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Thursday October 29

Apple wants the Supreme Court to dismiss ebook...

Apple has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an appellate court decision that found the company conspired with five publishers to increase e-book prices, reports Reuters. The Cupertino, California-based company wants the high court to review a June ruling that favored the U.S. Department of Justice, and found the company liable for engaging in a conspiracy that violated federal antitrust laws.

Reuters reports that Apple, in its petition, said the June decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York contradicted Supreme Court precedent and would "chill innovation and risk taking.” "The Second Circuit's decision will harm competition and the national economy," Apple wrote.

If upheld, the decision would force Apple to pay consumers $450 million under a 2014 settlement with 33 state attorneys general and consumers that was contingent on the company's...

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Apple asks Supreme Court to dismiss ebook antitrust...

Apple has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an appellate court decision that found the company conspired with five publishers to increase e-book prices, reports Reuters (http://tinyurl.com/ptvqyv). The Cupertino, California-based company wants the high court to review a June ruling that favored the U.S. Department of Justice, and found the company liable for engaging in a conspiracy that violated federal antitrust laws.

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Apple begins delivering 4th-gen Apple TV, launches...

The first online orders of the new Apple TV are beginning to reach customers, just as Apple is officially launching the device's App Store and seeding the finished version of tvOS.

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AmpliTube 4 for Mac

AmpliTube 4 is a guitar and bass tone studio for Mac/PC that works as a standalone application and as a plug-in for your favorite DAW. AmpliTube recreates the entire guitar/bass signal chain from instrument to recording device, and does so in a very realistic and intuitive way. But it also does it in ways you never dreamed possible.

AmpliTube has been around for years and is one of the best amp software packages on the market. I’m looking forward to trying this out.

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Apple TV 4 Deliveries Begin as Apple Releases Final...

Customers who pre-ordered the Apple TV and opted for one-day shipping have begun receiving their devices in New Zealand, where it is just after 9:00 a.m. local time. Deliveries will begin soon in Australia and countries in Asia, before expanding to Europe and the United States.

Those who pre-ordered their Apple TVs on Monday can expect to begin receiving them at the end of this week and the beginning of next week, as not choosing one-day shipping largely offered delivery estimates of November 2 to November 4.

Apple's retail stores will also begin selling the Apple TV on Friday, October 30. The first customers in Australia should be able to pick up an Apple TV in the next few hours.

As customers begin receiving their Apple TVs, Apple has officially launched the tvOS operating system for the device to allow those with developer and review units to update to the publicly released version. Following the update to the official tvOS software, users are able to...

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Apple TV apps now appearing in tvOS search as first...

The first Apple TV shipments have started rolling out to customers in preparation for the device’s launch later this week. As seen in the screenshot above, users are now seeing their shipment statuses updated on Apple’s website.

At the same time, Apple has now enabled users with pre-release hardware to search for and find tvOS apps, though the platform’s dedicated App Store has yet to officially launch…

As you can see in the tweet below, app search is now fully functional despite the current lack of an actual store from which to install them. Search is powered by Siri and the...

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Apple VP Eddy Cue Talks about a Future Apple TV...

Apple TV goes on sale tomorrow and the sales blitz is on. Earlier today Mossberg gave Apple TV a glowing review and now CNNMoney's Brian Stelter interviewed Apple's Senior VP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue. One of the more interesting points made by Cue was on Apple TV being more than just TV because it could also be interactive.

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Apple asks US Supreme Court to toss ruling upholding...

Apple has formally asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a lower appeals court ruling from June, which upheld a judgment that Apple violated antitrust laws in its 2010 e-book dealings with publishers.

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Apple Pencil to Ship With Adapter for Charging With...

Apple's upcoming iPad Pro accessory, the Apple Pencil, will now ship with an adapter that will allow it to charge using a standard Lightning cable, reports 9to5Mac. The Apple Pencil, which has a Lightning connector on the end for charging, was originally designed to charge by plugging into the bottom of the iPad Pro.

With the adapter, which will fit over the Apple Pencil's Lightning connector, it will also be able to charge using a regular Lightning cable. This will expand the number of ways the Apple Pencil can be charged and it will alleviate concerns about potential damage to the Apple Pencil from being knocked or bent while plugged into an iPad Pro.

The iPad Pro appears to be on track for a launch in the first weeks of November. AppleCare employees and retail staff are currently receiving training on the new larger-...

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Element 14 to Bake Custom Raspberry Pi's

Element14 on Tuesday revealed an exclusive agreement to offer OEM customers bespoke designs based on the Raspberry Pi platform. Raspberry Pi -- which has seen success in the educational and maker fields -- is targeting commercial manufacturers and the Internet of Things, signing up Premier Farnell through the latter's element14 brand to customize its boards. Customizations will include reconfiguring the Raspberry Pi board layout, adding functionality, redesigning the interfaces, and changing board and memory configurations.

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iPad Pro: AppleCare staff given Nov. 6 training...

Ahead of the iPad Pro’s launch in November, sources have shared a couple of tidbits regarding launch plans for the device. We are told that Apple this week has started training its AppleCare support staff to become familiar with troubleshooting the larger tablet. Apple typically prepares its support network on major new products in the couple of weeks prior to the device’s launch. Apple is asking its support centers to complete their training by Friday, November 6th, which indicates that the iPad Pro is likely still on track for the early November launch we previously discussed.


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Apple Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Overturn Guilty...

Apple is asking the United States Supreme Court to overturn the 2013 U.S. Appellate Court ruling that found the company guilty of conspiring with publishers to inflate the prices of e-books, reports Reuters.

Apple's petition comes following the loss of a June appeal where the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld the guilty verdict and maintained Apple violated antitrust laws and colluded with five publishers - HarperCollins, Simon and Schuster, Hachette Book Group, Macmillan, and Penguin - to fix e-book prices and unreasonably restrain trade.Apple in its petition said the June decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York contradicted Supreme Court precedent and would "chill innovation and risktaking."

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Notable apps and app updates for October 29, 2015

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

iOS Apps/Updates

The Weather Channel is a huge source of information and forecasts for anyone who is interested in weather, and today it updated its free (with in-app purchases) iPhone app. Note that the in-app purchases take away ads in the app for a year, probably a worthwhile purchase if you use this app a lot. 

Now, I'm one of those people who uses Siri dictation to enter a lot of messages and text on my iOS devices, but if you insist on using a keyboard, you might want to look at Swype (US$0.99 with in-app purchases). It...

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Popular iPhone camera app VSCO launches new GIF...

Photography-focused startup Visual Supply Co. on Thursday launched a new app entirely exclusive to iOS: DSCO, a quick and easy way to make animated GIFs on your iPhone.

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Mossberg Gives Apple TV a big Thumbs up due to Siri...

Walt Mossberg, Re/code's editor-at-large shares his review of the new Apple TV. Mossberg thinks that Siri ...

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Former OS X chief Bertrand Serlet offers a new peek...

Former OS X chief Bertrand Serlet is finally ready to talk about his cloud startup UpThere after founding the company in 2011. While Sertlet isn’t completely taking the wraps off the company he assembled after leaving Apple four years ago, UpThere is opening a beta for its cloud service today following nearly three years of silence. The service is said to be similar to iCloud, Dropbox, and similar cloud solutions, but UpThere’s strategy is fast access to data stored online and not syncing content across devices. The beta will preview two products coming down from UpThere… While UpThere’s site has been updated beyond the hiring page first seen in 2012 to further explain their mission and take sign ups for the beta, it’s an interview between Bertrand Serlet and ...

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Eddy Cue dodges questions about original TV content...

In a TV interview posted on Thursday, Eddy Cue -- Apple's senior VP for Internet Software and Services -- dodged questions about original programming, while downplaying the possibility of using the new Apple TV as a cord-cutting option.

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Project Loon, Oracle security, Samsung profits - The...

Project Loon takes off in Indonesia, Oracle touts new security measures embedded in silicon and a balloon will take you to the edge of space for a price.

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Apple launches first public beta of iOS 9.2

On the heels of the developer release, the first public beta of iOS 9.2 was made to members of Apple's voluntary testing community on Thursday.

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Apple releases first iOS 9.2, OS X 10.11.2 builds...

Update: Apple has also today released the first OS X 10.11.2 El Capitan beta build to public beta testers. This build follows the public launch of OS X 10.11.1 last week. You can sign up to join the public beta program on Apple’s beta testing website

Following this week’s release to developers, Apple has seeded the first version of iOS 9.2 to public beta testers. The update brings some important changes to the Safari View Controller, which serves as the in-app browser for many apps in iOS 9.

Those changes include the ability to reload a page without content blockers and...

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Sony Talks VR and 2016 Games in Paris

While Microsoft has been driving home the potential hits it has for the holidays, Sony has sat silent. That changed this week at Paris Games Week, when Sony set the tone for the next year or so by touting 21 games, mostly exclusives, poised to redefine the PlayStation 4 experience. It's what PlayStation fans have been waiting for -- a listing of completely new games. At its first-ever appearance at Paris Games Week, the company put on a console-selling show that evidenced the potential of the latest PlayStation and the upcoming PlayStation VR headset.

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Apple, U2 ride the Experience Bus with a VR music...

Apple and their musical buddies, U2, has teamed up for a virtual reality, 360-degree music video for “Song for Someone,” a song off the band’s Songs of Innocence album. 

The music video is part of a larger Apple Music partnership with U2 called the Experience Bus, “which is basically an environment at concerts for U2 fans to come strap on Oculus headsets a’” music video and experience it alongside other fans,” according to TechCrunch. As you're watching the video, you get to interact with U2 as if you're standing on the e-stage as they perform. You also see other fans singing the song, too -- presumably sourced from several months ago when fans were invited to send the band videos of themselves singing the song....

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Adele is Back on Top with her Smash Hit 'Hello...

The new video from music star Adele called 'Hello' has already attracted well over 93 million views on YouTube.

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Apple Releases First iOS 9.2 Beta for Public Beta...

Earlier this week, Apple seeded the first beta of iOS 9.2 to developers, just under a week after the public release of iOS 9.1. As of today, Apple is also making iOS 9.2 available to its public beta testers.

Beta testers who have signed up for Apple’s beta testing program will receive the iOS 9.2 update over-the-air after installing the proper certificate on their iOS device.

Those who want to be a part of Apple’s beta testing program can sign up to participate through the beta testing website, which gives users access to both iOS and OS X betas. Because iOS 9.1 was just released, it will likely be a month or more before we see the public release of iOS 9.2.

iOS 9.2 fixes several bugs in the operating system and it includes other under-the-hood enhancements. According to...

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Appeals court refuses immediate ban on NSA metadata...

The National Security Agency's collection of phone metadata will be allowed to continue during the 180-day wind-down period authorized by Congress in June, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Thursday.

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SXSW’s GamerGate debacle shows it’s clueless on...


Although South By Southwest has long been one of digital culture’s foremost summits, recent events suggest it’s time to re-assess that. SXSW’s organizers have publicly foundered over some of the event’s programming on online harassment—undoubtedly one of the most important and complex topics facing digital culture today. And that they’ve messed this up so monumentally exposes a fundamental problem with the very events that purport to champion the issue.

This may seem too “inside baseball” and uninteresting but it’s actually an important issue on many fronts – it’s about the continuing and vehement online harassment of women by cowards and the companies and organizations, like SXSW, who don’t have the courage to stand up to that same harrassment themselves.


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The Apple Store in Dubai's Mall of the Emirates...

We reported earlier this month that Apple would be opening two new stores in Dubai on October 29 and voila – we see that Apple has done just that by the great photo that ...

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Few folks care if their music service is championed...

Drake’s recent hit, Hotline Bling, is exclusively available on Apple Music, but according to a recent study by Vennli, only 15 percent care if their service is championed by big-name celebrities. However, 96 percent of music streaming users strongly agree that it’s important for their services to have a large music selection, according to the SaaS (software as a service) growth strategy platform.

With artists voicing their allegiances to different streaming platforms, the market may become fragmented, and services could struggle to win over consumers if no one platform has every artist. What’s more, YouTube Red will launch tomorrow, joining a crowded market of paid, ad-free music streaming services. 

However, new data from Vennli reveals that 22 percent of consumers currently using a free music streaming service plan to switch to a paid model, pointing to a substantial opportunity to snap up new premium members...

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Eddy Cue talks new Apple TV, says 20 million...

With the new Apple TV shipping to customers and expected to hit stores tomorrow, Eddy Cue, the head of Apple’s Internet services, is talking up the latest set-top box in a new interview with CNN Money.

In the demo, Cue relates the new Siri Remote’s touchpad to using multitouch on iPhones and iPads. This allows tvOS, the software running on the new Apple TV, to become a platform for what Cue calls an “app ecosystem” as we’ve seen explode on iOS. Cue says Apple believes the same explosion will take place on television next.

Asked about Steve Jobs’ description of Apple...

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4th-gen Apple TV reviewers love Siri as a TV helper

Tomorrow is the day that pre-orders of the new, fourth-generation Apple TV will arrive, and Apple Stores will have the new unit in stock. So should you pull out the credit card and buy one? We can't tell you what to buy -- or not -- but we can let you know what the other folks who are doing reviews of the device are saying. To start off, this video review by Nilay Patel over at The Verge is excellent:

What are other bloggers saying? Mashable's Christina Warren (a TUAW alumnus!) said that setup is a snap if you have an iOS device with iOS 9.1 installed as you can "use the Bluetooth connection from your iPhone or iPad to share information such as iCloud and iTunes account preferences and your WiFi password". 

BuzzFeed loves the new Siri Remote, saying it's a big improvement over the previous Apple TV remote. The ability to ask Siri to find content is great, but the reviewer (John...

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22 percent of smartwatch owners plan to use it for...

New data from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) reveals home controls and automation are key use cases in the smart watch market, as more than one in five U.S. broadband households that own or plan to buy a smart watch intend to use this device for these applications. The research group notes that more than 80 percent of smartphone/tablet users who own at least one smart home device have downloaded mobile apps for these devices.

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9to5Toys Last Call: 12″ Retina MacBook $1,099,...

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Today’s can’t miss deals:
Last Call Updates:

App Store Free App of the Week...

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Early Apple TV reviews agree the streaming puck isn...

The fourth-generation Apple TV isn’t all that different from other streaming set-top boxes. While Apple hails it as the “future of TV,” the word from early reviews of the streaming puck indicate that the Apple TV holds plenty of potential, but isn’t quite revolutionary. Yet.

The Apple TV is no replacement for cable, though we’re getting closer (and Cupertino is reportedly working on a streaming subscription service). It’s the most expensive streaming device of its kind, with a 32GB version costing $149 and a 64GB model going for $199. It’s not the only set-top box to support apps or voice search. But it does replicate the ease of using an iPhone on your TV screen, and seems well on its way to doing a whole lot more.


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ScreenFlow 5.0.3

Adds support for OS X 10.11 El Capitan and fixes a number of bugs. ($99 new, free update, 52 MB)


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TarDisk Pear promises to double your MacBook’s HD by...

TarDisk is launching its new ‘Pear’ product today, a customized SD card solution for MacBook users that can double the device’s storage capacity while using software to create a hybrid drive that works hand in hand with your built-in drive.

There are a lot of SD card products on the market that make adding extra storage to MacBooks easy, but TarDisk Pear is different in that it merges with your built-in drives to create a new logically merged volume managed by OS X, meaning you’ll be able to tap into the...

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Set The Alarm On A Jawbone UP

Setting the alarm on a Jawbone UP3 isn’t the most obvious of tasks. To set it up, open the UP app on your phone. From the main screen, tap on the icon in the upper right corner, that looks like your UP.

This brings up a slider and you’ll see a few options. One of which is the Smart Alarm. Tap on Smart Alarm to bring up the screen to configure the alarm.

At the Smart Alarm screen, tap on the time and set it as desired. You can also use the plus sign option (+) to add additional alarms.

Once set, click the checkmark option. Then, wakeup refreshed in the morning!


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The new Office—October feature update

Today’s post was written by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president on the Office team.

Welcome to our first new Office update post in which we share the features we are delivering to our Office customers across Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and Office Online. This month we expanded Skype integration in Office Online, introduced an Office Online extension for Chrome and delivered improvements in Office on Android and Office 2016 for Mac.

We have several exciting new updates this month and hope you enjoy them!

Skype voice and video integration with Office Online

Giving customers better ways to work together is core to the new Office. Last month, we delivered Skype in-app integration with Office 2016 on the desktop and we promised that was just a first step. Now we’re taking Skype integration to the next level,...

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8 tips and tricks you should know for Excel 2016 for...

Since the release of Excel 2016 for Mac, customers have given great feedback about its ease of use and the benefits of the new features. We want to highlight the Excel 2016 for Mac features that customers rave about and share some tips and tricks that could save you a ton of time using the most powerful spreadsheet and data analysis tool on the Mac platform.

1. Recommended Charts

Choosing a chart type to best represent your data is often challenging. Let Recommended Charts take some of the pain away. This feature allows you to see how selected data would be visualized on a variety of chart types before committing to one in particular. To see a collection of suggested chart types, select a cell in the range of data you want to visualize, and then on the ribbon, under the Insert tab, click Recommended Charts...

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Episode 069 with Bradly Green on AngularJS—Office...
5 ways to save big bucks with online meetings

In today’s economy, all companies have one thing in common—they’re constantly looking for ways to cut costs. Whether your business is small or large, nonprofit or for profit, the best companies are consistently seeking out ways to make their processes and people as efficient as possible. Online meetings are one way to do that.

According to the Verizon Conferencing’s Meetings in America study, professionals who are extremely busy attend more than 60 meetings every month. While some executives still believe in the power of face-to-face meetings, most will acknowledge it’s just not possible all the time, especially for companies with multiple branches, global clients and remote workers. Fortunately, many also find that online meetings are just as effective as in-person...

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Siri search coming to Apple Music on the Apple TV...

Apple mentioned during the earnings call on Tuesday that the Apple TV, which just went on sale, would indeed get Apple Music at launch. But while you can use Siri to search Apple Music on your iPhone, that feature won’t be supported on the Apple TV until “the beginning of next year,” Apple told BuzzFeed News.

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Greenland is melting away

This is a bit terrifying but gorgeous at the very same time. Be sure to scroll through the whole thing, especially that page that zooms in and out from a skyward overhead view of Greenland, to the closeup on the porous ice at the surface.

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Weather Channel app update brings more contextual...

There are times when your iPhone’s native Weather app just doesn’t cut it, like when you want to know whether to expect a light drizzle or a torrential downpour. There are plenty of weather app alternatives, but the stalwart Weather Channel just overhauled its iOS app to be your first destination for weather news.

Weather Channel

The Weather Channel’s app update puts the information you want up front.

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Two New Liquid Metal Inventions Published Today...

For Apple fans who like to follow Apple's every invention relating to liquid metal, there are two new inventions that surfaced today. Both patents cover the use of liquid metal in every imaginable Apple product and even hints that the process described could produce complete car panels.

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Apple discloses $1.69 billion increase in “Other...

Although Apple has yet to disclose any specific sales numbers for the Apple Watch, they may have tipped their hand a bit with the company’s most recent financial report.

A figure within the report states that Apple’s “Other Products” division climbed by more than US$1.69 billion in sales by the end of September.

As part of the company’s quarterly 10-Q filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Apple said that more than 100 percent of the year-over-year revenue growth in its “Other Products” category was attributed to the Apple Watch.

Apple’s catch-all category grew from US$8.379...

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Grammy winning singer Adele's talent agency...

The agency representing British singer Adele, William Morris Endeavor, is repotedly pitching Apple on a $30 million tour sponsorship deal, although it may be contingent on Apple Stores stocking physical copies of Adele's latest album.

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Eddy Cue: Apple TV Remains 'Add-On' Device...

Apple executive Eddy Cue sat down with CNN senior correspondent Brian Stelter this week to answer a wide range of questions about the new Apple TV, reiterating how Apple believes an app-based TV experience is the future.

Cue described the new Apple TV as an "add-on for most people," rather than a true cable-cutting experience, since channels such as ABC, CNN and WatchESPN still require authenticating with a cable or satellite TV subscription.

That could change if Apple's much-rumored streaming TV service launches in the future, but the company has reportedly faced difficulties and delays in ongoing negotiations with content providers. Cue did not discuss those rumors, but did speak vaguely about original programming.Stelter: "There have been rumors that Apple is going to get into licensing, actually...

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Android development is 30% more expensive than iOS....

This detailed analysis is from a firm that does both Android and iOS development. Read the blog post, draw your own conclusions.

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Nintendo gets into the mobile game market with...

When you think of gaming, one of the first names that may pop into your head is Nintendo. The company has been a no-show in the world of smartphones and tablets, but that will soon be changing. The company announced last night that it will be releasing a smartphone game called "Miitomo" soon, the first of five games that will be released by March 2017.

Are you familiar with the Wii "Mii" avatars that you can create? That's what Miitomo is all about. Your Mii will communicate with other users, even communicating with other people's Mii's without their knowledge. Nintendo believes that the game will "encourage people who are hesitant to talk to share things about themselves" with other users. 

The game was originally expected to launch this year, but has been delayed until March 2016. The company wants to fully promote Miitomo and what it is (...

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Killer Deal: Apple's early-2015 13"...

For the next 48 hours or so, AI readers can use $100 and $200 coupons to grab Apple's well-equipped, early-2015 13" MacBook Pro (3.1GHz, 16GB, 512GB) for $1,969 ($230 off) or $2,098 with AppleCare ($350 off). Both are the lowest prices anywhere by a wide margin.

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BBC iPlayer app coming to Apple TV. A tipping point...

As reported by the BBC’s own Leo Kelion, the iPlayer app is being rewritten as a native Apple TV app, which means it can now be searchable, right alongside Netflix, Hulu and other third party apps. This is a tipping point.

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Rumor: Apple to begin selling fourth-gen Apple TV in...

You’ll be able to snag the fourth-generation Apple TV from Apple Store locations as early as tomorrow.

While priority deliveries will arrive tomorrow and next weekend, it’s been discovered that Apple is planning to begin selling the new set-top-box at its retail stores this Friday.

Apple retail employees say that stores are beginning to receive shipments to sell at the end of this week, while stores will be re-organized overnight on Thursday to promote the new Apple TV in stores on Friday.

The fourth-gen Apple TV retails for US$149 and US$199, depending on either a 32GB or 64GB configuration, and includes a new user-...

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Stop doubting the iPhone, the Macintosh company

Ben Thompson, writing for Stratechery, takes on a recent New York Times article, which casts doubt that Apple can continue its success.

Terrific Op-ed by Ben.

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Almost Impossible! is the truth

Dan Counsell is well known in Mac and iOS circles as one of the brains behind Realmac Software, the developers of such great apps as RapidWeaver, Clear and Typed. He's just created something a bit different that's not a Realmac product -- a cross-platform game by the name of Almost Impossible! Yes, you read that right -- there will be versions for iOS (US$1.99), Apple TV (US$1.99), and Mac (US$3.99). Note that all of those are introductory prices, so if you're intrigued, you'd best get thee to the App Store ASAP and buy it.

As you can tell from the title of this post, Almost Impossible! is pretty darned difficult to master. It's a simple game...

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Apple's Fourth Inductive Charging Invention in...

In September 2013 an Apple patent filing came to light revealing what could only be described as a Master Plan for an advanced wireless charging system using the iMac as a wireless charging hub. But of course not everyone wants or needs an iMac and so Apple has been working on several inductive charge pad ideas ...

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73 (mostly) free, essential apps for OS X

This is an ambitious effort. As with all lists, some of these will click for you, others might not. But worth looking through this, I think. Some excellent apps worth having here.

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Siri Won't Answer Some Questions If You're...

AmiMoJo writes: A tweet from Tom Conrad has highlighted an issue with Apple's Siri digital assistant. When asked certain questions about music, Siri refuses to answer unless you subscribe to Apple Music. Instead of falling back to a web search for the information, Siri tells the user that it cannot respond due to the lack of a subscription. Apple Music has been the source of music related data for Siri since it launched, but until now did not require a subscription to answer questions.


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Apple Music & U2 partner on virtual reality...

Under the Apple Music banner, Apple and favored musical partner U2 have joined together on a virtual reality music video for the band's "Song for Someone."

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Increase The Logging Level Of Apple Configurator

Apple Configurator, by default, logs only a limited amount of data. To increase the logging level for Apple Configurator, use the defaults command to write All into the LogLevel key in com.apple.configurator, using the defaults command:

defaults write com.apple.configurator LogLevel ALL

Re-open Apple Configurator and you’re golden. Then, have some problems and be so happy to get some logs, viewable in Console.

defaults read com.apple.configurator
{AcceptedLicenseVersion = 20150317;
CDFirstLaunch = 0;
CDMainViewType = 3;
ChaperoneCertificateIssuer = ;
ChaperoneCertificateSerial = ;
LogLevel = ALL;
NSNavLastRootDirectory = "~/Desktop";
NSNavPanelExpandedSizeForSaveMode = "{712, 620}";
"NSToolbar Configuration C484E2C8-5B9C-4999-9304-7233D38B3F95" = {
"TB Display Mode" = 1;
"TB Icon Size Mode" = 1;
"TB Is Shown" = 1;
"TB Size Mode" = 1;};
"NSWindow Frame CDMainWindow" = "458 164...

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∞ Apple Senior VP Eddy Cue talks Apple TV

Two part interview with Eddy Cue. Sadly, both parts are set to AutoPlay, which means I can’t embed them. Hate that.

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Apple Watch sales topped $1.7 billion in five months

Though Apple won't share specific sales figures for its new Apple Watch, disclosures made by the company this week reveal that the wearable device reached more than $1.69 billion in sales by the end of September.

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IDC: the iPad Pro could be a ‘silver lining’ for...

The worldwide tablet market recorded lower shipments for the fourth straight quarter with 49.4 million units shipped in the third quarter of 2015 (3Q15), according to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) research. That’s down -11.2% year-over-year.

Despite iPad sales being down 20% year-over-year, Apple still holds the top position in the worldwide tablet market. And the impending launch of the iPad Pro “may serve as a silver lining as the market shifts towards productivity-enabling devices,” according to IDC.

In Apple’s fiscal 2015 fourth quarter that ended Sept. 26, Apple sold 9.9 million iPads. That’s nothing to sneeze at. Plus, the company says it remains optimistic about its tablet line and has high hopes for the Pad Pro.

In an Oct. 27 conference with analysts and the press, Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri said that the company is “excited” about the supersize iPad’s...

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Apple’s iPhone has 14 percent worldwide marketshare

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com), global smartphone shipments grew 10 percent annually to reach 354 million units in the third quarter of 2015. Samsung grew its smartphone shipments six percent and finally returned to positive growth for the first time in over a year.

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Olloclip introduces Rose Gold 4-IN-1 iPhone lens

olloclip has announced a new addition to its growing product line — the special-edition rose gold 4-IN-1 Lens to complement the new iPhone 6s &and iPhone 6s Plus. The new rose gold finish joins the 4-IN-1 Lens family, currently available in olloclip’s signature red as well as space gray, silver, and gold to coordinate with the colors of Apple’s iPhone 6 line.

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Apple may have other Smart Connector port implements...

Apple’s implementation of the Smart Keyboard/Smart Connector port for the iPad Pro may just be the tip of the iceberg for what the company has planned for such technology. Apple has applied for a patent (number 20150308470) with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for “magnetic preloading of joints” (no marijuana jokes, please).

In theory, the invention could allow two iPads to be connected and work as one, Mac laptops could quickly couple with an external display, a large screen could connect to a deck with stereo speakers, etc.

As for the $169 Smart Keyboard (pictured) it’s a full-sized keyboard in a thin, durable design that attaches to iPad Pro’s Smart Connector port. This eliminates the need for a separate battery, on/off switch or Bluetooth pairing. The Smart Keyboard is foldable and can transform into a Smart Cover.

Here’s Apple’s summary of the invention: “A first component...

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Future iOS and OS X devices may have near-field...

Future iPhones, iPads, Macs. and Apple Watches could sport near-field antenna that operate through their displays. Apple has filed for a patent (number 20150311960) for such an invention with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. 

A near-field antenna would support near field communication (NFC),  the set of protocols that enable electronic devices to establish radio communication with each other by touching the devices together, or bringing them into proximity to a distance of typically 10cm or less. NFC is the tech used in swiping your smartphone at the checkout lane in the grocery store, waving it over a display at a local museum, and similar tasks.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that, to satisfy consumer demand for small form factor wireless devices, manufacturers are continually striving to implement wireless communications circuitry such as antenna components using compact structures. At the same time, there’s a desire for wireless devices to cover a...

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Apple Invents a Radical Connector-Free Magnetic...

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a radical idea for iDevices, though it's really a twist to an old idea.

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BBC iPlayer and Siri for Apple Music Coming to New...

Just over a week after developers pressed BBC to bring iPlayer to Apple TV by building their own proof-of-concept app, the British public broadcaster has now confirmed on Twitter and its website that it will be launching the streaming service for the new Apple TV in the "coming months."

BBC iPlayer will be coming to the new Apple TV in the coming months...

— BBC iPlayer (@BBCiPlayer) October 29, 2015"Available on over 10,000 devices, BBC iPlayer is one of the biggest and best on-demand video services in the world, and has transformed how UK audiences watch programmes online," said the BBC's director-general Tony Hall.

"I am delighted that iPlayer will be coming to...

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Tablift a great tablet stand for use with the iPad,...

The makers of the US$59.95 Tablift describe it as "the world's best tablet stand." I can't vouch for that, but it is useful. And it works with all versions of the iPad (full sized and mini), though I can’t vouch for how it will work with the upcoming iPad Pro.

I used the Tablift with my iPad Air while laying horizontally in bed as I reclined to watch movies or to read. It worked like a charm. Once I had the adjustable legs adjusted for the bed, I easily and securely placed the iPad in place and relaxed to watch a movie or read. I even played some games. All of this was accomplished with the greatest of ease and wonderful freedom of hand movement.

I sometimes have my iPad Air in a rotating case. I found it somewhat awkward to remove the iPad Air from this rotating case in order to use it in the Tablift, but not so awkward that I did not enjoy...

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Kool Tools: RIVA S Bluetooth speaker

RIVA Audio’s RIVA S is a new Bluetooth Wireless mobile speaker with innovative functions like TrueWireless technology that allows for a true stereo speaker arrangement, solid audio performance from the proprietary Trillium technology employing ADX audio drivers, and numerous other features like high-quality speakerphone and Charge Out functions.

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Adobe named leader in digital experience platforms

Adobe (www.adobe.com) has been recognized as the leader in “The Forrester Wave™: Digital Experience Platforms, Q4 2015” report by Forrester Research, (www.forresterresearch.com).

Adobe was among the select companies Forrester invited to participate in the independent report, which evaluated the 10 most significant software vendors in digital experience platforms across 40 criteria. Adobe was positioned as the only leader, ranking highest in current offering.

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DE:Flicker released for Nuke, Fusion, Vegas Pro,...

RE:Vision Effects has released DE:Flicker for Nuke, Fusion, Scratch and Nucoda and also on Vegas Pro, Natron and HitFilm. It’s already been available for Apple’s Final Cut Pro, Motion, Adobe After Effects, and Premiere Pro.

DE:Flicker is a tool to help users smooth out annoying flicker and artifacts when shooting high frame rate or time-lapse video. It’s recommended for those using a specialized high-speed camera, a DSLR, a compact action cam or even a phone.

DE:Flicker costs US$249. Go to www.revisionfx.com for more info.

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Output Factory Server for Adobe InDesign now...

Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory Server 1.2.3, a compatibility update to its output workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

Output Factory Server automates printing and exporting from InDesign by processing files from hot folders. The software offloads output tasks to a central system leaving operator workstations free from the output process. The new version makes Output Factory Server compatible with the recently released Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

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Can’t win for winning: Apple doom coming any day

Apple reported record-breaking results again and its precipitous slide to doom could not be any more imminent.

“Apple’s best days are behind it, says top analyst” (Tip o’ the antlers to @BradSkid.)

Just hours before Apple is set to report quarterly earnings, one top Internet analyst said the tech company’s best days are behind it.

That’s great timing if you want to get on the news, not so good timing if you want to be accurate.

“Ehhh, I don’t have all the facts but I’m pretty sure I know what I’m twerking about. … Talking. I meant to say ‘talking’. What did I say?”

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Apple Invents a New NFC Antenna that Operates...

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals an invention relating to a Near-Field Communications (NFC) antenna operating through the display ...

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BBC to release iPlayer app for new Apple TV in...

UK Apple customers will soon be able to stream catch-up episodes of their favorite BBC programs on the big screen, as the storied broadcaster announced plans to bring a version of its iPlayer service to the new Apple TV.

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OmniFocus 2.3

Adds a new Custom Columns layout, plus fixes bugs and visual glitches in OS X 10.11 El Capitan. ($39.99 new, free update, 25.1 MB)


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Profits from Components Helped Samsung's Q3...

Today Samsung reported a profit mainly from components like chips that remain their number one profit maker while profitability declined due to S6 price adjustment and product mix change.

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Wednesday October 28

Om du inte kan ringa eller ta emot samtal på iPhone

Du kanske inte kan ringa eller ta emot samtal på din iPhone om vissa inställningar är aktiverade, om du inte har uppdaterad programvara eller om det är fel på nätverket.

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6 high-tech bikes that bring cycling to a new level

By Cat DiStasio

For cyclists who want to go farther, ride faster, and look cooler doing it, there are a lot of options on the market when it comes to high-end bikes. This week we're gawking over a few of the world's most technologically enhanced c...

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Outlook on iOS and Android gets a facelift from the...

Microsoft's Outlook mobile apps got a solid revamp last year, thanks to its acquisition of the email app Acompli. Now, it's ready to integrate the spoils of another mobile acquisition: the calendar app Sunrise. The latest versions of the Outlook ap...

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The Altwork Station is an expensive marvel of desk...

Standing desks are all the rage in modern offices these days, thanks in large part to plenty of research that claims sitting all day is detrimental to your long-term health. And you can spend a lot of money finding the right one -- take the just-an...

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Dear Veronica: How many pixels are too many?

Welcome back to another episode of Dear Veronica! Very excited to welcome my friend Robert Heron onto the show this week, to answer a question about pixels. No, not Pixels (thankfully), but the kind you stare at every day.

I also discuss the appro...

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Wednesday October 21

About the security content of OS X Server 5.0.15

This document describes the security content of OS X Server 5.0.15.

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About the security content of Xcode 7.1

This document describes the security content of Xcode 7.1.

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About the security content of Mac EFI Security...

This document describes the security content of Mac EFI Security Update 2015-002.

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About the security content of iTunes 12.3.1

This document describes the security content of iTunes 12.3.1.

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About the security content of OS X El Capitan v10.11...

This document describes the security content of OS X El Capitan v10.11.1 and Security Update 2015-007.

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About the security content of Safari 9.0.1

This document describes the security content of Safari 9.0.1.

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About the security content of watchOS 2.0.1

This document describes the security content of watchOS 2.0.1.

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About the security content of iOS 9.1

This document describes the security content of iOS 9.1.

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Thursday October 15

About the security content of Keynote 6.6, Pages 5.6...

This document describes the security content of Keynote 6.6, Pages 5.6, Numbers 3.6, and iWork for iOS 2.6.

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Thursday October 8

OS X El Capitan : liste des certificats racine de...

Le magasin de certificats sous OS X inclut des certificats racines de confiance préinstallés.

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Aide à l’installation d’une application tierce sur...

Si vous ne parvenez pas à installer une application tierce, procédez comme indiqué ci-dessous.

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About Wi-Fi Assist

With iOS 9, you can use Wi-Fi Assist to automatically switch to cellular when you have poor a Wi-Fi connection. 

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Wednesday September 30

About the security content of OS X El Capitan v10.11

This document describes the security content of OS X El Capitan v10.11.

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About the security content of iOS 9.0.2

This document describes the security content of iOS 9.0.2.

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Tuesday September 29

Edit your photos using third-party extensions in...

With OS X El Capitan, you can install third-party photo editing extensions on your Mac and use them right alongside the built-in tools in Photos.

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Monday September 28

Challenges My Organization Faces Upgrading to OS X...

As if you haven’t heard, there’s something new this month to cause drama on the Apple upgrade treadmill (just as nefarious as Slack dragging everyone’s communication watering hole into the future). This time it’s the coming System Integrity Protection and other tightening restrictions we’re all dealing with. I wanted to share our current blockers to replicating the workflow we support for customers on 10.10, which comes down to two attitudes displayed by one vendor in particular (that will remain nameless): apathy, and ignorance

‘I don’t know’

The vendor could have corrected course or known to not write to certain paths that the impending SIPocalypse will disable by relocating errant files from, and will fail for new installs. This one vendor in question bundles a whole bunch of packages as one, so if I wanted to deploy the parts of it that CAN run while waiting for other components to...

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Thursday September 24

If Safari displays a blank page or quits on your...

If you can't load a website or webpage, or Safari quits unexpectedly, follow these steps.

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Monday September 21

About the security content of watchOS 2

This document describes the security content of watchOS 2.

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Apple security updates

This document outlines security updates for Apple products.

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Friday September 18

About the security content of iOS 8.4.1

This document describes the security content of iOS 8.4.1.

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Wednesday September 16

About the security content of OS X Server v5.0.3

Learn about the security content of OS X Server v5.0.3.

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About the security content of iTunes 12.3

This document describes the security content of iTunes 12.3.

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About the security content of Xcode 7.0

This document describes the security content of Xcode 7.0.

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About the security content of iOS 9

This document describes the security content of iOS 9.

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List of available trusted root certificates in iOS 9

The iOS Trust Store contains trusted root certificates preinstalled with iOS.

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Tuesday September 15

Set up and use HomeKit-enabled accessories with your...

With HomeKit, you can use your iOS device to control any of the "Works with Apple HomeKit" accessories that you have in your home, like lights, locks, thermostats, smart plugs, and more.

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Tuesday January 13

Android 5.0 Lollipop still hard to find, full of...

Google's Android team has advised outside security researchers that it will no longer fix security bugs found in Jelly Bean or earlier releases, despite the fact that "pre-KitKat 4.4" software powers the majority of active users' devices currently accessing Google Play. Meanwhile, less than 0.1 percent of Android users have received Android 5.0, and those who have report an "unfinished/unpolished" experience.

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Hands On: Chrome Remote Desktop (OS X, iOS)

Imagine squeezing your retina iMac screen down onto an iPhone 5. You can do it. It might look a bit silly and initially you might wonder why you'd bother, but it has long been possible to see and remotely control your Macs and PCs on even your iPhone. Now Google has released Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS and you can do it for free. You'll do it, too: try this once and you will forever keep finding other reasons why it's incredibly useful. It's fantastic when you forget a file, for instance, and can now just find and email it to yourself from afar. And it will save your soul, your sanity and yo...


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InvenSense hit with lawsuit over concessions in...

A new lawsuit filed against gyroscope and accelerometer supplier for Apple, InvenSense, accuses the company of failing to tell investors about the concessions it made to secure a recent deal. InvenSense parts are used in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; executives should have warned investors, the suit alleges, that Apple was given a "sweetheart deal" that would hurt profits. "Instead of revealing the true condition of the company and its prospects, defendants hid those facts from investors and chose to issue strong guidance and paint a picture of a bright future with a new mega-customer," the complai...


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Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 6s' could ship...

With over half a year remaining before Apple is expected to unveil its next-generation iPhone, a fresh rumor out of Taiwan suggests that the company may be considering a new dual-lens camera system and the addition of "Force Touch," the pressure-sensitive touch technology set to be introduced in the Apple Watch.

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AllCast media streamer makes leap to iOS

A new port of AllCast, a popular Android app, has just been released for iOS. The title lets users stream personal photo, video, and music libraries to a variety of platforms, not just the Apple TV, the only format natively supported by Apple. Some compatible targets include Chrome, Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, WDTV, Xbox One/Xbox 360, and various platforms compatible with DLNA....

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Apple axes long-running 'Single of the Week...

Ten years after giving away its first song, Apple has reportedly wound down the "Single of the Week" program that offered iTunes users a chance to download a free track from up-and-coming artists.

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Quanta ramping up production of 12-inch MacBook Air...

Taiwan-based supplier Quanta Computer has entered into "volume" production of Apple's upcoming 12-inch MacBook Air, according to supply chain sources. The laptop is reportedly on track to ship in the first quarter of the year, despite other rumors pointing to the second quarter. The new sources say that Quanta has escalated recruitment efforts in order to speed up production....

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Hands On: Toca Hair Salon 2 (iOS)

Makeover apps tend to be somewhat serious, and are generally geared toward adults. Instead of being a fun game, they tend to be more akin to photo-editing software, which is generally pretty complex and low on the amusement scale. Toca Boca, however, has stepped forth with Toca Hair Salon 2, a makeover game that offers a lot to younger gamers or future beauticians....

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Facebook will display Amber Alerts in News Feeds

Facebook will start to post into its users News Feed alerts about missing children in the future, in an effort to locate them. A partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children will involve the social network showing Amber Alerts to Facebook users located in specific search areas, both on mobile devices and desktops....

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Briefly: Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS, CBS News iOS...

Google has expanded its Chrome Remote Desktop app to include iOS compatibility. Now available for download on iTunes, iOS users can now orchestrate accessing their desktop computer for free by downloading the accompanying Chrome browser app. Chrome Remote Access has been available for Android users since last year....

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Apple quietly ends Single of the Week promo on iTunes

Apple appears to have ended its Single of the Week promotion on iTunes, visitors note. No tracks have been offered in the first two weeks of 2015, and a person on Apple's support forums claims to have been told by iTunes Support that the company has officially dropped the initiative. It's missing from iTunes Stores across the globe....

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Samsung takes on Apple's iPhone 6 Plus with all...

South Korean electronics giant Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy A7, the latest entry in the company's premium all-metal Galaxy A series that brings a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display, 2 gigabytes of RAM and an 8-core application processor.

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iPhone Apps: IMDb, New Words With Friends, Duolingo
LA schools' iPad program flawed from beginning...

The Los Angeles Unified School District's failed iPad deployment was botched early on, according to a review by the US Education Department. The federal agency says that it first of all put too hard an emphasis on using Apple hardware and software, ignoring cheaper options that could have saved money for the District and taxpayers. In July the USD said it was shifting to a strategy involving Chromebooks and Windows devices, such as the Microsoft Surface....

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Hands On: Learn Spanish - Brainscape (iOS)

It's a fact that Spanish is the world's fourth most spoken language, with over 350 million native speakers across 21 countries. It's also a fact that people who are bilingual tend to do better in both academic pursuits as well as their career. If you've ever been curious about learning another language, Learn Spanish by Brainscape offers a solution for those who are trying to learn Spanish on the go....

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Hands On: PhotoWatermark (OS X)

It's a different world. You might be the sort who would never take photo from a website and use it in your own book, but today if an image is online, it's as if the world sees it as fair game. Maybe that's a peek into our base immorality and the ultimate cataclysmic self-destruction of humanity, or maybe it's just that cut and paste is easy. Whatever it is, though, it's happening and you cannot stop it – not even with an application like this: but if PhotoWatermark can't prevent the copying of images, it can help photographers and artists considerably by adding identifying text to your image...


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Flickr: iPhones surpass Nikon, claim second most-...

Flickr has updated statistics for 2014 in its "Most Popular Camera" and "Most Popular Mobile Camera" categories, with the combined models of iPhone taking second place in the general "camera" category -- beating out DSLR maker Nikon and popular point-and-shoot maker Sony for second place. While Canon remains the most popular overall camera, the built-in cameras on smartphones from Apple and Samsung have -- despite inherent limitations -- steadily risen in popularity....

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Monday January 12

Viawear announces Tyia 'smart bracelet'...

This week, Viawear has launched pre-orders for a gold or rhodium-plated edition of the new Tyia "smart bracelet." The bracelet serves as a fitness tracker, with an RGB LED notification light embedded behind quartz and mother-of-pearl accent. As with fitness bands, the Tyia is marketing as letting users put away smartphones without missing an important call, text, or social-media notification -- and offers some basic fitness tracking compatible with Apple's HealthKit....

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Multiple reports point to record-breaking Apple...

While the idea that Apple probably had another record-breaking holiday quarter (what the company calls fiscal 2015 Q1) is unsurprising to all but selected pundits, a spate of reports released on Monday may be painting a general portrait of not just significant improvement, but more importantly growth in key areas of importance both to investors and analysis as well as to the health of the company. Sales of Macs look to be way up, iOS devices are selling much better in a key foreign market, and Apple's suppliers are flourishing -- all signs that point to better-than-expected quarter....


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Apple Stores debut self-demoing Smart Cover window...

A good magic trick, even in the 21st century, will still get people to stop and watch and try to figure out how it is done. Over the weekend, Apple retail stores around the US debuted a new window display showcasing the company's iPad line and Smart Cover accessory on a thin tabletop that features a line of the products, with the Smart Cover opening and closing itself to demonstrate the magnetic latch feature that wakes or sleeps the machine automatically....

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Details emerge on specs for third-party Lightning...

New information has been revealed on the specifications Apple has in mind for its planned licensing of the female Lightning port for third-party accessories. Manufacturers have reportedly been briefed on details and objectives, which include spreading Lightning to as many different accessories as possible in place of micro-USB. Possibilities include not just things like docks and headphones, but battery cases, gamepads, and Bluetooth speakers....

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Fourth iOS 8.2 beta seeds to developers

Apple is now seeding a fourth beta of iOS 8.2 via the company's developer portal, and as an over-the-air update for existing beta users. The build is listed as 12D5461b, and follows a little less than a month after beta 3, which was issued December 18. That build was 12D5452a. Accompanying the beta is a new version of WatchKit, the SDK and framework needed to build Apple Watch support into iOS apps....

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Hands On: Word of the Rings (iOS)

Word games are fairly numerous at this point. You've got your Boggle-style games, your Scrabble-style games, your crosswords and word searches. There are a lot of duplicates out there -- so when we find a fresh, new game, we tend to get pretty excited. One such app is Word of the Rings, by James Porter, a game that quite literally puts an interesting twist on the genre....

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Spotify hits 15M subscribers, majority of streams on...

Spotify is continuing to enjoy rising user numbers, with the popular music streaming service announcing it has reached a total of 15 million subscribers. At the same time, reports claim that the majority of Spotify streams stem from mobile listeners, with 52 percent of listening taking place on smartphones and tablets rather than desktops....

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Marsh, inMarket partner on first Apple Watch-...

Marsh Supermarkets and inMarket have announced a new iBeacon platform, the first to emphasize the Apple Watch. The plan is to use iBeacons at Marsh's 75 locations to push ads, shopping lists, and other content to both Watches and iPhones. Initially, the platform will support the official Marsh app and inMarket's List Ease, but other apps should follow as long as they support inMarket's Proximity SDK. All apps will have to update with Watch support, but the platform itself is Watch-ready....


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Chevy Volt will support CarPlay, 2016 demo model...

The 2016 model of the Chevy Volt will support Apple's CarPlay, at least if an early demonstration version is accurate. The car is on display at this week's North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and its dash system shows options for both CarPlay and MirrorLink connections. Google's Android Auto is notably absent, but since the 2016 Volt isn't due to go on sale until mid-2015, there may be time to implement it....

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HomeKit requires Apple TV hub for remote Siri...

People wanting to control HomeKit-enabled devices remotely through Apple's Siri must have an Apple TV at home to serve as a hub, according to Verge sources, including two launch partners and a person said to be "close to HomeKit's development." Siri controls will always work while an iPhone or iPad is on the same network as a HomeKit device, but until now it wasn't fully clear how remote operation might work. The Apple TV must also be a third-generation model running at least v7.0 firmware or newer. Notably, remote operation without Siri -- using the vendor app for a HomeKit product directly -...


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Apps: AppDelete, NetShade, FotoMagico
Hands On: Weather Wall (OS X)

You could just look out of your window, of course, but Weather Wall aims to set your wallpaper to an image that's right for the weather where you are. But if you ever had views like these from your office window, you would not stay sitting at your desk. These wallpaper shots are simply beautiful....

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Sunday January 11

Apple opens Games For Kids section of App Store over...

Over the weekend, Apple launched a new subsection of the App Store called Games for Kids, following the opening of the dedicated Kids category in September 2013. The Games for Kids section breaks out groups of games for various age groups, mirroring the other actions that offer more educational apps for children divided by age. Interestingly, most of the featured games avoid in-app purchases....

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AT&T files to dismiss FTC lawsuit using Title II

In order to nullify a lawsuit brought by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over charges that the carrier was still throttling users on unlimited plans even when there was no network congestion, AT&T is claiming for the purposes of the lawsuit that it qualifies as a Title II "common carrier." This is the opposite of what it has told the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with regards to possible actual Title II regulation of broadband....

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Spotify will not support Google Cast, Spotify...

Spotify will not include support for Google Cast any time in the near future, the company has revealed. Rather than allow for its apps to connect to the audio streaming technology Google Cast, Spotify will instead reportedly continue to work on its own competing Spotify Connect audio system, one which allows users to stream music to a number of networked speakers and audio equipment....

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Weekly Game Replay: New Baldur's Gate game,...

Every Sunday at Electronista and MacNN, we offer a one-stop look at a few of the significant events that occurred in the video game industry during the previous week. In this week's look back in the Weekly Game Replay, we discuss a new game in the Baldur's Gate series from Beamdog, the closure of Zombie Studios, Hellblade coming to PC, the lawsuit over EA using retired NFL player likenesses in Madden NFL moving forward, and Sony delaying the release of the PlayStation 4 in China....


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Wednesday June 8

Sprint iPhone in advanced testing?

Friday March 11

iPad 2 orders already shipping for delivery next week

Monday January 3

iPhone Alarm Bug Still Causing Issues for Some Users

Monday May 3

iPad: How to transfer or sync content to your...
Inside Mac - The Inside Mac Television Program For...

Deke McClelland Photoshop Guru

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Inside Mac - The Inside Mac Radio Daily News Program...

Flash Forward / Nattress / Media Summit / News Corp / AAPL

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Inside Mac - The Inside Mac Radio Weekly Broadcast...

National Association of Broadcaster (NAB) / Flashforward 2006 / MacGeek

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OSXFAQ - Mac OS X Tip-of-the-Day

Spotlight - Basic Searches

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OSXFAQ - Mac OS X Unix Tip-of-the-Day

Spotlight - Reveal The Metadata

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OSXFAQ - Mac OS X Design Tip-of-the-Day

Photoshop - Opening Camera RAW in Adobe Bridge (CS2)

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OSXFAQ - Mac OS X 10.4 TIGER Hot Topics

Case of Missing RAM...

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Amazon Update

Get TurboTax on sale now at Amazon (or the new version of TaxCut).

Save a bunch on MobileMe renewals, too.

Amazon has discounts on the brand-new Mac Mini models
plus the new iMacs and new MacBook, not to mention the iPod Touch.

Amazon also saves you money on the MacBook Pro, Mac Pro and MacBook Air
and offers deep discounts on Snow Leopard.

Check the great selection of DRM-free MP3 music at very competitive prices (including free downloads!).

Digital cameras and HDTV's get outstanding discounts, as well.

*And*, while you're saving yourself money, you're also providing critical MacInTouch support just by clicking through any of our links to purchase!

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Report: iPad

Jef Raskin's vision, GPS, electronic books, data storage, historical precedents, camera support, desktop integration, telephony, networking, education, multitasking, applications, computing trends, features and much more

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Report: Security

privacy protection techniques for travelling

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Report: Backup

Time Machine troubleshooting

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Report: Digitizing Video

8mm Film

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Report: Firefox

standards testing, Version 3.6 issues and support

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Report: Help Please

online meeting application needed

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Report: iPhone/Touch Platform

timezones, sync

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Report: Snow Leopard

home theater problem

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Report: Tax Software

bad Dell experience

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Security: Google Chrome

"Attackers can exploit these issues to bypass certain security checks, execute arbitrary code in the context of the browser, and cause denial-of-service conditions; other attacks are also possible."

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New: Etchasoft Reports 1.0

Etchasoft Reports is an Interface Builder 3 plug-in that enables developers to create PDF reports directly within Interface Builder.

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New: BusinessMan

BusinessMan is a modular, FileMaker-based customer relationship management (CRM) system that includes integrated email and communications, document management, quote generation, order processing, and more.

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Update: NimbleKit 1.6.5

VolnaTech's software development kit for the iPhone platform adds new classes (NKModalWindow and NKLabel), enables NKNavigationController to preload pages, supports Unicode strings in the JSON encoder/decoder, and makes other changes.

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Update: WebYep 1.4.5

Objective Development's content management system for web sites adds CKEditor support, improvements in supported server configurations, better PHP 5.3 support, a fix for a problem with borders in the Gallery and Loop Elements, and other changes.

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Update: WebCrusher 1.7

Rage Software's web page optimizer improves optimization speed for iWeb sites, publishes optimized websites to FTP servers and MobileMe more quickly, and fixes problems with optimizing PNG files.

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Update: SEEdit Pro 3.1.0

The XHTML editor adds keyboard navigation for its new tabbed interface.

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Update: RAW Developer 1.8.8

Iridient Digital's raw image conversion program adds support for the Canon 1D Mark IV and Fuji S200EXR, an improved profile for the Canon 1D Mark III, and a fix for an issue with the Canon 20D model ID and associated profile.

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Apple: iPhone SDK 3.2 beta

This release of the SDK includes a simulator for the new iPad and tools for building iPad applications.

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Update: KiBiz 5.5

The multi-user business management and accounting system gains auto-screen stretching that expands the workspace to fit the current monitor, custom menus by role, quick search on all fields without entering Find mode, faster navigation, and more.

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Update: KnowledgeMiner (yX) for Excel 2.1

This release of the data mining tool brings more accurate predictions when using Similar Patterns modeling, improved export to Excel for regression models, and a new prediction project.

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Apple: iPad

Apple introduces an oversized iPod Touch with iWork and iBooks apps, plus optional 3G data support via ATT at $14.99 or $29.99 per month. Hardware pricing starts at $499 and ends at $830 for the top model with 64 GB of memory. First shipments of the non-3G model are due in 60 days with 3G models due the following month. (Neither is available yet for ordering.)

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Update: LiveQuartz 1.9

Rhapsoft's image editor adds flip transformations, a shadow effect, an option to import images from other devices (including iPhones, scanners, and cameras), improved accuracy when working at the pixel level, enhancements for drawing tools, and more.

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Update: Sample Manager 3.2

Audiofile Engineering's batch audio processor adds full Snow Leopard compatibility, Audio File First Aid for diagnosing problem files, native support for VST plugins in the Process with Effect action, and other improvements.

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Apple: Aluminum Keyboard Firmware Update 1.1

The keyboard update "improves battery performance of the 2007 aluminum Apple Wireless Keyboard when used in combination with other bluetooth devices (eg. Magic Mouse, some bluetooth headsets)" and also addresses an issue with key repeats.

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Apple: Quarterly Financial Report

"The Company posted revenue of $15.68 billion and a net quarterly profit of $3.38 billion, or $3.67 per diluted share."

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Security: Adobe Shockwave

"While all the world is still talking about holes in Internet Explorer and Flash, Adobe has casually closed two critical security holes in Shockwave that allow attackers to inject and execute code."

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New: Symbo 1.0

Symbo from Corner-A is designed to make it easier for developers to work with crash reports and crash dumps.

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New: MAXPower eSATA 6G PCIe 2.0 Controller Card

MAXPower eSATA 6G PCIe 2.0 Controller Card adds two 6GB/second eSATA ports to any Mac Pro (or PC) with an available PCIe 2.0 slot.

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Update: Firefox 3.6

The latest Firefox includes a new type of theme that enables single-click appearance changes, protection from out-of-date plug-ins, fullscreen support for native video, better JavaScript performance, support for new CSS attributes, and more.

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Update: TwistedWave 1.8

The multi-channel audio editor and recorder adds a 64-bit version, the ability to automatically split a sound file by detecting silences, export to iPhone ringtone files, and other changes.

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Update: Digital Performer 7.1

MOTU's audio/MIDI workstation software gains a new Tuner plug-in that can be used to tune a guitar or other pitched instrument, new preferences for Auto-Save actions, four new power amp models, dozens of guitar tone presets, and more.

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Update: AccountEdge 2010

Acclivity's small business management and accounting package adds integration with Enstore web store software, tracking of additional item information, a Show Profit Analysis function (gross profit, margin, and cost for each item and for the entire invoice), and other improvements.

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Snow Leopard Compatibility List

Dec. 19: Covering more than 1400 items, our searchable, sortable list gets 38 additions and updates today, including Pro Tools, Perian, MacPractice, TapDex, miXscope, Back-In-Time, CSSEdit, Vienna, Raw Photo Processor, MultiLedger, SousChef, and Volocity.

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Mini Server Review

We've added an addendum to cover some tips and questions brought up by readers in response to our in-depth review, which examines the $999 Mini Server product product from Apple, which combines a dual-hard-drive Mac Mini with a full version of Snow Leopard Server (unlimited client license). We look at everything from web services to performance, along with security, installation, admin utilities and more.

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Snow Leopard Review

Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard in-depth review: 11,000 words on migration and installation; the new Finder and QuickTime X; additional features and refinements; security and technology; and our conclusions; plus links for additional information.

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Snow Leopard FAQ

[Expanded Sept. 12] - answers to questions about pre-requisites, installation, security, QuickTime, Rosetta, 64-bit operation, networking, compatibility and much more...

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Review: iPod Nano 2009

We review the newest Nano, which brings the surprising additions of a video camera and microphone, an FM Radio (complete with "Live Pause"), and a pedometer, among other nifty features in the tiny device, priced the same as before. We include video samples for comparison (Nano 5G, iPhone 3GS and Flip MinoHD).

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Special Report: iPhone FAQ

reviews, basics, availability and pricing, networks and carriers, features, sync with iTunes, Internet, apps, widgets, tech specs, jailbreaking and unlocking, misc.

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Review: iPhone 3GS

In this detailed review of the new iPhone 3GS, Robert Mohns covers everything from hardware chips to pricing, performance to photographic capability, features, issues and everything in between. The review includes visual tests and samples, a long list of related links, and much more.

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Review: iPod Touch (2G)

Robert Mohns reviews the second-generation iPod Touch, covering its fast hardware, OS 2 software, App Store, compatibility issues, applications and much more.

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Voyager Q Review

Robert Mohns examines the quad-port SATA hard drive dock, with detailed performance benchmarks across FireWire 400/800, USB 2 and eSATA on a Mac Pro, finding it fast and effective for backup, testing and many other storage tasks.

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Review: Kindle 2

Kindle 2 improves on the highly successful original version of the wireless media reader, bringing faster performance, better grayscale imaging, speech synthesis, and Apple-like design improvements. We also include audio samples, screen shots, comparison photos and lots of links to more info.

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Review: Fastmac iV

We examine Fastmac's multifunction iPhone battery sleeve, which extends run-time, functions as a charger and even offers a fill light for the iPhone's camera.

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Review: iPod Shuffle 3G

The new Shuffle has just one button: off/play. Everything else is controlled by earbuds, proprietary Apple controller chips and synthesized voices....

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Review: FireKing MediaVault HD

Robert Mohns examines a unique storage system that protects your data in the event of a fire.

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Review: iLife '09

We examine fancy new features in Apple's latest creative-consumer software suite, as well as its user interface elements and its misfeatures/bugs.)

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