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Friday April 29

11:30
The Public Access Weekly: The cool breeze

This week, Beyonce released a visual album called Lemonade, Babymetal partnered with Super Mario Maker (to the glee of many Engadget staffers), thousands if copies of Uncharted 4 were stolen and we got the first glimpses of the Snowden trailer.

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11:23
∞ Ugh, App Store

Being on the App Store is a tough business, I know from experience. Apple can’t possibly feature all the apps that are in the store, that’s obvious, but it pisses me off when I see Apple being so self-serving to put a big banner for Drake’s new album on the App Store. He doesn’t have an app! [...]

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11:00
New Scosche MagicMount portable battery w/ Lightning...

As someone that often carries around a portable battery or two when on-the-go for extended periods of time (because I don’t particularly like the added bulk of using a battery case), this new MagicMount product from Scosche looks very interesting.

A super slim magnetic pad goes on your iPhone, and the battery pack then magnetically attaches to it when needed and connects to your device over a built-in Lightning connector. That gives you the benefits of a battery case by having the portable battery attached to the device, but also allows you to easily remove it once you’ve added enough juice to your device.

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Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Scosche...

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10:58
TiVo's New Roamio for Cord Cutters Cuts the...


TiVo on Wednesday announced a new version of its Roamio OTA digital video recorder aimed at the growing market of cable cord cutters, with a box that includes a hefty 1 TB of storage space and no monthly subscription fee. The DVR can record up to 150 hours of high-definition programming and up to four television shows at the same time, the company said. The device can access content from OTA network television, including ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS and Univision, as well as content from streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and YouTube.

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10:55
Logo designs with a clever concept

Some of these are very clever, indeed.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:47
Rovi buys TiVo for $1.1 billion

Rovi Corp, a provider of digital television guides, said on Friday it would buy video recorder pioneer TiVo Inc in a $1.1 billion deal that brings together two video software players with deep patent portfolios.

I could never figure out why TiVo, a company that everyone seems to love, could never do better in the market.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:46
Apple Marketing Chief Phil Schiller: 'Never...

Apple executive Phil Schiller gave Apple users a grammar lesson on Twitter yesterday afternoon, explaining that it isn't necessary to pluralize Apple product names.

Schiller's instructions came after a discussion on pluralizing "iPad Pro" between Andreessen Horowitz partner Benedict Evans and iMore analyst Michael Gartenberg. Evans referred to more than one iPad Pro as "iPads Pro," while Gartenberg said "iPad Pros."

Schiller clarified that neither approach was correct. The proper way to refer to more than one iPad Pro is to call them "iPad Pro devices."

@Gartenberg @BenedictEvans @stevesi @macintux One need never pluralize Apple product names. Ex:...

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10:39
Owners of Uconnect Equipped Fiat Chrysler Vehicles...

FCA, the seventh-largest automaker in the world based on total annual vehicle sales issued a press release today stating that Apple's Siri 'Eyes Free' feature is available to nearly 2 million vehicles ...

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10:30
SolarTab Portable Solar Panel is a Bright Spot in...

With cheap high-capacity external batteries abounding, is there still a need for solar-powered chargers? Contributing Editor Chuck La Tournous shines some light on SolarTab—a solar panel charger/battery combo that's a bright spot in the field. But has the sun set on solar?


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10:29
Software update upgrades select 2013-2015 Fiat...

Fiat Chrysler on Friday issued a free software update to owners of some 2013-, 2014-, and 2015-model vehicles, giving them access to Apple's Siri Eyes Free, which enables voice commands to an iPhone by tapping a button on the steering wheel.

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09:45
What does Apple look like without the iPhone?

As some of we lonely voices in the wilderness keep trying to point out, Apple is a remarkably successful company even without huge iPhone sales numbers (and keep in mind, last quarter’s iPhone numbers, while lower than what Wall St wanted, are still on par with Apple’s most successful ones) and in particular when you keep in mind where Apple has come from. It really brings to the fore the fact that Apple Inc is completely different from AAPL.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:43
iFlicks for OS X feature automatic chapter and...

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

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

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09:42
Getty Images Takes Google Grievances to EU


Getty Images on Wednesday filed a competition law complaint against Google with the European Commission. The company last year filed an "interested third party" submission in support of the EC's investigation into Google's anticompetitive business practices. Getty's complaint, in essence, is that Google Images creates galleries of high-res copyrighted content, and that providing easy access to them dissuades consumers from going to the source to view or license those images. That damages Getty's image licensing business.

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09:39
Apple's iPad Pro beating Microsoft Surface in...

Apple's iPad Pro is already surpassing the Microsoft Surface in the so-called "detachable" tablet market, though that market is still relatively small, according to a new research report.

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09:37
How to customize the Apple TV (fourth-generation)...

The fourth-generation Apple TV ($149 MSRP) is much more powerful and capable than previous versions, with thousands of apps you can download from the App Store.

But you know what they say about having great power. To make the most of the latest Apple TV, you’ll need to take some responsibility over the arrangement of these apps on the home screen. Here are three steps to cleaning up the clutter and streamlining your binge-watching sessions.

Choose your four favorite apps

The top row of apps is not like the others with the fourth-generation Apple TV. Using the touchpad, you can scroll over any of these four apps to view suggested content right on the home screen. This can be a helpful way to see what’s on without having to dive into a bunch of separate apps.

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09:34
Fiat Chrysler Adds Siri Eyes Free to Equipped 2013-...

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has released a free software update that enables owners of properly equipped 2013-2015 Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram vehicles to add Siri Eyes Free capability to the Uconnect 8.4 system.

The new software update is available in nearly 2 million vehicles equipped with a Uconnect 8.4 touchscreen system:

- 2013-2015 Ram 1500, 2500, 3500

- 2013-2015 Dodge Viper

- 2014-2015 Dodge Durango

- 2015 Dodge Challenger and Charger

- 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee

- 2015 Jeep Renegade

- 2015 Chrysler 200 and 300

Siri Eyes Free is also supported on 2016 Chrysler, Dodge,...

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 11” MacBook Air 256GB $850,...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Apple 11-inch MacBook Air 1.6GHz/4GB/256GB from $850...

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09:17
External Link: Inside “Emojigeddon”

If you have noticed the ever-growing collection of emoji characters available on your Mac and iOS devices, the people to thank for them are members of the venerable Unicode Consortium, a non-profit group that has been working to standardize the character sets for all the world’s languages and writing systems since 1991. The recent work on emojis undertaken by the Consortium is not without cost, however: a number of members of the Consortium think that the emoji characters are distracting the group from focusing on other, more important work. The chronicles of “Emojigeddon” make for fascinating reading, even if you don’t know a PUNCTUS FLEXUS MARK from a CAT FACE WITH TEARS OF JOY.

 

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09:16
Google begins beta test of Trips, a new travel...

Google Now and the company’s Inbox app already do a pretty good job when it comes to collecting and organizing all those pesky travel details.

But Google wants to go further by serving as your local tour guide with a new app called Trips. After teasing it last week, a beta build is now on the way to some members of the Local Guides program, which is Google’s equivalent of Yelp Elites. 

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Get suggestions for your trip as soon as you arrive at the destination.

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09:15
FCC wireless auction hits spectrum target, paving...

Television stations have volunteered to sell off 126MHz of “beach front” wireless spectrum to mobile carriers in an ongoing U.S. Federal Communications Commission auction, potentially bringing higher speeds and more reliable networks to customers.

The 126MHz of spectrum was the highest amount anticipated by the FCC in the so-called incentive auction, agency officials said Friday. In most areas of the country, the agency will be able to auction 10 blocks of 10MHz to mobile carriers and other interested bidders.

This low-band spectrum, in the 600MHz band, is highly coveted by mobile carriers because it can cover long distances and penetrate walls and other obstacles. Mobile carriers have pushed for more spectrum as their customers’ network use keeps growing, and the low-band spectrum will help carriers roll out faster 5G service,...

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09:03
VideoTweet: Share videos from Final Cut Pro X to...

VideoTweet is a new utility from the folks over at Arctic Whiteness that brings Twitter sharing to Final Cut Pro X. Appearing as a destination within Final Cut Pro X’s export options, it’s a quick way to get video from a project to your Twitter followers. more…

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How-To
, Apps, Mac Tagged: Final Cut Pro X, how to, Mac, OS X, photos app,...

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09:00
Register for “Management in Motion—building an...

Employee turnover is not only expensive, but it can also have a massive impact on the morale of a team. In fact, in a recent study conducted by INC, roughly three out of four employees said that their manager is the worst and most stressful part of their job. In addition, 65 percent said they would take a new manager over a pay raise. To get the best out of your teams and their talents, managers need to be able to inspire and energize their teams.

Join us May 10 at 8 a.m. PDT / 3 p.m. GMT for the next episode of Modern Workplace, “Management in Motion—building an energized workforce,” where we explore how effective leadership fosters a collaborative environment, empowers employees and improves productivity while enhancing customer satisfaction.

  • David Marquet, leadership expert, retired U.S. Navy captain and author of “Turn the Ship...
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09:00
National Small Business Week special edition webcast...

Join us for a bonus episode of the Office Small Business Academy, “Small Business, Big Ideas: Live Expert Q&A, in celebration of National Small Business Week, airing May 5 at 4 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. ET.

We invite the small business community to ask our experts their questions about entrepreneurship during this special one-night event live from the Microsoft flagship store in New York. Together, we’ll discuss the best ways to lead and grow your small business—including tips to empower employees, embrace change, manage resources and create a loyal customer base.

Carol Roth, CNBC on-air contributor and best-selling author of “The Entrepreneur Equation,” will host the event and take your questions, along with Ramon Ray, publisher of Smart Hustle Magazine and small business evangelist, and Rieva Lesonsky, CEO of...

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09:00
TMO Daily Observations 2016-04-29: Kicking Off a New...

Starting a new conference can be intimidating, but it can be exciting, too. Indie DevStock's Tammy Coron joins Jeff Gamet to talk about jumping into the conference organizer world, the excitement and camaraderie she's seeing, and her experience in the conference and developer world.


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08:24
Jony Ive & Friends Open Vogue's Famous Met...

In October Patently Apple posted a report titled "Jony Ive & Vogue's Anna Wintour will Co-Host the Met Museum's 2016 Fashion Exhibit on Fashion in an Age of Technology." The event starts next week ...

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08:22
Comcast’s Raises Monthly Data Cap to a Less-...

Comcast has made a surprise announcement: It will no longer charge overages to any customer who uses less than one terabyte of data per month. That’s not bad. For now.

 

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08:08
Additional Apple Maps data, services emerges for new...

Apple on Thursday expanded its Apple Maps Flyover feature, adding both Flyover data and Spotlight Suggestions to new countries as well as traffic data to a new location. The Flyover feature is now available in Akron, Ohio and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. This brings the grand total of Flyover locations to over 260 cities as Apple has been expanding the feature at a brisk pace.

Additionally, Apple has expanded Spotlight Suggestions to a trio of new countries. The feature is now available in 19 countries with today’s additions of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Spotlight Suggestions offers quick suggestions of content and locations from Maps, iTunes, the App Store, and web when users search for a term via the Spotlight search bar on their device.

Apple Maps...

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08:00
Apple World Today Deals Shop: Special launch deals...

Yesterday we told you about the Apple World Today Deals Shop, our new partnership with StackCommerce to save our readers some money on everything from accessories and apps to training and fun tech toys. Today we're bringing you some launch deals on the 20 for 20 iOS Game Developer Bundle and the Nomad Pod Portable Apple Watch Battery Pack, and if you jump on any deal in the shop, you'll get an additional 10% off if you use coupon code AWT10. Refer a friend to the Deals Shop and you'll also get $...

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07:38
Review: Kito+, the iPhone case that doubles as a...

Prior to the official announcement of the Apple Watch, there were multiple rumors that the device would be packed with health-related sensors. When it finally launched, however, it got just a heart-rate monitor – albeit a sophisticated one. A teardown revealed that there’s also a pulse oximeter in there, to measure oxygen saturation in your blood, but Apple hasn’t yet activated that functionality.

The apparent turnabout on sensors was explained by Tim Cook, who last year told the Telegraph that Apple wanted to avoid the need for FDA approval as a...

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07:29
Congress Could Modify New Supreme Court Ruling...

On April 25 we reported that the DOJ was about to rewrite the search and seizure rules that would expand their reach worldwide and today we learn that the Supreme Court approved a rule change that would let U.S. judges issue search warrants for access to computers located ...

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07:26
Drake says new album's Apple Music exclusivity...

Although Drake's new album Views From the 6 is launching today as an Apple Music exclusive, that exclusivity period is just one week long, according to the rapper.

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07:14
Biz Stone's Jelly app relaunches, promising to...

Jelly’s back—but does it have a winning formula this time?

The Q&A app from Twitter cofounder Biz Stone relaunched this week—on the web and in Apple’s App Store—after Stone last year deemed the original version a failure.

In a post at Medium, Stone said the re-imagined app combines the wisdom of human users with artificial intelligence to quickly produce answers—sometimes fact-based, sometimes larded with opinion—to a user’s query.

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06:52
News: Apple provides more details on new Apple Music...

Apple has provided more detailed information for developers on how to take advantage of the new Apple Music API introduced in iOS 9.3. In a document titled Apple Music Best Practices for App Developers, Apple summarizes how third-party iOS apps can integrate with Apple Music, including some of its functionality in their apps. Specifically, the Apple Music API will allow develoePrs to directly control Apple Music playback as well as determining if…

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06:42
TrendForce: there’s good news and bad news regarding...

New data from TrendForce shows that worldwide tablet shipments in the first quarter of 2016 totaled 35.2 million units, translating to a 35% drop from the previous quarter and a 7.9% drop from a year ago. Despite what many press reports insinuate, slowing tablet sales are affecting also manufacturers, not just Apple. Plus, the research group’s report has good news and bad news about Apple’s iPad Pro.

TrendForce notebook analyst Anita Wang said branded tablet vendors’ shipment results were mediocre following their impressive fourth-quarter performances that were supported by the peak season demand. As large-size smartphones continue to erode the tablet market, the trend of tablets becoming even larger has become more apparent, she adds.

Apple was still the leading brand by shipments in the first quarter with 10.3 million units shipped, amounting to a 36% quarterly decline and an 18.8% year-on-year decrease.

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06:42
News: Apple Music for Android adds music videos,...

Apple has released an update to its Apple Music app for Android devices, adding support for watching music videos on Apple Music and signing up or upgrading to a Family Membership. Users who had already signed up to a Family Membership via an iOS device or iTunes on Mac or PC could use their account in the Android app, however this latest update means that new users can now sign-up for a new Family Membership, or upgrade their single-user account…

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06:30
News: Icahn pulls out of Apple over China concerns

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who took a large position in Apple three years ago, how now sold his stake over concerns with the company’s situation in China, CNBC reports. Speaking to CNBC’s “Power Lunch,” Icahn stated that “We no longer have a position in Apple,” while adding that Apple is a “great company” and that he feels that CEO Tim Cook is still “doing a great job.” Icahn cited…

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06:26
US Supreme Court approves search warrants for...

The U.S. Supreme Court has authorized a rule change that -- barring intervention by Congress -- will allow judges to issue search warrants for computers in any jurisdiction, instead of just the ones their courts oversee directly.

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06:24
Samsung replaces their Display CEO as they Prepare...

Last quarter's Samsung Display sales marked a weak link in Samsung's overall performance, down 12%. Due to this weak performance Samsung moved quickly today to replace Park Dong-geun with Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Kwon Oh-hyun to lead the display affiliate.

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06:20
Supreme Court approves rule change that expands FBI...

The Supreme Court has adopted amendments to a rule to give judges the authority to issue warrants to remotely search computers whose locations are concealed using technology.

The proposed move had been criticized by civil rights groups and companies like Google that said it threatened to undermine the privacy rights and computer security of Internet users.

The top court has approved changes to the Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure, including Rule 41, which with some exceptions prohibits a federal judge from issuing a search warrant outside of the judge’s district. The change in the rule was proposed by the Advisory Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure at the request of the Department of Justice.

To read this article...

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06:17
The FBI paid less than $1 million for its iPhone...

The FBI paid under $1 million for the technique used to unlock the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters - a figure smaller than the $1.3 million the agency's chief initially indicated the hack cost, reports Reuters, quoting unnamedU.S. government sources.

The article adds that the FBI will be able to use the technique to unlock other iPhone 5C models running iOS 9 - the specifications of the shooter's phone - without additional payment to the contractor who provided it. The Justice Department unlocked the iPhone in March with the help of the contractor after Apple Inc refused to bypass the device's encryption features on grounds it could undermine security for all users.

In related news, the U.S. House of Representatives has voted unanimously to pass the Email Privacy Act, a bill that has the backing of a coalition of major technology businesses including Apple...

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06:15
Changing Your Wi-Fi Channel for Improved Speed

This Quick Tip is about how you may be able to improve your network speed by analyzing what channel your Wi-Fi is on. If you live in a congested area, you might see dozens of wireless networks around you, which really isn't ideal for keeping your own network speedy. We'll talk about how to tell what channel you're using and several options for what to do if you find a problem!


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06:09
Drake’s new album an Apple Music exclusive (for one...

Streaming of Drake’s latest album Views has hit Apple Music, and will be exclusive to the streaming service for one week, the rapper announced on Beats 1.

You can also buy the album on iTunes for $13.99. However, you should note that it comes with a parental advisory for “explicit content.”

Speaking of the streaming music service — which now has 13 million subscribers —  yesterday Apple updated its Apple Music app for Android users. With support for family plans, users can now subscribe or update to a six-person family membership. A six-person family membership runs $14.99 — $5 more than the one-person $9.99 membership.

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06:00
List of Safe Complex Characters for Passwords

A number of systems require you to use complex characters in passwords and passcodes. Here is a list of characters that can be used, along with the name and the associated unicode:

  •    (Space) U+0020
  • ! (Exclamation) U+0021
  • ” (Double quotes) U+0022
  • # (Number sign) U+0023
  • $ (Dollar sign) U+0024
  • % (Percent) U+0025
  • & (Ampersand) U+0026
  • ‘  (Single quotes) U+0027
  • ( (Left parenthesis) U+0028
  • ) (Right parenthesis) U+0029
  • * (Asterisk) U+002A
  • + (Plus) U+002B
  • , (Comma) U+002C
  • – (Minus sign) U+002D
  • . (Period) U+002E
  • / (Slash) U+002F
  • : (Colon) U+003A
  • ; (Semicolon) U+003B
  • < (Less than sign) U+003C (not allowed in all systems)
  • = (Equal sign) U+003D
  • > (Greater than sign) U+003E (not allowed in all systems)
  • ? (Question) U+003F
  • @ (At sign) U+0040...
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06:00
The topicdesk.com Roundcube Installer for Server 5...

I thought I posted this previously, but it doesn’t appear as though I did. Server 5, Roundcube installer. Get better mail on OS X Server if you’re misguided enough to use the service.

https://topicdesk.com/downloads/tools/roundcube-for-os-x-server/

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Nomad Apple Watch Roundup

Closing off the week in our iLounge Deals, we have two great accessories for the Apple Watch from Nomad. When you’re on the go, the Nomad Pod Portable Apple Watch Battery Pack ($33.95) provides an attractive portable Apple Watch battery, packed with 1800 mAh of juice so you can keep your Apple Watch and iPhone charged while away from home base. The round and compact design keeps your charging cable tucked out of the way, and it’s portable…

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05:25
Apple Remains the King of Tablets While Microsoft...

According to a new IDC report, the first quarter seasonality combined with an overall disinterested customer base led to an annual decline of 14.7% in worldwide tablet shipments during the first quarter of 2016 (1Q16). Apple's dominance in the overall tablet market was unsurprising.

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05:18
AppleInsider podcast reviews Apple's 12"...

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, we go hands-on with Apple's new early 2016 12-inch MacBook, talk Apple's soft earnings, discuss the Logi Base Smart Connector charger, and talk about 'iPhone 7' and the headphone jack.

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05:00
The Outback Solo a handsome, retro, functional iPad/...

When I pack my iPad or MacBook into WaterField Designs' Outback Solo, I feel a need to put on an Indiana Jones-style fedora or a cowboy hat. Yes, the waxed canvas version of the Muzetto line is that inspiring. 

The Outback -- which radiates quality and top-notch design -- is available in dark brown canvas, a choice of six accent colors and five sizes. With its retro look/feel, it's incredible to look at and touch. Even better, the Outback is as durable a non-padded bag as I've tried. When scratches and marks do appear, they can be softened by applying some heat from a hair dryer -- which only adds to its well-worn look.

The Outback Solo is a vertical messenger bag that sports one main compartment to hold the iPad, a back pocket for paperwork, a pocket under the flap, a zippered interior pocket for stashing cash, and an adjustable strap. A gold liner lights up the interior, which makes it easy to see contents. There'...

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04:50
Deliver Express 2.5.12 for OS X improves...

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

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

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04:30
I'll take mine with pulp (PulpMotion, that is)

By Frank Petrie

So, you're getting tire of your homemade movies and wish there was something you could use to give them more "pop." Look no further than PulpMotion from Aquafadas. The easiest way to describe this app is to think of "themes"' in iMovie on Mac OS X (10.8 or higher). Aquafadas has taken the idea of "themes" to whole new heights.

PulpMotion is an $129 collection of animations that you can drag and drop onto your existing photos or movies into to complete the theme of your choice. Themes range from gorgeous title displays to striking animations; some artistic, some dazzling computer effects. 

There is sure to be something in the selection to suit your taste. From modern computer animation to family themes to drawn animation, all themes are of high quality. You can also add music to your masterpiece, from the user, friendly title bar/tool bar.

For the icing...

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04:24
Streaming of Drake’s new ‘Views’ album exclusive to...

Streaming of Drake’s latest album Views has hit Apple Music, and will be exclusive to the streaming service for one week, the rapper announced on Beats 1. This confirmed an earlier Buzzfeed report.

Drake told Zane Lowe that the album is a very personal one, based very much on his own feelings about himself and his home city of Toronto.

I’m a very honest person. I can’t write fiction.

The short one-week exclusivity period was no doubt influenced by the fact that Drake was the most-streamed artist on Spotify last...

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04:17
Orders for Mac OS X upgraded to version 1.1

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Orders for Mac OS X to version 1.1.

It’s an app for archiving your company sales orders, typically coming in tabled or form orders, after a previous preprocessing or directly from web servers or other sources. Version 1.1 is a maintenance upgrade.

Orders requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $19.99 and is available from the Mac App Store, as well as the Tension Software website.

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04:13
Kool Tools: Addonics compact 1:11 duplicators

Addonics Technologies has rolled out three 1:11 compact duplicators (http://addonics.com/products/m2hfd11sc.php) for 2.5-inch hard drives, SSDs, M2 SATA SSDs or mSATA SSDs.

You don’t need software or a computer to use ‘em. The duplicators are a complete standalone product. Drives are placed on removable drive trays without any special tools or screws. Users just open the drive bay door, load their master hard drive to the source bay and the target drives of equal size or larger capacity into the target bays, close the drive doors, and then push the start button to begin copying.

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04:05
Gartner: half of CEOs expect their industries to...

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

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04:00
Fashion Friday: ‘this is your brain, this is your...

Over the years, I’ve collected lots of nifty T-shirts from trade shows I’ve covered — mainly the late, lamented Macworld Expos held in Boston, San Francisco, New York, Tokyo, and Paris. Over the next few weeks I’ll be “modeling” some of the items in my collection.

Today I’m pictured in a version of the popular “this is your brain; this is your brain on drugs” t-shirt. I received it at some Macworld Expo over the years, but, honestly, I can’t remember which one. Can anyone help me out?

Classic protection: Pad & Quill's Little Pocket Book for iPhone® SE Case

 

 

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Thursday April 28

22:48
Microsoft is using synthetic DNA to store data

Microsoft's data might be intact for thousands of years to come, now that it's looking into DNA storage as an option. The company has purchased 10-million-long oligonucleotides (DNA or RNA molecules) from San Francisco startup Twist Bioscience. Accor...

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20:46
Report: FBI actually paid less than $1 million for...

In a new report, Reuters this evening is claiming that the FBI paid less than $1 million for the tool it used to unlock the San Bernardino gunman’s iPhone 5c. Apple, of course, denied to create a tool to do so, so the FBI went through a third-party to gain access. The report, citing “several U.S. government sources,” further claims that the technique can be used on any iPhone 5c running iOS 9.

more…

Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: iPhone 5C, San Bernardino...

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20:05
who left because of the subscription

Forums: Resharing

Farmers gold likely to drop their prices in response, but those who prefer a legitimate way to buy in-game Blade & Soul Gold currency now have an alternative to buying gold farmers.It may not be the ideal solution to this problem, but the fact that the storm, and now offers incentives to buy gold legally is a step in the right direction. Only time will tell whether this will solve the piracy and inflation problems of the world tin cans Blade And Soul experienced players, but it can worsen the situation, and we hope that the symbolic system not only stimulate the economy in the game, but also brought Blade And Soul new players who left because of the subscription. What month do you think about the world of new cans symbolic systems? 'World of Warcraft' Timewalking increases the risk of old and looting dungeons....

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19:40
FBI reportedly paid less than $1M for San Bernardino...

A report on Thursday claims the U.S. Federal Bureau of investigation spent less than $1 million on an exploit used to access an iPhone tied to last year's San Bernardino terror attack, far below a previously estimated sum of more than $1.3 million.

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17:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Patchworks' Level...

...and, “breathe” a sigh of relief with Elago's latest accessory

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases features the Level Card, a new wallet case from Patchworks. Plus, rugged cases, standard shells, and more. Read on!

Case-Mate

The Naked Tough (iPhone SE, 6/6s, and 6 Plus/6s Plus; $35 through Case-Mate, or $19 on Amazon) is a clear case enhanced with a glittery finish. This dual-layered case sports a protective bumper against side and corner drops, matching button covers to keep out dust and dirt, and a smooth exterior for extra comfort when holding it. The Naked Tough comes in smoke, sheer glam noir, champagne sheer glam, or clear.

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16:59
Carl Icahn Isn’t Wrong about Apple in China

Carl Icahn told CNBC Thursday that he sold his considerable stake in Apple Inc.—some 0.8 percent of shares at his height—on concerns about Apple's business in China, though it might be more accurate to characterize it as concerns that China's government could have a deleterious affect on Apple's business in that market. Bryan Chaffin isn't always a fan of Mr. Icahn's, but in this instance, the mogul isn't wrong.


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16:50
Dead Apple employee identified as 25-year-old...

An Apple employee found dead at the company's headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., on Wednesday has reportedly been identified as a 25-year-old software engineer.

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16:15
Apple expands Flyover, Spotlight Suggestions, &...

Apple today has expanded its popular Apple Maps Flyover feature to a pair of new cities, while it has also rolled out Spotlight Suggestions to new countries and its traffic data to a single new location. Last month, the company expanded Maps Nearby, Flyover, and traffic data to a handful of new locations, following a more significant Flyover expansion that occurred in February of this year.

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16:02
Apple Maps expands Spotlight Suggestions to 3 new...

Apple in an update to its Apple Maps product on Thursday rolled out new coverage areas for Flyover and traffic services, while activating Spotlight Suggestions in three countries.

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15:57
iMovie updated with faster project creation,...

Apple on Thursday released an update to iMovie, the company’s consumer-level video editing app for Mac. The update is available through the App Store.

According to the release notes, iMovie 10. 1.2 includes:

  • Easy to find New Projects button in the Projects browser
  • Larger project thumbnails that match the look of iMovie for iOS
  • Fast project creation lets you begin editing with a single click
  • Clicking a video clip selects the entire clip, instead of a range
  • Keyboard shortcuts to select range within a clip in the browser and timeline (hold down R key while dragging)
  • Support for App Preview resolutions for iPad Pro (1600 x 1200) and Apple TV (1920 x 1080)
  • Improves stability

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15:54
Apple buybacks to resume on Friday, gobbling up...

Apple's share repurchase program will exit a mandated quiet period on Friday--two days after the company reported earnings--enabling the company to resume buying back shares. Coincidentally, the company's shares were conveniently pushed down toward their lowest price of 2016 today.

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15:51
Carl Icahn sells entire Apple stake

But Icahn, who owned 45.8 million Apple shares at the end of last year, said China’s economic slowdown and worries about how China could become more prohibitive in doing business triggered his decision to exit his position entirely.

“We no longer have a position in Apple. Tim Cook did a great job. I called him this morning to tell him that and he was a little sorry, obviously. But I told him it’s a great company,” Icahn said. “In Apple today as opposed to six months or a year ago, in this one, there’s no need for activism because I think they have a great management. But you worry a little bit, maybe more than a little, about China’s attitude.”

Probably the best news Apple has had in a while.

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15:49
Adobe Flash Player updates available for OS X on...

Adobe Flash Player updates address a recently identified Adobe Flash Player web plug-in vulnerability.

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15:30
AWT News Update: April 28, 2016

Carl Icahn's Yacht. Perhaps he can get a bigger one with the proceeds from his AAPL sale.

A surprising amount of action on this Thursday afternoon. What we haven't covered on the site is in today's AWT News Update:

  • Carl Icahn sells all his Apple stock, and we're sad (not really)
  • AWT unveils the shiny new Deals Shop, filled with deals for you
  • The Apple Music app for Android gets an update with new features, including the ability to sign up for a Family Membership

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15:23
Icahn Contradicts his Positive Outlook on Apple,...

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who was among Apple’s largest outside shareholders, said on Thursday that he called Apple's CEO today to tell him that he no longer held a position in the company.

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15:04
Autonomous trucks hits public roads

Six groups of trucks just took part in the EU Truck Platooning Challenge, an international test of autonomous truck driving technology.

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15:00
CareKit Now Available

You can use the CareKit framework to develop apps that help people better understand and manage their health by creating dynamic care plans, tracking symptoms, connecting to care teams, and more. CareKit is open source so, in addition to creating great personal care apps, you can collaborate with other developers and the medical community to make CareKit even better. To download a sample app and learn more, visit CareKit.org.

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15:00
CareKit Now Available

You can use the CareKit framework to develop apps that help people better understand and manage their health by creating dynamic care plans, tracking symptoms, connecting to care teams, and more. CareKit is open source so, in addition to creating great personal care apps, you can collaborate with other developers and the medical community to make CareKit even better. To download a sample app and learn more, visit CareKit.org.

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14:54
House Passes Email Search Warrant Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill requiring a search warrant when law enforcement wants to access email and documents stored in cloud services such as Dropbox and iCloud. The Senate still needs to pass the bill before it becomes law, which seems a little weird considering we have this thing called the 4th Amendment in the Constitution. I'll just share a link to the Bill of Rights in case any of our Senators need a refresher.


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14:48
Apple Music for Android updated with family plan...

Apple today is rolling out an update to the Apple Music app for Android users. The update continues to bring the app up to speed with its iOS counterpart and adds support for music videos and family memberships. The update follows the addition of widget support last month for the Android Apple Music app.

With support for family plans, users can now subscribe or update to a six-person family membership, which is arguably one of the best features about Apple Music. A six-person family membership runs $14.99, which is just $5 more than the one-person $9.99 membership.

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Filed under: Apple Music Tagged: Android, Apple Music...

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14:47
BlockIQ Escalates War on Ad Blockers


As consumers turn to ad blockers to avoid advertising on their mobile and computer screens, marketers and content providers who depend on pitches to pay the bills are searching frantically for ways to counter the pesky programs. BlockIQ offers them one. BlockIQ, owned by AdSupply, which recently merged with Adaptive Medias, has launched BlockBypass. The software can detect users of the popular ad blocker AdBlock and perform a number of countermeasures, including circumventing the ad blocker.

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14:45
Apple World Today introduces the Deals Shop

Notice anything new about Apple World Today? Look closely, and you'll see a new item in the menu at the top of the blog -- Deals. That's your door to a world of bargains made possible through a partnership between Apple World Today and StackCommerce. 

An ad in our sidebar highlights new deals, we'll provide you with posts about a few impressive deals each week, and you can even sign up to get email notification of what's available. Whether it's accessories for your favorite Apple device that you're looking for, IT training in a wide variety of areas and disciplines, fun gizmos like drones or even software, you'll find deals every day in the Deals Shop.

Most of the deals are available for a limited time only, so when you see that one item you just have to get, jump on it. You'll be purchasing items through StackCommerce, who will provide full customer support should you have any questions....

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14:39
iMovie for Mac OS X is revved to version 10.1.2

Apple has updated iMovie for Mac OS X to version 10.1.2. According to Apple, the new version:

  • Offers an easy to find New Project button in the Projects browser;
  • Offers larger project thumbnails that match the look of iMovie for iOS;
  • Provides fast project creation that lets you begin editing with a single click;
  • Clicking a video clip selects the entire clip, instead of a range;
  • Has a keyboard shortcut to select range within a clip in the browser and timeline (hold down R key while dragging);
  • Provides sSupport for App Preview resolutions for the iPad Pro (1600 x 1200) and Apple TV (1920 x 1080) ;
  • Has Improved stability.

iMovie 10.1.2 is a free update for registered users. For new users the cost is $14.99. The app is available at the Mac App Store.

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14:30
Notable apps and app updates for April 28, 2016

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

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

Journey Interactive has introduced Journey Creator 1.0. The $4.99 app is designed to help you create your own location-based app. Once a user enters information, he can send it to Journey Interactive who will take the data and publish a custom app “for a very affordable fee.”

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

TheKeptPromise has released Create Booklet 1.3.3, an update to its booklet printing app for Mac OS X.

Create Booklet allows anyone to create a booklet from almost any file from within almost any software....

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14:09
Apple might start pointing out iMessage autocorrect...

Apple is planning to ruin one of the most hilarious aspects of using an iPhone: iMessage autocorrect, which routinely changes the most basic of texts into something offensive, sexual, or just completely off-base. The company just filed a patent application for a new iMessage feature that would tell a recipient when autocorrect has been at work.

The patent filing, first spotted by AppleInsider, covers an iMessage feature that would highlight an autocorrected word. The person who’s reading your message won’t be able to see what you intended to type, but at least they’...

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14:02
iMovie for Mac updates with quicker project launch,...

Apple on Thursday released a new version of iMovie for the Mac, bringing several small but useful improvements, including three aimed at launching and browsing projects.

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13:59
Apple updates iMovie for Mac with navigation &...

Apple today is rolling out a small update to its iMovie video editing software on the Mac. The update bumps the app to version 10.1.2 and follows an update that fixed YouTube sharing bugs and improved stability. Today’s update includes a couple of changes that improve navigation, as well as your standard bug fixes and stability improvements.
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13:49
Review: August Smart Lock HomeKit enabled + Smart...

The brain child of industrial designer Yves Béhar and tech entrepreneur Jason Johnson, the original August Smart Lock was a revolutionary entry into the home automation market when it made its debut over two years ago — a smart door lock that brought iPhone integration to just about any deadbolt in an elegant design, and it seemed only natural that when Apple unveiled HomeKit, support for the August Smart Lock wouldn't be far behind. Announced last fall and released today, the August Smart Lock HomeKit Enabled ($229) is a second-generation version of the popular lock that sports the same classic design while adding ties into Apple's home automation ecosystem. Alongside the new lock, August has also released a new Smart Keypad accessory ($79) that provides the ability to unlock the August Smart Lock using a numeric code.
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13:45
Apple Music for Android gets music video support,...

Apple on Thursday pushed out an update for the Android version of Apple Music, delivering support for music video playback and new billing options for families.

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13:35
Vudu and Telegram iOS apps update with new 3D Touch...

Walmart on Thursday updated its Vudu iOS app with support for 3D Touch and iOS 9's Picture-in-Picture mode, while messaging service Telegram expanded its use of 3D Touch across the board.

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13:34
Alexa Takes Up Residence in a Really Smart Fridge...


Invoxia on Thursday announced that Amazon's Alexa Voice Service has been integrated with its Triby digital assistants. The voice-activated unit is the first non-Amazon product to be Alexa-enabled. Triby, which has a magnetic frame, features a built-in speaker and microphone that can be used to listen to Internet radio or as a hands-free speakerphone, but its main function is to act as a digital assistant that can provide hands-free control for getting information from the Web, including Wikipedia, weather, news and sports.

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13:30
Uber might charge you extra for making your driver...

Next time you hail an Uber, make sure you’re ready to head out the door or it might cost you. 

Uber is considering adding new extra charges for passengers who make their Uber drivers wait longer than two minutes. According to The Wall Street Journal, these charges will accrue on a per-minute basis, starting from the time the Uber app notifies passengers that their ride has arrived.

In addition, Uber is decreasing the no-penalty cancellation window from five minutes down to two minutes. And passengers who make their drivers wait longer than five minutes without cancelling could be penalized with a $10 no-show fee. Basically, you’ll have two minutes to cancel the ride after requesting it, and two minutes to show up when it arrives, if you want to avoid these new extra charges.

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12:46
Apple Store in Marseille, France set to open May 14...

Apple has officially announced that its new retail store in Marseille, France will open May 14 with the usual announcement on its website (via MacGeneration).

The new retail store, located at the Les Terrasses du Port shopping mall, is Apple’s 20th location in France. That’s if including the shop within Galeries Lafayette that it opened last year as one of several boutique locations for sales of the Apple Watch. Apple is also planning other retail stores for the country including a high-profile flagship location on...

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12:28
Apple releases official Apple Music API...

Apple today has officially released more information on the Apple Music API available in iOS 9.3. Entitled Apple Music Best Practices for App Developers, the documentation today solidifies what the Apple Music API can do and sets a precedent that developers of music apps should follow. At the original release of iOS 9.3, there seemed to be some confusion as to what the Apple Music API would entail exactly. We had reached out to Ben Dodson, developer of Music Tracker, to better understand the limitations and new features the API could introduce. Today’s document verifies our original thoughts.

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12:20
Roxio Toast 14 Titanium for Mac: $49

Roxio Toast 14 is out, and we have a deal on it. This software allows you to capture video directly from your screen, portable devices, or the web, capture, edit, and enhance audio, convert video from the web to view on your devices, create cross-platform discs for easy sharing, copy CDs, DVDs & Blu-ray Discs, burn your digital media on to CD & DVD for both Mac and PC, and it features advanced DVD authoring capabilities. You can get it through our deal for $49, half off retail.
 


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12:18
As tablet sales take a dive, analysts expect...

The traditional tablet may not be dying, but it’s increasingly being relegated to the low end of the market, according to an IDC report released Thursday. Users are migrating toward convertibles instead, and the vendors are following.

IDC said worldwide tablet sales fell 14.7 percent to just 39.6 million units during the first quarter of 2016. Excluding some seasonal holiday upticks, tablet sales have generally declined from their all-time high in the fourth quarter of 2013, when worldwide sales reached 78.6 million units. 

IDC analyst Jitesh Ubrani said traditional slate tablets still dominate the market with 87.6 percent of all units sold. Increasingly, though, they’ve become “synonymous with the low end of the market,” IDC said in its report. The firm said it believes the market for iPads will continue, but only as replacements, not as new customers purchasing an iPad for the first time.

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12:16
Porsche to bring Apple's CarPlay to 718 Cayman...

Sportscar maker Porsche has announced support for Apple's CarPlay in the 718 Cayman and 718 Cayman S, which are now on sale, but only shipping to dealers in late November.

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12:04
Investor Carl Icahn Dumps Apple Shares Over China...

Billionaire Carl Icahn, who has been buying large amounts of Apple stock over the past three years, today told CBNC that he sold his stake in the company."We no longer have a position in Apple," Icahn told CNBC's "Power Lunch" on Thursday, noting Apple is a "great company" and CEO Tim Cook is "doing a great job."Icahn, who sold his shares earlier this year, said that he did so based on worries over China's attitude towards Apple. Earlier this month, the Chinese State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television forced Apple to take down the iTunes Movies and iBooks stores, and Chinese officials believe that Apple is "too deeply established" in core industries in the country.

Apple sales also fell 26 percent in greater China in the second...

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12:00
Griffin’s BreakSafe USB-C Cable Replicates MagSafe...

When Apple introduced the new MacBook in early 2015, with USB-C, the legendary MagSafe power connector had to go. Instead of innovating a replacement magnetic connector, Apple left the job to Griffin. It's called the BreakSafe, and it restores the MagSafe-like functionality to a MacBook. John Martellaro was impressed. Almost.


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11:50
Apple introduces Apple Music API for iOS 9.3

Apple has introduced a new Apple Music API (application programming interface) for iOS 9.3. It allows developers to directly control Apple Music playback for Members among other features. With it:

  • Developers can see if a user is currently a member.
  • Developers can see which country the users account is based.
  • Developers can queue up the next song or songs based on a song ID for playback.
  • Developers can inspect playlists already in My Music or create a new playlists with a title and description (see App Store Review Guidelines for limitation).

A note from Apple says “we encourage developers to use the Apple Music API to provide a superior user experience by integrating these features in your app.”

Slim,...

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11:44
Apple Promotes New Apple Music API Introduced in iOS...

With the launch of iOS 9.3, Apple introduced a new Apple Music API, which is today being promoted through Apple's Affiliate Program Newsletter. The Apple Music API gives developers the resources to expand Apple Music functionality in their apps, through the following features:

- Developers can see if a user is currently a member

- Developers can see which country the users account is based

- Developers can queue up the next song or songs based on a song ID for playback

- Developers can inspect playlists already in My Music or create a new playlists with a title and description (see App Store Review Guidelines for limitation)

The iOS 9.3 Apple Music API...

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11:32
Bad Move: FBI won’t Share San Bernardino iPhone Hack...

The FBI isn't going to share the hack it bought to get into Syed Farook's iPhone with Apple, which means the law enforcement agency is intentionally withholding a 0-day exploit that could potentially be discovered by other parties and used before a patch is released. The reasoning behind the decision is that the FBI doesn't know how the hack works, and therefore complying with the White House Vulnerabilities Equities Process (VEP) wouldn't reveal any useful information.


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11:31
Billionaire AAPL investor Carl Icahn says he’s...

Despite Apple’s $50 billion quarter with $10 billion in profit, the January to March period marked Apple’s first quarter in 13 years without growth including year-over-year iPhone sales declines for the first time. Apple set the expectations back in January, but its stock still took a beating after this week’s earnings report. Now activist investor Carl Icahn, who has been very noisy about what he thinks Apple should do in the past, tells CNBC he has sold his massive share of Apple stock. Icahn once owned nearly 1% of Apple’s shares, and publicizing that he’s out of the stock will likely influence other investors to follow.

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11:22
Citing concerns in China, activist investor Carl...

Billionaire Carl Icahn, who has used his financial clout to influence boardroom decisions at publicly traded companies, announced on Thursday that he no longer owns shares in Apple, just days after the company announced its first revenue decline in over a decade.

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11:08
Deals: Grab the lowest prices on Apple's latest...

AI readers can use exclusive coupons this week to grab the lowest prices anywhere on all of Apple's latest iMacs with AppleCare, including the new iMac HD, iMac 4K and Late 2015 iMac with 5K Retina display. Save up to $250 instantly, with no tax in most states. Plus a free Canon AIO Photo printer with each 4K and 5K.

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11:00
Ten One Designs Timeframe: A protective charging...

Apple devices never have a shortage of accessories, and one year after the debut of the Apple Watch, we're seeing a flood of unique products for the smartwatch. One of those devices is the $24.95 Timeframe (available in 38mm and 42 mm versions, affiliate links), a charging stand unlike any other we've seen for the Watch so far.

Design

Most Apple Watch charging stands are a variation on a common theme -- something elevated (or flat) that a Watch owner strings his or her charging cable through, with a place to put that magnetic charging puck. 

With the elevated models, there's an issue -- if there's no way to tighten the wristband, the Watch can be knocked off by motion or a curious cat. The flat models, including...

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10:53
Fiat Chrysler Open to Working With Apple as VW Seeks...

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is in the late stage of talks with Google parent company Alphabet Inc. about an industry partnership involving self-driving car technology, according to automotive blog Autoextremist and The Wall Street Journal.

Moreover, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has reportedly indicated that he is open to working with a tech giant, including Alphabet or Apple, in order to build more scale and help offset automotive-related production and development costs.

On the contrary, Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller said that its ongoing discussions with potential partners to start new digital mobility businesses do not involve Apple or Alphabet, as reported by ...

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10:43
StarTech launches USB-C adapter line

StarTech.com has released a new USB-C to DVI Adapter that’s available in black and white. The adapter helps users utilize the USB-C port on their laptop and use their existing DVI cables.  
 
The USB-C to DVI Adapter provides the ability to continue using your existing DVI cables to connect a USB-C laptop, such as a MacBook, Chromebook, or Dell XPS laptop to a DVI projector or monitor. The $41.99 adapter is available at CDW, Amazon.com, Newegg.com, PC Connection, and Insight.

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10:40
iTunes Turns 13 Today -- Continues To Be 'Awful...

An anonymous reader points us to a link on Quartz: On April 28, 2003, Apple started up a revolution. Enter the iTunes Music Store, unveiled with a proud flourish by a beaming Steve Jobs. It was a digital jukebox, a music distribution game-changer, a record store to end all record stores -- and it did, in fact, kill off a great number of those. [...] For 13 years -- 15 if you count the two years the program was just a file-storing service -- users have grumbled loudly about iTunes' unwieldy interface, its bloated features, its inability to simply get better. [...] Instead of trying to streamline the service over the years, Apple has opted to stuff an overwhelming number of new features -- movies, television shows, podcasts, mobile apps, and most recently, Apple Music -- into it.The report mentions the following issues with iTunes: space-sucking size, slowness, ugliness, bloatware, lack of online or social integration, a wonky back-end, music isn't even its priority. Marco Arment,...

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10:23
Dr. Mac’s Deeper Look into Budget-Priced VR Headsets

Dr. Mac tested a variety of Virtual Reality (VR) goggles that use an iPhone as its brains, sensors, and screens. In this second installment on the subject, he takes a deeper look at those goggles and offers his suggestions on which to use.


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10:00
Review: ecobee3 HomeKit-enabled smart Wi-Fi...

While the now-Google-owned Nest brought the idea of smart home thermostats into the mainstream consciousness, it is by no means the only player in the game — nor was it even the first by a long shot. In fact, the race began back in 2008, when a small startup named ecobee debuted the world's first Wi-Fi connected smart thermostat. Hence, it's probably only fitting that the company's ecobee3 was the first thermostat to join the club when Apple's HomeKit home automation framework came online. In addition to providing control via HomeKit, ecobee3 has more than a few of its own unique capabilities to recommend it, and like other HomeKit devices we've taken a look at recently, was an existing product that added HomeKit capabilities, rather than a new product released specifically for HomeKit. {/exp:char_limit}
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09:59
Alphabet, Fiat Chrysler working toward self-driving...

Google parent Alphabet may soon have a major ally in its push toward autonomous vehicles, as the company is said to be "in the late stage of talks" with London-based Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

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09:47
Feature Request: How Apple’s Siri-controlled HomeKit...

Like a lot of new technologies from Apple these days, HomeKit isn’t perfect but the parts that work well are really useful. Apple’s home automation framework connects smart accessories from various companies all under the control of Siri and HomeKit apps like Home or Hesperus. But HomeKit is relatively young still and there’s plenty of low hanging fruit in terms of ways the framework could improve with iOS 10 and beyond. Here are a few ideas I hope we see with HomeKit this year:

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Filed under: Feature Request, HomeKit Tagged:...

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09:42
Apple Watch shipped 2.2M units in March quarter, but...

Apple shipped about 2.2 million Apple Watches in the March quarter, although it still saw its share of the smartwatch market slip to 52.4 percent, according to research estimates published on Thursday.

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09:40
Everyone has Advice for Apple, Some want to Poke...

A new report today states as far as Wall Street is concerned, Apple might as well rename itself 'The iPhone Company' as its stock market fortunes rise and fall with the rhythm of the iPhone product cycle. After Apple's earnings this week, everyone in the media has had something to say about Apple missing their quarter. In this brief moment, after a decade of never ending profits to report on, this is what Apple's detractors have been waiting for ...

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09:33
∞ Metallica perform at a record store on April 16,...

Recorded live at Rasputin Music, Berkeley, CA on Record Store Day, April 16, 2016.

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09:31
9to5Toys Last Call: Beats Studio Headphones $140,...

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09:31
Widespread iMessage outage currently affecting users...

[UPDATE 1:31 PM: Apple’s system status page has updated to reflect the issue’s occurrence and resolution.]

Apple’s iMessage service appears to be experiencing widespread issues this afternoon. Numerous people on Twitter and several 9to5Mac staffers are having issues sending and receiving messages across iOS, Mac, and Apple Watch. While Apple has yet to confirm the issue on its System Status webpage, it does note that an outage affecting 0.5 percent of its user base occurred yesterday afternoon.

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09:21
Ten years of Google Translate

Ten years ago, we launched Google Translate. Our goal was to break language barriers and to make the world more accessible. Since then we’ve grown from supporting two languages to 103, and from hundreds of users to hundreds of millions. And just like anyone’s first 10 years, we’ve learned to see and understand, talk, listen, have a conversation, write, and lean on friends for help.

I think we’ve all used Google Translate over the years.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:16
Apple-supported US Email Privacy Act passes...

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted unanimously to pass the Email Privacy Act, a bill that has the backing of a coalition of major technology businesses including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo.

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09:16
How-To: Disable or delete custom services in OS X [...

Yesterday, we showed you how to create a custom service using Automator for easily resizing images via the Finder. Today, we’ll show you how to find the location of the custom services that you create in order to remove them. We’ll also show you how to enable or disable Services using System Preferences. more…

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09:15
OneNote and Office Lens April roundup

Today, we are releasing several new capabilities for OneNote and Office Lens that enhance multimedia experiences, collaboration and canvas organization.

We’ve got a lot of great stuff to cover, so let’s dive in!

Multimedia

Insert and view content from YouTube, Vimeo, Vine, Sway and more, right alongside your notes. By simply pasting a video link into OneNote for Windows 10, Mac or iOS, a playable thumbnail version will appear next to it. Soon you’ll also be able to embed with copy and paste for OneNote Online.

OneNote for Windows

We updated the work and school sign-in process, so now you can sign in to OneNote for the first time using your Office 365 organization ID. We hope this eliminates potential confusion, saves time and gets people into their notes more quickly.

For OneNote for the Windows Phone, we added audio recording, giving you an additional and easier way to get your ideas down while on the go.

OneNote for iOS

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09:00
Seal Industries switches direction, gets to the...

Today’s post was written by Rick Cooper, director of IT at Seal Industries.

Seal Industries delivers high-quality monitoring, maintenance and repair services in the petrochemical industry. We’ve built our business on a reputation for innovation and cost-effective, highly technical service options, but we had outgrown a corporate IT infrastructure that was starting to impact our business.

We have more than 600 field employees working at refineries and plants around the country. They’re equipped with state-of-the-art technology to perform their functional roles, but they had no corporate email, and no way to connect with our network if they did. Meanwhile, we have almost 100 managers and sales people at the main office who had to rely on a small infrastructure of aging on-premises servers.

From impossible to the Microsoft cloud

We had most of the company shut out of our business loop and doing tons of actual paperwork. Back at the office, my IT...

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09:00
Episode 091 on Angular 2 with Sahil Malik—Office 365...

In this episode, Richard DiZerega talks with Sahil Malik about what it means to be a developer with Office 365 and the Office 365 work Sahil has been doing with authentication, Angular 2 and Cordova.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP91_SahilMalik.mp3

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09:00
Mobile application management and conditional access...

We are pleased to announce support for mobile application management (MAM) and conditional access capabilities for Skype for Business mobile apps for online customers. These capabilities are delivered through integration with Intune, Microsoft’s cloud-based mobile device and application management solution.

An integral aspect of enabling true productivity is ensuring that employees can communicate and collaborate from wherever they are, on their favorite devices. At the same time, keeping sensitive corporate information secure is critical. With Skype for Business, we are committed to enabling productivity on the go for end users, as well as providing IT the tools to protect and manage the applications and associated data.

Here’s a look at some of the core Intune MAM and conditional access capabilities that can help you enable managed productivity with Skype for Business.

Manage and prevent data loss from Skype for Business apps using Intune

With an...

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09:00
TMO Daily Observations 2016-04-28: The Developer...

With Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference coming in June, today we look at how other developer-related events fit in. John Wilker from 360|iDev joins Jeff Gamet to talk about dev-focused conferences, meeting developer needs outside of WWDC, the openness between event organizers, and more.


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08:45
Alto's Adventure 66% off for a limited time

I'm not much of a fan of side-scrollers, so when I found myself playing the ethereal, beautiful and exciting Alto's Adventure for hours on end, I knew I had found something special. The premise of the game is simple; you guide a character on his snowboard to round up llamas, do increasingly more complex stunts, jump over crevasses, and try to keep from wiping out. Between the fun gameplay, the ever-changing weather in the game, the beautiful sunset and night scenes, and the atmospheric soundtrack, Alto's Adventure is a joy to play. If you haven't yet purchased it, Alto's Adventure is now on sale for just $0.99, down from $2.99

Seriously, this will be the best dollar you've ever spent. The app includes the tvOS version as well, so those of you with the 4th-generation Apple TV can enjoy...

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08:40
Apple issues statement after death on campus

“We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of a young and talented coworker. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends, including the many people he worked with here at Apple.”

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08:35
FBI not submitting San Bernadino iPhone hack for...

The FBI is keeping the San Bernadino iPhone hack technique to itself for the time being.

A recent report has stated that the FBI will not be submitting the exploit used to break into the iPhone 5c of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook to a review process that could clear it for sharing with outside parties.

The FBI, which used a third party to unlock the iPhone, apparently didn’t acquire the rights to the technical details used in the hack, according to Amy Hess, the FBI’s executive assistant director for science and technology. As a result, Hess said the agency doesn’t “have enough technical information about any vulnerability” that could be considered for release.

On Wednesday, FBI director James Comey said that the agency was still deciding whether it...

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08:23
PDFpen 8 Adds Attachments, Digital Signatures, and...

Smile has updated PDFpen and PDFpenPro to version 8, featuring file attachments, digital signing, audio attachments, measurement tools, and better export capabilities.

 

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08:17
Apple reports higher than expected demand for iPhone...

Well, at least the iPhone SE is selling well.

While Apple has yet to divulge official sales numbers for the new handset, company executives said that demand for the device was “very strong” and higher than expected during this week’s earnings call.

As such, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company is working hard to meet demand and improve shipping times for the unit.

Cook offered the following statement.

“We’re thrilled with the response that we’ve seen on it. It is clear that there is a demand there even much beyond what we thought. That is really why we have the constraint that we have. Since its release, the iPhone SE has been in short supply despite reports of lackluster sales. For the past several weeks, new iPhone SE orders have listed expected delivery times...

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08:15
Kenu's Car Kit Deluxe adds Tripline cable for...

Last December as I was preparing for a long road trip, I reviewed the Kenu Dualtrip and Airframe+ Car Kit and found a lot to like. The Dualtrip ($19.95) offers two side-by-side USB charging ports in a slimline design, perfect for charging two iPhones or iPads at top speed. The Airframe+ ($29.95) is a compact and sturdy vent mount for your favorite iPhone -- the two together made my road trip a pleasure. Today Kenu announced the $59.95 Car Kit Deluxe, which builds on the Dualtrip and Airframe+ Car Kit, adding a new versatile cable called the Tripline...

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08:07
The first CareKit apps go live, focusing on babies,...

Last month Apple announced its potentially radical new health solution, a software development framework called CareKit. The initiative gives developers four tools to put in their apps that will make it easier for you, the patient, to monitor your medical conditions and share information with your doctor. The first wave of CareKit apps is now live in the App Store.

Apple

You can share your medical data with a doctor right from an app.

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07:59
Tinder Social alarms users by showing Facebook...

Turns out some people like to keep their private life...private.

So when Tinder—the dating app that lets users “swipe right” to find matches, often for quick flings—announced this week that it was testing a new feature that let users see each other’s Facebook friends, the backlash set in quickly.

Tinder just as quickly told users how to to disable the new “Tinder Social” features, but company officials sounded defensive when making the announcement.

“We are only testing (Tinder Social) at this point, but it’s important to note Tinder’s not a secret considering 70% of users download Tinder because their friends recommend it,” the company said in a blog post.

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07:50
It’s Alive! CareKit Apps Come to the App Store

Apple introduced its CareKit platform in March, and now apps that take advantage of its features are rolling out on the App Store. The first four apps tasking advantage of CareKit are Glow Nurture, Glow Baby, One Drop, and Start.


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07:42
Weather forecast interrupted by Windows 10 upgrade...

I can definitely relate.

My wife and I have a Windows laptop in our kitchen. First we were asked politely if we were interested in upgrading to Windows 10. Then we were reminded repeatedly. And, ultimately, we woke up one morning to see our machine taking matters into its own hands, whistling silently, while it upgraded us to what it knew we really needed.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:31
No ducking way: Apple may soon let your friends know...

Textual ambiguity may be a thing of the past if Apple adopts one of its newly-published patent applications, a system which will inform the person on the other end of the line when autocorrect has been at work.

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07:30
August Home’s Siri-controlled Smart Lock with...

August Home unveiled its second-generation Smart Lock with an updated industrial design and Siri control through HomeKit last October. Starting this week, August’s Bluetooth-connected deadbolt is available to purchase from Amazon and Best Buy after a lengthy pre-order period (although stock appears slim so far).

more…

Filed under: HomeKit Tagged: homekit...

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07:25
Hey Siri, who’s better: you or Alexa?

[VIDEO] Lauren Goode, writing (and filming) for The Verge, walks you through the differences between Siri and Alexa, Alexa being the voice of the Amazon ecosystem, most notably found on the Amazon Echo.

Watch the video embedded in the main post to get a sense of Alexa in action. Nice side-by-side effect there, Lauren.

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07:17
Wired review of the new Apple MacBook

The review makes me want one, but it also makes me long for an update to the retina MacBook Pro.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:15
Volkswagen says it's not in talks with Apple or...

Volkswagen is talking with external partners about launching so-called digital mobility businesses, but is not in any negotiations with either Apple or Google, the carmaker's CEO said on Thursday, pointing to a different direction for its self-driving car efforts.

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07:12
Comcast Acquires DreamWorks Animation for $3.8...

Comcast's NBCUniversal said on Thursday that it will buy DreamWorks Animation for $41 per share. Shares of DreamWorks soared 24 percent ...

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07:12
Ground-level video takes us for a walk through Apple...

Two videos, taken by truck drivers as they make their way around the campus.

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07:09
Google accused of enabling photography piracy

Time:

Photography company Getty Images is accusing Google of scraping images from third party websites and encouraging piracy, adding a new wrinkle to the Mountain View, Calif.’s ongoing legal battles in Europe.

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07:06
iTunes is 13 years old—and it’s still awful

On this date in 2003, Steve Jobs rolled out the iTunes Music Store. This is a good take on how it evolved over the years.

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07:00
The Best and Worst Analyst Questions from Apple’s Q2...

In every Apple earnings conference call with analysts, there are a range of questions from good to bad. Sometimes worse. And sometimes most of them are just bad. But in Tuesday's call for Apple's second fiscal quarter of 2016, two analysts stood out for Bryan Chaffin as the ones who asked both the best and and worst questions.


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07:00
Gadget Ogling: Electric Nightmares, Cold Coffee, and...


I'm quite possibly the worst person in the world at waking up, without exaggeration. As a boy, I slept through a gas explosion that destroyed a home around 100 yards from my bedroom. All too often, I rely on my partner to shake me out of my slumber, as my own alarm clock rarely does the trick. I need something a little more forceful. The Shock Clock may be just up my alley. It's a wearable band that can vibrate, beep, or administer an electric shock to jolt you awake. You might elect to use a combination of two or three elements, with the shock always saved for last.

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06:57
Strategy Analytics: Apple Watch slips to 52% global...

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartwatch shipments grew 223% annually to reach 4.2 million units in the first quarter of 2016 (Q1 2016). Apple captured 52% global smartwatch marketshare, dipping from 63% share in the prior quarter.

 "Global smartwatch shipments grew a healthy 223% annually from 1.3 million units in Q1 2015 to 4.2 million in Q1 2016,” says Rajeev Nair, senior analyst at Strategy Analytics. “Global smartwatch growth is being driven by consumer demand for Apple, Android Wear and Tizen models across North America, Western Europe and Asia. On a sequential basis, global smartwatch shipments fell 48%from 8.1 million in Q4 2015 to 4.2 million in Q1 2016, due to seasonality trends."

Neil Mawston, executive director at Strategy Analytics, adds: "We estimate Apple Watch shipped 2.2 million units and captured 52 percent smartwatch marketshare worldwide in Q1 2016,...

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06:47
Second-gen August Smart Lock with Apple HomeKit...

The newly launched August Smart Lock includes support for Apple's HomeKit, allowing users to lock, unlock and check the status of their door lock with voice commands using Siri.

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06:45
PBS Kids Games app debuts with free educational...

iPhones and iPads can be great educational tools and sources of entertainment for kids, but finding appropriate games and content can be tricky sometimes. PBS is helping make that easier with its new PBS Kids Games mobile apps for iOS and Android.

more…

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06:44
News: Apple launches CareKit, with four apps...

Apple has officially launched its new CareKit platform today, with four new apps available out of the gate, and more expected to come. Announced last month, CareKit is an extension of Apple’s HealthKit and ResearchKit initiatives, designed to better facilitate doctor-patient communication by allowing users to automatically share health information with care providers and loved ones. The new apps already available with CareKit support include…

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06:41
∞ The AMC Apple TV app and the coming political...

AMC adds yet another unbundling Apple TV app. My take on what’s coming as all this unfolds and things start to heat up.

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06:38
Apple & Microsoft Pushed for the new '...

Theft of intellectual property, including trade secrets, is estimated to cost American firms more than $300 billion a year, according to a 2013 report by the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property. Corporations such as Boeing and Johnson & Johnson, as well as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and computer software lobbyists representing companies such as Apple and...

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06:22
Apple’s ‘cutting-edge technology’ means it will be...

A report back in February that Apple would be allowed to open retail stores in India has been corroborated by India’s Economic Times. India normally doesn’t allow single-brand retail stores unless at least 30% of their products are made within the country, but Apple is reportedly set to be granted an exemption on the grounds that its products are ‘cutting-edge technology.’

A government panel has recommended exempting Apple from mandatory local sourcing norms, a move which would pave the way for Apple to open single-brand retail stores in the country. “The committee has found that the company’s products are cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art. It has recommended to exempt them from the local sourcing norms,”...

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06:10
Indian government to allow Apple-owned retail stores

There are currently no Apple Stores in India, so this is an important step.

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06:00
Precache Now Supports AppleTV

Precache, available at https://github.com/krypted/precache, is a script that populates the cache on an OS X Caching server for Apple updates. The initial release supported iOS. The script now also supports caching the latest update for an AppleTV. To use that, there’s no need to include an argument for AppleTV. Instead, you would simply  run the script followed by the model identifier, as follows:

sudo python precache.py AppleTV5,4

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Roxio Toast 14 Titanium for Mac

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering Roxio Toast 14 Titanium for Mac for only $49 — that’s 50% off the regular price. This popular digital media tool, now in its fourteenth edition, is packed with even more features to help you maximum your digital media workflow. Burn digital media to DVD, copy your favourite Blu-ray disc, and even capture and enhance both audio and video directly from your screen, portable devices, or the Web, edit…

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05:59
Apple’s CareKit tool arrives along with four new apps

Apple has launched its third medical framework, CareKit. Four apps are now available at the Apple App Store.

CareKit is a tool for assisting people in taking an active role in their care. iPhone apps using it make it easier for individuals to keep track of care plans and monitor symptoms and medication; providing insights that help people better understand their own health, says Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer, Initiatives.

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05:56
Create Booklet for OS X gets automated batch...

TheKeptPromise (www.thekeptpromise.com) has released Create Booklet 1.3.3, an update to its booklet printing app for Mac OS X.

Create Booklet allows anyone to create a booklet from almost any file from within almost any software. Thanks to the manual duplex feature, the user saves money, time and paper when printing many pages. In version 1.3.3, Booklet Factory has been updated with automated batch processing and now supports El Capitan. It's perfect for anyone who quickly needs to create multiple booklets at once.

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05:44
Apple Watch Loses Market Share as Android Wear Grows...

The latest data from research firm Strategy Analytics reveals that Apple Watch sales totaled an estimated 2.2 million in the first quarter.

Apple Watch remains the most popular smartwatch, but its market share declined to 52.4-percent compared to 63-percent in the previous quarter.

Strategy Analytics cites increasing competition from Android Wear rivals such as LG and Motorola as one reason for the Apple Watch ceding market share:"We estimate Apple Watch shipped 2.2 million units and captured 52 percent smartwatch marketshare worldwide in Q1 2016, dipping from 63 percent share in Q4 2015," said Neil Mawston, Executive Director at Strategy Analytics. "Samsung shipped...

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05:32
IDC Report's on Q1 2016 Global Smartphone...

According to the latest preliminary release from IDC, vendors shipped a total of 334.9 million smartphones worldwide in the first quarter of 2016 (1Q16), up slightly from the 334.3 million units in 1Q15, marking the smallest year-over-year growth on record. The minimal growth this quarter is primarily attributed to strong smartphone saturation in developed markets, as well as a year-over-year...

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05:30
Here's what to expect from Nintendo's next...

Things are looking a little uncertain for fans of Nintendo’s console games and hardware. That’s been the case for a few years now with the rocky run of the Wii U, but Wednesday’s announcements hit pretty hard: Nintendo’s next console, codenamed the NX, will be released in March 2017, and The Legend of Zelda for Wii U will be delayed to launch then on both systems. And that leaves potentially little new for Wii U owners to play later this year.

That’s disappointing. But some good news did come out of Nintendo’s info dump yesterday, at least if you like mobile games. We now know what to expect from the company’s next iPhone (and Android) releases, and unlike last month’s Miitomo, they will be actual games. In fact, Nintendo said just that: “Both of these are pure game applications,” they wrote. 

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05:22
Apple’s sales slump part of overall market fall;...

Apple isn’t the only smartphone manufacturer seeing falling sales. New figures from Strategy Analytics show what the global smartphone market saw its first-ever year-on-year drop on sales, down 3%.

Linda Sui, Director at Strategy Analytics, said, “Global smartphone shipments fell 3 percent annually from 345.0 million units in Q1 2015 to 334.6 million in Q1 2016. It is the first time ever since the modern smartphone market began in 1996 that global shipments have shrunk on an annualized basis. Smartphone growth is slowing due to increasing penetration maturity in major markets like China and consumer caution about the future of the world economy.”

Apple’s fall was of course far more dramatic, iPhone sales down 18% year-on-year, with CEO Tim Cook blaming economic ‘headwinds’ – and Strategy Analytics’...

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04:54
Tension Software announces Product Manager 2.1for...

Tension Software has updated Product Manager to version 2.1 It’s a Mac OS X application for managing company products from different standpoints.

Product Manager is document based and can manage an unlimited number of documents each with an unlimited number of products, subdivided in families.

Product Manager can be used also for a different typology of products (not only software) to manage the activities associated to the improvements, distributions and marketing of the product.Version 2.1 is a maintenance upgrade.

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04:47
Kool Tools: Insights for OS X

KnowledgeMiner Software’s Insights 5.0 for OS X is an alternative and supplemental tool to established confirmatory science based modeling approaches.

Following the principle of Occam's razor, the app develops complexity minimized predictive models from observation data, autonomously, and extracts new knowledge in form of explicit model equations that describe the data, mathematically. And it generates new knowledge in form of explicit model equations that describe the data, mathematically, for further analysis, interpretation, and theory formulation purposes.

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04:38
U.S. carriers score poorly on ‘app experience’...

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

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

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

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04:00
PCWorld Show Episode 14: Apple tanks, Intel...

Jon, Mark and Gordon discuss whether the end is nigh for Apple, just how much it hurts for the PC to get tossed under the bus by Intel, and strange-but-true: This web page probably took more space than Doom did.

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03:43
One of Apple's Latest Encryption Inventions...

With the encryption issue being a high priority with Apple fighting their cases with the FBI regarding the San Bernardino terrorist's iPhone and one owned by a drug dealer in New York, Apple vowed to go deeper down the encryption rabbit hole. Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals one of Apple's latest patent-pending encryption methods ...

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03:02
Intel Wants To Eliminate The Headphone Jack And...

An anonymous reader writes: With rumors circulating about how Apple may do away with the 3.5 mm headphone jack on its upcoming iPhone 7, Intel has shared a similar desire, citing "industry singling a strong desire to move from analog to digital." Intel believes USB-C is the future audio jack. They believe USB-C has more potential than the 3.5mm audio jack as it allows users to add additional smart features to headphones in the future. For instance, a future pair of headphones could monitor one's pulse or inner-ear temperature for fitness tracking, something that could only be possible if the headphones were connected to a smartphone via a USB-C cable. What's also worth mentioning [quoted from 9to5Mac]: USB-C already supports analog audio transfer through sideband pins simplifying the engineering steps necessary to swap 3.5mm with USB-C in device designs. In the second quarter, Intel should have a finalized USB-C standard for digital audio transfer. Intel does note that the...

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03:00
Mingis on Tech, Episode 12: All about the Surface...

If you're eyeing a Microsoft Surface Book, or want to make sure your next laptop is future-proof, this episode's for you.

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02:21
Apple Still Waiting for Approval to Open Stores in...

Last Friday we posted a report titled "Apple Could be the First Foreign Company to get a Regulatory Waiver to Open Retail Stores in India," but it's not a done deal yet.

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01:47
Apple Launches CareKit Platform With Support for...

Apple's new CareKit iOS framework goes live today, allowing app developers to create integrated software that helps patients and doctors to better track and manage medical conditions.

The open source platform was announced last month and aims to make it easer for developers to build health apps by offering a number of integrations, such as monitoring of medical symptoms, sending images of an injury, and keeping tabs on medication schedules. CareKit also offers two-way benefits, since it not only helps doctors monitor patients but also allows patients to observe their progress over time.

CareKit is made up of series of interactive modules. The Care Card can be configured to manage wellness tasks such as medication scheduling and exercise, while the Progress Card includes a Symptom and Measurement tracker for logging physical metrics like weight and heart-rate (with the potential for...

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01:02
Apple CareKit platform goes live with four health...

Apple on Thursday flipped the switch on its new CareKit framework, a health-minded platform that lets developers build advanced software solutions for tracking, managing and reporting medical conditions.

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00:00
Child Porn Suspect Jailed Indefinitely For Refusing...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A Philadelphia man suspected of possessing child pornography has been in jail for seven months and counting after being found in contempt of a court order demanding that he decrypt two password-protected hard drives. The suspect, a former Philadelphia Police Department sergeant, has not been charged with any child porn crimes. Instead, he remains indefinitely imprisoned in Philadelphia's Federal Detention Center for refusing to unlock two drives encrypted with Apple's FileVault software in a case that once again highlights the extent to which the authorities are going to crack encrypted devices. The man is to remain jailed "until such time that he fully complies" with the decryption order. The government successfully cited a 1789 law known as the All Writs Act to compel (PDF) the suspect to decrypt two hard drives it believes contain child pornography. The All Writs Act was the same law the Justice Department asserted in its...

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00:00
PCWorld Show Episode 14: Web Pages Are Doomed

What the heck? The average web page is larger than the original Doom installer?

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Wednesday April 27

23:31
Philips releases Hue 'Gen 2' app with...

Philips on Thursday released a "Gen 2" Hue app for iOS, updating the tool for its HomeKit-enabled smartbulbs with new features like Routines, and extra options for controlling rooms and scenes.

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23:30
Philips Hue smart lighting gets a new app with more...

Philips has announced a new app for its Philips Hue gen 2 smart LEDs that gives users more fine-grain detail control over their lighting. It includes one of the most user-requested enhancements, according to Philips: the ability to assign multiple lights to a room, so that all the lights in the room can be controlled at once. Users will also be able to program daily routines, and use geofencing to automatically turn lights off when they leave the home, and on again as they return. 

Philips

The app’s dashboard provides easy access to Hue’s most popular features.

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22:54
Indian government approves Apple bid to open stores...

An Indian government committee this week recommended Apple be exempted from local sourcing regulations that previously kept the company from opening its own brick-and-mortar retail outlets in the country.

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22:13
Size metadata partition

Forums: General Xsan TalkTags: metadatasize

Good afternoon. Please tell me whether there is a rule or formula for calculating the size of the metadata section?

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20:59
Apple and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad...

Some much needed perspective on Apple’s first year-over-year quarterly sales drop since 2003, from Daisuke Wakabayashi for the WSJ:

Apple’s revenue and profit for the fiscal second quarter ended
March 26 both missed analysts’ expectations. The company also
projected that revenue in the current quarter would fall far short
of expectations.

Worth noting that Apple’s actual results were very nearly in line with the company’s own guidance for the quarter, given three months ago. (Revenue was within guidance, but gross margins were slightly low.) A year-over-year decline is never good news, and is a possible harbinger of a sustained decline, but these numbers, along with Apple’s guidance for the June quarter, ...

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19:20
Happy Hour Podcast 064 | AAPL’s not-so-record-...

This week Zac and Benjamin get into new iPhone 7 rumors, news about Apple Watch 2, as well as Apple’s somewhat disappointing $50b quarter. The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed.

more…

Filed under: Happy Hour Tagged: Apple, Apple Watch 2, Happy Hour, iPhone 7, Podcast, tech...

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18:58
Samsung reports Q1 mobile profits just 24% of Apple...

Samsung Electronics reported Q1 operating profits of 6.68 trillion won ($5.81 billion), while its Mobile division reported 3.89 trillion won ($3.38 billion) in profits, both a fraction of the "disappointing" $13.987 billion in operating profits Apple reported for the same quarter.

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18:34
Opinion: Where does the rumored iPhone 7 ‘Pro’ fit...

Earlier today, yet another report emerged claiming that Apple would launch an iPhone ‘Pro’ or iPhone 7 ‘Pro’ this fall. This report claimed that the device would be identical to the iPhone 6s Plus in terms of size, but would feature dual cameras on the back and Smart Connector support.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard reports of Apple perhaps adding an additional model to its iPhone lineup, either. A separate report from last month claimed that the company was planning an iPhone 7 Pro with dual camera capabilities.

While all of this is obviously yet to be confirmed and could very well change before Apple announces new iPhones this September, it brings up some interesting possibilities for the iPhone’s 2016 lineup. Will Apple replace the ‘Plus’ model with the ‘Pro...

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17:47
AMC launches tvOS app with free streaming for select...

As promised, AMC this week launched a tvOS app with a content selection mirroring that of its iOS app and web portal, including free-to-stream episodes of hit shows like "The Walking Dead" and "The Night Manager."

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17:31
U.S. Federal Trade Commission investigating Google...

The FTC is expanding its investigation into Android related to complaints that Google is exploiting its ostensibly open platform to shut out rivals.

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17:10
Was Mike Daisey right about Apple being doomed?

Back in November, theatrical performer Mike Daisey was given the opportunity to write about Apple in the Technology section of the The Guardian. He's now claiming "reverse claim chowder," insisting that some of what he wrote about actually turned out to be true, given Apple's recent earnings report showing the first decrease in year-over-year, quarterly iPhone revenues.

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16:56
New videos offer first-person view of Apple's...

A pair of videos posted to YouTube are some of the first to show an up-close look at the main "spaceship" building on Apple's Campus 2 headquarters, including views of the structure's inner courtyard and underground access tunnels.

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16:13
Apple R&D spending jumps to $2.5B in Q2,...

Apple's research and development spending spiked at an all time high of more than $2.5 billion during the second quarter of 2016, with the unusually large $600 million year-over-year jump owing primarily to new hires and related expenses, Apple said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

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15:44
Ground-level video takes us for a walk through Apple...

Apple’s Campus 2 is expected to be completed by early next year and now we have some new video from within the spaceship ring itself. Courtesy of YouTuber MrWhitestew, a pair of new videos have emerged that take us for first-person walkthrough of Apple’s Campus 2 construction, offering one of the first looks from within the spaceship ring itself.

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15:41
Man with Gun Next to Body Found in Apple Conference...

Hours after Apple announced their Q2 2016 financials that marked the first time the company’s sales had fallen in 13 years ...

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15:16
Pentagon to Open New Cyberfront in War Against ISIS


The Obama administration reportedly has authorized a new online campaign in its slow, grinding war against ISIS. The Pentagon's Cyber Command aims to get inside the heads of terrorist commanders to disrupt their military operations. The goal appears to be to sow mistrust and confusion among ISIS leaders by interfering with their ability to pay their soldiers, execute operational orders, recruit new fighters, and communicate with one other. The plan amounts to dropping cyberbombs on the enemy, said Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work.

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15:13
Apple Pay in Australia expands to support ANZ...

After expanding to Singapore earlier this year and to a handful of new United States banks and credit unions earlier this month, Apple Pay is now available to ANZ customers in Australia. First reported by EFTM, this rollout makes ANZ the first bank in Australia to add support for Apple Pay following the American Express exclusive launch last year.

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15:09
Five recommended products Apple should make (and my...

Tom’s Guide‘s Mark Spoonauer has a list of products he thinks Apple should make. Here’s his list (and which ones Yours Truly would love to see):

A gaming Mac: Apple should create gaming-focused Macs. Apple would also be able to cater to buyers of virtual-reality headsets like the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive if it made a gaming-focused Mac Pro desktop. My take: I think he’s right, although I think a gaming-focused iMac is just as feasible.

An “Echo killer.” The Echo in question is the Amazon Echo speaker. Spoonauer says that since Beats Audio is now under the Apple umbrella, the company should make a smart speaker of its own that will respond to your voice via Siri to answer questions, play music and even control smarthome gadgets through Apple's HomeKit protocol. My take: this, too, is a great idea.

Apple Antivirus for OS X. OS X has faced increasing threats from...

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14:50
Apple’s R&D expenditures reach the highest...

Apple’s fiscal second quarter report Tuesday showed research and development spending surging by 31% year-over-year, even as revenue slid by 13%. That means Apple spent about 5% of its revenue on R&D during the period, its highest level in years, notes The Wall Street Journal.

In a conference call with analysts, Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri said the company has a “much broader portfolio” of internal initiatives and projects that includes more “in-house technology development” than it used to have. Those projects could well involve the long-rumored Apple Car and virtual reality/augmented reality projects.

An iPad without a Brydge Keyboard is like a car without wheels...

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14:46
∞ Every iPad speed test comparison 2016

Interesting video showing several tests of the various iPad iterations.

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14:42
Patent trollin’: Apple sued regarding multi-mode...

Another day, another lawsuit. As noted by Patently Apple, a company called Nova Intellectual Solutions of Texas has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple using a Novatel Wireless patent that they've acquired. 

Nova Intellectual Solutions — regarded as a “patent troll” — claims Apple violated patent number 8,208,517 for “systems and methods for a multi-mode wireless modem.” Here’s the summary of the patent: “A multi-mode modem comprises a first device configured to communicate with a first communication system, a second device configured to communicate with a second communication system, a processor communicatively coupled the first and second devices, and a control function configured to place the device in one of the following communication modes: 1) communication with the first communication system;...

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14:42
Sheriff Says Death of Man in Apple HQ ‘Isolated,’...

The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office said on Wednesday afternoon that the death of a man inside Apple's Infinite Loop headquarters earlier in the day was an "isolated incident," and that no one else is at risk. The statement from the Sheriff puts to rest worries of a broader situation at Apple.


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14:35
Congress Votes 419-0 to Require Law Enforcement to...

The U.S. House of Representatives voted unanimously on Wednesday to require law enforcement authorities to get a search warrant before asking technology companies ...

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14:26
ANZ is the first Australian bank to support Apple Pay

Apple has expanded Apple Pay in Australia after ANZ (Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited) became the country's first bank to support the mobile payment service, reports Reuters.

The article adds that Apple has partnered with a bank widely seen as trailing its three bigger peers in digital technology, a situation ANZ's new Chief Executive Shayne Elliott has set out to change with Apple Pay, as well as by hiring Google's Australia managing director. The Cupertino, California-based company continues to speak with other Australian banks, hoping ANZ customers' experience will create demand among competitors. Jennifer Bailey, vice president of Apple Pay, told Reuters.

ANZ is the fourth largest bank by market capitalization in Australia, after the Commonwealth Bank, Westpac Banking Corp., and National...

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14:19
iPhone flaw used by FBI fixed by Apple nine months...

The FBI informed Apple Inc of a vulnerability in its iPhone and Mac software on April 14, the first time it had told the company about a flaw in Apple products under a controversial White House process for sharing such information, the company told Reuters on Tuesday.

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Though he declined to provide technical details, the executive said the problem had been fixed by the company nine months ago, with the release of iOS9 for phones and Mac OS C El Capitan.

Apple doesn’t plan to release an update for older operating systems.

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14:18
Notable apps and app updates for April 27, 2016

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

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

EnsenaSoft has introduced Mahjong Deluxe 3, the latest installment in their series of Mahjong games for Mac OS X. 

Suitable to players of all ages and experience levels, it offers a modern rendition of the Chinese classic. This game includes eight different worlds containing a total of 640 puzzle layouts in 2D and 3D.

Mahjong Deluxe 3 requires OS X 10.6.6 or later. It costs $4.99 and is available through the Mac App Store in the Games category.

Stairways Software has announced...

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14:03
ANZ is first Australian bank to support Apple Pay

Apple Pay expanded services in Australia on Thursday local time with the addition of ANZ Bank, the first major financial institution in the region to support Apple's payments product after a limited rollout in November.

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13:57
Apple iDevices Targeted in Patent Lawsuit over the...

Patent Troll Nova Intellectual Solutions of Texas has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple using a Novatel Wireless patent that ...

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13:48
John McAfee Invokes ‘Crazy Ones’ and Steve Jobs for...

John McAfee, founder of his self-titled antiviral software company (sold to Intel in 2010), launched a new commercial in support of his bid to be the presidential candidate for the Libertarian party. The spot quotes the "Here's to the Crazy Ones" wording used in Apple's Think Different campaign of 1997, and it uses the tagline "Vote Different." The spot also quotes "Stay hungry. Stay foolish." That's from the late Steve Jobs's commencement speech at Stanford University. In addition to borrowing from Apple, the spot highlights many tech icons (also like the Think Different campaign), including Steve Jobs—which is interesting. It's impossible to know if Mr. Jobs would have supported John McAfee's bid for president, but he was known to support Democrats—not Libertarians—when he made his political affiliations known. That said, it's human nature for people to claim important and great people in the wake of their death no matter the...

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13:34
Tech, Auto Honchos Join Forces to Push Self-Driving...


Some major players in both the new and old economies on Tuesday announced an alliance to pave the way for self-driving cars in America. Ford, Google, Lyft, Uber and Volvo raised the curtain on their Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets, which will work with lawmakers, regulators and the public to raise awareness of the safety and societal benefits of self-driving vehicles. Self-driving vehicles could significantly reduce the severity and frequency of auto accidents, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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