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Thursday July 9

08:09
9to5Toys Last Call iPad Air 2 128GB $600, 15″ Retina...

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08:04
Microsoft releases all-new Office 2016 for Mac to...

Microsoft on Thursday announced that Office 2016 for Mac --?a totally revamped version of its venerable productivity suite --?is now available to any Mac user with an Office 365 subscription.

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08:03
Apple to do away with Recovery Key as part of Two-...



There shall be Recovery Key no more come iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan.
Apple on Wednesday confirmed that the security feature will be removed from its future operating systems.
Currently, the Recovery Key system in Apple’s “two-step” protocol works as a failsafe for accessing an Apple ID when a registered trusted device or phone number is unavailable. Under the existing setup, losing both a trusted device and Recovery Key renders the account inaccessible, which has in the past forced some users to abandon their Apple IDs altogether.

Apple’s new two-factor authentication method will remove 14-character...

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08:01
Microsoft releases Office 2016 for Mac to Office 365...


Earlier this year, Microsoft unveiled the entirely redesigned Office for Mac 2016 preview and introduced a variety of new features to go along with the fresh appearance. Today, Microsoft has released the official public build of Office for Mac 2016. In order to use the software, you must have an Office 365 subscription, which runs $99.99 per year or $9.99 per month.

A few months back, we went hands-on with Microsoft’s Office for Mac 2016. The...

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08:00
YoVivo is a new iPhone app that stores your photos...




YoVivo is a new iOS app that allows users to easily manage their photos stored across different cloud services. For instance, you can access pictures stored on Instagram, then download them and upload them directly to Dropbox, all via one app. The app also supports the ability to create slideshows using your images from a variety of online sources, set it to music, and share it with everyone.

YoVivo supports a variety of online services, including Facebook, Flicr, Instagram, Dropbox, and more. It’s a novel idea...

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07:58
UA’s Neve 33609 compressor plug-In

A great compressor plug-in from Universal Audio. I always like watching the videos they publish for little tips and tricks on how to use them.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:54
Les Paul Reference Monitors

Clearly this isn’t going to be for everyone, but if you love your Les Paul, you may want to have a look at these.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:47
Opinion: In the era of Apple Music, does the iPod...


The tech sector does love its hype. Every new product is revolutionary. All new apps are ground-breaking. Everything anyone ever launched is going to change the way we do X. Almost without exception, it isn’t, they aren’t and it doesn’t.
But the iPod in 2001 definitely qualified. That simple, clever marketing slogan – “a thousand songs in your pocket” – beautifully summarised something that really was revolutionary. For the first time ever, we could carry close to a hundred albums in a device that slipped into our pocket and could go everywhere with us. Most of us listened to a lot more music in a lot more places.
It also propelled Apple along a new path. It’s no exaggeration to say that without the iPod, there would likely never have been an iPhone. The iPod revolutionized music and also transformed Apple.
But there have been a couple of ...

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07:31
Facebook launches News Feed prioritization first via...

Facebook on Thursday began deploying a new feature first through its iOS app, making it easier for users of the social network to decide which posts are and are not presented by the social network's News Feed.

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07:25
Hooks notification app now available for iOS,...



Hook, the choice notification app, is now available for iOS, Android and the Apple Watch.
The Hook application lets users choose custom notifications such as the latest tweet, news article or sports score, or something more specific such as a change in stock price or the current bitcoin exchange rate.

It’s currently estimated that the Hooks app has garnered more than 110,000 users, since version 2.0 launched in February, who have sent more than 450,000 notifications each day and sent a total of 30 million notifications.
Hooks requires iOS 7.0 or WatchOS 1.0 or later to install and run. If you’d had a chance to play with the app and have any feedback about...

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07:17
Health app finds Apple Watch inspires people to be...

Smartwatches and fitness bands promise to help you get healthier, but about a third of wrist-worn activity trackers are abandoned after six months. One health app developer decided to see if the Apple Watch was a different story, or if Apple’s watch would be relegated to a junk drawer with other unwanted tech two months in.The team at Hello Heart, an app that helps iPhone and Apple Watch owners monitor their blood pressure, found that watch owners were more engaged with their health than iPhone-only users. More than 70 percent of Hello Heart’s survey sample of 2,000 Apple Watch users still track their blood pressure on the watch nine weeks after buying the device.To read this article in full or to leave a...

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06:57
Showtime launches streaming service



This could come in handy if you’re looking to cut the cable cord and get things piecemeal.
Showtime Network has just launched its web-based streaming service. The service offers same-day access to Showtime’s content, an ad-free environment, access to the network’s back catalog and sporting events.

The service is available for US$10.99 per month and comes with a 30-day trial.
Showtime follows fellow premium channel HBO in offering its programming unbundled from a cable subscription.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

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05:46
Driven again by China, Apple's iPhone shipments...

Apple is poised to announce yet another record breaking quarter, the latest research from investment firm UBS suggests, with iPhone sales once again driven to new heights thanks largely to growth in China.

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05:38
Apple Stores begin selling third-party accessories...

Apple Stores are already beginning to sell third-party accessories with packaging co-designed by Apple, giving the company even greater control over the presentation and marketing of products sold in its retail outlets.

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05:24
Alto's Adventure 1.1 offers a slew of new...

Alto's Adventure from Snowman has you snowboarding through beautiful terrain to capture wayward llamas. We reviewed the game back in February, and now version 1.1 brings cool new goodies and squashes some bugs along the way. 

New goodies! 

If you've played Alto you've certainly slammed into the snow or plummeted to your death. A new helmet and pickaxe will save you from crashes and chasms, respectively. They're single-use items and you can purchase them with in-game virtual currency (there are NO in-app purchase in Alto's Adventure).

My favorite new feature is the Llama Horn. Once purchased from the workshop, the horns appear randomly on the course. When you pick one up, a stampeding herd of llamas appears in front of you. Catch...

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05:19
Facebook finally letting you control your newsfeed,...


One of the things we all love to hate about Facebook is the way that it thinks it knows better than we do which posts we want to see. Facebook uses unspecified algorithms to assign rankings to posts, boosting the visibility of those it thinks we want to see, and demoting those it thinks will interest us less.
A new iOS Facebook app rolling out later today will for the first time allow us to choose for ourselves whose posts get bumped to the top of our feeds. Three additional features also allow us to control what we do and don’t see further down those feeds … ...

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05:19
T-Mobile ‘Mobile without Borders’ adds free calls,...


T-Mobile’s mission to change the entire U.S. wireless industry took another step forward this morning. In an Uncarrier Amped move dubbed ‘Mobile without Borders‘, T-Mobile announced that it will offer its American customers free telephone call roaming to and from Mexico and Canada. For the first time, it will also include free 4G LTE data. Postpaid, prepaid and business customers will be able to make use of it from Wednesday, July 15th. It’s a killer move, and effectively erases the virtual borders between the U.S. and its neighboring countries.
Unlike the current Simple Global feature, when a T-Mo subscriber crosses the Mexican or Canadian borders, they won’t be reduced down to EDGE speeds. They retain 4G LTE connectivity seamlessly, providing there is LTE coverage in that...

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03:29
Apple Drops Recovery Key From Two-Factor...

eggboard writes: If you've ever turned on what's now called "two-step verification" for an Apple ID, you had to create a Recovery Key. Lose this 14-digit code and have your password reset (because of hacking attempts against you), and you might lose access forever to purchases and data, as Owen Williams almost did. Apple confirmed today that starting with its public betas of OS X 10.11 and iOS 9, two-factor authentication won't have a Recovery Key. Instead, if you have to reset a password or lose access to devices, you'll have to go through an account verification process with human beings.

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02:18
LaunchBar 6.4.1

Brings minor improvements to the Action Editor and fixes several nagging bugs. ($29 new, free update, 13.2 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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01:10
Apple invents continuous handwriting input method,...

A pair of Apple patent filings published Thursday reveal ongoing work on perfecting the mobile computing experience, including an intuitive continuous handwriting recognition system and a pair of earphones that snap together magnetically for easy stowage.

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Wednesday July 8

22:22
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22:17
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"FIFA 16" won't be in stores until September, but the video game franchise gave its fans a teaser by releasing the ratings of Barcelona and Real Madrid players on Monday, with Messi,...

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21:27
Facebook reportedly has a music streaming service in...

If you think the playing field for music streaming services is already quite crowded, we may need to make room for one more. Music Ally reports that Facebook is working on a subscription service of its own, after recent reports tied the social networ...

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20:34
Self-driving taxis may be the key to cutting...

You may think that self-driving cars are mostly useful for reducing accident rates and freeing your time, but they might just help save the environment, too. Berkeley Lab researchers have published a study determining that switching the transportatio...

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20:18
Skype 7.9

Adds automatic placement of rich visual previews for links in instant messages. (Free, 39.9 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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20:16
PDFpen and PDFpenPro 7.2

Adds Editing preference for automatic selection tool switching. ($74.95/$124.95 new, free update, 52.5/53.2 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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20:04
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19:32
Spotify tells iOS users how to avoid iTunes charges...

Spotify isn't happy that its iOS customers have to pay an additional $3 for a premium subscription if they make the purchase through the App Store. That's why it's planning to send them instructions on how to apply for a subscription straight from th...

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18:18
South Park is staying on the air and on Hulu through...

Looks like we'll be watching the kids from everybody's favorite quiet mountain town will be continuing their shenanigans for at least another three years -- huzzah! Comedy Central announced that South Park creators Matt Smith and Trey Parker have rea...

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17:33
Reddit mods explain why they shut the site down

It turns out that if you suddenly fire a valuable member of the community, that community will get very angry at you. Reddit CEO Ellen Pao learned that the hard way late last week when it abruptly dismissed Victoria Taylor, the company's former direc...

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16:44
New York is getting a crowdfunded, sunlit...

New York City has its share of famous parks, but they don't pepper the landscape like they do in other big cities. The non-profit group Lowline may have a technical solution to that lack of greenery, however. It just crowdfunded preliminary work on a...

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16:35
Amplified: Fighting The Beard

Dan and Jim talk about Apple Music, changing tastes in music, and the future of radio.Brought to you by lynda (Visit the link to get free 10 day trial access to their 3,000+ courses).∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:31
A Les Paul for every genre

There are some nice looking guitars here.∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:05
Apple to remove Recovery Key from iOS 9, OS X 10.11...

Apple on Wednesday confirmed that the removal of a pesky Recovery Key security mechanism will be one of the changes coming to its two-factor authentication solution when iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan are released this fall.

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15:53
Your pals can broadcast during your Meerkat streams...

To let viewers feel like they're part of the action, Meerkat announced a new feature that lets you ask for some crowd participation. The video-streaming app now has a Cameo tool that'll allow broadcasters to hand the reins over to viewers for up to a...

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15:10
Apple outlines AppleCare service process for...


When Apple released the first beta of watchOS 2.0 last month following WWDC, users were surprised to learn that there was no way to downgrade from the beta build to the more stable Watch OS 1.0.1. Users tried a variety of different methods, but were ultimately left with one option: send their Watch into Apple and allow them to do the restore. With today’s launch of watchOS 2.0 beta 3, Apple has officially confirmed that there is no way to downgrade to an earlier version of watchOS without sending your device into Apple.

In a new...

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14:47
Apple drops Recovery Key in new two-factor...

In early June, Apple said two-factor authentication would be tightly integrated into OS X 10.11 El Capitan and iOS 9, but provided little detail as to what that means. The current setup is scattered across sites and methods in order to deliver a second one-time use, time-limited code or other method of verification when a user logs in to an Apple site or on an Apple device with an Apple ID set up for it.
Apple today posted a detailed explanation about how two-factor authentication works starting with the public betas of iOS 9 and El Capitan.
Among other changes, the Recovery Key option that has tripped up users in the past, and led in some cases to users having to abandon an Apple ID as permanently unavailable, has been removed, an Apple spokesperson confirmed. With the new...

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14:47
Option for high-quality Apple Music streaming over...

It appears Apple is planning to give on-the-go Apple Music users the option to stream tunes at high bitrates when iOS 9 debuts later this year, as the latest beta released Wednesday includes a toggle switch for high quality audio streaming over cellular networks.

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14:18
Hacking group that targeted Apple, others reportedly...

A hacking group that previously targeted Apple, Twitter and Facebook appears to be operating independently and for the explicit purpose of turning a profit on corporate secrets, according to a Symantec research paper released on Wednesday.

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13:55
Latest iOS 9 beta includes separate Photos folders...

With its latest iOS 9 beta, Apple introduced separate Photos folders for selfies and screenshots, a small but useful addition that could go a long way in cleaning up users' libraries.

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13:27
Apple unveils improved two-factor login system and...



Apple has published a new support document detailing its plans to revamp the existing two-factor authentication system that it first launched last year. The document is careful to differentiate the two systems, referring to the existing one as “two-step verification” and the newer one as “two-factor authentication.”
The latest update to the iOS 9 beta has introduced initial support for the new system...

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13:02
Flash Player update closes vulnerability identified...

Adobe on Wednesday updated Flash Player to fix a number of security vulnerabilities, including one in the hands of Hacking Team, a company that infamously sold snooping tools and services to government agencies around the world -- potentially including harsh authoritarian regimes.

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12:45
Apple Music helps iOS 8.4 exceed 40% adoption in...

Apple now notes that as of June 22, 84 percent of its mobile users are now using iOS 8. Analytics firm Mixpanel further details that 40 percent of the installed base has already upgraded to iOS 8.4, and states that rapid adoption is being driven by interest in the new Apple Music.

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12:37
Spotify encourages customers to bypass Apple's...

In an effort to bypass Apple's 30 percent cut of all App Store purchases, and in the wake of the launch of Apple Music, Spotify has begun emailing customers who subscribed through their iOS to convert their subscription to a Web-based one and save $3 per month.

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12:37
Security Pros Shine Light on Shadowy Cyberspy Ring


A highly sophisticated group of hackers who use cutting-edge techniques to shield their attacks from detection has been bedeviling corporations around the world for several years. The group, which Symantec dubbed "Morpho" and Kaspersky Lab calls "Wild Neutron," has hit multibillion-dollar corporations in the Internet, software, pharmaceutical and commodities sectors in at least 11 countries. It's believed to have been behind attacks on Twitter, Apple, Microsoft and Facebook in 2013.

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12:34
Here’s everything new in the latest iOS 9, El...


Apple earlier today began rolling out the third betas of iOS 9, watchOS 2, and OS X 10.11 El Capitan and we’ve been digging into each of them, trying to figure out what is new, changed, and improved. Most of the changes come on the iOS 9 and watchOS 2 side of things, with the new OS X 10.11 beta focusing mainly on under-the-hood changes. Read on for all of the changes…

What’s new in watchOS beta 3:
watchOS 2 beta 3 includes a variety of enhancements and bug fixes. For one, the update enlarges the size of the keypad buttons, making them significantly easier to tap. When data is unavailable, an underscore (...

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12:09
Judge Tosses Jury's $533M Patent Verdict...

An anonymous reader writes: US District Judge Rodney Gilstrap has thrown out a $532.9 million damages award against Apple after a jury found that its iTunes software infringed three patents owned by a Texas company. Gilstrap ruled (pdf) that the damages verdict must be thrown out because of faulty jury instructions and has ordered a new trial to be held solely on the issue of damages.

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12:01
iOS 9 lets you store 105 more apps per folder on the...


In addition to adding the new News app, iOS 9 beta 3 also made a much-needed enhancement to the folder functionality on the iPad. In prior versions of iOS, users were restricted to a 3×3 layout of apps on the iPad, meaning that there were 3 rows of 3 apps on the device, for a total of 9 apps per page. With iOS 9 beta 3, however, users can now have a 4×4 setup of apps in folders on the iPad.
 That means there can be 16 apps per page, up from 9 in previous versions. Seeing that iOS supports 15 pages of apps within a folder, today’s change means that each folder can now house 240 apps. Previously, folders could only contain 135...

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11:49
Tidal launches new family plan -- still not cheaper...

Exclusive Rihanna videos apparently were not enough, so Tidal has begun cost-cutting to lure in new listeners.
The celeb-owned streaming service has introduced a family tier to its Premium and HiFi subscriptions. Starting today you can add a family member to your account for half the price of the original subscription cost. For Tidal Premium, this means that adding a family member will cost $5 extra a month, in addition to the $10 monthly subscription cost. Tidal has a limit of five family members in its new family plan.
The Verge notes that the Tidal Premium family plan is more or less the exact price of family plans offered by Spotify and Rdio, although Spotify has signaled that it will lower its price to remain competitive. Apple Music is still the most affordable option for a household full of audiophiles. It offers a $15-a-month plan for up to six family members. ...

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11:24
First look: Apple's News app debuts in latest...

The newest pre-release version of Apple's next-generation mobile operating system brought the first public release of the company's News app, an app and cloud service unveiled at WWDC and designed to act as an aggregator for news and commentary.

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11:10
Apple may have avoided $533 million iTunes patent...

Reuters is reporting today that a $532.9 million fine against Apple awarded to patent troll Smartflash LLC has been thrown out by a federal judge. US District Judge Rodney Gilstrap said jurors who awarded the damages to Smartflash on February 24 may have been "confused" by his instructions on how to calculate royalties. The jury found that Apple's iTunes software infringed three patents owned by Smartflash. 

Apple had protested the damages as being too high because the jurors might have considered the entire market value of the products instead of focusing just on patented features. Gils trap has set a new trial to determine the proper level of damages to be awarded in Tyler, Texas, where Smartflash is based. Smartflash appears to have set its headquarters in Tyler thanks to the fact that it is located in the Eastern District of Texas, favored by patent...

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11:06
iPad home screen folders now display 16 apps per...

In another move intended to take advantage of greater screen real estate on the iPad, folders in the latest beta of iOS 9 are now a larger four-by-four design, accommodating 16 apps per page.

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11:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Apelpi, Tangerine, and...

A flavorful roundupThis week’s roundup includes new chargers and new ways to best utilize your iPhone’s video-making capabilities.Bracketron The $80 JamSpot Tablet Stand lets you “enjoy wireless music, movies, gaming or video chats... The portable stand features powerful Bluetooth sound and is a perfect docking option for your tablet, smartphone, or MP3 player.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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10:47
Review: LAUT’s Nomad series for iPhone 6/Plus are...


If you’re looking for a “hip” iPhone case or a nice way to represent your city, you’ll love the Nomad series from LAUT. The Nomad series features unique abstract map designs on the backside of a case that showcase different cities. I’m not usually a fan of cases, but the artwork here is what lured me in…

Today we’re checking out the iPhone 6 version, but this is also available for the iPhone 6 Plus as well. The packaging and presentation are nice and each case comes with a screen protector as well for complete coverage of your iPhone. The abstract art on the backside is made up from a couple of layers. On the top layer there are shiny accents, while the bottom layer is home to the colors of the abstract art.
The design/...

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10:26
Apple's getting ready to sell 90 million new...

Apple ordered 70 million to 80 million iPhones to be produced for the initial run of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus last year. It was a record number, and Apple managed to sell more phones than anyone expected. The company is confident that it will sell even more phones this year: Apple just ordered 85 million to 90 million iPhones for this year’s initial run.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple is gearing up to sell two 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone models this year, just like last year. While the hardware isn’t going to change much, the company is expecting demand to be on par with last year, and they might not be wrong—Apple sold 135.6 million iPhones in the first half of the 2015 fiscal year, which ends in September.To read this article in full or to leave...

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10:07
Apple pursuing close, 'day-to-day'...

Even with well-established plans for contractors, Apple is micromanaging the construction of its Campus 2 complex in Cupertino, a new report revealed on Wednesday.

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09:57
Safari Content Blocker, Before and After

Dean Murphy wrote an iOS 9 Safari Content Blocker, and tested it against iMore:

With no content blocked, there are 38 third party scripts
(scripts not hosted on the host domain) running when the homepage
is opened, which takes a total of 11 seconds. Some of these
scripts are hosted by companies I know, Google, Amazon, Twitter
and lots from companies I don’t know. Most of which I assume are
used to display adverts or track my activity, as the network
activity was still active after a minute of leaving the page
dormant. I decided to turn them all off all third party scripts
and see what would happen.

After turning off all third party scripts, the homepage took 2
seconds to load, down from 11 seconds. Also, the network activity
stopped as soon as the page loaded so it should be less strain on
the battery.

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09:08
Apple issues third betas of iOS 9, Watch OS 2 &...

Testing of Apple's next-generation software platforms continues to move along, as developers on Wednesday were provided with the third beta releases of iOS 9, WatchOS 2 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan, ahead of their anticipated release this fall.

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08:55
Deals: $180-$225 off new 15" MacBook Pros, $500...

Apple's new 15" MacBook Pros are seeing their deepest discounts yet (between $180 and $225) this week. Meanwhile, two of the most brawny 2014 15" models are now marked down by $500. Also, a few days remain to take advantage of $50 rebates and grab a fully loaded 11" MacBook Air for $999 with free accessories. Most deals expire July 10th.

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08:40
Ecobee3 HomeKit-connected thermostat available at...

Apple's HomeKit home automation framework is beginning to show some surprising growth and strength, today with the announcement that the Ecobee3 smart thermostat will be available for $249 at Apple Stores throughout North America.

There have been plenty of smart thermostats available up to this point; Google's Nest and Honeywell's Lyric are two good examples. But Ecobee3 is the first that has been designed from scratch to support HomeKit. It's available with additional sensors (two for $79) that can be place in other rooms of the house to ensure even heating or cooling.

What HomeKit support means to potential Ecobee3 owners is that they'll be able to use Siri to control home temperatures through voice commands or group the thermostat into a "scene". Imagine telling Siri you're going to bed and it turns off all...

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08:36
Adobe is patching a hole the Hacking Team used to...

Techcrunch:Many companies have best practices and the Hacking Team, the “computer security experts” who sold hacking tools to various federal and state agencies around the world, are no exception. Their database of information includes a number of interesting hacking tips, including mention of a 0-day, unpatched hole in Adobe Flash that the company is currently closing.It’s long past time that Adobe should do the right thing and stop developing Flash and web site creators should stop using it.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:42
Apple orders up 90 million 'iPhone 6s'...

Apple reportedly has big ambitions for its next-generation iPhones, having tasked its manufacturing partners with assembling between 85 million and 90 million handsets --?complete with Force Touch --?to carry it through launch and the holiday shopping season.

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07:38
People quickly installed iOS 8.4 to use Apple Music

Apple hasn’t yet released numbers to prove how popular Apple Music is, but now we know that people are rushing to upgrade to iOS 8.4. Just eight days after Apple pushed out the upgrade with Apple Music as its core feature, more than 40 percent of all iOS devices are running the newest version of iOS.The data comes from third-party analytics firm Mixpanel—Apple doesn’t break out point release adoption from larger release adoption. iOS 8 is currently running on 84 percent of iOS devices. Mixpanel
Apple Music, the brand new feature in iOS 8.4, was the main reason people upgraded their devices so quickly.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:31
Apple's iPhone 6 maintains almost 50% share of...

During the June quarter the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus kept the iPhone the top-selling smartphone brand at all four major U.S. carriers, with a sell-through share of almost 50 percent, according to survey data published on Wednesday.

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07:05
Apple HomeKit gets thermostat to compete with Nest

Apple’s ecosystem is getting more intelligent.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:02
Apple releases VoiceOver patches for iOS iWork apps



You may want to update your iWork apps today.
Following a rare overnight update on Tuesday, Apple has updated its Pages, Numbers and Keynote apps for iOS to version 2.5.4, returning full VoiceOver navigation and editing functionality to the apps.
The fixes resolve issues that prevented UI navigation and content editing using VoiceOver. In addition to the VoiceOver patch, Pages no longer blurs text on certain devices when the Speak Screen option is activated.

It’s unknown how long the bugs have persisted, but the launch of iOS 8.4 last week might be speeding along various bug fixes at 1 Infinite Loop.
The latest versions of Pages, Numbers and Keynote come in at...

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07:00
Apple releases update to fix accessibility issues in...

Apple yesterday updated its iWork suite of iOS apps with bug fixes and feature improvements that address accessibility issues in the latest version of its apps. According to the changelog, Pages, Numbers and Keynote were updated to fix “an issue that prevented proper navigation and editing with VoiceOver.” Apple also resolved an issue in Pages where turning on Speak Screen blurred text on some devices. The latest version of Page, Numbers and Keynote with the accessibility fixes is 2.5.4.

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06:44
Apple Pay arrives at 23 additional U.S. banks,...



Apple Pay was just picked up by another 23 U.S. banks and credit unions.
Here we go:
- American Chartered Bank
- Bank-Fund Staff Federal Credit Union
- Bellco Credit Union
- EFCU Financial
- First Federal
- First National Bank

- Health Care Systems Federal Credit Union
- Keesler Federal Credit Union
- Kemba Credit Union
- Members 1st Federal Credit Union
- NorthStart Credit Union
- Parsons Federal Credit Union
- Pinnacle Bank
- Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union
- Service Credit Union
- SRP Federal Credit Union
- SUMA (Yonkers) FCU
- Tampa Bay Federal Credit Union...

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06:21
Microsoft to axe 7,800 jobs from struggling mobile...

A strategic shift at Microsoft could see as many as 7,800 former Nokia employees lose their jobs this year while the software behemoth absorbs a $7.6 billion write-down on its troubled handset business, the company announced on Wednesday.

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06:20
Gun-shaped iPhone case ‘Is a Terrible Idea,’ police...
06:17
Apple Music review, as seen through the lens of...

Ben Lovejoy, writing for 9to5mac, uses iTunes on his Mac to dig into Apple Music.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:11
∞ Using Siri to control Apple Music

Knowing how to use Siri to control Apple Music will really enhance your Apple Music experience, especially if you own an Apple Watch.

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06:10
External Link: The Swift Doctrine

Is musician Taylor Swift secretly running Apple? In a humorous post at Six Colors, Philip Michaels ponders the question, examining how many of Apple’s recent decisions can be traced back to Swift’s works. Michaels is currently studying Swift’s lyrics for clues about the next iPhone. 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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06:00
How to save songs from Apple Music, Beats 1 or Music...

Apple Music is designed to integrate seamlessly with your existing iTunes library by allowing you to add streaming music content to your paid music downloads. When browsing your music library, you then can view both your purchased songs and your streaming songs and use them to build playlists.

Adding songs from Apple Music to your music library is easy -- just tap on the ellipses button that appears next to any song that is playing. Select "Add to My Music" from the contextual menu to add that song to your music library. You can add songs from an Apple Music stream, Beats 1 radio or any other radio station to which you are listening.

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05:53
US law enforcement officials to argue for encryption...

Later on Wednesday, two key U.S. law enforcement officials will testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee to argue in support of backdoors in various consumer encryption platforms, a report said.

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05:51
External Link: Apple Working on Music Home Sharing...

Many of our readers were concerned that iOS 8.4 removed Home Sharing for music (video Home Sharing still remains). The good news is that Eddy Cue, Apple’s SVP of Internet Software and Services, announced on Twitter that the company is working on bringing back Home Sharing for music in iOS 9. Keep your fingers crossed! 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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05:00
Flesky keyboard goes free, offers improvements

Flesky Keyboard for iOS has announced that it is now free forever, for everyone. I first reviewed Flesky for TUAW in September of 2014, and found it to be fast and capable. Now, everyone can give it a try.

In addition to being free, today's update offers some nice improvements. A new view option called "Highlights" which is like text suggestions for GIFs and stickers. As you type, Flesky notes the content and context and produces a screen of relevant, fun content. Just give it a tap to see what's been suggested.

Those who previously paid for Flesky can enjoy an all-new theme and additional extension slots on the house as a thank you.

If third-party keyboards are your thing, you now have no reason not to try Flesky.

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04:57
Judge tosses Smartflash's $533M victory against...

Months after a Texas jury ordered Apple to pay $532.9 million to a product-less company that critics have dubbed a "patent troll," a judge has tossed out that decision, declaring that instructions given to the jury may have improperly affected the damage assessment.

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04:30
You Should Play: Explore dungeons and power-up your...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.My experience with mobile-exclusive RPGs has been mixed. Some games emphasize the collectability—giving you hundreds of dragons/powers/characters that need to be powered up through hours of grinding. The drawback with this style is that the gameplay usually lacks any semblance of skill— you’re running down the same hall, doing the same thing, and if you have the right level, your character will succeed. On the other end of the spectrum, we have games that emphasize the action aspects—every moment of the game is a sword-fight or a quick-time event—but lacks any depth. You’ve played one mission, you’ve played them all....

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04:13
3 things we love about Apple Music

Video

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04:11
3 things we hate about Apple Music

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04:00
Artificial Intelligence Dreamtime


Google researchers last month reported progress in advancing the image classification and speech recognition capabilities of artificial neural networks. Image classification and speech recognition tools are based on well-known mathematical methods, but why certain models work while others don't has been hazy.
To help unravel the mystery, the team trained an artificial neural network by showing it millions of images and gradually adjusting the parameters until the network was able to provide the desired classifications.

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02:57
Apple updates iOS Pages, Numbers & Keynote apps...


Apple has updated all three iWork iOS apps to resolve bugs that prevented Accessibility features working properly. Apple says that Pages, Numbers and Keynote all had “an issue that prevented proper navigation and editing with VoiceOver,” while Pages also blurred text when turning on Speak Screen on some iOS devices. The updates are to version 2.5.4.
Updates are of course free for existing users, each app costing $9.99 to purchase. Pages,...

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02:45
The mystery of the iMac's granddaddy: The...

I got not one, but two very exciting Macs this week. The first was a new main Mac, the replacement for my trusty 2008 MacBook Pro: A tricked-out 5K iMac.The second, though, was just as exciting: I became the caretaker for a Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh, the grandfather of the modern iMac.The TAM is a complete aberration. It doesn’t fit into any product line, it cost $7,499 when introduced, only a few thousand were made, and nothing like it would ever be made again. Few enough people have ever heard of it, never mind know what one looks like, and fewer still own one. And yet at the same time, the same design decisions that gave us the basic formula for an all-in-one—which we first saw with the iMac G5—clearly informed the design of the TAM. To read this article in...

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01:14
iOS 8.4 reportedly accounts for 40% of all iOS usage...


Using data by Mixpanel, Apple Music seems to be quickly driving adoption of Apple’s latest iteration of its operating system, iOS 8.4. The chart shows that, in just one week, iOS 8.4 usage now makes up more than 40% of all iOS device usage. This is a rather staggering rate of uptake for a point-release. Clearly, the interest and advertisement around Apple Music is having an effect on update rates. Obviously, this only tracks OS adoption and says nothing about how well Apple Music itself is being received.

The 40% mark for iOS 8.4 is an impressive achievement but it would likely be even higher if it wasn’t for the...

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01:01
Apple fixes VoiceOver bugs in update to iWork suite...

Apple in a rare overnight update on Tuesday issued what appears to be critical fixes to accessibility features in all three iOS iWork apps, returning full VoiceOver navigation and editing functionality to Pages, Numbers and Keynote.

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00:18
Jerr Pierre-Paul, Leaders instructor do not fulfill...
00:16
Frank Wesseling's Top 10 gamers of 2015
00:03
Kevin Patra's Top 10 gamers of 2015

Tuesday July 7

23:03
FIFA 16 No Touch Dribbling

Forums: General FCS DiscussionTags: fifa 16What is No Touch Dribbling?No Touch Dribbling is our new dribble control system that gives players the freedom to decide how and when to touch the ball. By separating and creating space between the player and the ball, you will be able to perform different skill moves, feints, or even change direction without actually applying contact to the ball.How to initiate and use No Touch Dribbling in FIFA 16.To trigger No Touch Dribbling, simply press and hold the L1/LB button on your controller. Once pressed, the player with possession of the ball will momentarily step away from it to create a bit of space. From there, by flicking the left analog in different angles, the player in possession of the ball...

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22:01
Apple Watch 'collapsing sales' report...

Widely publicized study data reported by clickbait sites as evidence that Apple Watch sales have "plunged" and "are tanking" actually shows something completely different: that Apple has launched the most successful smartwatch product by a vast margin.

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18:45
Penn State researchers to investigate Apple Watch as...

An upcoming research program to be conducted by Penn State University staff is exploring the effect wearables like Apple Watch have on human behavior, with an eye on turning the device into a learning tool.

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17:02
Today in the App Store, featuring LEGO Minifigures...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on PhotoBulk: Watermark, Resize, Optimize and Rename; the new LEGO® Minifigures Online ; and an update to Evernote for the Mac. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Instaweather Pro [$1.99 → Free] This is not another boring weather forecast app ;)!

MilkCrate [$2.99 → Free] Get info on the spot! Prices, tracklists, ratings, descriptions, discography & label info, are all accessible!

Stickyboard 2 [$4.99 → Free] Imagine a giant whiteboard with a...

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16:39
Questionable report claims Apple Watch sales plummet...

According to research firm Slice Intelligence, which has been closely following Apple Watch performance since the device launched in April, sales averages are taking a nose dive in the U.S. as availability increases, but the firm offers little data to support the provided numbers.

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15:08
∞ Black Sabbath: The Sign of the Southern Cross

Black Sabbath with Ronnie James Dio. This is legendary.

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13:21
Xsan 4 spotlight issues

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: spotlightWe recently upgraded from Xsan 3 to Xsan 4 and everything is working except search is not working on any clients or the secondary MDC. Search works fine on the primary MDC only.
I have already tried deleting and re-indexing the whole Xsan volume, but the problem still is happening, sometimes if you search within a folder and type almost the whole filename your searching for it will bring up those results, but searching from the root of the Xsan always results in 0 items found.
Looks like the spotlight index is working its just not being read or shared to the Xsan clients, including the backup MDC, very strange.
Anyone have any ideas on how to fix this?

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12:37
Apple stops signing iOS 8.3 just one week after 8.4...

On Tuesday, Apple quietly stopped signing the code for iOS 8.3, preventing people from downgrading to the release from iOS 8.4 using iTunes.

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11:28
Apple Pay comes to 23 more US banks, sees early...

Apple on Tuesday added 23 more companies to the list of U.S. banks supporting Apple Pay, simultaneously gearing up for the launch of the mobile payment service in the United Kingdom.

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10:41
Is Isolating the Internet Key to Bulletproof...


With so many cybersecurity pros drowning in an ever-rising tide of hack attacks on their computer systems, an emerging approach to defending those systems may be the life preserver they've been looking for. The approach doesn't involve beefing up perimeter defenses, carefully scrutinizing network traffic, or applying analytics to employee behavior. "We need something very different -- something that will take the malware problem off the table," said Kowsik Guruswamy, CTO of Menlo Security.

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10:31
Apple touts 'tested to the limit' iPhone...

Apple on Tuesday updated its virtual retail outlet with a new section that describes the company's approach to testing and approving the third-party cases it stocks for the iPhone and iPad.

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