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Sunday January 22

07:03
Foxconn Reiterates their Plan for a U.S Plant

On January 13 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Foxconn Plan Close to Completion for a Massive U.S. Plant in the U.S. to Make LCD Displays and More." Foxconn appears to be getting closer to completing their plans

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07:01
Head to head: Apple's Time Machine versus three...




Backing up your data to prevent loss in the case of digital disaster couldn't be much easier, but there are choices to make, and things you should to to guarantee safety. AppleInsider looks at some of your options, and helps you choose.

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05:45
Sound Studio 4.8.6 - Robust audio recording and...

Sound Studio lets you easily record and professionally edit audio on your Mac. Easily rip vinyls and digitize cassette tapes, or record lectures and voice memos. Prepare for live shows with live effect processing and level tweaking, then record it all with performance recording capabilities.

Any audio project, completed with ease

  • Expansive compatibility. Record your work as an MP3 or AAC M4A file. Edit and export audio in several formats including AIFF and WAV.
  • Creative effects. Layer several effects like delay, reverb, chorus, or flanger filters, then tweak levels or EQ settings.
  • Multi-track support. Record live audio alongside multiple tracks of studio-added sounds.



Version 4.8.6:

  • Fixed a crashing bug with the Fourier spectrum-analysis tool
  • Updated and fixed progress bar for "Split by Markers"



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05:40
Capo 3.5.1 - Slow down and learn to play your...

Capo lets you slow down your favorite songs so you can hear the notes and learn how they are played. With Capo, you can quickly tab out your songs atop a highly-detailed OpenCL-powered spectrogram display.

Features

  • Detect, and enter chords
  • Pitch adjustment
  • Mark song sections
  • Loop at slower speeds
  • Export Capo-adjusted music
  • Basic effects available



Version 3.5.1:

Bug Fixes

  • When adjusting the Isolation frequency slider, the high frequency setting no longer resets when playback is re-started
  • Corrects a crash that occurred when scrubbing near the end of the song
  • When the metronome item is added to the Touch Bar, Capo no longer crashes when closing a project
  • Capo no longer crashes when importing metadata for certain audio files
  • Fixed a drawing artifact that was visible near the end of the waveform while zooming
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05:23
Apple's Full lawsuit against Qualcomm Comes to...

On Friday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Sues Qualcomm for $1 Billion Claiming Unfair Exclusionary Tactics and Charging Excessive Royalties." Today's report covers Apple's full formal complaint against Qualcomm with all its details filed with the Southern U.S. District Court in San Diego with the Presiding Judge being noted as Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel. Under Apple's factual allegations segment they cover such matters as Qualcomm’s Secret Manufacturer License Agreements ...

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02:43
Analyst at KGI Securities is back with more...

KGI analyst points to Apple shifting Touch ID to beneath the display instead of the Home Button which has long been rumored. Apple moving Touch ID to beneath an iDevice display has been long in the making. A 2013 patent filing came to light in 2015 in our patent application report titled "Apple Introduces an Alternative Touch ID Method using Full-Display Fingerprint Sensors."

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Saturday January 21

20:59
Google Earth 7.1.8.3036 - View and control dynamic...

Google Earth gives you a wealth of imagery and geographic information. Explore destinations like Maui and Paris, or browse content from Wikipedia, National Geographic, and more.

Google Earth combines the power of Google Search with satellite imagery, maps, terrain, and 3D buildings to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips.

  • Fly to your house. Just type in an address, press Search, and you'll zoom right in.
  • Search for schools, parks, restaurants, and hotels. Get driving directions.
  • Tilt and rotate the view to see 3D terrain and buildings.
  • Save and share your searches and favorites.



Version 7.1.8.3036:

Bugs Fixed

  • Various security issues
  • Some files missing from saved KMZs
  • Crash in View in Maps if user logged in
  • License-related problems with Earth Pro
  • Incorrectly-localized user interface elements
  • Settings/...
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20:59
QuickBooks 16.1.11.1556 R12 - Financial management...

QuickBooks helps you manage your business easily and efficiently. Organize your finances all in one place, track money going in and out of your business, and spot areas where you can save.

  • Built for Mac OS - Looks and works like you'd expect
  • Create invoices, pay bills, and manage expenses
  • Gain insight into your business with over 100 reports
  • New tool lets you easily track mileage
  • New multi-user options offer simultaneous access to QuickBooks data



Version 16.1.11.1556 R12:

Note: Currently available for $219.95

Updates

  • 1096 Form changes
  • Reports / printing



  • OS X 10.10.2 or later



Download Now]]>

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20:04
Amazon made a Dash button just for boxes of assorted...

If you're a creature of habit who doesn't mind introducing a little branding into your home, Amazon's one-touch ordering buttons are useful for re-stocking everything from laundry detergent to Nerf ammo. They can even be programmed to remind you that...

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18:33
Snowden's preferred email provider, Lavabit,...

Lavabit, the encrypted email provider Edward Snowden favored, has risen from the ashes with more security features than before. If you'll recall, company chief Ladar Levison shut it down in 2013 instead of complying with the government's demand to ha...

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16:59
Tesla's big Autopilot update is now active on...

Tesla's Enhanced Autopilot has been months in the making, but it's finally here -- no, for real this time. After days of laying dormant, the upgrade is now active for all HW2-era (that is, self-driving capable) Model S and Model X vehicles with Autop...

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15:32
Apple is reportedly reinventing the iPhone's...

Future iPhones may revolve around more than just an eye-catching curved display. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who frequently (though not always) has a knack for hardware scoops, believes that Apple is designing a whole new Touch ID fingerprin...

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15:23
Final Cut Pro X 10.3.2, Compressor 4.3.1, Motion 5.3...

Improves performance when exporting H.264 files and changing frame rate. ($299.99/$49.99/$49.99 new, free updates)

 

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15:19
Apple expected to replace Touch ID with two-step...




Apple is developing advanced biometric security technologies, including facial recognition and optical fingerprint sensing designs, to replace the vaunted Touch ID module implemented in all iPhones and iPads since the release of iPhone 5s.

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14:01
Google rolls out Instant Tethering for your Android...

The latest version of Google Play Services comes with a feature that can ensure all your devices are always online. Austrian journalist Andreas Proschofsky has posted a screenshot on his Google+ account showing a new feature called "Instant Tethering...

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13:30
Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary visits Yokohama...




Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has paid a visit to the Apple Yokohama City Tsunamshima artificial intelligence development site, now confirmed by the official to open in March.

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13:24
Qualcomm responds to Apple lawsuit, says iPhone...




Responding to some of the harsh claims in Apple's more than $1 billion lawsuit, chipmaker Qualcomm has issued a statement of its own saying the allegations are "baseless" and accusing Apple of provoking "regulatory attacks" in the U.S. and South Korea.

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13:19
Apple to adopt new 3D Touch technology for OLED...




Apple is expected to replace current 3D Touch technology with a new design based on thin film sensors when it introduces a next-generation iPhone with OLED display, according to noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

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12:28
Shia LaBeouf starts a 4-year livestream to protest...

If you were determined to make a political protest through art, and had the luxuries of both fame and modern technology? For Shia LaBeouf, it's simple: start an ambitious livestreaming project. The actor (along with Nastja Säde Rönkk&ouml...

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12:15
Jackson’s new guitar lineup for 2017

I love Jackson guitars—especially the Dinky models. I have six Jacksons and they all play so well and feel really good in my hands.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:11
Satellite: Blue’s wireless noise cancelling...

20 years, the world’s greatest artists have used Blue in the studio. Now we’ve built a wireless headphone that delivers every detail of their music, everywhere you go. Satellite combines legendary Blue sound quality with proprietary active noise cancelling (ANC) to ensure your music is never compromised. Together with premium wireless technology and a built-in audiophile amp, Satellite is a new benchmark for the modern listening experience.

These headphones are light-weight, have noise-cancelling, and a built-in amp. I didn’t get a chance to listen to them, but I’m really interested to hear how they sound. I’ll be keeping an eye on these.

∞ Read this...

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12:07
Blue’s Sadie headphones

Nowadays, you probably listen to more music on your laptop than anywhere else. That’s why we designed Sadie—a headphone that liberates digital music from overhyped playback so you can enjoy true high fidelity on your laptop and mobile devices. It’s the headphone for a new generation of music lovers.

These are nice sounding headphones for the money. I had a chance to listen to them at NAMM at was impressed.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:03
The switch from Premiere to Final Cut Pro

After roughly eight years of using Adobe Premiere Pro as our preferred NLE system, a few months ago we made the transition to Final Cut Pro X. This was not an easy decision, we debated amongst ourselves and as a result came up with many pros and cons for staying with or leaving Adobe Creative Cloud. We found that there were really two debates taking place when we discussed leaving Creative Cloud: firstly, the hardware debate of making the switch from PCs to Macs, and secondly the software debate of making the switch from Premiere Pro to Final Cut X.

There are two parts to the story, so be sure to read both. This is a professional business and they explain why they made the switch from PC to Mac, and from Premiere to Final Cut Pro.

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11:34
Pwn2Own 2017 Offers Big Bounties For Linux, Browser...

Now that TrendMicro owns TippingPoint, there'll be "more targets and more prize money" according to eWeek, and something special for Pwn2Own's 10th anniversary in March.
Slashdot reader darthcamaro writes: For the first time in its ten-year history, the annual Pwn2Own hacking competition is taking direct aim at Linux. Pwn2Own in the past has typically focused mostly on web browsers, running on Windows and macOS. There is a $15,000 reward for security researchers that are able to get a local user kernel exploit on Ubuntu 16.10. The bigger prize though is a massive $200,000 award for exploiting Apache Web Server running on Ubuntu.
"We are nine weeks away," TrendMicro posted Wednesday, pointing out that they're giving out over $1 million in bounties, including the following:

$100,000 for escaping a virtualization hypervisor$80,000 for a Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome exploit$50,000 for an exploit of Adobe Reader, Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint$50,000 for an...

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11:00
An electric scooter is the perfect vehicle for quick...

We have a plethora of options for getting around in an urban area. Buses, taxis, Uber, monorails, light rail and dirigibles (well, probably not the last one) make travel in big cities easier. But for those looking for a bit more freedom and fun, ther...

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09:30
Recommended Reading: Video games and the issue of...

How Historical
Games Integrate or
Ignore Slavery
Amanda Kerri,
Rock Paper Shotgun

Video games certainly don't claim to always offer a depiction of the "real world," but for those titles rooted in historical events, how the narrative addresses cert...

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09:02
This week’s top stories: Flying w/ AirPods, iPhone 8...

In this week’s top stories: Flying with AirPods, iPhone 8 and MacBook update rumors, we explore what’s next for iOS, Apple releases Logic Pro X and GarageBand updates, and much more.

more…

Filed under: Apple ...

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08:33
Apple’s R&D center in Japan on track for March...

We first learned about Apple’s plans for a research and development center in Yokohama, Japan back in 2014, with the country’s prime minster saying that it would be “on par with Apple’s biggest R&D centers in Asia.” Construction was originally expected to be completed in 2016, but was delayed into 2017.

Now, a new report from Macotakara claims that we’re nearing the March 2017 opening of the center…

more…

Filed under: Apple ...

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08:30
Styr's system of health gadgets exists to sell...

I'm the kind of guy who can always stand to lose a few pounds. The Styr Lab regimen seemed like a great way to do so. When I first saw it at TechCrunch's Disrupt event in San Francisco last September, I was genuinely excited to give the fitness-track...

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08:09
Become Tech Savvy: How to setup automatic backups in...

First time checking out this series? You’ll get the most value by starting with the first article and here is the series overview.

Note for regular readers, the already tech savvy, and IT professionals: this is designed as a resource you can give to those you are helping or for those looking to become tech savvy on their own.

Priority #1: Setup automatic backups
Background, Expectations, & Best Practices |

So far we’ve covered why you can and should be tech savvy, how to get in the right state of mind, and how to...

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07:36
Qualcomm responds to Apple’s $1 billion lawsuit,...

Late on Friday, Apple announced that it would be suing Qualcomm for approximately $1 billion due to a dispute over patent royalties. Qualcomm licenses many wireless patents as well as being a modem supplier for the iPhone. Naturally, Qualcomm is rejecting Apple’s claims of misconduct and will fight the case.

In a statement, it said the claims are baseless and Apple has ‘intentionally mischaracterized our agreements and negotiations’.

more…

Filed under: Apple ...

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07:16
The 45th U.S. President is off to a Running Start by...

The 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, was sworn in yesterday, as noted in our report's cover graphic, and we wish him Godspeed. Before being sworn in we learned of his meeting last December with Silicon Valley's elite to ensure that their concerns were heard before any negotiations begin with new trade deals with China.

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07:11
Google Earth 7.1.8.3036 - View and control dynamic...

Google Earth gives you a wealth of imagery and geographic information. Explore destinations like Maui and Paris, or browse content from Wikipedia, National Geographic, and more.

Google Earth combines the power of Google Search with satellite imagery, maps, terrain, and 3D buildings to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips.

  • Fly to your house. Just type in an address, press Search, and you'll zoom right in.
  • Search for schools, parks, restaurants, and hotels. Get driving directions.
  • Tilt and rotate the view to see 3D terrain and buildings.
  • Save and share your searches and favorites.



Version 7.1.8.3036:

Bugs Fixed

  • Various security issues
  • Some files missing from saved KMZs
  • Crash in View in Maps if user logged in
  • License-related problems with Earth Pro
  • Incorrectly-localized user interface elements
  • Settings/...
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07:10
KGI: iPhone 8 will feature new 3D Touch pressure-...

There are a big expectations for the iPhone 8; namely a major redesign featuring a large OLED display that wraps around the sides of the device with a front face featuring almost no bezels; the fingerprint Home Button will somehow be integrated into the screen.

In addition to the radical new design, KGI has a new report today adding another new feature to the list: a new, improved, 3D Touch system for enhanced pressure sensitivity …

more…

Filed under: Apple ...

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07:00
Obama's legacy: The most tech-savvy president

When Barack Obama moved into the White House on January 20th, 2009, the federal government was in the digital dark ages. Even as late as 2011, he was complaining that the White House was 30 years behind. Among other things, Obama was the first presid...

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06:59
KGI: Apple developing new biometric sensors to...

Reliable Apple analyst KGI Ming-Chi Kuo is reporting that they believe Apple is looking to leapfrog its existing Touch ID sensor, first introduced in 2014 with the iPhone 6, to instead rely on several new biometric technologies, which will enable new iPhones and iPads to feature ‘zero bezel’ designs.

The current Touch ID is a capacitive sensor, KGI believes the company will supplant it with a new optical fingerprint sensor as well as facial recognition sensors. The optical sensor is necessary for Apple to execute its vision for a zero-bezel iPhone, currently rumoured for iPhone 8.

more…

Filed under: Apple ...

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06:30
ICYMI: A soft robot sleeve to keep your heart going

Today on In Case You Missed It: A soft robotic device made by Harvard and Boston Children's Hospital researchers has been tested on pigs and so far, seems quite promising in treating heart disease. The robotic heart wraps around parts of existi...

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05:38
QuickBooks 16.1.11.1556 R12 - Financial management...

QuickBooks helps you manage your business easily and efficiently. Organize your finances all in one place, track money going in and out of your business, and spot areas where you can save.

  • Built for Mac OS - Looks and works like you'd expect
  • Create invoices, pay bills, and manage expenses
  • Gain insight into your business with over 100 reports
  • New tool lets you easily track mileage
  • New multi-user options offer simultaneous access to QuickBooks data



Version 16.1.11.1556 R12:

Note: Currently available for $219.95

Updates

  • 1096 Form changes
  • Reports / printing



  • OS X 10.10.2 or later



Download Now]]>

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05:27
Apple Exploring Two-Step Touch ID and Facial...

Noted KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo released a research report today in which he outlined further expectations for Apple's 2017 iPhone, including new biometric identification technology as well as the necessity of a new design to provide better structural support for a flexible OLED display with 3D Touch capability.

Apple may switch to a film sensor from the current FPCB sensor in order to provide better 3D Touch user experience, as a film sensor offers higher sensitivity. Also, we expect the new OLED iPhone will come with a flexible OLED panel. To avoid deforming the form factor of the flexible OLED panel from touch operation pressure, a metal structural part will be placed under the film sensor to provide more robust structural support.Kuo also believes Apple is developing a new Touch ID...

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05:00
IHS: there will be more than six billion smartphones...

The global smartphone installed base will grow from four billion in 2016 to more than six billion smartphones in use by 2020, according to new analysis released today by IHS Markit

“Mobile innovations, new business models and mobile technologies are transforming every adjacent market as the mobile industry diversifies from the maturing smartphone market,” says Ian Fogg, director at the research group. “Revenues for smartphones shipped in 2020 will total $355 billion.”

Globally, smartphones and tablets already account for more than 60% of smart connected consumer devices – up from around 17% in 2008. Smartphones and tablets make up more than 80% of connected devices in Africa and the Middle East.

“Smart mobile devices will rapidly become universally adopted throughout the world, enabling innovative smart services, which will transform emerging economies,” Fogg says. “Mobile devices and services are now the...

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05:00
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Letter from the Editor

It's official. Welcome to Trump's America, everybody.

And while there were plenty of eyes on the president-elect's questionable cabinet choices this past week, Obama still managed to make some headlines of his own. Among them...

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04:30
IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps offered by Bell and IBM...

IBM and Bell Canada are joining forces to offer IBM MobileFirst for iOS market-ready enterprise applications for the iPad, iPhone or Apple Watch.

Canada's largest communications provider, Bell will combine its expertise in mobility services with IBM's robust suite of apps tailored to meet the specific needs of professionals across multiple industries, including energy and utilities, government, manufacturing, retail and more, according to Mahmoud Naghshineh, general manager, Apple Partnership, IBM.

The made-for-business iOS apps are powered by IBM analytics and leverage Bell's LTE mobile network to enable professionals to retrieve real-time data and insights. For example, first responders can tap into GPS data remotely to determine both the location of an incident and the real-time availability of other responders to most effectively manage an emergency. In the retail space, buyers and planners can work more effectively from the field with the ability to remotely...

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04:18
Poor Samsung Sues Foxconn/Sharp for being dropped as...

Last month Patently Apple posted a report titled "Sharp's Terry Gou Deliberately Drops Samsung as a Customer & Sends Samsung into a Panic." Today we learn that Samsung is striking out and suing Foxconn / Sharp for dropping them as an LCD customer.

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04:00
Gartner: 20% of organizations will use smartphones...

In 2016, less than 5% of organizations used smartphones to enable access to offices and other premises. By 2020, Gartner, Inc. predicts that 20% of organizations will use smartphones in place of traditional physical access cards.

"A significant fraction of organizations use legacy physical access technologies that are proprietary, closed systems and have limited ability to integrate with IT infrastructure," says David Anthony Mahdi, research director at Gartner. "Today, the increasing availability of mobile and cloud technologies from many physical access control system (PACS) vendors will have major impacts on how these systems can be implemented and managed."

PACS technology is widely deployed across multiple vertical industries and geographies to secure access to a wide range of facilities (buildings, individual offices, data centers, plant rooms, warehouses and so on), ensuring that only entitled people (...

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03:50
Qualcomm Calls Apple's Claims 'Baseless...

Following news yesterday that Apple has filed suit against LTE modem supplier Qualcomm for engaging in anticompetitive licensing practices, the chipmaker hit back on Sunday by calling Apple's claims "baseless" and accusing it of "encouraging regulatory attacks".

Apple shared a statement with several news sites on Friday announcing the lawsuit, which argued that Qualcomm used its position as the sole supplier of a key iPhone component to drive up patent licensing fees. This morning Qualcomm responded in a statement on its website in which it claimed that Apple "intentionally mischaracterized our agreements and negotiations".

"While we are still in the process of reviewing the complaint in detail, it is...

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00:38
CBS and Paramount settle lawsuit with 'Star...

It's been a wild ride for the folks behind the Axanar Star Trek fan film, but it's finally over -- the fan production group has settled its lawsuit with CBS and Paramount. The terms of the agreement aren't completely clear, but both parties have anno...

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Friday January 20

22:24
This week on AI: Apple v. Qualcomm, OLED iPhone...




Perhaps the star rumor this week was that this year's OLED iPhone will actually have 5.8-inch wraparound screen, rather than the 5.1- to 5.2-inch size previously hinted. It was a busy news period overall though, including lawsuits with Qualcomm, major Logic and GarageBand updates, and teases of future MacBooks plus a second-generation Apple Pencil.

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20:59
FileZilla 3.24.0 - Fast and reliable FTP client.

FileZilla (ported from Windows) is a fast and reliable FTP client and server with lots of useful features and an intuitive interface.



Version 3.24.0:

New

  • The context menu for remote file search results now has a "Copy URL(s) to clipboard" item
  • Alt+number can now be used to switch between tabs in addition to Ctrl+number
  • SFTP hostkey fingerprints are now also shown as base64 encoded SHA256 hashes to match the new format displayed by OpenSSH

Bug Fixes and Minor Changes

  • Fixed a possible crash if sending FTP commands fails during a directory listing operation
  • *nix: Fixed a scrolling issue in the message log if wxWidgets is built against GTK3
  • Errors at the end of SFTP transfers now correctly result in transfer failures instead
  • Cancelling synchronized browsing questions no longer prevents further directory changes
  • Fix display issues for the filter...
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20:59
Bookends 12.7.8 - Reference management and...

Bookends is a full-featured bibliography/reference and information-management system for students and professionals.

  • Bookends uses the cloud to sync reference libraries on all the Macs you use. Access the power of Bookends directly from Mellel, Nisus Writer Pro, or MS Word (including Word 2016): Bookends allows you to scan your existing word-processor files and automatically generate finished manuscripts with properly formatted bibliographies. You can also scan Apple Pages '08, '09, and 5, Manuscripts.app, and LibreOffice/OpenOffice 4 files, or RTF files saved from any word processor.
  • Bookends allows you to share your references over the Internet with anyone, on any platform. And with Bookends, you can directly search and import references from...
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20:59
Duplicate Annihilator 5.8.3 - Find and delete...

Duplicate Annihilator takes on the time-consuming task of comparing the images in your iPhoto library using effective algorithms to make sure that no duplicate escapes.

Duplicate Annihilator detects:

  • Duplicates
  • Imported thumbnails
  • Imported thumbnails of faces
  • Missing image files
  • Corrupt JPEGs



Version 5.8.3:

  • Minor fixes



  • OS X 10.6 or later
  • iPhoto 5 or later



Download Now]]>

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20:59
BusyContacts 1.1.6 - Fast, efficient contact manager.

BusyContacts is a contact manager for OS X that makes creating, finding, and managing contacts faster and more efficient. It brings to contact management the same power, flexibility, and sharing capabilities that BusyCal users have enjoyed with their calendars. What's more, BusyContacts integrates seamlessly with BusyCal, forming a flexible, easy-to-use CRM solution that works the way you do.

BusyContacts syncs with the built-in Contacts app on OS X and iOS, and supports all leading cloud services, including iCloud, Google, Exchange, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Key Features

  • Customizable Views -- View contacts in a single-column Card View or multi-column List View.
  • Tags -- Tags can be used for grouping, filtering and coloring contacts.
  • Smart Filters -- Smart Filters are a powerful tool for...
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20:59
MarsEdit 3.7.10 - Quick and convenient blog editor.

MarsEdit is a blog editor for OS X that makes editing your blog like writing email, with spell-checking, drafts, multiple windows, and even AppleScript support.

It works with with most blog services including WordPress, Blogger, Drupal, Movable Type, TypePad, and many others.



Version 3.7.10:

  • Fix a bug introduced in the previous update that causes the app to crash after printing, or after editing certain types of Tumblr posts



  • OS X 10.6 or later



Download Now]]>

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20:59
BusyCal 3.1.4 - Powerful calendar app with multiple...

BusyCal is an award-winning desktop calendar that combines personal productivity features for individuals with powerful calendar sharing capabilities for families and workgroups. Its unique features include a non-modal Info Panel for easier data entry; To Dos that display in the calendar and auto-forward until completed; repeating To Dos; customizable calendar views including a List view and scrolling Month and Week views; adjustable font styles and sizes, live weather feeds, moon phases, graphics, sticky notes and more. And when you first launch BusyCal, all of your iCal data is instantly imported. BusyCal automatically syncs with iCal, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and other apps and devices that sync with MobileMe or Sync Services. If you later decide to switch back to iCal, all of your calendar data will be current.

BusyCal allows families and workgroups to share calendars with MobileMe, Google Calendar, iCal Server, and other CalDAV Servers. You can even...

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20:59
VirtualBox 5.1.14 - x86 virtualization software.

VirtualBox is a family of powerful x86 virtualization products for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).

Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux and Mac hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4, 2.6, 3.x and 4.x), Solaris and OpenSolaris, OS/2, and OpenBSD.

VirtualBox is being actively developed with frequent releases and has an ever growing list of features, supported guest operating systems and platforms it runs on. VirtualBox is a community effort backed by a dedicated company: everyone is encouraged to contribute while innotek ensures the...

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20:23
'Inside' team teases its next project...

It's been quite the week for Playdead fans. First came some explanation for why the typically lock-jawed studio behind Limbo and Inside lost one of its cofounders last July. Then, the team tweeted out a teaser image for its next project. Absolutely n...

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19:32
Unfollowing @POTUS could be difficult right now

While we just learned of the detailed transition plan for Obama Administration social media accounts, things aren't going quite as many users expected. Currently, many people have reported that despite unfollowing (or, in some cases, apparently never...

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18:59
Samsung can't use in-box warranty to kill...

Oh Samsung. When the company isn't busy recalling cellphones and washing machines for being safety hazards, it's busy fighting its customers in court. In 2015, Daniel Norcia contended that he was misled by Samsung about the capabilities of his Galaxy...

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18:11
The Vine Archive will keep the videos looping forever

Vine won't be going away after all. The six-second video service that gave the world "on fleek" and an enthusiastic community of homegrown celebrities will live on in the Vine Archive, a time capsule dedicated to the site's all-too-brief four year li...

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17:58
Apple gross margin likely impacted by alleged $1B...




Ruminating on Apple's recently announced lawsuit against Qualcomm for allegedly withholding $1 billion in vendor rebates, RBC Capital Markets analyst Amit Daryanani believes the consequent hit to Apple gross margin could help the company in the long run.

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17:34
How to Factory Reset Apple AirPods, May Help with...

Have you been having issues with your AirPods battery indicator or pairing issues? Some users have reported that doing a factory reset helps with both. Bryan Chaffin walks us through how to do it.


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17:27
Apple sues Qualcomm for unfair royalty charges

Apple has filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm, the world’s dominant supplier of baseband processors, alleging the chip supplier demanded unfair terms for its technology. Earlier this week Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint in federal district court charging Qualcomm Inc. with using anticompetitive tactics to maintain its monopoly in the supply of a key semiconductor device used in cell phones and other consumer products.

"For many years Qualcomm has unfairly insisted on charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with,” argues Apple. “The more Apple innovates with unique features such as TouchID, advanced displays, and cameras, to name just a few, the more money Qualcomm collects for no reason and the more expensive it becomes for Apple to fund these...

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17:23
Researchers use ultrasound to push helpful RNA...

Scientists at MIT and Brigham and Women's Hospital have been able to push strands of RNA (ribonucleic acid) into colon cells using bursts of ultrasound waves. The treatment, thanks to how RNA can reprogram the production of proteins, dramatically red...

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17:20
Apple accuses Qualcomm of extortion, monopolistic...




Apple earlier today filed a patent royalty lawsuit against Qualcomm, alleging the firm failed to pay owed rebates in retaliation for Apple's part in a Korean antitrust investigation. The claims goes further, however, accusing the chipmaker of partaking in unsavory business practices, from price-gouging to extortion.

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16:50
The Week in iOS Apps: Never-ending notebooks

New iOS apps of the week

This week’s roundup features updates to three big note-taking apps. Read on!

Evernote

Image by Evernote

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16:29
'House of Cards' returns for its fifth...

Netflix couldn't have found a more ideal moment to tease season five of House of Cards. In the midst of Donald Trump's inauguration as the 45th president of the US, the streaming service announced that its hit show is returning on May 30th. The sloga...

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15:48
Vine creates searchable video archive after social...




After shutting down social networking features last week, Vine on Friday made good on a promise to activate what it calls the Vine Archive, an online browsable repository of all user content created during the service's four-year run.

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15:39
BusyCal 3.1.4 and BusyContacts 1.1.6

Both apps add support for Google AppAuth and improve the process for adding new accounts ($49.99 new for each, free update, 11.3/5.4 MB)

 

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15:39
Track Trump will keep tabs on the President's...

President Trump was clear about the goals of his first 100 days in office before the election was even over, eventually laying out those goals in a PDF titled "Donald Trump's Contract with the American Voter." While Trump's policies can often be obsc...

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15:14
South Korean 'World of Warcraft' cooking...

The seminal MMORPG World of Warcraft may have dwindled from its peak of 12 million players back in 2010, but Blizzard's still supporting the 12-year-old game with content and events. To celebrate the latest expansion, Legion, the studio built an elab...

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15:06
Apple Sues Qualcomm for $1 Billion Claiming Unfair...

On Tuesday Patently Apple posted a report titled "The U.S. Fair Trade Commission Sues Qualcomm for Forcing Apple to use its Chips in iDevices." Now that the FTC has filed their case against Qualcomm, Apple has moved forward with a lawsuit of their own againt the chip maker for roughly $1 billion.

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15:00
Apple sues Qualcomm, saying chipmaker withheld $1B...

This feels like it might go beyond just the usual corporate lawsuits.

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14:54
Trump at 2AM: The new Oval Office in virtual reality

Donald Trump stands before me with a grim look on his face, lightly leaning against the Oval Office's Resolute desk. Moonlight pours in through the office's rear windows as a phone quietly rings. It's 2am, and something has happened -- and a new Pres...

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14:48
Questionable Rumor Suggests Group FaceTime is Coming...

Group FaceTime calls will be a new feature introduced in iOS 11, according to an unverified rumor shared by Israeli site The Verifier. Citing "several people familiar with iOS development," the site says group FaceTime calls are being worked on by Apple's iOS 11 team, with some of the work taking place in Israel.

Said to be a "social" update that focuses on iMessage and FaceTime development, iOS 11 will reportedly let users start multi-person calls through a group conversation in iMessage. Up to five people at once will be able to participate in a call.

The Verifier is not a site with an established track record for accurate rumors, so it is not clear how reliable this information is. We've heard few details on iOS 11 at this point in time, so the rumor should be viewed with skepticism until backed up by a secondary source.

The site also says that...

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14:41
Kickstarter shuts down sketchy Adoptly campaign

About a week ago, a brain-dead campaign hit Kickstarter. Adoptly promised that adoption was "just a swipe away" through its Tinder-style app that let you find adoptable children. It was a terrible way to frame such a service, and something about the...

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14:27
Tesla's latest 100D models focus on range, not...

Tesla has proved that the Model S P100D goes as fast as you'd ever want, and it now has a model that goes farther than ever. As expected, it quietly started selling the Model S 100D with the same battery as the P100D, but lacking the performance twea...

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14:23
Apple sues Qualcomm over patent licensing and $1B in...

A nasty spat between Apple and Qualcomm broke into public view on Friday when the smartphone maker accused the chip supplier of charging “exorbitant” licensing fees for its cellular technology.

Apple is asking a Southern California court to order Qualcomm to pay it nearly $1 billion that it says Qualcomm is holding back. Apple says it is owed the money but Qualcomm is holding it back because Apple cooperated with a South Korean government investigation into Qualcomm’s licensing practices.

The lawsuit alleges that Qualcomm charges high licensing fees to the companies that make iPhones for Apple. Those companies pass the fees on to Apple but aren’t allowed to show Apple the specifics of the licensing deals, leaving Apple unsure what it is paying for.

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14:21
Your Apple Watch Could Eventually Become a Complete...

Could augmented eyeglasses someday help us spot nasty viruses on public doorknobs? Could our wearables, in the form of an Apple Watch, someday provide a complete analysis of our blood? Predict a cold? Detect and diagnose a disease or illness? All that may not be far off.


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14:17
Rumor: FaceTime group video calls to debut in iOS 11




Potentially fulfilling a long-standing iPhone and iPad feature request, FaceTime might finally support group video calls with iOS 11, a report claimed on Friday.

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14:04
Apple sues Qualcomm, saying chipmaker withheld $1B...

Apple's shiny logo outside its San Francisco store. (credit: Steve Rhodes)

Apple sued Qualcomm today, alleging that the chip company charges billions in patent royalties "for technologies they have nothing to do with."

In its complaint, Apple says that Qualcomm actually withheld $1 billion in payments it owes to Apple because Apple cooperated with the Korea Fair Trade Commission, or KFTC. Apple lawyers go on to make an extraordinary claim: that Qualcomm "attempted to extort Apple...

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14:02
Giuliani as Trump's cybersecurity adviser is an...

I had just finished hacking the Gibson when I heard the news: Rudy Giuliani, the guy who said he was gonna solve cybersecurity, had just been named Trump's cyber advisor. I hopped onto our hacker mafia's government-proof encrypted chat app to make su...

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14:01
AWT News Update: January 20, 2017

Happy Inauguration Day! We have a few stories for this Friday afternoon that should keep you going into the weekend:

  • Tim Cook sold 30,000 shares of Apple stock, netting him a nice payday
  • Apple's hardware won't be the primary driver of the company's fortunes in the future
  • Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn is building a plant in Shenzhen, China near an Apple R&D center

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Apple CEO Tim Cook got a nice payday...

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14:00
How-to: Share photos, videos & songs with Apple...

Apple Music Connect, which allows artists to share photos, videos and songs with their fans on Apple Music, has changed a bit since the introduction of iOS 10 back in September. The content artists upload now appears in different locations within the newly updated Apple Music app on iOS 10 for listeners. It remains, however, a powerful tool for sharing new music and videos, clips of upcoming releases, and everything else beyond your main releases on Apple Music, iTunes and the other streaming services. 

The user interface for uploading has changed slightly, and Apple has introduced new tools for Connect since it first launched that allows users to create and share an embedded web player and more...

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13:42
Report claims Apple Music pays more to record labels...




Record labels are getting a better deal on streaming music royalties with Apple than major rival Spotify, according to a report, with Apple Music streaming rates claimed to be nearly double what is paid out by its main competition.

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13:30
FastComputer: Fussy but Fixable


FastComputer Linux is a disappointing experience that almost fails. It is poorly designed, has little community support, and lacks its own home base and identity, all of which contribute to an identity crisis. Its home -- on Sourceforge.com -- lacks much in attractiveness, as does the distro. The Linux OS' greatest strength is its ability to provide customized distributions with a variety of features. Distros that offer users something new and more inviting are great finds. FastComputer is not one of them.

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13:27
Sketchy rumor claims iOS 11 will bring long overdue...

iOS 11 may finally deliver a highly requested FaceTime feature, according to a new rumor. The Verifier which is a technology blog out of Israel claims Apple is planning to include group video calling for FaceTime starting with iOS 11 later this year.

The report cites “several people familiar with [the] iOS development process (partly developed in Israel)” although the rumor has not been verified or floated elsewhere. The site claims Apple will update Messages on iOS to let users start a group FaceTime call with up to five members at a time.

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13:21
Hands-on: Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus gives you...

I’ve been a big fan of Philips Hue lights since the very first Hue Starter Kit was released back in 2012. I’ve been using that same initial set of bulbs ever since then, and have been largely happy with the experience.

Thanks to the success of that initial release, Philips has added many more Hue products to the lineup. It also produced a new second-generation HomeKit-enabled Bridge, which allows you to control your Hue lights directly from Siri or via the Home app features found in iOS 10.

But there’s one particular Hue product that I see utilized more than any other, and that’s Philips’ Hue Lightstrip. You’ve likely seen the $90 Lightstrip utilized in photos or on YouTube videos, and that’s because they’re a wonderful way to make...

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13:20
Apple Sues Qualcomm For Roughly $1 Billion Over...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Apple is suing Qualcomm for roughly $1 billion, saying Qualcomm has been "charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with." The suit follows the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's lawsuit against Qualcomm earlier this week over unfair patent licensing practices. Apple says that Qualcomm has taken "radical steps," including "withholding nearly $1 billion in payments from Apple as retaliation for responding truthfully to law enforcement agencies investigating them." Apple added, "Despite being just one of over a dozen companies who contributed to basic cellular standards, Qualcomm insists on charging Apple at least five times more in payments than all the other cellular patent licensors we have agreements with combined." Apple also alleges that once it began cooperating with Korean authorities' antitrust investigation of Qualcomm, the company withheld $1 billion in retaliation. Korean regulators fined Qualcomm $854 million...

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13:15
News: Apple files lawsuit accusing Qualcomm of...

Apple has filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm, accusing it of monopolizing the wireless chip market as well as withholding $1 billion in retaliation for cooperating with South Korean antitrust authorities, Bloomberg reports. In the suit, Apple claims that Qualcomm is holding back $1 billion in money that was supposed to be a rebate for licensing fees, stating that Qualcomm is doing so as a punishment in response to Apple’s cooperation with Korean…

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13:12
Apple Sues Qualcomm for $1 Billion in Unpaid Royalty...

Following an FTC complaint alleging Qualcomm engaged in anticompetitive patent licensing practices, Apple has filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm claiming the company has charged unfair royalties for "technologies they have nothing to do with."

According to a statement Apple shared with several news sites, Qualcomm "reinforces its dominance" through exclusionary tactics and high patent licensing fees. Apple's full statement is below:"For many years Qualcomm has unfairly insisted on charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with. The more Apple innovates with unique features such as TouchID, advanced displays, and cameras, to name just a few, the more money Qualcomm collects for no...

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13:08
A tour of Air Force One

I’ve always been fascinated by Air Force One, not only as a symbol of America but for its incredible (and mostly secret) technology and amenities.

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13:07
Apple sues iPhone modem supplier Qualcomm, claims $1...




Apple on Friday filed a lawsuit against longtime iPhone modem supplier Qualcomm, in a dispute over royalty payments apparently connected to a federal investigation into the chipmaker's potentially anticompetitive business dealings.

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12:53
Apple suing iPhone modem supplier Qualcomm for $1...

CNBC reports that Apple is suing chip supplier Qualcomm for roughly $1 billion over patent royalties:

Apple is suing Qualcomm for roughly $1 billion, saying Qualcomm has been “charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with.” […] Apple says that Qualcomm has taken “radical steps,” including “withholding nearly $1 billion in payments from Apple as retaliation for responding truthfully to law enforcement agencies investigating them.”

The latest development follows an FTC complaint alleging Qualcomm engaged in monopolistic practices to prevent Apple from sourcing key components from its competitors.

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12:40
Mailplane 3.6.9

Adds integration with DEVONthink Pro and Receipts applications. ($24.95 new, free update, 21.3 MB)

 

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12:34
Apple’s Continuing Need for Worthy Rivals

Chris Matyszczyk, writing for CNet:

Research consultancy Brand Keys has just released its 2017
Customer Loyalty Engagement Index
. This seeks to find the
“category drivers that engage customers, engender loyalty and
drive real profits.” It’s based on the views and emotions of
49,168 consumers aged between 16 and 65.

And when he looks at the results, I fear we may see Tim Cook
dancing on the tables at some local Cupertino hostelry.

When it comes to the smartphone category, the top driver is Apple.
In tablets, it’s Apple. In laptop computers, it’s Apple. Yes, this
despite the launch of the somewhat deflating...

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12:32
Canadian antitrust bureau reaches deal with Apple...




Canada's Competition Bureau on Friday announced an agreement with Apple and three e-book publishers, allowing other sellers such as Amazon and Kobo to offer discounts on titles, despite the first group's attempts to keep prices higher.

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12:22
Yahoo and the Year of Living Dangerously


If there is a lesson to be drawn from Internet search giant Yahoo's hellish past year, it is a grimly illustrative one: Never assume a cybersecurity disaster can't get worse. Last September, the Internet portal disclosed that it had suffered the most damaging and far-reaching data breach in history -- only to then announce in December the discovery of a second, earlier, and even larger hack. Yahoo has began a probe into the hack that is expected to take several weeks, but we may not know the full extent of these hacks' effects for years.

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11:53
Poll: Should Apple make iPhones in the USA and would...

It’s official. Donald Trump has been sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. During his campaign, Trump repeatedly called for Apple to bring manufacturing to the United States and has recently said Apple CEO Tim Cook has ‘eyes open’ to US-assembled iPhones. Should Apple assemble iPhones in the United States and would you be willing to pay more if so?

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11:50
LifeProof ships waterproof Nuud cases for Apple...




OtterBox-owned LifeProof on Friday launched new versions of its waterproof Nuud cases, now tailored to Apple's iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

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11:15
Meitu's photo-effects app tracks users without...

Meitu isn’t new. The app, from a company of the same name, has been anime-izing people’s faces in China for several years. It just went viral in the U.S. for no apparent reason, explaining all the super-cute (“kawaii”) sparkly and smooth images of people in your social media feeds.

This, in turn, quickly led to scrutiny of how it handles data. Security researchers are always poking at popular apps, especially from China, as developers there often create apps for jailbroken iPhones, but have been the victim of a malware-infested version of Xcode.

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10:41
Apple’s OS Strategy, Netflix on the TV App – TMO...

It’s time for Apple to rethink it’s operating system strategy, according to TMO’s own John Martellaro. John, along with Dave Hamilton, join Jeff Gamet today to talk about how Apple could look at its mobile and desktop operating systems in the future, plus they share their thoughts on Netflix’s feeble showing in the TV app.


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10:41
Microsoft's CEO Thinks that Amazon's Alexa...

In September Patently Apple posted a report titled "Rumors Persist that Apple is Prototype Testing an All-New Siri-Centric Home Automation Device." Our report covered a future version of Apple TV acting as a home automation hub that would integrate Siri. In addition, our report covered a Bloomberg rumor that Apple was pressing ahead with the development of an Echo-like smart-home...

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10:40
Boom 2 v1.5.2

Adds support for Apple AirPods. ($14.99 new, free update, 12.9 MB)

 

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10:34
Apple Music pays more cash per stream to artists...

Apple “sits in the sweet spot generating the second largest amount of streaming revenue with a per stream rate .00735,” nearly double what Spotify is paying, according to The Trichoridist, an artists rights website. In other words, Apple Music plays more cash per stream to artists.

Spotify’s average per-stream payout has fallen by 16% since 2014, generating just $0.00437 per stream for the label in 2016, down from $0.00521 in 2014. Apple’s$0.00735 generated 68% more revenue than Spotify.

However, Spotify has a near monopoly on streaming market share dominating 63% of all streams and 69% of all streaming revenue. Despite the lower payout, Spotify accounted for 69.6% of the labels’ overall streaming revenues; Apple accounted for 13.4%.The top 10 streamers account for 99% of all streaming revenue.

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10:32
Happy Hour Podcast 103 | Latest iPad and MacBook Pro...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss Apple’s latest Logic and GarageBand updates, Apple TV’s app size increase, iPad launch timing, Kaby Lake MacBook Pro rumors, and macOS features Apple could add this year. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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10:28
Investment firm BlackRock increases stake in Apple...




The world's largest asset management firm BlackRock has increased its holdings in Apple, with a regulatory filing revealing its total ownership in the company is now over 322 million shares, worth approximately $38.4 billion.

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10:21
Apple tops all companies when it comes to customer...

Apple is the top company that meets customer expectations in almost all markets that it operates according to the Brand Keys 22nd annual 2017 Customer Loyalty Engagement Index. The tech giant leads the field in brand engagement and customer loyalty, according to Brand Keys, a the New York-based brand engagement and customer loyalty research consultancy.

Apple was noted as the best representative of customer loyalty and enjoyment in laptops, tablets, smartphones and online music. Its subsidiary, Beats by Dr. Dre, tied with with LG for first place in the headphone category.

“Brand engagement’ is a measure of how well a brand meets expectations consumers hold for the path-to-purchase drivers in a given category,” says Robert Passikoff, president of Brand Keys. "Those drivers and expectations can be measured against a Category Ideal (100%) with brands best meeting consumers’ expectations generating greater loyalty and...

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09:39
Google shutting older versions of Drive, G Suite apps

If you haven’t moved to the latest version of Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, or Slides, you might want to consider doing so. On April 3, Google will be shuttering older versions of these four apps, so users who rely on them will need to upgrade to ensure uninterrupted service and syncing.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: up to $325 off MacBook/Pro,...

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

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09:19
What’s next for iOS? We break down rumored Siri...

With every year comes a new version of iOS and this year will likely be no different. In 2017, we should expect iOS 11 to be previewed over the summer with subsequent developer and public betas and a release to the public in the fall. It’s also likely that we’ll see a less significant iOS release during the spring with iOS 10.3.

Keep reading for some ideas as to what Apple might have up its sleeve for iOS 10.3 and iOS 11…

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09:17
Security concerns force President Trump to ditch...




Incoming U.S. President Donald Trump has reportedly had to switch from his old Android phone to a new device, potentially a modified Apple iPhone.

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09:05
Donald Trump takes oath of office—what to expect...

Enlarge / Donald Trump takes the oath of office Friday, becoming the 45th president of the United States.

Donald J. Trump won the US presidency in November on a campaign that repudiated both his opponent and the Obama administration. Today he took the oath of office and became the nation's 45th president—despite the political pundits and polls predicting victory for his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.

The Republican's ascendancy from billionaire real estate mogul to the world's most powerful elected official promises to usher in a new era, one that includes a remaking of the Supreme Court and alterations of US policy when it comes to space, broadband, healthcare, manufacturing, immigration, cyber defense, the environment, and even foreign relations (from diplomacy to the...

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09:01
Apple CEO Tim Cook receives $3.6M from small sale of...




A small cache of 30,000 Apple shares were sold by Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook this week as part of a scheduled trading plan, with Cook receiving a total of $3.6 million from the company stock sale.

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08:51
Samsung’s Note 7 Fire Report: Surprise, It’s the...

Samsung will officially announce the results of its investigation into the Galaxy Note 7 fires next week, and there won’t be any big surprises because they’re pointing the finger that the smartphone’s battery. The company is also going to say there were manufacturing issues, although it’s not clear yet what those were.


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08:43
Bookends 12.7.8 - Reference management and...

Bookends is a full-featured bibliography/reference and information-management system for students and professionals.

  • Bookends uses the cloud to sync reference libraries on all the Macs you use. Access the power of Bookends directly from Mellel, Nisus Writer Pro, or MS Word (including Word 2016): Bookends allows you to scan your existing word-processor files and automatically generate finished manuscripts with properly formatted bibliographies. You can also scan Apple Pages '08, '09, and 5, Manuscripts.app, and LibreOffice/OpenOffice 4 files, or RTF files saved from any word processor.
  • Bookends allows you to share your references over the Internet with anyone, on any platform. And with Bookends, you can directly search and import references from...
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08:26
Timepage calendar iPhone app by Moleskine adds style...




After using Apple's Calendar app, you may be on the hunt for another -- Timepage by Moleskine may fit your bill. AppleInsider offers a closer look at how it works.

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08:09
Analysts share concerns about Apple and other U.S....

As Donald Trump is being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, Investor’s Business Daily notes analysts are weighing in on the impact of future trade negotiations with China under the Trump Presidency. Of particular concern are iconic U.S. companies like Apple, Starbucks, General Motors and Nike as well as U.S. companies with a high percentage of Chinese revenue…Apple is in both of those categories with 22% of the previous fiscal year coming from China.

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07:51
LifeProof redesigns its waterproof NUUD case for...

LifeProof is releasing a new version of its NUUD waterproof case with a new design fit the for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The new style accommodates the larger cameras on both models and increases the water resistance from splash resistant to water proof for up to 6.6 feet.

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07:45
How to watch Trump’s inauguration live on iPhone,...

Today is the 2017 Presidential inauguration for President-elect Donald Trump and there are many ways to watch the events unfold live on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV. On top of live official coverage on Twitter from PBS, there are also live video streams from the big TV broadcasters that are available in iOS and Apple TV apps as well as through Facebook and various websites if you’re watching on your Mac. There are even some 4K and 360-degree live streams available for all on YouTube. Telemundo will have Spanish coverage. 

If you’re looking for how to live stream the Trump inauguration on your Apple device, head below for the full list of websites and apps offering live streams today. 

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07:39
∞ The Power Mac G4 Cube

[VIDEO] Stephen Hackett gives a bit of a guided tour through the Mac affectionately known as “The Cube”. I had one of these. Interesting design, innovative use of materials, a sign of the times at Apple. Click the main Loop post for the video.

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07:36
How to watch the presidential inauguration of Donald...




U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is due to be sworn into office later today, with opening remarks beginning at 11:30 a.m. Eastern time and the oath of office at noon. Here's how to watch it live on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV.

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07:35
How to watch Donald Trump's presidential...

Depending on your point of view today may be the greatest day in the last eight years, or the beginning of “the dark times.” Whatever your political persuasion, Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration is something many of us wouldn’t want to miss.

As you’d expect the inauguration will be carried on all the major networks including ABC, CBS, and NBC. CNN and Fox News will also be broadcasting it. Donald Trump will be sworn in at noon Eastern on the dot.

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07:32
Grading Tim Cook

Neil Cybart, Above Avalon:

During the last few years of the Steve Jobs era, it was Cook (and Apple SVP Marketing Phil Schiller) who were tasked with coming up with Apple’s corporate strategy. This allowed Steve Jobs to spend time with Jony Ive and focus on the product. Said another way, Tim Cook was the one that allowed Steve to be Steve.

When it came time to relinquish his CEO title, Steve selected Cook as his successor. While the move was met with controversy outside Apple, the selection signaled that Steve didn’t look at the CEO position as something that needed to be held by a product person. Much of that belief likely resulted from the fact that Cook had been handling many of the traditional CEO duties himself as COO for years.

And:

Tim Cook is leading a different type of Apple than that which existed under Steve. Things are done differently, down to how decisions are made and then communicated throughout Apple. This leads to a theory that may seem...

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07:26
How to use your iPhone to translate foreign words to...

Steffen Reich, iDownloadBlog:

The tutorial below is going to highlight the difference between the two main subsets of dictionaries (thesaurus vs. actual language to language translation) and scrutinize if your language of choice is one of the few lucky ones Apple decided to support beyond the thesaurus. Following that is a quick demonstration on how to translate the words in question to English. Read on to find out why some dictionaries are simply better than others.

As an example, if you install the French-English dictionary (in addition to your regular dictionaries), you’ll now have a powerful, built-in translation tool.

Well worth the time to read through the tutorial and, if you have the space on your device, install an extra dictionary or two.

...

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07:26
Tim Cook Cashes in $3.6 Million in Stock as...

Apple CEO Tim Cook sold 30,000 shares of Apple stock this week, valued at $3.6 million based on the company's stock price of $120 at the time of the transactions, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchanges Commission disclosure. The shares were sold as scheduled pursuant to Cook's predetermined trading plan.

Cook retains 1,009,809 company shares worth over $121 million based on Apple's current stock price following the sale.

A recent SEC filing revealed Cook was paid $8.7 million in 2016, which is $1.5 million less than he was paid in 2015. The decrease stems from Apple failing to meet its own target performance goals for both net sales and operating income in 2016, resulting in senior executives receiving...

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07:24
News: Apple releases updated iOS Developer Design...

Apple has announced a new set of design resources to assist developers in building apps for iOS 10, providing guidelines and templates for all of the UIKit controls, views, and glyphs available to developers within the iOS SDK, and recommendations for the appropriate ways in which to use them to match the iOS design language. The new Apple UI Design Resources page also includes templates that can be opened in Photoshop and Sketch, complete with icon…

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07:21
Clearing up confusion about Netflix and the TV App

Josh Centers, TidBITS:

AppleInsider caused a bit of a stir when it reported that the TV app for iOS and tvOS now supports playing Netflix content. As you may recall, Netflix hasn’t yet agreed to integrate with the TV app (see “tvOS 10.1 Unifies the Apple TV Experience with “TV” App,” 12 December 2016). However, the AppleInsider report is correct in that you can indeed find and stream Netflix content from the TV app. But TechCrunch’s Matthew Panzarino correctly pointed out that such functionality has been there from the launch of the TV app.

So what’s the deal? Netflix doesn’t work with TV, but it also does work? It’s a bit like the famous Schrödinger’s cat thought experiment, in which a cat in a box is simultaneously alive and dead. But unlike quantum mechanics, there’s a simple answer to this conundrum.

We wrote about this...

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07:17
Sticker for your AirPods case

Clever. Though to me, floss is for teeth. No matter, the design is spot on. Note the company name on the sticker itself.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:13
Popular beauty app Meitu checks if iPhone is...




One of the App Store's top downloads -- an app for creating Anime-style self portraits -- is a potential privacy risk to its users, as researchers have discovered the app sends details about carrier, and whether the iPhone has been jailbroken, back to the developer.

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07:11
Steven Aquino: Accessibility review of the 13-inch...

Just a taste:

The Touch Bar’s accessibility support is bountiful. There is a lot of functionality built into that little strip, all of which makes using the Touch Bar easier. The one feature that stands out the most is Zoom. Zoom is where the magic happens, and it’s my favorite Touch Bar accessibility feature.

What Touch Bar Zoom (System Prefs → Accessibility → Zoom → Enable Touch Bar Zoom) does is bring up a virtual Touch Bar on the bottom of the screen when you touch anything on the Touch Bar. Slide your finger back and forth, and the Touch Bar (real and virtual) moves accordingly. A circle icon follows your movement that fills in (think: iOS app updates in App Store) when you select an option, but Apple tells me you don’t need to wait for it to fill completely to select an item. In practice, I find Touch Bar Zoom to work great; animation is smooth and there’s no no lag between moving through and selecting options.

Nice job, as always, by Steve Aquino. No one...

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07:10
VirtualBox 5.1.14 - x86 virtualization software.

VirtualBox is a family of powerful x86 virtualization products for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).

Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux and Mac hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4, 2.6, 3.x and 4.x), Solaris and OpenSolaris, OS/2, and OpenBSD.

VirtualBox is being actively developed with frequent releases and has an ever growing list of features, supported guest operating systems and platforms it runs on. VirtualBox is a community effort backed by a dedicated company: everyone is encouraged to contribute while innotek ensures the...

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07:06
On luck

Great essay on business and luck. Two highlights:

If you have a choice between listening to the best cellist perform the piece or the second best, why would you want to listen to the second best? You might be willing to pay a few cents more only to hear the best, because they’re all good. But, even if you’d be willing to pay a few cents more, the fact that there are millions of copies of these things sold means that the fact that the company that bids successfully for Yo-Yo Ma or whoever is regarded as the best cellist is going to get that market all to himself.

And so the price that you have to pay to get the best recording artist is set accordingly. One earns eight or nine figures a year while the cellist who is almost as good is teaching music lessons to third graders in New Jersey somewhere. It’s a dogfight now to see who gets to be regarded as that best performer. The person who is eventually successful got there by defeating thousands, maybe tens of thousands,...

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06:54
Simply Mac Stores Closing, but it Isn’t Apple’s Fault

GameStop is shutting down several of its Simply Mac stores across the U.S., and initial reports claimed it’s because Apple ended its Authorized Reseller agreement with the retailer. GameStop representatives say that’s not true and that the stores are closing because they don’t perform well enough.


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06:46
Lion's share of Apple's revenue expansion...




Given the Apple iPhone user base expansion, Apple's Services business led by the App Store is forecast to not only be the prime mover of Apple's income expansion, but also be the largest contributor to gross margin improvements as well.

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06:45
LifeProof wants your iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to...

LifeProof has introduced iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus versions of its NUUD case. They feature a transparent back so you can show off your Apple smartphone and enhanced audio to keep calls and music crystal clear, according to LifeProof CEO Jim Parke.

The redesigned NÜÜD case showcases slim styling, yet remains waterproof to 6.6 feet, drop proof to 6.6 feet, dirt proof and snow proof. Every device feature remains accessible and fully functional.

NÜÜD for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are available in a variety of colors. Pricing starts at $99.99.

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06:24
Apple 'wish list' for Indian manufacturing...




Ahead of a meeting on Jan. 25, Apple has sent out a list of concessions it wants from the Indian government before setting up local manufacturing -- though it won't necessarily push to get them all, according to a report.

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06:24
Simply Mac closing some retail stores across the U.S.

Simply Mac, an Apple Authorized Reseller and Service Provider owned by GameStop, is shutting down some of its retail stores in the U.S. Locations in North Carolina, North Dakota, Montana, Texas, Illinois, Indiana, Utah, Idaho, Maryland, South Dakota, and more are closing this week, reports MacRumors. 

Notices at some of the locations say Simply Mac is being shut down because Apple is ending its agreement with the retail chain. However, a GameStop spokesperson who spoke to the Midland-Reporter Telegram said that the moves are part of a business transformation plan that involves closing non-productive store locations.

Simply Mac has (had?) over 76 brick-and-mortar store nationwide. I haven’t been able to find details on exactly how many stores will be closing.

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06:10
Apple updates Final Cut Pro X, Motion, and Compressor

Apple has updated its pro video apps for macOS — Final Cut Pro X, Motion and Compressor —with feature tweaks, performance improvements and bug fixes. Final Cut Pro 10.3.2 changes include:

 

  • Ability to add custom folders of audio files to the Sound Effects browser;
  • Using ripple delete on audio-only clips no longer disables the selected range;
  • Audio meters retain custom width after relaunch;
  • Improves responsiveness when editing very long projects;
  • Improves performance when exporting H.264 files and changing frame rate;
  • Exporting ProRes 4444 files with transparency using Compressor creates a correct alpha channel.

Motion 5.3.1 improves stability when using multiple camera behaviors. It also improves performance when exporting H.264 files and changing frame rates.

Compressor 4.3.1 changes include:

  • Fade In/Fade Out filter is applied correctly when using distributed encoding;
  • Disc...
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06:03
Apple upgrades its pro video apps

Apple has updated its pro video apps: Final Cut Pro X, Motion and Compressor —with feature tweaks, performance improvements and bug fixes. Final Cut Pro 10.3.2 changes include:

° Ability to add custom folders of audio files to the Sound Effects browser;

° Using ripple delete on audio-only clips no longer disables the selected range;

° Audio meters retain custom width after relaunch;

° Improves responsiveness when editing very long projects;

° Improves performance when exporting H.264 files and changing frame rate;

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06:00
Roxio Toast 15 Titanium: $49

We have a deal for you on Roxio Toast Titanium for $49. This software lets you capture video directly from your screen, portable devices, or the web. It also has video editing tools and the ability to create a DVD. It will convert videos, rip DVDs and CDs, and much more. Check out the details on the deal listing.


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06:00
Get a spectacular deal on the Pay What You Want...

Attention all Apple World Today readers who are looking to get into mobile game development. Here's your chance to get 10 courses (108+ hours) that can take you from a development novice to a hardcore game developer -- and pay what YOU want for the privilege. Our Pay What You Want Hardcore Game Dev Bundle is ultra-popular, with hundreds of thousands of buyers!

How does the Pay What You Want deal work? You can pay what you want and get a part of the bundle if your price is less than the average price. If you beat the average price (it changes minute-by-minute), you get the entire 10 course bundle. If you beat the leader's price on the leaderboard, you're entered into a giveaway.

The total value of the...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth...

In today’s iLounge Deal, you can get the FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds for only $29.95 — that’s 75% off the regular price. Designed to be sweat and water resistant, these earbuds automatically pair to your iPhone when pulled apart so there are no complicated setup procedures, and provide a smooth fit and unrivalled sound quality in their size. The built-in rechargeable battery gives you up to 10 hours of playtime, and you…

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05:32
FileZilla 3.24.0 - Fast and reliable FTP client.

FileZilla (ported from Windows) is a fast and reliable FTP client and server with lots of useful features and an intuitive interface.



Version 3.24.0:

New

  • The context menu for remote file search results now has a "Copy URL(s) to clipboard" item
  • Alt+number can now be used to switch between tabs in addition to Ctrl+number
  • SFTP hostkey fingerprints are now also shown as base64 encoded SHA256 hashes to match the new format displayed by OpenSSH

Bug Fixes and Minor Changes

  • Fixed a possible crash if sending FTP commands fails during a directory listing operation
  • *nix: Fixed a scrolling issue in the message log if wxWidgets is built against GTK3
  • Errors at the end of SFTP transfers now correctly result in transfer failures instead
  • Cancelling synchronized browsing questions no longer prevents further directory changes
  • Fix display issues for the filter...
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05:32
Samsung Set to Reveal the Results of the Note7 Fire...

Finally the results of multiple investigations into the Note7 disaster will be made public in a press conference in Seoul on Monday morning local time, Sunday night in the U.S. and Canada.

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05:30
Fox 1.0 is new royalty app for macOS

OFFICER solutions has introduced Fox 1.0, a new addition to their software line of royalty applications for entertainment companies. Developed specifically for artists, musicians and other right holders, Fox 1.0 for macOS (10.10 and higher) is designed to transform sales reports for content sold on the Internet into detailed royalty statements. 

The software plays nicely with any digitally sellable asset, like books, apps, stock photos, fonts, games and films and has been optimized for the use at independent record labels. Catalog data and sales can be imported for royalty processing. Fox 1.0 supports any currency (incoming and outgoing); royalty statements can be issued as PDFs, CSV and Excel files in english or any other, user-definable language.

Fox 1.0 is an installable software app based on the FileMaker Pro 15 platform. It’s available as an unrestricted license for a one-time fee or as a monthly...

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05:23
AppleInsider podcast talks about Apple and culture...




This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor, Dan, and Mikey talk about whether the corporate culture at Apple is changing to one that has more difficulty innovating. We also tackle the latest rumors about iPads and Apple Pencil.

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05:15
Exclusive Apple, Amazon deal comes to close, brings...

You’ll soon be able to snag non-Audible audiobooks within iTunes.

A long-standing exclusive arrangement between Apple and Amazon, which has been in place since 2003, came to an end earlier this month following complaints from German publishers and investigations by European antitrust regulators, who were concerned that the agreement was stifling competition and raising prices.

Regulators began investigating in late 2015. It appears all investigations are being suspended in light of the companies’ decisions to end the exclusivity agreement.

“With the deletion of the exclusivity agreement, Apple will now have the opportunity to purchase digital audiobooks from other suppliers,” Andreas Mundt, president of Germany’s antitrust agency, said in a statement. “This will enable a wider range of offer and lower prices for consumers.”

Audible confirmed that it had removed the exclusivity provision ins contract with Apple, and added that it will still continue to...

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05:00
MagNeo on Kickstarter: Magnetic USB-C Adapter for...

I’m all about how Apple ditches legacy technologies. Headphone jack? Haven’t missed it on my iPhone? Floppy disks? LOL. FireWire? OK, I miss that one (or the 5th generation we should have had by now), but I get it. Besides USB-C is pretty nifty. Magsafe, though, is a bit harder to understand. It has saved my MacBook Air uncounted times, and it’s so easy to plug it in. But, MagSafe is gone. So be it. There’ve been a few third party magnetic USB-C adapters, and I saw one on Kickstarter that’s getting some traction. It’s called MagNeo, a magnetic USB-C adapter that allows charging, data, and video, too. That makes it useful for applications beyond charging-only, which may be why it’s already raised $115,000. It’s a two-piece device machined from a solid piece of aluminum. One half goes in your MacBook or MacBook Pro, and the other half goes on the end of the cable you want to use it with. Watch the short video for more. Funding options start at $59 as of this writing.

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05:00
Astropad Studio Could Replace Your Wacom Tablet

Many photographers and designers who rely on digital editing tools seem to favor gadgets like the Wacom tablet. With good reason; it’s a device that lets you edit photos and manipulate graphics with a stylus. This allows for greater precision. But if you have a Wacom tablet along with an iPad, you may find yourself juggling the two devices. An app called Astropad Studio can turn your iPad into a Wacom tablet. It lets you mirror your computer screen on the iPad, so you can make good use of the Apple Pencil, along with more powerful configuration than the Wacom. I tested the app on my iPhone and I may write a review of it in the future.


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05:00
Rumor: Apple could delay next-gen iPads until second...

The next-gen iPads might not launch “until the second half of 2017,” according to sources in the upstream supply chain. The new 9.7-inch iPad is predicted to enter mass production sometime in Q1 2017, while the 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad models will begin production in Q2 of this year. All of the new iPads are described as still being in the “planning” phase.

While it’s generally expected for Apple to announce and launch new iPads in spring, the rumor has it that it could be longer. In December, “lower-than-expected” yield rates for the 10-nanometer manufacturing process was rumored to be a potential factor in a delayed launch for the new iPads.

The supply chain sources have identified the 10.5-inch iPad Pro as a contender to replace the price tier of the existing 9.7-inch iPad Pro, while the new 9.7-inch version will be introduced at an even lower cost to become an entry-level device, “mainly targeting the education sector.”

It’s thought that the higher...

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05:00
Notebook is a new note-taking app for the Mac

Zoho has launched Notebook for Mac, a new, free note-taking app. Notebook's mobile apps introduced the concept of Note Cards: dedicated note types for text, checklists, audio, photos, and sketches. 

The same concept has been applied to the Mac app, creating a “simple and enjoyable note-taking experience,” according to Raju Vegesna, chief evangelist of Zoho. A notebook is a personal, thoughtful space. Notebook encourages users to make the app their own by providing 25-plus hand-drawn notebook covers to choose from, and the option to add their own. Individual notes can be grouped and color coded with default colors or by choosing from a color wheel.

Notebook brings the familiarity and ease-of-use of your smartphone to your Mac, says Vegesna. With a trackpad, users can navigate Notebook without making a single click. Users can open and close notebooks, and group and ungroup stacks of note...

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04:56
External Link: JetBlue Offering Free In-flight Wi-Fi

Budget airline JetBlue is now offering free, in-flight Wi-Fi on flights within the continental United States via its Fly-Fi service. The service is sponsored by Amazon and encourages travelers to sign up for Amazon Prime to stream movies and TV shows from Amazon Prime Video. Fly-Fi operates over a Ka-band satellite connection that promises 15–30 Mbps, which JetBlue claims is faster than the Ku-band and ground-to-air technologies offered by competitors. With any luck, JetBlue’s move will push other airlines to improve in-flight Wi-Fi and reduce prices.

 

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04:52
TimeTable for macOS upgraded to version 3

Steven Riggs has announced TimeTable 3 (http://www.stevenriggs.com/site/timetable.html) for macOS. The tool allows you to export macOS Calendar data and analyze and total the number of hours recorded on your calendars.

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04:37
Americans hit by 29 billion robocalls in 2016

American consumers and businesses were overwhelmed by an estimated 29.3 billion robocalls in 2016, based on the YouMail Robocall Index (www.robocallindex.com), the nation's first guide that compiles the scope and location of the worst robocalling hotspots across the country by area code.  

This news marks the first time that any source has tracked the nation's collective robocall problem over an entire calendar year. In 2016:

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04:30
Mujjo leather sleeves protect your MacBook Pro with...

Mujjo’s full-grain leather sleeves are now available for the new 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros for $60 and $65, respectively. I’ve been using one for the bigger Mac laptop and recommend that you check it out if you don’t have a sleeve or case for the computer.

Mujjo’s sleeves sport a combination of full grain vegetable-tanned leather and felt. They look good (thanks to the aniline old treatment ash that enhances color tones) and feel good, while offering a reasonable level of protection (they’re waxed for a little extra durability).

A leather fold-over closure with its “one snap button” helps keep your Apple laptop secure. The rivets are lined to keep your MacBook Pro from touching anything but the soft, thick felt. 

Integrated storage compartments allow you to stash documents, earplugs (or AirPods, which are easily lost), and other goodies. What’s more, there’s a leather brand tag inside the sleeve that doubles as an...

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04:28
Kool Tools: TORAIZ AS-1

More than ever, producers are making tracks using electronic instruments such as synthesizers and drum machines. Now, in collaboration with Dave Smith Instruments, Pioneer DJ Americas (www.pioneerdj.com) has created a new monophonic synthesizer for music production and live performances: the TORAIZ AS-1.

The synthesizer is the second musical instrument in the company’s TORAIZ series that brings new creative possibilities to the studio and stage. Its release follows the launch of the TORAIZ SP-16 live sampler which made its debut last August.

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04:00
How to customize the Finder toolbar

There are several ways to customize the Finder toolbar in macOS Sierra. To start, open a Finder window by clicking the Finder icon at the left end of the Dock. To customize the toolbar:

  • Hide or show the toolbar: Choose View > Hide Toolbar, or View > Show Toolbar.
  • Hiding the toolbar also hides the sidebar, and moves the status bar from the bottom to the top of the window.
  • Resize the toolbar: If you see angle bracketsat the right end of the toolbar, it means the window is too small to show all of the toolbar items. Enlarge the window or click the brackets to see the rest of the items.
  • Change what’s in the toolbar: Choose View > Customize Toolbar. You can drag items into and out of the toolbar, add a space between items, and choose whether to show text with the icons.
  • Rearrange the items in the toolbar: Press and hold the Command key, then drag an Add a file or an app: Press and hold the Command key, then drag the item to the Finder...
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03:44
BusyContacts 1.1.6 - Fast, efficient contact manager.

BusyContacts is a contact manager for OS X that makes creating, finding, and managing contacts faster and more efficient. It brings to contact management the same power, flexibility, and sharing capabilities that BusyCal users have enjoyed with their calendars. What's more, BusyContacts integrates seamlessly with BusyCal, forming a flexible, easy-to-use CRM solution that works the way you do.

BusyContacts syncs with the built-in Contacts app on OS X and iOS, and supports all leading cloud services, including iCloud, Google, Exchange, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Key Features

  • Customizable Views -- View contacts in a single-column Card View or multi-column List View.
  • Tags -- Tags can be used for grouping, filtering and coloring contacts.
  • Smart Filters -- Smart Filters are a powerful tool for...
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03:35
BusyCal 3.1.4 - Powerful calendar app with multiple...

BusyCal is an award-winning desktop calendar that combines personal productivity features for individuals with powerful calendar sharing capabilities for families and workgroups. Its unique features include a non-modal Info Panel for easier data entry; To Dos that display in the calendar and auto-forward until completed; repeating To Dos; customizable calendar views including a List view and scrolling Month and Week views; adjustable font styles and sizes, live weather feeds, moon phases, graphics, sticky notes and more. And when you first launch BusyCal, all of your iCal data is instantly imported. BusyCal automatically syncs with iCal, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and other apps and devices that sync with MobileMe or Sync Services. If you later decide to switch back to iCal, all of your calendar data will be current.

BusyCal allows families and workgroups to share calendars with MobileMe, Google Calendar, iCal Server, and other CalDAV Servers. You can even...

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02:48
Duplicate Annihilator 5.8.3 - Find and delete...

Duplicate Annihilator takes on the time-consuming task of comparing the images in your iPhoto library using effective algorithms to make sure that no duplicate escapes.

Duplicate Annihilator detects:

  • Duplicates
  • Imported thumbnails
  • Imported thumbnails of faces
  • Missing image files
  • Corrupt JPEGs



Version 5.8.3:

  • Minor fixes



  • OS X 10.6 or later
  • iPhoto 5 or later



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02:32
MarsEdit 3.7.10 - Quick and convenient blog editor.

MarsEdit is a blog editor for OS X that makes editing your blog like writing email, with spell-checking, drafts, multiple windows, and even AppleScript support.

It works with with most blog services including WordPress, Blogger, Drupal, Movable Type, TypePad, and many others.



Version 3.7.10:

  • Fix a bug introduced in the previous update that causes the app to crash after printing, or after editing certain types of Tumblr posts



  • OS X 10.6 or later



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00:34
How To Watch The Inauguration on Apple TV and Online

The Presidential inauguration kicks off on Friday, January 20. Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. Many websites and news outlets will be live streaming it, and you won’t need a cable subscription to watch it. You can view it on virtually any device—Android, Web, iOS and Windows will all be supported.


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Thursday January 19

23:43
iOS Tip: Avoid Charging Your Wet iPhone 7/7 Plus

This is less of a tip and more of a warning. Apple made the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus water and dust resistant, with a rating of IP67. This means that you won’t have to worry as much if you get a wet iPhone. Step One: Don’t panic, and grab your towel.


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20:59
WALTR 2 2.0.9 - $39.95

WALTR 2 helps you wirelessly drag-and-drop any music, ringtones, videos, PDF, and ePub files onto your iPhone, iPad, or iPod without iTunes. It is the second major version of Softorino's critically-acclaimed original WALTR, which solved 2 huge problems for every iOS user: unsupported media-format transfer without installing any additional 3rd-party iOS apps, as well as iTunes sync elimination -- allowing users to drag-and-drop files from any computer. WALTR 2 is here to add a few cherries on top.

  • Video formats: MKV, AVI, MP4, MOV, MPEG, m2ts, 3GP, WMV, H264, H265
  • Audio formats: MP3, FLAC, APE, ALAC, AAC, AIFF, WAV, WMA, OGG, OGA, WV, TTA, DFF
  • CUE sheet support (automatic breakdown of a single file into multiple tracks)
  • M4R Ringtones (includes support for ringtones over 30 seconds long)

New in 2

  • Automatic metadata recognition
  • Wi-Fi transfer support
  • PDF, ePUB support
  • Non-...
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20:59
Paperless 2.3.9 - $49.95

Paperless is a digital documents manager. Remember when everyone talked about how we would soon be a paperless society? Now it seems like we use paper more than ever. Let's face it - we need and we use paper. But Paperless 2 is one of those incredibly useful applications that will help you manage all your paper and digital documents and at the same time positively affect the environment.

When it's tax time no more bringing a shoebox full of receipts to your accountant. According to ruling Rev. Proc. 97-22 from the IRS, a digital document is acceptable. With Paperless 2 you can create a Smart Collection and keep all your documents neat and tidy and in one place. Additionally, once you store your receipts in Paperless 2, you can select the receipts to email, print, or export to PDF, or even show as a chart.

Paperless 2 has the ability to keep up and maintain the task of not only reducing your need for paper but managing the paper you use. Simply scan...

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20:59
Adobe After Effects CC 2017 14.1 - Create...

After Effects CC 2017 is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $19.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous After Effects customer).

The new, more connected After Effects CC 2017 can make the impossible possible. Get powerful new features like a Live 3D Pipeline that brings CINEMA 4D scenes in as layers - without intermediate rendering. Share work directly from within the application and get access to new features the moment they're released. Your entire creative world, together in one place.

After Effects CC is part of Creative Cloud. That means you have access to all the latest updates and future releases the moment they're available. Sharpen your skills and master new tools with a rich library of training videos. And Creative Cloud is integrated with Behance, so you can share your projects and get...

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20:59
Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017 11.0.2 - Digital video...

Premiere Pro CC 2017 is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $19.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous Premiere Pro customer).

Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017 lets you edit video faster than ever before. Dozens of brand-new features include a redesigned timeline, improved media management, and streamlined color grading. And it's just the beginning: You'll get access to new features the moment they're released. Your entire creative world, together in one place. Only in Creative Cloud.



Version 11.0.2 (2017):

Note: Now requires OS X 10.10 or later

Note: Update is ~974 MB

Bug Fixes

  • Titler and Captions
    • Title Tool crashes when copy and pasting
    • Captions not editable after switching workspaces
    • Mouse Disappearing...
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20:59
ExpanDrive 5.4.4 - Access cloud storage just like a...

ExpanDrive builds cloud storage in every application, acts just like a USB drive plugged into your Mac. With ExpanDrive, you can securely access any remote file server directly from the Finder or even the terminal. ExpanDrive supports:

  • SFTP/FTP/FTPS
  • Amazon S3
  • Dropbox
  • WebDAV
  • Rackspace Cloud Files
  • Openstack Swift
  • Dreamhost DreamObjects
  • Google Drive
  • OneDrive
  • Box.com
  • Copy.com
  • HP Helion
  • hubiC



Version 5.4.4:

New

  • Renaming empty folders on S3/Swift is now supported
  • Integrated crash reporter on macOS has been added has b
  • Multi-user support for Windows Terminal Server/Citrix environments

Fixed

  • Improvements with non-ascii characters while using Dropbox as well as general unicode improvements while running on macOS
  • -43 error on macOS now fixed, sometimes...
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20:59
Apple Final Cut Pro X 10.3.1 - Professional video...

Apple Final Cut Pro X is a professional video editing solution.Completely redesigned from the ground up, Final Cut Pro adds extraordinary speed, quality, and flexibility to every part of the post-production workflow. (Apple has posted a FAQ answering questions about Final Cut Pro X, missing features, and the future.)

Features

  • Revolutionary Video Editing
    • Assemble clips in the Magnetic Timeline without clip collisions or sync problems.
    • Use Clip Connections to attach B-roll, sound effects, and music to the timeline.
    • Reduce clutter by grouping clips into a Compound Clip. Easily expand it back to single clips.
    • Perfect your pacing right in the timeline with the Inline Precision Editor.
    • Cycle through different shots, graphics, or effects at one place in the timeline with Auditions.
  • Powerful Media Organization...
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20:59
Apple GarageBand 10.1.5 - Complete recording studio...

The new GarageBand is a whole music creation studio right inside your Mac -- complete with keyboard, synths, orchestral and percussion instruments, presets for guitar and voice, an entirely redesigned sound library, and virtual session drummers. A beautiful and intuitive interface makes it easy to learn, play, record, and create great-sounding songs. And you can share your hits worldwide with just a few clicks. It’s never been easier to make music like a pro. Even if you’ve never played a note.



Version 10.1.5:

  • Adds support for Logic Remote Version 1.3.1 and GarageBand for iOS Version 2.2



  • OS X 10.10 or later



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20:59
Yummy FTP Pro 1.11.14 - $29.99

Yummy FTP Pro is an advanced Mac file transfer app which provides a full-featured professional toolkit combined with blazing speeds and impeccable reliability, so whether you want to transfer a few files or a few thousand, schedule backups, edit and maintain websites, even automate transfers, you need this time-tested and truly dependable app. (Was Yummy FTP)

Why use Yummy FTP Pro?

  • Get the fastest and most reliable file transfers available on the Mac
  • Schedule one off or repeating transfer or folder synchronization tasks
  • Manage websites with file management, editing, diff, preview, & sync tools
  • Create FTP drop folders on your Desktop for quick and easy uploading
  • Get frequent free maintenance + feature updates
  • Fast and free technical support when you need it

Feature Highlights

  • Full FTP/S + SFTP + WebDAV/S protocol support
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20:59
Apple Compressor 4.3.1 - Adds power and flexibility...

Compressor adds power and flexibility to Final Cut Pro X export. Customize output settings, work faster with distributed encoding, and tap into a comprehensive set of delivery features.

Features

  • Powerful Encoding for Final Cut Pro
    • Use Compressor to customize encoding settings available in Final Cut Pro.
    • Choose from a wide array of codecs, sizes, frame rates, and other parameters.
    • Save your custom settings in Compressor; they automatically appear in Final Cut Pro.
    • Share settings with other editors, even if Compressor isn't installed on their workstations.
  • Time-Saving Encoding Workflow
    • Experiment freely with encoding options, using real-time feedback in the Preview window.
    • Find exactly the setting you need in just a few clicks in the updated settings library.
    • Set up batch processes to streamline the encoding of large numbers of files.
    • Build batch...
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20:59
Apple Motion 5.3.1 - Create and customize Final Cut...

Apple Motion is designed for video editors, Motion 5 lets you customize Final Cut Pro titles, transitions, and effects. Or create your own dazzling animations in 2D or 3D space, with real-time feedback as you work.

Features

  • Breakthrough Speed and Quality
    • New 64-bit architecture supports deeper, multilayered effects for use in Final Cut Pro.
    • ColorSync-managed color pipeline produces accurate, consistent color across applications.
    • Shared Render Engine provides consistent quality with Final Cut Pro and Compressor.
    • Rendering uses floating-point, linear-light color space for exceptionally realistic results.
    • Motion taps the GPU on the graphics card for high-speed rendering and exporting.
  • Editor-Friendly Design Tools
    • Work fast using a single-window interface with a familiar look and feel.
    • Customize Final Cut Pro titles, effects, and transitions by opening them in...
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20:59
BetterTouchTool 1.989 - Customize Multi-Touch...

BetterTouchTool adds many new, fully customizable gestures to the Magic Mouse, Multi-Touch MacBook trackpad, and Magic Trackpad.

These gestures are customizable:

  • Magic Mouse:
    • Pinch in / out (zoom)
    • single-finger tap left
    • single-finger tap right
    • single-finger tap middle
    • single-finger tap
    • single-finger click middle
    • two-finger tap
    • two-finger click
    • two-finger swipe (up/down/left/right)
    • two-finger tip tap left/right
    • three-finger tap
    • three-finger click
    • three-finger swipe (up/down/left/right)
    • four-finger swipe up/down
    • four-finger click
    • TipTap left/right
  • Touchpad:
    • single-finger tap top-left
    • single-finger tap top-right
    • single-finger tap top-middle
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20:59
calibre 2.77.0 - Complete e-book library management...

Calibre is a complete e-book library manager. Organize your collection, convert your books to multiple formats, and sync with all of your devices. Let Calibre be your multi-tasking digital librarian.

Manage, convert, sync, and more

  • Library management. Calibre keeps things orderly by creating single entries for books that contains multiple formats. Add tags and comments for better searchability.
  • Format conversion. Calibre's robust conversion options support a wide variety of file formats.
  • File syncing. Calibre's device drivers seamlessly support all the top e-readers and devices.



Version 2.77.0:

Bug Fixes

  • Conversion: Fix...
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20:59
Adobe Audition CC 2017 10.0.2 - Professional post-...

Audition CC 2017 is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $19.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous Audition customer).

Adobe Audition CC 2017 empowers you to create and deliver beautiful audio using more connected tools and dozens of new features, including Sound Remover, which can eliminate unwanted sounds from an entire file just by analyzing a small selection. Adobe Audition CC gives you access to new features as soon as they're released and is integrated with other Adobe video tools for smooth start-to-finish audio and video production. Your entire creative world, together in one place. Only in Creative Cloud.



Version 10.0.2 (2017):

Note: Now requires OS X 10.10 or later

Note: Update is ~440.32 MB

  • "Edit in Audition" functionality in Premiere...
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20:59
Quicksilver 1.5.2 - Application launcher and much...

Quicksilver is a light, fast and free Mac application that gives you the power to control your Mac with keystrokes alone.

Quicksilver allows you to find what you need quickly and easily, then act upon these objets as you see fit. All with your fingers on the keyboard. As an example, if you want to find an application hidden in the depths of your file system, simply activate Quicksilver with a keystroke, type a few letters of the application's name, then hit Return or Enter to launch it, or tab and type to find an action such as Quit, Trash, Email To..., Run at Login, Move To..., Get Info, Reveal, the list goes on.

Quicksilver indexes and parses only selected parts of the contents of your hard drive in the Catalog, which means it locates and displays the items matching your search quickly. Quicksilver has a modular structure which means features for interaction with a whole host of of other applications (iTunes, 1Password, Safari, Microsoft Office)...

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20:04
Apple Authorized Reseller Simply Mac closing...

Popular Apple Authorized Reseller and Service Provider Simply Mac is closing a handful of stores around the country. The store, owned by GameStop, operates a variety of locations in areas primarily where Apple Stores aren’t prevalent. The news of the closures has been reported by local stations around the country.

more…

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19:26
Apple Final Cut Pro X 10.3.1 - Professional video...

Apple Final Cut Pro X is a professional video editing solution.Completely redesigned from the ground up, Final Cut Pro adds extraordinary speed, quality, and flexibility to every part of the post-production workflow. (Apple has posted a FAQ answering questions about Final Cut Pro X, missing features, and the future.)

Features

  • Revolutionary Video Editing
    • Assemble clips in the Magnetic Timeline without clip collisions or sync problems.
    • Use Clip Connections to attach B-roll, sound effects, and music to the timeline.
    • Reduce clutter by grouping clips into a Compound Clip. Easily expand it back to single clips.
    • Perfect your pacing right in the timeline with the Inline Precision Editor.
    • Cycle through different shots, graphics, or effects at one place in the timeline with Auditions.
  • Powerful Media Organization...
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19:25
Simply Mac stores closing amid apparent corporate...




Well known Apple product purveyor Simply Mac is shuttering brick-and-mortar stores across the U.S., with conflicting reports claiming the move is either the result of corporate restructuring or a decision by Apple to end its nationwide sales agreement with the firm.

| Read more »
19:05
Apple Compressor 4.3.1 - Adds power and flexibility...

Compressor adds power and flexibility to Final Cut Pro X export. Customize output settings, work faster with distributed encoding, and tap into a comprehensive set of delivery features.

Features

  • Powerful Encoding for Final Cut Pro
    • Use Compressor to customize encoding settings available in Final Cut Pro.
    • Choose from a wide array of codecs, sizes, frame rates, and other parameters.
    • Save your custom settings in Compressor; they automatically appear in Final Cut Pro.
    • Share settings with other editors, even if Compressor isn't installed on their workstations.
  • Time-Saving Encoding Workflow
    • Experiment freely with encoding options, using real-time feedback in the Preview window.
    • Find exactly the setting you need in just a few clicks in the updated settings library.
    • Set up batch processes to streamline the encoding of large numbers of files.
    • Build batch...
| Read more »
19:02
Apple Motion 5.3.1 - Create and customize Final Cut...

Apple Motion is designed for video editors, Motion 5 lets you customize Final Cut Pro titles, transitions, and effects. Or create your own dazzling animations in 2D or 3D space, with real-time feedback as you work.

Features

  • Breakthrough Speed and Quality
    • New 64-bit architecture supports deeper, multilayered effects for use in Final Cut Pro.
    • ColorSync-managed color pipeline produces accurate, consistent color across applications.
    • Shared Render Engine provides consistent quality with Final Cut Pro and Compressor.
    • Rendering uses floating-point, linear-light color space for exceptionally realistic results.
    • Motion taps the GPU on the graphics card for high-speed rendering and exporting.
  • Editor-Friendly Design Tools
    • Work fast using a single-window interface with a familiar look and feel.
    • Customize Final Cut Pro titles, effects, and transitions by opening them in...
| Read more »
18:34
Apple updates pro video apps with bug fixes, feature...




Apple on Thursday updated its suite of video editing tools -- Final Cut Pro X, Motion and Compressor -- with a number of minor feature additions, bug fixes and general performance improvements.

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18:26
Google's VR art app is open source and ready to...

Google's Tilt Brush is capable of some pretty impressive results. But what if those 3D paintings and projects you made while strapped into virtual reality could escape into the real world? That's the idea behind the open-source Tilt Brush Toolkit, av...

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18:12
Apple updates Final Cut Pro X, Motion, and...

Following significant updates to its GarageBand and Logic Pro X tools, Apple this evening has released updates to its Final Cut Pro, Motion, and Compressor editing apps. Each update includes its own set of changes, including bug fixes, performance improvements, and more…

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18:05
Neuroscience Can't Explain How a Microprocessor...

mspohr writes: The Economist has an interesting story about two neuroscientists/engineers -- Eric Jonas of the University of California, Berkeley, and Konrad Kording of Northwestern University, in Chicago -- who decided to test the methods of neuroscience using a 6502 processor. Their results are published in the PLOS Computational Biology journal. Neuroscientists explore how the brain works by looking at damaged brains and monitoring inputs and outputs to try to infer intermediate processing. They did the same with the 6502 processor which was used in early Atari, Apple and Commodore computers. What they discovered was that these methods were sorely lacking in that they often pointed in the wrong direction and missed important processing steps.


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18:04
Multiple Simply Mac Stores Shutting Down Across the...

Simply Mac, a well-known Apple Authorized Reseller and Service Provider owned by GameStop, is shutting down a number of its brick and mortar stores across the United States.

Locations in North Carolina, North Dakota, Montana, Texas, Illinois, and more, are closing this week.

Image via the Billings Gazette

Notices at some of the locations have suggested Simply Mac is being shut down because Apple is ending its agreement with the retail chain, and several local newspapers are reporting the same news, but on Twitter, Simply Mac says that is not true.

A notice sent out by the West Acres Mall in Fargo, North Dakota:We wanted to reach out to you with news of another change at...

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17:55
What Earth Would Look Like if All the Ice Melted

Curious what the planet would look like if all the world’s ice melted? Let’s just say the topic has been on my mind lately. National Geographic did the math, with pictures to help us wrap our heads around it. If all the world’s ice melted—an extreme eventuality that would require thousands of years—sea levels would rise an estimated 216 feet. Unsurprisingly, what we know as “coast” today would become “offshore.” In North America, the Atlantic seaboard is gone, as is Florida. In my novel (set in 2139), the Philly Bay is a thing, but that was based on a model of just 22 meters (72 feet) in sea levels rising. In Nat Geo‘s more extreme model, the Central Valley in California becomes a giant bay. San Diego goes bye, bye, as does a little town in Texas called “Houston.” Nat Geo has detailed maps of all the continents, including the desert formerly known as North Africa, the desert formerly known as Australia, and parts of China that are currently home...

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16:58
Samsung to reveal cause of Galaxy Note 7 explosions...




Samsung is looking to close the book on last year's Galaxy Note 7 debacle with a press conference on Sunday, at which the company intends to reveal results of multiple investigations into the smartphone explosions.

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15:56
Apple executives reportedly set to meet with...

Just a day after a pair of reports shed more light on Apple’s progress in starting a manufacturing presence in India, a new report from Reuters offers a few new details. The report claims that while some Indian officials are eager to have Apple in the country, others aren’t convinced at this point.

The most interesting tidbit, however, is that Apple executives will be meeting with Indian government officials next week to discuss plans…

more…

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15:44
Apple Releases New Design Resources for iOS...

Today Apple shared some free design resources for iOS developers with an update to its iOS Human Interface Guidelines (via 9to5Mac). The resources include UI and template materials to make it easier to design iOS apps. Apple says the design resources are “comprehensive and accurately depict the full range of UIKit controls, views and glyphs available to developers using the iOS SDK.” The files are available in Sketch and Photoshop formats. This is a change from the Sketch-only files in the past. Interestingly, both light and dark UI elements are given. It adds a small amount of fuel to the fire for a rumored Dark Mode.

...

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15:34
How to pair Apple's AirPods with iPhone and Mac




With AirPods now arriving in the hands of -- a few lucky -- customers, AppleInsider takes you through the initial pairing process, demonstrating the ease at which Apple's W1 chip facilitates connections with both iOS and Mac devices.

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15:32
Get Jim Dalrymple and Bryan Chaffin iMessage Stickers

OK, get this. Nodconcept made this custom emoji of me for the company’s Facebook emoji app for iOS. They made one for my friend Jim Dalrymple of The Loop, too. Facebook emoji apps are so 2009, but the Emoti eomji are available as an iMessage sticker pack. And—more importantly—Nodconcept told me they added the emojis for me and Jim to that sticker pack.


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15:04
Unicode committee to meet at Apple campus, discuss...




Unicode Technical Committee members will meet at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., next week to discuss the addition of new emoji or modifiers that would introduce redhead characters in a future iteration of the standard.

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14:55
Apple Pencil 2 might be coming this spring, along...

The new Apple Pencil could work on your iPad, your iPhone, and even on your new MacBook Pro.

Apple will reportedly unveil the Apple Pencil 2 in March, alongside a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, according to Chinese website Wei Feng. The Apple Pencil was first introduced in late 2015, and there hasn’t been an iPad Pro update since March 2016, when Apple unveiled the 9.7-inch model. 

The report does not disclose any details about the new features on the Apple Pencil 2, but according to Mashable, it’s possible that the improved stylus could incorporate magnetic connectors so that it will easily attach to the side of the iPad Pro. This rumor stems from a patent that Apple first filed back in 2015.

...

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14:41
New LinkedIn Site Design Encourages Engagement


LinkedIn on Thursday announced a new look tied to a complete overhaul of its technology architecture, which brings conversations and content front and center. The redesign brings the LinkedIn desktop in line with the mobile browser version launched in 2015. LinkedIn will roll out its new desktop globally over the next few weeks. Among the changes are a streamlined navigation bar, now with seven core areas: Home, Messaging, Jobs, Notifications, Me, My Network and Search. LinkedIn also has added a smarter real-time messaging interface.

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14:38
AWT News Update: January 19, 2017

A light news day today...

  • Apple adds a few formatting and ad changes to Apple News...for publishers
  • Design resources for iOS 10 become available along with updated Human Interface Guidelines
  • Google's Pixel phones are hard to get...although they're selling at about 1/10th the rate of iPhones

The text version of the podcast can be viewed below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below. Note to Apple News readers: you’ll need to visit Apple World Today in order to listen to the podcast.

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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for January 19, 2017.

While Apple News will still pretty much look the same for readers, Apple today unveiled a bunch of changes for...

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14:30
Notable apps and app updates for Jan. 19, 2017

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

Howlin Interactive has introduced Super Passwords 1.0. It’s a $1.99 password organizer that uses iCloud to sync data across your iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. With support for Apple's Touch ID fingerprint sensor, additional features include quick searching and the ability to mark passwords as favorites.

macOS Apps/Updates

Steven Riggs has announced TimeTable 3 for macOS. The tool allows you toexport macOS Calendar data and analyze and total the number of hours recorded on your calendars. 

It’s designed to make it simple...

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14:21
Hands-on: Channels DVR public beta for the Apple TV...

Channels, an app that we’ve covered several times in the past, allows users to stream live local television to an Apple TV or iOS device via a handy guide interface. The app works in harmony with an HD HomeRun box to receive over-the-air terrestrial television or cable TV depending on the box you purchase.

After the successful launch of the iOS version of the app and Channels 2.0 for the Apple TV, developer Fancy Bits’ next project involves integrating a subscription-based DVR service directly into the Channels app for Apple TV.

The DVR service, which will require a subscription, is currently in beta. By tapping into a NAS solution like the Synology DS916+, users can record live...

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14:20
How to add and switch between Instagram accounts on...




Facebook's Instagram is a convenient way to share photos as well as short videos, but for many reasons it can be smart to have multiple personas on the service. Here's how to add additional profiles on Apple's iPhone and switch between them.

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14:13
Here’s why we’re not downloading Meitu, the red-hot...

I wasn’t going to download it regardless because it creates some truly awful photos but the security implications mean you shouldn’t download/use it either.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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