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Wednesday May 18

03:30
5 ways to search Gmail that everyone should know...

In a perfectly productive world, your inbox would have a place for every email with every email in its place. But it’s easy to let messages stack up knowing Google’s powerful search can usually bail you out when you need to find a months-old missive. Still, there will be cases when you need the help of an advanced search operator.
These terms can help you home in on what you’re looking for more quickly and accurately than a simple search. There are dozens of operators you can use, but we’ve narrowed down five of the most handy.1. Use ‘in:anywhere’ to search everywhere

It’s a given that a general Gmail search crawls every nook and cranny of your inbox, right? Alas, no. Search ignores Spam and Trash unless you specifically tell it to look there. That’s important to know because even Gmail’s spam filter is imperfect. And who hasn’t accidentally consigned some important message to the trash when furiously trying to get to inbox zero?...

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03:30
10 classic early iPhone games still worth playing...

Old, but not forgottenRemember the early days of iPhone gaming? The App Store wasn’t nearly as jam-packed with ultra-slick freemium games, but we still had plenty of fun. Touchscreen gameplay was still new and unfamiliar, and the games were often raw and less polished—but that made for some brilliant and unexpected experiences that kept us tapping and swiping for ages.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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03:00
Deal of the Day: iOS 9/Swift 2 Course Bundle for...

iOS 9 is the most advanced mobile operating system on the planet, while Swift 2 is quickly becoming the programming language of choice for developers. What if you could get 55 hours of training in both from the #1 instructor for online education marketplace Udemy for just $15? You can with today's deal - the iOS 9 and Swift 2 Course Bundle.

Whether you'd just like to learn more about app development or you're honing your skills for a new career, the bundle provides 2 courses with a phenomenal 373 lessons. During the Complete iOS 9 Developer Course, instructor Rob Percival will provide you with the following: 

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Tuesday May 17

22:31
iOS Uber app now offers Find My Friends-style...

Uber has added Find My Friends-style tracking of family members using the car service on your account. The feature is an extension of the Family Profiles facility Uber started testing back in March, allowing you to add partners and children to your account so that their rides are all billed to a single card.
more…Filed under: iOS Devices ...

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21:48
Apple announces iOS App Design and Development...

Apple this evening has announced that it is opening a new iOS App Design and Development Accelerator in Bengaluru, India. Apple says that the city is the “home of India’s startup scene,” while there are tens of thousands of developers in India building apps for iOS.
more…Filed under: iOS Devices ...

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21:40
Apple to open iOS app design and development...

As expected, Apple late Tuesday announced plans to open a Design and Development Accelerator in Bengaluru, India, where developers will learn a variety of skills for coding on Apple's software platforms.

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20:42
ANZ's Apple Pay exclusivity drives credit card...

Australian bank ANZ earlier this month observed a 20 percent spike in online credit card and deposit account applications after announcing support for Apple Pay, results that have prompted holdouts to rethink their position on Apple's payments service.

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20:30
Two Apple engineers traveled to a customer’s house...

Last week, we drew attention to a blog post from James Pinkstone in which he described how iTunes Match deleted 122GB of his personal music collection went viral. Apple confirmed the issue on Friday and rolled out a potential fix with iTunes 12.4 yesterday, but Pinkstone today has shared a new blog post detailing the extreme lengths to which Apple went in order to track down what exactly caused the problem in the...

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17:38
Apple sent senior engineers to customer's house...

James Pinkstone, whose blog post about an apparent iTunes music deletion bug went viral last week, said on Tuesday that Apple flew two senior software engineers across the country in attempts to troubleshoot the issue.

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15:54
Forked Debian Beta Is Rough Around the Edges


The Devuan GNU/Linux community's much-awaited Devuan Linux Jessie 1.0 beta release is available. It took two years for disgruntled Debian community members to make good on their promise of a systemd-free Debian distro. They rejected a Linux-wide trend to replace older init processes such as Upstart and System V with systemd. The process of forking Debian into Devuan took much longer than the Devuan leadership expected, according to Devuan.org. Despite that delay, Devuan Jessie is a safe upgrade path from Debian Wheezy.

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14:50
Apple Pay gains 30 more US banks amid wait for more...

Apple on Tuesday updated the roster of U.S. banks supporting Apple Pay with another 30 entries, while shoppers continued to wait for more retail partners to come onboard.

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14:40
AWT News Update: May 17, 2016

Today's AWT News Update brings you news from the world of Apple!

  • The iOS 9.3.2 update is bricking some iPad Pros
  • Apple's apparently hiring a number of people with expertise in wireless charging
  • Foxconn and Pegatron are hiring iPhone assembly workers earlier than usual this year
  • Free the FM!

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for May 17, 2016. Our sponsor this week is Elgato Eve Energy, providing Apple HomeKit-compatible control of your home through Siri.

Have an iPad Pro? You might want to hold off on updating the tablet to iOS 9.3.2. Why? Well, reports are coming out with the news that the latest iOS update...

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14:38
Investor George Soros latest to snap up Apple stock...

Following Warren Buffett's surprise investment in Apple, it was recently revealed that billionaire investor George Soros took a position in the iPhone maker, buying up thousands of shares as company stock prices hover at their lowest point in years.

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14:30
Google to Dim Flash Player in Chrome Browser


Google last week announced that it would minimize use of Adobe's Flash Player in its Chrome Web browser by the end of the year by turning off its default status. When Chrome encounters a Web page, it will report the presence of Flash Player only if a user has indicated that the domain should execute Flash or if the site is in one of the top 10 domains using Flash, ‎Google's Anthony LaForge said. When a Web surfer using Chrome encounters a site offering HTML5, the change in Google's browser will make that the primary experience.

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14:00
The Week in Mac Accessories: Case in point

Casing the jointThis week’s roundup includes a number of options for carrying and protecting your MacBook when you’re on the go. Read on!Amped WirelessThe $90 High Power AC1200 Plug-In Wi-Fi Range Extender lets you extend the range of your Wi-Fi by up to 10,000 square feet, and it’s universal, working with all brands of routers and service provider gateways. The result? No more dead spots in your Wi-Fi coverage.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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13:53
Facebook Looks Into Bias Claims


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg last week announced that the company would investigate allegations that its Trending Topics feature had an anticonservative bias. "We have found no evidence that this report is true," he said, referring to a news report earlier this month that kicked off the storm. The company is "conducting a full investigation to ensure our teams upheld the integrity" of Trending Topics, Zuckerberg asserted, adding that he would hold discussions with "leading conservatives and people from across the political spectrum."

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13:52
Notable apps and app updates for May 17, 2016

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

iOS Apps/Updates for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Sl's Repository has debuted Browsy. It’s a $3.99 “smart” fullscreen web browser designed to allow you to browse the web without anything getting in your way. Features include an Apple Watch app, Reading View, Notes View, tabs, support for iOS 9 features like keyboard shortcuts, Spotlight, iPad multitasking, 3D touch and more.

tvOS Apps/Updates for the Apple TV

Kwalee has unleashed Time Monkeys for the Apple TV. The free 3D action adventure features a time...

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13:45
Tip of the Day: Adjusting Artwork Size in iTunes 12.4

iTunes 12.4, released earlier this week, has taken steps to simplify the user interface a bit. Although most of the same options are still there, they’ve been moved around and a few have been enhanced a bit in the process. View options have been taken out of the location on the top-right drop-down menu and have returned entirely to the traditional View overlay dialog found in pre-iTunes 12 versions — accessible using the Show View Options…

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13:33
IK Multimedia releases Saturator X

The effect of Saturation, or the introduction of harmonic distortion, on an audio track or mix can add that certain special “flavor” and “warmth” that only magnetic tape, tubes, transformers or transistors can deliver. The T-RackS Saturator X delivers that classic analog saturation and takes you on a trip back in time to the birth of “modern” recording before computers and opens your recordings to the mysterious, elusive and warm world of analog saturation.There really is something special about saturation.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:22
Apple's iTunes 12.4 update provides unexpected...

The iTunes 12.4 update appears to have improved the speed of Apple's jukebox software, even though the company isn't actively promoting that fact, according to user comments on Reddit and Twitter, and first-hand experience by AppleInsider.

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13:00
Belkin's Wemo smart home devices now work with...

Two of the biggest names in home automation -- Belkin's Wemo and Google's Nest -- just announced that they'll be working together. The ability of the Nest Learning Thermostat to control Wemo devices increases the power of both the Nest Thermostat and the Wemo devices.

All Wemo switches -- the Wemo Insight Switch, Wemo Switch, Wemo Light Switch and Wemo Maker -- now work with the Nest Thermostat. How this all integrates together is through the Nest Home/Away Assist feature, so any time the Nest detects Home or Away status, it can turn Wemo devices on or off. In addition, the Wemo App adds the capability to check the status and temperature of the Nest Thermostat, change the Home and Away mode settings, or even set the target temperature of the Nest.

Some of the sample uses of the integration highlighted by Wemo include:

  • Having the porch light come on...
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12:52
Apple TV sales surge with hardware refresh, but...

A new survey of U.S. broadband households recently purchased a streaming media player has found that Roku continues to own the largest market share, while the Apple TV sales have greatly increased since last year's update. However, no one device controls a majority of the market, leaving the race for a winner still wide open.

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12:35
BitTorrent Live app to bring peer-to-peer live video...

BitTorrent on your TV? It’s on the way. BitTorrent on Tuesday announced BitTorrent Live, a streaming app coming to Apple TV this week, with videos covering topics like news, sports, music, and tech. According to a blog post, the app will expand to Android, iOS, and OS X in June, and Windows later on.
Unlike the BitTorrent protocol for peer-to-peer file sharing, or the BitTorrent Sync app that streams media from your computer to your mobile devices, BitTorrent Live doesn’t rely on files that you already have or that you sniff out on the Internet. You just open BitTorrent Live and start...

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12:15
External Link: CurrentC Out of Juice

The Verge is reporting that MCX, the retail consortium behind Apple Pay competitor CurrentC, is laying off 30 employees. The layoffs may indicate that CurrentC, which never saw widespread release, is dead in the water. Since MCX-affiliated merchants banded together to block Apple Pay in October 2014, some members, such as Best Buy, have added support for Apple Pay, while others, like Walmart, have introduced their own payment apps. This outcome was entirely predictable: CurrentC linked to customer checking accounts via flimsy QR codes, giving it the double whammy of being both inconvenient and insecure. 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,...

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11:52
Apple Pay's retailer-backed rival CurrentC may...

In a move that will surprise absolutely no one, an Apple Pay rival that never actually launched has now fizzled. CurrentC was backed by a group of retailers under the banner Merchant Customer Exchange and caused a kerfuffle when Apple Pay launched because many of its retail members turned off Near-Field Communication on their payment terminals to thwart people trying to use their iPhones to pay. Apple Pay is still chugging along and CurrentC may never emerge.
The consortium announced Monday that the CurrentC rollout has been postponed and that the company will lay off 30 employees after “feedback from the marketplace and our Columbus pilot,” TechCrunch reported. MCX tested CurrentC at Target, Walmart...

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11:45
Who makes the most reliable hard drive? Latest...

Nearly every hard drive manufacturer improved in reliability but one manufacturer still leads the pack, according to the latest hard drive survey from BackBlaze.
The hard drives in question power BackBlaze’s cloud backup data center and total some 61,590 spinning drives with more than a billion hours of operation among them.
Why this matters: Hard drives aren’t sexy anymore but a failure means expensive recovery fees or simply the loss of one’s precious memories. BackBlaze’s annual survey of a large sample of drives has come to represent a way for consumers to discern what brand and what model to buy.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:32
Elle’s 2016 women in tech

Impressive list of talented people.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:20
Symantec Antivirus Products Vulnerable To Horrid...

An anonymous reader writes: Tavis Ormandy of Google's Project Zero team has discovered a vulnerability in Symantec Antivirus Engine. The said engine is vulnerable to a buffer overflow when parsing malformed portable-executable (PE) header files, reports ZDNet. "Such malformed PE files can be received through incoming email, downloading of a document or application, or by visiting a malicious web site," Symantec said. "No user interaction is required to trigger the parsing of the malformed file." For Linux, OS X, and other Unix-like systems, the exploit results in a remote heap overflow as root in the Symantec or Norton process, Ormandy said in the Project Zero issue tracker. "On Windows, this results in kernel memory corruption, as the scan engine is loaded into the kernel (wtf!!!), making this a remote ring0 memory corruption vulnerability -- this is about as bad as it can possibly get," he said.The vulnerability, if exploited, results in kernel memory corruption without user...

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11:19
Largest shareholder urges struggling Pandora to sell...

Activist investment firm Corvex Management is pushing streaming radio service -- and Apple Music competitor -- Pandora to seriously consider selling the company, instead of pursuing what it has dubbed a "costly and uncertain business plan."

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10:52
Grovemade debuts new desk trays for Apple accessories

Grovemade, a designer of handcrafted wooden and leather accessories, has introduced newly redesigned trays for Apple’s latest versions of the Magic Keyboard and Trackpad. (We'll have a review soon). 

The desk trays are crafted to complement the iconic profile of the Apple accessories, and feature ergonomically designed, slim profiles. The trays are designed, fabricated, and finished by Grovemade at their workshop based in Portland, Oregon.                                                 

Grovemade’s desk trays are available in domestic Eastern Hardrock Maple or Black Walnut and lined with cork to protect desks and keep the Magic Keyboards and Trackpads in place. The Keyboard Tray retails for $99, the Keyboard Tray 10 Key retails for $119, and the Trackpad Tray retails for $59.

The desk trays are part of an existing line of desk accessories including a MacBook Dock, Laptop Stand, Monitor...

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10:52
Associate: Simple Affiliate Linking for Amazon

With the Amazon Associates program you can link to products sold on Amazon to earn commissions on purchases made with those links. The trouble is, creating those links is a hassle on iOS. Associate fixes that with easy to use search and link conversion.The developer, John Voorhees, is a great guy that develops great software.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:46
'Forza' NASCAR expansion puts stock cars...

In an effort to bring even more racing action to Xbox One, Forza Motorsport 6 is adding NASCAR to its lineup of on-track offerings. With an expansion pack, the title gains 24 cars from the 2016 NASCAR season which you can now use to race on the newly...

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10:40
Apple set to invest in India as Tim Cook visits

Apple Inc is set to announce plans to expand its Indian software development center and build an accelerator program for local start-ups, two sources aware of the investment said on Tuesday, hours before Chief Executive Tim Cook’s maiden visit.Cook, who arrives in India late on Tuesday, is making his Indian debut just as the country emerges as one of the last large growth markets in the smartphone world, while sales in the United States and China begin to taper off.This is a big investment trip for Apple. First China, now investments in India. It’s smart to become part of the economies where they want to sell products.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:33
The Apple TV’s share of sales in 2015 was 50% higher...

Parks Associates has announced new research showing Roku is still the most popular brand of streaming media players, accounting for 30% of the players purchased from the first quarter of 2015 to the first quarter of 2016. Amazon moved into a virtual tie with Google at 22% of sales. Along with Apple TV (20%), the four major players account for 94% of the streaming media players purchased, up from 86% in 2014.

While Apple TV remains in fourth place among the four major brands, it had the largest increase in unit sales year-over-year, primarily due to sales of the fourth generation model, which launched in the fourth quarter of 2015. Its share of sales in 2015 was 50% higher than its share in 2014.

Approximately one-third of Roku sales were sticks, and roughly three-quarters of Amazon...

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10:30
Apple World Today 60-second Video Tip: Turning off...

The large screen iPhones (iPhone 6/6s, iPhone 6 Plus/6s Plus) have a feature called Reachability that's useful when you want to use the device one-handed, but it's easy to accidentally trigger the feature when you don't want it. In today's 60-second Video Tip, we'll talk about Reachability and how it's used, and also how to shut it off for good.

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10:26
Apple hiring experts in wireless charging

Two former uBeam engineers with expertise in wireless charging and ultrasonic technology had been hired by Apple, reports The Verge. uBeam is a wireless charging start-up. In the last two years Apple has hired more than a dozen staffers with expertise in wireless charging, the article adds.

The hirings are no surprise. Ever since Samsung launched dual-mode wireless charging on their Galaxy S6 and S6 edge phones last year, all eyes have been on Apple to see whether they would also add wireless charging to the iPhone. Wireless charging is proving very popular with those who have used the technology. 

In fact over 90% of respondents in a 2015 IHS customer survey said they would choose wireless charging technology on their next handset. The market tripled in size last year compared to 2014, with more than 160 million wireless charging receivers...

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10:23
Symantec antivirus security flaw exposes Linux, Mac...

Security holes in antivirus software are nothing new, but holes that exist across multiple platforms? That's rare... but it just happened. Google's Tavis Ormandy has discovered a vulnerability in Symantec's antivirus engine (used in both Symantec-...

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10:12
iOS 9.3.2 update 'bricking' some Apple...

Trying to install Apple's iOS 9.3.2 update is causing some iPad Pros to become unusable, according to media reports and complaints on Apple's support forums.

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09:14
Apple hires wireless charging experts, hinting at...

Apple is hiring a number of people with experience in wireless charging, a technology it could be planning to build into 2017 iPhone and iPad models.

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09:08
Mac: Grovemade Keyboard and Trackpad Trays

Grovemade has redesigned its wood and cork Keyboard Tray ($99) and Trackpad Tray ($59) to keep up with Apple’s updated Magic Keyboard and Trackpad. Like the previous Grovemade keyboard tray, the wooden keyboard and trackpad holders are lined with cork to keep devices in place and prop them up at a slight incline for added ergonomic comfort. The trays also have cork feet to keep devices from slipping and to protect desk surfaces from scratches.

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08:22
News: China scrutinizing Apple over security concerns

Chinese authorities are reviewing whether the encryption on Apple devices poses a potential security threat to the country and its consumers, The New York Times reports. Anonymous sources confirmed that China is quietly scrutinizing Apple and other U.S. tech companies, requiring executives or employees of foreign companies to answer questions about their products’ encryption capabilities and data storage. The interviews are being run by a committee…

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08:21
SoundHound for iOS adds ‘OK Hound’ command for voice...

Siri may be the default voice assistant on iPhones and iPads, but it can easily be beat when it comes to speed and third-party service integration. SoundHound’s new voice command and Hands-Free mode on iOS highlights this. Starting today, SoundHound can activate its music recognition feature instantly with the ‘OK Hound’ command, plus the app integrates with Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, and other services to add to what’s possible.
more…Filed under: Apple Music, Apps Tagged: SoundHound ...

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08:20
Review: Logitech Logi BASE Charging Stand for iPad...

As we've noted recently, Logitech's Logi BASE ($100) is the first stand to charge an iPad Pro through its Smart Connector. BASE displays an iPad Pro at a 70-degree angle for viewing while charging. The stand works with either size iPad Pro, and should work with most cases that leave an opening for the Smart Connector. The charging stand doesn't include any cables or power adapters — a Lightning cable is plugged into the back of the stand, with the USB end of the cable to be inserted into an adapter. Logitech recommends using an electrical outlet with BASE, rather than a USB port.{/exp:char_limit}

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08:10
Mekorama's little world is a fun 3D puzzler

For some reason, games that are appealing to me have been popping up in the App Store like dandelions in the spring. Last week I fell in love with Diced, and this week's new iOS mind-bender is Mekorama (free with a pay-what-you-like in-app purchase).

Like last year's Monument Valley, Mekorama is a puzzle game that consists of 3-dimensional structures that you have to turn and manipulate with your finger. It also has a character -- in this case, it's a little robot with one big unblinking eye on top that you direct to walk around the puzzle in search of an end goal.

Each of the puzzles is on a "card" -- there are 50 of them in the game. Then there are what are called "scan...

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08:05
Foxconn & Pegatron kick off hiring early to cope...

Apple's two main assembly partners, Foxconn and Pegatron, are said to have begun extra hiring for iPhone production early this year, allegedly owing to the complexity of the "iPhone 7."

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07:45
Apple releases watchOS 9.2.1, tvOS 2.2.1

Along with yesterday’s smorgasbord of updates, Apple also updated its watchOS and tvOS operating systems.
tvOS hit version 9.2.1 and contained bug fixes and performance improvements, but no new features. Apple released tvOS 9.2 just last month, which brought support for Siri dictation, organizing your apps in folders, and connecting a Bluetooth keyboard.
To update your fourth-gen Apple TV, start in the Settings app, then scroll down to System > Software Update. If you have automatic updates enabled, you’ll be prompted the next time you fire up your Apple TV.

watchOS was updated to version 2.2.1 yesterday and includes assorted bug fixes and performance improvements.
If you’ve tried either the new version of tvOS or watchOS and have any feedback to offer, let us know in the comments...

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07:45
T-Mobile expands Binge On data-free video streaming...

T-Mobile today announced new services being added to its Binge On program, which allows its wireless subscribers to stream video content from certain apps without dipping into their mobile data caps.
more…Filed under: Apps Tagged: binge on, data-free, Google Play Music, NBC, Spotify, streaming, T-Mobile, Tidal...

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07:35
Apple to expand Indian development center, announce...

Coinciding with Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook's first-ever visit to India, the iPhone maker will reportedly make a pair of key announcements for the emerging market, related to software development and local start-up companies.

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07:11
Tim Cook to visit India, hang out with the prime...

Apple CEO Tim Cook will be visiting India on Tuesday to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Cook is expected to utilize this trip to announce several of company's plans for the nation, according to CNET.

In his first visit to India, Cook will be visiting multiple cities. During his stay, he's expected to announce a startup accelerator program in India with an aim to foster development of iOS apps, according to the Economic Times.

It's also rumored that the company will open three Apple Stores throughout the country within the next 18 months, one...

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07:00
Apple, Microsoft and Other US Tech Companies...

An anonymous reader writes: Chinese government is keeping an ever watchful eye on the companies doing business in the country, especially when foreign companies compete with local ones. To that end, the Chinese authorities have begun a security review among many different American technology companies like Apple and others. These, while mostly done out of the public sphere, seem to target issues like encryption and data storage. According to a report from the New York Times (paywalled; alternate source), government representatives have been questioning engineers and executives from different technology companies with regards to these issues for the last nine months. The so-called security reviews are being done by the Cyberspace Administration of China, with the government committee including experts tied to the country's military and security agencies.The Verge has more details.
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06:35
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06:00
Warren Buffett Buys $1 Billion Stake In Apple

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: Berkshire Hathaway, the conglomerate run by Buffett, disclosed in a regulatory filing Monday that it purchased more than 9.8 million shares in Apple during the first quarter. It marks Berkshire's first investment in Apple. Berkshire acquired its position at an average price of about $109 a share. Apple's stock price has since fallen to just above $90, meaning that Berkshire's stake in Apple is now worth about $888 million. The Apple purchase is the second big tech investment by Berkshire, which has been steadily adding to its stake in IBM during the past few years. Until recently, Buffett had been famous for his lack of investments in the tech sector. But Apple fits perfectly in Buffett's wheelhouse. The company is a leader in its market and the stock is extremely cheap, trading for just 11 times this year's earnings estimates. Apple also has a pristine balance sheet, with $232.9 billion in cash. At the end of April, billionaire...

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05:57
3D printing market to be worth $22.4 billion in 2020...

Canalys predicts that the worldwide market for 3D printers, and associated materials and services will reach a value of $4.9 billion by the end of 2016, so you have to wonder if Apple has any interest in the technology.

The total market is expected to grow by a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 43.5% from 2015 to 2020, reaching a value of $22.4 billion, according to the research group. Shipments of 3D printers are forecast to grow at a CAGR of 67.2%, to reach 2.4 million units by 2020.

Worldwide, vendors shipped 182,000 3D printers in 2015, a 37% year-on-year increase, with strong performances in both the enterprise and consumer sectors. While industrial expenditure on 3D printers fell, educational establishments ordered thousands of systems for their students, according to Canalys.

Instead of making its own printers, I think Apple will work with 3D printer manufacturers to make sure that their products...

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05:48
Patent report: authorizing use of a Mac with an iOS...

Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many are for inventions that never see the light of day. However, you never can tell which ones will materialize in a real product, so here are today’s patent highlights: 

At some point you may be able to authorize use of a Mac by holding your iPhone or iPad close to it. Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,342,674) for a “man-machine interface for controlling access to electronic devices.”

The invention relates to devices, methods and computer readable media that allow users using a first device to be easily authenticated. For example, while the first device (say, an iPhone) is close to a second device (a Mac), the first device requests user authentication using the one or more biometric sensors. After requesting the user authentication, the first device detects biometric information associated with the user with the one or more...

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05:30
Rumor: iPhone 7 to ship by the end of September

According to Digitimes, the next generation of iPhones — probably to be dubbed the iPhone 7 — will ship at the end of September. (The fanciful iPhone mock-up in this article are courtesy of Web Design Co.)

The article says the new 4.7-inch iPhone will be handled by Pegatron Technology and Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry), while the new 5.5-inch model will be made by Wistron and Foxconn.

Chances that the rumor is true (IMHO) opinion: 100%. After all, to date that’s been the time frame when Apple always releases new smartphone.

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04:30
Would you like a Mac that could change colors?

Would you like a Mac that could change color? Probably won't happen, but Apple has considered the idea. In 2003, Apple filed a patent (number 20020190975) for just such technology.

It involves "electronic devices that are capable of dynamically changing their ornamental or decorative housing." Besides looking cool, imagine a Mac that would change colors to alert to specific things. Say, it turns red when you have new email, blue when the latest system updates are installed, etc.

Here's Apple's summary of the patent (invented by Duncan Kerr): "The electronic devices generally include an illuminable housing. The illuminable housing, which includes at least one wall configured for the passage of light, is configured to enclose, cover and protect a light arrangement as well as functional components of the electronic device."

Apple says the advantage of a color-changing Mac would be that it could provide additional feedback. How so? Here's one example that Apple...

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03:45
Why the iPhone needs a 'panic button' now...

Should you be able to plead the Fifth if authorities order you to unlock your iPhone using Touch ID?
A judge in California has recently ruled that your fingerprint does not have the same Constitutional protections as your numeric passcode, so Touch ID-enabled iPhones are susceptible to search warrants. Thankfully, Apple is considering developing a new way to protect our iPhones using Touch ID.
In this week’s iPhone Show, we look into an Apple patent that would give iPhones a new “panic mode” to lock out personal information or reset the device entirely. You’d be able to designate a certain finger for Touch ID to secretly trigger...

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03:00
Apple imagines citywide ground-based navigation...

In a patent awarded to Apple on Tuesday, the company imagines entire cities outfitted with low-power wireless transmitters capable of sending pinpoint-accurate location data, as well as dynamic environmental alerts, to iPhones and in-car navigation systems.

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Does the iPhone need a ‘panic button’?

A new ‘panic mode’ for your iPhone might help keep your data more secure. And with the current legal decisions regarding Touch ID, this iOS feature is now vital.

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20:22
Security Update 2016-003 (Mavericks and Yosemite)

Patches a select few security vulnerabilities in the two older California-themed OS releases. (Free, various sizes) 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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19:13
Fitbit's 'basic' devices dominate...

As the wearables market continues to evolve, new data shows a widening gap between basic and affordable fitness bands and more complex, do-it-all devices like Apple Watch -- though the bulk of sales skew toward cheaper, simpler devices like Fitbit.

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18:56
Apple products subject of secretive Chinese...

A Chinese government committee is closely examining encryption and data storage technology products imported by foreign corporations, including Apple, in a bid to protect against national security threats, according to a report on Monday.

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18:28
Petition to activate smartphone FM radios gains...

A new report from CBC News details the progress being made to unlock the FM radio chip that many smartphones feature. Many smartphones have an untapped FM chip inside them that users are unable to take advantage of and while many Android devices are confirmed to have the chip, the iPhone also has despite Apple not officially recognizing it.
A petition has been running in the United States to urge carriers and manufacturers to unlock the hidden FM chip in smartphones. The campaign has gained significant steam since its inception, so much so that carriers are starting to agree to unlock the chip…but Apple has yet to comment.
more…Filed under: Tech Industry Tagged:...

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18:08
Adobe adds automatic pattern generation tool to...

Adobe recently updated its Capture CC app for iOS with a new tool that transforms images or real-world objects into geometric and organic patterns, offering users an automated alternative to what was once a tedious manual workflow.

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17:25
Safari 9.1.1

Fixes an issues that prevented browsing history from being fully deleted. (Free) 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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17:02
Translation From Corporate Jargon Doublespeak to...

From a statement released by Brian Mooney, CEO of MCX, the consortium behind the long-overdue mobile payments app CurrentC:

Utilizing unique feedback from the marketplace and our Columbus
pilot, MCX has made a decision to concentrate more heavily in the
immediate term on other aspects of our business including working
with financial institutions, like our partnership with Chase, to
enable and scale mobile payment solutions.

CurrentC is a complete and utter failure.

As part of this transition, MCX will postpone a nationwide rollout
of its CurrentC application.

CurrentC’s nationwide rollout is never going to happen.

As MCX has said many times, the mobile payments space is just
beginning to take shape —...

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16:59
China targets Apple, U.S. tech companies in security...

Apple and other companies in recent months have been subjected to reviews that target encryption and the data storage of tech products, said people briefed on the reviews who spoke on the condition of anonymity. In the reviews, Chinese officials require executives or employees of the foreign tech companies to answer questions about the products in person, according to these people.This must be worrisome for foreign companies. This isn’t an Apple specific issue, so I hope people don’t overreact to this news.∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:39
MCX hits pause on Apple Pay competitor CurrentC,...

The Merchant Consumer Exchange consortium, which previously enjoyed support from major retailers like Walmart, CVS, The Gap and more, has postponed plans to take its CurrentC mobile payments product nationwide.

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16:37
10 ways to improve iPhone photography with the stock...

This weekend’s discussion of the Sony a6300 got me thinking about the iPhone’s camera, and how great it can be when wielded properly. Our own Ben Lovejoy shared his tips for taking good iPhone photos a few months ago, and now I’d like to share my 10 go-to tips for snapping better iPhone pictures. more…Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Camera, Camera app, how to, iPhone 6s, photography...

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16:25
GarageBand for iOS and Mac updated with focus on...

Apple today has updated GarageBand for Mac and iOS to “celebrate the rich history of Chinese music.” The update for both platforms includes a variety of new sounds and instruments that cater towards the Chinese music industry. The update brings GarageBand for iOS to version 2.1.1 and GarageBand for OS X to version 10.1.2.
more…Filed under: iOS, Mac Tagged: Apple, china, GarageBand ...

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16:20
Apple updates GarageBand with Chinese instruments...

On Monday morning, Apple peppered its users with OS updates. On Monday afternoon, it shifted its attention to GarageBand users, specifically those in China as well as users who produce Chinese music.
The company released GarageBand 2.1.1 for iOS and GarageBand 10.1.2 for Mac. The updates include a collect of Chinese instruments, including the pipa, erhu, and Chinese percussion such as drums, wood blocks, cymbals, and gongs. The instruments can be played using Multi-Touch on an iOS device, or by using the Musical Typing feature or a USB music keyboard on a Mac. The instruments support different playing articulations, and iOS users can use 3D Touch with the erhu and pipa.To read this article in full or to leave a comment...

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16:13
Apple adds Chinese music, instruments, social media...

In its latest play at the Chinese market, Apple on Monday released an updated version of GarageBand with a heavy focus on Chinese music, introducing new regional instruments, Chinese music loops and Chinese language localization, among other feature additions like social network sharing.

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16:09
Report: Apple faces increased scrutiny from Chinese...

Last month, Apple saw its iBooks and Movies services go offline in China amid review by government regulators and now it looks as if the company’s struggles in the country may not end there. According to a new report from The New York Times, Apple is among a handful of foreign tech companies that the Chinese government is scrutinizing in fear of security threats.
more…Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple, china...

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15:38
Apple Pay rival CurrentC postpones rollout

As merchants like Walmart move ahead on their own mobile payment strategies, a consortium that once counted Walmart — along with a number of other big retailers and brands — behind it, has taken a step back. Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) today announced it would postpone a nationwide rollout of CurrentC, a smartphone payment initiative originally conceived as a mobile wallet rival to smartphone-led services like Apple Pay and Android Pay. As a result, MCX said it would lay off 30 people as it shifted its focus to working with financial institutions.It’s dead, just cancel it.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:28
Google Chrome to phase out Adobe Flash later this...

Google has revealed plans to switch from the venerable -- but much maligned -- Adobe Flash to HTML5 as the default method for delivering audio and video in its Chrome Web browser.

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15:15
AWT News Update: May 16, 2016

Tweets, stores, VR, and Spaces are all in our Apple news report today:

  • Bloomberg says Twitter's not going to count photos and links in the character count
  • Apple's new Union Square flagship store in San Francisco opens on Saturday
  • The new YouTube app for iOS makes every YouTube video visible in Google Cardboard VR
  • Google releases Spaces, a new small group sharing app

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for May 16, 2016. Our sponsor this week is Elgato Eve Energy, providing Apple HomeKit-compatible control of your home through Siri.

Bloomberg today had some happy news for all of us who use Twitter on a regular...

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15:02
∞ ZZ Top: Sharp Dressed Man

Billy is one of my favorite guitar players—such great style.

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14:56
Upcoming Union Square Apple Store next to feature...

Construction crews building out Apple's San Francisco flagship store at Union Square have much to do before a planned opening this weekend, but at least one key element is already in place: a custom built, 37-foot in-store TV display.

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14:37
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 16...

Notable software releases this week include iTunes 12.4, Microsoft Office 2016 15.22, Fantastical 2.2.2, Default Folder X 5.0.4, Art Text 3.0, Pages 5.6.2, Numbers 3.6.2, and Keynote 6.6.2 for Mac, and Gemini 2. 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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14:37
ExtraBITS for 16 May 2016

In ExtraBITS this week, we ponder whether the Second Amendment applies to encryption, learn how Steve Jobs inspired the Apple Watch, see what happens when App Store search breaks, and hear about how Amazon is taking on YouTube. 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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14:29
Twitter is on the right track with this rumored...

Twitter might be finally making a change everyone can get on board with: The ability to tweet links and photos that don’t count against your 140-character limit.
Twitter has toyed with the idea of changing its famously limited format for years, but has only made changes to direct message length. According to Bloomberg, within the next two weeks Twitter is set to make the change, which would still allow just 140 characters but would no longer count images or links against that limit....

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13:49
Apple releases iOS 9.3.2 update, includes fixes for...

Apple released a smorgasbord of updates today, among them iOS 9.3.2.
The update, which can be snagged over the air or through iTunes, adds the following fixes and changes:
– Fixes an issue where some Bluetooth accessories could experience audio quality issues when paired to the iPhone SE.
– Fixes an issue where looking up dictionary definitions could fail.
– Addresses an issue that prevented typing email addresses when using the Japanese Kana keyboard in Mail and Messages.

– Fixes and issue for VoiceOver users using the Alex voice, where the device switches to a different voice to announce punctuation or spaces.
– Fixes an issue that prevented MDM servers from installing Custom B2B app.
If you’ve tried iOS 9.3.2 on your iPhone,...

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13:46
Notable apps and app updates for May 16, 2016

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

Tension Software has launched Copy Fast 1.0 for Mac OS X. It’s an app that lets you instantly copy the content of files.

Copy Fast resides always in the right part of the menu bar as a status menu icon, ready to be used when other applications are active. After launch it stays always in background. Its. only presence will be in the status menu.

Copy Fast requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $4.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.

Mac Broadcaster has released Broadcaster for YouTube 1.1, an update to their YouTube live-streaming app for Mac OS X. 

The software...

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13:45
Omega Advisors purchase 227,000 share stake in Apple...

It was announced earlier that Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway took a new $1 billion position in Apple in the first quarter. Now Fortune reports that hedge funder Leon Cooperman, CEO of Omega Advisors is buying in as well.

Omega Advisors purchased a 227,000 share stake in the tech giant worth $24.7 million as of the end of the first quarter, according to regulatory filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday. The group previously dropped a stake in Apple early last year, selling roughly 384,000 shares of the company. 

It’s not the first time Omega, with $5.1 billion under management, has flip-flopped on Apple. In 2013, Cooperman sold off his stake in Apple amid fears that the company’s growth may be slowing — though the iPhone continued...

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13:36
Apple Stores could open in India by the end of 2017

Earlier this year, Tim Cook said that India is an “incredibly interesting” country for Apple, and now we’re starting to get some insight as to why.
According to a new report in FactorDaily, Apple is opening its first three Apple Stores in India in Delhi, Bangalore, and Mumbai. They should be up and running by the end of 2017.
FactorDaily’s report mentions that Apple is currently looking for commercial real estate for India’s first batch of Apple Stores, and the company is reportedly investing about $3 million to $5 million in each store. Apple first applied to open up Apple Stores in India earlier this year, after the country relaxed the rules around foreign-owned retail stores....

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13:30
QardioBase: A really smart and stylish connected...

Qardio has been making a splash in the connected self market, first with its QardioArm Smart Blood Pressure Monitor (an Apple World Today top pick) and now with the QardioBase Wireless Smart Scale (US$149.99). Let's take a look at the QardioBase and what makes it different from all of those other "smart" scales that want to keep track of our weight.

Design

I like the looks of the QardioBase. Instead of the square shape of the Withings Smart Body Analyzer, QardioBase is round and thin. The top of the scale is actually the widest part, with the body tapering down in size to the base. 

The base comes with four rubber feet, which I immediately had a bit of a concern about. Sure enough, Qardio had included four more feet...

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13:27
Disco ball helmet

I would totally wear one of these.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:22
Twitter to stop counting photos and links in...

The change could happen in the next two weeks, said the person who asked not to be named because the decision isn’t yet public. Links currently take up 23 characters, even after Twitter automatically shortens them. The company declined to comment.Of all the changes that Twitter has talked about, I love this one. It’s a small, but significant change.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:19
Report: Twitter to stop counting links and photos...

While earlier reports claimed Twitter was considering ditching the 140-character limit altogether, Bloomberg offers up some more details on Twitter’s plans for the limitation. According to the report, Twitter will soon stop counting photos and links towards the 140-character limit as a way to encourage people to add more media to their tweets.
more…Filed under: Apps Tagged: Twitter ...

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13:17
Adobe updates Capture CC iOS app w/ new Patterns...

Adobe today announced an update to Adobe Capture CC—its iOS app that lets users capture and edit images for use in its other editing apps.
The update brings a new Patterns feature that the company says “transforms any image or real-world object into a geometric or organic pattern.”

“Traditionally, the process of creating a pattern required manual tiling and a tedious chore of blending between tiles. The newest capability in Capture CC automatically blends the seams between tiles for a perfect pattern.”

And you can see in the screenshots above how the patterns feature works from with the Capture CC app on iPhone. After taking a photo, the feature allows you to select a portion of the photo to use and then automatically generates a pattern for you to preview.
Adobe offered up some other examples of the new Patterns feature in action. This one is made using a source photo of the Statue of Liberty:

Also included in the update:

IMPROVED SHAPE...

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12:56
Apple plans three India retail stores before the end...

Apple will open three retail stores in India before the end of 2027, reports FactorDaily, quoting an unnamed “source familiar with the decision.” The retail stores will reportedly open in Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai within the the next 18 months.

According to the report, each Apple Store will be spread across 10,000 square feet and will be located at high street locations of the three cities. The stores, for which Apple executives are searching for real estate, will need an investment of $3 million to $5 million (Rs20 crore to Rs33 crore) each. 

FactorDaily — an India-based tech news site — also claims that Apple will also unveil a start-up accelerator in India, the first such initiative by the company, to incubate ideas mostly around applications built for iOS. The announcement will be made later this week, when Apple CEO Tim Cook visits India, the article...

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12:39
Take Control of Slack Basics: Chapter 12, Start a...

Setting up a Slack team is easy, but there are a few things that are best to think about before you start working through the process. In this chapter previewing the start of “Take Control of Slack Admin,” Glenn Fleishman walks you through the basics and explains the difference between free and paid teams. 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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