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15:00
AWT News Update: May 25, 2016

Foxconn robot workers!

REMINDER: AWT News Update will be on hiatus between 5/26 and 6/6/16, returning on June 7.

A few stories for today:

  • Apple's hopes in India are dashed by some government bureaucrats who decided that the company would not be given an exemption to a local-sourcing rule
  • Foxconn managed to reduce workforce by 60,000 people at one plant in Kunshan, China. How? It gave their jobs to robots
  • A fantastic piece by Brian Roemmele over on Medium points out that a new and improved Siri may be just about ready to debut

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for May 25, 2016. Just a heads-up —...

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14:28
Report: Indian government rules Apple must sell 30%...

In India, it’s required that any company wanting to set up a retail location must sell at least 30 percent locally sourced goods, but reports claimed that because of Apple’s “cutting-edge technology,” it would be able to circumvent this requirement. According to a report from Reuters today, however, that is not the case.

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Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple, India, retail...

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14:25
ATTO launches Fibre Channel SAN upgrade kits

ATTO Technology has announced the availability of a range of Fibre Channel SAN Kits providing all the components needed to update existing direct-attached storage to a high-performance, low-latency storage area network.

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14:21
Apple will have to sell 30% local goods in Indian...

Apple will have to sell at least 30% locally sourced goods if it wants to open up retail outlets in India, a senior government official tells Reuters.

Apple will open three retail stores in India before the end of 2027, reports FactorDaily, quoting an unnamed “source familiar with the decision.” The retail stores will reportedly open in Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai within the the next 18 months. According to the report, each Apple Store will be spread across 10,000 square feet and will be located at high street locations of the three cities. The stores, for which Apple executives are searching for real estate, will need an investment of $3 million to $5 million (Rs20 crore to Rs33 crore) each. 

A legislative change in India last year made foreign retailers who sell high-tech goods exempt from the 30%-...

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14:10
Notable apps and app updates for May 25, 2016

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

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

Adeptshare has announced PDF Decrypter Pro 1.0 for Mac OS X. It’s a utility designed to instantly decrypt password protected PDF files. 

Once decrypted, the PDF file can be edited, printed, and have text and graphics selected and copied into other documents. Users can also edit any annotations and form fields. The decrypted PDF file can be edited in any PDF editor. All versions of Adobe Acrobat are supported, but Acrobat isn’t required for its operation.

PDF Decrypter Pro offers easy drag and drop file selection — or users can select multiple files via the cleanly designed file selection interface. Once files have been selected for decryption, a click of the button immediately begins the...

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13:42
The 100 greatest American films

These are always fun lists. I’ve seen 47 of these films. It’s going to rain all weekend here so it looks like I’ll have plenty of great movies to watch.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:40
ACM 361: Purism, Privacy, Apple, and Surveillance...

In this special episode of The Apple Context Machine, Bryan and Jeff talk with Todd Weaver, founder and CEO of Purism. His company is dedicated to protecting the privacy and security of its customers, and they discuss the importance of privacy, surveillance capitalism, and where he thinks Apple falls short on the topic.


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13:38
Queen’s Brian May makes VR device

If Brian May could capture one moment from his life so that others could step inside that moment and experience it, it would be the time he strode onto the roof of Buckingham Palace alone except for his guitar and played to 200 million people.

“I’d love people to know what that felt like,” said the Queen guitarist. “It was a whole life-changing experience for me.”

I can’t even imagine what that was like. Brian is one of the most humble, and talented, people I’ve ever met.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:37
iOS Coding Mastery Bundle: $39

We have a new developer training bundle for you called iOS Coding Mastery Bundle. It has seven courses from Bitfountain that cover iOS 9, design, layout, Core Data, Swift, the App Store, and a course that walks you through creating an app. It has hundreds of lessons and more than 104 hours of content. You can get this package through us for $39.


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12:58
Apple Can’t Keep a Secret

John Kheit thinks Apple has lost its ability to keep a secret, and that this is hurting the company. He thinks it's time for Apple to either put up—and surprise us—or shut up about its supposed "culture of secrecy."


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12:46
Which rock star will historians of the future...

This is a really interesting thought experiment. Who do you think will be the single most remembered “rock star” 300 years from now? Chuck Klosterman’s guess might surprise you.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:32
∞ “Love” your favorite iTunes tracks in Apple Music...

I’ve been using iTunes since it first came out, and like a lot of people, I’ve spent countless hours rating my favorite songs over the years. However, with the release of Apple Music, Apple implemented a “Love” button for songs, so you can use star ratings and Love. I wanted a way to Love all of my old songs and I did it with a playlist. [...]

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12:32
Gear: Speck Pocket-VR with CandyShell Grip for...

Speck has entered the fray of inexpensive virtual reality viewers with its new Pocket-VR with CandyShell Grip for iPhone 6/6s. Pocket-VR is a foldable, hard plastic viewer that can accommodate an iPhone 6/6s. As part of the package, buyers get the well-reviewed CandyShell Grip case for iPhone 6/6s. Pocket-VR works with compatible VR apps, such as Jaunt and Google Cardboard-compatible apps.

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12:09
Apple Music is now a Registered Trademark

Yesterday the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office approved Apple's latest registered trademark for "Apple Music" and published it today ...

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11:55
Mac: Kanex GoPower USB-C Portable Battery

Apple’s 12” MacBook is amazingly thin and portable, but for many users that comes at a cost of limited battery life. Fortunately, Kanex has your back with the GoPower USB-C Portable Battery ($100) — at 15,000 mAh portable USB-C battery pack with enough juice to deliver a full charge to your MacBook. In addition to the USB-C port, a standard USB-A port allows you to simultaneously charge an iPhone, iPad, or other mobile or tablet device, with 2.4A of power for high-speed charging.

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11:53
Twitter Loosens Tweet's Leash


Twitter on Tuesday announced a number of changes to tweets, including what will be included in a message's 140-character count. The changes will be rolled out in the coming months. When replying to a tweet, tagged @names at the beginning of the reply no longer will be included in the character count. Photos, GIFs, videos, polls and quote tweets no longer will be counted against the character limit. Tweets that begin with a username will be delivered to all followers of that user, and users will be able to retweet and quote tweet themselves.

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11:44
Apple Not Able to Open Retail Stores in India...

Apple's plan to open three Apple Store locations in India may fall through following a ruling from the Indian finance ministry that says Apple must sell locally sourced goods if it wants to open stores in the country, reports Reuters.

In India, 30 percent of goods sold by foreign companies must be manufactured or produced in the country, a requirement Apple does not meet as its products are largely made in China. India last year exempted retailers selling state-of-the-art goods from the rule, prompting Apple to file a new application with the Indian government.

Apple was expected to receive an exemption from the rule, earning a recommendation from country's Department of Industrial Policy and...

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11:40
Google preps self-driving car facility near Detroit...

Google on Wednesday announced plans to launch a "self-driving technology development center" in Novi, Mich., just outside the home of the American auto industry in Detroit.

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11:25
X-Doria introduces Bump Gear Plus case for the iPhone

X-Doria is introducing the Bump Gear Plus case collection for the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus and SE. The Bump Gear Plus case collection was designed for slim-fitting protection with a style to match the elegant, minimalistic finish of the iPhone.

This new bumper case collection features a metal exterior design with an interior rubber lining. Volume and lock buttons are protected by machined metal button covers. The Bump Gear Plus for iPhone 6s/6s plus/SE is available now in silver, space gray, gold or rose gold for $29.99- $34.99 at XDorialife.com.

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11:05
Apple’s Penchant for Privacy Makes Siri ‘Speaker’...

Apple is rumored to be working on a "Siri speaker" that would compete with Amazon Echo and Google Home. Bryan Chaffin argues Apple faces many challenges in making such a product—most especially its commitment to privacy—but that this is exactly why we want the company to do it.


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10:47
Apple Supplier Foxconn Reduces Workforce from 110,00...

In July 2014 Foxconn threw cold water on speculation that robots were going to be used in the manufacture of the iPhone 6. Months later Foxconn's CEO Terry Gou spoke at the opening ceremony of The World Assembly of Jin Merchants in Taiyuan. While Gou continually and faithfully promises that Apple will be the first to benefit from their future robotic assembly, it wasn't to be in 2014. Today ...

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10:46
Deals: Where to grab the lowest prices on Apple...

This Memorial Day weekend, save up to $300 on popular 13" and 15" MacBook Pros when you pair instant discounts with exclusive coupons. Or snap up a 2015 12" MacBook for only $964 with 3 free accessories, free shipping and no sales tax in most states.

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10:33
TMO Daily Observations 2016-05-25: Apple Hires Jon...

Apple just hired security expert Jon Callas. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's efforts to ramp up its security and encryption efforts, plus they have some thoughts on Microsoft scaling back its smartphone efforts again.


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09:48
Rumor: Apple looks into charging stations for...

Not surprisingly, the long-rumored “Apple Car” will most likely be an electric vehicle — or at least a hybrid auto. According to Reuters, Apple is investigating how to charge electric cars, talking to charging station companies and hiring engineers with expertise in the area, according to “people familiar with the matter and a review of LinkedIn profiles.”

The article says it’s not certain whether Apple would want its own proprietary technology, such as Tesla Motors' Supercharger network, or design a system compatible with offerings from other market players. Still, Apple reportedly hired at least four electric vehicle charging specialists, including former BMW employee Rónán Ó Braonáin. In January, Apple hired Nan Liu, an engineer who researched a form of wireless charging for electric vehicles and this month Apple hired former Google charging expert Kurt Adelberger.

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09:40
While Mossberg Hopes to See Apple Greatly advance...

Yesterday we posted a report titled "Will Apple Introduce a Competing Home-Styled Siri Led Device at WWDC 2016?" It's a topic on a lot of writer's minds of late. The latest to put his thoughts to digital paper is Walt Mossberg.

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09:33
News: Beta testing for Pokémon GO begins in the U.S.

Pokémon GO is now open to beta testers in the U.S. while the game is still in active development. The game, first announced last fall, uses an iPhone’s GPS to let users catch, trade and battle over Pokémon based on their location in the real world. Phones will notify players when they are approaching a Pokémon “in the wild” and give them the chance to catch it by using the touch scree to throw a Poké Ball. Poké Balls and other…

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09:31
Apple in Talks About Charging Stations for Electric...

Apple has been engaged in discussions with charging station companies about their underlying technologies, according to Reuters.

The talks are largely unsurprising given that Apple is widely believed to be researching and developing its own electric vehicle, which could enter production by 2020.

Apple would of course need to provide a way to charge the so-called Apple Car's battery, possibly akin to Tesla's network of Supercharger partners in the U.S. and around the world.Charging firms are treading carefully, the person added, wary of sharing too much with a company they view as a potential rival.

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09:30
9to5Toys Last Call: Lexar 256GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive...

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09:23
China's Xiaomi shows off new $460 4K camera...

The race to the bottom has reached the drone market, as infamous copycat Xiaomi on Wednesday revealed a pair of new camera-equipped drones that work with the company's smartphones.

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09:05
News: Apple looking into charging stations for...

Apple has begun talking to charging station companies about how to charge electric cars and is hiring engineers with expertise in the field, Reuters reports. After years of ongoing speculation about Apple’s automotive ambitions, the company appears to be tackling software issues and laying the groundwork for infrastructure to power an electric vehicle. Apple specifically seems to be responding to a longstanding gripe with electric cars — “filling…

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09:01
Report: Apple interested in charging station...

If Apple is going to produce an electric vehicle like Tesla, then naturally Apple will want to provide customers with a way to recharge away from home without relying on infrastructure from third parties. Reuters now reports that Apple is showing interest in such charging stations as it’s talking to existing companies and hiring engineers with experience in building them.

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09:00
Happy Hour Podcast 068 | Super thin Touch ID MacBook...

This week Benjamin and Zac talk about the rumored ultra-thin MacBook Pro with Touch ID and an OLED screen above the keyboard, the latest iPhone 7 leaks including a possible four speaker design, the most interesting news from Google I/O, and the rumored Siri SDK and speaker. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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Filed under: Happy Hour Tagged: Happy Hour, Podcast...

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08:57
Apple supplier Foxconn replaces 60,000 workers with...

Apple's primary manufacturing partner, Foxconn, has replaced 60,000 people with robots at a single factory in Kunshan, China, a report said on Wednesday.

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08:54
Apple is Reportedly Exploring how to Charge Electric...

Apple is reportedly investigating how to charge electric cars, talking to charging station companies and ...

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08:36
Apple working on charging infrastructure for...

Apple is talking with firms which provide vehicle charging stations and hiring engineers with experience in the field as it works on a means of charging its rumored electric car, a report claimed on Wednesday.

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08:10
Apple releases AirPort Base Station Firmware Update...

It’s been a while since Apple released one of these.

On Wednesday, Apple released its AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.7.3 for its 802.11ac AirPort Extreme Base Station and Time Capsule units.

The update resolves the following security issues with the devices:

Available for: AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule base stations with 802.11ac

Impact: An attacker in a privileged network position may obtain memory contents

Description: An out-of-bounds read issue existed in the OpenSSL library when handling TLS heartbeat extension packets. An attacker in a privileged network position could obtain information from process memory. This issue was addressed through additional bounds checking. Only AirPort Extreme...

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08:00
News: Apple hires hint at improvements in encryption...

Apple has rehired a top encryption expert to bring stronger security to a range of its products, Reuters reports. Jon Callas, who worked at Apple in the 1990s and again from 2009 to 2011 to design the Mac’s encryption system, has rejoined the company to address security concerns in the wake of Apple’s public spat with the FBI. Both Apple and Callas declined to discuss his role at the company, but he is the brains behind several well-respected…

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07:54
Rumor: Apple working on Echo competitor, may release...

When in doubt, you can compete with Amazon by building your own device.

And you can make Siri that much better by throwing the developer community at it.

An anonymous source has stated that Apple is looking to build a device to compete with Amazon’s Echo as well as open up Siri to outside developers. Apple is said to be preparing to release a Siri software development kit that would allow developers to make their apps and their app content accessible through Siri voice commands. Apple plans to require developers to use the tool responsibly.

As of now, Siri has yet to be opened to third-party developers and only works with a handful of developers such as OpenTable and Yelp. Apple has been hesitant to develop a Siri API and improve Siri’s...

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07:49
Want to join the beta for the Throttle for iPhone...

It would sure be nice to take control of what's coming into your inbox, taking all of those mass mailings, notifications, interesting newsletters (like the Team AWT Newsletter), and other emails, keeping them from distracting us from the real work we need to accomplish. That's the idea behind Throttle, which is a tool that lets you sign up for just about anything online without giving away your real email address. 

Throttle has just launched its Throttle iPhone app in beta, and they'd like for 20 Apple World Today readers to get the opportunity to try out the app. Just send me an email, and the first 20 respondents will get an invite code. You'll need the free Apple TestFlight app on your device to be included (that's how the beta software is delivered). When I send...

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07:47
Samsung Skips Galaxy Note 6 Branding and Leaps to...

Apple is launching the iPhone 7 in September and Samsung is devising a new scheme to further blur the lines between the two brands psychologically.

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07:45
Qualcomm's Fast X12 LTE Modem is Appropriate...

While several rumors point towards Apple switching to Intel as its primary supplier of LTE modems for the iPhone 7 series, the consensus remains that longtime supplier Qualcomm will continue to share a portion of orders.

Assuming at least a percentage of orders go to Qualcomm, which has been the exclusive provider of LTE modems in iPhones for over three years, its X12 modem is a likely candidate for LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity on iPhone 7.

Qualcomm's X12 chipsets, announced in September 2015, feature theoretical LTE category 12 download speeds up to 600 Mbps and LTE category 13 upload speeds up to 150 Mbps. The lineup, including the MDM9x45 and MDM9x40 chipsets, also support...

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07:26
News: Hyundai adds CarPlay support to more vehicles

Hyundai has released a software update that brings CarPlay to eight additional vehicles. The company didn’t publicly announce the news, but dealers were informed on May 19 that the 2016 Elantra GT, 2015 and 2016 non-hybrid Sonata, 2017 Santa Fe Sport, 2017 Santa Fe, 2015 and 2016 Genesis Sedan and 2016 Tucson would all be eligible for the upgrade as of yesterday....

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07:19
Microsoft Cuts more Smartphone Jobs, Hopes for...

Microsoft's big push into the smartphone market seems to have failed. The company recently sold off its consumer phone business, and now is scaling back again to focus on the enterprise smartphone market while laying off 1,850 employees.


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07:05
iPhone maker Foxconn has replaced more than half its...

The South China Morning Post reports that iPhone maker Foxconn has replaced more than half of its workforce with robots since the launch of the iPhone 6. The figures were provided by the local government in Kunshan, where the company is based.

“The Foxconn factory has reduced its employee strength from 110,000 to 50,000, thanks to the introduction of robots. It has tasted success in reduction of labour costs,” said the department’s head Xu Yulian … 

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Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS Devices Tagged:...

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07:00
OnePlus Offers Free Headsets to Lure Crowd to VR...


The 30,000 virtual reality headsets OnePlus announced it would give away as part the unveiling of its OnePlus 3 smartphone were snapped up Monday, the day they became available. OnePlus has set up a VR space called "The Loop" in which it will unveil the OnePlus 3. The Loop can be accessed only by users of the OnePlus Loop VR headsets, made by AntVR. "We believe we, and the tech industry as a whole, have only scratched the surface of what can be done in VR," OnePlus cofounder Carl Pei said.

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06:58
PDF Decrypter Pro 1.0 for Mac OS X decryption of PDF...

Adeptshare has announced PDF Decrypter Pro 1.0 for Mac OS X. It’s a utility designed to instantly decrypt password protected PDF files.

Once decrypted, the PDF file can be edited, printed, and have text and graphics selected and copied into other documents. Users can also edit any annotations and form fields. The decrypted PDF file can be edited in any PDF editor. All versions of Adobe Acrobat are supported, but Acrobat isn’t required for its operation.

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06:56
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06:53
News: Plaintiffs file new motion to keep ‘Error 53’...

Plaintiffs who filed a lawsuit against Apple after replacement Touch ID sensors resulted in their iPhones becoming non-operational are now fighting the company’s efforts to dismiss the case, Apple Insider reports. The issue cropped up in February, when iPhone owners who had used third-party service centers to replace Touch ID sensors started getting “Error 53” messages that left their devices locked and unusable. Each Touch ID sensor…

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06:42
Microsoft set to axe nearly 2,000 jobs in bid to...

Microsoft on Wednesday announced a restructuring of its mobile hardware group that will see as many as 1,850 employees -- most of them former Nokia staffers -- lose their jobs as the company looks to right the listing smartphone ship.

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06:38
Temkin: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, HP beat Apple in...

Proving that 99% of all statistics are made up, the Amazon (Kindle), Barnes & Noble (Nook), and Hewlett Packard deliver the best customer experience in the computer and tablet industry, according to the 2016 Temkin Experience Ratings, an annual ranking of companies based on a survey of 10,000 U.S. consumers. However, according to the J.D. Power Tablet Satisfaction Study for 2016 Volume 1 concerning the US market, Apple is still topping the charts in tablet satisfaction with the iPad,

But back to the Temkin report: Amazon took the top spot for the second year in a row, earning a rating of 73% and placing 28th overall out of 294 companies across 20 industries. Barnes & Noble and Hewlett-Packard tied for the distant second spot out of 12 firms in the industry, each receiving a rating of 61% and an overall rank of 142nd. At the other end of the spectrum, eMachines and Compaq tied for the lowest-rated computer and tablet maker, each with a rating...

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06:37
ClipBuddy a useful tool for 'power'...

By Aaron Lee

There are lots of multiple clipboard apps available for the Mac (and you have to wonder why Apple hasn't built that functionality into Mac OS X). If you're looking for a powerful, customization one that can store images (and more), or one that lets you exclude apps that you don't want to save clippings from, give Ondesoft ClipBuddy a try.

This multiple clipboard is designed to log all clipboard data. on OS X 10.6 or higher. This data can be images, PDFs, text (including "rich" text coming from Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Word, Excel, iChat, etc.) or a mixture of them. ClipBuddy saves an unlimited number of clips (actually that number is limited by how much memory you have on your Mac) in a searchable database. The app works fine with any application and data that works with the Mac OS X Clipboard.

You can be up and running ClipBuddy with little training. If you've copied an item,...

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06:29
Indian finance minister shoots down prospect of...

India's finance minister has reportedly ratified a ruling that Apple must follow local sourcing rules, potentially halting the company's near-term attemps to launch its first stores in the country.

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06:25
Apple releases firmware updates for its 802.11n...

Apple has released firmware 7.6.7 for all of its 802.11n AirPort Base Stations. This includes the AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule. 

According to Apple's release notes, it improves stability and performance for its AirPort Base Stations. It also fixes an issue which may prevent communication between clients.

Apple has also released firmware 7.7.7 for the 802.11ac AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule. The updates can be applied by using the AirPort Utility app on iOS or OS X.

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06:23
Apple updates firmware for its 802.11n AirPort Base...

Apple has released firmware 7.6.7 for all of its 802.11n AirPort Base Stations. This includes the AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule.

According to Apple's release notes, it improves stability and performance for its AirPort Base Stations. It also fixes an issue which may prevent communication between clients.

Apple has also released firmware 7.7.7 for the 802.11ac AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule. The updates can be applied by using the AirPort Utility app on iOS or OS X.

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06:23
Microsoft to Refocus on Premium Smartphones as they...

A week ago Patently Apple posted a report titled "Foxconn Subsidiary Buys Microsoft's Entry-Level Feature Phone Business and Vietnam Plant." Our report clarified that Microsoft was getting out of 'Feature Phone Business' not out of smartphones. Our cover graphic illustrates on the kinds of feature phones that they're dropping. Many in the press are incorrectly reporting today that Microsoft is getting out of the consumer smartphone market entirely which is incorrect.

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06:18
Plaintiffs want to keep the ‘Error 53’ lawsuit alive

Apple's motion to dismiss a pending class action lawsuit related to the "Error 53" Touch ID issue was countered in a recent court filing that claimed the company's remedial actions, which include an iOS software update and reimbursement efforts, are inadequate, reports AppleInsider.

Error 53 involved a problem brought on by having an unauthorized technician fix your device. When an iPhone is services by an authorized Apple service provider or Apple retail store for changes that affect the Touch ID sensor, the pairing is re-validated. However, with an unofficial repair that pairing can go unvalidated and cause the Error 53 message to appear when iOS is updated or restored on the device.

Apple released a software update to address the problem and offeredto reimburse customers who paid to have affected devices...

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06:07
∞ Chewbacca mom and J.J. Abrams

[VIDEO] A few days ago, Candace Payne posted this video, showing just how much she loved her newly purchased Chewbacca mask. The internet approved, her video broke all kinds of viewing records.

Then James Corden asked her to appear in one of his carpool sketches. Pretty solid.

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06:06
Singapore becomes the sixth country to get full...

Apple Pay is rolling out in full force in Singapore today with Visa, MasterCard and five major banks on board, reports The Straits Times. This makes Singapore the sixth country to get Apple Pay, after the U.S., UK, Canada, Australia and China.

Together, the five banks - POSB, DBS Bank, OCBC Bank, United Overseas Bank (UOB) and Standard Chartered Bank - account for more than 80 per cent of the Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards issued in Singapore, the article adds. Apple Pay was launched in Singapore in April; however, its use was limited to holders of American Express-issued cards until today.

Apple has hinted that Spain and Hong Kong are also in line to get Apple Pay at some point this year (Spain currently...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Civilization: Beyond Earth – The...

In our iLounge Deal for today, we’re offering Civilization: Beyond Earth – The Collection for only $29.99 — that’s 50% off the regular price. Get the full Civilization: Beyond Earth experience with the full version of the original game, the Exoplanets Map Pack, and the new Rising Tide Expansion all in one bundle. The latest entry in Sid Meier’s award-winning strategy series eschews Civilization’s traditional historical…

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05:35
Echo vs Siri

M.G. Siegler, on using an Echo for three months, vs. his long-time Siri experience. Some good points, along with some counterpoints.

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05:25
Huawei Files an 11-Count Patent Infringement lawsuit...

Huawei Technologies Co. filed a patent infringement case against Samsung Electronics in the U.S. and China after the two weren’t able to reach a licensing deal over the use of technology fundamental to how mobile networks operate. Our report provides you with a Scribd copy of the full patent lawsuit filed in Northern California.

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05:00
Block Specific iOS Versions From Accessing Exchange

Exchange Online and Exchange 2010-2016 can block a device from accessing ActiveSync using a policy. To do so, first grab a list of all operating systems you’d like to block. To do so, first check which ones are out there using the Get-ActiveSyncDevice command, and looking at devicetype, deviceos, and deviceuseragent. This can be found using the following command:

Get-ActiveSyncDevice | select devicetype,deviceos,deviceuseragent

The command will show each of the operating systems that have accessed the server, including the user agent. You can block access based on each of these. In the following command, we’ll block one that our server found that’s now out of date:

New-ActiveSyncDeviceAccessRule -Characteristic DeviceOS -QueryString "iOS 8.1 12A369" -AccessLevel Block

To see all blocked devices, use

Get-ActiveSyncDeviceAccessRule | where {$_.AccessLevel -eq 'Block'}

If you mistakenly block a device, remove the block by copying it into your...

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04:57
Virtual TimeClock for OS X ticks to version 16

Redcort Software (www.redcort.com) has rolled out Virtual TimeClock 16, an update to the timecard management app for Mac OS X.

The utility records the exact time as it occurs, removing any guessing or estimating of arrivals, departures, breaks and lunches. Version 16 helps companies eliminate unwanted overtime and reduce labor costs by ensuring that worker start, stop, and meal break times are properly observed, according to the folks at Redcort.

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04:51
Output Factory for InDesign adds variable file name...

Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory 1.5.54, a feature update to its output automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

Output Factory automates printing, exporting and  preflighting from InDesign. The software offers batch processing, export as single pages, layer versioning and much more. The new version adds an option to ignore hidden layers when using the script label feature which lets users insert contents of selected text frames in InDesign document into variable output file names.

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04:30
Apple hires mobile encryption pioneer as encryption...

Apple has rehired a mobile encryption pioneer as it continues to face pressure from governments wanting access to user data stored on iPhones. 

Jon Callas most recently worked as a co-founder of Silent Circle, which produced the security-minded Blackphone and has joined the iPhone and iPad maker in an undisclosed capacity, Apple revealed to Reuters. Callas is a veteran of the security industry who also co-founded PGP Corporation.

He first worked at Apple from 1995-1997, then again from 2009-2011. He has two patents to his name from that second stint that are both focused on full-disk encryption, something that Apple uses in its smartphones, tablets and computers. 

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04:06
Kool Tools: T-RackS Saturator X for Mac/PC

IK Multimedia’s T-RackS Saturator X is a new T-RackS digital signal processor module designed to impart the color, flavor and saturation effects of classic analog audio processing gear to digital recordings.

T-RackS Saturator X is a plug-in that can be used on individual tracks or on the master fader in your favorite DAW. It provides controls that let users select from 10 modes of saturation effects that span the panorama of classic analog gear. It also features a Brickwall limiter and oversampling options.

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03:00
TripAdvisor is offering two free months of Google...

Google Play Music is a solid service, but it's a bit of an afterthought in the marketplace compared to bigger players like Spotify and Apple Music. And in a crowded market, Google's likely looking for ways to muster up more interest and exposure for...

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02:22
Microsoft kills what's left of the old Nokia

Last week, Microsoft sold off what remained of Nokia's feature phone business while Windows Phone's market share slid below a single percent. Now, the company has taken what's clearly the last step in correcting Steve Ballmer's decision to purchase t...

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01:00
Unfade: A photo scanning app from the makers of...

My go-to app for making my world paper-free is Scanbot (free with in-app purchases). Every bill, statement, or document that comes into my house gets an immediate Scanbot scan, then is stored locally and in the cloud for future reference while the paper is shredded or recycled. Today the same company that developed Scanbot -- doo GmbH -- released a new app called Unfade ($4.99) that makes scanning, touchup and storage of old photographs as easy as scanning paper documents with Scanbot.

The scanning process is remarkably similar to Scanbot's, but easier. All you do is tap a button to start scanning, and then point the iPhone camera at printed photos one at a time. There are some simple rules regarding lighting that you need to follow, but once that's understood, it's as easy as pointing the...

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00:50
Mom behind most-watched Facebook Live video visits...

It's only been a few months since Facebook opened up live video streaming to everyone, but with over a billion daily users the emergence of a massive hit was inevitable. Late last week an odd yet charming video stream of Candace Payne amusing herself...

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Tuesday May 24

23:41
ISS' expandable module has a shield that...

You had a lot of questions when we wrote about NASA gearing up to inflate BEAM on the ISS. Does it inflate like a balloon? What if it gets hit by micrometeoroids then? Does it protect against radiation? While there are many things we won't know for s...

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22:27
Pod-based marijuana vaporizers are coming

As the wave of marijuana legalization lifts the country out of its longstanding fog of prohibition, one former Keurig executive and his 40-something marijuana enthusiast friend have found a way to ride it all the way to the bank: By creating a vapori...

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21:28
24 Hour Deal: Apple's 128GB iPad Air 2 (WiFi,...

For the next 24 hours, Apple authorized reseller B&H Photo's Deal Zone Deal of the Day offers the lowest price we've seen on Apple's 128GB iPad Air 2 (WiFi Only) in Silver, Space Gray, or Gold at $499.00 with free shipping, a free case, and no sales tax on orders shipped outside NY.

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21:27
'Overwatch' adding ranked play next month

Blizzard's much-publicized shooter Overwatch is finally out today, but it released without one very important component: Ranked play. Don't worry though. Lead game designer Jeff Kaplan has assured the community that feature is coming, as early as nex...

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19:48
Winners of the WaterField Designs MacBook bag...

AppleInsider would like to congratulate the winners of our latest giveaway, Carl J. and Tyler D., who scored a handcrafted laptop bag from WaterField Designs in the color of their choosing.

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19:16
Plaintiffs try to keep 'Error 53' lawsuit...

Apple's motion to dismiss a pending class action lawsuit related to the infamous "Error 53" Touch ID issue was countered in a recent court filing claiming the company's remedial actions, which include an iOS software update and reimbursement efforts, are inadequate.

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18:50
Toyota Forms 'Strategic Partnership' With...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Toyota and Uber are forming a "strategic partnership" which will include an investment by the Japanese automaker in the San Francisco-based ride-sharing company. Under the agreement, Uber drivers can lease their vehicles from Toyota and cover their payments through earnings generated as Uber drivers. Toyota says it will invest an undisclosed sum in Uber, which is already the most valuable technology startup in the world. A partnership between Toyota and Uber could help the ride-sharing company solve a lingering question surrounding its self-driving ambitions, namely where its going to get a fleet of cars to equip with its autonomous technology. Toyota, which is the world's largest car manufacturer, is taking self-driving technology very seriously. It recently established the Toyota Research Institute to develop AI technologies in two main areas: autonomous cars and robot helpers for around the home. Last month, Google, Ford, Volvo...

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18:20
Poll: Would you prefer an OLED touch bar instead of...

Many people have been eagerly waiting for Apple to refreshed its entire MacBook Pro lineup with a thinner design, faster internals, Siri support, and more. A report yesterday said all of that is coming later this year in Q4, but added an additional detail: an OLED touch bar above the keyboard that would replace the row of function keys.

This is a new idea that hasn’t really been suggested for Apple’s MacBook Pro lineup before, but it has a variety of interesting possibilities. But with a significant change like that comes a steep, steep learning curve. The quick shortcuts we’ve all become accustomed to using throughout OS X would have an added twist, but could they potentially become easier to access in the long run? In the end, however, it would all come down to whether or not...

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18:11
Groupon spending millions on ads to remind you it...

Groupon has seen better days, but it’s still alive. Now the company wants to make sure you know it.

This is how you know you’re in trouble.

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18:07
Apple To Open Up Siri To Developers, Release An...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from BGR: According to a new report from The Information, Apple is finally ready to let Siri grow up. Specifically, the publication relays that Apple will finally offer official Siri APIs to developers, thus paving the way for third-party integrations, the kind that Amazon Echo users can't seem to get enough of. Things like ordering an Uber or pizza are currently impossible, because Siri is locked down by Apple. What's more, Apple is also reportedly working on a standalone device meant to compete with the Amazon Echo and Google's recently unveiled Google Home. If that's true, it's huge news -- Apple has been lacking any kind of smart home hub until now, but a Siri-powered device would be a serious play to get Apple into our homes. Google is the latest tech giant to announce a virtual home assistant. It unveiled Google Home, a small round gadget with microphones and speakers that listen and respond to your questions and commands.

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18:04
Advice for founders looking to hire their first...

Some great advice here from Khoi Vinh.

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17:12
Apple Granted 55 Patents today covering a 3D Mapping...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 55 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we point you to yet another granted patent relating to 3D Depth Mapping that Apple inherited when acquiring PrimeSense. Earlier today we posted another PrimeSense related patent covering In-Air Hand Gesturing Patent for Controlling Future Macs & Apple TV based on 3D mapping. Today's second 3D Depth Mapping patent focuses on the actual processor ...

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17:09
Hyundai adds Apple CarPlay support to six models,...

Korean carmaker Hyundai plans to integrate CarPlay compatibility into a total of eight 2015 and 2016 vehicles, bringing the firm closer to offering Apple's infotainment system across its entire lineup.

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16:41
Bad News, FBI: Apple Hires Security Pro Jon Callas

If the FBI was hoping Apple CEO Tim Cook was all talk when he said his company is digging in its heels to protect user privacy, it's time to put on the disappointed face because Jon Callas is back on the payroll. His credentials in the security and privacy world make him a strong asset for Apple—just as he was when he previously worked for the company—and should have the FBI very worried about how far it'll be able to hack into future iPhones and Macs.


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16:36
Apple brings iOS 9 Spotlight Suggestions to 7 more...

Apple on Tuesday made a pair of improvements to its search services by bringing iOS 9's Spotlight Suggestions to seven more markets and adding NBC as an item in the fourth-generation Apple TV's universal search results.

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16:30
Apple Pay nets five major banks in Singapore to...

Just over one month after Apple Pay rolled out to iPhone and Apple Watch users in Singapore through American Express integration, Apple on Tuesday announced new partnerships with five local banks that bring with them support for credit and debit cards issued by Visa and MasterCard.

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16:19
Hyundai Releases Software Update to Expand CarPlay...

Hyundai is releasing a software update that brings CarPlay support to eight new vehicles, including the 2016 Elantra GT, 2015 and 2016 non-hybrid Sonata, 2017 Santa Fe Sport, 2017 Santa Fe, 2015 and 2016 Genesis Sedan, and the 2016 Tucson.

The vehicles gaining CarPlay support through a software update join Hyundai's previously announced CarPlay models, the 2016 Sonata, 2017 Elantra, and the 2017 IONIQ. Hyundai has not officially announced the news, but dealers were sent a notice about the update on May 19. Dealer information suggests the update is supposed to be available as of today, May 24.

Hyundai owners with an eligible vehicle can download the CarPlay update through the Hyundai website and are encouraged to go through the installation process themselves. A Mac or PC with an SD card slot or an external SD card reader is required to download the software and...

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16:06
Apple looking to hire lawyer with ‘health privacy...

Earlier today, Tim Cook opened Startup Fest in Amsterdam with an interview during which he made several comments about Apple’s ambitious goals in the health industry. Now, a new job listing has surfaced that reveals Apple is looking to hire a high-level lawyer who specializes in health privacy regulations. The job listing was initially posted yesterday (via Business Insider).

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16:04
Apple seeks lawyer with HIPAA expertise for health...

An Apple job listing on Monday reveals the company is looking to hire a seasoned attorney with health privacy expertise to take on the role of Privacy Counsel , suggesting a health and medical systems expansion could be in the works.

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15:59
Report: Apple is developing a 'Siri Speaker...

Hey Siri, so you want to be the next Alexa?

Apple is reportedly developing a new product that will rely on Siri to activate certain features and capabilities, as well as pull up information from the web. The new product is expected to sport a speaker and a microphone, which makes it a direct competitor to other smart devices like the Amazon Echo and the just-announced Google Home.

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15:45
RapidWeaver 7

RapidWeaver is the best web design software for Mac. Build the website you’ve always wanted.

I’ve known the people at this company for a long time–they make some great software.

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15:38
Google's Abacus May Count Out Passwords


By the end of the year, Android devs will be able to use a trust API from Google's Project Abacus in their apps, Google ATAP Director Dan Kaufman suggested at last week's I/O conference. The API, which will run in the background continually, is aimed at doing away with passwords. It will use a smartphone's sensors to check users' current locations, typing patterns and voice patterns, as well as for facial recognition. It will create a cumulative trust score that will authenticate users so they can unlock their devices or sign into applications.

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15:31
Huawei sues Samsung for patent infringement

Huawei has filed lawsuits in the United States and China seeking compensation for what it said was unlicensed use of fourth-generation (4G) cellular communications technology, operating systems and user interface software in Samsung phones.

Another company fed up with Samsung theft.

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15:30
Apple rehires respected encryption expert as it...

Even though Apple’s fight over the San Bernardino iPhone is essentially over, the overall debate regarding encryption versus national security remains. In an effort to continue to beef up security options on consumer devices, Reuters today reports that Apple has rehired well-respected security expert Jon Callas. News of this hire comes as we’re hearing from sources that Apple is in the midst of entirely overhauling its security team.

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15:30
AWT News Update: May 24, 2016

Just a reminder that the AWT News Update will be on hiatus between May 26 and June 6, returning June 7. Today's news includes stories about a Siri SDK, a beta release, the Apple Watch hurting sales of Swiss Watches, an addition to the search capabilities of the 4th-generation Apple TV, and more!

  • A Siri SDK is expected to be announced at WWDC in June
  • The beta of iOS 9.3.3 has been made available to public beta testers today
  • Swiss watchmakers record a second straight month of double-digit declines in sales
  • More fun with the Apple TV, now with search power for NBC shows
  • Apple closes at $97.90 

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15:28
Apple rehires prominent security pro

Jon Callas, who co-founded several well-respected secure communications companies including PGP Corp, Silent Circle and Blackphone, rejoined Apple in May, an Apple spokesman said.

Definitely a good hire for Apple.

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15:21
Will Apple Introduce a Competing Home-Styled Siri...

Last week Patently Apple posted a report titled "Google Home: Advanced Home Automation for Android Users Introduced at Google I/O." In that report we noted that Google Home was like Amazon's Echo meets Apple TV. Now a new rumor claims ...

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15:12
Four hundred miles with Tesla’s autopilot forced me...

This is a really interesting read. I still won’t give up my motorcycle for a (semi) autonomous car but this description of a long trip while letting the Tesla take care of a lot of the driving shows you what the future will hold.

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14:43
Adonit ships new Pixel stylus to compete with Apple...

Stylus maker Adonit on Tuesday launched its latest model, the Pixel, advancing its own technology and responding to new competition provided by Apple Pencil.

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14:30
How Apple Got Ready For an iPhone With an OLED...

It took some time. Apple wasn't always happy with the technology of OLED displays. Now, Apple has had the advantage of learning how to put an OLED display into production in the Apple Watch.  That technology won't be far behind in the future iPhones.


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14:23
Rumor: Apple is working on an Amazon Echo rival and...

The Information reports that Apple is working on "an Amazon Echo-like device with a speaker and microphone that people can use to turn on music, get news headlines or set a timer.” The Echo (pictured) is Amazon’s voice-activated smart home speaker.

The article adds that Siri, Apple’s “digital assistant,” will power the gadget. The Information says that Siri will be opened up to third-party developers through an SDK [software development kit] to be unveiled at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference next month. (Siri is also rumored to be coming to the Mac.)

While Siri supports some third-party services such as Yelp, Apple hasn't yet released an SDK that any developer can use to create Siri-powered services. However, Amazon rolled out an SDK last year for Alexa, the voice assistant powering its Echo speaker line.

Chances the rumor is true (IMHO): 60%. I’m almost certain...

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14:12
News: Report: Apple developing Siri home speaker to...

A new report from The Information (subscription required), reveals that Apple is preparing to release a Siri SDK for third-party developers, as well as possibly releasing a standalone Siri-capable hardware device, similar to the Amazon Echo. The report suggests that a Siri SDK will likely be unveiled at WWDC next month, allowing third-party developers to make services available directly through Siri — something that many iOS developers and users…

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14:11
Apple releases first iOS 9.3.3, OS X 10.11.6 public...

Apple on Tuesday released the first public beta versions of iOS 9.3.3 and OS X 10.11.6, both maintenance updates that bring minor bug fixes and performance improvements to iOS and Mac devices.

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14:09
Writing the ‘Apple Music Letter’ Was Taylor Swift’s...

Have you seen Vogue's 73 Questions series? They send a production team into the home of a celebrity and ask them 73 questions in one take. It's fun, if you're into that sort of thing, but I just watched Taylor Swift's episode from April. At the very end, she's asked what the bravest thing she's ever done. She answered, "Writing the Apple Music letter," referring to an open letter she wrote to Apple criticizing the company's payment structure for artists on Apple Music. That was followed by answering it was also the most spontaneous thing she's ever done. With great risk comes great rewards, and that open letter has seemingly led to a collaborative partnership with Apple involving multiple commercials, a tour movie that opened exclusively on Apple Music, and unknown things in the future.

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14:00
Apple released a new Software Update

Apple just released a new Software Update:

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13:54
Apple Working on Amazon Echo Competitor, Opening...

Apple is actively developing a product that would compete with the Amazon Echo and Google Home, reports The Information. Citing a source with direct knowledge of Apple's plans, the report suggests Apple is working on a Siri-based device that would include a speaker and microphone that could be used for features like listening to music, getting news headlines, and more.

In addition to developing such a device, Apple is planning to improve Siri by opening the voice assistant up to outside developers. Apple is said to be preparing to release a Siri software development kit that would allow developers to make their apps and their app content accessible through Siri voice commands. Apple plans to require developers to use the tool responsibly.

Opening Siri up to third-party developers will go a long way towards expanding the...

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13:46
ZeroLemon 64GB iMemStick: $79.99

Check out the ZeroLemon 64GB iMemStick, a flash drive with USB on one end and a Lightning jack on the other. That means you can use it to transfer files between your Mac, iOS device, or Windows PC. It comes with caps to protect both ends, and we have a deal on a 64GB model for $79.99.


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13:43
Apple looks to debut Siri SDK at WWDC, developing...

Five years after Siri launched with iPhone 4S, Apple is reportedly preparing to open its virtual assistant platform up to third-party developers through a dedicated SDK, and might dive deeper into AI services by embedding the technology into a speaker type device similar to Amazon's Echo.

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13:39
Report: Apple planning Siri SDK for WWDC as it...

Last week Google officially took the wraps off of its Amazon Echo competitor Google Home, while earlier this month the original Siri creators unveiled their latest personal assistant Viv. Now, The Information reports that Apple is working on an Amazon Echo-like device.

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13:21
Apple Seeds First iOS 9.3.3 Beta to Public Beta...

Apple today released the first beta of an upcoming iOS 9.3.3 update for public beta testers, one day after seeding the first iOS 9.3.3 beta to developers. iOS 9.3.3 comes one week after the release of iOS 9.3.2, an update focusing primarily on bug fixes.

Beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program will receive the iOS 9.3.3 update over-the-air after installing the proper certificate on their iOS device.

Those who want to be a part of Apple's beta testing program can sign up to participate through the beta testing website, which gives users access to both iOS and OS X betas.

As another minor 9.x.x update, iOS 9.3.3 appears to include mainly under-the-hood bug fixes and...

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12:59
Versatile iBot Wheelchair to Make a Comeback


Toyota and DEKA Research and Development last week announced an agreement that will revive development of the iBot, a wheelchair that can climb stairs. The companies revealed their pact to develop mobility solutions for the disabled community at the annual convention of the Paralyzed Veterans of America. One of the first initiatives under the agreement will be to resurrect the iBot, which uses a balancing technology similar to the Segway's that allows it to perform tasks such as climbing stairs.

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12:59
Mac: MacPhun Aurora HDR Pro

MacPhun has released a nice update to its popular Aurora HDR Pro app, designed to give Mac users the ability to easily turn their digital photos into impressive high dynamic range images. With the latest version, Aurora HDR Pro ($100) now includes an extension for the OS X Photos app, allowing you to seamlessly take advantage of the app’s capabilities to round-trip photos without leaving the app, and even sync favorite presets with the main app. Editing tools and presets have been enhanced for various photography styles and settings, making it really easy to instantly transform photos for various settings without having to fuss with detailed settings. Though users who like to tweak and experiment with detailed adjustments can still do so with the broad range of editing tools available, allowing you to start out with a preset to get the general look you’re seeking and then adjust from there.
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12:49
Apple rehires cryptography expert Jon Callas

Apple has hired — no, make that rehired — Jon Callas, an expert in practical cryptography with the goal “to bring more powerful security features to a wide range of consumer products,” reports Reuters.

Callas, who co-founded several well-respected secure communications companies including PGP Corp, Silent Circle and Blackphone, rejoined Apple in May, the article adds. He had worked at Apple in the 1990s and again between 2009 and 2011, when he designed an encryption system to protect data stored on a Mac. Apple declined to detail his new role, and Callas declined to comment.

Callas is credited with creating several Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) standards, including OpenPGP, DKIM, and ZRTP, which he wrote. Prior to his work at Entrust as chief technical officer, he was chief technical officer and co-founder of PGP Corporation. He describes himself as "an...

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12:45
No, Apple Won't Become a Wireless Carrier

Don Reisinger, reporting for Fortune: Apple won't be competing with its carrier partners anytime soon. Speaking at Startup Fest Europe in Amsterdam during an interview on Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook squashed rumors that his company is planning to eventually get into the cellular market to compete with the likes of AT&T and Verizon. "Our expertise doesn't extend to the network," Cook said. "We've worked with AT&T in the U.S., O2 in the U.K., as well as T-Mobile and Orange, and we expanded as we learned more. But generally, the things Apple likes to do, are things we can do globally. We don't have the network skill. We'll do some things along the way with e-SIMs along the way, but in general, I like the things carriers do."


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12:43
Apple brings back crypto whiz Jon Callas as...

Apple has re-hired Jon Callas, a cryptography expert responsible for much of Apple's security technology over the years, the company confirmed on Tuesday.

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12:29
GhostCodes makes it easy to discover new Snapchat...

Snapchat is insanely popular with the younger demographic, and it flourishes in areas like schools, where there is a community of individuals using the app who see each other face to face.

One of Snapchat’s greatest weaknesses, though, is that it lacks good discovery tools built inside the app. It’s why I believe that its growth, although impressive, has been bridled in some instances. It’s why an app like GhostCodes can provide a valuable bridge to user discovery on the platform. more…

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12:16
Apple Rehires Security and Encryption Expert Jon...

Following its very public encryption battle with the FBI, Apple has rehired software engineer and and security expert Jon Callas, reports Reuters. Callas, who has previously worked at Apple, is known for co-founding encrypted communications services Silent Circle, Blackphone, and PGP Corporation.

Apple's decision to rehire Callas comes amid rumors the company is working on improving the security of its iOS devices. Apple has said it will continually improve security to keep ahead of hackers, and its dispute with the FBI is said to have spurred the company begin work on implementing security measures "even it can't hack...

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12:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Virtual reality is here

Very VR!

The week’s lineup of new accessories includes a new virtual reality viewer that fits right in your pocket. Read on!

Brydge

The $150 BrydgeAir Keyboard ($150 MSRP; available for $140 on Amazon) for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro features a lightweight aluminum body, an “unparallelled” typing experience, and stereo speakers. The keyboard can be operated for up to three months between charges, and there are versions available for the iPad Air and Air 2 as well.

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11:28
Apple CEO Tim Cook: Health Industry is 'Ripe...

Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke this morning at Startup Fest Europe, a festival geared towards helping startups grow, where he gave some sage business advice and shared some insight into Apple's future plans in the television and healthcare industries.

Some of Cook's most interesting comments were on healthcare, which has been a focus for Apple in recent years with ResearchKit, HealthKit, and the Apple Watch. According to Cook, healthcare could be significantly improved through the use of apps and it's one area where the App Store has potential for growth.

Cook went on to say that health is something that interests Apple because it's an area where hardware, software, and services can come together into "something that's magical." Apple said health is...

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11:24
Google is enabling 'promoted pins' in Maps...

Businesses that have been trying to pop their head above all the clutter in Google Maps will soon have new tools to get noticed.

Google detailed a few specifics Tuesday about “promoted pins,” which will drop a recognizable icon into the middle of your map view.

Google

You’ll soon see promoted pins inside of Google Maps.

You may also see a related coupon that you could presumably redeem right away in the store. Google said during a press briefing that it won’t be using your phone’s location history, for now anyway, as part of the ad targeting. And it doesn't appear that the company is sharing Maps users' location with advertisers, either.

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11:18
External Link: Spotify Updates Family Plan to Match...

Streaming music service Spotify is now cheaper for families, matching Apple Music in both price and number of family members. The Spotify family plan now covers up to six people for one monthly $14.99 fee. Previously, $14.99 included only two members, though you could pay $5 extra for each additional person up to a maximum of five. Spotify's new plan is thus no different for two-person families, but could be more than half off for a household of six. As a bonus, Spotify families aren’t locked together in a Family Sharing group, as is the case with Apple Music.

 

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11:01
Rebellin Linux Offers Best of Both Gnome Worlds


Rebellin Linux is a smart-looking, fast distro that is both lightweight and secure. It is well worth checking out. The Rebellin line avoids the pitfalls that befall many Debian GNU/Linux derivatives. It does not maintain a warehouse full of desktop versions. It is neither a minimalistic Linux line nor a distro stuffed with bloat from packages typical users will never need. Instead, it comes well loaded with essential applications, drivers and codecs to provide a very uncomplicated out-of-the-box user experience.

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10:31
TMO Daily Observations 2016-05-24: New MacBook Pros...

It looks like we won't see new MacBook Pro models until this fall, but at least they'll be loaded with new features. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's laptop upgrade cycle, what they're looking forward to in new models, and the mystery that is Ming-Chi Kuo. Turns out Dave is right about streaming music pricing, so he gets a few minutes to bask in his rightness.


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10:22
Pebble unveils Pebble 2 and Time 2 smartwatches, 3G-...

Pebble on Tuesday launched two new smartwatches on Kickstarter, the Pebble 2 and the Time 2, along with a new accessory, the Core -- aimed at people who want to go running without their smartphone, as well as hacking enthusiasts.

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09:57
Tim Cook’s interview at Startup Fest

Tim Cook featured at StartupFest this morning, in an interview with Neelie Kroes discussing Apple’s influence in startups and entrepreneurship culture. Cook covered many topics including the role of entrepreneurs and the App Store, the startup climate in Europe, economic optimism, technology in education, Apple Watch and more.

There are some great comments from Cook in these snippets taken from the interview.

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09:53
iPhone 7: Specs & features expected for Apple’s...

A new dual-camera system, storage and RAM upgrades, a tweaked physical design, and possibly the Smart Connector that debuted on Apple’s iPad Pro line. Those are just a few of the upgrades possibly expected for Apple’s next flagship iPhone lineup, not to mention a lot of discussion over what it has planned for its bundled headphones now that it’s expected to ditch the old 3.5mm headphone jack with iPhone 7. Here’s what we know so far.

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Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: 5.5-inch model, Apple, Dual-Camera, features, iPhone 7,...

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09:44
Adonit launches new $79 Pixel stylus as worthy...

The stylus market was shaken up last fall with Apple’s first-party entrance into the race with the Apple Pencil, which works in concert with special sensors in the iPad Pro display for pixel-accurate recognition. This left third-party stylus accessory manufacturers in a quandary — how can they compete with the officially-endorsed Apple Pencil? The Pixel stylus is the answer from Adonit, on sale today for $79.99. Not only is Adonit’s stylus $20 cheaper than Apple’s, it has a huge advantage in terms of iOS device compatibility.

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09:31
Update to Google Docs, Sheets, Slides lets them...

An update to Google’s productivity apps will ensure your most recent work is saved directly to your device.

Google says an update is rolling out for Docs, Sheets, and Slides that automatically syncs recently-opened files to your device so you can open them even when you have a poor or no connection. If some files go awhile without updates, or your storage gets low, they’ll be removed from your local storage. 

You've long since had the ability to manually save files offline, by heading to the Offline section from the overflow menu. And you still can.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Panasonic 50″ 4K UHDTV $500,...

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08:55
News: Apple’s plan to open stores in India hits a...

Apple’s attempt to bypass Indian rules to open its own retail locations in the country has been rejected, Bloomberg reports. The company was expected to qualify for an exemption from rules forcing single-brand retailers to obtain 30 percent of their products’ materials locally, applying as a provider of cutting-edge technology. But sources with direct knowledge of the discussions said India’s Foreign Investment Promotion Board ruled…

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08:41
No New MacBook Pro Until Fall, but it’ll be Really...

If you're holding out expecting Apple to introduce a redesigned Retina MacBook Pro at Worldwide Developer Conference in June, get ready for some disappointment. KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says we'll have to wait until this fall, and what we'll get is a thinner, faster laptop with an OLED touch surface instead of traditional function keys and Touch ID.


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08:40
Apple might put a touchscreen and Touch ID in...

The most exciting Apple product launch of 2016 might not be the iPhone 7, if rumors prove true. Cupertino is reportedly prepping a major MacBook Pro refresh for the 13- and 15-inch models that will blow your mind.

The MacBook Pro is in need of an upgrade, and according to reputable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, a huge overhaul is coming this fall. The two MacBook Pros will be thinner and lighter, like the 12-inch MacBook, and will feature Touch ID and an OLED touchscreen bar on the keyboard to replace the top row of keys. Expect USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 in the new Pros, too, 9to5Mac reported.

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08:35
Pebble 2, Time 2, and Pebble Core Launch on...

Pebble today launched a Kickstarter campaign for two new fitness-focused smartwatches, and an all-new cellular-connected wearable.

Pebble 2, the first major upgrade to the original Pebble smartwatch, features new built-in sleep, step, and heart rate tracking functionality alongside existing phone, text, and information notification capabilities.

The iOS- and Android-compatible smartwatch retains an always-on high contrast black and white display that is readable both indoors and outdoors. The watch also features an anti-scratch lens coating, built-in microphone, up to weeklong battery life, and water resistance up to 30 meters.

Pebble 2 is compatible with over 13,000 existing apps and watchfaces, and runs an updated version of its Timeline operating system that enables customizable one-click actions that, for example, make it easier...

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08:28
News: iOS Spotlight search now offers relevant...

The Spotlight search on iOS devices now provides results for certain emoji. Searching with the hamburger emoji, for example, provides a list of nearby burger joints in Maps. Searching using the dress or pants emoji returns Maps results for clothing stores, while a dress shirt with a tie emoji curiously returns results for clothing retailer apps before the Maps listings. Searching the stack of American cash emoji returns results for nearby banks, but…

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08:27
India continues to hold off on Apple Store Licensing...

After one of Apple's most concentrated business trips to India, Bloomberg reports that "India’s Foreign Investment Promotion Board ruled Apple must comply with regulations to procure 30 percent of components locally if it wants to sell through its own retail stores.

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08:20
Parallels Access 3.1 adds native iPad Pro resolution...

You may be familiar with Parallels for its virtual machine software that lets you run Windows alongside OS X on a Mac, but the company also offers a service and mobile app called Parallels Access that lets you remote into your Mac and Windows VM from other devices. Parallels Access for iOS is updating to version 3.1 today with enhancements for Apple’s latest iPhones and iPads plus new features for all users.

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08:18
Eric Schmidt says he uses an iPhone, but claims to...

Alphabet chairman Eric Schmidt has owned up to the worst-kept secret in Silicon Valley: that the leader of the Android mothership leans on an arch rival for his day-to-day communications.

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08:07
Amazon stops offering refunds for after-purchase...

For a few years, Amazon’s protected users against immediate price drops after purchase with an informal price protection policy that refunded you the difference if the cost of something you bought was slashed mere days later. It appears those good times are over.

Over the past month, Amazon customers began complaining that the online retailer was no longer honoring price protection refunds on anything, with the sole exception of televisions.

GroovyPost was the first to notice the change in early May after readers reached out. Most recently, Recode spoke to Earny, a startup that helps people find price difference refunds on items they’ve purchased online, about the price protection policy.

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07:58
Twitter introduces 4 big changes that will make...

Twitter isn’t abolishing its defining 140-character limit for tweets, but it’s making some big changes so you can do more within those confines. Other tweaks to the way replies work will remove some of the “inside-baseball” Twitter tricks that act as a barrier to entry for new users.

In the future, any media you attach to a tweet—be it an image, video, Periscope stream, poll, whatever—will no longer eat into your precious limit. Twitter’s post doesn’t mention links to websites being regarded as media, so those seem likely to still consume a blanket 23 characters regardless of length. That’s a bit of a bummer, but hey, baby steps.

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07:50
Apple, Microsoft and Google Hold 23% Of All US...

An anonymous reader writes: Apple, Microsoft, and Google are the top three cash-rich U.S. companies across all sectors of business, not including banks and other financial institutions -- holding a combined $391 billion in cash as of the end of 2015, or more than 23 percent of the entire $1.68 trillion held by the nation's non-financial corporations. Apple leads the pack with $215.7 billion in cash, followed by Microsoft at $102.6 billion, and Google at $73.1 billion. The numbers are documented in a new report from Moody's Investors Service that shows an unprecedented concentration of cash in the tech sector. For the first time, the top five companies on the Moody's cash ranking are tech companies, with Cisco and Oracle following Apple, Microsoft, and Google. Technology companies overall held $777 billion in cash, or 46 percent of the total cash across all non-financial industries.

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07:48
Pebble 2 + Time 2 w/ built-in HR monitors &...

Pebble has just unveiled its latest smartwatches, and has done so in the most Pebble-like way possible, by launching a new Kickstarter project. The smartwatch maker has returned to the platform it used so successfully with the original Pebble, and the following iterations, with a true second generation Pebble and a second generation Pebble Time along with an all-new 3G wearable called the Pebble Core.

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07:46
Opinion: What can we expect from the 2016 MacBook...

Apple has kept us waiting a long time for a new MacBook Pro. It’s been more than a year since the last update, and that was a minor one. It added Force Touch to the trackpad, provided faster flash storage, an extra hour of battery-life and faster graphics. All fine as a refresh, but nothing to get too excited about.

The latest report suggests that we’re now going to have to wait until Q4 this year before a new model is released. Unsurprisingly, that report points to a next-generation MacBook Pro with a thinner and lighter design, with cues taken from the 12-inch MacBook. More power-efficient processors should allow a thinner casing without sacrificing battery-life.

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07:43
Rumor: Apple looking to create thinner, lighter...

When Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo releases a research note, people tend to listen.

A new note states that Apple plans to introduce a dramatically overhauled MacBook Pro later this year. Kuo says the device will have a new “thinner and lighter” design with design cues taken from the 12-inch MacBook, as well as Touch ID support and a new OLED display touch bar above the keyboard.

The changes are expected to hit both the 13-inch and 15-inch models, which are set to debut during the fourth quarter of 2016.

The OLED display touch bar will replace the physical function keys along the top of the keyboard, while the design will adopt new metal injection molded hinges as reported earlier this year. Additionally, the refreshed...

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07:40
Local sourcing rules may still block Apple Stores...

Apple may not have secured permission to open its first stores in India after all, though the company has not been shut out of the process, a report said on Tuesday.

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07:31
Twitter announces mentions and media will soon stop...

After a few months of speculation, Twitter has officially announced its plans to extend the length of tweets by no longer counting mentions and media attachments towards the 140 character limit as well as some new announcements including the ability to retweet yourself and the removal of the ‘.@’ convention to simplify the service. Twitter will roll all of these updates in the coming months.

The headline change is that Twitter handles (@mention), embedded photos, videos and other media attachments will no longer count towards the 140 character limit. This will allow users to fit more content into every tweet as metadata will not use up valuable characters.

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07:31
News: Cook discusses ambitious plan to beef up Apple...

During Startup Fest Europe, Tim Cook compared Apple’s ambitious hopes for improvements to Apple Watch functionality to a car’s computer monitoring system, Bloomberg reports. “If you drive for a while and your car gets too hot, it says pull over. If you need an oil change, it says check your oil. What’s the equivalent for the body?” Cook said to the crowd. The current Apple Watch monitors vital signs and encourages users…

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07:25
Star Wars as an Infographic is Fantastically Awesome

What happens when you mash up Star Wars and infographics? Only the most graphically awesome retelling of the movie ever. That's exactly what Martin Panchaud did with his retelling of the original Star Wars movie. You'll need to check it out in a Web browser. It's brilliant, it's beautiful, and Han shoots first.


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07:13
Apple's CEO Emphasized the Growing Importance...

Yesterday we reported that Apple's CEO landed in Amsterdam to Visit AssistiveWare and and while he was there he visited the Anne Frank Museum. Today we learn that Apple's CEO was one of the key CEO's being interviewed at the 'Speaking at Startup Fest Europe' that began in Amsterdam today.

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07:10
Apple To Launch Thinner, Lighter MacBook Pro Models...

Apple plans to refresh its MacBook Pro line later this year. The makeover will see both 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models replace their function keys atop laptop keyboards with an OLED touch bar, according to a report. Both the models will also have Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and will support Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port, multiple outlets are reporting citing ever-so-reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The refreshed MacBook Pro model will be thinner and lighter as well. There's no word on if -- and when -- the MacBook Air lineup will receive a refresh.


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07:00
Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2 add heart sensors, and...

After a pair of successful Kickstarter campaigns—two of the most successful campaigns of all time—Pebble is launching three products with its third Kickstarter campaign starting Tuesday.

Two of the new products are, naturally, smartwatches: Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2. However, the real news is Pebble’s first product that’s not a watch. Pebble Core is a small, unassuming square made of plastic that adds more capabilities to your Pebble Watch, standing in for a smartphone’s GPS, cellular connectivity, and storage when you want to leave your phone behind.

Next-gen Pebble smartwatches

Adding to the company’s newfound focus on fitness applications, the Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2 are equipped with heart rate sensors. The heart monitor will record your heart rate every 10 minutes, unless you begin a workout on the watch, or it automatically detects you’re running or walking, after which it will continuously...

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06:53
News: New leak shows dual camera exclusive to ‘...

The latest alleged leaked iPhone images, dug up by HDBlog off of the Chinese Baidu forum,  show schematics and metal casts of what appear to be the rear shells of an iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. As mentioned in some previous reports, the new images show the larger dual camera setup to be exclusive to the larger phone. Smart Connector holes are also nowhere to be seen on either model....

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06:41
olloclip partners with OtterBox to expand mobile...

olloclip has announced a partnership with OtterBox to offer olloclip’s 4-in-1 Lens as a module compatible with the new OtterBox uniVERSE Case System (http://tinyurl.com/j879mzg).
 

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06:21
Apple Granted a Cellular MacBook Patent

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 55 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover we cover an Apple invention related to the category of cellular MacBook.

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06:19
Tim Cook hints Apple pushing further into health...

Apple is hoping to venture deeper into health tracking, through the Apple Watch and beyond, CEO Tim Cook hinted on Tuesday during a talk at Startup Fest Europe in Amsterdam.

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06:15
El Capitan: Adjust Safari’s Reader Settings

Under El Capitan, you can now customize Safari's Reader view, which'll let you read articles in the distraction-free way of your choice. Switch up the font! Change the background color! We're here to tell you all about it in today's Quick Tip.


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06:00
News: Daily Deal: CyberGhost VPN Premium Plan, 3-...

In today’s iLounge Deal, you can pick up a three-year subscription to CyberGhost VPN Premium for only $39.99 — that’s 80% off the regular price. This ISO-certified VPN service lets you browse the Internet safety and anonymously, whether it’s from your home, a coffee shop, or airport Wi-Fi, encrypting your data in transit so it’s safe from prying eyes. You can also unblock geo-restricted content with exit points all over the…

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05:41
QuarkXPress 2016 offers Built-in HTML5 Publishing

Quark has released QuarkXPress 2016 (http://tinyurl.com/zj38wvk) the new version of the graphic design and page layout software. Among many new features, QuarkXPress 2016 brings designers the ability to create HTML5 publications within QuarkXPress that can be previewed locally and displayed on all modern desktop, tablet, and mobile browsers.

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05:36
Parallels Access adds support for the iPad Pro

The latest version of Parallel Access adds a much-requested feature: support for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Parallels Access provides a way to control your desktop applications from a tablet or smartphone.

The new version (3.1) of Parallels Access still has the three resolution choices for
your mobile device: Best for your Device, More Space, and Same as Computer. However, now those choices make use of the full resolution of the iPad Pro.

Parallels Access 3.1 also adds support for 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Not enough? There’s also:

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05:09
Apple Granted an In-Air Hand Gesturing Patent for...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 55 granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's granted patent titled "Three-Dimensional Mapping and Imaging." Apple inherited this particular invention from PrimeSense ...

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05:00
Rob Enderle Calls Apple ‘Desperate’

Rob Enderle called Apple's new Union Square flagship store in San Francisco a sign that Apple is desperate. After flailing about in an apoplectic fit, Bryan Chaffin discusses the merits—or lack thereof—of this idea.


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05:00
The Rise of Drone Racing, Part 1


Tearing through open spaces and timing each turn to burst out of them, a seeming continuum of drones weaves through a set of obstacles lap after lap, until the stutter of a pilot's joystick breaks the cadence of this competitive concert and destroys the illusion. It's the drama -- anticipating and reacting to those human moments -- that has propelled drone racing from an underground scene in Australia four or five years ago to vying for a place in the sports mainstream today. Drone racing is more than a group of pilots pushing their cinematographic drones from point A to B.

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04:56
Kool Tools: Grovemade Apple accessories

Grovemade’s newly redesigned trays for Apple’s latest versions of the Magic Keyboard and Trackpad add to the company’s impressive collection of Apple accessories.

The newly crafted trays reflect Grovemade’s design ingenuity and precise attention to detail. The desk trays are crafted to complement the iconic profile of the Apple accessories, and feature ergonomically designed, slim profiles. The trays are designed, fabricated, and finished by Grovemade at their workshop based in Portland, Oregon.

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04:51
Facebook denies bias in Trending Topics, but...

Facebook on Monday denied any evidence of ‘systematic political bias’ in the selection or prominence of stories included in its Trending Topics feature, but promised changes in its processes in any case to minimize errors of judgment by individuals, who appear to play an important role in selecting the stories.

The move by the social networking company was outlined in a response to a letter from Senator John Thune, chairman of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, in the wake of a report in tech blog Gizmodo that cited anonymous sources as saying that Facebook was holding back stories with conservatives views from Trending Topics and instead injecting stories that weren’t as popular. The company decided to investigate the matter internally.

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04:48
The legal mumbo jumbo on popular mobile apps can...

Have you ever been put off by the lengthy “terms and conditions” and privacy policies of mobile apps and other online services?

The Norwegian Consumer Council also has a grouse against these long and abstruse statements and to prove its point the consumer group has downloaded the terms of service and privacy policies for apps found on an “average” mobile, and are streaming live as guests read out the documents.

“Together they exceed the New Testament in length – and would take more than 24 hours to read out loud,” the group said on their website. They point out that few if any have the time to read when they click ‘ok’ when they sign up to use an app.

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04:32
Tim Cook rules out Apple becoming a mobile carrier,...

As part of an interview at Startup Fest Europe in Amsterdam today, Tim Cook has ruled out the possibility of Apple becoming a mobile carrier or MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator).

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04:32
Survey: cybersecurity fears rising, online commerce...

A survey shows cybersecurity fears about breaches, identity theft, and privacy violations are taking a severe toll on the public trust and online commerce.

On May 13, the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released more analysis of its 2015 survey of 41,000 Americans on the topic of online security and privacy. As Violet Blue (@violetblue) summed it up in a post on Peerlyst (https://www.peerlyst.com), "Trust in digital security is flatlining.”

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04:30
Picture ++ is an OS X Photos extension, but is more...

One of the cool things Apple did with last year’s release of Mac OS X El Capitan was to allow the application of third-party image editing extensions within Photos. One such extension is Picture++, which is available at the Mac App Store for $3.99.

It’s an enhancement extension. To enable it, go to System Preferences > Extensions and click on the Photos box under the Picture ++ icon. The utility can analyze images and make enhancements specific to them. You can adjust the intensity of the enhancement by using a slider with a range from 0 to 100%. 

That’s a little helpful, though I found it limiting. However, Picture ++ also works as a standalone app, and that’s where it’s the most useful. As a standalone app, you can use to open, improve, and save most RAW, HDR, and other image formats. In other words, it’s a defaultRAW to JPG converter. Not everyone will need such a...

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04:16
Apple Granted a Patent for a future Solar Power...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of xx newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's invention introducing us to a solar power panel accessory for mobile devices like a MacBook or iPhone that won't require a power converter. One of the inventors noted on this patent had originally worked at Samsung.

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04:06
Apple, Microsoft & Google own 23% of all U.S....

Apple famously sits on a huge stockpile of cash – $215B at the latest count – but a new report from corporate credit rating agency Moody’s puts the number into perspective. It shows that if you exclude banking & finance, a sector that sits on a lot of cash by definition, just three companies hold 23% of all the corporate cash in the USA: Apple, Microsoft and Google.

GeekWire notes that this is the first time that all five of the top spots have been held by tech companies, with Apple holding twice as much as Microsoft and three times as much as Google …

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04:06
Gartner: smartphone sales grew 3.9% in first quarter

Global sales of smartphones to end users totaled 349 million units in the first quarter of 2016, a 3.9% increase over the same period in 2015, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). Smartphone sales represented 78% of total mobile phone sales in the first quarter of 2016, notes the research group.

Sales were driven by demand for low-cost smartphones in emerging markets and for affordable 4G smartphones, led by 4G connectivity promotion plans from communications service providers (CSPs) in many markets worldwide.

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04:03
RailModellers Pro for OS X adds tunnel sections and...

Isle of the Kakapo (http://www.isleofthekakapo.com/) has released RailModeller Pro 5.1, an update to their model railroad and slot car layout design solution for Mac OS X.

RailModeller Pro offers design tools that enable hobbyists to design model train and slot car track layouts via drag and drop. The app includes a library catalog covering over 200 track systems in all major model scales, allowing for custom designs of almost any layout a user can visualize.

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04:00
NuScribe Stylus does double duty as pen, stylus

While Steve Jobs hated the stylus and worked hard to make the iPhone completely usable without one, in some circumstances you simply need a more traditional way to interact with the iPhone — and the Apple Pencil only works (so far) with the iPad Pro.

Typically, I like using a stylus in cold weather when taking off my gloves would just be too cold. Or sometimes my hands are dirty or wet, and I don't want to touch the screen. In my day job, I often take credit cards via Square, and customers feel more comfortable signing with a traditional writing device rather then their finger. My female friends tell me a stylus is indispensable when you've got long nails because the touchscreen isn't always friendly for those with long or manicured nails.

The $19.99 NuScribe stylus is a great writing instrument in and of itself. Sleek and simple, it has the right amount of weight to hold it comfortably in...

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03:39
Project Titan: Apple is Granted Patent for Advanced...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 55 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's winning invention for advanced vehicle access and control system. Before there was ever a whisper of Project Titan, Apple had invented ...

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02:55
MacBook Pro to Gain OLED, Touch ID & First-to-...

In April we reported on one of the likely first changes coming to Apple's Future MacBooks in the form of an next generation Hinge that uses a new metal injection molding process. A new rumor now tells us about more future features aimed for the MacBook Pro this fall.

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Monday May 23

23:00
Parallels Access 3.1 arrives, adding full support...

Parallels has announced the arrival of Parallels Access 3.1, an update to the excellent remote control application for iOS. In the past, it was possible to use Parallels Access on a 12.9-inch iPad Pro, but there were some issues. Now the app makes use of the full screen resolution of the iPad Pro. 

When attaching to a remote Mac from the large iPad Pro, the same three resolution choices that already exist are still there -- "Best for your Device," "More Space," and "Same as Computer". That means that with the 2732 x 2048 pixel iPad Pro screen, one can pull up an undistorted image of a 27-inch iMac screen (not the Retina 5K model, though -- it features a 5120 x 2880 screen!). When the screen size is larger than that of the remote computer, Parallels Access 3.1 adds letterboxing black bars at the top and bottom. 

Other features for the iOS app include:

  • Support for 3D Touch on iPhone 6s and 6s Plus
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20:25
New 13" MacBook to launch in Q3, end...

Noted KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts Apple to launch a next-generation 13-inch MacBook model in the third quarter of 2016, which would expand the company's thin-and-light lineup directly into 13-inch MacBook Pro territory.

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20:22
Apple prepping thinner MacBook Pros with OLED screen...

According to a new note from reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo at KGI Securities and corroborated by our sources, Apple plans to introduce a dramatically overhauled MacBook Pro later this year. Kuo says the device will have a new “thinner and lighter” design with design cues taken from the 12-inch MacBook, as well as Touch ID support and a new OLED display touch bar above the keyboard.

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20:05
2016 MacBook Pro May Include OLED Display Touch Bar...

Apple plans to introduce a revamped high-end MacBook Pro this year that'll include a thinner and lighter form factor, Touch ID and a new OLED display touch bar above the keyboard, according to a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The new MacBook Pro would come in 13- and 15-inch variations and arrive in the fourth quarter of 2016.

While long overlooked, the MacBook line is the brightest spot for Apple’s 2016 rollouts. This is particularly true of the two new MacBook Pro models, to be introduced in 4Q16, as they will have a thinner and lighter form factor, Touch ID, use OLED display touch bar (to replace physical function keys, located above the keyboard) and adopt USB- C / Thunderbolt 3.Kuo calls the new MacBook Pro updates the "most significant upgrade ever undertaken by Apple."...

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19:40
Touch ID, OLED touch bar to highlight thinner...

Apple is expected to drastically revamp its flagship laptop line in the second half of 2016, according to one informed insider, with the slimmed down 13- and 15-inch models said to sport Touch ID, an OLED display touch bar, USB-C and Thunderbolt 3, among other improvements.

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18:04
Prototype iPhone 6 with ‘SwitchBoard’ operating...

Every so often we see a prototype Apple product hit eBay and go for an astronomical amount of money. Today, a “vintage” iPhone 6 prototype with a red Lightning connector has surfaced on eBay. The listing just went up earlier today and has a starting price of $4,999. But expect it to go for much higher than that.

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17:40
Dubious Study Says Fitbit Sucks at Heart Rate...

A new study claims Fitbit's fitness trackers don't accurately measure user's heart rate. That shouldn't come as a big surprise considering Fitbit's products don't undergo FDA approval, but the study itself is dubious first because of its questionable methods and second because it was commissioned by a law firm that's currently suing Fitbit.


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17:33
Using emojis as search terms in iOS Spotlight

I had no idea you could do this.

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17:32
Will.i.am debuts i.am+ EPs earphones as Apple Store...

Musician will.i.am's "i.am+" tech brand on Monday released a pair of pricey Bluetooth earphones dubbed the "EPs," with initial sales to be exclusive to Apple's online and brick-and-mortar retail stores.

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17:20
Apple Sued Over iPhones Making Calls, Sending Email

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fortune: A company that seemingly does nothing but license patents or, if necessary, sue other companies to get royalties, has taken aim at Apple. But here's the kicker: the lawsuit alleges that Apple's last several iPhones and iPads violate a slew of patents related to seemingly standard features, including the ability to place calls as well as sending and receiving emails. A total of six patent infringement claims were brought against Apple by Corydoras Technologies on May 20, according to Apple-tracking site Patently Apple, which obtained a copy of the lawsuit. According to Patently Apple, the counts against Apple cover every iPhone dating back to the iPhone 4 and every iPad dating back to the iPad 2. In addition to taking issue with Apple's devices placing calls, the lawsuits also allege that the tech giant violates patents Corydoras holds related to video calling, which is similar to Apple's FaceTime, as well as displaying a person's...

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16:37
IDC: $200-350 Chromebooks shipped 37% more U.S....

Google's Chrome OS partners Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Samsung and Lenovo collectively shipped 37 percent more low-priced netbooks than the number of premium laptops Apple sold during the quarter in the U.S., although most of those Chromebook sales were to K-12 schools.

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16:29
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16:26
As Apple prepares switch to OLED for 2017, suppliers...

While many are still waiting for Apple to officially announce the iPhone 7 this fall, some have already turned their attention to what the company has up its sleeve for next year’s iPhone. According to a report from Bloomberg, suppliers are already preparing to mass produce OLED displays for next year’s flagship device.

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16:08
Microsoft Tightens Screws on Terrorists Posting...


Microsoft last week announced plans to crack down on terrorist content, perhaps in response to the Obama administration's intense effort to get Silicon Valley's help in preventing organizations like ISIS from using social media as a recruiting and fundraising tool. Microsoft has amended its terms of use to prohibit the posting of terrorist content on its various platforms, extending the existing prohibition on hate speech and advocacy of violence against others.

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15:40
OLED Supplier Sees Fourfold Leap in Orders as Apple...

As Apple gears up to introduce OLED displays in the 2017 iPhone, the impact is already being felt in the company's supply chain. During a recent earnings call, Applied Materials, a company that creates equipment for making displays, reported a fourfold increase in orders.

According to Bloomberg, the growing demand for new display manufacturing equipment from Applied Materials serves as evidence that display makers are retooling their processes to produce OLED displays for Apple's line of iPhones in 2017.

Edge-to-edge iPhone concept image via ConceptsiPhone

Applied Materials executives did not mention Apple by name during the earnings call, but CEO Gary Dickerson dropped some hints in a statement given to Bloomberg, pointing towards long term, sustainable growth and naming the "leader" of mobile products."...

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15:23
ATM hacking spree nets thieves $12.7 million in two...

Normally when your data is part of a haul from some security breach your most immediate worry is about how it can be used to steal your identity online. Well, sometimes that information is instrumental in physical heists. On May 15th, a team of hacke...

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15:21
Notable apps and app updates for May 23, 2016

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

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

iThinkdiff has introduced Njump 1.0. To avoid enemies and obstacles, players in the free game must guide Ninja by make the right jump at the right time. Currently there are six missions, each designed with different kinds of obstacles and enemies. Other than the first mission, all other missions are locked. If the player can score a 15 mile distance in the first mission, then the second mission will be unlocked. All other missions follow the same metaphor.

Facebook introduced the Like button seven years ago, and now Sickweather has introduced the Sympathy button for their public health social...

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15:16
Chance the Rapper Sounds the Changing of the Guard...

If you listen ever so closely you might just hear the refrain, that symbolic moment when the old guard—music downloads—began switching places with the new guard—music streaming. And it was Chance the Rapper who played the sound track of that moment, his album Coloring Book.


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15:15
AWT News Update: May 23, 2016

New ways to control your home lighting, the never-ending Facebook livestream, and more iPhone 7 rumors:

  • Philips ships its HomeKit-compatible White Ambiance bulbs and starter kits
  • Facebook Live Video adds a new API that provides endless livestreaming
  • New rumors based on what appear to be molds for the new iPhones show that the dual-camera arrangement will only happen with the iPhone 7 Plus
  • Apple share prices rebound on good financial news

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for May 23, 2016.

Here’s good news for people who want to get into Apple HomeKit control of their lighting. Philips is now shipping its Hue...

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15:08
Alleged 'iPhone 7' production plates,...

Adding to a growing pile of supposed parts leaks, a set of images posted to the web on Monday suggest Apple's upcoming "iPhone 7" series will indeed sport a larger rear camera aperture, as well as a dual-camera array for the larger "Plus" model, but might ship without a Smart Connector as previous rumors claimed.

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14:27
CyberGhost VPN Premium Plan 3-Year Subscription: $39...

We have a deal for you today on a 3-year subscription on VPN service through CyberGhost. This packages includes AES 256-bit encryption, unlimited bandwidth, and several other security features. Check out the details on the deal listing—our price on this 30-year subscription is $39.99.


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14:01
Possible iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Molds Confirm Camera...

With the launch of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus creeping closer, rumors about the two devices have been leaking out at a rapid pace, offering a lot of conflicting information that makes it difficult to narrow down the features that might be included.

Images of a set of molds and schematics said to be for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have surfaced on Chinese site Baidu and were shared by HDBlog, but as with all the alleged iPhone 7 renderings, schematics, and dummies floating around, the authenticity of the parts in the images cannot be confirmed.

iPhone 7 mold on left, iPhone 7 Plus mold on right

According to the source on Baidu, the molds in the images are plates used during the finishing process of creating the aluminum casing for the devices. There are plates for both the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7...

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14:00
4K UHD TV: Samsung and Sony Are Passing on Dolby...

Page two of last Friday's Particle Debris explores an important CNET article about how, with the latest in HDR technology, Samsung and Sony have elected to pass on Dolby Vision. However, their current 4K UHD TVs still support the HDR10 standard. Why they're doing that and why you should be aware of it is showcased, and an important summary chart from CNET is shown. "But with two rival [HDR] formats, some TVs will have a leg up -- and the brand you buy could make all the difference."  You've been warned.


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13:43
Apple Music Paves Industry Pricing Path, Spotify...

Ten dollars per user per month is simply too expensive for streaming music, and the labels know it. Today's announcement that Spotify has dropped their family pricing to match Apple Music's $15 per month for up to six users is yet more evidence that the music industry is continuing to march towards this reality.


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13:34
MacTech Conference 2016 Adds Home Automation Showcase

Details of this year’s MacTech Conference are starting to become available, and the conference organizers have announced that the event will feature an Apple-focused Home Automation Showcase. Register by the end of the month to save $600 off the standard pricing.

 

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13:33
Gear: Belkin Travel RockStar

Belkin’s Travel RockStar ($60) is a battery pack + surge-protected charger. Designed to be a go-to option for travelers, Travel RockStar packs a 3000 mAh USB battery into its blocky frame. Two three-prong surge-protected outlets are included, in addition to a 2A USB output port. A battery meter is located near the USB port. Foldable wall prongs keep the accessory more compact, though no cables are included. Belkin offers a $75,000 connected…

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