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09:23
LiveCode 8 adds new plug-in architecture

LiveCode Ltd has unveiled LiveCode 8 (www.livecode.com) , representing the next generation of the highly coding environment for iOS, Android, Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and Server platforms. Rewritten from the ground up, LiveCode 8 brings a new plug-in architecture allowing users to drag-drop widgets.

LiveCode Ltd’s recent acquisition of mergEXT means that LiveCode now also ships with 29 readymade iOS add ons. Many of these will be developed into widgets by LiveCode Ltd and made available across all supported LiveCode platforms. In all LiveCode 8 ships with a grand total of 46 externals, libraries and widgets to extend its functionality.

The new LiveCode Builder language is available for the first time for users to build and add their own widgets and extensions. Extensions to LiveCode are now built in LiveCode instead of in lower level and arguably more difficult languages such as C++ or Objective C....

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06:05
CoreCode teams releases TableEdit spreadsheet for Mac OS X

The CoreCode team has announced TableEdit, a spreadsheet app for Mac OS X. It offers features such as charts with cell styling, formatting options, and comprehensive import/export capabilities.

TableEdit features a “world-class” Excel-compatible formula system that has been tested on more than a million formulae from over 20,000 Excel-files, according to Samuel Vimes of the CoreCode team. The tool is built exclusively for OS X and takes full advantage of its latest features and technologies, he adds.

TableEdit requires Mac OS X 10.8 and is free. It’s available at the product website (http://www.corecode.at/tableedit/) and the Mac App Store.

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05:44
Micromat’s MacCheck is new problem-solving and diagnostic utility

Micromat, the company behind the TechTool Pro line of software, has released a new troubleshooting utility called MacCheck. The new product can perform a series of critical tests on Mac systems running OS X 10.6 or higher, helping to isolate what might be wrong with a particular computer.

MacCheck is being offered free of charge and is available for download immediately (https://www.micromat.com/products/maccheck). The program tests many of the critical systems in a Mac, including RAM, I/O, Volume Structures, Partition Maps, Batteries, RAID systems and more. The program allows users to quickly verify the overall health of their Mac with one click of a button, according to Micromat president Jeff Baudin.

“For many years, we always offered our free TechTool Lite product and it was very a popular way to introduce Macintosh users to troubleshooting,” he says. “We...

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03:30
Tension Software revs TS Calc for the Mac to version 1.5

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated TS Cal for Mac OS X to version 1.5.

It’s a document based application; its documents can be realized and used as calculation models for specific mathematical technical problems. Version 1.5 provides better import of variables with a Cascade Assignment feature and improved undo support in variables, constants and functions management.

TS Cal requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $14.99 and is available at the Tension Software website and the Mac App Store.

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03:25
CNS Barcode revved to version 2.0

Comm-Unity Networking has released version 2.0 of CNS Barcode for FileMaker Pro.

This version finalizes the transition to 64-bit FileMaker plug-ins with full, cross-platform, 64-bit GUI support. It also includes some important bug fixes. CNS Barcode is available (http://cnsbarcode.cnsplug-ins.com/) for both Mac OS(R) X and Windows.

If you purchased CNS Barcode after May 3, 2015, you can install this latest version free of charge. If you purchased CNS Barcode any time between May 3, 2014, and May 2, 2015, you can renew your license for 50% off the current price. If you purchased CNS Barcode any time before May 3, 2014, you can renew your license for 25% off the current price.

For new users CNS Barcode prices range from a single user license for $85 to a world license for $1,425 (which includes a free server license). A server license of CNS Barcode for use with...

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May 03
ADATA launches line of certified accessories for Apple devices

ADATA Technology has launched its Apple Series in North America. The accessories are designed specifically for iOS and OS X devices, including the iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Mac.

The initial five products are: the Lightning card reader, i-Memory flash drive UE710, i-Memory storage expansion card, USB type-C OTG flash drive, and Lightning cables. Fully Apple MFi certified, the ADATA Lightning card reader gives users convenient interconnectivity, as it’s the first product of its type with two-way data transfer (read and write), enabling users to freely move content to, from or among Apple, Android and digital camera devices, says Robert Chen, managing director of North America at ADATA.

It’s also the first reader to combine SD and microSD on one unit. The Lightning card reader comes bundled with a free interface app for content management and media playback. In addition to its Apple compatibility, it supports other multimedia formats, including RAW, MKV, WMV, AVI, RMVB...

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May 03
Retrospect: 52% of small businesses have suffered data loss

A new survey sponsored by Retrospect (www.retrospect.com), makes of Retrospect Backup & Recovery software, finds that more than half of small businesses have suffered data loss, through accident, loss, failure, theft, or disaster. The survey was conducted with Google Consumer Surveys across a sample of 1,000 small businesses.
 
The survey respondents reported accidents to be the most common form of data loss at 36%. Behind that, they reported loss at 21%, theft at 15%, disaster at 7%, and other at 6%. Under “Other,” respondents included "drive failure,”manufacturer erasing the hard drive during a warranty repair” and "employees doing things they shouldn’t.” And with the ability to select more than one form of data loss, 2% reported that they were unlucky enough to suffer from all four types.
 
According to a Gartner research group study of companies experiencing a "major loss" of computer...

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May 03
AAS releases Epicycles sound bank for Chromaphone 2, AAS Player...

Applied Acoustics Systems has released the Epicycles sound bank (www.applied-acoustics.com/epicycles/) for the Chromaphone 2 synthesizer and AAS Player plug-ins in collaboration with artist and sound designer Richard Devine.

After his Microsound Textures compendium, Devine revisits Chromaphone in its second incarnation and presents an opaque collection of new sounds. The 111 Epicycles presets delve into enigmatic and uncertain lands. Nine categories structure the series of patterns and textures: Soundscapes, Basses, Plucked Strings, Keys, Synths, Strings and Pads, Percussions, Arps, and Effects.


The Epicycles sound bank is available through May 31 at the introductory price of $29 (the regular price is $39) and is bundled with every purchase of the new Chromaphone 2 acoustic object synthesizer. The instant download delivery package includes both a Chromaphone 2...

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May 03
MailButler for OS X Mail gets Follow-Up feature

MailButler (https://www.feingeist.io/mailbutler), the Apple Mail assistant by Feingeist Software GmbH, has added a new feature on its list.

It's called Follow-Up, and it allows users to schedule a follow-up reminder that will notify them when there is no response to a particular email. Once the email is written, the user can just tell MailButler when he wants to be reminded, and the notification will appear on his preferred date and time. MailButler simplifies, optimizes and streamlines working with emails.

The app requires Mac OS X 10.10 or later. A demo is available for download; registration is $8.95.

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May 03
Mail Designer Pro 2.6 for OS X gets expanded Mobile Preview

equinux has released Mail Designer Pro 2.6 for OS X with expanded Mobile Preview and automatic preflight link check.

The app lets you create and optimize responsive HTML newsletters for the newest Apple devices. The Mobile Preview in Mail Designer Pro simulates in real time how your newsletter appears on a smartphone or tablet. Mail Designer Pro 2.6 now includes a Mobile Preview for the iPhone SE and the iPad Pro (12,9" and 9,7"). In order to view the simulation for the larger sized iPad Pro on a MacBook Air, the Mobile Preview can now be scaled down making it possible to optimize newsletters for all mobile devices.

Current users of  Mail Designer Pro 2 can download a free update to version 2.6.  For all new users, Mail Designer Pro 2 is now available at a special introductory price of only $49.99 in the  equinux Online Store (www.equinux.com/maildesignerpro) and in the Mac...

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May 03
Calcine for OS X gets improved import dialog

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Calcine for Mac OS X to version 4.2.1. The new version has an improved import dialog.


The app allows you to have an algebra solver in small stripe window taking just a small portion of your Mac screen. You can use it for simple additions or for complex formula using and assigning variables and constants

Calcine 4.2.1 requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher and costs $4.99. It’s available at the Tension Software website and the Mac App Store.

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May 02
VideoTweet for OS X designed to imply sending videos to Twitter

VideoTweet (http://www.arcticwhiteness.com/videotweet/) is a new app for Mac OS X with one objective – to provide a simple way of sending videos to Twitter.

It’s designed to handle all the details of uploading a video with your tweet. Videos can be dragged to the standalone application. However, it also supports sharing from iPhoto, QuickTime and Final Cut Pro. X

VideoTweets is free; however, tweets will contain a link back to the developers site. Register for approximately $3.45, and the link will disappear.

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May 02
MOP: Operation Cleanup is new arcade runner for OS X

Ensenasoft (www.ensenasoft.com) has introduced MOP: Operation Cleanup 1.0, an arcade runner for Mac OS X.

To save the world players must sweep the area for trash and run, jump, swim and slide their way through each world, destroying enemies and obstacles blocking their path. You can explore five worlds with 50 missions.

MOP: Operation Cleanup 1.0 requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. It costs $4.99 and is available at the Mac App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/app/mop-operation-cleanup/id1064622094).

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May 02
App Delete Lite for OS X gets revamped user interface, more

Reggie Ashworth (http://www.reggieashworth.com/appdeletelite) has announced AppDelete Lite 4.0.4, an update to his Mac deletion utility.

Via drag and drop, AppDelete Lite will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. Version 4.0.4 sports a revamped interface and a revised workflow. It also finds more files than ever before thanks to an improved algorithm.

App Delete Lite requires OS X 10.7.3 or later. It costs $3.99 and is available at the Mac App Store. AppDelete Lite users can upgrade to AppDelete for an additional $3.99, but only via the AppDelete/AppDelete Lite website.

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May 02
Tension Software announces CryptoEdit 2.1 for OS X

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated CryptoEdit for Mac OS X to version 2.1.

It’s an application for creating and editing “encrypted by default” documents. It can manage TEXT, RTF and RTFD (with images) format. CryptoEdit saves documents on disk always as encrypted.

It’s designed as a solution to manage reserved documents with formatted text and images. Version 1.1 provides autolock of documents when in background, a better lock of documents, enhanced startup options, and improved working “As a Service” from other applications.

CryptoEdit requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $4.99 and is available at the Tension Software website and the Mac App Store.

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Apr 29
Scosche announces MagicMount PowerBank

Scosche Industries has announced the MagicMount PowerBank, which magnetically attaches to Lightning or micro USB-powered smartphones to charge them when users are on the go.

It packs an internal 4000mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery, capable of fully charging a dead smartphone, such as the iPhone 6/6s or Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge, twice. Its built-in 2.1A output charges these devices safely and at the fastest rate possible, according to the folks at Scosche. The MagicMount PowerBank comes pre-charged and can be used right out of the box. It features four blue LED lights that indicate available battery power level.

The MagicMount PowerBank affixes to smartphones via “100% safe, powerful rare-earth magnets,” while the built-in Lightning or micro USB cable plugs into the device for charging. This connection provides a compact design.

The MagicMount PowerBank works with tablets also. It’s available now at SCOSCHE.com for $49.99 (the micro USB device edition) or...

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Apr 29
iFlicks for OS X feature automatic chapter and subtitle download...

Jendrik Bertram has released iFlicks 2.4 (www.iflicksapp.com) for Mac OS X.

iFlicks has integrated video muxing and encoding capabilities for users to need to quickly import their video files into iTunes and automatically complete them with metadata and artwork. Version 2.4 features automatic chapter and subtitle download, extended in-place editing, chapter images, improved metadata, extended rules and much more.

iFlicks 2.4 requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It’s available at the Mac App Store at special pricing for awhile: $12.99 until May 8 (50% off), $18.99 until the end of May (25% off), and $24.99 afterwards.

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Apr 29
Deliver Express 2.5.12 for OS X improves compatibility across OS...

Zevrix Solutions has announced Deliver Express 2.5.12, a maintenance update to its file transfer solution that automatically sends files across the Internet and locally from watched hot folders.

The app also issues automatic email notifications upon file delivery. Deliver Express can serve unlimited users on a network and supports FTP, SFTP, WebDAV and more. Version 2.5.12 solves a compatibility issue with some older versions of OS X and introduces improvements in memory management and stability.

Deliver Express can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com). The license prices are based on the maximum number of allowed destinations and range from $29.95 to $299.95. Version 2.5.12 is a free update for licensed users. A demo is available for download. Deliver Express requires OS X 10.5-10.11 (some features require OS X 10.7 and later).

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May 04
IDC: VR hardware to soar past the $2 billion mark this...

Worldwide shipments of virtual reality (VR) hardware will skyrocket in 2016, with total volumes reaching 9.6 million units, according to IDC. Led by key products from Samsung, Sony, HTC, and Oculus, the category should generate hardware revenues of approximately $2.3 billion in 2016, adds the research group.

While VR will drive nearly all of the hardware volume in 2016, Augmented Reality (AR) hardware is forecast to ramp up over the next few years. According to the first worldwide AR/VR forecast from IDC, the combined device markets will see hardware shipments surge past 110 million units in 2020.

IDC has identified three major device categories across the augmented and virtual reality markets. They include: screenless viewers that use the screen of specific smartphones to drive an AR/VR experience (example: Samsung Gear VR); tethered head mounted displays (HMDs) that utilize an existing compute device such as a PC, game console, or even a smartphone to drive a head-...

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May 03
IHS: automotive touch screens on the rise

With consumers becoming increasingly comfortable using smartphones and tablet PCs, touch screens are now increasingly making their way into their vehicles, too. In fact, the automotive touch panel market is expected to expand from 28 million units shipped in 2013 to 86 million in 2021, according to IHS Inc. (www.ihs.com), the leading global source of critical information and insight.

“Projected capacitive touch technology is commonly found in consumer smartphones and tablets, which consumers have grown very comfortable using,” said Shoko Oi, senior display analyst at IHS Technology. “Although there are concerns about how direct touch operations could affect safety while driving, automotive touch panels are becoming a standard feature in new vehicles coming to market.”

The content shown on automotive displays now comes from a variety of sources, both inside and outside the car. Many of these applications require...

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May 02
The Northern Spy: Quo Vadis

By Rick Sutcliffe

The Apple haters and doomsayers will slither from beneath their rocks in force now that Apple has suffered its first quarterly year-over-year decline in revenue in 13 years. No company can grow its sales indefinitely, so this day had to come. Mind, the company still had revenues of over $50 billion, so it's not about to become a corporate food bank client. This does mark a watershed for the iPhone business, however, as it may indicate, if not market saturation, at least a flattening of the growth curve--not just for Apple but for the whole sector.

Is this "a cloud the size of a man's hand" on the horizon? Only if Apple abdicates its technology leadership role and fails to introduce yet another iconic game changing product. What of the second AppleTV and the Apple Watch? The Spy says "yawn". Both entered an already crowded market--one to which neither contributes significantly, much less redefines. Moreover, watches...

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Apr 29
Gartner: half of CEOs expect their industries to...

CEOs have underlined that growth will be their top business priority for 2016, according to a recent survey by Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com).

The 2016 Gartner CEO and senior business executive survey found that despite indications that the global economy is struggling in early 2016, CEOs don’t plan to significantly change their priorities. After growth (54%), the second and third business priorities are customers (31%) and workforce (27%). The Gartner CEO and senior business executive survey of 400 senior business leaders in user organizations worldwide was conducted in the fourth quarter of 2015, asking questions about 2016/2017.

Most responding organizations were those with annual revenue of $1 billion or more. The survey results show that while business conditions are challenging, CEOs remain confident enough to sanction strategic investments, particularly when it comes to digital business...

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Apr 28
U.S. carriers score poorly on ‘app experience’...

Apteligent (www.apteligent.com) and analyst firm, STL group, have put together a report quantifying the customer “app experience” on 27 mobile networks in 7 countries. The findings on U.S. carrier providers was especially surprising considering analysts and market observers often cite the U.S. as a mobile market that has achieved higher broadband prices owing to its operators’ network investment. 

So how do U.S. carriers Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T measure up?

° All four of the major US mobile operators are in the bottom half of the ranking table.

° The best-performing US operator, T-Mobile, only scores 45 – a full 31 points below Bouygues Telecom (France) and 4 points below the median operator. 

° Verizon and AT&T, the U.S. market leaders, score only 43 and 37 respectively and Sprint, as already noted, is in the bottom 5 with 33.

° All the U.S. operators perform...

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Apr 27
Organizations failing to harness benefits of agile...

Organizations are far less willing than their employees to adopt agile working methods and are missing out on the benefits such as earlier delivery of projects and return on investment, according to a new global survey published by AXELOS (www.axelos.com).
 
The survey of more than 2,400 professionals found that more than three-quarters (81%) of respondents – across all job roles and industry sectors surveyed – now see value in working in an agile way. In fact, the appetite to use agile methods among individual professionals is on average 37% greater than their employer’s.
 
The lack of appetite among organizations for agile working exists despite the finding that people in senior management roles were among the most enthusiastic for it, with 83% acknowledging its value. AXELOS’ research also showed how more professionals with a PRINCE2 certification than those without see the value of agile working...

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Apr 26
MWR research confirms risk of NFC enabled card theft

With contactless payments increasing in popularity, MWR InfoSecurity (www.mwrinfosecurity.com) has today warned consumers to be aware of the dangers from contactless cards. It also issued a reminder to retailers and banks that not all fraudulent card theft is the fault of the card owner and more needs to be done to thwart scammers.
 
MWR has developed an application that uses NFC (near field communication) to read the information stored in the contactless chip embedded in credit and debit cards. Google Play currently has a number of similar apps available via its store that claim to do the same thing, plus the source code isn’t too difficult to find.

Explaining the process MWR senior research consultant, Nick Walker explained: “Brushing past someone, the app sends a signal to the chip in the card to query the data stored. Depending on the card type will determine just what information is...

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Apr 25
Video banking reaches inflection point

More than 80% of banks surveyed recognize that online and mobile banking channels improve customer engagement, and 93% of banks expect customer satisfaction to improve if a high quality video banking service were to be implemented.
 
A newly released research report, co-sponsored by Efma (www.efma.com), a not-for-profit association of 3,300 retail financial services companies in more than 130 countries and Vidyo, Inc. (www.vidyo.com), which specializes in video collaboration, aims to bring clarity to the role that video banking plays in the digital transformation of banks. The research results uncovered massive support for video banking among financial organizations worldwide, with nearly 80% of all banks planning to offer video-enabled banking services. The research from Vidyo and Efma also found:

° Nearly 70% of banks prioritize video banking...

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Apr 22
Mobile apps becoming more popular with small...

Will mobile apps that are cheaper and easier to develop convince more small businesses to have them? Not necessarily, according to a new survey by Clutch (https://clutch.co), an app development research firm.

While nearly 50% of small businesses indicate they plan to have a mobile app within the next few years, over 30% still have no intention to do so. Industry experts, however, say that attitude will likely change as more small businesses watch the trend of mobile app adoption grow and are forced to have an app in order to stay competitive.

"Many small businesses don't even consider building a mobile app, but this is changing fast, with more and more traffic coming from mobile devices," says Viktor Marohnic, CEO of the mobile app creator Shoutem. "Three years ago, a small business might see 10% of its total traffic coming from mobile, but right now it's closer to 70%. Within the next couple of years, a shift...

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Apr 21
Cost reduction driving the data center colocation...

According to the latest market research report by Technavio (www.technavio.com), the global data center colocation market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 12% until 2020. To calculate the market size, Technavio researchers have considered revenues garnered from sales of new units in leading geographies.

“Accessing information stored in a data center involves the use of many devices. A robust networking solution is required to offer high-availability services. During the forecast period, a growing need for digitalization will enable processing of application workloads on servers with cross-platform support,” said Rakesh Panda, one of Technavio’s lead industry analysts for data center research.

He adds: “The use of cloud-based services and big data analytics is growing rapidly. Also, increasing digitalization has resulted in a significant rise in the amount of enterprise...

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Wednesday May 4

16:45
Why I’m not Buying an Apple Smoke Detector

If Apple makes a smoke detector, I'm not buying it. Considering the bag of hurt HomeKit is, I'm just not ready to trust a life or death-level product to Apple regardless of how awesome my Mac, iPhone, and iPad may be.


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15:50
Siri creators developing powerful new personal...

The original minds behind the iOS virtual assistant Siri have a new project in the works. A new report from The Washington Post details that Siri’s creators are working on an artificial intelligence technology called “Viv” that does more than Siri or any other virtual assistant currently available.
more…Filed under: iOS Tagged: iOS, Siri, Viv ...

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13:47
Apple says all apps must support IPv6-only...

Apple in an announcement Wednesday reminded developers of an upcoming change to App Store policy that requires all iOS apps include support for IPv6-only networking.

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13:45
AWT News Update: May 4, 2016

In today's Apple news -- iPhone 7 popularity, a YouTube TV service, iOS must have IPv6, and a new official Twitter Mac app:

  • The iPhone 7 is months away, but a poll shows that interest in the new phone is high
  • Another company announces an impending live TV service -- YouTube
  • Developers need to make sure by June 1, 2016 that their iOS apps support IPv6-only networking
  • Twitter ships v4.1 of its official Mac app

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for May 4, 2016.

We’re still months away from the expected iPhone 7 launch, but a survey of prospective smartphone owners by UBS Evidence Lab shows that consumer interest and...

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12:57
Notable apps and app updates for May 4, 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

Fortyfox has introduced Lunar 1.0. With the free app, you subscribe to your favorite podcasts, and it notifies you when the latest episode releases. Lunar will automatically download that episode.

Wasabi Productions has unleashed One Giggly Gorilla, the sequel to Ten Giggly Gorillas for iOS. Th $3.99, child-safe app lets kids help one, then two, three, four and more gorillas get to the bananas at the top of the tree. The fun is in catapulting each gorilla up to the branch above. The learning is...

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12:53
Apple will require iOS App Store apps to support...

Apple has announced on its developer blog that it will require all apps submitted to the iOS App Store to support IPv6-only networks from June 1 2016. Apple originally introduced the transition a year ago at WWDC 2015, implying it would soon become a requirement.
more…Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: App Store, developers, iOS, IPv4, IPv6, networking...

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11:59
Hulu, YouTube planning TV streaming services

Cable cutters, rejoice. Hulu and YouTube are apparently planning their own streaming services.

Hulu has announced that it's going to begin offering subscribers the ability to stream "live programming from broadcast and cable brands" in 2017. That'll include "live sports, news, and events," 

Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins said. Hulu's subscribers won't be required to have a traditional cable TV subscription in order to watch. His comments confirm what The Wall Street Journal reported over the weekend, saying that Fox, ABC, ESPN, FX, and the Disney Channel were all involved in negotiations.

YouTube is working on a paid subscription service called Unplugged that would offer customers a bundle of cable TV channels streamed over the Internet, people familiar...

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11:55
Researchers Hijack Samsung's SmartThings IoT...


Researchers at the University of Michigan on Monday announced they had uncovered a series of vulnerabilities in the Samsung SmartThings home automation system that essentially could have allowed hackers to take control of various functions and break into a user's home. The researchers, working with Microsoft in what may be the first comprehensive study of an Internet of Things application for the home, did a security analysis of the system, they said. They were able to perform four proof-of-concept attacks.

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11:51
iOS Apps must support IPv6-only networking as of...

At WWDC 2015 we announced the transition to IPv6-only network services in iOS 9. Starting June 1, 2016 all apps submitted to the App Store must support IPv6-only networking. Most apps will not require any changes because IPv6 is already supported by NSURLSession and CFNetwork APIs.If your app uses IPv4-specific APIs or hard-coded IP addresses, you will need to make some changes.Apple announced this last year, so most of any work that needs to be done by developers is probably taken care of already. If not, this is a good reminder from Apple.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:03
Google Slides receives big update w/ audience Q&...

Google’s web-based alternative to Microsoft PowerPoint is getting a big update today that adds the ability for members of the audience to easily ask questions during a presentation. Additionally, Google Slides is adding more presentation options on iOS and a cool laser pointer tool.
more…Filed under: Apps Tagged: Google Slides, Hangouts, iOS, presentation, Slides QA ...

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Wednesday May 4

15:02
Siri Creators Debuting New AI Assistant 'Viv' Ne...

Dag Kittlaus and Adam Cheyer, co-founders of Siri, the virtual assistant now built into all of Apple's iOS devices, are set to demonstrate their newest artificial intelligence project on Monday, reports The Washington Post. Viv, the name of the AI bot, is more advanced than Siri and is able to carry out complex tasks by mimicking the "spontaneity and knowledge base" of a human assistant.

Viv can, for example, set up a dinner reservation and purchase movie tickets all based on one query, parsing ticket prices to find deals and offering suggestions if a movie is sold out or a restaurant has no seating available. Completing the same task with Siri would require multiple commands and human interaction. In an example given by The Washington Post,...

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10:02
YouTube Working on 'Unplugged' TV Subscription S...

Internet-based subscription television plans are growing in popularity, and YouTube is the latest company rumored to be working on a standalone television service. According to Bloomberg, YouTube is developing a paid subscription service called "Unplugged," offering a bundle of channels for a set price.

YouTube has already built the infrastructure necessary for the service and is prioritizing its development for a 2017 debut. YouTube has been in talks with major media companies like NBCUniversal, Viacom, Fox, and CBS, but has not yet been able to secure rights for the service.

YouTube is said to be aiming to build a streaming service similar to the service Apple hoped to offer before putting its...

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06:52
Apple Warns of new UK Phishing Scam

A new phishing scam is being reported on in the UK today. The scam aims to take advantage of unaware iPhone users as scammers attempt to send them requests for personal information.

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06:22
Did Samsung's Fake Galaxy S7 Sales Place them as the...

Samsung finally got the headline they coveted: They're the number one smartphone maker in the U.S. with 28.8% market share surpassing Apple at 23 percent due to "strong sales of its latest Galaxy S7 flagship smartphone.

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04:54
Kohl’s Becomes First Retailer to Support Store Payments an...

Kohl's has announced that customers can now pay for their purchases with Kohl’s Charge Cards or other credit or debit cards and simultaneously earn Yes2You Rewards loyalty points with a single tap using Apple Pay.

The combined functionality is currently available in approximately 250 Kohl’s stores in the United States, and the department store chain expects one-tap checkout to be available in all stores nationwide later this month.

Kohl's is the first retailer to offer a one-tap solution for payments and rewards using Apple Pay. Customers can simply add both their Kohl's Charge Card or other payment method and Yes2You Rewards card to Apple Pay and...

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04:10
Apple Set to Deliver a Reinvented Apple Music UI in Time f...

During Apple's financial conference on April 26, Apple's CEO noted that "We feel really great about the early success of Apple's first subscription business and our Music revenue has now hit an inflection point after many quarters of decline." Cook added that "Apple Music continues to grow in popularity with over 13 million paying subscribers today." We had learned that...

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03:35
Chinese Handbag Maker Wins Case to continue using 'iP...

Apple fought a trademark case in China to stop a handbag company from being able to use the "iPhone" trademark in China.

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03:15
Apple Music Set for Design Overhaul in Time for WWDC in Ju...

Apple is planning to overhaul its year-old music streaming service to make it "more easy to use", according to people familiar with the matter (via Bloomberg News).

The company is set to redesign the user interface to make it more intuitive, said the sources, who asked to remain anonymous because the plans are yet to be made public. Apple also means to significantly enhance the integration of its streaming and download businesses and expand its online radio service.

According to Bloomberg, a full reboot of Apple Music is to be unveiled at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June and will be accompanied by a fresh marketing campaign to entice customers to the subscription-based service, which currently costs $10 per month.

Apple Music was introduced...

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03:07
Mad Money Host Jim Cramer asks One Big Question: What Does...

On Monday we reported about Tim Cook's appearance on Jim Cramer's CNBC financial show called 'Mad Money.' We pointed to Tim Cook's emphasis on wanting to point out the potential Apple has in China with their middle class which is exploding. In today's report, Mad Money host Jim Cramer opened his interview up with Cook to give analysts an opportunity to get to understand Apple through Tim Cook's eyes. The one big open question for Cook in the video noted above was: What does Tim Cook's Apple stand for?

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Tuesday May 3

15:39
Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'We Want to Change the World Thro...

Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke with CNBC's Mad Money host Jim Cramer yesterday for a two-part interview covering a wide range of topics. In the second portion of the interview, which aired tonight, Cook talked about Apple's recent feud with the FBI, what Apple stands for, and who he personally admires.

On a question about what Apple stands for and what he's most proud of, Tim Cook said Apple conducts business in a way that's "right and just." He pointed towards the company's environmental efforts, use of renewable energy, focus on human rights, employee shareholder plans, and privacy efforts. "All of these things help us stand for something," he said. "And I think that's what people want."

He went on to say that he's proud of the products Apple makes that give customers the...

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Wednesday May 4

13:03
Lists of available trusted root certificates in OS...

The OS X Trust Store contains trusted root certificates that are preinstalled with OS X.

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11:00
Supporting IPv6-only Networks

At WWDC 2015 we announced the transition to IPv6-only network services in iOS 9. Starting June 1, 2016 all apps submitted to the App Store must support IPv6-only networking. Most apps will not require any changes because IPv6 is already supported by NSURLSession and CFNetwork APIs.If your app uses IPv4-specific APIs or hard-coded IP addresses, you will need to make some changes. Learn how to ensure compatibility by reading Supporting IPv6 DNS64/NAT64 Networks and watch Your App and Next Generation Networks.

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11:00
Supporting IPv6-only Networks

At WWDC 2015 we announced the transition to IPv6-only network services in iOS 9. Starting June 1, 2016 all apps submitted to the App Store must support IPv6-only networking. Most apps will not require any changes because IPv6 is already supported by NSURLSession and CFNetwork APIs.If your app uses IPv4-specific APIs or hard-coded IP addresses, you will need to make some changes. Learn how to ensure compatibility by reading Supporting IPv6 DNS64/NAT64 Networks and watch Your App and Next Generation Networks.

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08:30
The SharePoint Framework—an open and connected pla...

Today, we announced The Future of SharePoint, which detailed our vision, roadmap and significant investments across the user experiences in SharePoint Online. We’re excited by the potential and ability for our customers and professional developers to innovate on these scenarios and drive them to the next level.
Our partners, customers and independent developers have created innovative solutions using SharePoint’s Page and Web Part model, which was largely implemented in .NET and, like many content and collaboration systems, was designed and matured in the server-rendered era.

Server-side development.
As technologies and connectivity have evolved, JavaScript language and performance have advanced substantially. We can go back to distributed computing and build rich, fast, interactive user experiences on the client. And we can build responsive interfaces that run in... | Read more »

Tuesday May 3

10:00
tvOS 9.2.1 beta 4 (13Y772) Now Available

tvOS 9.2.1 beta 4 (13Y772) Now Available

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iOS 9.3.2 beta 4 (13F68) Now Available

iOS 9.3.2 beta 4 (13F68) Now Available

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OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta 4 (15F31a) Now Availa...

OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta 4 (15F31a) Now Available

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tvOS 9.2.1 beta 4 (13Y772) Now Available

tvOS 9.2.1 beta 4 (13Y772) Now Available

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iOS 9.3.2 beta 4 (13F68) Now Available

iOS 9.3.2 beta 4 (13F68) Now Available

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OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta 4 (15F31a) Now Availa...

OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta 4 (15F31a) Now Available

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Technology Showcase

Sep 17
Video showcases iOS app built with Xojo

Xojo Inc., the company formerly known as Real Software, has posted a video of an iOS app that was built with Xojo. Xojo is an object-oriented, cross-platform software development tool that enables developers to create software for OS X, Windows, Linux, the web and mobile.

The video showcases all the native controls and gives an overview of Xojo's support for building iOS apps. Building native iOS apps with Xojo is the same as building a web or desktop app as you do today. You can view the video at http://tinyurl.com/nvexpk7 .

Developers can use the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) of Xojo for free, and will only need to purchase a license once they want to build a distributable version of their application. Licenses are purchased per target platform, including Web, Desktop, Database, Console, and Xojo Pro, which is a bundle license that includes all deployment licenses plus an added...

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Feb 14
A look at SkySafari for iOS, Mac OS X and 2012 DA14

This Friday, Feb. 15, a 180,000-ton asteroid with the thrilling name of "2012 DA14" will fly past the Earth. Don't worry, we're not talking a "Deep Impact" scenario. Which is good, right? And you can follow the asteroid using Apple devices.

The 50-meter space rock will come within 17,200 miles of earth -- that's closer than our orbiting geosynchronous communication satellites. Although we don't have to worry about a collision, the passage of 2012 DA14 is a record close approach to the Earth for an object of this size.

Southern Stars has released update to its SkySafari Plus and Pro apps for iOS, Mac OS X, and Android to let you track 2012 DA14. If you want to track the asteroid you'll want the updated apps. Why? Because the Earth's gravity affects the asteroid's orbit so severely, most desktop planetarium programs -- and all other mobile apps -- will completely fail to predict the asteroid's position correctly, says Southern Stars founder Tim DeBenedictis.

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Jan 05
Fusion Drive now available on entry-level iMacs

Apple's Fusion Drive Apple is available as a build-to-order option for the 21.5-inch, 2.7GHz 21.5-inch iMac model. Previously, it was only offered for the high-end 21.5-inchers and the 27-inch iMac.

Apple says the Fusion Drive gives customers the performance of flash storage and the capacity of a hard drive. It combines 128GB of flash with a standard 1TB or 3TB hard drive to create a single storage volume that intelligently manages files to optimize read and write performance. Apple says the Fusion Drive adapts to the way you use your iMac and automatically moves the files and apps you use most often to flash storage to enable faster performance and quicker access.

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May 02
Satechi Divoom iBase Dock Station available for iOS...

Satechi (http://www.Satechi.net) has released the Divoom iBase Dock Station for the iPod, iPhone or iPad. The US$44.99 device combines a speaker system and docking station.

The Satechi Divoom iBase Dock Station features four full range neodymium dynamic drivers and a 20.6 ounce speaker. Additionally, it has a vertical support to ensure the iOS device is secured in place. The Satechi Divoom iBase Dock Station is also compatible with other MP3 players via the 3.5mm line-in jack.

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Dec 16
Appcelerator offers '4 Steps to creating a mobile...

Appcelerator has published a white paper on "4 Steps to creating a mobile development strategy."

"Companies now have a window of opportunity to think about how mobile can transform their business as radically as the web did," says AppCelerator. "By making mobile a part of their overall digital strategy, companies can transform their relationships with their customers in even greater ways than they did with the web."

The white paper tells you how this can be accomplished. Appcelerator (http://www.appcelerator.com/) is a company that helps web developers create mobile, tablet and desktop applications.

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Sep 19
InterMapper publishes white papers on network...

InterMapper has published four white papers on network monitoring, mapping and alerting and InterMapper. You can find them all at
http://www.intermapper.com/resources/whitepapers.aspx .

The papers look at "Top 8 reasons SMBs need to monitor their networks," "top 8 considerations for selecting SMB network monitoring software," "10 steps to streamline the deployment of network monitoring software for SMBs," and "6 ways to calculate returns from your networking monitoring investment."

InterMapper is Mac OS X compatible network monitoring software. It uses SNMP to monitor the network infrastructure, and has probes for monitoring many kinds of servers, including web, mail, LDAP, FTP, etc. More information and a free 30-day demo are available at the product Web site (...

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Aug 11
Video tour of new Data Rescue Center headquarters...

The Data Rescue Center, a a data recovery company founded in 2009 and a division of Prosoft Engineering, recently opened a new state-of-the-art headquarters in Livermore, California. You can get a video tour of it at http://www.thedatarescuecenter.com/company_background.html .

In June of 2010, the Data Rescue Center and Prosoft Engineering finalized the purchase of a building in Livermore near the Lawrence Livermore National Lab. Work immediately began on the design and construction of the new recovery lab facility.

In late January of 2011, both The Data Rescue Center and Prosoft Engineering moved all operations to this new facility. It boasts a Class 2 UL-Listed Vault and extensive security features.

The ISO 5 / Class 100 Cleanroom exceeds all manufacturers specifications for cleanroom recovery environments, according to...

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Mar 11
Video looks at 'Fixing Flat Color in Final Cut...

Future Media Concepts has posted a video on "Fixing Flat Color in Final Cut Pro." It teaches you how to make your colors "pop" in footage in Final Cut Pro. You can find it at
http://www.fmctraining.com/fmc.asp?w=blip_AYHdkS4C .

Future Media Concepts is a digital media training center representing the leading software manufacturers, including Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, Avid, Boris FX, Digidesign, NewTek and Softimage. Headquartered in New York City, FMC now operates 5 additional digital media training facilities located in Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Orlando and Chicago.

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Oct 04
Video showcases Zco's services

Zco Corp. (http://www.zco.com) has posted an overview video for their technology showcase. You can view it here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzE89z-jexA .

Zco can help you build custom software, as well as market it. The company developsb oth industrial strength backend applications using .NET, PHP and Java as well as apps for all major mobile platforms, including the iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone 7, WebOS and Symbian.

Zco can also help you promote your products and services using search engine optimization and social media optimization techniques, HD video, stunning graphics, 3D animation and video effects, press releases, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Google, Yahoo and Bing.

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Aug 26
Video looks at digital storytelling features of...

A new online video (http://www.memoryminer.com) shows some of the best ways for using MemoryMiner, a digital storytelling application for Mac OS X. Designed an an complement the iLife suite, the software is all about capturing and exploring your life memories.

MemoryMiner allows anyone to zero in on the stories depicted in their photos by linking them to each other based on people, places and time. While photos are used as the starting point, the goal is always uncovering the backstory.

With MemoryMiner, you can directly record audio or video to capture the backstory of a photo. You can attach documents, web URL's, or other media to add depth and context. Each photo becomes a frame in a storyboard that can be browsed by periods in a person's life, where people overlap, by place, by time, or any combination.

MemoryMiner requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It's Universal Binary so runs...

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Never Gone (Games)
Never Gone 1.0.2 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0.2 (iTunes) Description: ###IMPPORTANT### Never Gone's HD art resources require devices with more than 1GB RAM, so please note that iPhone 4/4s, iPad 2/mini, iPod Touch 5 or older devices are NOT supported."From Chinese developer HippieGame, this is... | Read more »
INKS. (Games)
INKS. 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: From the makers of BAFTA-winning Lumino City comes INKS. INKS updates pinball for a new generation. It combines the joy of pinball with skilful tactical challenges, and allows you to create wondrous works of art as the ball smashes... | Read more »
How to maximise your profits in Bakery B...
Running a bakery can be an expensive venture. You’ll need to continuously upgrade your oven, your kitchen supplies, and even your ingredients to keep customers happy. Most of these renovations in Bakery Blitz cost a pretty penny, but we have a few tricks up our sleeves to help you rake in the virtual wealth. [Read more] | Read more »
How to manage your time in Bakery Blitz
It can be tricky, especially when you risk burning your kitchen to the ground if you forget a cake in the oven, so make sure to use these time management tricks to keep your bakery running smoothly. Don’t collect the money right away [Read more] | Read more »
Model 15 (Music)
Model 15 1.0 Device: iOS iPhone Category: Music Price: $29.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: The Moog Model 15 App is the first Moog modular synthesizer and synthesis educational tool created exclusively for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.* The Model 15 App requires iOS version 9.3 or later to work. * | Read more »
How to deal with wind in Angry Birds Act...
Angry Birds Action! is a physics-based puzzler in which you're tasked with dragging and launching birds around an obstacle-littered field to achieve a set objective. It's simple enough at first, but when wind gets introduced things can get pretty tricky. Here are some tips to deal with wind-based obstacles. [Read more] | Read more »
How to get three stars in every level of...
Angry Birds Action! is, essentially, a pinball-style take on the pull-and-fling action of the original games. When you first boot it up, you'll likely be wondering exactly what it is you have to do to get a good score. Well, never fear as 148Apps is here to walk you through it, and provide a few tips and tricks to help you get three stars in every... | Read more »
The beginner's guide to Warbits
Warbits is a turn-based strategy that's clearly inspired by Nintendo's Advance Wars series. Since turn-based strategy games can be kind of tricky to dive into, see below for a few tips to help you in the beginning. Positioning is crucial [Read more] | Read more »
How to upgrade your character in Spellsp...
So you’ve mastered the basics of Spellspire. By which I mean you’ve realised it’s all about spelling things in a spire. What next? Well you’re going to need to figure out how to toughen up your character. It’s all well and good being able to spell really, really long words, but it’s not going to mean a thing if your gear isn’t up to scratch. [Read... | Read more »
5 slither.io mash-ups we'd love to...
If there's one thing that slither.io has proved, it's that the addictive gameplay of Agar.io can be transplanted onto basically anything and it will still be good fun. It wouldn't be surprising if we saw other developers jumping on the bandwagon, and we've come up with five major games that we think could benefit from taking a leaf out of slither.... | Read more »

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Global Tablet Sales Slump Continues, iPad’s...
Another miserable showing for the global slate tablet category in calendar Q1/16, with global tablet shipments falling another 1ten percent to 46.5 million units during the according to Strategy... Read more
Revel Systems to Showcase iPad POS Platform...
Revel Systems, specialists in iPad Point of Sale management solution for brick-and-mortar retail, food businesses and more, today announced that it will showcase its innovative iPad Point of Sale... Read more
13-inch 2.5GHz MacBook Pro on sale for $999...
B&H Photo has the 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook Pro on sale for $999 including free shipping plus NY sales tax only. Their price is $100 off MSRP. Read more
Apple refurbished 2015 iMacs available for...
Apple now has a full line of Certified Refurbished 2015 21″ & 27″ iMacs available for up to $350 off MSRP. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free. The following models are... Read more
Indian Smartphone Market Grows Annually by...
India’s smartphone market grew by 12 percent year-over-year, with 24.4 million units shipping in Q1 2016. The top five vendors stayed the same, with Samsung in the lead, followed by Micromax, Intex... Read more
Get Notifications When Your Friend’s Phone...
Calgary, Canada based Stonelight Pictures has announced the release of Battery Share 1.0.1, its new utility for iOS 9 supported devices. The company notes that people are spending more time on their... Read more
11-inch 1.6GHz/128GB MacBook Air on sale fo...
Amazon has the current-generation 11″ 1.6GHz/128GB MacBook Air (sku MJVM2LL/A) on sale for $749.99 for a limited time. Their price is $150 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for this model... Read more
Price drops on clearance 2015 13-inch MacBo...
B&H Photo has dropped prices on clearance 2015 13″ MacBook Airs by up to $250. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - 13″ 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB MacBook Air (MJVE2LL/A): $799, $200... Read more
Mac minis on sale for up to $100 off MSRP
B&H Photo has Mac minis on sale for up to $100 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 1.4GHz Mac mini: $449 $50 off MSRP - 2.6GHz Mac mini: $649 $50 off MSRP - 2.8GHz Mac mini... Read more
13-inch Retina MacBook Pros on sale for up...
B&H Photo has 13″ Retina MacBook Pros on sale for $130-$200 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY tax only: - 13″ 2.7GHz/128GB Retina MacBook Pro: $1169 $130 off MSRP - 13″ 2.7GHz/... Read more

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