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Wednesday August 26

18:57
Kelly Guimont on MacBreak Weekly

Kelly Guimont appeared on this week's episode of MacBreak Weekly, over on TWiT TV. Kelly spoke with Leo, Rene Ritchie of iMore, and Andy Ihnatko of the Chicago Sun Times about a variety of news items from throughout the week, and witnessed the disaster that is Samsungâs penghazi in action.


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18:56
At 24, Linux Has Come Out of the Basement


Happy Birthday, Linux Project -- this week you turned 24. The Linux OS has grown up everywhere. Its code and the open source model are found worldwide. People often use linux without knowing it -- when they search on Google, buy metro tickets or surf the Web. Linux powers all of that infrastructure. Linux travels worldwide on airplanes, and it's embedded in many of the smart devices that bring ultra convenience to our homes and cars. It runs our WiFi routers and our Android phones and tablets.

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18:00
Apple expected to hold Sept. 9 iPhone/Apple TV event...

Earlier this week, whispers started arising that Apple was planning to hold its September 9th iPhone event at the Bill Graham Civic Center Auditorium in San Francisco. At the time, however, there was very little evidence to support the claims. Today, San Francisco news outlet Hoodline reports that a “trusty source” has confirmed that Apple is indeed hosting its event at the Bill Graham Civic Center.

The Planning...

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17:25
iOS code suggests 'iPhone 6s' will feature...

Code discovered in a recent iOS build suggests Apple is testing implementations of pressure-sensitive Force Touch gesture technology in its next-generation smartphone hardware, anticipated to launch in the coming weeks.

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16:54
Jony Ive and Jimmy Iovine to be Interviewed at this...

With its mix of muscular journalism, stunning photography, in-depth reporting, and memorable profiles of the movers and shakers of the day ...

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16:44
Griffin unveils two new Apple Watch cases, the...


Griffin today has taken the wraps off a pair of new cases for Apple Watch, the company’s first venture into the Watch case market. The company touts that the two cases, dubbed the Survivor Tactical Case and Ultra Thin Case, are slim and stylish, while still offering an added layer of protection to your Apple Watch.

The Survivor Tactical Case offers an easy snap-on/snap-off design that allows the case to be seamlessly removed and applied without first removing the watch band. The Digital Crown is protected from above, while still being...

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16:20
Apple supposedly confirmed to hold Sept. 9 iPhone...

Following up on rumors circulating earlier this week, a report on Wednesday claims Apple has indeed rented out the large Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco for its upcoming iPhone event.

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15:53
Jony Ive & Jimmy Iovine slated to speak at...

Vanity Fair today has revealed the list of people who will speak at its upcoming New Establishment Summit in October and once again, Apple’s Chief Design Officer Jony Ive will be in attendance. Last year, Ive attended the event and discussed many of his opinions on design and told several stories of designing the various iPhone models over the years. This year, however, Beats cofounder Jimmy Iovine will also be attending the Vanity Fair event.

It’s unclear at this point if Ive and Iovine will be paired together during their interview,...

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15:52
New Evidence Points Towards Bill Graham Civic...

Earlier this week, there was some speculation that Apple might be planning to hold its upcoming September 9 iPhone event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, and now there are new details that further hint towards Apple's involvement with the site.

Beginning on Monday, SFPD officers and private security guards began patrolling the grounds at the auditorium, prompting San Francisco news site Hoodline to do some digging into what was going on. It turned out the auditorium was booked for a "trade show" set to run from September 4 until September 10, but because it was registered to a company called "Adams and Associates," nothing linked the booking back to Apple.

A police officer outside the auditorium, via...

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15:44
Google launches Twitch clone YouTube Gaming with...

Google officially launched YouTube Gaming on Wednesday, entering into direct competition with Amazon's Twitch for live and pre-recorded videogame content.

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15:30
AWT News Update: August 26, 2015

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Here are some of the top stories from the world of Apple today:

  • Third-party Apple Watch accessories are starting to appear in Apple Stores
  • The first promotional poster for the upcoming movie Steve Jobs is out. Steve might approve...
  • A patent troll gets slapped down for trying lawsuits over older technology in new products
  • Pocket gets an upgrade and recommendations

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 26, 2015.

Here’s a surprise: Third-party Apple Watch accessories are beginning to appear at some Apple Stores. The first is the NightStand from Elevation Labs, which is a charging dock that will be compatible with watchOS 2’s Nightstand...

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15:27
Apple's Jony Ive, Jimmy Iovine to join tech and...

Apple CDO Jony Ive will again be attending Vanity Fair's 2015 New Establishment Summit in October to talk design and tech -- and potentially new iPhones -- this time accompanied by Beats cofounder Jimmy Iovine.

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15:14
Swatch: We Stole ‘One More Thing’ from Columbo, not...

It wasn't Apple Swatch was copying when it trademarked "one more thing," it was the TV series Columbo, or so says the watchmaker. Swatch has been openly critical of Apple's smartwatch efforts and trademarking the line Steve Jobs famously used in several presentations to show off surprises was presumed to be some sort of snub.


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14:38
Ex-TSMC employee found guilty of leaking tech...

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world’s largest chip foundry, has won a lawsuit against a former employee who leaked secrets including 28-nm process technology to Samsung, reports the EE Times (http://tinyurl.com/osklm3r).

Taiwan’s Supreme Court decided in favor of TSMC against Liang Mong-song, a former senior director of R&D at TSMC's Advanced Modules Technology Division. After leaving TSMC, Liang became Samsung's System LSI division chief technology officer.

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14:21
Griffin launches Survivor Tactical, Ultra Thin cases...

Griffin on Wednesday launched its first-ever protective cases for the Apple Watch, the Survivor Tactical and the Ultra Thin, adding to a growing selection of aftermarket accessories tailored to Apple's wearable device.

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14:15
Dozens of Projects That Let You Do Real Science on...

Macs (and of course PCs with Linux or Windows) can be powerful tools when their collective computing capacity is aggregated on a network. If you're interested in exploring how you can contribute to important science causes with that Mac sitting on your desk, here are dozens of projects that could benefit from the gigaflops of computational power that you're currently using for kitten videos.


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14:14
Facebook Introduces their New Digital Assistant...

Apple's Siri was first introduced with the launch of the iPhone 4s on October 14, 2011. Facebook is now entering the market with their own digital assistant. Today Facebook launched "M" nested inside Messenger, Facebook's messaging app.

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13:48
Dyconn iPhone 6 Battery Case with 2 Charging...

If you need extra juice for your iPhone 6 on the go, Dyconn has you covered with its battery case and charging station kit. The 4 ounce case holds a 3200mAh battery and adds some extra protection in case you accidentally drop your iPhone. It also comes with two charging stands so you can keep one at home and the other at the office. Dyconn's charger pack is usually priced at US$115, but with TMO's deal you can get it for $59.99 which is 47% off.


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13:41
Facebook launches 'M' virtual assistant...

Facebook on Wednesday launched "M," a text-based virtual assistant integrated with Facebook Messenger that unlike Siri, Cortana, or Google Now relies on both human and artificial intelligence to fulfill requests.

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13:31
How to Schedule a Genius Bar Appointment Via Apple’s...

Scheduling a Genius Bar appointment is a snap using the Apple Store App. However, what can you do if the device with your app on it is what you need help with? Kelly shows you how to set up that appointment using Apple's website.


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13:11
Tip of the Day: Changing up animated emojis in Apple...

The Apple Watch provides a cute way to respond to text messages from your wrist by sending back an emoji, with access to a large template of standard emoji icons and three animated ones — a heart, a smiley face, and a fist-pump. What’s a bit less obvious is that you can actually change each of these animated emojis up by using the Digital Crown. Swipe to the one you like and then turn the Digital Crown to basically move through a variety of…

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12:52
Universal unveils official poster for upcoming Steve...

As the release of the Aaron Sorkin-penned Steve Jobs movie grows closer, the Hollywood marketing machine has begun to churn faster and Wednesday's rotation brought the release of the official promotional poster.

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12:48
ACM 321: An Afternoon with Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus

Bryan is on vacation this week, so Jeff asked Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus on as a special guest. Bob offered up some advice on when it's time to replace your Mac, and they also talked about Logic Pro and Alchemy, music subscription services, Bob's home grown TV show, and more.


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12:45
OS X: El Capitan’s Deletion of “Repair Disk...

Apple's next version of OS X El Capitan uses something called "System Integrity Protection" to prevent the alteration of critical system files. As a result, scripted installers and even privileged users can no longer change those UNIX file permissions and then modify them. This should make El Capitan more stable and secure. So, while "Repair Disk Permissions" is gone, that also creates an important issue for users: software upgrades.


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12:32
Pocket 6.0 rolls out for iPhone & iPad with new...

Pocket is one of the most popular read-it-later apps available on iOS, and the service is about to get better (or perhaps worse depending on your viewpoint), with the public launch of recommendations. The feature has been tested in beta for some time, and is now officially out in the wild and will be available to users on iOS, Android and on the web. Pocket describes it as “high-quality content without the noise”.

Recommendations takes the absolute best content being saved across Pocket and tailors it to your own saving and reading habits. The result is a feed that’s completely unique and personalized to you, and is filled with the most interesting articles and videos you might have missed otherwise.

Instead of being a collation of the most viewed web pages from the web, recommendations are based on how popular...

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12:30
The small and powerful Inateck 2-port Rapid Car...

Inateck 2-Port Rapid Car Charger. Photo ©2015, Steven Sande

Size isn't everything (ask Mighty Mouse or Ant-Man if you don't believe me). The Inateck 2-port Rapid Car Charger (US$49.99 MSRP, available on Amazon (affiliate link) for $19.99) is a perfect example of an iOS accessory that doesn't take up a lot of space, but provides a ton of power.

The specs for the 2-port Rapid Car Charger are impressive: 6.6A of current, 33W of power, with a pair of 2.1A 5V USB ports you can plug iPads or other power-hungry devices into. But those two ports only eat up 4.2A of current -- where does the other 2.4A go? 

Easy answer: there's also a 3-foot (1 meter) MFi-compliant Lightning cable for charging your favorite iPhone or iPad. Yes, you could theoretically charge three iPads at the same time with...

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12:16
Opinion: Here’s how both iPhone 6S cameras will...

Apple has called the iPhone “the world’s most popular camera,” a title originally earned by aggregating all iPhones together for counting purposes. But while the exact sales numbers for each iPhone model are difficult to quantify, there’s no question that Apple has already sold over 750 million iPhones, and well over 100 million iPhone 6 devices. Those are huge numbers, and well beyond the typical sales of individual point-and-shoot cameras.

Few people appreciate that growing iPhone demand has created an unusual challenge for Apple: reliably sourcing the tens of millions of parts needed to meet first month demand for tens of millions of iPhones. To that end, Apple’s camera maker Sony had to upgrade its manufacturing plants twice this year to produce more of the CMOS image sensors needed for smartphones including the iPhone. Even with a partner as large as Sony, however, iPhone-specific ...

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12:08
Leaked iPhone 6s media show new icon of “booting...

The part leaks continue and new photos and videos have surfaced showing the components of Apple’s upcoming “iPhone 6s” handset. Specifically, the new photos and videos reveal an iPhone 6s logic board and display assembly paired with a number of iPhone 6 components such as the rear shell and battery to create a device that starts up enough to be able to display a screen showing a booting gear icon.

The leaked video shows the handset booted to its gear screen and then opened, displaying the device’s component parts. Several components such as the rear camera are missing, but there are enough parts present to deliver data to the iPhone 6s display.

According to...

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12:00
Pac-Man Championship Edition DX evolves the classic...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play. 

It’s been 35 years since Pac-Man first hit arcades, and Bandai Namco has celebrated the classic chomper’s big birthday in a couple key ways. For example, the company opened a huge Pac-Man-themed arcade restaurant in the Chicago suburbs, and hosted a huge bash that featured original game creator Professor Toru Iwatani. On the other hand, Pac was a big part of this summer’s execrable Adam Sandler film, Pixels

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11:59
No Joke, MultiFab Prints 10 Materials at Once


Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, or CSAIL, this week presented a new MultiFab printer at SIGGRAPH, an annual computer graphics conference. For all of the promise 3D printing has offered, additive manufacturing techniques generally have been limited to one material at a time -- until now. The new multifabrication printer, still under development, boasts the ability to work with up to 10 materials simultaneously, and the implications are huge.

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11:51
Sessions For JNUC Getting Posted

As the largest Apple IT gathering in the world rapidly approaches, we want to give you an early glimpse into the great presentations at the JAMF Nation User Conference (JNUC).

We are excited to announce that we’ve added the first ten JNUC sessions to our site. With sessions for education and commercial organizations, you’re sure to find presentations to meet your needs. Highlights include best practices for preparing Macs for online testing, ways to bring Apple’s Volume Purchase Program (VPP) and Device Enrollment Program (DEP) to life in your environment, and methods for mitigating and addressing Mac security threats.

Haven’t registered yet? There’s still time, but hurry. We’re nearing our capacity. 

Secure your spot and start making...

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11:38
Facebook 'M' deploys army of virtual...

In February, a startup introduced Magic, a service that promised that you could order up virtually anything via text message, than have it delivered to your door. It launched, went viral, then...faded. Now Facebook wants to do Magic one better.

As of today, Facebook is launching a trial of M, a service that lives on top of its Messenger application in iOS and Android. Dial M for Messenger, as it were, and a hybrid team of algorithms and real-life assistants promises to help you with your mundane tasks. To try the new service, users can tap a small button at the bottom of the Messenger app to send a note to M. (If you use Messenger, you may already be signed up for the trial.)

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11:36
IDC speculates an Apple 'iPad Pro' could...

If Apple releases a "larger, screen-detachable" iPad in the near future it could help invigorate the once-quiet 2-in-1 tablet market, IDC suggested in a Wednesday research report.

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11:30
Brand photos easily with Watermarker 2 for Mac

This week's featured app review is Watermarker 2 ($14.99, free trial available), a Mac app which lets you easily add pro watermarks to your images. I played with it for a few days and found that it works quite well and has nice time-saving features. Here's our look at Watermaker 2.

To begin, click the "+" in the upper right-hand corner to import your image. From there, you've got several options for marking up your photo:

  • Add a custom logo
  • Make an "X" strikethrough, with control over color, thickness and opacity
  • Add custom text
  • Add a square or circle (again, with control over appearance and placement)
  • Place an arrow
  • Pixelate an area

Choose one mark from the list above or any combination thereof. It's really simple and I had the whole thing figured out in about 60 seconds.

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11:03
Apple Starts Selling Third-Party Apple Watch...

As of today, Apple has begun selling third-party Apple Watch accessories in its retail stores. The first third-party Apple Watch product Apple is offering on store shelves is ElevationLab's NightStand for Apple Watch.

Priced at $29.95, the NightStand is a simple, affordable Apple Watch stand that was one of the first Apple Watch stands on the market. The NightStand was originally offered only in blue, black, and red, but it appears the company partnered with Apple to offer stands that match each of the Apple Watch Sport bands. Apple is selling the NightStand in pink, blue, green, black, and white.

We visited an Apple Store in North Carolina, where the NightStands are on display next to the Apple Watch Sport bands, Apple Watch chargers, and matching Beats headphones.

The NightStand is one of the few Apple Watch stands...

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10:59
Happy Hour Podcast 029 | Tim Cook saves the market,...

Another week in the world of Apple and it looks like Tim Cook may have violated some important SEC regulations. Along with that, there has been major demand for Apple Watch, but not where you’d expect it. Oh, and remember Bendgate? Looks like it won’t affect the iPhone 6S. The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed.

New episodes of Happy Hour are available every Wednesday. As mentioned, you can download this podcast via iTunes or plug in our RSS feed link...

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10:48
Facebook debuts Siri competitor ‘M’ built into...

Facebook today confirmed previous rumors that it was developing a Messenger-based virtual assistant codenamed “Moneypenny.” The software was debuted today under the name “M,” and will be available in a very limited release to users in the Bay Area starting today.

As explained in the original rumor, M isn’t just powered a computer parsing speech and trying to make sense of questions and commands. On the other side of the system is a group of human beings who can help answer queries when the machine is unable to.

Users...

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10:46
Windows 10 adoption up to 75M devices nearly one...

Adoption of Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system has already hit 75 million devices nearing the end of its first month, a marketing executive announced on Wednesday.

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10:31
Adobe details ‘Project Rigel’ image retouching app...

Ahead of its annual Max conference in October, Adobe is talking up its new photo retouching app dubbed Project Rigel that is expected to debut at the event this fall. As we learned in late May, Project Rigel is a new Adobe mobile app in development set to replace and improve the image retouching tools previously available in the discontinued Photoshop Touch iOS app. 

Photoshop has long been the go-to image editor for pros on the desktop, but trying to bundle the best of its functionality into a single mobile app designed for...

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10:26
TMO Daily Observations 2015-08-26: Best Buy’s Apple...

Apple Watch sales in Best Buy are going so well that the retailer is accelerating its rollout program to include all of its stores before October. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple Watch sales and the smartwatch market, plus they share their very different thoughts on the lack of a Repair Permissions option in OS X El Capitan.


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10:16
14 Foxconn employees imprisoned for jailbreaking,...

Fourteen former and current Foxconn employees have been sentenced to prison for jailbreaking and selling more than 9,000 iPhones bought from the US and selling them for higher prices in China, according to Tencent Tech, the technology news section of Tencent, a major Chinese web portal. 

The 14 were charged with illegally accessing computer data at Foxconn, the Taiwanese company best known for making Apple devices. The convicts alleged used knowledge gained at the company to break into the iPhone network authentication server system to unlock the phones,according to Tencent Tech (as noted by BrightWire.com, a global investment newswire).

The group made more than CNY 3 million (about US$470,000) from the deals, the article adds. The convicts — who received fines ranging from CNY 20,000 to CNY 1 million — are from Foxconn's factories in the cities of Zhengzhou and Shenzhen.

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10:08
Cortana Cozies Up to Android Users


Microsoft on Monday released a public beta of its Cortana personal assistant for Android.
The Cortana app can do most of the things Cortana does on users' Windows: set and get reminders; search the Web on the go; track information such as flight details; and begin and complete tasks across all a user's devices. Cortana will find answers on the Web in response to spoken or typed requests, including things like sports scores, movie times, where to find a particular kind of restaurant, and other factual information.

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10:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: PhoneSoap charges and...

Charging and sanitizing your phone

This week’s roundup of accessories includes a device we’d never before considered: One that cleans your phone while charging it. Check out PhoneSoap and the rest of the week’s accessories.

BricWave

The $199 RCSU Utility Power Pack can recharge your iPhone, your iPad—or your car’s battery. “With the power below 25 percent, its 10,000-mAh battery is capable of starting the average car over 50 times by delivering 400A jump current.” But mostly it’s for your mobile devices; it has two USB ports so you can charge your iPhone and iPad at the same time.

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09:28
Addonics unveils host adapter with up to 20 Gbps...

Addonics Technologies (www.addonics.com) today announced the 6G 4-port eSATA controller, a high performance host adapter that provides total throughput of up to 20 Gbps (20,000 Mbps) via single PCIe 4-lane slot.

The Addonics’ controller supports any SATA hard drive, SSDs or optical drive. All drives appear as individual drives and can be configured to form a RAID group using the RAID utility of the operating system. By attaching four high performance SSDs, a high performance, large capacity storage system can be created by stripping the four drives using the OS RAID utility.

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09:24
Positive Grid adds studio racks to BIAS FX iPad

Now you can expand BIAS FX iPad with five of the most sought-after studio racks based on the LA2A Compressor, PSA-1 Preamp, Manley EQ, Echoplex and Dual Spring Reverb. The new studio racks can be integrated with BIAS Amp models, run into two different signal chains, and share and download on ToneCloud.

I really do like BIAS and use it all the time.

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09:24
Judge denies request by 'patent troll' to...

US Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal has shut down a non-practicing entity, or "patent troll," seeking to relaunch suits against cellphone manufacturers Sony, Amazon, and Apple, among others, over 4G patents, reports MacNN (http://tinyurl.com/qhyh3e3).

Patent aggregation company Acacia and subsidiary Adaptix has been denied further suits over new products launched by the companies using the same technology. The judge says it must be satisfied with existing lawsuit results and patent agreements in place.

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09:23
Apple’s Tim Cook says student have right to “great...

ABC News:

Apple CEO Tim Cook is focusing on an academic revolution that aims to prepare these students for the 21st century.

The tech giant is part of the White House initiative known as ConnectED. The goal of the program is to connect 99 percent of U.S. schools to good technology.

“I think technology has to be a key part [of education] and that’s why we’re here,” Cook said. “Too many times today kids aren’t given the right for a great public education and this isn’t right. It’s not fair.

It’s great when Apple’s goals – selling products – mesh with the common good of better education. But I get a strong sense that Cook would be involved in these kinds of issues whether or not Apple was selling iPads to schools. He’s absolutely right that a good education is the key to many childrens’ future.

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09:20
Coin 2.0 credit card replacement announced with NFC...

Just after the Coin credit card replacement began shipping to early adopters, the company has announced a new next-generation model with a number of changes, including support for NFC tap-to-pay functionality, available for preorder now, and as a free upgrade for existing users.

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09:18
Tim Cook awarded $58 million of Apple stock

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been awarded company stock with a market value close to US$58 million, according to an SEC filing, as noted by Cult of Mac (http://tinyurl.com/nqmc4bf).

The award came with stipulations that Apple’s TSR performance had to be in the top third of S&P 500 companies. The company now ranks 46th, which meant Cook’s stock options were vested. If Apple had wound up in the middle of the S&P 500, Cook’s award would have been reduced to 50 percent, while a placement in the bottom third would have earned him nothing, notes Cult of Mac.

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09:15
German court denies uniqueness of Apple's...

The German Federal Court of Justice has canceled Apple's patent for the swipe movement to unlock iPhones and iPads. The court said the patent in question was not a new invention, reports German broadcaster Deutsche Welle (http://tinyurl.com/nzl6hfd).

Judges in the Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe said Apple's European patent, which was applied for in 2006 and awarded in 2010, is not new and that a mobile phone from a Swedish company already displayed these characteristics before Apple's devices did.

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09:04
9to5Toys Last Call: 15″ Retina MacBook Pro (2014) 2....

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09:03
Former TSMC engineer gave secret process technology...

An engineer who left chipmaker TSMC for a new job at rival Samsung's foundry division illegally passed trade secrets to the South Korean firm, Taiwan's Supreme Court said in a Wednesday ruling.

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09:00
Helping business analysts take full advantage of...

Excel is the world’s most widely used and familiar data analysis tool and for good reason! It provides flexibility at each stage of your analytic journey, with tools that support both quick ad hoc calculations and exploration across large data sets. Last month, Microsoft expanded its BI offerings by releasing the latest version of Power BI, a groundbreaking cloud-based business analytics service, which has gained over 500,000 unique users, from 45,000 companies and across 185 countries during the public preview. One question we are asked a lot is, “How does Excel work with Power BI?” Here is an overview of how these tools work together to solve your analytics needs.

Excel 2016 and Power BI are a portfolio of tools that is unique in the industry. Together, they provide a broad set of...

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08:37
watchOS 2, Best Buy expansion expected to boost...

Investment firm J.P. Morgan believes sales of the Apple Watch will see a boost from two key events this fall --?the launch of watchOS 2 with support for native third-party apps, and a retail expansion to all Best Buy locations.

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08:34
Take Your Bluetooth Device Management in OS X to the...

The Option key is one of the coolest shortcut modifiers in OS X, revealing handy and awesome information and capabilities throughout the operating system. But here's one place where the Option key's impact is relatively unknown: the Bluetooth menu.


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08:23
Tim Cook and Eddy Cue Receive Combined $94 Million...

Apple CEO Tim Cook and Senior Vice President Eddy Cue received 560,000 and 350,000 restricted stock units respectively this week, worth a combined $93.8 million based on AAPL's closing price of $103.12 on Monday, according to a pair of filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Tim Cook and Eddy Cue at an Apple Store in 2014 (Image: Bloomberg)
Cook was awarded with 280,000 performance-based restricted stock units in full based on Apple's performance relative to the other companies in the S&P 500 over a two-year period ending August 24. Apple needed to achieve a total shareholder return (TSR) of at least 41.36% to place in the top third of companies in the index, and Apple's TSR for the two-year period was 76.76%.

Cook and Cue did not...

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08:20
When (and When Not) to Replace Your Old Mac

A reader recently asked Dr. Mac how long he could expect his Mac to last. You might be surprised at his response.


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07:52
Will Foxconn's Latest Joint Venture Lead to new...

It was announced late yesterday that Cima NanoTech, a developer and manufacturer of transparent conductive film solutions has entered into a joint venture with Foxconn ...

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07:40
Ashley Madison Users Line Up for Lawsuits over Data...

Avid Life Media, the parent company for AshleyMadison.com, is facing a class action lawsuit in California after hackers stole the site's subscriber database and posted the information online. With over 30 million user's records now online and the serious impact that's having on people's lives, it's a safe bet the lawsuits are just beginning.


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07:37
Trade secrets stolen from TSMC helped Samsung win...

Taiwan’s top court has ruled that former TSMC R&D director Liang Mong-song revealed to Samsung trade secrets that enabled it to copy the chipmaker’s FinFET manufacturing processes, reports DigiTimes. The processes are used by both companies to produce the A9 chips used in the upcoming new iPhones.

It was recently suggested that Apple was playing off the two companies against each other, with Samsung reportedly offering discounted prices in order to “grab the majority of A9 chip orders.”

The ruling of the second-instance court was...

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07:22
Best Buy deepens links to Apple, says watch has been...

Was this part of the original Apple Watch marketing plan? This story feels very fluid, facts changing as if the strategy is still forming.

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07:21
Swatch insists 'one more thing' trademark...

Swatch's Swiss trademark on the term "one more thing" is really a reference to a line from the TV show Columbo, according to a spokesperson for the watchmaker.

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07:10
Vitamin-R 2.30 - Personal productivity tool. (...

Vitamin-R creates the optimal conditions for your brain to work at its best by structuring your work into short bursts of distraction-free, highly focused activity alternating with opportunities for renewal, reflection and intuition.

The built-in task logging and statistics features create a positive momentum towards productivity by providing visible feedback on your progress and achievements.

Time Slice Your Work. Vitamin-R breaks down large, vaguely defined tasks into a series of short "time slices" of between 10 and 30 minutes, each with specific, easily reachable and actionable objectives. During these time slices it keeps you focused on accomplishing only this one objective and provides you with mechanisms for dealing with interruptions, poor concentration, etc.

Get Started. Vitamin-R concentrates on getting you started allowing you to break through the resistance of procrastination and create a positive...

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07:08
Opinion: With Apple Music launched, it’s time for...

I love AirPlay. It’s simple and elegant. It also means that my elderly but much-loved B&O Ouverture hifi system (with BeoLab 6000 speakers) – which is actually so old that it has a cassette deck – needed only a low-cost WiFi audio receiver to allow it to wirelessly stream music from my MacBook Pro. One $40 add-on and a 20-year-old hifi became bang up to date in its capabilities.

With my particular setup, AirPlay does exactly what we expect of Apple products: It Just Works. I open iTunes, select ‘B&O’ from the speaker output menu, and anything I play in iTunes – whether from my own music library or streamed from Apple Music – plays through the hifi, while system sounds continue to play through the Mac speakers. My partner can stream her own music from her iPad or iPhone just...

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07:07
How to disable El Capitan cursor shake-to-zoom...

In OS X El Capitan, when you shake the cursor (rapidly move the cursor back and forth), the OS will replace the cursor with a much larger version until you stop the shaking. This is really useful if you have a hard to see cursor (like a cross hair cursor, for example) or encounter a software bug that temporarily makes the cursor invisible.

Don’t like the feature? Perhaps you are an avid gamer and find it comes up at an inopportune time? No matter, easy enough to make it disappear.

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06:58
TSMC wins Spy Case against a Former Employee who...

In February we posted a detailed report titled "TSMC Sues Former Employee for Giving Samsung Trade Secrets." Today, Taiwan's highest court ruled in favor of TSMC. Yet the punishment dished out for his crime was so pathetic that it tells those involved in corporate espionage ...

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06:30
myTuner Radio for Mac OS X is a cool companion for...

If Apple Music doesn't satisfy all your music listening needs, AppGeneration's myTuner Radio app  for Mac OS X is a nice complement to the music service. 

After downloading it from the Mac App Store, the app offers easy access to 30,000 live radio stations from more than 120 countries. myTuner Radio is accessed via an icon in the menu bar, so it doesn't take up much screen real estate. 

With myTuner Radio, you can find stations that play everything from bluegrass to hip hop to sports news. You can search for radio stations by city, country, genre or artist, then save the ones you like as favorites, so they'll always be handy. You can even record radio stations.

You can share your favorite stations with others via SMS, email, Facebook, and Twitter. What's more, you listen to a sample of the most played songs on the radio.

If...

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06:27
IDC: the 'iPad Pro' will likely be a...

International Data Corp. thinks that the rumored "iPad Pro" will be a "detachable" device, a hybrid tablet/laptop along the lines of Microsoft's Surface devices. As I've said before, I'm dubious, but IDC's theory is an increasingly popular one. 

The research group says that tablet shipments, inclusive of 2-in-1 devices, are expected to decline -8.0% in 2015, representing a notable slowdown from IDC's previous forecast of -3.8%. Shipments are now expected to reach 212 million with the vast majority being pure slate tablets.

The overall trajectory of the tablet market has not changed significantly over the past year and a half, but the 2-in-1 segment, also referred to as detachables, is starting to gain traction, says IDC. While the 2-in-1 form factor is not new, OEMs [original equipment manufacturers] are getting more serious...

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06:18
IDC: tablet sales will continue to decline

According to a new forecast from the International Data Corporation (www.idc.com) tablet shipments, inclusive of 2-in-1 devices, are expected to decline -8.0% in 2015, representing a notable slowdown from IDC's previous forecast of -3.8%. Shipments are now expected to reach 212 million with the vast majority being pure slate tablets.

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06:09
PC shipments to shrink through 2016 (but you can...

Global shipments of PCs — as in "personal computer" as opposed to Windows computers — will fall by -8.7% in 2015 and not stabilize until 2017, according to the latest data from International Data Corp. However, the Sellers Research Group (that's me) says the Mac will defy this trend.

The latest IDC forecast has PC growth declining through 2016 – which will make five years of declining shipments. However, Macs have gained global market share for 33 out of the last 34 quarters. With the "halo effect" of iPhones, iPads (yes, iPads — the tablet is far from dead), and Apple Watches, that trend should continue.

Meanwhile, overall PC growth should resume in 2017, led by the commercial market, while consumer volume continues a small decline through the end of the forecast in 2019, according to IDC. Although the research had expected the second quarter of 2015 to be a transition period as...

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05:55
iOS 9 Beta: Extra Security with a 6-Digit Passcode

The beta of iOS 9 is just a goldmine of fun new stuff to mess around with, but in this Quick Tip, we're going to go over something serious: an easy new way to improve the security of your device without much inconvenience. Setting up a six-digit passcode and thwarting thieves is what Melissa Holt's got for us today.


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05:53
FabFilter releases FabFilter Pro-C 2 compressor plug...

FabFilter has announced FabFilter Pro-C 2, an update to the FabFilter Pro-C compressor plug-in.

Five brand-new compression styles are designed to make it even easier to set up and more effective in common scenarios such as vocal processing, mastering or EDM pumping. Other new features include lookahead, range, hold, side-chain EQ, oversampling, and a fully redesigned user interface.

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05:30
I want the 35-inch iMac with 10x stereo speakers...

Over a year ago, Apple fan and artist, Kurt Merki Jr., dreamed up a concept desktop that incorporates features of the iMac, the Mac Pro, and the Apple Thunderbolt Display. I've never forgotten the mock-up — and I still long for an iMac based on the concept.

Merki's "iPro" sports a 35-inch OLED display with almost 4K resolution (3382 x 1964) that rests on a unibody base capable of incorporating two new Mac Pro models, as well as additional components including up to four extra hard drives, a ventilation system and a drool-worthy sound system. The iPro also has a variety of connectivity options, including four Thunderbolt ports and eight USB 3.0 ports.



A tilt button in the front lets users move the display 20 degrees back and forth for optimal viewing angles, and makes sure the desktop doesn’t tip over. The "iPro"...

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05:06
Apple to lead the way for Next-Gen Low Powered Oxide...

A technical report released this week in Asia noted that Oxide (Oxide semiconductor) TFT display, which its strengths are low-power design and miniaturization, is rapidly expanding its influence in market. As Apple is planning to release iPad Pro ...

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04:44
Portable computer shipments are expected to be flat...

According to the latest market data findings from ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com), total system shipments for portable computing are predicted to reach 165 million units for full-year 2015, which is essentially flat compared to 2014 levels.

Assuming that the free upgrade promotion to Windows 10 OS offered by Microsoft is successful, much of the Windows installed base are likely to use their current computer hardware for at least a while longer. (The portable notebook PC category consists of four segments: netbooks, laptops, Chromebooks, and ultraportable PCs.)

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04:44
Kool Tools: iLuv compact charging products

iLuv Creative Technologies (www.iLuv.com) has two new power products that help alleviate the hassles and inconveniences associated with charging mobile devices.

The RockWall 5 (pictured) is a five-port portable USB charger that delivers a combined 5 Amps of power and charges up to five devices at once. The compact myPower portable battery pack, available in both 2600mAh and 5200mAh models, lets you charge USB devices on the go. Each product is compatible with both Apple iOS and Android devices.

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04:37
Best Buy CEO announces Apple Watch will be available...

It looks like you’ll be able to snag an Apple Watch at every Best Buy location in the relatively near future.

Albeit Apple has been pretty quiet about the Apple Watch’s sales numbers, Best Buy’s CEO has stated that the device has been a hit with customers. The electronics retailer started selling Apple Watches this month in select stores, first in the United States and later in Canada. As of Tuesday, Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly said that Apple Watch demand has been “so strong” both online and in stores as the retailer plans to carry the smartwatch at even more locations.

Joly declared this during the...

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04:22
PSA: Another way to bypass the ad blocker in iOS 9...

As I mentioned back in June, the ‘content blocker‘ (read: ad blocker) feature of Safari in iOS 9 poses a big threat to free, ad-supported sites like this one. No ad revenue equals no money to pay for such luxuries as servers and writers.

Whitelisting the sites you want to support is the easy option, but John Gruber noticed a reference in the Finer Tech...

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04:10
Archiware presents P5 Archive App at IBC 2015

At IBC, the trade show for the broadcast and media industry, the Archiware (www.archiware.com) product line P5 will be shown and supported by the largest number of partners ever.

This year, 25 hardware and software companies make up the list of P5 compatible products – with NEC Corporation and NEXSAN by Imation joining the ever-growing partner network. A list of all partners with a map of Exhibition Hall 7 can be found at http://tinyurl.com/pz3rr85 .

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04:06
HoudahSpot 4.0.10 - Advanced file-search tool. (Demo)

HoudahSpot is a powerful yet accessible desktop search software. Use HoudahSpot to locate hard-to-find files and keep frequently used files within reach. HoudahSpot builds upon Spotlight, which comes preinstalled with OS X. It makes Spotlight both more powerful and easier to use.

Start with a simple search. Refine it by adding and combining criteria. Quickly sort through search results. Add columns. Apply filters. Preview files and text matches.

If you've ever had a hard time finding a file before, this is the tool you've been looking for.

  • Find files by name, text, content kind, author, recipient, pixel count, etc.
  • Combine criteria to narrow down search results
  • Specify which folders to search and which ones to exclude
  • Add any of the hundreds of columns available
  • Apply filters to reduce search results to only the relevant items
  • Preview files and text matches
  • Open files and,...
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03:57
Want connected car features without splashing out on...

If you feel a tinge of tech envy over the connected car features offered by many recent cars, but not enough to splash out on a new one (or you’re holding out for an Apple Car), Verizon’s $15/month Hum service could plug the gap.

Subscribers simply install hum through an onboard diagnostic (OBD) reader that is plugged into the vehicle’s OBD port, and a Bluetooth-enabled device that is clipped to the visor. The monthly subscription also includes a smartphone app allowing subscribers to monitor their vehicle health, contact help, and manage maintenance needs, even when they are not behind the wheel.

If the system detects an accident, it will automatically contact a response center, which will use the Bluetooth speakerphone unit to ask you to confirm that you need help. If you do,...

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03:27
'Angry Birds' studio cuts another 260 jobs

The firm behind Angry Birds has announced that it's laying off a further 260 employees as it attempts to become a smaller and more profitable company. CEO Pekka Rantala admits that Rovio was too eager to "explore new business opportunities," which...

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03:04
Mac DVDRipper Pro 5.0.6 - Copy, backup, and convert...

Mac DVDRipper Pro is the DVD backup solution that lets you protect your DVDs from scratches, save your batteries by reading your movies from your hard disk, manage your collection with just a few clicks, time-shift your rental, backup your DVD collection, and much more!

Mac DVDRipper Pro allows you to copy all your DVDs on your Mac so you can easily view them without having to spend your battery on spinning you optical drive.

Mac DVDRipper Pro analyzes the DVD and uses intelligent algorithms to ensure proper rips. It is the best at what it does, at an unbeatable price!

You can try it for free before buying, Mac DVDRipper Pro will work without any limitations for your first 5 rips.

When using the disc image mode, you can also burn directly to another DVD from the application.



Version 5.0.6:

  • Added Spanish localization
  • Added ~70 dvds to the internal database



  • OS X...

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02:34
Logic Pro X 10.2 - Music creation and audio...

Logic Pro X is the most advanced version of Logic ever. Sophisticated new tools for professional songwriting, editing, and mixing are built around a modern interface that's designed to get creative results quickly and also deliver more power whenever it's needed. Logic Pro X includes a massive collection of instruments, effects, and loops, providing a complete toolkit to create amazing-sounding music.



Version 10.2:

  • Introducing Alchemy - the ultimate sample manipulation synthesizer
    • Next generation synthesizer plug-in with multiple sound generators including; additive, spectral, formant, granular, sampler, and virtual analog
    • Over 3,000 presets for all types of electronic music including electronic dance, hip hop, rock, and sound for picture
    • Integrated keyword preset browser for finding the right sounds quickly
    • Performance controls like the Transform Pad make it easy to explore and reshape sounds...

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01:08
Pourquoi choisir Remy perruques de cheveux?

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Pourquoi choisir remy perruques synthétiques? Tout simplement parce qu'ils sont les meilleurs. La plus haute qualité et les meilleures perruques prospectifs sont perruques de cheveux remy. Perruques sont portés pour un certain nombre de raisons sociales, culturelles et esthétiques et il ya beaucoup de différents types de coiffures améliorant artificiellement. Vous pouvez ajouter des cheveux supplémentaire pour les cheveux existants ou couvrir complètement vos cheveux naturels en utilisant autre chose, comme une perruque ou un postiche naturel ou synthétique.

Ajout de cheveux supplémentaire est principalement pour attrait esthétique ajoutée,...

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Tuesday August 25

21:17
Killer Deal: $750 off Apple's 15" MacBook...

Apple authorized resellers B&H & Adorama are slashing Apple's mid-2014 MacBook Pro by $750 to its lowest price ever of $1,749 with a free notebook sleeve, free shipping and no sales tax collected outside NY.

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20:59
VMware Fusion 8.0.0 - Run Windows apps alongside Mac...

VMware Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro--the latest versions of its virtualization software for running Windows on a Mac without rebooting--include full support for Windows 10, OS X El Capitan, and the latest Retina Macs, in addition to always-on access to Microsoft Cortana. They support DirectX 10 and OpenGL 3.3 for up to 65% faster graphics, alongside compatibility with USB 3.0 and multiple monitors with different DPIs. The virtual machine platform also delivers full 64-bit support with up to 16 vCPUs, 64GB RAM, and an 8TB hard drive for a single virtual machine.

Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro are optimized for the latest Macs, including the iMac with Retina 5K Display and 12-inch MacBook. DirectX 10 support enables Mac users to run Windows virtual machines with native resolution on a 5K display, with USB-C support and Force Touch pass-through also in tow for the latest MacBooks. Fusion 8 Pro has additional advanced features and improvements, including the ability to...

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19:55
Tim Cook awarded $58M of Apple stock for performance...

As noted in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission today, Tim Cook on Monday was awarded 560,000 restricted Apple stock units. Cook was given these stocks as time and performance awards. At Apple’s stock price at the end of day Tuesday of $103.12, those stocks are worth roughly $57.5 million.

Cook chose not to sell any vested restricted stock units, although 290,836 were withheld by Apple to keep in line with minimum statutory tax withholding requirements.

In order for these restricted units to vest, Apple’s TSR performance had to fall in the top third of companies in the S&P 500. According to the SEC documents, Apple 76 percent TSR performance ranked 46th, meaning that...

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19:29
Apple's Cook awarded $58M worth of AAPL stock...

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Monday acquired 560,000 vested restricted stock units, split evenly between time- and performance-based awards, worth nearly $58 million, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

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18:53
Apple redesigns Workshops scheduling system in minor...

Apple on Tuesday rolled out a small change to its newly integrated website, allowing customers to easily browse and schedule Workshop appointments with in-store staff at participating brick-and-mortar stores.

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18:05
Apple revamps retail store appointment scheduling...

As we reported earlier this month, Apple today has updated its online website with deeper integration with its appointment scheduling services for the Genius Bar and in-store workshops. This change comes not far after the Apple Online Store was heavily integrated throughout the entire online site, continuing Apple’s efforts to consolidate its physical retail stores, online store, and main website.

Apple’s combined appointment scheduling service is being referred to as the “...

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16:59
10 things iTunes does right

Macworld:

iTunes gets a lot of criticism, including a lot that I dish out, and much of this criticism is justified. iTunes has lots of problems syncing iOS devices, iTunes Match and iCloud Music Library are confusing, and the interface, particularly in iTunes 12, is confusing.

To be fair, though, iTunes does get a lot right. You can condemn it for many problems, but it’s good to sometimes take a step back and give it credit for the features that work so well that you hardly pay attention to them. I’ve picked ten things that iTunes does right.

McElhearn has a good point. After all the complaining many, myself included, do about it, there are many things it does very well.

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16:37
MGG 567: You, Too, Can Be a Computer Consultant

Backing up to multiple destinations, protecting your anti-reflective coating, Photos woes, Family Sharing and more are covered today. Consultants rejoice: this episode includes some stuff for you, too, including how best to protect yourself from getting sued!


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16:14
German court says ‘swipe-to-unlock’ not...

Germany’s top civil court today has ruled against Apple in a case pertaining to the company’s swipe-to-unlock input method. Judges in the case explained that swipe-to-unlock is not sophisticated enough to be awarded patent protection. This ruling falls in line with a similar ruling that favored Motorola back in 2013 (via Bloomberg).

Swipe-to-unlock was not an invention by Apple, the court claims, seeing that it was already suggested by “the state of the art.” The court wrote the following:

“This user-friendly...

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15:45
The Week in Mac Apps: Smooth out your photos with...

...plus two other photo tools for you to check out

In this week’s roundup of new Mac apps, you’ll find the latest update to Acron’s excellent image editor, a new password tool, and something special to help you see colors better.

Acorn 5

There’s a new version of Flying Meat’s venerable Acorn (Mac App Store Link) image editor out, and it’s chock full of new features.

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15:12
Facebook Moments turns your photos into music videos

Facebook has released a new update for its photo-sharing app. No, not Instagram, its other photo-sharing app: Moments.

First launched in June, Moments lets you privately share photos from your Camera Roll with your Facebook friends. Facebook’s updated Moments app will now automatically create short music videos from your photo collection that you can share privately with your friends or post directly to Facebook.

The video montages resemble the digital flipbooks created by Flipagram, except without the rights to recognizable songs that Flipagram was able to secure this summer. Instead, Moments will use “about a dozen different background music options,” according to...

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15:00
Verizon launches program to activate non-Verizon...

Verizon has recently started allowing customers to bring non-Verizon devices its network and will activate them. The program officially began this week and Verizon confirmed to 9to5Mac that it applies to the iPhone, as well as Google’s Nexus 6. Verizon notes, however, that the devices must be unlocked prior to being activated on its network.

Potential customers can see if their Nexus 6 or iPhone is compatible with the program by heading to this webpage. First you must enter your device ID, such as an ESN, IMEI, or MEID, and then you will be taken to a webpage that prompts you to input your SIM ID number or to purchase...

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14:34
Best Buy Shows Apple Watch Has Muggle Appeal

Apple Watch has appeal beyond the tech crowd, and that has Best Buy happy. The big box retailer said demand for Apple's smartwatch has been high, and it's original plan to have them in 300 of its stores by the holiday buying season has expanded to include all 1,050 of its locations before October.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's OK for tech analysts to chill out a little over Apple Watch. If the average user didn't want one Best Buy wouldn't be expanding its in-store sales locations.


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14:30
Opinion: I spent a week with the Apple Watch, and...

As anyone who knows me or follows me on Twitter will tell you, I’ve been openly critical of the Apple Watch and the entire concept of smartwatches for a long time now. Most people have responded with an attitude of “don’t knock it until you try it,” which I suppose is a fair attitude to have. The problem was that I had no plans to spend over $300 (or $1,000 for the model I really liked) to try an Apple Watch.

Recently, however, an opportunity arose to try the watch out for a while. I was offered a loaner watch to test out an app that I was covering. I accepted the offer and spent about a week with it, wearing it full-time and using it for everything I could (including, of course, using the app that I was testing whenever I could). Earlier this year my colleague Ben Lovejoy...

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14:10
Purported iPhone 6S parts assembled into semi-...

A new YouTube video claims to show parts from Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6S assembled into a working handset. The device doesn’t boot into iOS, but does power on and show a gear icon on the screen. Several photos also claim to show the phone’s internal components, which do appear to show some changes over the current generation, while the outside remains mostly unchanged.

The video, which was published by...

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13:52
Review: iHome iSP5 SmartPlug

First unveiled earlier this year at CES, iHome's new iSP5 SmartPlug ($40) is the first HomeKit-enabled accessory we've been able to take an in-depth look at. While on the surface it's a basic switched outlet similar to offerings we've seen before from companies like Belkin, the slightly lower price tag and integration with Apple's new HomeKit features promise to set it slightly apart from the rest. While iHome initially indicated that there would be two versions of SmartPlug – one with a USB charging port and one without – thus far only the less expensive one without the USB port appears to be available. {/exp:char_limit}
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13:46
YouTube Gaming, Google’s Twitch competitor,...

YouTube Gaming, Google’s attempt at taking on Twitch, is allegedly set to launch tomorrow, August 26, according to TechCrunch’s sources. The site will go live at gaming.youtube.com tomorrow in the US and the UK and will act as a central hub where viewers can find and watch people live streaming their own video gameplay.

Google announced that it would be getting in to gaming live-streams a couple of months back and has been working behind the scenes to get its service ready for a public rollout. Once live it will act as a direct competitor to Twitch,...

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13:45
How to Create Colored Backgrounds for Playlists,...

There's nothing more boring than black text on a white background when listening to music. iTunes 12 allows you to turn on colored backgrounds for open albums, movies and playlists. Unfortunately, the color chosen isn't up to you.


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13:16
Wii U to Become Pokken Tournament Playing Field


Nintendo and The Pokemon Company have announced that Pokken Tournament -- the Pokemon fighting game developed by Namco Bandai -- will expand from arcades in Japan to a worldwide launch on the Wii U in the spring of 2016. Instead of just issuing commands to use special attacks, players of the fighting game can direct the blows their Pokemon deliver. Although Namco Bandai's role as developer may imply game play characteristic of titles like Soul Caliber and Tekken, Pokken Tournament is for Pokemon fans first.

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13:15
Apple Adds Alchemy Synthesizer Support to Logic Pro X

Apple released Logic Pro X 10.2 on Tuesday with several new features, most notably support for Alchemy-a synthesizer plug-in with several sound generators. Logic Pro is Apple's professional audio editing application for the Mac.

The Mac Observer Spin: That's a seriously big update for Logic Pro.


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13:13
'iPhone 6s' Display and Logic Board Shown...

We've already seen a number of part leaks from the upcoming "iPhone 6s", and a source has now provided MacRumors with several photos and videos showing how those parts can be combined to build a partially functioning iPhone. Specifically, the new photos and videos reveal an iPhone 6s logic board and display assembly paired with a number of iPhone 6 components such as the rear shell and battery to create a device that starts up enough to be able to display a screen showing a gear icon.

The video shows the device booted to the gear screen and then opened, showing the various iPhone 6s and 6 components laid out and connected inside the rear shell. Several components such as the rear camera are missing, but there are enough parts present to deliver data to the iPhone 6s display.

One heavily rumored feature for the iPhone 6s is support for Force Touch, allowing the device to sense how hard the user is pressing on the display and activate differential controls depending...

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13:02
Gear: Bluelounge Kosta

Bluelounge’s Kosta ($15) is an interesting alternative to the many Apple Watch docks we’ve seen. Kosta is a silicone coaster designed to charge an Apple Watch in Nightstand mode. A magnetic center keeps the charger in place, and there’s a small hole — and a notch in the bottom of the coaster — to keep your cable in place. Kosta comes in dark gray, light gray, or green.

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13:00
AWT News Update: August 25, 2015

Photo of Neil Young by Man Alive! via TechCentral.co.za

A bit of a slow news day for Apple today... which is why we're poking fun at competing products:

  • Neil Young's Pono Player and high-quality audio seem to have a lack of resources for expansion
  • LOLZ - Samsung Galaxy Note 5 users can insert the "S pen" the wrong way and break their devices
  • Wristly finds some interesting -- and odd -- things about Apple Watch owners
  • IDC thinks a low cost iPhone 6C is a bad idea in a slowing smartphone market

Today's transcript is below the podcast player. Enjoy!

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 25, 2015.

Remember Neil Young’s Pono project? According to Young...

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12:47
Germany's Highest Appeals Court Rules Apple...

It's being reported this afternoon that Apple patents covering the "slide to unlock" feature on smartphones are invalid ...

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12:38
How Not to Waste Your Time With the iPhone 6 Plus...

If your iPhone has a serial number that qualifies it for Apple's iSight Camera Replacement Program for iPhone 6 Plus, Dr. Mac has first-hand advice that may save you from wasting hours.


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12:35
Apple Loses to Google in Germany’s Highest Court:...

Germany's highest level court that hears patent cases, the Federal Court of Justice, has invalidated the German part of Apple's iOS slide-to-unlock patent. In the end, it no longer matters to Apple.


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12:29
10-foot MFi-certified Lighting Cable: $18.99

If you're on the hunt for a new USB to Lightning cable for your iPhone or iPad and don't want to break the bank, check out TMO's deal today. We found a 10-foot (3 meter) cable with Apple's MFi certification for only US$18.99, or 52 percent off its regular $40 price tag. That's what you'll pay for Apple's much shorter 1 meter cable, and since it come with a MFi certification, you don't have to worry about damaging your iOS devices when they're charging or syncing. It's perfect for an extra cable to keep in your school or work bag.


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12:14
Apple releases major updates to Logic Pro X,...

Apple today released Logic Pro 10.2, a major update to the professional audio production app. The update incorporates Alchemy, a sample-manipulation synthesizer. The Alchemy updates also appear in Mainstage 3.2, Apple’s app for live performances.

Alchemy in Logic Pro 10.2.

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12:00
Best Buy selling a ton of Apple Watches, throws more...

One of the places you can now buy an Apple Watch is at selected Best Buy stores. The retailer originally had plans to sell the Watch at only 300 locations before the 2015 holiday season, but Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly says that things are going so well that the company will now sell it at all 1,050 US retail locations by the end of September. That's contrary to many analyst reports that point to the Apple Watch selling slowly... although Apple doesn't release exact sales figures for the device.

The strong sales of the Apple Watch and Best Buy's accelerated support for the device are just part of what the retailer is doing for Apple. According to Joly,

“We’ve also been working with Apple to update the 740 stores-within-a-store that were first implemented in 2007. The stores-within-a-store will have new Apple fixtures and are larger with more display tables for phones, computers, and tablets....

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11:56
Solve Wi-Fi Coverage Problems with WiFi Explorer and...

Two OS X tools for surveying Wi-Fi signals can help you visually sort out what’s causing interference and better plan placing or moving access points for optimal signal coverage.

 

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11:51
Samsung's rushed Note 5 Smartphone has a...

It's being reported today by TechRadar that the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 already has a problem.

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11:35
Apple's Logic Pro X and MainStage get Alchemy...

Apple has updated Logic Pro X — its software for writing, recording, editing and mixing your own music — to version 10.2. It now integrates Alchemy, a sample-manipulation synthesizer. 

With it you can find and shape sounds from the Alchemy library or create your own with a choice of synthesis engines and advanced morphing tools. You can also produce sounds with analog-modeled filters, multiple modulation sources, an integrated arpeggiator, and a range of effects.

Apple has also updated MainStage, the live performance companion app for Logic Pro X, with Alchemy support. The tool turns the Mac into a live rig for bringing sounds from the studio to the concert stage.

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11:29
For Patently Apple, Twitter is both a Blessing and a...

Twitter has a lot of problems with finding the right CEO to run the company and their stock price keeps falling due to a lack of profits. Twitter's Interim CEO Jack Dorsey said earlier this month that "Twitter has not done enough to make the platform easier to use and added that attempts to spur user growth have stalled."

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11:20
Apple updates Logic Pro X and MainStage with...

Apple has pushed out an update to its professional audio software that introduces native integration with the Alchemy softsynth that was acquired as part of the company’s buyout of Camel Audio at the beginning of this year.

Alchemy has been added to both Logic Pro X 10.2 and MainStage 3.2, while the mobile Logic Remote has gained new controls to support the synthesizer. Several other improvements have also been made to the desktop apps...

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11:16
Apple updates Logic Pro X and MainStage

Apple has updated Logic Pro X — its software for writing, recording, editing and mixing your own music — to version 10.2. It now includes Alchemy, a sample-manipulation synthesizer.

With it you can quickly find and shape sounds from the massive Alchemy library or create your own with a choice of synthesis engines and advanced morphing tools. You can also produce sounds with analog-modeled filters, multiple modulation sources, an integrated arpeggiator, and a broad range of effects.

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11:16
Best Buy is an Apple Watch believer after strong...

Best Buy is doubling down on its partnership with Apple after seeing early Apple Watch sales success.

“Demand for Apple Watch has been so strong in the stores and online,” Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly said during the company’s second-quarter earnings call, according to Fortune.

Sales of the Apple Watch weren’t reflected in Best Buy’s earnings, because the gadget just went on sale August 7. And so far, the company is only selling the watch in about 100 of its stores, which it originally planned to expand to 300 by the holiday season. Now demand is so high that Best Buy will start selling the Apple Watch and its accessories at all of its 1,050...

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11:11
How-To: Safely prepare + wipe your iPhone for resale...

If you’re thinking of selling or trading in your current iPhone ahead of the iPhone 6S’s release, you probably know that you’ll need to wipe your device before a buyer can use it free and clear. Prepping an iPhone for resale used to be almost as easy as hitting a “reset” button in the iPhone’s settings menu. But over the past few years, the process has become more complex thanks to new security, wallet, and cloud-dependent features such as Activation Lock, Apple Pay and iTunes in the Cloud. Completely removing all of your personal items from your iPhone — and your iPhone from Apple’s servers — requires extra work.

Today, I’m going to walk you through the process of thoroughly scrubbing your iPhone prior to resale. There are 8 steps to take to make sure your device is cleaned up and...

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10:58
Logic Pro X and MainStage Updated With Alchemy...

Early this year, Apple acquired popular music plug-in and effect maker Camel Audio, largely known for its Alchemy software, which bundled a range of plug-ins, synthesizers, effects, and sound libraries. Alchemy's powerful audio manipulation tools have now been built into Apple's own music software, Logic Pro X and MainStage 3, via updates that are available today.

Described by Apple as "the ultimate sample manipulation synthesizer," Alchemy introduces additive, spectral, formant, granular, sampler, and virtual analog sound generators, along with 3,000 presets for electronic music ranging from electronic dance to hip hop and rock.

There's a built-in preset browser built around keywords that's designed to let users find sounds quickly, and reshaping them can be done with the Transform Pad. Up to four synth modules...

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10:57
Free Apple Logic Pro 10.2 update brings back famed...

When it emerged that UK-based Camel Audio—a highly respected developer of professional audio plugins—was acquired by Apple earlier this year, many wondered what the fate of its flagship Alchemy synthesizer would be. Early signs of Alchemy's influence appeared in the mainstream music production app GarageBand, leading to fears that perhaps one of the most highly regarded software synths of all time was being chopped up for use across a wide range of apps across Apple.

Fortunately for the music making elite, not only is the full-fat version of the Alchemy synthesizer back, it's been given a significant overhaul...

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10:52
Survey reveals which Apple Watch apps most popular,...

The results of a Wristly survey published today reveal a new look at Apple Watch behavior among early adopters and adds some insight into how many Apple Music users plan to subscribe after the 3-month free trial. The survey is the latest in a continuing series and captures responses from more than 1,300 people, Wristly says, marking its largest pool of participants yet. In it, Wristly shows what apps Apple Watch users are using most often, ...

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10:45
TMO Daily Observations 2015-08-25: Parallels Desktop...

Parallels Desktop 11 came out last week, and VMware Fusion 8 hit store shelves today. TekRevue's Jim Tanous and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to compare the two virtual machine environments, plus John has a tip on fixing the missing sunrise and sunset display on your Apple Watch.


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10:43
Review: Spigen Apple Watch Nightstand S350

Spigen's Apple Watch Nightstand S350 ($20) is the company's second Apple Watch dock, following the simple and effective aluminum Apple Watch Stand S330. Nightstand S350 is even simpler by comparison — and for most users in the very near future, it may be more effective, as well. The tiny black matte TPU dock is designed to hold Apple Watch in its Nightstand mode (a feature in the upcoming watchOS 2). An adhesive pad on the bottom of the dock allows it to stick to a surface to remain in place, and a silicone pad is included to allow proper docking of a 38mm Apple Watch.{/exp:char_limit}

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10:39
Here’s the Little-Known Way to Reposition Your OS X...

You're probably familiar with the OS X Dock, and you know that you can reposition it on the left, right, or bottom of your Mac's display. But do you know the fastest way reposition your Dock? There's a good chance you don't, so why not address this gap in your otherwise encyclopedic knowledge of OS X and find out?


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10:22
External Link: Best Buy to Offer AppleCare

Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly has announced that his company’s ties to Apple are deepening, with Best Buy beginning to offer AppleCare plans and service this quarter. Best Buy is also testing out an Apple Authorized Service Provider program at 50 of its stores, as well as expanding its existing Apple stores-within-stores. The retailer recently began offering the Apple Watch, and Joly said that demand has been strong.

 

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10:21
Michael Stuhlbarg Speaks on Filming Steve Jobs Movie...

Michael Stuhlbarg, who plays early Apple employee Andy Hertzfeld in Aaron Sorkin's upcoming Steve Jobs movie, spoke with Collider about his experience shooting the movie and shared some insight into the three-act structure of the film.

According to Stuhlbarg, the Steve Jobs movie was a "very unique project" with a rehearsal process that was split between each of the acts, with the actors spending two weeks rehearsing and then two weeks shooting the movie at each different location where the product unveilings took place. The film is centered around three product launches for the original Mac, the NeXT Computer, and the iMac.

This shooting method, says Stuhlbarg, was "unlike anything I've ever done to this point and probably unlike anything I'll ever do again. He said it brought the actors together "in an extraordinary way."Also, it kind of gave us something...

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09:59
VMware ships WorkStation 12 and WorkStation 12 Pro

VMware (www.vmware.com) has updated WorkStation and Workstation Pro to version 12. On the most basic level, Workstation is to a PC what Fusion is to a Mac (see our separate article on the upgrade of VMware Fusion 8 being released).

If you're a former Workstation user, you should note some naming changes. The former Workstation is now dubbed Workstation Pro. The app formerly known as Player Pro now goes by the moniker of Workstation Player. The change was done to reduce confusion.

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09:54
VMware launches VMware Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro

VMware (www.vmware.com) is launching VMware Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro, an update of its software for running Windows applications on a Mac without rebooting.  The former is for home users; the latter is targeted to users with additional needs: developers and Macs in businesses.

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09:41
AmpliTube MESA/Boogie for Mac/PC is available

IK Multimedia has shipped AmpliTube MESA/Boogie (www.amplitube.com/mesaboogie) on the AmpliTube Custom Shop, from authorized retailers and from the IK Online store.

A collaboration between IK Multimedia and the R&D Team at Mesa Engineering, AmpliTube MESA/Boogie brings some of the legendary amplifiers and cabinets from the original boutique manufacturer to AmpliTube 3 Custom Shop for Mac and PC. It's being offered for US$99.99 for a limited time.

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09:37
Nektony releases Memory Cleaner X for Mac OS X

Nektony has announced Memory Cleaner X, a freeware app addressed to those who want to manage and track Random-access memory (RAM) performance in real time.

Memory Cleaner X cleans up inactive memory and displays all memory-consuming applications. Users can find out what apps take the most memory and quit them with the help of the app if necessary.

Memory Cleaner X provides you with the following information: memory used by the system; memory used by applications and processes; the amount of available memory; date and size of latest memory release. It requires OS X 10.9 or later

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09:32
IDC: an 'iPhone 6c' wouldn't steal...

According to new data from the International Data Corporation, smartphone shipments are expected to grow 10.4% in 2015 to 1.44 billion units. This is lower than IDC's previous smartphone forecast of 11.3% year-over-year growth in 2015. 

IDC expects to see a noticeable slowdown in smartphone shipments in 2015 as China joins North America and Western Europe in a more mature growth pattern. However, steadily falling average selling prices (ASPs) will fuel steady growth through the end of the forecast period, with global shipments reaching 1.9 billion units in 2019, according to the research group.

China remains the focal point of the global smartphone market in 2015, although the results haven't been as positive as in previous years. As the largest market for smartphones – China consumed 32.3% of all new smartphone shipments in 2014 – its importance remains great even if its growth has...

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09:14
IDC: Apple's iOS Market Share to Steadily Drop...

IDC reports today that despite Apple's continued success with its variants of the iPhone, the story among operating systems is not expected to change throughout the forecast period between 2015 and 2019...

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09:07
9to5Toys Last Call: Retina MacBook Pro $1,100,...

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08:47
Best Buy CEO Says Apple Watch Sales are So Strong...

Best Buy's latest quarterly results delivered a rise of sales by 3.8% for their second quarter which was well ahead of Wall Street's expectations and posted a better than expected profit. Surprisingly Best Buy pointed to Apple products being hot ...

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08:46
News: Best Buy expanding Apple Watch sales to all...

Best Buy will expand Apple Watch sales to all its stores in September, Fortune reports. The company started selling the watch in August and initially expected to have the watches in 300 of its stores by the holiday season. But in a call with Wall Street analysts, CEO Hubert Joly said Best Buy has seen such strong demand for the Apple Watch, both in stores and online, that sales will be expanding to all 1,050 of its storefronts next month. Joly also…

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08:45
IDC: China slowdown cuts smartphone forecast,...

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IDC released an updated forecast today lowering its expectations for worldwide smartphone shipments this year with a continuing slowdown in growth in China cited as the biggest contributor to the lower than expected shipments. It also shared some insight into expected growth for Apple in the years to come, predicting Android’s current 81% share of the market by operating system will likely hold strong through 2019 and that a cheaper iPhone 6C model wouldn’t do much to help.

When it comes to Apple, IDC notes that it expects Android to maintain its...

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08:21
Mac: VMware Fusion 8

Hot on the heels of Parallels 11, VMware has released its own updated Fusion 8 ($80) software, allowing Mac users to run Windows alongside their Mac’s OS. The newest incarnation is optimized for OS X El Capitan and is Windows 10 compatible, allowing Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana to work on the machine even when Fusion is running in the background. The software supports the iMac’s 5K Retina display and includes an enhanced graphics engine with DirectX 10 and OpenGL 3.3. Thus far, Ars Technica has spotted serious problems with Fusion 8. Some users aren’t able to access the Windows 10 start screen while in Unity mode, while others who are able to access it notice lower parts of the start screen are covered by the Mac’s dock. VMware confirmed the bug and said it won’t be fixed in this initial release, but will be addressed in a point release later.
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08:18
Best Buy Accelerating Apple Watch Rollout to All 1,...

Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly today announced that the company plans to accelerate support for the Apple Watch by having the wearable device be sold in every one of its 1,050 retail locations across the United States "by the end of September" (via Fortune).

The move follows Best Buy's initial plan to deploy retail support for the Apple Watch in just 300 of its stores by the holiday season, but recent strong sales of the device have encouraged the retailer to back Apple in not just Apple Watch support, but with all of the Cupertino company's products.

Currently undergoing renovations at 740 locations in the United States are the Apple branded sections of Best Buy's retail stores, "including new fixtures and more display tables for phones, computers, and tablets." The company has already completed the update at 350 of...

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08:13
MYStuff Pro 2.0.21 - Create inventories for your...

MYStuff Pro is the most flexible way to create detail-rich inventories for your home or small business.

Add items to MYStuff by dragging and dropping existing information, uploading new images, or scanning barcodes. Finally, getting organized is easy.

Do inventory your way:

  • Shop… and Save: MYStuff's built-in browser saves a web archive of the receipt with a single click, and allows you to quickly add a new Record to your inventory right now while it's convenient. Putting a web browser inside MYStuff allows you to easily shop your favorite sites on the 'net, and easily save both information and time. (You can save how-to and informational pages, too.)
  • Fantastic Flexibility: MYStuff organizes things how you do. Don't feel like you have to change how you organize to fit your organization program. MYStuff provides easy ways to organize by category, location, tag, or label.
  • Any Which...

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08:07
Apple Watch demand ‘so strong’ says Best Buy CEO,...

While Apple has been mostly mum on the numbers behind Apple Watch sales so far, Best Buy is standing behind the iPhone maker’s general message that the Apple Watch has been a hit with customers. The electronics retailer started selling Apple Watches this month in select stores, first in the United States and later in Canada, and today Best Buy’s CEO Hubert Joly said Apple Watch demand has been “so strong” both online and in stores as the retailer plans to carry the smartwatch at even more locations....

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08:06
External Link: Joe Kissell Finds the Best Online...

Our own Joe Kissell teamed up with review site The Wirecutter to definitively discover the best online backup service. In this exhaustive guide, Joe covers what you should look for, how each service performs, how to set them up, and how to restore your files. Joe’s top pick is former TidBITS sponsor CrashPlan, with competing service Backblaze as the runner-up.

 

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08:05
Goo receives FAA clearance for 70Mbps in-flight...

You’re about to get faster Wi-Fi on hundreds of additional flights.

The FAA has approved in-flight broadband provider GoGo’s 2Ku technology, allowing for in-flight data speeds up to 70Mbps. GoGo is hoping to launch the service this year.

In-flight broadband provider Gogo’s 2Ku technology has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration, opening the door for data speeds up to 70Mbps. The company is hoping to launch commercial services this year.

This was the final hurdle to be cleared before Gogo could launch tech technology.

Gogo has stated that seven commercial airlines have signed up for either a trial or...

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08:00
VMware Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro now available with...

VMware Fusion 8 screenshot courtesy of VMware

Last week, Parallels introduced Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac, the latest version of its virtual computing platform. And today, like clockwork, VMware has released VMware Fusion 8, its newest iteration in the VMware Fusion line.

Like its competitor, VMware Fusion 8 is designed to let Mac users run Windows on a Mac without rebooting. The new version provides support for Microsoft Windows 10 and Mac OS X El Capitan, so users can take advantage of features like “always on Cortana” (Microsoft’s Siri-like virtual assistant) or beta test El Capitan before its release later this year.

One place where VMware Fusion 8 really stomped the competition is in terms of graphics performance. The company enhanced the graphics engine and addes support for DirectX 10 and OpenGL 3.3, resulting in a virtual machine environment that can handle tough 3D applications and...

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07:51
Etsy Local alerts iOS app users of nearby sellers...

Etsy has long been an online marketplace for unique, often handmade items available directly from their creators, but a new feature of the app will connect shoppers with nearby sellers in the real world. The new Etsy Local feature, available from within the Etsy iOS app, will alert users when they are close to a seller’s real world location, including pop-up shops, flea markets, craft fairs, and local stores.

Sellers will just have to add their local store and event information in order for it to appear for app users. For users, this is how it works within the app:

When a shopper opens the Local tab in the app, recommended nearby retailers and events are tailored to their tastes, based on shops and sellers they have previously engaged with, through favoriting, purchasing, and browsing. Buyers can also discover great...

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07:50
Great Price on BlueGATE’s Handsfree Bluetooth Car Kit

The BlueGATE CTR is a hands-free Bluetooth car kit with Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC pairing for cars with an AUX in port. It has music controls, a built-in mic for calls, and a 2.1A USB port on the DC adapter for charging your iPhone or iPad. It lists for $67.99 though it usually sells for $44.99, but have we got a deal for you (at least until August 30). Just use the coupon code SAVEBLU1 to take $25 off. So your price for the BlueGATE CTR will be $19.99. And, of course, other than local tax, that's all you'll pay 'cause shipping is free. If my car had an AUX port, I'd order one in a heartbeat.


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07:44
Rumor: Apple to end “One to One” training program,...

The beloved US$99 “One to One” tutoring sessions for Mac and iOS users at the Apple Store may be coming to an end. A recent rumor is currently stating that Apple is stopping the program to allow retail employees to focus on hosting a greater number of free workshops, which multiple people are able to attend at once.

The One to One program allowed users who bought a Mac to pay an additional US$99 for one year of Mac and iOS instruction. One to One sessions include 30 or 60 minute Personal Training sessions, 90-minute Group Training sessions, and 90-minute group-based Open Training sessions.

Apple is apparently planning to fold the One to...

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07:29
News: Philips introduces dimmer remote kit for Hue...

Philips has announced a new no-installation dimming kit for its Hue wireless light bulbs. The kit comes with a single Hue white light bulb and a battery-powered dimmer switch that can be mounted on the wall, or slide out of the base plate for use as a remote as well. The dimmer can control up to 10 bulbs at once through the Hue bridge, making it able to alter the lights in an entire room remotely. In a June Facebook post, Philips promised that Hue…

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07:22
Wells Fargo Upgrades AAPL, Says Market Overcorrected

Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um upgraded Apple's stock rating to Outperform on Tuesday following Monday's rollercoaster market correction. He thinks Apple's stock dip yesterday was an overcorrection and that investors have a new buying window.

The Mac Observer Spin: Some days the stock market is a crazy roller coaster ride-like yesterday. Today, Wells Fargo thinks Apple is the ride to be on.


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07:18
VMware launches Fusion 8 with Windows 10 & OS X...

VMware on Tuesday launched Fusion 8, an updated version of its virtualization tool for Mac users who want to run Windows -- or other operating systems -- without having to boot into the other OS.

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07:16
Apple Wins Patent for Simplifying iPad Multitasking...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 45 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a single patent that makes operations that are designed for users interacting with touch-sensitive surfaces via multitouch gestures accessible to users who can or prefer to just provide single touch inputs.

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06:30
Wells Fargo upgrades Apple; company's shares up...

Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um has upgraded his Apple share outlook to "outperform" with a target range of US$125 to $135. 

"While we note that our fundamental stance on Apple's challenges are unchanged, we believe shares have over-corrected," Um wrote in a note to clients. 

Um, who downgraded Apple in early 2014, adds Apple CEO Tim Cook's Monday e-mail to Jim Cramer regarding Chinese iPhone sales provides better calendar quarter three visibility. 

With the help of higher equity markets Nasdaq futures are up 3.7%. Apple has risen to $109.01 premarket. Shares fell as low as $92 yesterday morning before closing at $103.12.

Speaking of Cook's email, the CEO may have violated SEC rules by sending it. In the email, confirmed by Apple  to ...

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06:30
News: Report: Apple ending One to One tutoring...

Apple may be discontinuing its One to One tutoring program for iOS and Mac users, MacRumors reports. An unnamed source claims Apple is stopping the program to place more emphasis on free workshops that allow one employee to teach multiple people at once. Apple is also reportedly in the process of revamping its website to make registering for free workshops easier and more accessible to those with disabilities. The One to One program currently charges…

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06:22
Tim Cook’s email to Jim Cramer may have violated SEC...

The email Apple CEO Tim Cook sent to CNBC analyst Jim Cramer, and which was read on the air, may have violated Securities and Exchange Commission regulations, according to lawyers speaking to MarketWatch. The regulations are designed to ensure that information that may impact a company’s share price is made available to the public in a fair and open way, rather than privately disclosed to particular individuals or entities.

Cook’s email revealed that the growth in iPhone activations “has actually accelerated over the past few weeks, and we have had the best performance of the year for the App Store in China during the last 2 weeks” – information that Apple had not previously disclosed … ...

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06:16
Gome to start selling Apple Watch online on Aug. 28

Gome, a Chinese company that sells home appliances and consumer electronic products, will start selling the Apple Watch online on Aug. 28, the Chinese language site ZOL reports (as noted by BrightWire.com, a global investment newswire).

Gome's offline stores will start offering the wearable a week later, the article adds. The Apple Store on Alibaba's Tmall shopping site started selling Apple Watch on August 6, Sina Tech reported earlier.

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06:16
News: Daily Deal: SMFX Smart Bulb

Today in iLounge Deals you can get the SMFX Smart Bulb for only $39.99. Controllable directly from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, the SMFX app allows you to dim or brighten the bulb, change the colour, or turn it on or off. The bulb itself provides for up to 40,000 hours of life, or 27 years of typical use, and consumes 10% of the energy of a standard bulb. A “disco” mode lets you change the lighting to match whatever music is playing,…

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06:11
Jeff Bezos assures employees that HR working 100...

I see what you did there!

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06:09
Sorkin’s “Steve Jobs” – An insider’s view

In this post, you’ll meet Michael Stuhlbarg, who played Andy Hertzfeld (not sure why they insisted on putting a ‘t’ at the end of his name.) and hear his thoughts on the structure of the movie and the rehearsal process.

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06:06
Apple looks at ways to support femtocells in...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,119,141) by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for ubiquitous access to a femtocell-connected network. A femtocell is a small, low-power cellular base station typically reserved for use in a home or small business. 

A femtocell is, basically, a miniature cell phone tower that anyone can use to boost their wireless signal in their home. Most of the major U.S. wireless carriers sell femtocells, as do other retailers, and they can typically be purchased for US$150 to $250. Such a device, which resembles a wireless router, essentially acts as a repeater. The device communicates with the mobile phone and converts voice calls into voice over IP (VoIP) packets. The packets are then transmitted over a broadband connection to the mobile operator's servers.

There are pros and cons to using a femtocell. One plus is that the coverage is likely to remain consistent wherever you...

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06:00
How to block phone numbers on your iPhone

Recently, I began receiving annoying texts from a "mystery shopping" company asking me to do some work for them. I smelled something fishy, so when they kept texting me, I decided it was time to block their number on my iPhone. You may have a number you'd like to block, as well. If so, here's how.

To block someone you've added to Contacts list,:

  • Go to Settings > Phone > Blocked > Add New. 
  • The All Contacts window will appear.
  • Scroll until you find the name/number you wish to block and tap it.
  • You'll find yourself back at the Blocked window with the offending name/number added to the list of blocked contacts. 

(From Settings, contacts can also be blocked selecting either Messages or Facetime, and then following the instructions above).

If you want to a block a number that isn't stored in your Contacts list:

  • Open the Phone app and select Recents. 
  • Find the name/number you...
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05:55
A salute to solo programmers

Jean-Louis Gassée, writing for Monday Note, offers praises to solo programmers from long ago, leading up to this heaping praise for the newest solo gem, written for the Mac.

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05:53
VMware Fusion updated to support Windows 10, but...

A week after Parallels was updated to support Windows 10, VMware has followed suit with an update to its Fusion software – but with a bug when used in Unity mode. Unity mode is where Windows apps are run alongside Mac ones.

Fusion was today updated to version 8, with performance improvements as well as Windows 10 compatibility, but the company has confirmed a bug identified by ArsTechnica in which the Windows Start screen is sometimes unavailable (above left) and at other times...

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05:48
Minions vs Monsters Inc
05:42
How much is music really worth?

This is a truly epic post from Pitchfork. It digs into the history of music valuations and explores the conflicts that emerge when trying to pin a value on something created as art. A fantastic read.

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05:36
Apple patent hints that the company is considering a...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,118,642) by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office that hints at an Apple NAS device/home server I've long wanted. The patent is for "asset streaming." NAS — or network-attached storage — is a computer data storage server connected to your computer network that provides access to a wide variety of data.

It involves a device that streams assets to network-based storage, and servers administering the network-based storage operate to notify other authorized devices that the assets are available to download, including initiating the download of assets automatically or in response to user input. With streaming enabled on their device, a user is able to make assets, such as digital photograph, video or other type of media file, data file, or other type of electronic content, available immediately to all of their other devices and to other users having permission to follow assets streamed by their device. 

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05:26
China Telecom social media rep echoes expected...

A social media rep for China Telecom has made a Weibo post in which he echoes a number of the specs we’re expecting to see in the iPhone 6S, but says he has heard nothing to confirm the rumored option of a pink case color to match the rose gold of the Apple Watch. The post was spotted by GforGames.

He went on saying that, despite all the recent rumors hinting at a pink variant, he did not hear anything regarding this iPhone 6s flavor.

The fact that the rep ‘confirmed’ the 2GB RAM, improved...

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05:00
VMware Launches Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro With...

VMware today launched Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro, the latest versions of its virtualization software for running Windows apps on a Mac without rebooting. Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro include full support for Windows 10, OS X El Capitan and the latest Retina Macs, in addition to always-on access to Microsoft Cortana.

Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro have 3D graphics acceleration with support for DirectX 10, Open GL 3.3, USB 3.0 and multiple monitors with different DPIs. The virtual machine platform also delivers full 64-bit support with up to 16 vCPUs, 64GB RAM and an 8TB hard drive for a single virtual machine.

Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro are optimized for the latest Macs, including the iMac with Retina 5K Display and 12-inch MacBook....

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05:00
VMware Launches Fusion 8 with Windows 10 & El...

Hot on the heels of competitor Parallels, VMware Fusion 8 lands today with support for Windows 10, OS X El Capitan, new Mac hardware and technologies, and a huge graphics improvement with support for DirectX 10 and OpenGL 3.3.


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05:00
You can fine tune iTunes with beaTunes 4.5

Tagtrum’s beaTunes is a useful iTunes tool for Mac OS X and Windows users, and it's gotten even better with the latest version (4.5).

Let’s face it: you can accumulate so many tunes in iTunes that inconsistencies and glitches appear. What’s more, if you're like me, you rip CDs to the software, so there may be missing info. BeaTunes can help with such shortcomings. It intelligently creates playlists of matching songs, corrects your iTunes Music Library (typos, wrong genres, a misnamed album, etc.) and more.

One of my favorite features is the ability to search for and add missing data such as album artwork, which is more comprehensive than similar features in iTunes itself.

BeaTunes also analyzes the color and tempo (BPM) of your songs and lets you create playlists based on this info. You can even blog about your playlists (though I have absolutely no desire to do this). All of the changes you make are...

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05:00
VMware brings Windows 10 and graphics boost to...

VMware’s desktop virtualization software for Macs, Windows PCs, and Linux are being upgraded today to support Windows 10 and new features to boost performance.

VMware Fusion for Macs is up to version 8, while Workstation for Windows and Linux is up to version 12. Both products have an improved graphics engine to support DirectX 10 and OpenGL 3.3.

VMware's release comes one week after Parallels upgraded its desktop virtualization software for Macs. Here's what Fusion 8 looks like:

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05:00
Freemium Field Test: Monsters Ate My Metropolis can...

Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it’s difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we’ll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it’s really worth your time (and money). 

Each side picks an attack card, and then the results play out. There’s also a quick tap-based timing challenge that can increase—or diminish—the damage of your card.

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05:00
Linux Foundation Wants to Pin a Badge on Secure Open...


The Core Infrastructure Initiative last week announced a program that will offer badges to open software developers who follow best practice software development and security procedures. CII announced the free Badge Program at LinuxCon/CloudOpen North America. The CII, a project of the Linux Foundation, enables technology companies, industry stakeholders and software developers to collaborate on the identification and funding of critical open source projects in need of assistance.

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04:57
IDC: personal storage market declined in the second...

Worldwide personal and entry-level storage (PELS) shipments declined by -9.7% year over year and -13.8% sequentially, finishing the second quarter of 2015 (2Q15) with 15.1 million units, according to the IDC research group (www.idc.com) Shipment values declined along with unit shipments, down -16.1% from a year ago to $1.2 billion.

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04:51
VueScan 9.5.23 - Scanner software with advanced...

VueScan is a scanning program that works with most high-quality flatbed and film scanners to produce scans that have excellent color fidelity and color balance. VueScan is easy to use, and has advanced features for restoring faded colors, batch scanning and other features used by professional photographers.

Why should you use VueScan?

  • Easy to use - just run VueScan, press Preview, adjust the cropping, then press Scan.
  • Accurate colors - uses ICC profiles and IT8 calibration.
  • Powerful - dozens of advanced options.
  • Faster workflow - can edit one image while the next image is being scanned (most scanner software won't let you work with one image while another is being scanned).
  • Simple to install - installing VueScan changes nothing on your system, installs nothing in your operating system and all other scanner software will continue to function.
  • Award winning - 2002 "Best Utility", Mac Addict Magazine....
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04:45
The latest iOS apps for Aug. 24

Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and/or Apple Watch.

Alex Melman has released AudioBrain. Available in free and US$4.99 versions, the app uses techniques to help arouse under-active brain regions, namely the ones used for processing audio data. Through the use of classical poems, users are able to enliven their remembering process, according to Melman.

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04:39
Philips adds improved HomeKit-compatible dimmer for...

While the iPhone app is a great way to control your Philips Hue lighting, there are times when a good old-fashioned button is more convenient – especially for the less techy members of your household. Philips already offers the Hue Tap, but that’s a little clunky and designed for wall-mounting only. Its new Philips Hue Wireless Dimming Kit is much sleeker, and is designed so that you can wall-mount it or use it as a handheld remote.

The dimmer can control up to 10 Hue bulbs at once, with Philips promising that the dimming will be smooth, flicker-free and buzz-free. The company also says the firmware can be upgraded for HomeKit compatibility when Philips adds its hub device in the fall … ...

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04:24
Kool Tools: Blueflame Power Station

If you need to charge multiple iOS devices at once, you should check out Blueflame's Power Station (http://tinyurl.com/ohwl23e). It's an US$119.99 four-device charging station with two Lightning connectors and two USB ports.

Most households have more than one iPhone, iPad and iPod touch these days. You could charge each one of them individually, but that requires lots of power outlet connectors — and, therefore, lots of clutter.

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04:19
Apple Granted 45 Patents Covering Several Apple...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 45 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover several Apple Watch design patents along with patents covering NFC and Touch ID. We wrap up this week's granted patent report ...

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04:09
Multiclock is a new sync box for Mac OS X, Windows

E-RM Erfindungsbüro has announced multiclock — a multi-channel, multi-format sync box that builds a musical bridge between DAWs and external (MIDI, DIN Sync/sync24, and analogue modular) musical gear. It converts clock signals for integration into digital production workflow.

Multiclock is compatible with Mac OS X and Windows. Connectivity comes courtesy of four corresponding DIN sockets, fully configurable to transmit MIDI Clock (MIDI), DIN Sync/sync24 (DIN) or analogue clock (analog) on each channel.

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04:02
LinkOptimizer 4.9.47 for Adobe InDesign improves...

Zevrix Solutions has announced LinkOptimizer 4.9.47, a maintenance update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

LinkOptimizer allows users to reduce the size of InDesign links and speed up processing by automatically eliminating excess image data, performing essential image adjustments and convert colors and file formats. The new version streamlines conversion of InDesign links to JPEG by automatically flattening image layers prior to the conversion.

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03:30
10 things that iTunes does right

iTunes gets a lot of criticism, including a lot that I dish out, and much of this criticism is justified. iTunes has lots of problems syncing iOS devices, iTunes Match and iCloud Music Library are confusing, and the interface, particularly in iTunes 12, is confusing.

To be fair, though, iTunes does get a lot right. You can condemn it for many problems, but it's good to sometimes take a step back and give it credit for the features that work so well that you hardly pay attention to them. I've picked ten things that iTunes does right.

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03:01
Admin console

 August 25, 2015 3:01:00 AM PDT

We're investigating reports of an issue with Admin console. We will provide more information shortly.

Users of the Admin Console are seeing error messages when accessing the "Apps" section.

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01:35
Mirror your Android device on your Mac or PC with...

There are plenty of ways to mirror your smartphone onto your desktop, but none are as apparently easy (or snappy) as this one. Vysor has been cooked-up by AllCast creator Koush as a seamless way to mirror your Android device's display onto a Window...

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01:25
Amazon brings HDR video streaming to the UK

Sure, Amazon is focusing on Ultra HD (4K) broadcasts for its upcoming streaming content, but that isn't all that the company has on the agenda. Two months after it began supporting high dynamic range (HDR) in the US, Prime members in the UK now hav...

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23:40
Neil Young's Pono is having expansion and...

Neil Young says the Pono music player and its accompanying high-quality music service aren't doing too badly. He also admits, however, that things haven't been easy since he and his team managed to raise $6 million via Kickstarter. In a Facebook po...

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22:00
Olympus' E-M10 II mirrorless camera is small,...

Olympus has had a busy 2015. From the E-M5 Mark II to the Air lens camera, the company's made sure to offer products for every different type of budget and taste. Today, Olympus is keeping this trend going by introducing its OM-D E-M10 II, a compac...

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21:00
Philips' latest Hue kit gives you wireless...

Dimmable lights can add an air of sophistication to your abode, but setting them up? Not fun -- not unless you enjoy messing with home wiring or paying a lot of money. Philips might have a better way, though. It's trotting out a wireless dimming ki...

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20:53
'Bit.Trip' limited vinyl soundtrack loaded...

The folks over at iam8bit have been knocking it out of the park pretty regularly. Earlier this year they released the absolutely gorgeous vinyl edition of the Hotline Miami 2 soundtrack, an equally beautiful video-game world map and during ComicCon...

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20:10
Google can upload your thumb drives to its cloud...

Cloud services are convenient, because you can upload data anytime, anywhere, so long as you have an internet connection. But if you're a developer with terabytes upon terabytes of data, it could become a bit cumbersome. That's why Google has launc...

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20:00
Watch Sony's prototype drone do a vertical...

Here's your first look at the drone Sony's developing with a Tokyo robotics firm under its collab company called Aerosense. The UAV can carry up to 22 pounds, fly continuously for two hours at a speed of 106 miles per hour and, as you can see in th...

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19:45
Players Raiders: FIFA 15 Common Formation And...

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Football 's tactics is to beat his opponent in football game, according to the actual objective and subjective condition, taken by means of individual and collective cooperation and overall performance! As a leader in the FIFA soccer game series in football tactics system is very well developed! we have the tactical play FIFA15 for everyone to do a brief introduction, the specific need the players themselves to the game experience a different tactical play brought a different thrill! Tactics are divided into two blocks: the formation and tactics!
 
Football team players in the formation by the court and the division of...

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17:20
This Year's BoxWorks Fireside Conversation...

Apple's CEO Tim Cook will be one of the keynote speakers at this year's BoxWorks event being held at Moscone between September 28-30 along with John Chambers of Cisco and Ed Catmull Co-founder and President of Pixar.

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16:32
Rumor: Apple might rent out new San Francisco space...

Piecing together clues about a "mysterious" week-long trade show at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, a report on Monday suggests Apple might have rented out the massive space for its annual iPhone event.

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16:19
Microsoft Invents Next-Gen Surface Keyboard with...

Microsoft has been working on several keyboard advances to be applied to future versions of their Surface 2-in-1 device. The ideas have ranged from integrating touch and gestures to introducing holographic interfaces and even adding gaming functionality. In the last few days Microsoft Research has introduced ...

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15:20
Apple issues sixth Xcode 7 beta to developers with...

Apple on Monday released to developers the sixth beta version of its upcoming Xcode 7 coding tool with support for watchOS 2.0 beta, OS X 10.11 beta, and iOS 9 beta 5 SDKs.

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14:49
Apple promoting Apple Music in Snapchat with...

Apple has once again distanced itself from its past efforts in order to market its new Apple Music streaming service. The company has begun promoting the service using a unique geofilter in the popular Snapchat messaging application. The geofilter has showed up in select areas of Los Angeles, including at The Grove mall where an Apple Store is located.

It is unclear if this filter is meant to appear at specific highly populated areas like The Grove or around all Apple Stores. Snapchat began monetizing geofilters as ad units in June. Apple promoted Apple Music in New York City’s Times Square a couple of...

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14:43
Report: Apple Watch will track your health data with...

If 2015 is the year of the smartwatch, then get ready for “smart bands.”

According to 9to5Mac, Apple is already at work on updating the Apple Watch hardware for 2016. In addition to Apple Watch 2, Apple will also unveil a new line of smart bands for the current generation of the Watch. These smart bands will be equipped with sensors designed to track health data in new or more accurate ways.

Last week Czech tech site, Letem Svetem Applem, reported that these smart bands will be released in lieu of new Apple Watch 2 hardware because Apple didn’t believe that people would upgrade their smartwatch annually as likely as they do with their iPhones. But sources told 9to5Mac that both—a new watch and smart bands—are...

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