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Thursday May 21

14:30
Apple highlights accessibility in iOS apps, Apple...

In recognition of Global Awareness Accessibility Day on May 21, Apple has showcased a series of iOS apps and published a podcast highlighting its efforts to make Apple Watch easy to use for people with disabilities.

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14:29
LaunchBar 6.4

Adds Action Editor for easy creation and modification of actions. ($29 new, free update, 13.2 MB)

 

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14:08
New 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro Lives Up to Apple...

Apple's new 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, unveiled on Tuesday, didn't include a processor upgrade due to Broadwell delays, but it did get a Force Touch trackpad and one other major improvement -- new PCIe-based flash storage that Apple says is 2.5 times faster than the flash storage in previous-generation machines, with throughput up to 2GB/s.

In benchmark testing conducted by French site MacGeneration [Google Translate], the entry-level 2.2GHz 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro with 16GB RAM and 256GB of storage lived up to Apple's claims, demonstrating impressive read/write speeds that topped out at 2GB/s and 1.25GB/s...

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13:52
AmpliTube 4 for iOS

There are a lot of changes in the new version. Two that really stood out to me are the fact AmpliTube for iOS now uses the same amp DSP as AmpliTube 3 Custom Shop for OS X, and the “Cab Room” that allows 3D miking of cabinets with up to two mics. I just downloaded it.

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13:50
Do not use palm rest or keycap covers on a MacBook...

Leaving any material on the top case (keyboard and palm rest area) could result in damage to the display when you close it. This includes palm rest or keyboard covers, as well as any adhesive-backed keycap additions.

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13:47
Google Reportedly Plans to Fingerprint ID to Android...

Google will be adding native fingerprint authentication to the next version of Android, Android M, according to Buzzfeed. Without citing sources, the publication said the feature would allow users to login to their many Google services with a fingerprint. The company will reportedly announce the feature during next week's Google I/O developer conference.


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13:42
DoT: Time to Get Serious About Car Talk


United States Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx recently called for accelerating the timetable to develop technology allowing communication between cars and highway infrastructures. Foxx directed the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration 1) to submit its proposal to require vehicle-to-vehicle communication in new vehicles by the end of this year rather than in 2016; and 2) to accelerate necessary testing to ensure that V2V and vehicle-to-infrastructure transmissions will be free from radio interference.

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13:38
Regent Street Apple Store to undergo major...

Apple is planning a major renovation of its flagship Regent Street store in London, one which will radically impact the interior and exterior appearance of the building.

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13:29
How NSA exploits mobile app stores from Google,...

In 2011 and 2012, the NSA and the communications intelligence agencies of its “Five Eyes” allies developed and tested a set of add-ons to their shared Internet surveillance capability that could identify and target communications between mobile devices and popular mobile app stores—including those of Google and Samsung.

Notice two words not mentioned anywhere in this story? “Apple” and “iOS.”

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13:25
How to find the serial number on your iMac

Learn how to find the serial number of your iMac computer.

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13:21
Currencies for iPhone and Apple Watch

I tested this app and love it. It’s so easy to use on the Apple Watch.

Just speak:

“Five point ninety-nine” gets you 5.99 “One hundred US dollars to euro” gets you 100 USD converted to EUR

Works great for me.

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13:09
The Pick Your Own Apple Toy Giveaway

We have another fun giveaway with our friends at Stack Social called the Pick Your Own Apple Toy Giveaway. To enter, simply sign up to receive TMO daily deal emails-you can also share your entry with your friends to earn more entries. If you win-and we hope you win-you get to select any Apple product they want for under $700. Apple TV, Apple Watch, iPhone 6, iPad mini or iPad Air...pick what you want. You can find details on the giveaway page.


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12:59
Do you need to care if Apple changes its system font...

9to5Mac reported yesterday that Apple may switch out the system font used in OS X and iOS from Helvetica Neue to San Francisco, the font it developed in-house for the Apple Watch. And if you listen very carefully, that faint background noise you can just discern on the edge of your hearing is half the Apple community bellowing denunciations that this is a stupid idea, and half yelling that OS X 10.11 and iOS 9 (when the switch is rumored to happen) can’t come soon enough.

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12:55
Three Easy Ways to Get Started With Home Automation

Home automation sounds really intimidating when you hear Kelly talk about hubs and horrible user experiences and compatibility concerns. Luckily there are three easy ways you can try a little bit of automation yourself without having to spend a lot of time learning new tech. Kelly has three examples of easy ways to set up cool automation in your house with a minimum of muss and fuss.


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12:38
Google's Chromebooks continue to make inroads...

After a slow start, the market for laptops running Google's Chrome OS --?known as Chromebooks --?has begun to pick up steam, new data indicates, with education customers representing a sizable majority of orders.

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12:37
About Notifications on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

With Notifications you can see alerts and related information for iOS apps. You can see which notifications you have set up in the Notification Center. Learn more about Notifications and how to use them on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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12:26
Apple promotes Accessibility Awareness Day with...

Apple has curated a new App Store section today highlighting Global Accessibility Awareness Day, which is observed on May 21st each year with the goal of “raising the profile of and introducing the topic of digital (web, software, mobile app/device etc.) accessibility and people with different disabilities to the broadest audience possible.”

The featured App Store section includes 15 apps for iPhone, iPad, and even Apple Watch including Proloquo2Go and Proloquo4Text augmentative and alternative...

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12:16
Tip of the Day: Manually refreshing Passbook passes

Have you ever wondered why some of your Passbook passes don’t show correct balances for your accounts? While passes in Passbook are supposed to update automatically, for whatever reason this doesn’t always seem to be the case. Fortunately, if you find that your balances are out of date on some of your passes, the good news is that you can refresh them manually. Simply bring up the pass in Passbook and tap on the “i” in the…

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11:50
Apple launches Czech and Slovak versions of Mac App...

via letemsvetemapplem.com

Apple has launched a version of the Mac App Store localized in Czech. Like previous changes to the Mac App Store, upport for the new language is rolling out to users and will only show up for a few people at first. Some users have also spotted a Slovak version of the store, which may be rolling out now as well.

If you’re not seeing the language change yet, you may be able to enable it by switching your region using the flag button at the bottom of the home page, then changing back.

Update:...

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11:49
A new Report is Claiming that Samsung's 6S is...

Over the last month we've posted a series of reports about Samsung's problems (one, two, three and four) in general and the sales of the S6 specifically. No matter how you slice it, Samsung had another bad quarter to kick start 2015 and all the hype surrounding the S6 once again doesn't seem to be actually panning out.

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11:37
Debunk: That’s not an iPhone 6C with Touch ID, new...

No, that’s not an iPhone 6C with Touch ID, and Apple isn’t planning new iPhones for August…

There is a lot of speculation right now that Apple might have leaked an upcoming device on the webpage for its new iPhone Lightning Dock, while another report claims the company has new iPhones on tap for debut in August. Bad news: both aren’t true.

The iPhone image showed what appeared to be an iPhone 5c with Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor not yet included in the device (pictured above). That led to a long list of sites reporting that this might be the first look at a next-...

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11:34
Split-screen mode could be a huge selling point for...

Apple fans would never deign to carry a Surface Pro, but Microsoft’s advanced tablet has a lot to offer. PCWorld’s Mark Hachman swears by his Surface Pro 3, praising its light weight, generous 12-inch screen size, and improved Type Cover. Since it runs full Windows 8.1, he can run all the same apps he has on a more traditional PC, and it’s even got ports: USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, and microSD. I’m not exactly jealous (I mean, Windows), but I can see the appeal.

Apple isn’t going to slap a Mini DisplayPort onto an iPad anytime soon, but the rumored 12-inch iPad Pro could be just what it needs to appeal to users who are happy in the iOS ecosystem, but want to squeeze even more productivity out of their iPad experience. A new report in...

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11:33
Using a Force Touch trackpad

MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015), MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015), and MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015) come with the new Force Touch trackpad. This article has information about its features and how to use it.

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11:30
Does the Apple Watch Free Us or Enslave Us?

The Apple Watch keeps us better connected, and that can be a good or bad thing depending on what one thinks is a good thing to be connected to. And who gets to decide? John Martellaro ponders his newfound attachment to his Apple Watch.


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11:12
News: Report: Dual app viewing, multiple logins...

In addition to the rumored iPad Pro expected later this year, Apple is said to be working on several additional hardware and software improvements to the iPad, according to a new report from 9to5Mac. Rumours have been circulating for some time now regarding split-screen multitasking on the iPad — a feature that was expected in iOS 8 last year — however sources now suggest that the side-by-side app support feature will arrive with iOS 9, and in…

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11:00
Adobe discontinues Photoshop Touch for iOS,...



Adobe announced today that it plans to discontinue its Photoshop Touch software for iPhone and iPad as it changes its approach to bringing features from its professional desktop application to mobile platforms. Rather than continuing to develop an all-in-one app that tries to recreate the Photoshop desktop experience on...

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10:51
About the OS X Mavericks v10.9.5 Update

Learn about the OS X Mavericks v10.9.5 Update

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10:50
Apple Fiddles With MacBook Pro, iMac Features and...


Apple on Tuesday announced performance enhancements for the MacBook Pro and a new configuration and price changes for the iMac. The new 15-inch MacBook Pro with its Force Touch trackpad and improved flash storage, battery and graphics performance is available immediately online, starting at $1,999. The Force Touch trackpad first appeared in the latest 13-inch MacBook. It includes the taptic engine found in the Apple Watch, which provides tactile feedback for tasks.

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10:41
Apple Working on Split-Screen Multitasking, Multi-...

We've had previous rumors suggesting Apple is working on split-screen multitasking capabilities for the iPad, and hints of the feature are buried within iOS 8, but thus far multitasking has not made its way into the hands of customers. In a post covering information on future iPad upgrades, 9to5Mac confirms split-screen multitasking is still in the works and on schedule to be released as part of iOS 9.

Split-screen multitasking will display two apps side-by-side on the iPad's screen or two views of the same app, allowing users to see multiple documents in Pages at the same time, for example. As was first discovered in code buried within iOS 8, apps will be able to be arranged in multiple...

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10:41
TMO Daily Observations 2015-05-21: Orthogonal Watch...

John Martellaro finally received his stainless steel Apple Watch last week and, true to form, has some thoughts about exactly what is and isn't great with this first iteration of Apple's newest product line. John will take you there ... and we'll take you back home when you're finished.


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10:41
Adobe discontinues Photoshop Touch, offers video...

Adobe on Thursday announced plans to discontinue Photoshop Touch, its advanced photo editor for iPad and Android tablets, while offering brief hints about where a successor or successors might go.

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10:33
ThinPrint brings Wi-Fi printing to iPhones, iPads

ThinPrint has released a new version of its free app ThinPrint Cloud Printer. With the update iPhone, iPad and Android users print documents and photos to any printer in their current Wi-Fi network. A PC or Mac isn't needed.

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10:25
FreeFileSync for Mac OS X revved to version 7

FreeFileSync (http://www.freefilesync.org) has released version 7 of its free, open source file synchronization utility for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. The new release runs under all modern versions of these operating systems, including Yosemite and Windows 10.

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10:20
Apple's Stock Rises Today on Bullish Note from...

Apple shares are up $1.40 to US$131.46 today (as of 1PM EST) following a bullish note from Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty ...

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10:03
Mozilla begins seeking beta testers for iOS version...

Firefox may be waning in popularity as a desktop browser, but development team Mozilla is pushing ahead to release a version of the software for iOS devices. In a new survey discovered by TechCrunch, the company reveals that it’s currently searching for people who can beta test the upcoming app.

Just about anyone can sign up for the beta, though Mozilla hasn’t made it clear how many people will be chosen, or when the selection process will start. Users interested in testing will need to answer a few basic questions about the types of devices they own and their proficiency with iOS software.

Once you’ve answered all of the questions and supplied an email address, the only thing left to do is wait and see if you’ve been chosen.

Mozilla launched a version of...

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10:02
Automatic Launches App Gallery

Automatic has launched a gallery of compatible apps that greatly expand the capabilities of its Link adapter, which has been revised to allow for real-time engine data transmission.

 

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10:01
What to know before you buy the Apple Watch w/...

I decided on the Apple Watch with stainless steel Milanese Loop band for a few reasons, but not before considering the benefits and drawbacks of Apple’s entire collection of straps and bands for Apple Watch. Budget will in many cases guide your decision, but going for the Milanese Loop was a no-brainer for me. There are a few downsides of the band compared to others, however.

Here are a few observations I’ve made after wearing it for the last couple weeks, including little talked about pros and cons you’ll want to consider before purchasing the Milanese Loop for yourself.

1. It looks a bit different than in Apple’s press...

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10:00
Sway has started rolling out to Office 365, added...

It’s been an exciting month for Sway and our journey with Sway Preview! At the Ignite conference, we announced that Sway would roll out to Office 365 business and education customers and add support for more languages. Today we’re excited to announce the start of these rollouts, as well as other changes that expand the type of content you can add and the ways you can visualize the multimedia that brings your Sways to life. Check out the details below!

  • Sway for Office 365 rollout has started
  • Sway now supports six more languages, with more to come
  • Insert Wikipedia snippets about people, places and other terms
  • Add personal and community images from Flickr
  • Add new structure to your Sway with the Grid Card

Sway for Office 365 rollout has started

Today, we’re beginning the rollout of Sway to qualified Office 365...

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10:00
Analyze Office 365 data with Equivio Zoom

Earlier this year Microsoft acquired Equivio, an eDiscovery software company focused on document analytics, to accelerate our efforts to help customers meet legal and compliance challenges. Today we’re excited to announce that eDiscovery capabilities powered by Equivio Zoom are coming soon to Office 365. Equivio Zoom will become available through a preview program starting in June, followed by a broader release before the end of this year. Here’s a closer look at how it works.

With Equivio Zoom you can better understand your Office 365 data and reduce your eDiscovery costs. Equivio Zoom helps you analyze unstructured data within Office 365, perform more efficient document review, and make decisions to reduce data for eDiscovery. You can work with data stored in Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business and Skype for...

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09:58
Security monitoring services will reach 15 million...

A growing roster of smart home services and device providers are using home security monitoring as a beachhead to introduce home automation services. In the key U.S. market, a bellwether for developed markets around the world, some 15 million more U.S. homes will invest in new connected home security services in the next 5 years, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

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09:58
Security monitoring services will reach 15 million...

A growing roster of smart home services and device providers are using home security monitoring as a beachhead to introduce home automation services. In the key U.S. market, a bellwether for developed markets around the world, some 15 million more U.S. homes will invest in new connected home security services in the next 5 years, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

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09:57
Future of iPad: Dual-app viewing mode, then J98/J99...

Facing slowing growth for the first time since the iPad’s 2010 debut, Apple is working on several significant software and hardware updates to reinvigorate the tablet over the next year. Apple is developing a dual-app viewing mode, 12-inch iPads codenamed “J98″ and “J99,” as well as support for multi-user logins, according to sources briefed on the plans. First planned for debut last year, the split-screen applications feature for the iPad could be introduced as soon as June at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference, while multi-user login support and the 12-inch iPads will apparently arrive later…

Apple had...

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09:47
Some users irate over new 15-inch MacBook Pro, 27-...

The good news is that Apple released its new 15-inch Retina Display MacBook Pro along with a new US$1,999 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display this week, the 15-inch MacBook Pro gaining expected features like a Force Touch trackpad, faster flash storage, longer battery life, and better graphics. The new MacBook Pro comes in 2.2GHz and 2.5GHz configurations for US$1,999 and US$2,499 respectively. Both configurations come with a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB memory, and Intel Iris Pro Graphics cards, with the higher-end 2.5GHz model gaining expected boosts in flash storage and memory.

The bad news is that Apple has included older technologies within the new...

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09:35
Apple Invents Compact and Powerful Hotspot Devices

On May 21, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals two new Hotspot devices enabling internet connectivity through a cellular network for devices like the non-Wi-Fi + Cellular iPad or any MacBook that doesn't have built-in wireless connectivity.

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09:28
Apple to Remodel Flagship Regent Street Store in...

Apple is planning to remodel its flagship Regent Street retail store in United Kingdom per a recent application filed with the City of Westminster in England. The company has contracted award-winning architecture firm Foster and Partners to design the layout of the new store and commissioned Donald Insall Associates to conduct a historic building report that justifies the renovations in the iconic shopping area.

A view of the current Apple Store facade facing Regent Street (Foster and Partners)
The proposed renovation will consist of the partial removal of the existing mezzanine floor at the front of the store, the relocation of three columns to create a more spacious feel, the removal of the existing main glass stairs leading up to the mezzanine level and replacement with two new side staircases, and...

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09:27
Apple seeks to improve the stylus with dynamic input...

As rumors suggest Apple will launch a 12.9-inch iPad with a new stylus accessory later this year, a new patent application offers a glimpse at what the company could be working on, describing an advanced stylus that would offer much more dynamic ways of interacting with a touchscreen than just the press of a finger.

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09:26
Reports: Apple Maps to finally add transit...

Apple has been working to fix Maps in iOS since botching the launch in 2012 with iOS 6. Almost three years and two major iOS upgrades later, Maps might finally get the overhaul it desperately needs.

Apple has been busy collecting mapping and transit start-ups over the last couple years, including the recent purchase of GPS company Coherent Navigation, but we haven’t seen those acquisitions at work yet. A new report indicates that the Maps reboot on deck for Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers...

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09:23
Apple may have inadvertently outed upcoming iPhone...

An inadvertent promotional photo may have just outed an iPhone 5c with a Touch ID sensor.

A new promotional photo posted to Apple’s online storefront this week shows what appears to be a new version of the iPhone 5c, complete with a Touch ID embedded in its home button.

The photo was part of a promotion for Apple’s recently-announced Lightning dock. Aside from the Touch ID home button, the pictured device looks much the same. The FaceTime camera remains above the earpiece, while the lock button is on the top right and distinct, pill-shaped buttons control the volume.

It’s possible that this could be an error on Apple’s part and Apple...

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09:12
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 1Password for Mac $35, Samsung...

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

1Password secure password manager app for Mac drops to $35 (Reg. $50)

Home Theater Speakers:...

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09:02
Apple Stores begin selling Watch bands in advance of...

Select Apple Stores are now selling official bands for the Apple Watch, according to photos and anecdotes posted on Twitter on Thursday, as Apple gears up for the product's formal retail debut.

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09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 046 platform...
09:00
Amazing business productivity through Office 365—...

Today’s post was written by Julia White, general manager of the Office Marketing team.

“Amaze your customers!” is how Bob Stutz opened his recent blog announcing the general availability of the spring 2015 release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online. I share Bob’s enthusiasm since many people—especially those involved in sales—will be amazed at how they can save time and sell more through seamless integration of Dynamics CRM Online with Office 365. For the Office team, reinventing productivity is our mantra and we’re excited to collaborate with our Dynamics CRM teammates to help people become more productive, especially when they’re on the go. And aren’t salespeople always on the go?

In addition to delivering increased productivity, our...

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08:56
Apple Could Add Mass Transit to Maps in iOS 9

Apple is planning to reintroduce mass transit directions to its Maps app in iOS 9. Apple hopes to introduce bus, subway, and train route navigation to Apple Maps, a feature that has been absent since Apple stopped working with Google to power its mapping services.


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08:45
Snake Rewind for iPhone needs work

"...and I am a snake head eating the head on the opposite side." -- They Might Be Giants

This song runs through my head as I play Snake Rewind (free, universal) the modern rebirth of the mobile game that confounded Nokia users in the late 90's. It has you guide an ever-growing snake around a confined space, nabbing power-ups and other benefits while avoiding the walls and its own body. It's a perfect example of the "just one more try" genre of game that can be so addictive.

When the controls work.

While Snake Rewind is a noble reboot in several aspects -- looks, music, theming, -- the controls are so wonky that the rest is moot. There are a few other problems as well, which I address below. Allons-y!

Looks

The designers at Rumlius Design went with a retro look...

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08:44
News: Transit coming to Apple Maps in iOS 9?

Apple may finally be adding transit directions to Apple Maps with the release of iOS 9, according to new information obtained by 9to5Mac. When Apple transitioned from Google Maps to its own mapping service, integrated transit directions were one of the casualties, and as a stop-gap measure, Apple provided plug-ins for third-party routing apps for getting directions, allowing users to start planning a trip in Apple Maps and then switch to another app,…

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08:31
Review: Sennheiser’s ClipMic Digital is the perfect...

Back at NAB 2015, I had a chance to meet with Sennheiser and take a look at their new ClipMic Digital. This is a professional grade lavalier microphone that connects to an iOS device via its Lightning port, not to mention the the first of its kind. I know most audio accessories for iOS claim to be “professional” quality, but this thing is no joke. It even compares to my $600 wireless lavalier kit from Sennheiser…

This product was developed in partnership with Apogee, who has developed the 24-bit/96 kHz A/D conversion technology and the free companion app, ...

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08:11
In 1984, Jobs and Wozniak Talk About Apple's...

harrymcc writes: In 1984, Apple launched the Apple IIc computer. As part of its promotion, it produced a video with Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and other employees talking about company's founding and the creation of the Apple I and Apple II computers. Over at Fast Company, I've shared this remarkable, little-seen bit of history. It's full of goodies, from images of Jobs and Wozniak wearing remarkably Apple Watch-like timepieces to evocative photos of early computer stores.


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08:00
New ways to get more done in Outlook.com

We are pleased to announce an update to Outlook.com that lets you make the most of the moments that matter to you—featuring a refined inbox, new ways to collaborate, an upgraded calendar and much more. This update is rolling out today, in Preview, to a small group of customers and is the first of many innovations coming as we upgrade Outlook.com to a new Office 365-based infrastructure.  These new features will be made available to a broader audience through an opt-in program in the coming weeks.

Let’s take a look at what’s new.

Familiar, but refined inbox

Your inbox is part of your daily routine. It’s where you keep in touch with family and friends, check the shipping status of packages and find deals from your favorite companies. These new inbox features are aimed at creating a richer and more engaging inbox, while maintaining the same look and feel you love. Here’s what’s new:

  • Clutter—Get help managing your inbox. Clutter works...
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07:56
News: Apple and IBM expand MobileFirst apps to Apple...

Apple and IBM have begun expanding MobileFirst enterprise apps onto the Apple Watch, as evidenced by updates to Apple’s Mobile Enterprise Apps webpage. The updated page shows three apps that now provide Apple Watch support. Hospital RN allows notifications to be sent to the Apple Watch to alert “nurses to review new patient requests, changes in lab status, safety alerts, and prioritized task lists for immediate action. And Apple Watch…

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07:47
On the Apple Watch Interaction Model and the Digital...

Steven Berlin Johnson finds the digital crown button convoluted:

If you press this button, these are the potential events that will
transpire on your Watch’s screen:

  • You’ll be taken to the “watch face” view.
  • You’ll be taken to the “home screen” app view.
  • You’ll stay in the “home screen” view, but it will re-center on
    the “watch face” app.
  • You’ll move from a detailed view of a notification back to the
    notifications summary.

His proposed solution:

Fortunately there is an easy fix for this confusion, which is to
streamline the Digital Crown so that it focuses exclusively on the
Watch’s two homes. Pressing the Digital Crown should simply toggle
you back and forth between the “watch face” and the “home screen.”
(Its other functionality could all be...

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07:42
Apple Reportedly Looking at Expansion into San Jose

Apple is looking at two different sites in north San Jose for expansion, according to online reports. Any move into the largest city in the Valley would be the first such for Apple, despite its close proximity to Cupertino-the two municipalities border one another.


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07:40
Meet the new QuizUp, an addicting trivia game and...

QuizUp is one of those games you can play for hours before realizing that you’ve fallen down a rabbit hole and can’t escape. It’s about to get worse: The popular trivia game just relaunched with a social networking facet that’s more Reddit than Facebook.

QuizUp, which launched about 18 months ago and has racked up 33 million users, also rolled out a desktop version of the game and a refreshed design on Thursday. But it’s the social features that Plain Vanilla CEO Thor Fridriksson believes will set his game apart from other addicting trivia apps (cough, Trivia Crack, cough).

Gaming with a side of social

QuizUp has more than 1,200 trivia topics to choose from.

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07:31
News: Report: Pebble facing financial struggles?

Pebble, the company behind one of the first successful smartwatches, may be facing financial troubles, TechCrunch reports. Citing sources close to the company, the report notes that the company has allegedly turned to a Silicon Valley bank for a $5 million loan and $5 million line of credit, as VC firms have refused requests for new capital infusions. At this point, Pebble has 150 employees and continues hiring. However, even with the $18 million…

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06:59
Telestream ships Episode 6.5 multiformat encoding...

Telestream (www.telestream.net) says version 6.5 of its Episode multiformat encoding software is now available. It requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher; pricing starts at US$594.

Version 6.5 includes support for closed captions, the latest formats, multi-bitrate encoding, and multi-track audio. Episode provides transcoding for individuals and workgroups.

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06:54
iCloud users experiencing multiple service problems

iCloud users globally have been experiencing trouble and multiple service glitches, although it's not clear why. Apple's System Status webpage (http://www.apple.com/support/systemstatus/) is still showing ongoing interruptions to various services as of this writing.

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06:47
Foxconn to handle bulk of manufacturing for Apple...

Longtime Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn will handle the bulk of production for the company's next-generation iPhone, and will also be the sole manufacturer of the anticipated 12.9-inch iPad, both on track to launch this fall, according to well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

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06:42
Apple Watch Bands in Apple Stores in Limited...

Apple will begin having "limited" quantities of Apple Watch bands in its fleet of Apple Store retail locations later this week. Online reports say the bands will initially be available to customers who want to swap the band that came with their device, though the process for this isn't yet known.


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06:08
News: Daily Deal: Active Wrap Wireless Headphones

In today’s iLounge Deal you can pick up a set of SPBEAT9 Active Wrap Bluetooth Headphones for only $24 – that’s over 50% off. Designed to free you from hassling with ugly and knotty wires, these headphones are designed to be durable while also being lightweight and comfortable for all of your physical activities. The built-in lithium-ion battery provides up to 8 hours of non-stop listening, and built-in noise cancelling technology keeps…

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06:06
Apple's online store outs Touch ID-equipped...

A promotional photo posted to Apple's online storefront this week shows what appears to be a new version of the plastic-backed iPhone 5c, largely unchanged save for the notable addition of a Touch ID sensor in the home button.

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06:02
Apple adds a new Series of Ideas that Could Power a...

On May 21, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals yet another stylus related invention. Apple's latest stylus would work with the iPad but could be used to sign documents on a MacBook Trackpad. Apple also hints ...

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06:00
Apple Watch Gestures

Here’s a list of gestures you need to know on the Apple Watch:

  1. Lift your wrist to show the display: This is probably the easiest of the gestures. Once you’ve put on the watch, simply lift your wrist and you’ll see the display. You’re not gesturing, but you are. Just not on the face of the watch. But many of these are clicking places anyway…
  2. Click on the crown: Access your your home screen. You can control the home screen like this: Manage Apps On The Apple Watch.
  3. Double-click on the crown: Go back to your last app.
  4. Click on the side button: No matter where you are, the side button will take you to your friends list. Customize this list so your top 10 contacts can receive things like, I don’t know, your creepy heartbeat.
  5. Double-click the side button to open Apple Pay: Clicking the side button opened your address book. But double-clicking opens Apple’s system...
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05:58
Find the tempo of any song

Go to songbpm.com and enter an artist and title. SongBPM will search its database and return all songs that match, along with the beats per minute (BPM) for each song.

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05:51
∞ Steve Jobs and time travel

Yesterday, I posted this video, a collection of photos and audio interviews of Apple’s early days. A reader alerted me to an interesting picture of a young Steve Jobs at about 1:50 into the video. Take a look.

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05:30
The new Spotify will stream music to match your...

This is Spotify’s latest move to distinguish itself from streaming competition from Apple, Pandora, Jay-Z’s Tidal, and the like. Sounds like a perfect job for Apple Watch.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:57
MacItBetter releases BetterZip 3 for OS X

MacItBetter (http://macitbetter.com/) has announced BetterZip 3, an update to their archiving solution for Mac OS X.

The utility lets you peek inside archives without first extracting. You can explore the contents of archives and preview files inside using a preview sidebar or even Quick Look. With BetterZip you can compress or extract files with drag-and-drop. Update, move, rename and delete files inside archives as if you were working with normal folders. Version 3 now supports winmail.dat files, DMG files, and ePub files.

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04:53
David Letterman’s very last entrance

We’ll miss you, Dave.

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04:49
Personal, entry level storage market declines in the...

Worldwide personal and entry-level storage (PELS) shipments declined by -6.4% year over year and -13.6% sequentially, finishing the first quarter of 2015 (1Q15) with 17.6 million units, according to the International Data Corporation (www.idc.om). Shipment values declined along with unit shipments, down -11.6% from a year ago to U$1.5 billion, according to the research group.

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04:37
Kool Tools: WaterField Designs' Gear Pouch

WaterField Designs' (www.sfbags.com) upgraded Gear Pouch, designed for the busy professional, is great for stashing everything from tech or personal items to travel documents.

Three sizes and four color choices let you organize all kinds of gear and quickly identify contents. Compact and light, the Gear Pouch remains thin for easy packing, even when fully stuffed. Pricing ranges from US$39 to $49 depending on size.

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04:31
iCloud, Mail, Photos and Other Apple Services...

Apple has updated its system status page to reflect ongoing issues with eleven iCloud-related services: Back to My Mac, Documents in the Cloud, iCloud Account & Sign In, iCloud Backup, iCloud Drive, iCloud Keychain, iCloud Mail, iMovie Theater, iWork for iCloud Beta, Photos and Find My iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac. The services have been affected since around 12 AM Pacific.

iCloud is having issues since 3:11 AM EDT. http://t.co/z2kUNXWrcN RT if it's down for you as well #iclouddown

— DownDetector (@downdetector) May 21, 2015
Multiple users have turned to Twitter and the MacRumors discussion forums to confirm the issues, which range from services running slow for some users to being down entirely...

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04:20
24U FM Bench is fully compatible with FileMaker Pro...

24U Software has announced compatibility of 24U FM Bench 1.2.1 with the new FileMaker 14 platform.

It's a benchmarking tool for optimizing FileMaker 13 and FileMaker 14 product line and business processes. 24U FM Bench helps developers with the whole optimization process from benchmarking through analyzing, identifying bottleneck, optimizing, and reporting results. It can be also used to monitor, analyze, and optimize business processes.

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04:14
NetNewsWire 4.0.0 - RSS and Atom news reader (beta...

NetNewsWire is the best way to keep up with the sites and authors you read most regularly. Let NetNewsWire pull down the latest articles, and read them in a distraction-free and Mac-like way.

  • Native Interface... NetNewsWire looks right at home in OS X 10.8
  • Find Later... Bookmark individual articles, mark sites as your favorites, and search everything.
  • Sharing... Send articles to Instapaper, Twitter, or Facebook.
  • Popular Feeds... If you're just getting started, NetNewsWire can suggest some great reading material.
  • Distraction-free... Reading articles in a browser means putting up with ads and sidebars. NetNewsWire focuses on content.
  • Tabs... For the true reading lover, NetNewsWire easily keeps track of multiple articles open at the same time.



Version 4.0.0 (Public Beta 19 [317]):...

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04:13
Apple's iCloud experiences hours-long global...

Apple's iCloud took a hit late Wednesday night as users from around the world experienced trouble with multiple services due to an unknown issue, ultimately resolved some seven hours later.

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03:56
Apple Invents Spatially Interactive 2D/3D Displays...

On May 21, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that generally relates to computing devices, and more specifically to computing devices capable of displaying a spatially interactive, combined two-dimensional and three-dimensional ...

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03:49
Apple invents adaptive eye-tracking 3D display,...

A pair of Apple patent applications published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday describe a display capable of displaying 2D and 3D images at the same time and a portable cellular hotpot with a unique cylindrical design.

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03:18
Make the most of Mail for iOS with these 8 powerful...

Nope, you don’t have to settle for plain text when you’re composing Mail messages on your iOS device, nor must you archive your Gmail messages when you’d really rather trash ‘em.

Not only that, you can also see more of your messages from Mail’s inbox view, zip directly to your draft messages, manage mail recipients with your fingertip, and get special alerts whenever, say, your boss sends you a mission-critical email.

Read on for eight iOS Mail features you may not have known you had, starting with...

Bold, italicize, or underline words

If you’re partial to punching up your messages with italics or accentuating your bon mots with bold and underlining, you’re in luck.

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01:53
TSMC to Supply Apple with Fingerprint Sensors for...

A new supply chain report today is claiming that TSMC will reportedly manufacture fingerprint sensors ...

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01:00
Office 365—monthly Dev Digest for May

This month’s Office 365 Dev Digest was written by Jeremy Thake, technical product manager for the Office 365 Dev team.

Welcome to the third edition of Dev Digest, designed to help you—the Office 365 developer—keep-up-to date with what’s new in Office 365 development. We have a huge amount of news to share with you this month based on all the announcements that were made at Build 2015 in San Francisco.

For me, the most exciting announcements were the:

  • Support for Office add-ins in Excel for iPad (and very soon Word and PowerPoint) and Word, PowerPoint and Excel Online.
  • New Office 365 Unified API endpoint preview and add-in Commands inside Outlook 2016 Preview.
  • Office 365 Store support for web applications in the Users’ My Apps page.

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Wednesday May 20

20:59
MacUpdate Desktop 6.0.6 - Search and install Mac...

MacUpdate Desktop 6 brings seamless 1-click installs and version updates to your Mac. With a free MacUpdate account and MacUpdate Desktop 6, Mac users can now install almost any Mac app on macupdate.com with a single click, including thousands of titles not available in the Mac App Store. And now, users can search for, discover, and install new apps right from the MacUpdate Desktop app!

Learn more at the MacUpdate Desktop feature page

1-Click App Installs
Installing apps using a Web browser is slow and complicated. You have to hunt down .zip archives, mount disk images, manually drag app icons to the /Applications folder, run custom installers, and delete the files you no longer need. With MacUpdate Desktop, all you have to do is click the "Install" link on a MacUpdate app listing and MacUpdate Desktop takes care of everything.

Keep All Your Mac Apps...

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20:59
ForkLift 2.6.5 - Powerful file manager: FTP, SFTP,...

ForkLift is a powerful file manager and ferociously fast FTP client clothed in a clean and versatile UI that offers the combination of absolute simplicity and raw power expected from a well-executed Mac software.

ForkLift will connect to any remote server FTP, SFTP, Amazon S3, WebDAV, the SMB and AFP shares on your local network,- pretty much anything you can plug into or hook up to a Mac. ForkLift also carries a complete toolbox for managing your files, including Folder Synchronization, Batch Renaming, Archive handling, Application deleter, editing files over remote connections and many more. All these power features are packaged into a Finder-like, dual-pane interface that delivers superior workflow while remaining absolutely familiar to use, along with QuickLook, Spotlight search and all.

Features:

  • Completely re-built from scratch inside and out
  • Disklets (you can mount a remote connection as a disk and access it from any app)...

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20:59
Drive Genius 4.1.0 - Powerful system utility. (Demo)

Drive Genius 4 gives you faster performance from your Mac while also protecting it. The award-winning and improved DrivePulse feature alerts you to hard drive issues before they become major problems. Optimized for OS X 10.10 Yosemite, top features like Defrag and DriveSlim will help keep your Mac running fast. The all-new BootWell tool lets you create a special bootable secondary drive to Defrag or Repair your main hard drive. You can also personalize and organize your Mac hard drive icons with IconGenius.



Version 4.1.0:

  • The Initialize utility has returned; with enhancements such as the ability to select the format type.
  • Cloning a drive to a single volume of a multi-volume drive is now supported.
  • New option to disable DrivePulse preference files corruption check.
  • DrivePulse no longer displays critical Free Space alerts while the computer is idle.
  • Fixed Active Files and IconGenius being disabled for...

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20:59
OnyX 2.9.7 - Maintenance and optimization tool. (...

OnyX is a multifunctional utility for OS X. It allows you to verify the startup disk and the structure of its System files, to run miscellaneous tasks of system maintenance, to configure the hidden parameters of the Finder, Dock, Spotlight, and of some of Apple's own applications, to delete caches, to remove a certain number of files and folders that may become cumbersome, and more.



Version 2.9.7:

  • Graphic interface improved
  • Verifying the disk when OnyX opens improved
  • Deleting the Internet cache improved
  • New version integrated 3.8.10.1 of sqlite3
  • Help improved
  • New Korean translation



  • OS X 10.10 or later



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19:23
Morgan Stanley: Apple Watch demand up 60% in US...

Countering an analyst report earlier on Wednesday predicting a plateau to Apple Watch demand, investment bank Morgan Stanley says U.S. consumer interest is not just strong, but is increasing, with first-year sales estimated to hit 36 million units.

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17:40
ACM 307 - Dr. Mac’s One Tip for Mastering Your Mac,...

Bryan Chaffin is joined this week by Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus on the Apple Context Machine. They look at Dr. Mac's one tip for making the most of your Mac, whether or not Apple was ever going to make a television set, and Apple's support for encryption that actually works.


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17:21
A look at the modified Apple Watch w/ Lightning...

Apple’s in-store “magical” Apple Watch displays have brought about a variety of questions since they first appeared back on April 10th. Thanks to new documents from the Brazilian regulatory process, shared by BlogDoiPhone, we now know a bit more about how the Apple Watch display units are set up. The documents and accompanying images show how a special, proprietary band is connected to the Watch that incorporates a built-in Lightning cable and charges the device.

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17:01
Rare Power Computing Posters by Frank Kozik - Fight...

In 1996, Mac clone maker Power Computing commissioned a series of posters from illustrator Frank Kozik. These were great pieces of art that captured the zeitgeist of the platform wars of the 1990s. They exploited both Apple's weaknesses at the time and Power Computing's strengths when it came to making fast computer hardware, while simultaneously harnessing that underdog quality that gripped so many Mac fans at the time. These posters were handed out as schwag at Macworld Expo, Seybold, and other events, and not many have survived. Bob "Dr. Mac" Levitus, who was Power Computing's Director of Eva, just posted his last unframed prints on Ebay. Check them out.


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16:54
Apple Watch connects to display pedestal via '...

A set of images posted to the Web on Wednesday purportedly show a partially dismantled Apple Watch in-store display with attached Lightning cable, suggesting the device can be charged and fed data via a hidden data port.

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16:43
Your photos are more popular when you use filters,...

Whether or not you think photo filters represent creative assets or the death of photography as we know it, one thing's becoming increasingly clear: they're your ticket to popularity. Yahoo and Georgia Tech researchers have learned that filtered phot...

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16:32
Photos Reveal Secrets Behind Apple Watch Retail...

In its retail stores, Apple uses special Apple Watch display units to allow customers to test the Apple Watch ahead of making a purchase. The units, which have been available in stores since try-on appointments began on April 10, combine a functional Apple Watch (secured to prevent theft) with an iPad mini that gives details on various aspects of the device.

Most of us probably haven't stopped to wonder about how these units work, but new Brazilian regulatory documents and images shared by Blog do iPhone [Google Translate] give us a fascinating inside look at how Apple engineered the display units....

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16:29
Russia Aims to Build US-Free Mobile OS


Russia wants to develop alternatives to proprietary or partly closed mobile operating systems by using open source tools as a foundation, Minister of Telecom and Mass Communications Nikolay Nikiforov said last week. "Success would make a fairly significant impact on the go-to market plans of numerous IT vendors. We are seeing the beginnings of similar efforts in China, a market that has long been central to many vendors' future plans and hopes," said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT.

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16:19
Uber poaches Apple legal counsel to work on privacy...

Popular connected transportation service Uber has hired away Apple lawyer Sabrina Ross to work on an internal team focusing on privacy law, according to a report on Wednesday.

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16:09
Google Editions cases come with live wallpapers and...

Before you dismiss this as a slow-day news post, hear us out: these aren't your run-of-the-mill phone cases. These are the first products Google has released under its new Editions project, a series of collaborations with artists to develop limited e...

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16:00
Accessible Apple: An Interview With Steven Aquino...

steven aquino

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to sit down with Steven Aquino, tech blogger and a contributor to many well-known publications, including: MacWorld, iMore and TidBITS. Among other things, we discussed Steven’s experiences with the Apple Watch, the accessibility of the new device’s straps and how third-party accessories will contribute to the watch’s overall accessibility. You can find a transcript of our interview below:

Alex Jurgensen (AJ) - Hi Steven and thank you for joining me for this interview. I’m really excited to hear what your experience with the Apple Watch has been so far.

AJ - You mentioned to me before the interview that you were writing on an iPad Air. What other Apple products have you owned?

Steven Aquino (SA) - Several iPhones, a MacBook, a few iPods. Magic Mouse. So many.

AJ - That’s quite the collection. May I suggest an Apple TV?

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15:27
Viber's calling and messaging app launches on...

In order for Chrome OS to succeed, Google needs all the support it can get from developers. Hardware companies are certainly doing their part, namely by offering Chromebooks to people at affordable prices. That's why it's important when a popular ser...

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15:24
Fove VR Headset Locks Onto Your Gaze


Fove is the first virtual reality headset to feature eye-tracking -- meaning, among other things, that characters you view on screen can look right back at you. So far, close to 500 people have pledged nearly $200,000 to bring the Fove VR headset to fruition. Just a day into its 45-day Kickstarter campaign, the Fove appears certain to reach its $250,000 goal. Backers can secure a Fove and a developer's kit by pledging at least $375 to the campaign -- the kits offered for $349 have sold out.

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15:22
How to Throttle iCloud Photo Library Uploads

Frustrated by Photos sucking all your Internet bandwidth to sync photos to iCloud Photo Library? There’s a solution, but it’s a bit geeky and requires installing an Apple developer utility. Adam Engst walks you through it.

 

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15:15
Apple gets closer to opening up its first store in...


New Brussels shopping complex La Toison d’Or

Apple is getting closer to taking its retail stores to a new market: Belgium. According to sources within Apple retail, Apple today sent out a memo announcing the new market. The note also was sent to gauge interest from employees who may be inclined to relocate to Belgium to assist with opening up the new location…

When Apple enters new markets, the company frequently seeks employees from the United States and other established markets to temporarily assist with new store launches. Indicating that an opening will occur in the not to distant future, Apple asks interested employees to respond to the note by the end of this month. In addition to reaching...

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15:10
Rumor: Apple Watch bands to begin arriving in Apple...

You won’t be able to buy the actual Apple Watch in your nearby Apple Store location any time in the immediate future.

But you’ll be able to start picking up the Apple Watch bands starting this week.

Apple has recently sent a message to its retail locations informing them that the Apple Watch bands will be available in “limited” quantities. The bands will apparently be intended for customer who want to swap out their pre-bundled band with a new band. Secondary to this, these early band shipments for stores will be available as replacements for worn-out bands from the various store Apple Watch try-on stations.

Finally, the remaining...

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15:08
Xsan 3

Forums: Troubleshooting

Hi to all!

We have MD on Xsan3.
And trying to make debug of metadata and after using snmetadump have a message:

snmetadump exiting at line 1790 of dump_metadata.c: Subsystem error (14):
Inode version mismatch:
Expected 4.0 inode version with big inodes (0x206).
The file system is a 4.0 big inodes + NamedStreams (0x207)i.
Plz help.

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15:08
White 'Halo' Xbox One bundle coming to the...

It's no secret that people love white gadgets. And in case you missed out on the Xbox One Sunset Overdrive bundle from last year, now's your chance to get one. Microsoft just revealed a kit that's loaded with a white version of the console, Halo: The...

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15:00
AWT News Update: May 20, 2015

It's hump day, and there's some interesting Apple news to bring you on today's AWT News Update:

  • Apple is rumored to be moving to a new system font -- San Francisco -- for iOS 9 and OS X 10.11
  • An Apple-backed group presses the US Senate to pass the USA Freedom Act and halt NSA phone surveillance
  • Pebble may be having financial issues and slow growth...
  • The Apple Watch will be used as a support tool for breast cancer patients
  • An Indiegogo campaign seeks to give those who use speech synthesizers a unique vocal identity

The full script for today's AWT News Update follows for your reading pleasure...

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14:51
How to hand off Mail, Messages and more from Apple...

Apple Watch relies heavily on iOS Continuity features like Handoff to ease the load, in some cases transferring to iPhone complex tasks that require a keyboard or access to a full-fledged app. Not documented in the Apple Watch user guide, however, is the ability to transfer these same tasks to Mac.

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14:43
Trolls are using Twitter ads to push hate speech

As much as Twitter is doing to fight harassment lately, it's clear that ill-willed users are still slipping past the social network's defenses -- and sometimes, in very conspicuous ways. Users have spotted trolls using Twitter's promoted tweet ads to...

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14:40
Apple Stores to begin stocking Apple Watch bands...


Image via Zac Hall’s Apple Watch review

Apple Stores will begin stocking Apple Watch bands later this week in “limited” quantities, according to a message sent to retail stores, with the majority of bands being the fluoroelastomer Sport Bands. According to the notice, this strap inventory will primarily be for customers who would like to swap the band that comes pre-bundled with their Apple Watch after their purchase. Secondary to this, these early band shipments for stores will be available as replacements for worn-out bands from the various store Apple Watch try-on stations…

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14:34
Gaming cooperatively makes you more sociable, say...

Gaming has well known dark sides, but it can also improve spatial skills, reduce stress and even bring families together. Two new studies may further confuse you about the benefits, with one concluding that gaming makes you friendlier in the real wor...

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14:25
Fetch and MindMeld debut the first AI-powered Apple...

The Apple Watch isn’t just a dumb screen for parroting the notifications that come to your iPhone—or it doesn’t have to be, anyway. On Tuesday, Fetch announced an integration with MindMeld’s artificial intelligence technology to better interpret on-demand voice requests on its Apple Watch app. This partnership makes Fetch, an on-demand personal shopping service, the first third-party AI-powered app for the Apple Watch.

For a $10 monthly subscription, Fetch users can send a text, photo, or voice command to have a real person (or concierge) assist them with buying specific products, booking plane tickets, making dinner reservations, or even paying for parking tickets. Now Fetch, available on Apple Watch, iOS and Android, will incorporate MindMeld’s technology to better analyze each user’s individual request and meet their demands faster.

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14:15
A Business Site in Russia Claims that Apple's...

It's being reporting today that the Russian business daily Vedomosti reported that "Apple plans to launch its streaming service in Russia and is in negotiations with labels, according to a local media report.

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14:13
Russia to be among first countries with access to...

According to a report on Wednesday, Russia will be one of the first countries to host Apple's upcoming on-demand streaming music service rumored to debut at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference next month.

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14:06
Robotic news writers are faster, but not necessarily...

Robotic news editors promise to save the trouble of picking and writing news stories (and might put people like me out of work), but are they really ready to replace human writers? Yes and no, if you ask NPR. The outlet held a showdown between Automa...

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14:05
Apple Posts Security Content of Watch OS 1.0.1, and...

Apple, as it always does, has posted the security details of its Watch OS 1.0.1 update. If you thought this update was minor, take a look at the details. Then update right away.


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14:03
Demolition making way for new Apple Campus 2, Phase...

Phase two of Apple's ambitious Campus 2 construction project is now underway as obsolete buildings have been demolished over the past weeks to make way for new testing workshops and facilities for research and development.

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14:00
Today in the App Store —PCalc - The Best Calculator...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on Weather Live; the new 60Hz - TV Series Tracker app; and anupdate to PCalc - The Best Calculator that adds support for the Apple Watch. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Death Rally [Now free, down from $0.99] Death Rally is an action packed COMBAT RACER with GLOBAL MULTIPLAYER, STUNNING VISUALS and more than 10 HOURS of CARS, GUNS and EXPLOSIVE FUN.

HappyTruck [Now free, down from $1.99] HappyTruck - Deliver fruits to the marketplace with your truck.

Magnetized...

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13:47
A video for Konami fans who need a laugh, courtesy...

Konami has made some major, mysterious changes this year. It canceled Silent Hills, a horror game from Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima and filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro, even after the exceptionally warm reception to its PlayStation 4 teaser, PT...

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13:46
Tip of the Day: Previewing Link URLs in Safari

When you’re wandering around the web, sometimes it’s a good idea to check where a link goes before simply tapping on it. To do this on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, it’s actually as simple as tapping and holding your finger on the link, instead of quickly tapping and releasing. A menu will slide up from the bottom with the URL of the link shown right at the top. From here you can also open the linked page in the background (or…

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13:44
Sound Kick Bluetooth Speaker: $49.99

Check out the Sound Kick Bluetooth Speaker, a portable Bluetooth speaker with up to 7 hours of playback time. It features both Bluetooth connectivity and a direct line in, and you can control the volume and playback functions directly from the speaker. This device retails for $100, but through our deal you can get it for $49.99.


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13:41
iOS 9 may include a HomeKit hub called Home

Apple says the first HomeKit devices will be arriving in June, which means you’ll need a centralized remote control for managing all of those home gadgets. That will reportedly come in the form of an app built into iOS 9 called, appropriately, Home.

The app will let you control all of your HomeKit gadgets, from compatible smart thermostats and security cameras to lightbulbs and door locks. According to a Wednesday report from 9to5Mac, Home will let you connect and control your HomeKit devices from your iPhone or iPad in a visually appealing way. The app will cluster your HomeKit devices by virtual rooms, so you can easily see which accessory you want to turn on, turn off, or adjust without actually looking at it.

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13:25
Teen arrested for breaking an entire school district...

A teenager from Idaho has landed themselves in hot water after arranging a takedown of their school district's internet access. KTVB News reports that the 17-year-old student paid a third party to conduct a distributed denial of service attack that f...

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13:23
Satechi launches HDD Docking Station with 2-Port Hub...

Satechi (www.satechi.com) has released the USS$54.99 Aluminum SATA III HDD Docking Station, which adds three different inputs.

The design of the Aluminum HDD Docking Station condenses the amount of desk space needed for all peripherals, including 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch HDD and SSD hard drives with a SATA I/II/III interface, cameras, flash drives and more. The two USB 3.0 ports and integrated SD card reader feature a transfer rate of up to 5.0Gbps.

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13:22
If an app you installed unexpectedly quits, stops...

Follow these steps if you have an unresponsive app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

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13:14
Video On Demand content comes to mobile Twitch app...

Twitch announced today that its mobile application now supports video on demand content, a feature that has been requested by fans of the service for quite some time. While the app was previously limited to live streaming, users can now access “highlights and past broadcasts” from all Twitch partners and what Twitch says is a growing list of broadcasters whose videos are HTTP live streaming (HLS)-enabled.

Twitch says that the newly-available video on demand content can be found in an HLS-enabled channel’s activity feed. To access this, you need to tap the Activity Feed icon located at the top left of the player while watching a stream. Alternatively, the app will take you directly to the Activity Feed of a channel if you tap any offline channel from the...

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13:11
U2's Bono Gives a Nod to Jony Ive and Dedicates...

An invigorated U2 tore through anthems and new stuff under a reconstituted sight-and-sound show in San Jose on Tuesday. Enormous speakers from the ceiling spread out sound more evenly in the arena. Dazzling screens ...

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13:10
Report: Apple in talks w/ Russian labels ahead of...


Apple Watch + Music

We’ve reported extensively on what Apple has in store for its new revamped music service that will come alongside an international expansion of iTunes Radio, and today reports from Russian publication Vedomosti (via Billboard) hint that Russia will be one market Apple is aiming to launch in soon…

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13:08
Spotify gains video, moods, and podcasts, Facebook...

Music service Spotify on Wednesday announced a slate of major changes -- including the addition of videos, podcasts, and mood-based playlists -- while Facebook officially expanded Messenger video calls worldwide.

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13:02
If your Apple Watch doesn't respond or won...

Your Apple Watch might have a black screen that doesn’t respond when you touch it or press buttons. Or maybe your Apple Watch begins to turn on, but gets stuck during start up. 

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13:00
Shakin' and wakin': The iLuv SmartShaker

iLuv SmartShaker. Photo ©2015, Steven Sande. All Rights Reserved.

iLuv has just started selling a fascinating little iOS accessory called the SmartShaker (US$19.99) that has one job to do: wake you up. It can do this either by making one of two traditional beeping alarm noises or through an even more annoying method -- vibration.

Design

Hey, if you're going to put a vibrating thing under a pillow, it should be very thin. The SmartShaker is like a weirdly-shaped Oreo cookie, just about .4 inches thick and about 3 inches in diameter. The “chocolate cookie outside” is a hard polycarbonate plastic shell in black, light blue, white, pink and light green, while the “creamy center inside” is actually light gray plastic with all of the electronics stuffed inside.

On the side of the creamy center you’ll find an elongated snooze buttoh, an on/off switch, a micro-USB port for...

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12:49
Analyst predicts Apple will ship less than 15...

The Apple Watch’s supply chain could remain constricted for some time to come.

Releasing a revised forecast note to investors, respected industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities stated that the Apple Watch is likely to see less than 15 million units shipped through the end of September.

In the note, he said that Apple Watch shipments for fiscal year 2015 are likely to be lower than most analysts and investors expect.

Apple’s fiscal year runs through the end of September, which means the 15-million forecast does not apply to holiday 2015 sales.

According to Kuo’s sources within...

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12:45
Apple's Streaming Music Negotiations in Russia...

Apple's Beats Music and iTunes Radio streaming services are available in a limited number of countries, but Apple is working on launching its upcoming music service in a number of countries around the world. Previous rumors have suggested Apple's upcoming music service will launch in multiple countries when it debuts in June, and a new report from Billboard confirms that Apple is seeking to establish deals in Russia.

According to Russian newspapers, leading Russian record labels have hinted at the negotiations and have suggested that Russia will be among the first countries where the new music service will launch. Apple is said to be working on deals with local labels that would expand its digital rights to streaming services. Currently,...

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12:32
News: iOS 9 to include new Home app for HomeKit?

Apple is currently working on a new embedded iOS app for unifying and controlling HomeKit devices, 9to5Mac reports. Dubbed simply “Home”, the app would provide a central user interface to managing HomeKit accessories from any developer using the standard HomeKit specification. Sources familiar with the app have revealed that the app is currently “fairly basic” in its capabilities, with the present development version only providing…

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12:15
How I Feel About My Apple Watch After a Week

I've had my Apple Watch for a week now, and I'm ready to talk about my delivery time, how I feel about it, and how I use it. It's been mostly great, but there are a few things I hope Apple fixes.


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12:05
Report: OS X and iOS will switch to the Apple Watch’...

It looks like Apple could be shaking up its typefaces again. A report from 9to5Mac indicates that the forthcoming releases of iOS and OS X will use the Apple Watch's "San Francisco" as the system typeface, moving away from the Helvetica Neue typeface introduced in iOS 7 and OS X Yosemite.

The typeface, available for registered Apple developers to download here, is "designed specifically for legibility on small screens." We've included a comparison of the "ultralight" weight of both typefaces above.

Two things are immediately apparent—first, San Francisco is just a shade heavier than Helvetica Neue at the same size and weight. Second, San Francisco is narrower horizontally, which is doubtless helpful when you're working with a screen as small as...

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12:02
Daily Deals for May 20, 2015 - featuring DODOcase...

Daily Deals for May 19, 2015, featuring DODOCase sitewide 50% off sale

It’s time to save some of your hard-earned money with our Daily Deals, featuring highlighted deals for AWT readers, hardware discounts and our own handpicked iOS and OS X sales. All prices are USD and subject to change. Please check prices before you purchase as some deals may expire quickly.

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11:59
iOS 9 Could Feature 'Home' App For...

Apple is planning a new "Home" app that would enable users to wirelessly discover, securely manage and control HomeKit-based accessories using an iOS device, according to 9to5Mac. The report also reiterates that the Apple TV would serve as a hub for all HomeKit connected devices.

The report claims that Home could be introduced alongside iOS 9 at Apple's upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco next month, although the app may not be finalized in time and could remain limited to internal usage by employees only.

HomeKit was announced at WWDC last year as a software framework for communicating with and controlling connected devices in the home, but the home automation platform has experienced...

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11:52
Review: Witti Notti and Dotti

Witti's Notti ($60) and Dotti ($80) are two new app-controlled lights that provide a number of features, ranging from visual notification alerts to mood lighting. Notti is simply a smart light, similar in concept to Incipio's Prompt, which we looked at last year. Dotti goes in a different direction by providing an 8x8 LED grid to display 8-bit pixel art.{/exp:char_limit}

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11:38
Spotify Announces Major Update Focused on...

Three weeks ahead of the rumored debut of Apple's new streaming music service, Spotify has announced some feature additions to its own streaming service, with a major focus on curated content and original tracks, plus an expansion into entertainment with video and news clips.

Spotify is introducing a new "Now" start page that offers mood-based music playlists to users, much like Beats Music's "The Sentence," which provides users with curated music options to fit different moods and scenarios. Spotify's "Now" music feature will include curated song selections and its recommendations adapt over time to fit an individual user's tastes.

Another new feature, Spotify Running, focuses on original music. It combines "running compositions written by the world's foremost DJs and composers" with song...

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11:37
Pebble struggling to secure new funding in wake of...

Silicon Valley venture capitalists are reportedly turning down requests from smartwatch maker Pebble for funding, leading to speculation that the company may be struggling following the launch of the Apple Watch.

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11:30
Redundancy Is the New Productivity for Your Mac

Dr. Mac has been teaching people how to use their Macs more effectively for as long as he can remember. So he was surprised to find himself at a loss for words when a friend asked, âIf you could only recommend one thing to help me become more productive on my Mac, what would it be?â This week in Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves Episode 123 he explains why redundancy makes you more productive.


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10:49
Apple’s planned iOS 9 ‘Home’ app uses virtual rooms...

Apple’s plan to manage upcoming HomeKit-compatible accessories could revolve around a new iOS app called “Home,” according to sources familiar with the app. Introduced at last year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, HomeKit is an Apple initiative designed to encourage accessory makers to integrate “connected home” accessories such as Wi-Fi garage door openers, smart thermostats akin to Nest’s Learning Thermostat, and...

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10:48
External Link: The MacJury Discusses Apple Watch...

Last week Chuck Joiner convened a MacJury comprising TidBITS’s own Josh Centers and Michael Cohen to discuss their first experiences with Apple Watch. Tune in for a deep, serious, deliberative discussion of the new device’s pros and cons…ah, who are we kidding? We had a great and goofy time, and you might, too: you can find out — it's just a click away!

 

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10:30
There's Even an Apple Watch App to Assist...

For religious Jews around the world who take prayer seriously, the new Apple Watch Siddur from RustyBrick may just seem like a gift from heaven. Its features ...

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10:26
News: Report: Apple to bring Apple Watch font to iOS...

Apple plans on bringing its own San Francisco font seen on Apple Watch to iOS 9 and OS X 10.11, 9to5Mac reports. The font will replace Helvetica Neue, which debuted in iOS 7 in 2013. Though the San Francisco font was developed “specifically for legibility,” the idea to bring the font to iOS appears to have a mixed reaction within Apple — the report claims that higher-ups believe the font will help “iOS and OS X to avoid becoming…

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10:20
Podcast: The app economy is amazing and terrible

If you live in a big city (like Caitlin in New York, Roman in San Francisco, and Susie in Oakland), you can get pretty much anything your heart desires delivered to your door, and thanks to a host of apps, you don't even have to talk to a person until the doorbell rings—and sometimes not even then. But is the app economy creating a shut-in culture? We discuss our experiences.

Elsewhere, a teaser trailer for the Steve Jobs movie is out, and rumors about a big Apple Watch update as well as a new Apple TV have us intrigued. Samsung and Apple are still battling in court, but we wonder if it might be time for them both to just give it up.

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10:19
MD Anderson Cancer Center turns to Apple Watch for...

The MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper is using the Apple Watch to improve the treament regimens of breast cancer patients, citing the advantages of wearables in getting people to change their behavior.

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10:18
Apple to Use 'San Francisco' Apple Watch...

Though iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 are set to debut in three weeks at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, we've heard little detail on the content Apple might include in the new operating system updates. Neither operating system is expected to get a major visual overhaul, but there may be one significant design change for both iOS and OS X -- a new system font.

Apple has plans to use the new San Francisco font that was introduced with the Apple Watch to replace the Helvetica Neue font used in iOS 7/iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, according to a report from 9to5Mac. The font will be used for menu items, app names, and more, throughout the operating systems.

Ever since switching to particularly thin weights of Helvetica Neue in iOS 7, Apple has been chastised for using a font that emphasizes clean lines over readability, and San Francisco is intended to...

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10:16
Venom Less Toxic Than Heartbleed


It was a little over a year ago that the Heartbleed bug shocked the Internet with its potential for mischief. Now another flaw in open source code has sent network administrators into damage control mode. The bug, called "Venom" for "Virtualized Environment Neglected Operations Manipulation," allows an intruder to jump out of a virtual machine and execute malicious code on its host. Virtual machines are widely used in data centers, so it has the potential to cause widespread mischief.

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10:13
Installing the Apple Watch 1.0.1 Update

Apple has released the first update for the Apple Watch, but the installation process isn’t immediately obvious.

 

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10:02
TMO Daily Observations 2015-05-20: Discovering...

Spotify plans to bring their discovery engine to podcasts this summer, and Apple releases Watch OS 1.0.1. Hear what Bryan Chaffin, Kelly Guimont and Dave Hamilton have to say about all this and more. Plus, get your 10-days of Lynda free at Lynda.com/TDO.


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09:58
Spotify turns itself into entertainment 1-stop shop...

Spotify wants to be your constant companion, as present in your daily life as your phone. The streaming music app on Wednesday rolled out a redesign that includes videos, podcasts, and contextually relevant playlists to accompany you throughout your day. You'll never need to leave Spotify.

The overhauled platform, which rolls out first in the U.S., U.K., Germany, and Sweden, greets you with recommendations that suit your mood, fit the time of day, and match your tastes (which Spotify already knows because of all the playlists you've made).

Beyond music

But it doesn't just offer you songs anymore. The app is now a one-stop shop for your favorite podcasts, if you'd rather start your morning with pop culture news from Slate or an episode of Radiolab than a high-energy playlist, and video clips from Vice News, ESPN, and shows like Broad City.

...

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09:54
The New Active Lens by olloclip could add Telephoto...

Summer is almost here and that always means more photos to be taken – especially with your new iPhone 6 or 6-Plus that you're excited about. If you'd like to add a little pizazz ...

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09:41
Your phone isn’t the only camera you need

The Wall Street Journal:

Phone cameras have made photography everyone’s hobby. But even owners of the fanciest smartphones would recognize the many genres of disappointing phone-ography: The blurry runaway toddler. The lifeless landscape. The grainy candlelit dinner. The ghoulish flash portrait.

We need to save personal tech’s most endangered species, the stand-alone camera.

There’s no doubt that camera phones in general and the iPhone in particular are really good cameras – for phones. And while we’ve all seen or taken great shots with our iPhones, it’s definitely a “jack of all trades, master of none”.

A good camera provides a wider range of possibilities – from zoom to control over depth of field to capturing low light and a higher dynamic range. If you’re not satisfied with the shots coming out of your iPhone, I’d encourage you to learn more about photography in general by taking a class or reading books and web sites on it but don’t neglect the...

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09:41
Wanting for real estate, Apple may undertake '...

With a rapidly-expanding workforce and a shortage of options in the city of Cupertino, Calif., Apple is reportedly considering a "major expansion" of its corporate office and research and development facilities to neighboring San Jose.

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09:38
Pebble may be in trouble

Smartwatch maker Pebble seems to be in some trouble. According to sources close to the company, the company is having trouble maintaining its growth and has turned to a Silicon Valley bank for a $5 million loan and $5 million line of credit. Valley VCs have been turning down the company’s requests for new capital.

You can see why VCs would not want to take on Apple.

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09:10
Apple Watch Demand Flattening as 42mm Models...

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo issued a note to investors today that claims Apple Watch demand may be slowing down, resulting in shipment forecasts being revised down by 20% to 30% to 5-6 million units in the third quarter.

Kuo expects total Apple Watch shipments to fall within the 15 million range for the 2015 fiscal year, lower than the consensus of 20-30 million units, but remains upbeat about the Apple Watch and long-term wearable trends.

KGI Securities conducted a survey that reveals most Apple Watch orders are scheduled to ship in June, and concludes that 2Q15 production output is likely sufficient for the orders placed so far. Kuo also notes that over 80% of orders are for larger 42mm models, implying a male-dominated customer mix based on the assumption that 42mm and 38mm watches are mainly purchased by men and women respectively. "We have learned that 42mm Apple Watch accounts for 60-70% of production. However, the shipping times of 38mm models are...

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09:05
News: Leak reveals Flow by Outlook, a Microsoft...

Microsoft looks to be working on a way to make email conversations on the iPhone more like instant messaging with an apparent new app discovered by Twitter user @h0x0d. A posted image shows a general outline for Flow by Outlook, an app designed to let users have real-time conversations via their email accounts without bothering with the subject lines and signatures of traditional email exchanges. Only conversations started within the Flow app will…

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09:00
Early look at Office 2016 Public Preview for Windows...

On today’s Office Mechanics show, we’ll take a look at the new Office 2016 Public Preview on Windows 10—both on the desktop and on a phone. Ben Walters joins Jeremy Chapman again to the give an app-by-app tour of Office 2016 Public Preview on a Surface Pro 3 and a Lumia phone.

The Office 2016 Public Preview has been available since May 4th and today we are giving an early look at some of the capabilities coming to Office across Windows PCs and devices. There is more focus than ever on data analysis and visualization and in the show, Ben demonstrates what this means using the new chart types in Excel. Office 2016 makes it even easier to create, open, edit and save files in the cloud. We show how the attachment experience in Outlook integrates with OneDrive and automatically configures permissions for recipients. Beyond sharing files from a common location in the cloud, collaboration is...

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09:00
Recapping Yammer highlights and key takeaways from...

Today’s post was written by Juliet Wei, senior product marketing manager for the Yammer team.

With the whirlwind of Microsoft’s first-ever Ignite conference behind us, I’d like to take this opportunity to recap some of the Yammer highlights and key takeaways from the event.

Our inaugural conference was successful on a massive scale, attended by 24,000 people including IT pros, developers, business leaders and influencers. Thousands of you packed into Yammer’s 20+ sessions to learn more about our new focus on team collaboration and see the experiences we’re currently working on in action. The deep level of engagement and enthusiasm you brought over the course of five days both humbled and invigorated us.

The Yammer sessions built upon the foundational sessions from Day 1 of the event, where we laid out...

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09:00
OneDrive for Business introduces new data loss...

The ability to take OneDrive for Business files offline, apply changes and then sync those changes back is fundamental to helping people manage their files effectively across devices.

Many organizations want to ensure their users are only able to sync files to managed- or domain-joined PC’s thereby limiting data leakage possibilities on unmanaged home and personal computers. Today we’re excited to announce that we’re releasing this capability for OneDrive for Business administrators! This complements the other data loss prevention investments we’re making right across Office 365.

To find out all the details on this exciting new feature then check out the OneDrive blog and our comprehensive...

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09:00
OneNote gets ready for summer technology planning...

“OneNote has truly changed and evolved my classroom…adapting to the students’ needs on a quicker and more individualized basis.” — Michael Williams, Teacher and technology champion at Weston Ranch High School, Manteca USD (Watch his Office Mix to learn more.)

Today we are announcing a number of top requested features for OneNote Class Notebooks, OneNote Staff Notebooks, and OneNote across platforms coming soon to Office 365 customers. We realize that many schools and their IT administrators need a little time to prepare for major changes, like automatic installation of the OneNote Class Notebook app for Office 365 Education tenants. These updates...

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08:59
Microsoft Office 2011 14.5.1

Patches a security vulnerability while also fixing a bug that rendered Outlook’s main window invisible on Yosemite. (Free update, 114 MB)

 

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08:57
Spotify to Add Video and Podcasts

Spotify announced on Wednesday that it will soon incorporate videos and podcasts into its streaming service. The service will be offering content from Comedy Central, Vice News, The Nerdist, and more as it seeks to become an all-purpose jukebox.


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08:53
The untold story of ILM, a titan that forever...

Wired:

As it turns 40 this year, ILM can claim to have played a defining role making effects for 317 movies. But that’s only part of the story: Pixar began, essentially, as an ILM internal investigation. Photoshop was invented, in part, by an ILM employee tinkering with programming in his time away from work. Billions of lines of code have been formulated there. Along the way ILM has put tentacles into pirate beards, turned a man into mercury, and dominated box office charts with computer-generated dinosaurs and superheroes.

What defines ILM, however, isn’t a signature look, feel, or tone—those change project by project. Rather, it’s the indefatigable spirit of innovation that each of the 43 subjects interviewed for this oral history mentioned time and again. It is the Force that sustains the place.

I can’t think of another person, organization, studio or company that has had a hand in as many of the movies I love as ILM. They have been an integral part of my...

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08:50
Apple Watch shipments likely to remain under 15...

Faced with production issues from launch, and amidst unknown levels of consumer demand, the Apple Watch is likely to see less than 15 million units shipped through the end of September, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted on Wednesday.

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08:43
Device Enrollment Program: Enrolling a serviced...

Learn how serviced and replaced devices and computers work with the Device Enrollment Program.

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08:34
Refurbished iPad Air 2 goes on sale at Apple's...

Apple is for the first time offering refurbished iPad Air 2 models through its U.S. online store, potentially saving shoppers up to $140 off the cost of the tablet.

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08:33
Microsoft Leak Points to new iPhone Chat App in the...

According to a new report, Microsoft seems to be developing a new application called "Flow" for the iPhone ...

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08:02
Apple Considering Major Corporate Expansion in North...

Apple is considering a major corporate office expansion in northern San Jose, California, according to the Silicon Valley Business Journal. The report claims that Apple is shopping at least two properties that it could lease in the city: Ellis Partners' 296,000-square-foot 101 Tech R&D building along Orchard Parkway and the 1.5-million-square-foot Coleman Highline development site near the Mineta San Jose International Airport.

Ellis Partners' 296,000-square-foot 101 Tech R&D building along Orchard Parkway
With limited real estate options remaining in its Cupertino, California hometown, Apple has expanded to nearby Santa Clara and Sunnyvale in recent years. But with a growing demand for additional office space, beyond its existing One Infinite Loop and upcoming Campus 2 headquarters in Cupertino, the company could soon...

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07:53
Russian Ministry of Communications Aims to Reduce...

Last July we reported that the Russian Parliament had passed a bill requiring internet companies to store Russians' personal data inside the country that would easily apply to Apple who stores Russian consumer data from the Apple Store in the US. Weeks later Russia demanded Apple's source code to ensure security. Yet with all of the politics playing out, young Russian consumers are still favoring Apple's iDevices ...

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07:52
News: Daily Deal: The Pick Your Own Apple Toy...

It’s time for The Pick Your Own Apple Toy Giveaway, in which one lucky winner will get to choose any Apple product they want worth up to $700! This means anything from an iPad Air or Apple TV to an Apple Watch or iPhone 6. To enter, simply submit your e-mail address on the giveaway page to sign up for our iLounge Deals, and you can even gain additional entries by sharing on Twitter and Facebook – the more your friends and followers enter,…

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07:29
The early days of Apple

This is an amazing video, a collection of audio interviews and still photos, beautifully edited together to capture the early days of Apple. You’ll hear lots of Steve and Woz, and some excellent anecdotes.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:25
Refurbished iPad Air 2 now available for purchase

There’s generally some good savings in Apple’s refurbished section.

And you can now count the iPad Air 2 as part of this inventory.

Apple on Wednesday added several configurations of the iPad Air to to its online store for refurbished products, marking the first time refurbished versions of the iPad Air 2 have been made available for purchase.

The iPad Air 2, which was released last October, sports a slimmer body than the original iPad Air, a triple-core A8X processor, 8 megapixel camera, Touch ID, gapless display and anti-reflective screen coating.

Apple is currently offering several refurbished iPad Air 2 models, ranging from the entry-level 16GB Wi-Fi...

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07:17
Scamming a quiz show

Like a good scam story? How about one about scamming a quiz show? This one is a few years old, but I just ran into it today, thought it was good enough to share. Enjoy.

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07:09
Thought controlled prosthetics, a step on the road...

When he was a teenager, Les Baugh was racing with his brother and ran into some live power lines, ultimately losing his arms. Much later in life, he has been given the chance to try out some new, bionic limbs, arms and hands that he can control with his thoughts.

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07:05
Microsoft inadvertently reveals 'Flow by...

Microsoft appears to be developing a streamlined chat and email application for iPhones called Flow by Outlook, a leaked download webpage marked "Microsoft Confidential" revealed on Wednesday.

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07:03
News: Olloclip releases new Active Lens for iPhone 6...

Olloclip has introduced its new Active Lens for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus ($100). Active Lens fits over both front and rear cameras like the company’s previous 4-in-1 Lens and Macro 3-in-1 Lens and Telephoto + CPL Lens models. The newest lens kit features ultra-wide and telephoto lenses along with three wearable pendants. Active Lens can be paired with the Ollocase and is available for pre-order now on Olloclip’s web site. We’ll…

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06:57
Uber, not Tesla, will be Apple’s competition in the...

Neil Cybart argues that Apple and Uber will emerge as titans of an emerging auto industry. A terrific read.

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06:48
Refurbished iPad Air 2 now available from the Apple...

Apple has begun selling refurbished models of its iPad Air 2 via the online Apple Store. As of this writing, there are entry-level models for sale, as well as WiFi + cellular versions with 128 GB of storage. 

I use an original iPad air at home with no performance issues. With refurbished models at 15 to 17 percent off, these iPads are a great deal.

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06:47
Heads Should Roll at Google for "Nigger House...

There comes a point when an apology just doesn't cut it. It's time for Google to show some leadership here and fire those responsible for the recent childish and racially charged antics playing out in their mapping division.

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06:47
Review: Apple’s iPhone Lightning Dock plays nice...

Four years ago, I wondered why Apple sold such seemingly simple plastic docks for $29, so I cut two of them in half to see what was inside. I was impressed: in addition to a larger-than-expected collection of electronic components, they were filled with substantial zinc plates that kept Apple’s devices standing safely upright, no easy feat since the docks kept shrinking every year. The only problem: most (but not all) of Apple’s docks have been model-specific and case-unfriendly, issues that were particularly pronounced in the official iPhone 5s Dock and...

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06:43
News: Refurbished iPad Air 2 models hit Apple Store

Apple has added refurbished iPad Air 2 models to its online store for the first time. The online store has several models and colors available, starting at $419 for Wi-Fi models and $519 for cellular-enabled versions. All the refurbished devices are discounted between 15 and 17 percent off the price of a new iPad Air 2 and include a one-year warranty. [via MacRumors]...

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06:40
Meet OS X Yosemite Extensions

Extensions have made a return to your Mac. These aren't the extensions you remember from the olden days of Mac troubleshooting, though. Kelly has the breakdown on what they are and how you can boss them around.


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06:17
Review: Dotti & Notti, fun (if pointless) ways...

My conclusion in my Skeptic’s Apple Watch diary series was that the device didn’t really have a unique selling-point to me, but was a slightly more convenient way to receive notifications. Ultimately, though, I kept it because it was a cool gadget.

The same argument, I think, would have to be deployed to justify what are really a couple of fun toys that happen to alert you to notifications: Dotti and Notti … 

Dotti is a 6.5×6.5x3cm white box with a display on the front comprising 64 multi-color LEDs in an 8×8 grid. When your iPhone receives an alert,...

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06:11
Tim Cook: Apple Watch in stores by June

This is pretty big news. What do you do if you’ve got a Apple Watch on order and a shipping date in late June?

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06:05
Apple Developers are Snubbing Microsoft's...

During last month's Windows Build developer conference, Microsoft introduced a tool that Microsoft plans to release allowing Apple developers to directly convert their Objective C code built for iOS devices to work on Windows 10 devices with "very few" modifications.

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06:00
Take A Screenshot On Apple Watch

Just like with an iPhone, it’s simple to take a screenshot on your Apple Watch. It’s a similar process as on other Apple devices. To take a screenshot from an Apple Watch, go to the screen to take a screen capture of and then press and hold the digital crown (the round button that spins) while you press the side button down (the little button below the digital crown).

The screen will flash for just a second and you’ll hear the camera sound. If you wait a couple of minutes, the screenshot will automatically show up on your phone in the photo library.

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05:49
Apple upgrades some 27" non-Retina iMac orders...

Some consumers who ordered Apple's top-end, non-Retina 27-inch iMac in advance of Tuesday's iMac lineup shuffle have seen their orders automatically upgraded to the new, less costly Retina 5K base model.

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05:30
Apple Watch: Swapping Calendar Views

Today we've got a nifty Quick Tip on the Apple Watch's Calendar for you! We'll discuss how to swap between the different viewing modes, how to go to the current day, and even what to do to jump back to the top of your list of events.


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05:10
First look: Mophie's aluminum & leather,...

Mophie is one of the biggest accessory makers out of the gate with a docking station for the newly released Apple Watch, and AppleInsider offers an exclusive first-hand look at the soon-to-be-released hardware.

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04:57
AlphaCorr rolls out Rules and SteelRules 9 for Mac...

AlphaCorr — makers of CAD for designing customized packaging, point-of-purchase displays, and the steel rule dies to make them — has rolled out Rules 9 and SteelRules 9, their flagship software on Mac and Windows.

The new versions have support for the most modern operating systems including Mac OS X Yosemite and Window 8.1. New usability enhancements have been added to both programs. A variety of new tools and support for the latest DXF/DWG are included, along with 2D PDF import and export. Both programs also have added a direct link to Adobe Illustrator.

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04:53
New Sales Flowcharts Solution available for...

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced their new Sales Flowcharts Solution in ConceptDraw Solution Park. Based on ConceptDraw Pro's vector drawing features, it allows you to build diagrams.

The Sales Flowcharts Solution is comprised of six libraries that contain 285 vector objects. It costs US$25 for current owners of ConceptDraw Pro 10.

ConceptDraw Pro is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It retails for US$199. ConceptDraw Pro 10 is now included in ConceptDraw Office 3, which retails for US$499.

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04:52
Kool Tools: U73b Compressor effect plug-in

Audified's (www.audified.com) U73b Compressor effect plug-in for Mac (AAX, AudioUnit, VST2, VST3) and PC (AAX, VST2, VST3) is an authentic emulation of the Sixties-vintage German broadcast compressor/limiter hardware predecessor that shares its name.

But before delving deeper into Audified’s authentic-sounding U73b Compressor effect plug-in, perhaps a little history lesson is in order here? After all, only by gaining an appreciation of its namesake hardware predecessor can U73b Compressor be truly appreciated in its own right.

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04:27
DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.8.5 index ebooks natively

DEVONtechnologies (http://www.devontechnologies.com) has updated all editions of its intelligent information and document manager DEVONthink as well as the smart notebook DEVONnote.

DEVONthink and DEVONnote help users classify and organize documents with unique artificial intelligence. Version 2.8.5 adds support for ebooks and Textbundle files. It also comes with better scanner support and PDF annotations. The updates are free and recommended for all users.

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04:11
Microsoft working on a new Email/IM app for the...

Microsoft appears to be working on a new instant messaging app for the iPhone, acting as a kind of cross between email and instant messaging, known as Flow by Outlook. The download page, which describes the project as ‘Microsoft Confidential,’ was first spotted by @h0x0d (via ZDNet).

Use Flow with anyone, it’s email: Reach anyone with an email address and all conversations for you and others are also in Outlook. Together, you can use Flow and Outlook interchangeably to participate in the same conversations.

Fast, fluid, natural conversations: No subject lines, salutations, or signatures....

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