automount.plist and config.plist in place as well as the fsnameservers with the IP's in order. Their...

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06:18
iPhone sales stay strong amid worldwide smartphone...

Apple's iPhone continues to gain marketshare despite a slowing global smartphone market during the second quarter, doing particularly well in China -- where the overall market actually shrunk by 4 percent year-over-year.

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06:14
Who pays the price for click fraud in streaming...

Fascinating read. Really dig into that last part, understand who pays for this fraud. It is not Apple Music, not Spotify. It comes out of the pool of money paid in by subscribers and out of artists’ pockets.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:06
External Link: Comcast Testing Its Internet...

Comcast has announced that it’s testing an expansion of its low-cost Internet Essentials program for senior citizens in San Francisco and Palm Beach County, Florida. Internet Essentials offers download speeds of up to 10 Mbps and a Wi-Fi router for $9.95 per month for low-income households. So far, the Internet Essentials program has required that a household have a child eligible for the National School Lunch Program, but Comcast has not stated what the eligibility requirements for seniors will be. 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-...

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06:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Speck's dual-layered...

...plus wallet cases, leather options, and more!This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases also includes a bumper from Case-Mate, wallets from DODOcase and DesignSkin, and a security-centric case from Vysk.BiteMyAppleDesigned for frequent international travelers, the Convoy (iPhone 6; $50) packs extra room for a spare SIM card and a SIM card tray ejector pin.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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06:00
Pad & Quill's stylish Leather Backpack: an...

Pad & Quill Leather Backpack. Photo ©2015, Steven Sande. All rights reserved.

Today I'll be taking a look at Pad & Quill's new Leather Backpack ($295.00), a gorgeous handmade leather and waxed canvas backpack from the Minneapolis-based accessory manufacturer. And I'll let you in on a little secret: this backpack is only the second product I've reviewed to warrant the "Apple World Today Top Pick" label. You'll find out why as I review this well-designed piece of handiwork.

Design

Like most of the quality products from Pad & Quill, the Leather Backpack has a back story. In this case, Mr. PQ (AKA Brian Holmes) had what he called a midlife crisis (I'm older than Brian and I still haven't had one) and bought a Triumph motorcycle. Of course, when you're...

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05:49
News: Samsung takes patent appeal to U.S. Supreme...

Following the rejection last week of Samsung’s appeal to have its iPhone patent infringement judgement overturned, the San Jose Mercury News reports that the South Korean tech company now plans to appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, the only legal recourse left open to it at this point. An 2012 jury verdict had ruled that Samsung violated Apple’s iPhone patents, originally resulting in a judgement of more than $1 billion against…

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05:40
The time is ripe (and getting riper) for Apple'...

Although Apple's rumored television streaming service — which I call Apple Web TV — has purportedly been delayed until next year, the sooner it arrives the better. The number of subscribers to cable and satellite TV providers continues to dwindle.

The Wall Street Times says that Apple is in talks with programmers to offer a slimmed-down bundle of TV networks that will be available on Apple gadgets such as the Apple TV, iPad, and iPhone. The service will reportedly have about 25 channels and cost between US$30 and $40 per month.

The sooner it arrives, the better. The top 20 tracked operators in the US (accounting for more than 95% of the total market) saw subscriber losses of 479,000 while the operators in Canada lost 53,000 customers, according to new data from...

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05:35
After Best Buy in US & Canada, Apple Watch goes...


Following Apple’s decision to make the Apple Watch available for sale in Best Buy in the U.S. and Canada, it has been making a similar move in other countries. It is already available through select branches of the Australian department store chain MYER, and iPhone Addict reports that it will go on sale through French electronics retailer FNAC as of tomorrow. More chains are likely to follow in other countries.
MYER has...

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05:24
News: Daily Deal: Soundfreaq Sound Step Lightning 2...

In today’s iLounge Deal you can get the Sound Step Lightning 2 Bluetooth Speaker for only $59 – that’s 60% off the regular price. This next-generation Bluetooth speaker includes a dedicated subwoofer and Soundfreaq’s UQ3 spatial sound enhancement to deliver amazing crystal-clear sound quality unheard of for a speaker its size. The speaker is fully portable and rechargeable and in addition to Bluetooth includes a Lightning dock…

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05:11
Apple's Siri to use Baidu as its default search...

Apple has set Baidu as its default search engine for Chinese users of Siri, according to Feng.com, a tech blog based in China (and as as noted by BrightWire.com, a global investment newswire).

Siri also added the feature of Baidu Baike, Baidu's Chinese-language collaborative web-based encyclopedia. Baidu Inc. is a Chinese web services company headquartered at the Baidu Campus in Beijing's Haidian District.  

The company provides a Chinese language-search engine for websites, audio files and images, as well as the aforementioned Baidu Baike (an online, collaboratively-built encyclopedia) and a searchable, keyword-based discussion forum.

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04:50
Six Windows 10 Features Apple Should Steal

Julio Ojeda-Zapata has been using test versions of the Windows 10 operating system nonstop in recent months. Now, with the official release of Microsoft’s desktop OS, he has identified features he would really like to see in OS X. 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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04:39
Rumor: Sharp, Foxconn tabbed to supply parts for 4M-...

The smoke surrounding Apple's long-rumored jumbo iPad is beginning to thicken, as whispers out of Asia suggest that the company has chosen Japanese firm Sharp and Taiwanese collaborator Foxconn to build and assemble touch modules for as many as 5 million 'iPad Pro' units.

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04:38
iPhone continues to steal global smartphone market...

iPhone sales grew 36% year-on-year, while Samsung’s sales fell 5.3% in the same period, according to new data from the Gartner research group. Apple’s market share climbed from 12.2% in the second quarter of 2014 to 14.6% in the same quarter this year.

Gartner says Apple's double-digit growth in the high-end segment continued to negatively impact its rivals' premium phone sales and profit margins. Despite the launch of new S6 models, Samsung's premium phones continued to be challenged by Apple's large-screen iPhones, adds the research group.

Samsung lost 4.3 percentage points in market share and declined 5.3 percent in unit sales in the second quarter of 2015. Huawei recorded the highest sales growth rate of 46.3 percent, thanks to strong overseas sales and 4G smartphone sales in China. iPhone sales increased 36 percent, which helped Apple gain 2.4 percentage points in market...

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04:07
Gartner: Worldwide iPhone sales grew 36% YOY, while...


New data from Gartner suggests that iPhone sales grew 36% year-on-year, while Samsung’s sales fell 5.3% in the same period. Apple’s market share climbed from 12.2% in Q2 2014 to 14.6% in the same quarter this year. Other winners were Chinese brands Huawei and Xiaomi.
Gartner said that while overall smartphone growth was sluggish, Apple continued to dominate the premium end of the market, with other vendors struggling to compete.

Apple’s double-digit growth in the high-end segment continued to negatively impact its rivals’ premium phone sales and profit margins. Many vendors had to realign their portfolios to remain competitive in the midrange and low-end smartphone segments. This realignment resulted in price wars and...

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03:20
Supply chain reports back KGI timings of iPad Pro...


Supply chain sources cited by Digitimes back a KGI report that the iPad Pro is expected to begin production in September, ramping up into mass production from October. While Digitimes has a spotty track record, this report is more specific than many, providing details of display suppliers for the new device.

The device will enter production by the end of the third quarter and go into mass production in the fourth. Sharp will provide Open Cell LCD displays while [Foxconn subsidiary] GIS will provide GF touch panels.
Samsung Display and TPK will be secondary suppliers, with TPK responsible for touch modules and Samsung for displays as well as LCD assembly … ...

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03:00
Wrapping it right: In praise of Apple’s packaging

Sometimes the little things matter.I’ve bought a number of Apple products in recent months: an Apple Watch, an iPod touch, an iPod shuffle, and a MacBook. Each time I’ve unboxed one of these devices, I have been reminded how unobtrusive Apple’s packing is. It’s designed to protect your new devices, but not make it hard to start using them. And the attention to detail in Apple’s product packaging bears witness to Steve Jobs’ belief that products should be beautiful inside and out. Kirk McElhearn
My new MacBook protected by a thin, easy to remove sheet of plastic.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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02:48
MLB clarifies: Ned Yost was only reminded Apple...


MLB has clarified a somewhat ambiguous Kansas City Star report that it told Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost that he must not use his Apple Watch during games. The organization told MarketWatch that Yost was merely reminded that the watch must not be connected to his phone during games.

The MLB staffers managing on-field operations did call Yost to make sure he wasn’t using the data on his watch, […] but it was just a routine call. “It’s not banned,” said an MLB spokesman.

The spokesman added that if future smartwatches gained...

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02:30
7 truly annoying iOS features, and how to make them...

Maybe that last pop-up asking if you want to join some random Wi-Fi network was the final straw, or perhaps it was another unwelcome alert on a lazy Sunday. Maybe you’re feeling a little woozy from iOS’s zoomy new screen effects, or it could be that you wish the stubborn Newsstand app would make itself scarce. Whatever it is, let’s face it: Sometimes iOS can be, well, annoying. The good news is that you can tweak or turn off many of iOS’s most nagging and intrusive features. All it takes is a little time spent in Settings. Asking if you want to join a new Wi-Fi network
Assuming everything’s running smoothly, your iPhone or iPad will seamlessly switch between your “known” home and office Wi-Fi networks and its cellular data connection. But even when you’re not connected to Wi-Fi, iOS will keep an ear out for any other nearby Wi-Fi networks—and if it finds any, a pop-up will appear, asking if you want to join one of them....

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Wednesday August 19

17:39
Apple issues first Australian bond, raises more than...

As anticipated, Apple on Thursday local Australia time issued an Australian dollar-denominated bond that according to one report has already reached AU$1.2 billion, or about $883 million.

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16:45
Apple to hold bond sale between $500M and $1B in...


Apple today has launched a “benchmark” sized Australian dollar corporate bond issue, its first in Australian currency. Investors in Australia were informed of the two-part bond sales just recently and told that Apple will offer four-year and seven-year bonds in the country.

Since the bond issue is referred to as benchmark-sized, Apple is likely looking to raise between $500 million and $1 billion. Seeing that Apple has a AA+ rating, lenders are aware that it’s a low credit risk investment, meaning that Apple shouldn’t have trouble raising the money and can offer bonds at a relatively cheap rate. The bond program is being managed by Goldman Sachs, Commonwealth Bank and Deutsche Bank.
The...

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15:48
Macworld’s September Digital Edition: OS X El...

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

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15:39
Apple outs iOS 9 Maps transit data sources, new...

In a change to its Apple Maps Acknowledgements webpage, Apple revealed an initial list of data providers used to populate the upcoming transit mapping feature in Maps for iOS 9, as well as two new aggregators of business listings.

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15:35
Samsung plans appeal to U.S. Supreme Court in never-...

Following a request for a rehearing of its battle with Apple earlier this summer, Samsung last week had its plea denied by the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, putting the case on its last leg. Samsung was hoping that the federal appeals court would reconsider the U.S Federal Circuit Court’s decision to uphold damages from a 2012 ruling. Following last week’s rejections, Samsung’s final option would be to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, and now it appears that the company is doing just that.

The San Jose Mercury News reports that Samsung is planning to ask the Supreme...

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15:12
Apple releases OS X El Capitan Public Beta 5

On Tuesday, the OS X El Capitan Public Beta 5 made an appearance, but then it disappeared. It made its return today, and this time it’s here to stay—at least untill the next beta rolls along.
To install the new beta, you must be part of the Apple Beta Software Program. If you’re not you can sign up, but remember, it’s beta software and it’s possible that you’ll encounter bugs and problems with your apps and hardware, which is why you should provide feedback when using the beta. For folks already running the El Cap beta, you can update the OS through the App Store.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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15:01
Apple reveals data sources for transit directions in...

With iOS 9, Apple revealed that its Maps service would begin to support transit directions. The service supports buses, trains, subways, and ferries and will be available in 10 cities at launch later this year. One big question, however, centered around where Apple was obtaining its transit data from. Now, Apple has updated its Apple Maps Acknowledgements webpage with a breakdown of where transit data from each city is coming (via Apple Maps Marketing).
The webpage reveals that Apple’s transit data from twenty different sources, with each source providing data for a single city in most cases. For instance, three different sources are contributing transit data for Berlin and three other sources are contributing...

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14:29
Samsung to petition Supreme Court over Apple patent...

After being denied an en banc rehearing with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit over a prior decision that kept intact Apple's multi-million dollar patent trial win, Samsung has voiced intent to argue the case in front of the Supreme Court.

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14:27
Intel’s upcoming Skylake processors will...


After a pair of leaks revealed most of the details about Intel’s upcoming Skylake processor lineup, the company today itself has teased a few of the features of the upcoming processors. While Intel says launch details will be revealed in a couple of weeks, some information was teased during an Intel Developer Forum presentation today, including details about support for 4K displays.

According to PCWorld, Intel’s Skylake CPUs include integrated fixed-function support of 4K video processing, which means that there are dedicated...

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14:01
Say Hello to Google's Kinder, Gentler Router


Google on Tuesday unveiled OnHub -- a router that is not only good looking but also fast, secure and easy-to-use. It developed the router in partnership with TP-Link. "Many of us keep our router on the floor and out of sight, where it doesn't work as well," said Google Group Product Manager Trond Wuellner. "We replaced unruly cords and blinking lights with internal antennas and subtle, useful lighting, so you'll be happy placing OnHub out in the open, where your router performs its best."

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13:48
Apple Watch Sport owners report unexpected rear logo...

Some Apple Watch owners are experiencing problems with the Apple logo disappearing off the back of their devices, and/or scratching around the surrounding text, according to complaints posted online.

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13:39
Intel's Skylake chips can power three 4K...

A launch date for Intel's next-generation Skylake processors should be announced in a "couple of weeks," a senior principal engineer recently revealed at an Intel Developer Forum presentation.

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13:00
AWT News Update: August 19, 2015

In today's top Apple news stories:

  • Major League Baseball coaches and team personnel can wear Apple Watches in the dugout
  • Wired has a cool idea for secure communications - use an iPod touch
  • Apple will avoid "Bendgate" with future iPhones by using a new aluminum alloy

The transcript of today's podcast can be found below...

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 19, 2015.

It’s official - Major League Baseball is going to allow coaches and team personnel to wear Apple Watches in the dugout during games as long as the devices aren’t used for communication. The issue of allowing the Watch during games came up when Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost was seen wearing his...

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12:45
Review: This $15 aluminum charging stand for Apple...


With a lot of compromised designs due to the rush to get Apple Watch docks and stands to market, I wasn’t initially all that impressed with the often overpriced options available. That’s why I opted for a DIY mod of my own Apple Watch box. But at just $15, this new charging dock from Poetic is one of the first dock products I’ve received that I can confidently recommend to those of you currently window shopping for a watch stand. Here’s why you shouldn’t waste your time with pricier options…...

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12:37
Gear: Speck MightyPack

Speck, known for its cases, has introduced its first backpack — MightyPack ($80). The debut backpack for the company can hold up to a 15” MacBook, and there’s plenty of space for other accessories, including an iPad and iPhone. A vegan fur-lined “Tech Locker” pocket near the top of the bag has a hardshell for extra protection, and a hole inside the bag allows users to pass cables between compartments for charging purposes.…

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12:27
Apple issues 7th OS X 10.11 El Capitan beta to...

Apple on Wednesday released the seventh beta version of its upcoming OS X 10.11 El Capitan operating system to developers for testing, while at the same time pushing out a fifth beta to those participating in the public beta program.

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12:03
Tip of the Day: Customizing Default Message Replies...

The Apple Watch can be a great tool for keeping up with your messages on the go, but if talking into your wrist like a modern day Dick Tracy feels weird, you’re going to be limited to choosing from a list of canned responses. Fortunately, there are quite a few available and you can customize any of them to your liking by visiting the iPhone’s Apple Watch app. To do this, go into the Messages section and tap on any of the replies listed…

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11:25
Could the Best Windows 10 Laptop Be a Mac?

dkatana writes: Now that Windows 10 is finally out there many people are looking for the best laptop with the power to make the new OS shine. The sweet spot appears to be in $900-$1500 machines from Dell, Asus and HP. But Apple, the company that has been fighting Windows for ever, has other options for Windows 10: the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. According to InformationWeek there are many reasons to consider purchasing a MacBook as the next Windows machine, including design, reliability, performance, battery life, display quality and better keyboard. Also MacBooks have a higher resell value, retaining up to 50% of their price after five years.

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11:11
MLB okays Apple Watch for use in the dugout, cell...

Major League Baseball will reportedly allow coaches and team personnel to wear Apple Watches in the dugout during games --?while continuing to ban other electronic devices, including cell phones --?as long as the Watch is not used for communication.

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10:59
Apple Car May Have a Smart, Sensor-Equipped...


Apple might be working on a heads-up display for windshields, Trip Chowdhry, managing director of equity research at Global Equities Research, said in a note sent last week to the firm's clients. It will have built-in sensor technology, and the entire surface will function as a HUD. It may be a "completely new device," he wrote. The display measures between 27 inches and 50 inches and might be gesture controlled, Chowdhry said, noting that the largest iMac has a 27-inch screen, while an automobile windshield measures about 50 inches.

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10:42
The agonizingly slow decline of Flash

Kill it. Just kill it. Put it out of our misery.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:37
Review: Kanex iPhone ChargeSync Dock for iPhone 6 +...

Kanex has released iPhone ChargeSync Dock ($40), a charging and syncing dock with a built-in Lightning connector for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The dock is mostly made of aluminum, with a non-slip base. A A 1-meter USB cable is attached to the back of the dock, and Kanex says iPhone ChargeSync Dock puts out 2.4A of power, offering a relatively quick charge. Though the dock is marketed toward iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users, iPhone ChargeSync Dock is also compatible with smaller Lightning devices, such as the iPod touch or the past generation of iPhones. Even an iPad mini can be hitched to the dock, though it's a bit wobbly compared to the iPhone and iPod touch.{/exp:char_limit}
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09:03
Podcast 470: Binging on Apple TV rumors

Apple is allegedly planning to hold its alleged fall event on September 9, you know, maybe. (Invites haven't been sent yet.) 9to5Mac dropped some major leaks about a revamped Apple TV to be announced, reportedly, at said alleged event. Susie and Glenn love television—especially this one obscure cartoon created by Matt Groening—so this is very exciting for them both.
Back in Shelbyville, Apple has made iCloud work more like Dropbox in regards to deleted files, USB-C adapters aren't proving to be the panacea we had once thought, and a teenager was rude. Shocker.

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09:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Tripods, big and small

Tripods, big and smallThis week’s roundup includes a tripod so small it can fit in your wallet—and one that can reach more than six feet in height. Read on!  iHomeThe $40 iSP5 SmartPlug lets you “control small appliances up to 1800 watts or under, including lights, window air conditioners, fans, portable heaters, coffee makers, home audio systems and more” using voice commands on devices running iOS 8 or later. You’ll need the iHome Control app to run the system. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:40
Conflicting reports surface over Dubai Apple Store...

Apple has been eyeing the prospect of opening a retail store in Dubai for quite some time now with hiring starting almost exactly a year ago and a UAE newspaper claiming three months ago that a 50,000 square foot store would open this month.
Up until now, however, legal issues over foreign ownership laws in the UAE have presented roadblocks from that happening, and today Bloomberg reported that Apple has been granted a significant exemption resolving that issue:
Apple Inc. has been granted an exemption from foreign ownership laws in the United Arab Emirates that will allow it 100 percent control of operations...

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08:39
Mark Gurman discusses Apple Music numbers and next...

This morning, our Senior Editor Mark Gurman went live on CNBC to discuss the conflicting Apple Music survey and usage numbers in addition to the next-generation Apple TV. You can watch both clips below.

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08:26
‘Final Fantasy VII’ port arrives for iPhone &...

Square Enix announced earlier this year at E3 that it would bring back its beloved Final Fantasy VII title as a remake for consoles, PC, and iOS. Today, the iPhone and iPad version of the game officially arrives on the App Store.
While we learned previously that Square Enix wouldn’t be using its Luminous Engine for the remake, the game’s iTunes page does confirm that the iOS title is a direct “port based on Final Fantasy VII for PC” and arrives without any changes to the original game’s storyline. It’s also made some enhancements specially for the iPhone and iPad version…
As for improvements made for the iOS version of the game, users can switch between a “virtual analogue” and a “fixed 4-way digital control pad” for onscreen...

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08:16
Mac: Parallels Software Parallels Desktop 11

Another year brings another release of Parallels’ eponymous PC emulator for Macs. Ready for the release of OS X El Capitan, Parallels Desktop 11 ($80) supports Windows 10 and allows users to make use of Cortana, Microsoft’s digital assistant. Users can now simply swipe to switch between Mac and Windows screens, but even when Windows is running in the background, saying “Hey Cortana” will still get a reply from the digital assistant. Parallels also makes it possible to cut and paste or drag and drop items freely between Windows and Mac programs. Standard speed improvements are here, with Parallels claiming to have increased Windows startup performance by 50 percent and shaved 20 percent off the time it takes to open Microsoft Excel speadsheets. Battery life is improved 25 percent as well when operating in a new “travel mode.”  Users will be able to tailor the Windows experience to their preferred use (gaming vs. design, for example), allowing them to stretch the battery life further...

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08:11
WhatsApp Web feature now supports iOS, available for...

The highly popular WhatsApp messaging service owned by Facebook appears to be adding a new feature that allows iPhone users to chat in the browser using a web app. The feature is called WhatsApp Web and became available on various platforms including Android and Windows Phone earlier this year, but the feature was absent for iPhone users at the time “due to Apple platform limitations.” Using the chat service on the web requires running WhatsApp on a corresponding smartphone.
WhatsApp users on Reddit first noticed the...

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08:10
Report: Force Touch Stylus could turn iPad Pro into...

Apple could get back to its graphic design roots with a Force Touch stylus for the long-rumored iPad Pro.According to KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo, the pressure-sensitive stylus will be an optional feature in the larger iPad, which is rumored to have a 12.9-inch display with 2732-by-2048 resolution. Kuo believes Apple will begin mass-producing the iPad Pro in September or October of this year, 9to5Mac reports.Kuo has a decent track record with Apple rumors, for instance predicting the larger iPhone 6 with a 128GB storage option but no sapphire display. However, he’s also been...

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08:09
'iPhone 6s' will move to Apple Watch'...

Composition testing of what is purportedly a shell for Apple's next-generation iPhone confirms previous reports that the new device will move to 7000-series aluminum, an alloy first introduced to Apple's lineup with the Watch.

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08:01
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad mini 3 16GB $289 or 64GB...

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07:53
∞ Mark Watney is still alive! The Martian, trailer 2.

The Martian. One of my favorite reads of all time. This movie has huge expectations, impossibly big shoes to fill. Here’s hoping they can science the shit out of the movie.

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07:48
Russia's Monocrystal identified as Apple Watch...

Apple's scratch resistant sapphire supplier for the Apple Watch is reportedly Monocrystal, a Russian firm which has become the largest synthetic sapphire manufacturer in the world.

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07:30
Apple granted exemption, will open two Apple Stores...

Apple is reportedly revving up plans to build not one, but two Apple Stores in the United Arab Emirates after it received a government exemption to an ownership law that required at least 51% local ownership of any facility built outside of so-called "free zones". 

The company was apparently refusing to build retail facilities in the region until it was able to receive the exemption, which will give the company full ownership of its stores. The stores will be the first in the Middle East, and are located in a small but important market region. The initial store is earmarked for Dubai this year, with a second store planned for Abu Dhabi in the future. 

There are about 17 million cellular subscribers in the area, but 61 percent of them use smartphones. Apple's iPhone 5s was the most popular phone in the fourth quarter of 2014...

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07:25
Apple Music retention is actually not too bad, says...

Apple has seemingly refuted a survey that found mediocre retention rates for the new Apple Music streaming service.
The survey, from music industry research firm MusicWatch, claimed that 48 percent of U.S. customers who’ve tried Apple Music aren’t using the service anymore. But in a statement to The Verge, Apple says the actual usage rate is 79 percent among all people who’ve activated their three-month free trial.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:10
Apple Store to move the iPod from table to rack

The long, slow demise of the iPod continues. Once a leader in Apple’s product line, the iPod will soon lose its spot on display tables at the Apple Store. Instead, the legendary device will be sold on the accessory wall at Apple Stores nationwide. At least that’s the rumor from 9to5Mac’s Marc Gurman—who has a great track record for accurate rumor reporting.Gurman, who spoke with “several Apple retail managers,” says the changes will roll out overnight next Tuesday. It’s not clear if that means we’ll see the change the morning of August 25 or August 26. Regardless, it looks like you’ll be able to pick-up a newly revamped iPod and a pair of Beats headphones within just a few paces of each...

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07:05
New analytical data hints at “iPad Pro” device with...



Additional evidence of a forthcoming “iPad Pro” has turned up again, this time in the form of analytics data.
Mobile analytics firm AppSee has reported that an iPad with model identifier “iPad6,8″ and a resolution of 2,732×2,048 pixels has appeared within its analytics logs. The firm is also seeing the “iPhone8,1″ and “iPhone8,2″ in its logs, as others have, which are likely the model identifiers for the so-called “iPhone 6s” and “iPhone 6s Plus.”

A few months ago, Taiwanese iOS developer Hiraku Wang shared iOS 9 beta code that suggested the 12.93-inch “iPad Pro” could feature a 2,732×2,048 pixels resolution. Research firm DisplaySearch also...

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07:01
How to boot your Mac in Verbose Mode

This is useful stuff. Worth bookmarking and passing along to other Mac support folks.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:58
On Siri, other voice-assists and humor

A nice look at the difference in humor between Siri and counterparts from other tech companies. Very interesting.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:48
Apple to open two Apple Stores in United Arab...

The United Arab Emirates is reportedly granting Apple an exemption from foreign ownership laws, allowing it to retain full control of planned operations in the country -- including two new Apple Stores.

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06:45
The downside of being featured by Apple in the App...

No doubt. Too many users too early in an app’s lifecycle can be bad news. Good words from M.G.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:29
Apple to demote the iPod, but here’s one reason to...

The iPod touch is being demoted. But there’s an important use case that Apple is ignoring.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:24
News: Apple moving iPod stock to accessory shelves...

Apple retail sources say starting next Wednesday, August 26, Apple Stores will be stocking iPods on store shelves alongside accessories, according to 9to5Mac. The move further separates the iPod from other Apple devices, which are kept in the back of the store and brought out to customers once they decide to buy one. Despite just getting a fresh set of updates, the iPod line has been demoted in Apple’s website redesign, as the once-flagship…

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06:12
Google OnHub Router Aims to Simplify Wi-Fi for...

Google’s surprise new hardware product, a Wi-Fi router, has many similar objectives to Apple’s AirPort base stations: simplicity, easy setup, and making services work better over a local network. Being platform agnostic, it may have broad appeal. 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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05:48
News: Rumors: ‘iPad Pro’ found in data logs, to...

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is echoing previous speculation that Apple’s long-rumored 12.9-inch “iPad Pro”  will come with a Force-Touch enabled screen and a stylus to make it easier for users to navigate on the larger surface (via MacRumors). Rumors about the “iPad Pro” have been circulating since 2013, but Kuo thinks Apple will finally start mass production some time in September or October, making the…

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05:33
Study: 12% of Android users are considering a switch...

In a report obtained by AppleWorld.Today, Phoenix and SessionM's mobile insights platform, mXP, says that 12% of Android users are considering making the switch when Apple introduces the iPhone 6s/6s Plus. The next gen smartphone is expected to be introduced at an early September event — though Apple hasn't confirmed such an event.

The Phoenix market research firm says this "could potentially be a significant opportunity for Apple to increase its user base." More than 39,000 on-the-go consumers responded to the one-question micro-study that ran for 24 hours on Aug. 11. It was comprised of 42% Android users and 58% iOS users.

The single question — "Are you planning on buying the new iPhone this fall?" — was sent across a network of 12 million-plus mobile device users of the mXP...

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05:28
News: Daily Deal: Horizon RC Spy Drone

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering the Horizon Spy Drone for only $89.95 – that’s almost 50% off the normal price. A quadcopter like you’ve never flown before, this drone lets you perform daring aerial stunts and complex maneuvers in mid-air while recording them all with the integrated camera. Up to three control settings let you change your flight speed, and the LCD interface provides flight status information right on the…

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04:59
'iPad Pro' expected this fall, will get...

Apple's anticipated jumbo-sized iPad will feature Force Touch input via a new, optional stylus accessory, which will allow for new ways of interacting with the next-generation tablet, according to insider Ming-Chi Kuo.

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04:53
'iPad Pro' rumored for the fall; what can...

The rumored 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" will enter mass production sometime in September or October, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says in a note to clients (as noted by MacRumors.com). 

The analyst also thinks that the super sized iPad will come with a Force Touch-enabled stylus accessory so users can more easily navigate the increased surface area of the tablet. There are also various and sundry rumors that the iPad Pro will: run Mac OS X; have USB ports; and have a keyboard port.

The Sellers Research Group (that's me) thinks the iPad Pro will have an optional keyboard (as well as the aforementioned optional stylus), but will most certainly be a tablet. It will be able to perform basic computing tasks such as word processing, doing spreadsheets, surfing the Net, and basic image editing. However, don't expect it to handle heavy duty video editing, hardcore gaming and 3D model rendering. You'll...

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04:45
Apple's mythical 'iPad Pro' allegedly...

A new, high-resolution iPad with an as-yet-unseen model identifier has reportedly begun to surface in analytics data from some commercial iOS apps, suggesting that the long-rumored "iPad Pro" may have entered the later stages of testing.

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04:00
12-Mile-High Tower May Launch Spacecraft Horizontally


Thoth Technology last month won patents in the U.S. and UK for a space elevator -- a 12-mile-high tower that could herald a new era of space transportation. If all goes as planned, the freestanding ThothX Tower will be the tallest structure in the world by far. Dubhai's Burj Khalifa, currently the world's tallest building, is a mere half mile in height.
Thoth plans to build a rigid inflatable structure around an elevator that will be actively guided through its pneumatically pressurized interior.

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02:30
Six excellent IFTTT Recipes to make iOS even better

If This Then That is an incredibly handy automation service, bridging the gap between various apps, accounts, and devices to boost your productivity. And this free Web service is even better when paired with an iPhone. Here are six IFTTT tricks designed to bring iOS to a whole new level. Save battery life

The IF app delivers simple, clear notifications.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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01:45
NASA releases gorgeous image of Saturn's moon...

NASA today released a new image of Dione, one of Saturn's many moons, as the spacecraft responsible for the shots moved into the next phases of its assignment. The visible light photograph displays the many craters and ice cliffs on Dione's surface...

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00:33
Aston plans Tesla-fighting 800-hp electric Rapide

Aston Martin intends to launch an electric version of the Rapide in the next two years, boasting 800 horsepower, all-wheel drive, and a 200-mile range. An electric DBX is also on the way somewhat later. Aston Martin is taking direct aim at the top...

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00:14
BBC iPlayer now lets you pause and resume shows on...

BBC iPlayer lets you watch TV shows on almost any device, but until now all of the different apps have felt like pretty siloed experiences. Well, that's soon going to change. An update rolling out this week is adding support for "cross-device resum...

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Tuesday August 18

23:11
Privacy-focused Blackphone 2 is ready for pre-order

Blackphone 2, the second iteration of Silent Circle's privacy-focused handset, is now available for pre-order -- assuming you don't mind reserving a device without knowing its price. The original Blackphone was sold at the flagship-level cost of $6...

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21:57
VAIO returns: coming to a Microsoft Store near you...

When Sony announced that it was spinning off its PC business, many mourned the passing of the premium -- but not quite best-selling -- VAIO series. The company was reborn in Japan, focusing on far less PC models (only two at the start), and a Made...

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21:55
Study claims 80% of Apple Watch owners in US, UK use...

According to new data from research firm Wristly, which saw its statistics cited in Apple's latest earnings conference call, Apple Watch is proving to be a boon for Apple Pay users, as 80 percent of owners use the service to make purchases.

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21:03
'Rainbow Six: Siege' won't breach and...
 
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