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Saturday October 3

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This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases features many different protective styles, from simple bumpers to fashionable folios made by Incipio, Nodus, Rockform, and many more.


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SquareTrade Kicks the Hell out of the iPhone 6s in...

SquareTrade, famous for their device testing, released their torture tests on the new iPhone 6 line this week.

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Some Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus Smartphones...

MojoKid writes: Apple's iPhone 6s and 6s Plus were two of the most highly anticipated smartphones to launch so far this year. The excitement surrounding Apple's new refresh cycle flagships was so great that Apple reported record first weekend sales, with 13 million devices finding their way to customers. However, it appears that some of those customers are having a puzzling issue with their brand new iPhones. Owners are reporting that their phones are turning off randomly when left alone — even when the smartphones have sufficient battery remaining. "New Phone 6s 128GB turned off for no reason the last two nights," wrote Joachim Frey in an Apple discussion thread. "In the morning you then have to push the power-on button for a long time to get it started."


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Apple sent out emails late Friday notifying developers that a second batch of Apple TV dev kits are being sent out to meet overwhelming demand.

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Citing ‘overwhelming demand’, Apple has expanded the number of Apple TV Developer Kits available for registered developers who applied for a chance to receive the pre-release hardware last month. A number of developers (but not all) who previously missed out on the initial wave of test units have been notified by Apple Developer Relations that more dev kits have been made available for $1 and will be available for ordering through next Friday at 5 pm local on October 9th.

Apple TV 4 launches “toward the end” of this month as Tim Cook mentioned earlier this week and will include deep Siri integration and App Store for the first time. Apple first began notifying developers entering the dev kit lottery of their status in...

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With 3D Touch on Apple's iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, users can enter iOS 9's multitasking app selector view with a simple swipe, a much more intuitive process than double-clicking on the home button.

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Building an artificial brain

The first project is to build an artificial brain from scratch that can pass a high school science test. It sounds simple enough, but trying to teach a machine not only to respond but also to reason is one of the hardest software-engineering endeavors attempted — far more complex than building his former company’s breakthrough Windows operating system, said to have 50 million lines of code.

The second project aims to understand intelligence by coming at it from the opposite direction — by starting with nature and deconstructing and analyzing the pieces. It’s an attempt to reverse-engineer the human brain by slicing it up — literally — modeling it and running simulations.

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How Steve Jobs Outsmarted Carly Fiorina

HughPickens.com writes: Carly Fiorina likes to boast about her friendship with Apple founder Steve Jobs but Fortune Magazine reports that it turns out Carly may have outfoxed of by Apple's late leader. In January 2004, Steve Jobs and Carly Fiorina cut a deal where HP could slap its name on Apple's wildly successful iPod and sell it through HP retail channels but HP still managed to botch things up. The MP3 player worked just like a regular iPod, but it had HP's logo on the back and in return HP agreed to continue pre-loading iTunes onto its PCs. According to Steven Levy soon after the deal with HP was inked, Apple upgraded the iPod, making HP's version outdated and because of Fiorina's deal HP was banned from selling its own music player until August 2006. "This was a highly strategic move to block HP/Compaq from installing Windows Media Store on their PCs," says one Apple source. "We wanted iTunes Music store to be a definitive winner. Steve only did this deal because of that."...

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The TV platform battles are heating up, with the latest salvo fired by Amazon, which will stop selling the Apple TV and Google’s Chromecast by the end of the month, ostensibly because they don’t “interact well” with Amazon Prime Video. That explanation falls somewhat flat given that the upcoming fourth-generation Apple TV will allow independent apps, and Amazon could presumably have created a Prime Video app (unless, of course, Apple made doing so infeasible for some reason, which is also entirely possible). The move will probably hurt Chromecast sales more than Apple TV sales, due to Apple’s strong retail presence. In the end, this is just tech giants playing hardball with one another — Amazon isn’t sufficiently dominant for there to be any antitrust issues at play.


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Apple's HomeKit gets support from MediaTek via...

Fabless chip designer MediaTek has joined Broadcom, Marvell and Texas Instruments in releasing support for HomeKit, Apple's "Internet of Things" specification for secure, Siri-driven wireless control of appliances, switches and other devices around the home from users' iOS devices or Apple Watch.

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Office 2016 Proving Unstable With Apple's El...

An anonymous reader writes: Users of Microsoft Office on the Mac are reporting widespread instabilities and conflicts after upgrading to the latest version of the Apple desktop operating system, El Capitan. The first indications that El Capitan and Office 2016 were not working well together came in a now epic thread at Microsoft Community. Many users have surmised that new restrictions in file permissions in El Capitan caused the problems initially, though nearly all agree that Office's Outlook email client is the critical point of failure in the current round of application crashes and loss of functionality.


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The Week in iOS Apps: New in the news

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This week’s roundup contains a couple of apps—Texture and Vizo—that offer new ways of reading the news. Read on!

Box Capture

Box Capture is a free picture-sharing iOS app being pitched mostly for workplace use—snap a picture of a whiteboard, or of some object you consider inspirational, and you can share with your “team” for further consideration and action. You can segregate personal pics from work photos, then add comments and context to the pictures (or video) you want to share, and move to the next agenda item quickly.

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Apple Music - Guided Tour: Connect (Video)

Connect is one of the coolest features of Apple Music to me. It allows artists to upload exclusive content for their fans-remixes, outtakes, videos, photos, and other posts-a direct connection between both sides. Apple posted a guided tour video for this element of Apple Music this week called Apple Music - Guided Tour: Connect. If you aren't familiar with Connect, or if you have questions about it, check out this video.

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Office 365 news roundup

The worldwide release of Office 2016 for Windows on September 22 was another milestone in pursuit of Microsoft’s company ambition to reinvent productivity and business processes.

To help making upgrading to Office 2016 a seamless experience for Office 365 customers, we also delivered resources to assist users, developers and IT pros, including a set of Quick Start Guides to introduce users to the newest versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote. We also provided guidance for businesses and introduced a new model to help administrators manage and deploy regular updates. And we...

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AWT News Update: October 2, 2015

Just a short podcast today with three news stories for your Apple fix:

  • Apple purchases VocalIQ, a company that's been working on a conversational man-machine voice interface API
  • iCloud Data Centers are being expanded around the globe to hold your photos, videos, and other data
  • The Apple Watch is coming to five European countries next Friday, and two countries in South America the following week.

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for October 2, 2015.

Apple has acquired a UK startup that’s developed a natural language application programming interface or API that allows humans and machines to have a much more natural...

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Metal performance in OS X El Capitan: Sometimes...

Enlarge / Craig Federighi announces Metal for Mac at WWDC. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Note: This testing expands upon the Metal section of our OS X review. We'll be adding these results to the review but thought it would be best to publish them separately to make them easier to find.

OS X El Capitan includes a new graphics API called Metal, the same API the company included in iOS 8 last year. Metal is roughly analogous to technologies like DirectX 12 and the not-quite-finalized Vulkan, designed to improve performance by reducing driver overhead.

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Tim Cook: The NSA Won’t Be Asking for Backdoors (...

Apple CEO Tim Cook said he doesn't think we will hear the U.S. National Security Agency asking for a back door into our iPhones, at least not any more. In an interview on NPR's All Things Considered on Thursday, Mr. Cook implied that even the FBI is coming around on the need for end-user encryption.

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Apple buys speech technology company VocalIQ

Apple has purchased VocalIQ, a startup located in the United Kingdom that has developed a natural language API to allow computers and people to have a more natural dialogue, reports Financial Times. According to VocalIQ’s website, the company has developed a self-learning dialogue API built on 10 years of natural language research, belief tracking, decision making, and message generation.

Siri is becoming an increasingly important part of how people interact with Apple’s devices and operating systems.

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Apple Bull Kevin O'Leary is 'Bitterly...

"Shark Tank" Investor and O'Leary Financial Group Chairman Kevin O'Leary defends his bullish Apple position against short seller Don Kaufman – but is currently bitterly disappointed in Apple.

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OS X Security is a Lot Better Than You Thought

Just about every week we see articles rolled out about how a security researcher has found a scary security flaw in OS X. It makes for great headlines, but how are the every day Mac users actually affected by these headlines, and how should they react? John Martellaro offers a calming counter perspective.

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Macphun debuts Creative Kit 2016, six Pro photo...

Macphun, maker of elegantly powerful photo editing tools including Tonality, Noiseless, and FX Photo Studio, has announced the impending release of Creative Kit 2016 — a bundle of 6 of the company’s Pro apps with 4 bonus items, collectively available at a pre-order price of $89.99. Creative Kit 2016 includes:


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Apple has Acquired Vocal IQ, a Company with Amazing...

As our cars, mobile devices and wearables become more powerful and feature-rich, our current interaction paradigms are becoming a hindrance - and in some cases, even dangerous. That's what Vocal IQ states on one of their company webpages. This is the company that Apple has just acquired. Vocal IQ stated that in one of their blogs that existing digital assistants have fallen 'well short of consumer expectations," singling out Siri as a mere "toy."

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El Capitan Boosts Mac Speed, Productivity

Improved performance and some app enhancements to boost productivity highlight the latest version of Apple's desktop operating system, OS X 10.11 El Capitan. Apple on Wednesday made El Capitan available for download to its users from the Mac App Store.
"Basic operations were just quicker, and Apple did a lot of work under the hood when opening up files, 3-D graphics with Metal-supported apps, and manipulating images," said Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy.

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XOR Trojan Threatens Linux Networks

Researchers for the Security Intelligence Response Team at Akamai on Tuesday issued a high-risk threat advisory for XOR DDoS proliferation. The XOR DDoS Trojan is used to hijack Linux servers to build a botnet for distributed denial-of-service attacks with SYN and DNS floods, researchers tracking the malware said. The massive Linux-based botnet, which they discovered last year, can take down websites under a flood of DDoS traffic exceeding 150 Gbps using heavy volumes of junk network traffic.

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Natural language processing firm VocalIQ, a U.K. company with a particular interest in voice control within automobiles, has reportedly been acquired by Apple, in a likely attempt to bolster its voice-driven personal assistant Siri.

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News: Apple acquires speech tech startup VocalIQ

Apple has acquired VocalIQ, a UK-based startup company specializing in natural speech algorithms, The Financial Times reports. The company builds virtual assistants using machine learning technology, focused on providing a natural, conversational dialogue experience, and while such technology could conceivably be used to improve Siri, the report notes that VocalIQ was specifically focused on automotive applications, including a collaboration with…

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Apple is rapidly building out large new cluster buildings its iCloud data center near Reno, Nevada, about four hours east of Silicon Valley. At the same time, the company has also bought another nearly 200 acres of land in Prineville, Oregon to continue parallel iCloud capacity expansion at that site.

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80 Days ($5) — All of the new content from Inkle’s 80 Days for Mac comes to a free update to the iOS version, with 30 new cities in the United States, Canada, and South America, along with notable places like Pitcairn Island, Meteora Valley, Dubrovnik, Zurich, and new side quests that take you from the Old West to the lost city of Atlantis and even possibly to the moon. Best of all, the update is entirely free — there are no in-app purchases…

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Twocanoes: Winclone and Boot Runner 2

Thanks to Twocanoes Software for sponsoring The Loop this week. Makers of Winclone, the best Mac app for migrating, cloning and backing up your Boot Camp partition. This week Loop readers can use the code “theloop” to get 10% off Winclone 5, just in time to backup Boot Camp before upgrading to El Capitan. If you run Boot Camp in labs or classrooms, Boot Runner 2 from Twocanoes is a time saver for remote scheduling of maintenance reboots and an easy to use OS picker for your users. Check out the video or get the 14-day trial and see how easy Boot Runner makes...

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Samsung cheats on TV energy efficiency tests

The European Commission is probing whether Samsung televisions’ sensed when they were being tested for energy efficiency and changed their power consumption to get better ratings than they deserved.

Samsung admits that its TVs radically changed their power-consumption during testing, but say that the low-power mode was inadvertently triggered by the tests, and was meant to be an automatic power-saving feature.

Sure it was.

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In an effort to strengthen Siri’s natural language conversation abilities, Apple has acquired a UK-based firm called VocalIQ. Business Weekly was first to report the acquisition today and Apple confirmed the purchase to The Financial Times with the usual boilerplate statement: “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.”

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Apple Acquires Speech Technology Startup VocalIQ

Apple has purchased VocalIQ, a startup located in the United Kingdom that has developed a natural language API to allow computers and people to have a more natural dialogue, reports Financial Times. According to VocalIQ's website, the company has developed a self-learning dialogue API built on 10 years of natural language research, belief tracking, decision making, and message generation.

It's not always clear how Apple uses the technology from companies that it purchases, but with this acquisition, it's likely Apple will use the API to improve its voice-based personal assistant, Siri. Financial Times also believes Apple could use the technology for its upcoming car project, as VocalIQ specialized in in-car applications among other things.

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AT&T has called out two of its competitors, Sprint and T-Mobile, over their decision to offer Wi-Fi calling support on smartphones without first getting proper authorization from the Federal Communications Commission in a letter to that organization’s chairman.

According to AT&T, the FCC has been too slow in issuing a waiver that would allow the company to bypass certain requirements for hard-of-hearing users—a move that’s necessary for Wi-Fi calling to work.

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iOS 9 tips: How to re-enable the all-caps virtual...

Along with a change to the new San Francisco font, iOS 9 now displays lowercase letters on the virtual keyboard by default when typing non-capitalized letters. This is a change that has been met with some criticism by users, but thankfully Apple has included a way to switch back to the all-caps keyboard.

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Apple's fourth-generation Apple TV includes support for a full App Store, making it possible for developers to create games and apps for the device for the first time. A platform like the Apple TV seems well-suited to multiplayer games, but it appears the new Apple TV will only support two Bluetooth controllers at once and three Bluetooth-connected devices total.

Our sister site TouchArcade got in touch with several developers who have Apple TV Dev Kits to test the limits of multiplayer gameplay on the devices, and these developers found they were only able to connect two controllers in addition to the Apple Remote control.

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Exploit discovered that can get around the Mac'...

A security researcher has uncovered an exploit that can get around the Mac’s malware gatekeeper. The malware uses a binary file already trusted by Apple to get around the gatekeeper and can then execute malicious files including password loggers, apps that capture audio and video or botnet software, according to Ken Westin, security analyst for Tripwire, a software company that develops, markets and sells information technology solutions that provide security and compliance automation.

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BundleCult, MacBundler reportedly not paying...

An app bundler is reportedly not paying developers. According to MacNN, the bundler who is scamming them runs the deals on bundled apps under the names of BundleCult and MacBundler, among others. 

Logan Ryan from Mariner Software tells MacNN that he can "definitely say, with 100 percent certainty, that Bundlecult is a fraud. We did not receive any payment on a bundle last year, even after repeated attempts were made to resolve the matter." 

Charlie Monroe, the developer of movie cataloging app Rottenwood, told the publication: "I supplied licenses to the guy, everything. Never heard back from him, never got a response to any of my emails after the sale."

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Apple Watch Coming to Target October 18

Target is joining the list of Apple Watch retailers with a limited selection in its retail stores, and more options online. A few stores will start selling Apple's smartwatch this week, online sales will start October 18th, and watches should be in all of the company's stores by October 25th.

The Mac Observer Spin: Adding Target to the Apple Watch reseller list gives Apple 1,799 more locations where shoppers can get one on their wrist. Apple must have some serious production action going on.

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Review: Spigen Perfect Armor for iPhone 6s, Slim/...

Spigen has introduced new versions of its Armor series of cases for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. We'll take a look at Perfect Armor ($40) for iPhone 6s, and Slim Armor ($30) and Tough Armor ($35) for iPhone 6s Plus. All of the TPU/polycarbonate cases have a small, thin, built-in kickstand on the back, and full button coverage. Perfect Armor is the lone three-piece case — a thin screen protector fits on the front of the iPhone 6s.{/exp:char_limit}

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Opinion: Apple Watch should double down on health...

Whenever someone asks what I think of my Apple Watch, I explain that I like but don’t love it, and wouldn’t recommend it to everyone… yet. “In two or three years,” I say, “they’re going to be common, but right now, they don’t feel necessary.” Nice, yes. Necessary, no.

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Nest Labs Opens Door to 3rd-Party Devs

Nest Labs on Thursday said it would open its communications platform to third-party developers for the first time, which will allow outside home device makers to set up products that communicate directly with Nest products. Nest announced an update to its Nest Weave communications protocol that will allow outside developers to link other home devices to its own. With the new communications platform, the products will be able to work seamlessly without slow connection speeds or other glitches that make the products incompatible.

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The Complete Guide to an OS X Clean Install of El...

Apple has designed OS X so that one can just upgrade to the next version, "over the top," seamlessly. With this kind of upgrade, all user data, settings and accounts remain as before, and that works for most users most times. However, there are occasions when a user needs to do what's called a "Clean Install." This sets up the Mac as if it first came out of the box and then personal data is restored. John Martellaro, after a brief introduction, lists the steps for a Clean Install.

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TMO Daily Observations 2015-10-02: Amazon Blocks...

Amazon doesn't want you to buy an Apple TV, and iFixit wants you to know what's inside before the new model ships. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Amazon blocking Apple TV and Google Chromecast sales because they don't include Prime Video support, and on iFixit posting a tear down of the unreleased next generation Apple TV.

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Microsoft updates Skype for iOS 9 with Split View...

Microsoft on Friday announced updates to its Skype iPhone and iPad apps, primarily adding a slew of iOS 9-related features such as full multitasking support on iPads.

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The Apple Watch is coming to Target retail and...

The Apple Watch is coming to some Target stores this week and all stores by Oct. 25. At Target.com, Apple Watch will be available beginning Oct. 18. Guests can choose from 20 models—in both 38mm and 42mm sizes—including space gray and rose gold colors.

Select models and bands will be available at all Target stores, and an expanded assortment of Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch will be available on Target.com. Prices range from US$349 to $599.

Target REDcard holders can extend their five percent discount to monthly Sprint wireless service plans when activating their iPhone at Target. As always, Target guests receive 5% off their purchase and free shipping at Target.com by using their REDcard.

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Disable Automatic Updates On OS X Servers

By default, OS X now updates apps that are distributed through the Mac App Store (MAS). OS X Server is really just the Server app, sitting on the App Store. If the Server app is upgraded automatically, you will potentially experience some adverse side effects, especially if the app is running on a Metadata Controller for Xsan, runs Open Directory, or a major release of the Server app ships. Therefore, in this article we’re going to disable this otherwise sweet feature of OS X.

To get started, first open the System Preferences. From there, click on the App Store System Preference pane.

From the App Store System Preference pane, uncheck the following boxes:

  • Automatically Check For Updates: Unchecking this box disables the download in the background option and the installation of app updates.
  • Automatically Download Apps...
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Apple iBooks Author 2.4 - Create and publish iBooks...

Apple iBooks Author helps you create and publish amazing Multi-Touch books for iPad. Now anyone can create stunning iBooks textbooks, cookbooks, history books, picture books, and more for iPad. All you need is an idea and a Mac. Start with one of the Apple-designed templates that feature a wide variety of page layouts. Add your own text and images with drag-and-drop ease. Use Multi-Touch widgets to include interactive photo galleries, movies, Keynote presentations, 3D objects, and more.

Apple-designed templates

  • Give your book a great beginning with templates that include a choice of page designs with matching fonts, colors, and textures
  • Quickly customize your book with text and images, create new layouts, and even save a custom template
  • Easily add a cover, video introduction, table of contents, copyright page, dedication, and foreword

Beautiful text and layouts

  • Use a variety of text styles including...

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ATTO Technology announces support for OS X El Capitan

ATTO Technology has announced driver support for El Capitan, the latest update to Mac OS X. Customers can download the new drivers immediately.

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Target to begin selling Apple Watch starting October...

If you’re looking for an Apple Watch, you can now buy one at most Target locations.

The Apple Watch will be available in all 1,800+ locations across the United States, greatly expanding the points-of-sale for Apple Watch going into the holiday quarter. Aside from the couple hundred Apple Stores in the US, Apple Watch has been sold in a few premium vendors plus Best Buy, T-Mobile, and Sprint…

Target has also stated that it will begin selling the Apple Watch at target.com and through its iPhone app.

Target says it will carry 20 models in total, ranging from the US$349 Sport versions to US$599 stainless steel Apple Watches. Both the smaller 38mm and...

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Apple's new Sunnyvale Campus Reflects Tim Cook...

When Apple's CEO Tim Cook spoke with NBC's Brian Williams back in 2013 about the future of TV, Cook noted that TV was a "market that we see that has been left behind. I used to watch the Jetsons as a kid ...

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Amazon to stop selling Apple TV, other streaming...

Well, this is a bit awkward.

On Thursday, Amazon distributed an email to marketplace sellers informing them that the company plans to stop selling some streaming video devices that compete with its Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. The company will no longer offer Google’s Chromecast or Apple’s Apple TV for sale in its online store.

The email stated that Amazon plans to disallow new listings for the product and remove existing inventory on October 29. As a reason for the removal, Amazon is citing compatibility with its Prime Video streaming service, which is not available on devices from Google and Apple.

“Over the last three years, Prime Video has...

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9to5Toys Last Call: Jawbone BIG JAMBOX $120, Staples...

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:
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iPhone 6s Plus: Living with Live Photos

Linked to this still iPhone 6s Plus photo are both motion and audio that further capture the moment

Live Photos aren’t perfect. The video shot in a Live Photo is a mediocre 12 frames per second, compared to the 30fps iPhones generally capture. Low-light photos are noticeably less vibrant when Live Photos are enabled. Shoot a Live Photo in the wrong orientation then rotate it, and you’ll revert back to a standard photo. Sharing Live Photos is fairly fragmented by Apple standards, even on Macs running the latest versions of OS X El Capitan. And it’s not easy to frame the perfect Live Photo; great ones tend to happen by chance, not technique.

But despite obvious day one omissions in the Live Photo...

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7 secrets to successful online collaboration

In a world where more than 30 million people work from home at least one day a week, the virtual workforce is rapidly becoming the rule, rather than the exception. And whether you work from your home office, your favorite coffee shop or your kitchen table, chances are good that online collaboration is critical to just about everything you do.

Of course, working with people who may be a city, state, time zone or country away can be tricky, but with a few simple tips, a little patience and a steaming mug of caffeinated goodness, you can probably get more done at home than at the office. In fact, according to a study by the Telework Research Network, more than two-thirds of employers report increased productivity among their teleworkers.

So let’s take a look at seven of the best ways to make seamless online collaboration a reality:

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Apple elects Boeing’s James A. Bell to board of...

When in doubt, add the former CFO and corporate president of Boeing to your board of directors.

On Thursday, Apple announced that it had added James A. Bell, former chief financial officer and corporate president of The Boeing Company, to Apple’s board of directors. Bell arrives with more than four decades of experience in finance, strategic planning and leadership in complex organizations. During his 38-year career at Boeing, he also oversaw Boeing Capital Corporation and Boeing Shared Services, and was interim CEO of The Boeing Company in 2005.

Bell is a member of the board of directors of JP Morgan Chase, Dow Chemical Company, CDW, and a Trustee of Chicago’s Rush...

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AT&T Delays Wi-Fi Calling Support Amid Wait for...

Originally tested in an iOS 9 public beta back in August, AT&T ultimately held back on a wide public release for Wi-Fi calling due to its decision to wait for an FCC waiver that would temporarily relieve the carrier of needing to offer support options for deaf and hard-of-hearing people. The Federal Communications Commission's rules state that all calling services need support for a teletypewriter (TTY) service for the deaf, but AT&T wants the old-fashioned TTY replaced with real-time text (RTT) support instead.

Both TTY and RTT offer support for the deaf and hard-of-hearing to conduct non-voice conversations, but AT&T's RTT service wouldn't be ready until 2016, leading to the carrier's request for a temporary waiver from needing to implement TTY support until then. Yesterday, AT&T resubmitted its request for...

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News: iPhone 6s more water-resistant than previous...

Photo: iFixit Apple appears to have improved water resistance in the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, according to an analysis and teardown by iFixit. While the iPhone still isn’t certified as even water-resistant, much less waterproof, iFixit reports that Apple appears to have taken steps to prevent water damage, such as adding a new gasket where the casing fits together and surrounding the logic board and its components with a new silicon…

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∞ These 11 actors play more than 100 Simpsons...

Amazing to see all those different voices coming out of the same person. Just great!

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You can finally buy an Apple Watch at Target this...

Retail chains are gearing up for the holiday shopping bonanza by stocking all the gear you’ll want to gift your loved ones (or buy for yourself). That includes the Apple Watch, which came out in April but is only now starting to pop up on store shelves. Target is the latest to start selling Apple’s smartwatch, beginning Oct. 18 online and Oct. 25 in-store.

The retailer will carry both 38mm and 42mm versions of the Sport and stainless steel models in various colors, including rose gold. Altogether, Target will stock about 20 watch options, though only some will be available in its 1,800 stores. The company will sell all 20 models online.

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Mini-review: Cloopband, the somewhat pricey but very...

As regular readers will know, I think wires are evil. To the extent that they are unavoidable, they should be invisible. And if they can’t be invisible, they should at least be neat.

I’ve also found you can never predict when you’re going to need a cable, so I keep one of each of the main types – Lightning, MiniUSB and MicroUSB – in each of the bags I use to carry a MacBook. I’ve tried various methods of wrapping them, from rubber bands (fiddly and they break) through velcro (collect fluff and lose their stickiness) to releasable cable-ties (neat but fiddly).

But I think I’ve finally found a solution that Just Works. Cloopbands are rubberized cable wraps with magnetic ends that can be applied and removed in a second.

Cloop suggests you semi-permanently attach the bands to your cables like so:


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Facebook rolls out mobile profile pic changes such...

Facebook is gradually rolling out a collection of mobile-oriented additions to profile pages and profile images, including videos, time-limited pictures, and a new customizable layout.

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El Capitan, iOS 9 security and the new version of...

From Apple:

Two-factor authentication is a new service built directly into iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan. It uses different methods to trust devices and deliver verification codes, and offers a more streamlined user experience. The current two-step verification feature will continue to work separately for users who are already enrolled.

These differences are explained in the post and linked article.

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The bloat mix of mobile ads on 50 news websites

Bloat, as measured by the New York Times.

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While TSMC is seen as a Leading A10 Chip Supplier in...

Looking to next year's iPhone 7, the Chinese media wasted no time in claiming that TSMC would be the exclusive iPhone-7 A10 chip supplier. Yet "GlobalFoundries plans to develop 10nm process technology in-house ...

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Web Snapper 3.3.9 - Capture entire Web pages as...

Web Snapper lets you capture Web pages exactly as they appear in your browser. You can send them to a file as images or vector-based, multi-page PDFs. It captures the whole Web page - eliminating the need to cut, paste and crop multiple screen-shots when trying to create an image or PDF. Web Snapper integrates with Safari via a toolbar button. When clicked, it takes a picture of the current site - but it will also work with any browser as a stand-alone application that accepts drag-and-drop URLs. Regardless of how you invoke it, Web Snapper converts the URL it was given into a continuous vector PDF with everything on the page looking exactly as you originally saw it in the browser.

Version 3.3.9:

  • Improved compatibility with OS X 10.11 El Capitan

  • OS X 10.6 or later

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How I ended up purchasing & owning Google.com...
Demote An Open Directory Server In OS X Server 5

OS X Server, Server 5, El Capitan Server can have problems with Open Directory. Sometimes, you just need to reset your directory service. You can demote and restore the server if needed. But buyer beware, you may end up screwing things up while the directory server is being demoted and you’re restoring a backup. Or if you haven’t built out the directory server, you may end up just demoting the server and starting over. In this article, we’ll look at demoting the server.

To get started demoting the Open Directory master, first open the Server app and then click on Open Directory.

From the Open Directory screen, click on the minus button in the Servers section. When prompted to Delete the directory service, click on the Delete button.


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Inside iOS 9: Apple's Maps app gets smarter...

A major focus for Apple in building iOS 9 is making it even easier to access the information you need, in part by predicting what you want before you unlock your phone. One way the upcoming operating system does that is by knowing when you get into your car, and predicting where you're probably planning to drive.

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Apple Watch is coming to Target, Target.com,...

Think Target’s red card discount applies to Apple Watch? Turns out it does.

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News: Apple CEO Tim Cook talks privacy to NPR

Photo: Ariel Zambelich/NPR In a recent interview with NPR’s Robert Siegel, Apple CEO Tim Cook emphasized how he feels that “privacy is a fundamental human right” and discussed how Apple and its products and services work to protect the privacy of its users. Cook stated that the government does contact Apple “from time to time”, and of course Apple will supply any requested information if the government asks “in…

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Apple Watch to go on sale throughout all US Target...

Big-box retailer Target announced on Friday that the Apple Watch will go on sale at "some" U.S. locations this week, eventually coming to all of its stores across the country by Oct. 25.

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Typeeto makes it easy to use your Mac keyboard with...

If you've ever wanted to use your Mac's keyboard with your iPhone or iPad, Eltima Software's Typeeto can make it happen. 

If you find that typing on the iOS devices' virtual keyboard works just fine, this app isn't for you. If you've bought a third party keyboard for your iDevice, this isn't for you. If, however, you want to use your Mac's keyboard with your iPhone or iPad, this app IS for you. 

Typeeto provides a real-time access to a full-scale Mac keyboard for easier interaction and typing on your iOS devices. You can connect as many devices as you need to your Mac and switch between them in one click, which is very convenient. 

I like the fact that no additional applications have to be installed on your device. Just launch Typeeto and start typing away. You can copy-paste text from your Mac to the device and the vice versa.

As for Yours Truly, I almost never use a keyboard with my iPhone or...

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Apple Watch hits Target following Best Buy and some...

Still no Apple Pay in stores at Target just yet, but Apple Watch will be joining the lineup of iPhones and iPads in select stores this week – and all stores by October 25th.

Target operates over 1800 stores across the United States, greatly expanding the points-of-sale for Apple Watch going into the holiday quarter. Aside from the couple hundred Apple Stores in the US, Apple Watch has been sold in a few premium vendors plus Best Buy, T-Mobile, and...

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Skype iOS app updated with support for Slide Over,...

Microsoft has updated its Skype for iPhone and iPad apps to add support for two new features in iOS 9: Slide Over and Split View. This follows close behind its update of the Mac app to add Split View in El Capitan.

Millions of people use Skype every day to share URLs and photos. iOS9’s new Split View and Slide Over capabilities let you use Skype while using another app alongside it, making sharing your content even better. Imagine you’re planning a night out in London with a group of friends using IM or a group voice call. Now you can share links to bars and restaurants...

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iPhone owners seeing their phones randomly shut off

This appears to be an iOS 9 issue, rather than a 6s, 6s Plus issue.

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News: Daily Deal: Lyrix Axis Levitating Wireless-...

Today in iLounge Deals we have the Lyrix Axis Levitating Wireless-Charging Speaker for only $139.95. The cool floating speaker also charges wirelessly will hovering above its base for a cool aesthetic effect, while also providing multiple LED color settings and a handy USB output for recharging any USB compatible device from the base.

Get the Lyrix Axis Levitating Wireless-Charging Speaker now for only $139.95...

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iPhone 6s/6s Plus: Turning Off Individual Live Photos

One of the new features of the iPhone 6s/6s Plus is the so-called Live Photos functionality; this'll take your still images and turn them into little video-like snapshots of the moments in your life. However, there's a big caveat: When you share a pic with someone through Messages, those Live Photos are sent as, well, Live Photos, which may be a problem if you just forgot the feature was turned on! We'll go over what to do in this Quick Tip.

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One 'spaceship' campus is not enough, so...

The current "spaceship campus" Apple is building apparently isn't enough. According to The Silicon Valley Business Journal reports that the company has secured a deal to build another spaceship campus in Sunnyvale, California.

The article says Apple has sealed a deal for Landbank Investments LLC’s planned Central & Wolfe campus — a curvaceous, 777,000-square-foot project at Central Expressway and Wolfe Road "that’s expected to look like nothing else ever attempted in Silicon Valley." Its marketing web address is Notanotherbox.com (where the graphics for this article came from).

Meanwhile, construction is well underway for Apple’s first spaceship campus, and should be finished by the end of 2016. The new campus, which will supplement and not replace Apple’s current headquarters at 1 Infinite Loop, was a pet project of the late Steve Jobs. It’s a four-story, 2.8 million...

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Steve Jobs movie “deviates from reality everywhere”...

Andy Hertzfeld (R) with the actor who plays him, Michael Stuhlbarg (L)

Andy Hertzfeld, one of the key designers of the original Macintosh system software, has told Re/code that the Sorkins/Boyle movie Steve Jobs “deviates from reality everywhere” but “exposes deeper truths” about the man.

It deviates from reality everywhere — almost nothing in it is like it really happened — but ultimately that doesn’t matter that much. The purpose of the film is to entertain, inspire and move the audience, not to portray reality. It is cavalier about the facts but aspires to explore and expose the deeper truths...

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Tunnelblick 3.6beta10 - GUI for OpenVPN (beta). (...

Tunnelblick is a free, open source graphic user interface for OpenVPN on OS X. It provides easy control of OpenVPN client and/or server connections. It comes as a ready-to-use application with all necessary binaries and drivers (including OpenVPN, easy-rsa, and tun/tap drivers). No additional installation is necessary -- just add your configuration and encryption information.

To use Tunnelblick you need access to a VPN server -- your computer is one end of the tunnel and the VPN server is the other end. For more information, see Getting VPN Service.

Support is provided by the Tunnelblick Discussion Group.

Version 3.6beta10 (4400):

Note: Now requires OS X 10.5.8 or later.

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Some iPhone 6s/Plus users experiencing zoomed...

Some iPhone 6s/Plus users are reporting a display glitch in Wallet and some other apps, where they get a permanently zoomed-in view after restoring from an iPhone 5/5S/5C. Apple has told owners that it is aware of the issue but does not currently have a fix other than setting up the phone as a new one.

When I open the Apple wallet app, the sides of the screen are cut off like it is zoomed in […]

Same issue here on an iPhone 6S. I can’t activate any cards since the button to input the activation codes is seemingly cut off […]...

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Apple is Considering a Shift in Display Technology...

Apple is considering a shift in display technology for 2017. Apple is expected to continue exploring other possible solutions such as switching ...

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Apple Watch to Be Sold at All U.S. Target Stores by...

Popular retailer Target this morning announced that the Apple Watch would begin arriving at some of its stores this week, with a plan to have the wearable device available at all of its United States retail locations by October 25. Customers who are interested in buying the device online on Target's website can do so beginning October 18. The move sees Target gearing up for the holiday season, calling Apple's wearable "one of the season’s hottest gift items."

The retailer says it will carry a total of 20 models of the Apple Watch, in both 38mm and 42mm sizes, specifically noting the availability of space gray and rose gold color options. "Select models and bands" will be available for customers at Target's physical locations, but the company notes that an "expanded assortment" of Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport will be found online. Prices are said to range from $349 to $599, so undoubtedly customers...

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AppleInsider podcast goes hands-on with iPhone 6s,...

On this week's AppleInsider podcast, Dan talks about his final review unit of the iPhone 6s, Mikey has three new iPhones, and we talk 3D Touch, El Capitan, whether or not to subscribe to Apple Music, and Aaron Sorkin's tiff with Tim Cook.

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Eventually we'll get a Mac OS X interface with...

Could Mac OS X 10.12 -- the operating system update that will follow this fall's OS X El Capitan -- sport a 3D interface? Probably not, but a future version likely will. 

Natural human interfaces, based upon hand gestures in free space, represent the next big evolutionary jump in consumer and industrial electronics. Natural interfaces utilize advanced 3-D vision technology to interpret actions by users -- such as hand gestures or other movement-based input -- as commands for the device. 

However, unlike the mouse or the touchscreen, with which the user has to make physical contact, there's no physical device that/s touched. Rather, the TV, computer or other appliance simply observes the user and the user’s surroundings, and derives meaning from what it sees. With the same ease that an officer can direct traffic at a busy intersection with a few natural gestures, we will be able to convey our intent to our devices, Spare predicted.

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Noteboom Productions introduces Tutor for Mac OS X...

Noteboom Productions has introduced Tutor for Mac OS X El Capitan, their latest video tutorial for the Mac.

Tutor for Mac OS X El Capitan consists of 75 video lessons designed to give users a better understanding of how to effectively use Apple's latest operating system for the Mac. It also includes lessons on setting up OS X default behaviors through System Preferences, installing and uninstalling apps, working with documents, and what's new in El Capitan applications.

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Remote device controls feature highly in consumer...

Consumers are looking to their mobile devices to do more and more of what their home PCs or laptops do; this in turn has led to similar security concerns on their mobile devices.

A new report from the Media and Services UX (MSX) group at Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com) has found that consumers are increasingly turning to mobile security app services to not only protect their phones and make them feel safer when using them, but also to help recover them and protect their data if their phones are ever lost or stolen. 

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'Beginner’s Guide to Content Automation'...

Quark has published "The Beginner’s Guide to Content Automation,"(http://tinyurl.com/qfsxley) a free eBook for professionals focused on solving challenges related to the creation, management, publishing, and delivery of multi-channel content. Topics covered in the book include:

° Understand the difference between traditional content workflows and content automation;

° Discover the benefits that enterprise content automation brings to organizations;

° Assess whether content automation can help your business or organization

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Kool Tools: Epson PictureMate PM-400 Personal Photo...

Epson's PictureMate PM-400 Personal Photo Lab delivers high quality, long-lasting photos in a compact, lightweight, wireless solution. Designed to quickly share milestone memories and special moments, the PM-400 prints beautiful borderless 4" x 6" and 5" x 7" photos that are smudge, scratch, water, and fade resistant, and which purportedly last up to 200 years.

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BatchOutput PDF now supports custom paper sizes

Zevrix Solutions has released BatchOutput PDF 2.2.16, a feature update to its solution to automate PDF printing with watched hot folders on OS X.

With BatchOutput PDF, users only need to drop PDFs into hot folders and the files will be printed automatically using the assigned output preset, saving users the time and effort of printing the files manually. Version 2.2.16 supports custom paper sizes defined in system's Page Setup dialog and addresses some performance and stability issues.

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The latest iOS apps for Oct. 2

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

Zuhanden has announced Gravity Jack. It's an US$0.99 run and jump game.

Microids has released My Farm. It's an US$2.99 game in which players must manage their virtual farm.

Ateam has introduced Big Bang Galaxy. The free game tasks players with leading a military campaign in outer space.

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Here's how to manage your iCloud storage

Recently, my lovely wife started receiving messages from her iPhone 5s telling her that she was running out of iCloud space. The fact that she has about eight bazillion photos floating around (she never deletes ANY pic) could be the reason. She hasn't learned how to manage her iCloud storage. However, she — and you, if you haven't -- should. 

You have two choices when you reach or exceed your storage limit. One: you can upgrade your iCloud storage plan or reduce the amount of storage you're using.  You can reduce your iCloud storage by choosing which apps and backups to store, and you can move or delete documents, photos, and email messages that you no longer need. (Before you delete anything, you might want to archive or make copies of your iCloud data.)

Use these steps to see how much iCloud storage is available in your account.

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:

  • If you're using iOS 8/9 or later, tap Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage...
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Get Backup Pro makes life easier for owners of...

I've updated two Macs — a 12-inch MacBook and 27-inch iMac — to Mac OS X El Capitan without any hiccups. However, I'm always cautious so I used BeLight Software's Get Backup to clone a copy of the Macs' drives before upgrading the operating system. I'd recommend you do the same. 

Get Backup lets you use Mac OS X 10.6 or higher to clone a hard drive or solid state drive, making a backup disc that be booted up just in case there's a problem like a system crash that could result in the loss of valuable data. (Note that this can take several hours depending on the size of your Mac's drive.) However, what really sets Get Backup Pro apart from its competitors is its ability to keep files in-sync and up-to-date on two computers. More on that in a second.

Backups are compressed, reducing the size of resulting archives as much as up to 60 percent. You can archive to external devices and drives or to...

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The 10 Mac games you need to play from September 2015

September's Mac games

Traditionally, the last few months of the year are when all the big game publishers launch their most notable games—but the Mac market is a little bit different. In fact, our look at September’s top Mac games barely has any major publishers in sight, and only one game that sells for more than $15. 

Yet this is still one of the strongest selections of new games we’ve had all year, with a nicely diverse array of indie experiences and even a couple of ports of fantastic iOS games. And where else are you going to find a list that includes a tense, terrifying undersea adventure like SOMA and then a point-and-click hugging game about a clown named Dropsy? Nowhere, probably. So check out the list ahead, and be sure to loop back on August’s picks if you need even more recent Mac options.


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Thursday October 1

Apple CEO Tim Cook: ‘Privacy is a fundamental human...


Apple has long touted the power and design of its devices, but recently the world’s most valuable company has been emphasizing another feature: privacy. That’s no small matter when many users store important private data on those devices: account numbers, personal messages, photos.

Apple CEO Tim Cook talks to NPR’s Robert Siegel about how the company protects its customers’ data, and how it uses — or doesn’t use — that information.

Yet another fascinating interview with Cook. He is really hammering home the security and privacy angle of Apple’s corporate position.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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∞ Amazon to ban sale of Apple, Google video-...


Amazon.com Inc. will stop selling media-streaming devices from Google Inc. and Apple Inc. that aren’t easily compatible with its video service, the latest example of the company using its clout to promote products that fit with its own retailing strategy.

The Seattle-based Web retailer sent an e-mail to its marketplace sellers that it will stop selling the Apple TV and Google’s Chromecast since those devices don’t “interact well” with Prime Video. No new listings for the products will be allowed and posting of existing inventory will be removed Oct. 29, Amazon said.

Interesting, if foolhardy, move by Amazon. They want to push sales of their own product so much, they are willing to give up the revenue generated by the more popular...

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Some iPhone 6s Owners Seeing Their Phones Randomly...

Since the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus have been available on September 25, many users have begun reporting that their 6s or 6s Plus will randomly turn itself off, even when it's left unattended. It's unknown what causes the shut off, but some users have also reported their home button feels warm to the touch.

Users on Reddit, the Apple support communities and the MacRumors forums have experienced the issue. While 6s and 6s Plus users have seen the majority of incidents, some iPhone 6 users have also reported the issue, indicating that iOS 9 may the root of the problem.

After the bug turns off the phone,...

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Minecraft's story mode means more action, less...

Back in December, Telltale Games hinted that there was a narrative-driven installment of the Minecraft franchise on the way. Now in the newly released trailer, we get to see the story behind the first episode dubbed "The Order of the Stone." Player...

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Tim Cook to receive Human Rights Campaign's...

The Human Rights Campaign announced Thursday that it will present Apple CEO Tim Cook with the Visibility Award at its 19th annual National Dinner next month, an event honoring high-profile public figures who fight for LGBT equality.

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Patreon, Paypal, Plasso: We accept your support in a...

As many of you have probably heard, Patreon -- the service that we use to process most of our patron donations -- was the victim of a database hack. To quote Jack Conte, the CEO and Co-Founder of Patreon,

“There was unauthorized access to registered names, email addresses, posts, and some shipping addresses. Additionally, some billing addresses that were added prior to 2014 were also accessed. We do not store full credit card numbers on our servers and no credit card numbers were compromised. Although accessed, all passwords, social security numbers and tax form information remain safely encrypted with a 2048-bit RSA key. No specific action is required of our users, but as a precaution I recommend that all users update their passwords on Patreon.”


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Google's new products, Tesla autopilot,...

WrapGoogle updates Nexus lineup, Tesla's autopilot software update is coming, Google and Microsoft drop lawsuits and a humanoid robot gives us a glimpse of the future. Follow host Nick Barber on Twitter @nickjb.

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The Big Picture: NASA shows off Pluto's largest...

As the long, slow download of data from the New Horizon's mission continues, NASA has posted some new high-res enhanced color pictures of Pluto's largest moon, Charon (shown above in the upper left corner). Other than a reddish polar region, the im...

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Apple Reportedly ‘Seals Deal’ on on 777,000 Square...

Apple has "sealed a deal" for a large 777,000 square foot office complex to serve as yet another major campus for the company. The Silicon Valley Business Journal reported that Apple has closed a deal with Landbank Investments LLC for an already-approved project at Central Expressway and Wolfe Road in Sunnyvale, CA.

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About 15M T-Mobile users affected by Experian data...

Hackers targeting credit check firm Experian stole the personal data of approximately 15 million T-Mobile customers who applied for postpaid services or device financing, Experian announced on Thursday.

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Apple leases second ‘spaceship’ campus in Silicon...

Silicon Valley Business Journal reports that Apple has secured a deal to build another spaceship campus in Sunnyvale, California. The company will purchase Landbank Investments LLC’s planned Central & Wolfe campus which comes in at 777,000-square-feet at Central Expressway and Wolfe Road in Silicon Valley.

Specific terms of the deal are unknown at this point, although the report claims that the deal has been finalized and completed. It’s also believed that Apple most likely leased, not purchased, the project.

Apple’s Sunnyvale campus pays numerous design...

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Tim Cook meets with NPR to discuss data privacy,...

Apple CEO Tim Cook continued his media tour on Thursday by participating in a short interview featured on NPR's "All Things Considered," where he discussed the importance of consumer data protection and implications of America's tax code.

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Tim Cook Addresses Privacy, Government Requests in...

Just days after Apple updated and expanded its privacy site to explain how it handles personal information, CEO Tim Cook sat down with NPR's Robert Siegel to talk about how the Cupertino company protects user data and when and where it uses that information.

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Cook starts off by noting that Apple designs its products with privacy in mind after being asked about government data requests. Apple wants the user to control the data and who gets to see or use it.
However, we design our products in such a way that privacy is designed into the product. And security is designed in. And so if...

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Apple Trumpets New Privacy Policy

Apple has updated its privacy policy with new information regarding features in iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan. The company attempts to set itself apart from rivals by noting that it doesn't build profiles about its customers to sell to advertisers. For example, unlike Google Maps, which tracks a user's journey end to end, Apple Maps separates data about users' trips into segments that are not linked. The Apple News app collects data on what users read, like the Google News app. However, it doesn't tie reading habits to a user's account.

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Apple Seals Deal for New Sunnyvale California Campus...

It's being reported today that Apple has sealed a deal for a new curvaceous, 777,000-square-foot project in Sunnyvale California that's expected to look like nothing else ever attempted in Silicon Valley.

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Apple relies less on stock compensation than rivals...

Stock compensation expenses are growing at Apple, even though newer companies like Twitter and Facebook are spending far more on them proportionately, a report noted on Thursday.

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Tim Cook talks NSA, customer privacy, and more in...

Continuing his string of interviews and appearances, Apple CEO Tim Cook today appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered show and was interviewed by Robert Siegel. Cook and Siegel talked about a variety of topics in the interview, including Apple News, customer privacy, and more.

First off, the two discussed Apple’s goal to maintain the privacy of its customers at all costs. Cook has always been a huge proponent of user rights and his tone did not change in this interview. Cook explained that Apple will do whatever it takes to maintain the privacy of its users:

We do think that people want us to help them keep their lives private. We see that privacy is a fundamental human right that people have. We are going to do everything that we can to help maintain that trust.

Regarding the NSA, Cook noted how he...

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Notable apps and app updates for October 1, 2015

Each day, Apple World Today posts a short 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 for iOS and Mac OS X:

iOS Apps / Updates

Yeah, we already told you about Tweetbot 4 for Twitter ($4.99 launch price), the universal update to the best Twitter client for iOS. But we'll tell you again - it's worth the update and definitely worth getting if you're still using that horrible standard Twitter app. 

Mind-mapping is a technique for getting to the heart of a problem and finding a solution, or just getting your thoughts organized for a report or talk. MindNode ($9.99) is a top-notch mind-mapping app for iOS that's truly universal, running on...

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Why Apple Music is the first music streaming service...

I love music. While my tastes skew more toward the days when guitar and drum sounds were made with actual guitars and drums, I have a rapacious appetite for music both new and old, and I’m just as likely to be listening to Eminem or Taylor Swift as I am to Led Zeppelin or Pearl Jam. 

But thus far I’ve resisted the lure of music subscriptions. I’m certainly not averse to digital music: I ran out to buy my first iPod the morning it was available on November 10, 2001, and spent the rest of the weekend ripping my entire CD collection. My iTunes library is approaching the 20,000-song mark, and iTunes Match is easily the best $25 I spend each year. But no matter which service I tried, none of them struck the right chord with me. 

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External Link: Eddy Cue Talks to the London Evening...

Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, spoke with the London Evening Standard about a number of topics, including music, the value of (ignoring) customer feedback, and expensive roaming charges.


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Apple to build additional “spaceship” campus in...

It looks like Apple will be snapping up yet another spaceship campus, this time in Sunnyvale.

Word on the ground is that Apple has sealed a deal for Landbank Investments LLC’s planned Central & Wolfe campus. The headquarters will be a curvaceous, 777,000-square-foot project at Central Expressway and Wolfe Road that’s expected to look like nothing else ever attempted in Silicon Valley. The current marketing web address has been designated as “Notanotherbox.com”.

The campus will be brokered by Landbank Investments and designed by architecture firm HOK and will consist of three, four-story buildings over two levels of parking...

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Amazon Jumps the Shark and Kicks Apple TV and Google...

This just in: Amazon thinks it's a platform. According to Bloomberg, Amazon has ordered Apple TV and Google Chromecast devices out of its stores because they aren't compatible with Amazon's own Prime television subscription content.

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Apple reportedly closes deal on huge Sunnyvale campus

Apple has reportedly signed a lease for a 770,000-square-foot campus to be built in Sunnyvale, Calif., a stone's throw away from its Campus 2 "spaceship" currently under construction in Cupertino, expanding the company's already substantial presence in the area.

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AWT News Update: October 1, 2015

All sorts of news from all over the place today:

  • Apple might be thinking about wireless earphones, as hinted by some poorly hidden trademark filings
  • Amazon is apparently dropping Apple TV and Google Chromecast from its store and any marketplace sellers
  • We bid a fond adieu to Disk Utility's "Repair Disk Permissions" command

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for October 1, 2015.

It could be that Apple is thinking about making wireless earpods, as MacRumors is reporting that what appears to be a shell company is making trademark applications for the name “AirPods” around the world. The...

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ChargeIt! Dual-Output Car Charger: $22.95

Check out the ChargeIt! Dual-Output Car Charger, a car charger with two USB ports. But it also has a built in Lightning cable you can plug directly into your device. Through our deal you can get it for more than a third off at $22.95.

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UnCool: Millions of T-Mobile customers affected by...

Update: T-Mobile has reached out and clarified that the breach affects current and former customers who went through a credit check. Anyone who did not go through a credit check is unaffected.

T-Mobile has confirmed this evening that as many as 15 million of its customers have been affected by a data breach. As the company is quick to point out, however, the breach did not occur on its servers, but rather its credit partner’s, Experian.

While Experian and T-Mobile both confirm that no credit card or banking information was compromised in the breach, a variety of other sensitive information was. Customer names, addresses, birthdates, Social Security...

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Rumor: 'AirPods' trademark filings point...

Multiple international trademark applications for an "AIRPODS" audio accessory, filed by what appears to be a shell company, suggest Apple might be working to bring a wireless version of its EarPods headphones to market.

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Default Folder X doesn't play well with El...

St. Clair Software's Default Folder X — one of my favorite Mac utilities — won't work with OS X El Capitan's System Integrity Protection feature enabled. To allow Default Folder X to run, you can disable System Integrity Protection — or wait until Default Folder Version 5 is released (it's coming "soon," according to the folks at St. Clair Software).

System Integrity Protection ("SIP" for short) is a new feature in El Capitan that prevents anything from modifying the basic components of Mac OS X, even if it's just done temporarily in memory. As St. Clair Software notes, this makes it very difficult for computer viruses or anything else to harmfully change or corrupt your system. The downside, however, is that it disables some capabilities that applications like Default Folder X use to give you more functionality.

If you want to run Default Folder X in El Capitan, you'll have to disable SIP in the...

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Amazon To Cease Sale of Apple TV and Chromecast

Mark Wilson writes: As of 29 October, shoppers will no longer be able to buy Apple TV or Chromecast devices from Amazon. Citing compatibility issues with Prime Video, Amazon emailed marketplace sellers to inform them it is not accepting new listings for the two media devices, and any existing listings will be removed at the end of October. The move indicates not only the importance Amazon places on its streaming Prime Video service, but also that it views Apple and Google as serious rivals. The two companies have yet to respond to the news, but it is unlikely to be well-received.


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The Week in Mac Apps: Fantastical 2.1 is ready for...

Fantastical 2.1 is ready for El Capitan

In this week’s roundup of new Mac apps, we bring you a way to track your golf game, an update to your calendar’s best friend, and a delicious digital box for all your recipes.

Eagle 2.5.6

Get on the links with Mulligan Software’s $40 Eagle, designed to help you keep score for your games, leagues, and tournaments.

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Defense bill passed by US House could allow easier...

Major high-tech corporations like Apple could potentially reap new and easier military contracts under a bill approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday.

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Tip of the Day: Engaging Low Power Mode in iOS 9

The new “Low Power Mode” in iOS 9 is a pretty handy way to extend your battery life when you’re on the go; by throttling down your device’s CPU and suspending all background activity it lets you gain two to three extra hours in a pinch. You can turn it on manually by going into Settings, Battery or your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch will offer you the option to turn it on as part of the warnings you get when your battery drains…

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Many AT&T iPhone Users Unable to Download Apps...

A growing number of AT&T subscribers on the MacRumors forums appear to be having issues downloading apps and streaming music over LTE, with some claiming AT&T is throttling App Store downloads and Apple Music content.

When connected to Wi-Fi, users report that apps download normally, but over LTE, app downloads do not progress. Other users are reporting issues streaming content from the Apple Music app, with songs that start and then hang. As described by MacRumors reader Blizaine:I have three different iOS devices. Two are running iOS 9.0.1 and one is running iOS 8.4.1. When they are connected to wifi, apps download fine. When on LTE, the app just sits there and the progress bar does not move, even after a very long period of time. When I...

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EtreCheck 2.5.1 - For troubleshooting your Mac;...

EtreCheck is a simple little app to display the important details of your system configuration and allow you to copy that information to the Clipboard. It is meant to be used with Apple Support Communities to help people help you with your Mac. EtreCheck automatically removes any personally identifiable information from the output.

Version 2.5.1:

  • Checks signatures of Apple files or files claiming to be from Apple
  • Adds settings so that you can control how much detail you want in the report
  • Updated user interface and animations

  • OS X 10.6 or later

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Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard and...

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A lot of us use Apple Keyboards and mice or trackpads on our Macs and iPads until that inevitable day when they fail; then it's time to look for something that's going to be a longterm replacement that won't cost an arm and a leg. Logitech recently introduced the K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard (US$39.99) and the M535 Bluetooth Mouse ($39.99), and I was able to put both to use with a tough customer -- my wife. 

She was using a six-year-old Apple Wireless Keyboard (the one with three, not two AA batteries) and an older Logitech Bluetooth Mouse. The keyboard was getting to the point that it was losing pairing on a regular basis, and the mouse was too large for her hand, causing issues with her rheumatoid arthritis...

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Logitech Adds Portability to Home Monitoring

Logitech on Wednesday announced a new monitoring system that links users to live feeds of their homes via an app. Called "Logi Circle," it picks up Nest's Dropcam model and expands it with mobility. On one end of the system is the app, available for both Android and iOS, which lets consumers view high-definition camera feeds live. On the other end is a portable camera, the size of a webcam, that can go up to three hours without an external power source. It's a two-way camera that can stand in for a webcam or allow someone to shout directives to a rogue pet.

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Mac: Inkle 80 Days

We’re big fans of Inkle’s 80 Days game on the iOS platform, and in fact it made our list of the Top Apps of 2014, so naturally we’re pretty excited to see it come to the Mac. Available on Steam, GOG, and Humble Store, 80 Days ($10) brings all of the fun of the iOS experience to the larger Mac screen, and more.

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Apple reportedly wants ‘AirPods’ trademark using...

Even in the age of the Apple Watch which only plays music over Bluetooth, Apple has yet to produce any Apple-branded wireless headphones or earbuds, instead promoting Beats-branded earbud and headphone designs created before Apple’s $3 billion acquisition of that company last year. A new report from MacRumors suggests that could soon change, however, as it’s believed Apple may have applied for “AirPods” trademark under an alias company name.

If the trademark application indeed traces back to Apple, AirPods suggest a wireless version of...

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Apple's Diversity Program is put into Action as...

Apple issued a press release earlier today announcing that James A. Bell, former chief financial officer and corporate president of The Boeing Company, has been elected to Apple’s board of directors.

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External Link: Sprint Raising Prices on Its...

Sprint is raising the monthly price of its unlimited talk, text, and data plan to $70 on 15 October 2015 — a $10 increase. However, customers signed onto that plan before the cutoff date will be locked in at the $60 per month price.


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Apple Likely Trying to File for 'AirPods'...

Apple may be taking steps to protect the name "AirPods," based on recent trademark filings in a number of countries. While Apple itself is not directly linked to these applications, the pattern of filings is consistent with Apple's usual strategy and MacRumors believes Apple is indeed responsible for them.

A trademark application for "AirPods" was made in the United States on September 22 by a company called Entertainment in Flight, LLC, a Delaware firm housed at the Corporation Trust Center, a strategy Apple has used a number of times in the past to hide its trademark work. The company was created in early September and appears to have no visible operations other than last week's trademark filing.

We have been unable to find a concrete link between Apple and the AirPods trademark, but the evidence we've gathered is highly suggestive that Apple is indeed...

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Amazon to halt sales of Apple TV, Google Chromecast...

Amazon will halt all sales of the Apple TV and Google Chromecast beginning on Oct. 29, the company said in an email to marketplace vendors, claiming that its Prime Video service doesn't run well on some devices outside of the Fire TV line.

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TiVo Bolt Zaps Ads

TiVo on Wednesday urged users to give commercials the finger with its Bolt set-top box, which allows ad-skipping on some shows. The Bolt is available immediately online, and it will show up on store shelves this weekend. It comes in 500-GB and 1-TB versions, priced at $300 and $400, respectively, inclusive of one year of service. After that, users will pay $150 a year for the service. Prices do not include cable or streaming services subscriptions. The Bolt's SkipMode feature is what lets consumers give ads a digital salute.

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Amazon to ban sales of Apple TV, Google Chromecast...

Starting on October 29, the Apple TV and Google Chromecast will no longer be available from Amazon.

Bloomberg reports that the online retailer sent an e-mail to its marketplace sellers telling them that it is not allowing any new postings of the devices, and the company will remove existing listings at the end of October.

"Over the last three years, Prime Video has become an important part of Prime," Amazon said in a statement explaining the change. "It's important that the streaming media players we sell interact well with Prime Video in order to avoid customer confusion. Roku, XBOX, PlayStation, and Fire TV are excellent...

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News: Amazon to ban sale of Apple TV

In a move intended to promote its own Prime Video service, Amazon is banning the sale of competing video streaming devices on its online store, Bloomberg reports. An email recently sent to its marketplace sellers noted that it will no longer be selling Apple TV and Google Chromecast devices; no new listings will be permitted and existing listings will be removed on October 29. In the email, Amazon stated that “It’s important that the streaming…

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A New Defense Bill Passed by the House Could benefit...

Last month we posted two reports covering Apple having worked with the Israeli Military and that the Pentagon is looking to Apple for advanced wearable devices. The latter makes you wonder if the new Apple Ring ...

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Opinion: Is iOS’s Home screen heading towards text-...

Is Apple considering another round of major changes to iOS’s Home screen? If watchOS and tvOS are any indication, the answer could be “yes.” Earlier this year, Apple launched the Apple Watch with a purely text-free Home screen, requiring users to identify 20-some initial apps (and manually-added third-party apps) by icon designs alone. This month, it will release the fourth-generation Apple TV with a refreshed UI, again almost entirely eliminating below-app text in favor of redesigned icons with 3D depth.

While it would be easy to write off Apple’s changes to text labels as one-off decisions for “really small screen” and “really big screen” devices, they collectively raise an interesting question: if developers properly redesigned their iOS icons, would text labels — a staple of graphical user interfaces for decades...

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HBO Now updated with iOS 9’s picture-in-picture iPad...

One of iOS 9’s most useful features on modern iPads is the ability to playback videos from the Home screen or other apps using picture-in-picture. Video services have to opt-in to supporting PIP, though, so it means App Store apps must be updated before the feature works.

HBO has done just that with their iOS 9 update for iPad, supporting picture-in-picture when you leave the HBO Now app while you’re watching a movie or TV show. The feature is only mentioned in the update for the standalone HBO Now service, however, so the HBO Go version which...

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Review: Spigen Neo Hybrid / Carbon / EX + Ultra...

Spigen has redesigned a number of its cases to fit Apple's new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. We'll first take a look at the company's updated "Hybrid" cases — Neo Hybrid ($35), Neo Hybrid Carbon ($35), Neo Hybrid EX ($35), and Ultra Hybrid ($25). Neo Hybrid and its variations are basically a soft TPU case surrounded by a hard plastic bumper which keeps everything together. Ultra Hybrid is a simple, clear TPU case.{/exp:char_limit}

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Tweetbot 4 for iPad and iPhone arrives, bringing...

All is right with the world. It's October, the fourth quarter of the year has arrived, Halloween is on the way, the US football season is going strong, and soon the Major League Baseball's postseason will kick into gear. And even better, Tapbots has updated its Twitter client and it's amazing. Tweetbot 4 for iPad and iPhone (US$4.99 introductory price) brings a number of features that you're not going to find anywhere else.

There's bound to be some whining and complaining, because Tweetbot 4 is a new purchase for everyone, even those of you who have used Tweetbot for years. To me, spending $5 (or even the eventual price of $10) to get a huge update an app that I use many times daily is a bargain. Tweetbot 3 buyers will be able to get the updated app for $4.99 after the launch thanks to a special bundle.

Tweetbot 4 timeline and activity in landscape mode on an iPhone...

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TMO Daily Observations 2015-10-01: OS X El Capitan...

Apple released OS X El Capitan on Wednesday, so today Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about their upgrade experience and first thoughts on using Apple's latest Mac operating system. They also talk about app and device driver compatibility, and respond to listener comments.

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Amazon to Cease Selling Apple TV, Google Chromecast...

Amazon plans to stop selling some streaming video devices that compete with its Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, reports Bloomberg. It will no longer offer Google's Chromecast or Apple's Apple TV for sale in its online store.

Amazon today sent an email to marketplace sellers notifying them of the upcoming change. The site plans to disallow new listings for the product and remove existing inventory on October 29. As a reason for the removal, Amazon is citing compatibility with its Prime Video streaming service, which is not available on devices from Google and Apple."Over the last three years, Prime Video has become an important part of Prime," Amazon said in the e-mail. "It's important that the streaming media players we sell interact well with Prime Video in order to avoid customer confusion."Other set-top boxes and consoles, including those from...

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Amazon to block sales of Apple TV due to lack of...

A woman receives a package from Amazon that presumably does not contain an Apple TV

If you’re looking to buy an Apple TV online, you may need to look somewhere other than Amazon in the very near future. A new report from Bloomberg claims that an internal email at indicates the retailer will block sales of Apple’s streaming device because it doesn’t support Amazon Prime Video.

The change will take place on October 29th, and will see Google’s Chromecast barred from the site as well. The email states that as...

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Your top 10 questions about Office 2016 answered

Today’s post was written by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office Client Applications and Services team.

We are thrilled to see the positive response for the launch of Office 2016 last week. We’ve received a ton of great feedback and wanted to address some of your top questions:

  1. How do I get Office 2016 for Windows if I’m an Office 365 customer?

As an existing Office 365 subscriber, Office 2016 is immediately available to you, and based upon your plan, you can choose to manually update or wait for the scheduled automatic update. Below are links to instructions to manually update to Office 2016:

  • Office 365 Home, Personal or University customers will receive automatic update notifications in the coming weeks. For manual update instructions, please see...
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Buyers skew towards higher-capacity iPhones, iPhone...

iPhone shoppers are increasingly favoring high-end, 64- and 128-gigabyte models, and showing strong early interest in Apple's new interest-free iPhone Upgrade Program, data from an RBC Capital Markets survey suggests.

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Apple issues second public beta of OS X El Capitan...

Members of Apple's public beta testing program now have access to a second pre-release build of OS X 10.11.1, a forthcoming maintenance and security update for the newly launched El Capitan Mac operating system.

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Apple releases second OS X 10.11.1 seed to public...

Apple has followed this week’s release of OS X El Capitan 10.11.1 beta 2 to developers with a public version of the pre-release software. The second seed doesn’t include any notable changes, though it does come with the new emoji icons that were added in the first build.

Users on the public beta can download the latest build from the Updates tab of the Mac App Store. Users who want to participate in the public beta can apply on...

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Apple Releases Second OS X 10.11.1 El Capitan Public...

Apple today seeded the second beta of OS X 10.11.1 El Capitan to public beta testers, just days after releasing the second beta to developers and a week and a half after seeding the first public beta. Today's second beta comes just after the public launch of OS X El Capitan.

The beta is available to those who are participating in Apple's Beta Testing program and can be downloaded through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.

The first beta of OS X 10.11.1 introduced support for Unicode 8 and new emoji like taco, burrito, cheese wedge, hot dog, middle finger, and unicorn head. The emoji are also included in iOS 9.1, which is also in testing.

Beyond new emoji, there have been no other...

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Paragraphs 1.0.4 - Writing tool just for writers. (...

Paragraphs is an app just for writers. It was built for one thing and one thing only: writing. It gives you everything you need to create brilliant prose and does away with the rest.

Everything in context.
Don't stress trying to memorize confusing markup. Paragraphs' quick context menu provides simple, easy-to-use formatting options right where you need them.

Focus on what you do best.
Gone are the complicated menus and distracting widgets of traditional word processors. When you begin typing in Paragraphs the interface melts away and you're left with only what you write.

Sensible Settings.
Paragraphs features multiple layout and font styles that look great by default. There's also Dark Mode, for a comfortable writing experience at night.

Version 1.0.4:

  • Fixed an issue with dragging the app window in OS X 10.11
  • Minor improvements to app...

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Promote an OS X Server 5 Open Directory Replica To...

You’ve got Open Directory running and humming beautifully in OS X Server 5 (running on OS X Yosemite or OS X El Capitan). You show up to work and the hard drive has died on that perfectly configured Open Directory Master. Luckily, you have a replica and you have an archive of your Master. You can restore or you can promote your Replica to a Master. What to do? Well, I can’t tell you what you should do, but I can tell you that Apple has planned for this. Here, we’re going to look at promoting that Replica to a Master. Because after all, hard drives fail. Let’s look at what all this looks like.

Create An Open Directory Archive

In order to properly restore an Open Directory Master or promote a Replica to a Master, you’ll need the SSL keys. You should also just keep archives of your Open Directory environment around (albeit in a secure location) because you really never know. To create an Open Directory Archive, which has the keys in it as well as data...

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The Week in iOS Accessories: Mighty mounts

Mighty mounts

This week's roundup features several new stands and mounts for the Apple Watch. Just because your watch isn't on your wrist doesn't mean it can't look nice. Read on!


The Tube is a $273 Bluetooth speaker built of copper-plated steel. It offers eight hours of music playback when fully charged and can relay audio from a source within a 7-meter range. If you have a kitchen full of copper pots, it’ll fit right in.

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Pessimistic, questionable iPhone supplier rumor...

Shares of Apple stock fell more than 2 percent in early trading Thursday, following a highly questionable report from the Far East claiming that Apple's integrated circuit suppliers are concerned over the prospect of fewer iPhone-related chip orders.

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James Bell joins Apple’s Board of Directors

Apple has announced that James A. Bell, former chief financial officer and corporate president of The Boeing Company, has been elected to Apple’s board of directors.

Bell brings more than four decades of experience in finance, strategic planning and leadership in complex organizations. During his 38-year career at Boeing, he also oversaw Boeing Capital Corporation and Boeing Shared Services, and was interim CEO of The Boeing Company in 2005.

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ChronoSync updated with El Capitan support

Econ Technologies (www.econtechnologies.com) has updated ChronoSync to version 4.6.4 with fixes related to OS X El Capitan.

ChronoSync is a Mac backup, bootable backup, and folder synchronizing app. It works with any device you can connect to a Mac, such as external drives, thumb drives, network volumes, remote Macs, or even a PC. Additionally the 4.6.4 update — free to registered users — includes fixes to problems with establishing IPv6 network connections. Whether it's a minor or major update all existing users update for free.

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How Steve Jobs fleeced Carly Fiorina


Ms. Fiorina’s trainwreck stint at HP has been well documented. But I want to address one tiny but telling aspect of her misbegotten reign: an episode that involved her good friend Steve Jobs. It is the story of the HP iPod.

The iPod, of course, was Apple’s creation, a groundbreaking digital music player that let you have “a music library in your pocket.” Introduced in 2001, it gained steam over the next few years and by the end of 2003, the device was a genuine phenomenon. So it was news that in January 2004, Steve Jobs and Carly Fiorina made a deal where HP could slap its name on Apple’s wildly successful product. Nonetheless, HP still managed to botch things. It could not have been otherwise, really, because Steve Jobs totally outsmarted the woman who now claims she can run the United States of America.

I can talk about this with some authority. Not only have I written a book about the iPod, but I interviewed Fiorina face to face when she introduced...

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Tweetbot 4 for iOS adds redesigned iPad UI and new...

Tweetbot for iOS has undergone another big upgrade today. The new release marks the first time the iPad version of the app has been redesigned to match the all-new UI introduced in iOS 7. iPhone users need not feel left out, however, as this update has a set of new features and design tweaks for you as well.

Let’s dive right in and take a look at what’s new.

New Features

The new features in Tweetbot 4 appear across both iPhone and iPad, bringing the two apps in line for the first time in a while. This is aided by the iPad’s new design, which we’ll discuss later....

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OS X El Capitan and pro music software compatibility

Good list of some of the top companies and where they stand with compatibility. Obviously, this will continue to change. Personally, I keep my music production machine a version back to ensure all of my music software works.

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The new Visio is here—work visually

Visio is the industry-leading diagramming solution used by over 12 million users, and today we’re thrilled to share our latest innovations with you.

Visio 2016 makes it easier for everyone to define business processes, document best practices, visualize the future state of transformative initiatives and stay on top of operational insights. Using Office 365, you can share these Visio diagrams with everyone and communicate one version of the truth to drive organization-wide alignment.

Visio 2016 offers starter diagrams, hundreds of smart shapes, one-step data linking, Information Rights Management (IRM) for compliance and so much more. Working visually is now faster and easier than ever.

Get started quickly

When starting out, the new Visio offers a set of pre-crafted starter diagrams and contextual tips and tricks to help you easily create, edit and complete your diagram.


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Office Delve adds Praise, Favorites and enhances...

“Recognition is the greatest motivator.” —Gerard C. Eakedale

Organizational productivity and morale improve when individuals and teams are recognized for their work. The best productivity tools help people to easily share their knowledge and ideas, make their work discoverable inside their organization, and enable colleagues to show their appreciation and recognize each other’s work. As the modern workplace evolves, Office 365 is also evolving to help people collaborate, share and discover information more easily.

Today we are excited to announce new “people experiences” in Office Delve, which include the new Praise feature, the ability to create modern pages in SharePoint Online and add Favorites from across Office 365.

Let’s dive into the details.

Recognize your peers by giving Praise

With the new Praise feature in Delve, you are...

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Exchange Server 2016 for on-premises customers now...

Last week, we launched the new Office, a set of integrated apps and services that empowers teams to do and achieve more. Today we announced the release of Exchange Server 2016, which brings key innovations in email, collaboration and calendaring in this Office release to on-premises customers.

There’s a lot to like in the new Exchange for both users and IT admins. It integrates with Outlook, SharePoint and OneDrive for Business to enable new collaboration capabilities related to sharing, editing and receiving documents without ever having to leave Outlook. Inbox enhancements in Outlook 2016 and Outlook on the web, such as inline previews for URLs and video, help you stay focused and productive. Enhanced search capabilities deliver faster...

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King Saud University gains speed and reduces...

Today’s Microsoft Office post was written by Saeed Al-Shahrani, systems and operations director at King Saud University.

At King Saud University, we are proud of our technological leadership and we strive to provide our students, faculty and staff with the most advanced solutions available. Because email is the primary method of communication for our 35,000 faculty and staff, we recently upgraded to Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 to help maximize their productivity. Exchange Server also serves as a repository for documents and conversations, preserving critical organizational knowledge and helping faculty and staff manage their appointments.

We found Exchange Server 2016 now makes it easy and inexpensive to provide 20GB mailboxes to all our faculty, but tracking down details within those mailboxes could be a challenge. Luckily, Exchange Server 2016 offers many improvements that help faculty and staff work more effectively, such as search. Search is a...

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9to5Toys Last Call: iPad Air Wi-FI + LTE $300,...

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Fuck you Google

Google is close to rolling out a tool named “Customer Match” which, it appears, will combine a logged-in Google account with any email address handed by a customer to a retailer to create lists of addresses to target specific users with marketing material.

Creepy bastards.

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James Bell, Former Boeing CFO, Joins Apple Board of...

Former Boing CFO James Bell has joined Apple's board of directors, filling the vacancy left by Mickey Drexler earlier this year. Mr. Bell worked for Boeing for 38 years, and at one point served as interim CEO.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple's board is complete again, and now with a little more diversity. Welcome to Tim Cook's Apple.

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Apple Music, iTunes and iBooks Now In China

Like the title says, Apple Music, iTunes, and iBooks are now available in China. This brings a whole new set of content to one of the worlds largest markets. This will also likely result in a lot of new content being added to the store.

If you are an iTunes affiliate, you’ll also be pretty stoked to know that you are now able to provide affiliate links for Apps and content in China as well! And if you’re a Chinese site and don’t yet have an iTunes Affiliate account, I’d look to sign up for one now.

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Some early iPhone 6s, 6s Plus adopters reporting...

There may be some issues to sort out with the first batches of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus handsets.

Following last week’s launch of the newest iPhones, a number of customers have reported issues ranging from overheating Touch ID buttons to random power-offs, significant audio distortion, and 3D Touch glitches.

The problems include the following:

– Touch ID: Some users of the iPhone 6s have reported that their Home buttons/Touch ID scanners are becoming “really hot” to the touch, a problem that can apparently be resolved by holding down the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons for 10 seconds to reset the phone.

– Power: Some iPhone...

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OS X 10.11 El Capitan: TidBITS Answers Your Questions

Have questions about OS X 10.11 El Capitan? We’ve got answers! And if you come up with more questions, ask them in the comments, and we’ll do our best to update the article with what you need to know.


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James Bell, former Boeing CFO, corporate president,...

Impressive resume, interesting choice.

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Apple Configurator 2

Apple Configurator 2 is now out and there are some really cool new features available to people deploying Apple Configurator. Apple Configurator 2 now supports feature called Blueprints. A Blueprint is a set of configuration options (such as profiles, apps, etc) that are easily applied to devices by applying a given Blueprint. So basically a canned set of options that can be configured on a device. For example, you can have a Blueprint called Training that have training apps and settings for a training room network and then you can have another Blueprint for Kiosks, that have different apps for a kiosk, one app for a kiosk, an SSID for a kiosk wireless network, and throw that single app into Single User Mode. Pretty cool, since before you needed to have all this stuff in, select the appropriate options and then deploy them. Now, you can more quickly train student workers or deployment staff to get devices initially configured before deployment them in a school or company.


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iFixit app pulled from App Store following fourth-...

This kind of falls under the category of “Invoking the Wrath of Apple”.

Or at least its legal department.

The coolest of cats over at iFixit, famous for providing amazing hardware teardown and repair guides for assorted gadgets, had their developer account canceled after publishing a teardown of the new Apple TV developer unit in violation of Apple’s terms and conditions.

As such, iFixit’s app has been pulled from the App Store.

iFixit offered the following statement regarding the situation in a blog post:

Not too long ago, we tore down the Apple TV and Siri Remote. The developer unit we disassembled was sent to us by Apple. Evidently,...

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Apple 'trying to fix' problem of iPhone...

Though obstacles with partners remain, Apple has made some progress in addressing the issue of carrier roaming charges for iPhone owners, and continues to work toward a solution that will be beneficial to consumers, senior VP Eddy Cue has revealed.

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Former Boeing CFO James Bell joins Apple board of...

Apple announced today that James Bell, the former CFO and onetime interim CEO of The Boeing Company, has joined the company's board of directors. Bell was with Boeing for 38 years, overseeing Boeing Capital Corporation and Boeing Shared Services. In 2005, Bell served as the aerospace giant's interim CEO.

Apple CEO Tim Cook commented, "James brings a wealth of global, financial and industrial experience form his successful career at Boeing as corporate president and CFO. I am thrilled to welcome him to the board of directors and I look forward to working with him."

For his part, Bell is an Apple fan, saying "I am an avid user of Apple products and  have a tremendous respect for the company's ability to innovate. I am delighted to join the Apple board and look forward to contributing to its continued success in any way I can." 

Bell joins the board after the departures of Mickey Drexler in March and Bill Campbell last September. Apple's investors have a high...

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Apple invents ring-style wearable device with voice...

Mac shrinks to phone, phone shrinks to watch, watch shrinks to ring. A natural progression.

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Apple releases OS X 10.11 El Capitan update

OS X 10.11 El Capitan hit yesterday and users are making up their minds about it.

The updated operating system, available as a free upgrade, offers the following fixes and changes:

– Spotlight now lets users search for files and other content in natural language, and access new kinds of information such as weather, stocks, and public transit schedules. Some other system-wide feature additions include a Split View fullscreen mode, a more streamlined Mission Control, and a series of upgrades to Chinese and Japanese language support, such as new fonts and better keyboard and trackpad input.

– Safari now supports pinned tabs, pushing Web video via AirPlay, and muting tabs via the...

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Oh Samsung

Arthur Neslen, writing for The Guardian:

Independent lab tests have found that some Samsung TVs in Europe appear to use less energy during official testing conditions than they do during real-world use, raising questions about whether they are set up to game energy efficiency tests.


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Apple’s official list of El Capitan enhancements

That is one long list.

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Apple Bans iFixit Repair App From App Store After...

alphadogg writes: iFixit, the fix-it-yourself advocate for users of Apple, Google and other gear, has had its repair manual app banned from Apple's App Store after it conducted an unauthorized teardown of Apple TV and Siri remote. iFixit blogged "we're a teardown and repair company; teardowns are in our DNA -- and nothing makes us happier than figuring out what makes these gadgets tick. We weighed the risks, blithely tossed those risks over our shoulder, and tore down the Apple TV anyway." iFixit does still have Windows and Android apps, and has no immediate plans to rewrite its Apple app to attempt being reinstated.


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News: Former Boeing CFO James Bell elected to Apple’...

James Bell, former Chief Financial Officer and corporate president of Boeing, has been elected to Apple’s Board of Directors, Apple announced. Bell worked for Boeing for 38 years, and was the company’s interim CEO in 2005. Apple notes that Bell also sits on the board of directors at JP Morgan Chase, Dow Chemical Company, and CDW. “I am an avid user of Apple products and have a tremendous respect for the company’s ability to innovate,”…

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Apple adds former Boeing CFO James Bell to its board...

Apple on Thursday announced a new addition to its board of directors: former chief financial officer and interim CEO of The Boeing Company.

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Apple published a new Press Release

Apple just published a new Press Release:

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Configure the Calendar Server In El Capitan Server

Configuring Calendar Server in OS X Server 5 (running on El Capitan or Yosemite) is a fairly simple and straight forward process. The Calendar Server is a CalDAV Server, leveraging HTTP and HTTPS, running on ports 8008 and 8443 respectively. To enable the Calendar service in OS X Server (Server 5), open the Server application and click on Calendar in the SERVICES section of the sidebar.

Once open, click on Enable invitations by email to enable email notifications of invitations in the Calendar Server. Provide the email address and then click on the Next button.

At the Configure Server Email Address screen, provide the type of incoming mail service in use, provide the address of the mail server and then the port...

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