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Tuesday January 12

04:34
xDev Magazine Year 13 coming in printed book format

xDev Magazine (http://www.xdevmag.com) is reprinting the past year's issues into a bound book that will ship later this month. The 510-page book contains the full contents of Year 13 of the magazine, and features a full-color cover, black ink interior, and perfect-binding.

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04:30
Why the next Mac Pro might be an iMac Pro

The “new” Mac Pro hasn’t been updated since 2009. I expect that it will be this year. But what if an “iMac Pro” replaced the Mac Pro as the new desktop for those needing as much power as possible. 

There are a couple of reasons why Apple might take this route. One: the Mac Pro has a limited, but vital, core group of users. Unit sales of the pro desktop are small -- and Apple doesn't like small (at least in terms of sales, though it loves small when it comes to design). An iMac Pro would appeal to those beyond the current Mac Pro target base. 

Two: the iMac, in its current form, offers lots of power and, with Thunderbolt, impressive expansion opportunities. In fact, the technology offers the potential and promise for even more expansion capabilities such as external graphics cards. More on that in a moment.

In fact, the main reason for making an iMac Pro is Thunderbolt. Imagine taking advantage of Thunderbolt connectivity...

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04:22
Kool Tools: Dog & Bone luggage padlock

Dog & Bone’s LockSmart Travel is a TSA approved, keyless, Bluetooth connected luggage padlock controlled by an iOS or Android app. Eliminating small keys that can easily be lost during travel, LockSmart Travel provides users with a keyless, trackable and secure solution for locking and accessing luggage.
 

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04:00
My El Capitan Enterprise Mac Security Book Now...

If you’re interested in Mac Security, the next edition of my Enterprise Mac Security book is now shipping. You can get it here http://www.amazon.com/Enterprise-Mac-Security-OS/dp/148421711X. The book is shipping from 3rd party sellers, but should ship directly from Amazon soon at the regular price. I don’t usually know exactly when, but it should also appear for Kindle and on the Apple Books store as well. Hope you enjoy!

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03:39
Apple Granted 38 Patents Today covering Multi-...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 38 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's technology relating to multitouch and multi-haptics, some original technology for Touch ID and another PrimeSense patent ...

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03:33
tvOS 9.2 Preview: First look at Apple TV’s new...

Apple kicked off the week by releasing a major new beta for each one of its platforms including tvOS 9.2 beta for the new Apple TV. While the software update isn’t available to everyone just yet, the pre-release software brings the 4th-gen Apple TV up to parity with older Apple TVs and even makes it work more like iPhones and iPads. For example, tvOS 9.2 beta finally adds Bluetooth keyboard support to the new Apple TV after first shipping at the end of October without the feature; previous Apple TVs worked with wireless keyboards from the start. The new update also adds a new built-in app and some iPhone-like features as well. Check out the details below:

Just like...

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00:33
T-Mobile's CEO does damage control, apologizes...

T-Mobile CEO John Legere has published an open letter on the company's website, and it smells like an attempt at damage control after getting some real backlash. As you might know, he's been making good use of his colorful vocabulary to defend his co...

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00:05
Focused on preventing crashes from anytime occurring

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Antai Administrator Mark Rosekind told reporters Friday that AEB should become accepted a part of the automakers faster than the seven to eight years it could yield to advance binding regulations to bear the technology to consumers.

"It's arresting and the pressure's on to accomplish...

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Monday January 11

23:52
Modern urban life of FUJI

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China: IT services provider, FUJI Passenger Elevator Computer Systems on Thursday said it has partnered with Schindler for development, enhancement and testing services for the latter's double-deck elevator.

FUJI is a leading global elevator company. A double-deck elevator is a revolutionary product designed such a way that two cabins of an elevator are attached on top of one another.

This enables passengers on two...

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23:39
Modules are built using a controlled process

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Modular homes can be added affordable than site-built Modular Home. Their below physique time will save you money on the all-embracing construction. Home inspections are not needed, as these are all done in the factory.

Modules are built using a controlled process, each stage is carefully planned and are usually optimized by the modular plant....

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23:04
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21:12
Piper Jaffray lowers March iPhone estimates to 55M,...

Ahead of Apple's upcoming quarterly earnings report, investment firm Piper Jaffray lowered iPhone shipment estimates to 55 million units for the current quarter, but maintains AAPL is the year's top stock pick.

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18:57
iOS 9.3 Preview: First look at updated Apple Music...

Earlier today Apple unloaded several new beta software updates including iOS 9.3 for iPhone which adds some handy new features to CarPlay. Specifically, both the Maps and Music apps for CarPlay were updated to work more like the iPhone versions on iOS 9. Check out the details below: 

The Music app on CarPlay has been rebuilt to include features from the Apple Music streaming service for the first time. Starting with iOS 9.3, the For You and New sections of Apple Music now appear through CarPlay so you can easily select playlists and albums through the streamlined interface. The Music app now highlights recently added playlists and saved music just like on the iPhone and elsewhere. You still can’t add music and playlists...

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18:17
App Analytics data now available for tvOS apps

Overshadowed by Monday's tsunami of iOS, Mac and tvOS beta releases, Apple announced an expansion to its App Analytics tool that lets developers measure user engagement and monetization of tvOS apps.

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18:05
Apple to open new flagship retail store in Paris on...

French Apple news site MacGeneration today reports that Apple is soon planning to open a new flagship retail store in Paris, France, citing French newspaper Le Figaro. The report claims that Apple has secured a lease for a 20,341-square-feet seven story building at 114 Avenue des Champs-Élysées. The company plans to operate a retail store on the lower levels of the building, while the upper levels will be reserved for office space.

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17:34
Apple to open new Paris flagship store, offices in...

Apple has reportedly signed a 12-year lease for an entire building along Paris' historic Avenue des Champs-?lys?es, where it plans to open a flagship Apple Store in the next two to three years .

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16:29
Apple expands App Analytics feature to tvOS apps

Apple today has announced that its App Analytics feature now supports tvOS apps. This means that developers can get more detail on how users are responding to and using their apps on the fourth-gen Apple TV. Developers can see how many views their App Store product page is receiving, track marketing campaign, get app usage information, and track in-app purchase success.

By tracking campaign links, developers can see how successful their marketing campaigns have been by checking how being a promoted app has affected downloads. If the app has a campaign iOS app, developers can also see how often iOS users are using the tvOS version and vice versa.

For tracking usage, developers can view session, active device, retention, and crash reports to get more detail on user habits. Likewise, developers can track in-app...

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16:23
Elon Musk says it’s an “open secret” Apple is making...

During an interview at Tesla’s design Studio in Los Angeles, Tesla CEO Elon Musk commented on Apple’s rumored electric vehicle program, codenamed “Project Titan“. It was hardly the first time the CEO commented on the project, but it always interesting to hear about the possibility of Apple bringing an electric car to market. This time Musk called the project under-development an “open secret” and agreed that Apple is “serious about it.”

While talking with BBC’s Rory Cellan-Jones about Apple’s rumored...

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16:12
Survey says 38 percent of all Apple Pay transactions...

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According to a survey from market research group Phoenix Marketing International, 38 percent of all Apple Pay transaction volume comes from in-app purchases, with only 62 percent of purchases made in-store. The survey doesn’t offer a reason as to why in-app purchases seem to be so robustly represented, but in a press release from Phoenix, Greg Weed, director of card research at the company, suggested that "the number of acceptance locations [for Apple Pay] is relatively small (but growing) and the incidence of reported friction at the point-of-sale is high.”

That is, in-app purchases may look like a large part of...

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15:45
Elon Musk Says Apple's Electric Car Project is...

In an interview with the BBC, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said it is an "open secret" that Apple is developing an electric car. Musk made the statement when asked if he had heard anything about Apple's car development plans and went on to highlight the huge number of hires Apple has made as evidence.

"Well, it's pretty hard to hide something if you hire over a thousand engineers to do it," he said, before adding that he believed Apple was serious about the project. "This is an open secret."

Musk went on say Tesla welcomes participation by any company that wants to create electric vehicles, but he cautioned that it's "quite hard to do." He brushed off the interviewer's question of whether an Apple car would be a threat to Tesla, and said that he believes Apple will develop a "compelling" electric car because "it seems like the obvious thing to do."

"Tesla will still aspire to make the most compelling...

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15:30
AWT News Update: January 11, 2016

A short Apple news update for you today:

  • tvOS 9.2 beta includes some welcome new features
  • Want to know what 2016/2017 car models have CarPlay? Apple released a full list
  • Facebook might be looking at a Facebook Messenger for Mac app
  • Apple responds to rumors that they're working on an Android-to-iPhone migration app

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for January 11, 2016.

iOS 9.3 beta has added quite a few new features to Apple’s mobile operating system, and now we’re starting to see what’s in the...

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15:30
The Week in iPad Cases: New satchels and carry-alls...

...plus, thin cases from Peel and LK, and more

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases gives your plenty of carry-all options for commuting, with a few classic hard-shell cases and folios for more basic needs.

Brenthaven

The Medina Fold-Over (all iPad models and iPad Pro; $150) features a stylish two-tone exterior with a striped interior lining.

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15:20
[Sponsor] CloudMagic for Mac: A Beautifully Simple...

Not so long ago, emails were few and far between. I remember the days of eagerly waiting for them.

Gradually, information tsunamis started submerging the world. My inbox started overflowing. Life wasn’t simple anymore. To deal with it, many apps threw scores of tools at me - interfaces peppered with multiple panes, toolbars and buttons. It was chaotic.

Someone had to say, ‘Enough is enough’. So we did.

And thus CloudMagic for Mac was born - our humble attempt at making email peaceful and zen again. Featuring:

  • Clean and focused Inbox to quickly show you what matters the most
  • Distraction-free Conversation View that makes reading stress-free
  • Blissful Compose mode, where nothing comes between you and what you write

What’s more, we hit the Mac App Store on 6th January and got some love straight away.

Featured by Apple across 150 countries

2 Top Paid across all categories on Mac App Store

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14:38
Apple's electric car project an 'open...

In an interview on Monday, Tesla founder Elon Musk said it is obvious that Apple is working on an electric car to rival products from established automakers, though he doesn't foresee a Cupertino-designed vehicle threating growing Tesla sales.

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14:35
Apple publishes webpage listing CarPlay-compatible...

Apple says that every major automobile manufacturer currently offers models that support CarPlay or is planning to introduce them. The company has posted a webpage listing all supporting auto manufacturers.

According to Apple, CarPlay is the “smarter, safer and more fun way” to use an iPhone in your car. It gives iPhone users a way to make calls, use Maps, listen to music and access messages with just a word or a touch. Users can control CarPlay from the car’s native interface or just push-and-hold the voice control button on the steering wheel to activate Siri without distraction, says Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone and iOS Product Marketing.

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14:30
What's coming in iOS 9.3: Night Shift, Secure...

As we reported earlier, Apple released a developer beta of iOS 9.3 today. It's expected that the company will release a public beta soon, and if the new features are any indication a lot of iPhone and iPad users may want to join in on the beta-testing fun. Apple has an iOS 9.3 preview page up now that shows a lot of the features that will be coming to the platform soon.

First, there's good news for those of us who like to use our iPhones and iPads in the evening hours before going to bed. Apple has announced a new feature called Night Shift that -- based on your location and clock -- shifts the colors on your iOS display from the usual cool bluish tones to warmer tones, making the light easier on your eyes and hopefully making it easier for you to fall asleep. In the morning, the display is back to...

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14:26
Notable apps and app updates for Jan. 11, 2016

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

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

St. Clair Software has announced Default Folder X 5.0, an upgrade to the utility for Mac OS X. Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications. It provides fast navigation to your files, previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more. Version 5.0 delivers compatibility with El Capitan and new and improved features.

Default Folder X 5 is a $14.95 paid upgrade for version 4 users who purchased their licenses before June 1, 2015. For users who purchased on or after June 1, the upgrade is free. Default Folder X costs $34.95 for new users. 

iMobie has updated...

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14:07
Apple releases new OS X, iOS, tvOS, watchOS, Xcode,...

Apple has released a slew of new betas for developers today at the Apple Developer Center (https://developer.apple.com).

Mac OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 beta (and the Server version) are the fourth updates to the El Capitan OS. We can find no notes on what the updates entail.

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13:54
Apple denies it's making an iOS-to-Android...

Don’t bet on Apple making it easier for iPhone users to switch over to Android.

In a statement sent to BuzzFeed, Apple has denied a rumor that it was working on an iOS-to-Android switching tool. The rumor was first reported by The Telegraph, which claimed Apple was developing this tool after succumbing to pressure from European mobile carriers.

“There is no truth to this rumor,” according to Apple spokesperson Trudy Muller. “We are entirely focused on switching users from Android to iPhone, and that is going great.”

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13:53
Apple Isn't Creating Tool to Help iPhone Users...

Over the weekend, The Telegraph published a questionable rumor suggesting Apple was planning to develop a tool to help iPhone users switch to Android to appease major European telecoms operators. Citing a "senior industry source," the site said Apple had agreed to create a feature that would let customers transfer contacts, music, and photos from an iPhone to an Android device.

The rumor gained enough traction to prompt Apple to step in and make a statement to Buzzfeed, clarifying that no iPhone to Android switching tool is under development.

"There is no truth to this rumor," Apple spokesperson Trudy Muller said in a statement to BuzzFeed News. "We are entirely focused on switching users from...

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13:48
Apple denies plans to build iOS-to-Android migration...

Apple is not, in fact, working on a migration tool to help iPhone owners switch to Android, a spokesperson said on Monday, in a rare instance of the company commenting on rumors.

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13:47
Rogue Amoeba releases Loopback for Mac OS X

Rogue Amoeba has introduced Loopback for Mac OS X is a tool for enabling audio routing between applications and audio devices on your Mac. In just a few clicks, you can pass audio directly between apps.

Loopback (http://rogueamoeba.com/loopback) is designed for anyone working with audio on the Mac, from podcasters to gamers, Internet radio hosts to regular folks chatting via Skype. It requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher, with a free fully-functional demo version available on the Rogue Amoeba site.

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13:45
View tvOS data in App Analytics

You can now measure user engagement and monetization for your tvOS apps in App Analytics. In addition to seeing data on product page views, downloads, and engagement, you can also see how many iOS users acquired with your marketing campaigns opened the same app on Apple TV. Learn more about App Analytics.

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13:45
View tvOS data in App Analytics

You can now measure user engagement and monetization for your tvOS apps in App Analytics. In addition to seeing data on product page views, downloads, and engagement, you can also see how many iOS users acquired with your marketing campaigns opened the same app on Apple TV. Learn more about App Analytics.

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13:35
Apple’s list of vehicles that support CarPlay

Looks like I’ll need to pick up a Ferrari this weekend.

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13:32
15 years of iTunes

A great look at iTunes over the years by Kirk McElhearn.

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13:32
Ford's Self-Driving Cars Brave Ice and Snow


Ford on Monday announced that it has begun conducting the automobile industry's first autonomous vehicle tests in snow and icy conditions at Mcity. The company is using Mcity -- a full-scale, 32-acre simulated real-world urban environment that was developed as part of the University of Michigan's Mobility Transformation Center -- to test vehicles in a variety of weather conditions throughout the year. Roughly 70 percent of U.S. residents live in regions that get some snow or other inclement weather, Ford said.

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13:23
Jeremy’s 5: Post-CES, SDLMAME, Apple News, Apple...

Welcome to the latest edition of Jeremy’s 5, my latest quick roundup of 5 interesting little things that aren’t big enough for full articles, but are still worth sharing with you.

This week, I’m following up my pre-CES predictions with quick post-CES thoughts, discussing a classic game emulator, mulling Apple News, and offering a few thoughts on future Apple products: the Apple Watch 2 and second-generation 12″ MacBook…

1. Post-CES Thoughts. I skipped CES this year, and from what my colleagues have said, this was a good year to miss: there were fewer Apple product announcements than I can recall in five or six years, and really nothing of note across any of Apple’s major product lines. Even iOS software initiatives were modestly represented — there were...

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13:21
Apple publishes first comprehensive list of CarPlay-...

Having finally accumulated a large enough stable of partners for the platform, Apple on Monday published an official list of current and (some) future vehicles compatible with CarPlay.

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13:20
tvOS 9.2 beta introduces folders and restores...

Enlarge / The Apple TV. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple's biggest beta release of the day was iOS 9.3, but Apple's other software platforms all got some love, too—watchOS 2.2, tvOS 9.2, and OS X 10.11.4 are all available for brave users to test. The tvOS update is the most interesting of these three, since tvOS 9.0 was missing quite a few features and tvOS 9.1 was mostly a bugfix release.

tvOS 9.2's new features are all versions of things that already exist in iOS 9 or in the old Apple TV operating system. The biggest is folder support, making it possible to organize your apps more like you do on your iPhone and iPad. Bluetooth keyboard support has been added, too—this was...

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13:06
What's New in iOS 9.3: Night Shift, New Quick...

Apple's iOS 9.2.1 update is still in testing, but that didn't stop the company from surprising us with an iOS 9.3 beta this morning. The iOS 9.3 beta is one of the biggest updates to iOS 9 yet, introducing a new Night Shift feature and improving several existing apps, including Notes, Apple News, Health, CarPlay, and more.

We've gathered up a full list of the changes and new features in iOS 9.3, to give MacRumors readers a clear picture of what they can expect to see when iOS 9.3 is released to the public.

Night Shift - Night Shift is a new feature that's designed to automatically cut down on the amount of blue light an iOS user is exposed to at night by shifting to more...

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13:00
Rogue Amoeba introduces Loopback for Mac audio...

Back in the TUAW days, I used an open-source app called Soundflower on my Mac to route audio between different audio devices and applications when I was doing the TUAW TV Live show. Sadly, Soundflower would often fail me at the worst possible time... Well, today the longtime Mac development firm by the awesome name of Rogue Amoeba has introduced Loopback ($99, special introductory price of $75), a virtual mixing board for the Mac that appears to knock the socks off of Soundflower.

I've used Rogue Amoeba's Audio Hijack tool for many years for recording audio on my Macs, and it's always been useful and bug-free. Like Soundflower, Loopback is designed to take audio content from a number of sources and route it to output devices or other apps. Need a way of taking audio from a microphone, adding music from iTunes to it, and then routing that to a Skype...

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12:57
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 11...

Notable software releases this week include Default Folder X 5.0 and ScreenFlow 5.0.4.

 

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12:57
ExtraBITS for 11 January 2016

This week in ExtraBITS, Jason Snell of Six Colors has issued a report card for Apple’s 2015 efforts, based on survey results from Apple experts, including a number of TidBITS contributors. Circus Ponies has closed the stable on its NoteBook information management app, Marco Arment tries to explain why Apple still sells old MacBook Pros, and the Nielsen Norman Group weighs in on 3D Touch.

 

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12:54
Audi h-tron quattro unveil

Audi unveiled its hydrogen fuel-cell powered h-tron quattro concept car at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 11, 2016.

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12:46
What to expect in iOS 9.3, in developer beta now

Apple released the first beta of iOS 9.3 to developers on Monday—hit up the Developer Center if you’re enrolled in the program—which means users who participate in the public beta should get it shortly, perhaps this week. To whet your appetite, Apple has posted a iOS 9.3 Preview page on its website, teasing what’s to come in this new dot-release for iOS 9. Let’s go down the list and add a little context, shall we?

Night Shift. Many of our favorite apps, like Tweetbot, Kindle, and Instapaper, have a “night mode” because reading a bright white screen in the dark can be killer on the eyes. Apple’s catching on with the all-new Night Shift feature, which works a little differently but has the benefit of being system-wide.

To read this...

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12:34
Lexus LF-FC North American unveil

Lexus unveiled its LF-FC hydrogen fuel-cell concept car at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 11, 2016, and set a target for a production model.

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12:33
Apple has no clue how many people read News on iOS

Apple is working with more than 100 news publishers to put content in the News app for iOS, but there’s a slight hiccup: Neither Apple nor the publishers know how many people are reading News.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple has been underestimating the number of News readers it reports to publishers, though the company didn’t say how or why the problem happened, or when it might be fixed.

The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Washington Post, and other major news publications can’t be happy about the glitch, which means they’ve been giving their advertisers wrong information. Publishers can sell their own ads in the app and reap 100 percent of the revenues, or they can let Apple sell ads on their behalf and keep 70 percent. But when publishers don’t have an accurate view of how big their...

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12:00
The iPad Pro has become my laptop replacement

iPad Pro. Image ©2015, Steven Sande

Back on New Year's Eve, Dennis laid out his reasons why the iPad Pro still isn't a laptop replacement for him. That same day, as I was sitting in a hotel room in Las Vegas waiting for the midnight fireworks to begin, I was realizing that my decision to sell my 12-inch Retina MacBook and tie my fortunes to the iPad Pro was the correct decision for me. Why do we have different opinions on the subject? Well, as I've said from the start of the debate of MacBook vs. iPad Pro, it all depends on your workflow and your expectations. For me, the choice all boils down to two things: a lack of interruptions and a well-defined workflow.

The first thing I've noticed about using the iPad Pro as a laptop replacement is that I have fewer interruptions. When I'm working on my iMac, I tend to have way too many disruptions at any time. While that...

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11:31
Solus Project's Virtues Begin and End With...


The Solus Project is much like the little engine that still can't function. Version 1.0 was released last month as the first stable release from the twice-revamped Linux distro. Solus is built from scratch for the x86_64 architecture around a rewritten Budgie homemade desktop environment. Budgie is an open source project in its own right. It offers a simplified approach to implementing the look and feel of the older-style GNOME 2 functionality. Version 1.0 does work out of the gate. It does little to impress beyond not crashing, however.

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11:30
Apple details CarPlay partners by year and model on...

In addition to unveiling iOS 9.3 with new CarPlay features, Apple today has launched a new webpage detailing all of the cars in which its infotainment system is available. On the page, Apple touts that CarPlay is or will soon be available in more than 100 different vehicles models. The list consists of 2016 and 2017 car models only, from a variety of different companies.

The full list of manufacturers featured on the page includes Audi, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Citroen, DS Automobiles, Ferrari, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Opel, Porsche, Peugeot, Seat, Skoda, Suzuki, Volkswagen, and Volvo. Apple’s list excludes aftermarket options for installing CarPlay,...

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11:30
New Education Features in iOS 9.3 Include Shared...

With iOS 9.3, Apple is introducing a number of new features that are specifically geared towards the education market. Outlined on a new Education Preview site, education-oriented features in the iOS 9 beta include shared iPads for students, a new classroom app, an Apple School Manager feature, and an improved Managed Apple IDs function.

Apple's new Shared iPad feature is designed for educational systems where a 1:1 student-to-iPad ratio isn't possible. It gives each student an Apple ID that can be used to log into any iPad in the classroom, with all of the student's content readily available on any device. That means students can switch from classroom to classroom, logging into an iPad in each class while the iPad remains in the classroom for all students to use during class time.

Students have access to all of their apps, books, and...

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11:29
iOS 9.3 Gallery & Feature List: Night Shift, New...


Earlier today, Apple announced iOS 9.3, a fairly significant point update to iOS 9. The new operating system adds new features for the Health, Wallet, Notes, and Settings apps, in addition to a Night Mode and new 3D Touch shortcuts. This gallery below shows off all of the new features, and here’s a bulleted list of everything new in the first beta:

  • Night Shift mode to adjust colors based on time of day and location of device
  • Password...
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11:28
iOS 9.3 brings multi-user mode to iPads, along with...

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Apple has just released the first beta of iOS 9.3 to its public beta testers and developers. The company regularly releases beta versions of its operating systems, but this update is unique because Apple has put together several pages extensively detailing its new features, something we normally don't get until we see the release notes posted with the final version of the update. Collectively, this list of new features will make 9.3 the biggest release since iOS 9.0.

The first and most significant is a multi-user mode for iPads, aimed primarily at schools where buying a single iPad for each student is too expensive or otherwise undesirable. From Apple's description, it sounds as though each student will have a roaming user...

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11:23
Ford takes self-driving into the snow

Detroit has at least one thing Silicon Valley doesn’t: snow. And Ford is taking advantage of that to test how its autonomous vehicles perform when they can’t see lane markings.

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11:20
Apple Previews iOS 9.3 with Night Shift, Health and...

Macstories:

Earlier today, Apple released the first developer beta of iOS 9.3, which will introduce several new functionalities for built-in apps and for education users. To highlight some of the changes in this release, Apple has launched a mini-site with screenshots and descriptions of what’s coming in iOS 9.3.

Lots of good looking features here.

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11:05
tvOS 9.2 beta 1 adds support for app folders,...

The upcoming tvOS 9.2 update for the fourth-generation Apple TV adds a number of new capabilities for the fresh platform, including the ability to stow apps in folders on the home screen, and to connect a Bluetooth keyboard for easier text entry.

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11:00
Apple seeds numerous betas to developers; iPads get...

Developers are going to have a field day today; new betas for a number of Apple's operating systems and for Xcode were released in the Apple Developer Center.

iOS 9.3 beta was released today for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Apple notes that devices that are updated to iOS 9.3 cannot be restored to earlier versions. No information on what the beta or the final version of iOS 9.3 will contain has been released, but the ".1" releases often include new features and significant performance enhancements. Apparently one of the features of iOS 9.3 will be the ability to pair multiple Apple Watches with a single iOS device.

9to5Mac also reports that Apple is adding the ability for a single iPad to be shared with a number of students; that's most important in school settings, where multi...

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10:59
Apple adds night mode, secure notes, more in iOS 9.3

The next point release of Apple's mobile operating system is shaping up to be one of the most important yet, with a slew of new features that help users sleep, keep their sensitive data under wraps, and get a better overview of their health coming in iOS 9.3.

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10:58
Apple Introduces New 'Night Shift' Feature...

Apple's latest beta, iOS 9.3, brings quite a few changes to iOS 9, including a new "Night Shift" feature. Night Shift is designed to cut down on the amount of blue light an iOS device is putting out during the evening hours, based on studies that have demonstrated that blue light can negatively impact sleep by altering the body's circadian rhythm.

With Night Shift mode enabled, when the sun goes down, the iPhone's screen will automatically change towards the warmer (yellower) colors in the spectrum, reducing blue light. In the morning, the display automatically turns to its normal temperature color, mimicking natural daylight.

Many people who use f.lux on the Mac are likely already familiar with the type of visual changes to expect with Night Shift mode. f.lux is an app that has been available for free on the Mac for several years, successfully cutting down on the amount of blue light that users see at night.

In fact, f....

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10:52
Photos: With tvOS 9.2, Apple TV adds Podcasts app,...

With the new Apple TV tvOS 9.2 beta, Apple has added a whole host of new features to the tvOS platform. This includes support for pairing Bluetooth keyboards, Folders organisation for apps on the home screen, a new App Switcher UI and a native Apple Podcasts app.

There are also some enhancements to Siri and other improvements. Apple has added support for two new Siri languages: US Spanish and French Canadian. More images after the break …

When moving app icons, you can now drag and drop apps into Folders just like on...

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10:50
iOS 9.3 for iPad adds multi-user support for...

The forthcoming release of iOS 9.3 will add a number of new iPad features focused on the education market, including multi-user support and a new dedicated Classroom app.

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10:38
iOS 9.3 adds Night Mode, upgraded Health, Notes...

Besides a new suite of enhancements for educational uses, Apple’s upcoming iOS 9.3 release, which went into beta this morning, adds several consumer-facing features. Apple highlights these on a website previewing the update. Notably, the update adds a system-wide Night Mode that uses the device’s time and location to present certain colors around the software optimized for darker environments:

Many studies have shown that exposure to bright blue light in the evening can affect your circadian rhythms and make it harder to fall asleep. Night Shift uses your iOS device’s clock and geolocation to determine when it’s sunset in your location. Then it automatically...

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10:37
Vote for Your Favorite Mac Personal Information...

What do you use for note-taking, snippet-keeping, and all around personal information management on the Mac? Vote for your favorite app in our poll this week, and we’ll report on the results next week.

 

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10:33
iOS 9.3 & watchOS 2.2 betas add ability to pair...

In a potential sign that new Apple Watch hardware could be around the corner, Apple's newly released iOS 9.3 beta gives developers the ability to pair multiple Apple Watches with an iPhone.

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10:29
iOS 9.3 adds multi-user support for iPads in schools...

Apple is rolling out a lot of new features with iOS 9.3, which just hit beta. Most notably, for students a single iPad can now be shared amongst multiple people. This means that each student can log in and access their own personal data. Multi-user support has been a big request for iPad owners for some time, and it seems Apple is finally answering the call … at least for the education market.

Apple is also launching a new Classroom app. This is a digital teaching assistant app, which can present quizzes, load AirPlay content onto an Apple TV and much more.

There is also the addition of bulk Apple ID creation, which should help schools get up...

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10:12
Apple Seeds First OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan Beta to...

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan update to developers for testing purposes, just over one month after releasing the second OS X El Capitan update, OS X 10.11.2. OS X 10.11.3 is also in testing and has been provided to developers and public beta testers.

The new OS X 10.11.4 beta can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center.

It is not known what improvements the fourth update to OS X El Capitan will bring, but like prior updates, it's likely to focus on security enhancements, performance improvements, and bug fixes to address issues have been discovered since the release of OS X 10.11.2 and were not able to be included in the OS X 10.11.3 beta.

We'll update this post with any changes that are discovered in the beta.

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10:10
Apple releases first iOS 9.3, OS X 10.11.4, tvOS 9.2...

Apple has just released the first beta versions of new software updates for each of its platforms: iOS, OS X, tvOS, and watchOS. iPhone and iPad get iOS 9.3 beta 1, the Mac gets El Capitan 10.11.4 beta 1, Apple TV can test tvOS 9.2 beta 1, and Apple Watch users can try watchOS 2.2 beta. Interestingly, iOS 9.2.1 and OS X 10.11.3 are both still in beta so we’re seeing multiple betas running at the same time.

And alongside the latest beta release of tvOS, Apple is giving developers the ability to view stats from their Apple TV apps via App Analytics in iTunes Connect. “ In addition to seeing data on product page views, downloads, and engagement, you can also see how many iOS users acquired with your marketing campaigns opened the same...

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10:07
Addonics announces High Density Removable Disk Array...

Addonics Technologies (www.addonics.com) has announced the $75.95 Addonics 2.5 inch Disk Array, a high density removable hard drive system that allows you to install up to six 2.5 inch SATA/ hard drives or SSD’s into one standard 5.25-inch drive bay.

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10:07
Apple Seeds First Beta of tvOS 9.2 to Developers

Apple today provided developers with the first beta of an upcoming update to tvOS, the operating system that runs on the fourth-generation Apple TV and powers its built-in App Store. Today's tvOS beta comes just over one month after the release of tvOS 9.1, the first update to tvOS since it was released in October alongside the new Apple TV.

tvOS betas are more difficult to install than beta updates for iOS and OS X. Installing the tvOS beta requires the Apple TV to be connected to a computer with a USB-C to USB-A cable, with the software downloaded and installed via iTunes.

We don't know what's included in the new version of tvOS, but it's likely to bring expanded features, bug fixes, and performance improvements to Apple's youngest operating system.

The first tvOS update, tvOS 9.1, introduced Siri support for Apple Music, allowing the personal assistant to play content from Apple...

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10:06
Apple Seeds First watchOS 2.2 Beta to Developers

Apple today seeded the first version of an upcoming watchOS 2.2 update to developers, just over a month after releasing the first major update (watchOS 2.1) to watchOS 2, the operating system that runs on the Apple Watch.

The 2.2 beta can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on an iPhone running the iOS 9.3 beta by going to General --> Software update. To install the update, the Apple Watch must have 50 percent battery, it must be placed on the Apple Watch charger, and it must be in range of the iPhone.

It is not yet clear what is included in watchOS 2.2, but it's likely to include bug fixes and performance improvements for issues discovered since the release of watchOS 2.1. It may also include new features to enhance the performance of the Apple Watch.

The first major update to watchOS 2, ...

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10:05
Apple issues first betas for iOS 9.3, tvOS 9.2,...

Apple on Monday dropped a deluge of new software updates for testers, with new beta releases for its iOS, tvOS, watchOS and Mac OS X platforms now available to download.

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10:05
Apple Seeds First Beta of iOS 9.3 to Developers

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming iOS 9.3 update to developers for testing purposes.

The iOS 9.3 beta is available for download immediately from the Apple Developer Center, and a public beta is likely to be available in the near future. With iOS 9.3, developers can also download the update over-the-air using the new iOS 9.3 Configuration Profile.

There have been no hints about what might be included in iOS 9.3, but as a major .1 update, it’s likely to include new features and operating system tweaks that improve performance. As with all iOS updates, it will undoubtedly include a long list of bug fixes to address problems found since the release of iOS 9.2. We will update this post with any changes that are discovered in the beta.

What's new in iOS 9.3:

Apple Watch - With iOS 9.3 and watchOS 2.2, the iPhone is able to pair with more than one Apple Watch. Both updates are required,...

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10:04
Tesla limits autopilot in Model S

The function will now be restricted on residential roads or roads without a center divider, meaning the car cannot drive faster than the speed limit maximum plus five miles (8 km) per hour.

I don’t know how I feel about this whole thing. On one hand they are keeping if off the freeways, but the residential areas is where kids play, right?

When Autopilot launched in October, Musk cautioned the hotly anticipated function was in beta mode, or a test phase of development, with full ‘hands-off’ driving not recommended.

Is this really the type of technology we want to launch in beta mode?

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09:56
BusyMac: Take control of your calendar and contacts...

Take control of your calendar and contacts in 2016 with BusyMac’s Two-for-One New Year’s resolution offer. Get BusyCal and BusyContacts together for only $49.99 — that’s two award-winning apps for the price of one!

BusyCal and BusyContacts are ideal for those who want more power and flexibility than the built-in Calendar and Contacts apps on OS X have to offer. BusyCal and BusyContacts are compatible with iCloud, Google and Exchange, and integrate seamlessly to form an easy to use solution for managing all of your contacts and activities.

Organize your calendar and contacts this new year and save $49.99 with this limited time Two-for-One offer from BusyMac!

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09:20
Carl Zeiss's low-profile smart lens is the anti...

This innovative smart optics system will lead to smart glasses that look...well, normal.

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09:08
External Link: Apple’s 2015 Report Card

Jason Snell of Six Colors surveyed 24 Apple experts, including our own Adam and Tonya Engst, Rich Mogull, and Josh Centers, to get a sense of how Apple did in 2015. The grades that Apple earned were: A for the iPhone, environmental and social issues, and overall hardware quality; B+ for the iPad; B for the Apple TV and Mac; C+ for software reliability and quality; C for the Apple Watch; C-/D+ for cloud services; and D for developer relations and HomeKit. Head over to Six Colors to read the full report, including our comments.

 

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09:07
9to5Toys Last Call: 13,000mAh Battery Pack $25,...

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09:00
The Office Small Business Academy series debuts...

What is your business resolution for the New Year? Whether you want to master the art of management, grow your social media presence or get the most out of technology, be sure to watch the first episode of Office Small Business Academy.

The Office Small Business Academy is a new monthly webcast series created for small business owners as a source of ideas, inspiration and smarter ways of running a business. It features experts and analysts with accessible, real-world advice, ready to be put to use by entrepreneurs, creative professionals, techies and leaders who’d rather be the boss than work for one.

This month, we sit down with entrepreneurial experts for a reality check and some timely inspiration.

  • CNBC’s Carol Roth discusses how to build your best business plan and gives some sound advice to those considering the path of...
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09:00
What’s new: December 2015

Improvements to Office 365 kept flowing through the holiday season, bringing even more value to Office 365. The new Skype for Business for Android is here! The Power Pivot data model in Excel 2016 got smart rename support and Access 2016 Runtime became available. For business, the popular First Release program added more services, the Office 365 Compliance Center became the Office 365 Protection Center, Office 365 Advanced eDiscovery arrived and the Office 365 Planner preview started rolling out. To help you schedule meetings faster, there’s a new Outlook add-in called FindTime. The big news for developers is the availability on GitHub of Matter Center, an Office 365 Add-in and SharePoint-based document collaboration solution designed to increase productivity for legal professionals.

Leave us a comment to let us know what your favorite new feature is. If you missed last month’s updates, see...

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09:00
Xcode 7.3 beta Now Available

Xcode 7.3 beta Now Available

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09:00
iOS 9.3 beta Now Available

iOS 9.3 beta Now Available

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09:00
tvOS 9.2 beta Now Available

tvOS 9.2 beta Now Available

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09:00
watchOS 2.2 beta Now Available

watchOS 2.2 beta Now Available

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09:00
OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 beta Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 beta Now Available

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09:00
Apple Configurator 2.2 beta Now Available

Apple Configurator 2.2 beta Now Available

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09:00
Xcode 7.3 beta Now Available

Xcode 7.3 beta Now Available

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09:00
iOS 9.3 beta Now Available

iOS 9.3 beta Now Available

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09:00
tvOS 9.2 beta Now Available

tvOS 9.2 beta Now Available

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09:00
watchOS 2.2 beta Now Available

watchOS 2.2 beta Now Available

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09:00
OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 beta Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 beta Now Available

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09:00
Apple Configurator 2.2 beta Now Available

Apple Configurator 2.2 beta Now Available

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09:00
How Ford's self-driving car uses Velodyne LiDAR...

A self-driving car needs to see the world around it. LiDAR leads the way on Ford's autonomous research vehicle, mapping the surroundings in 3-D.

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08:45
"Steve Jobs" picks up two Golden Globes

While the Danny Boyle film Steve Jobs hasn't exactly been a box-office smash, the movie has received critical acclaim since its first showing at the Telluride Film Festival in 2015. Last night, the movie was honored with two Golden Globe awards.

Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, who decided to show the life of Steve Jobs in three acts -- three different product introductions -- won the Best Screenplay award. Kate Winslet, who played Joanna Hoffman in a highly-fictionalized role (she's shown as being behind the scenes at all of the product introductions when she was not), won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.

Other nominations for Golden Globes fell flat, however. Michael Fassbender lost out to Leonardo DiCaprio for the Best Actor award, and Daniel Pemberton's score didn't win the Best Original Score award. The movie was not nominated for either Best Director or Best Motion Picture.

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08:38
Default Folder X 5.0

Major update to the Open and Save dialog enhancement utility adds full support for OS X 10.11 El Capitan and more. ($34.95 new, free update, 10.6 MB)

 

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08:37
Apple Music creeps up on Spotify with 10 million...

Apple Music is quickly gaining ground on Spotify, Cupertino’s main rival in its quest to dominate streaming music. Apple’s service has reportedly racked up 10 million paying subscribers in the six months since its launch. It took Spotify six years to reach that watershed.

As of June 2015, Spotify officially had 20 million premium listeners, though recent reports peg that number closer to 25 million, and the company has more than 75 million users total—including those using the ad-supported version of the service. Apple Music doesn’t offer a freemium option.

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08:34
Behind the Scenes at CES


CES surprised me again this year. For a show that comes too early in the year for most buyers and companies, it still stood out as having some truly amazing things. It will be remembered for showcasing the birth of personal flight vehicles, along with a Tesla-beating car, and Ford showing how it could do what Apple couldn't.
Surprises ranged from the return of a tech icon and the return of an iconic brand to a smart blender, and to a mystery phone that everyone was talking about but no one seemed to see.

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08:25
Thunderbolt 3, USB Type-C ports becoming more...

Thunderbolt 3 and USB Type-C look like they’re making their way from the Mac to high-end PCs.

Where Thunderbolt 3 is concerned, the port is suddenly beginning to show up in high-end offerings from just about every major PC OEM, starting with some Lenovo workstation laptops and Dell’s new XPS lineup and continuing in laptops and convertibles from HP, Acer, Intel, and others.

Over at CES, both Thunderbolt 3 and USB Type-C seem to be getting noticed, driving displays and charging notebooks on assorted display units throughout the convention.

“It’s a combination of the USB Type-C interface that can provide a lot of flexibility and then the throughput that it provides,” Kevin Sather, director of systems marketing at Razer, told Ars. “It’s just such an...

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08:16
1Password for iOS adds 3D Touch shortcuts, new...

AgileBits has updated its popular login manager app 1Password to include new features for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus as well as other security and function enhancements for all users. 1Password 6.2 for iOS adds 3D Touch quick actions from the Home screen icon plus Peek and Pop for previewing items within the app. Pressing the app icon firmly on the latest iPhone models lets you quickly search for items, jump to your favorited passwords, or create new entries. Once you open the app, 3D Touch lets you preview items and swipe up to access popular functions like copying usernames and passwords or opening the 1Browser within the app. There are also a few...

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08:15
Dreamscope: Turning pictures into art

One of my favorite photography apps for years has been Waterlogue ($2.99) from Tinrocket, an amazing app that takes images from your Photos library and then "paints" them as watercolor paintings. The result is gorgeous. But what if you wanted your photo to look more like a painting by Picasso, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Duchamp or in the style of Edvard Munch's The Scream? There's an app for that now: Dreamscope (free, universal) can apply any one of a huge number of filters to your favorite image to give it a different look.

The app is really a bit different. Rather than doing all of the processing right in the app, Dreamscope uploads your image and choice of filter to an online service where it is manipulated for about three minutes. That image is then available not only to you, but to everyone else...

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08:11
Channels App Adds Live TV to the Apple TV’s...

The tvOS Channels app works with popular over-the-air broadcast tuners to let you view live television on your fourth-generation Apple TV. Couple that with streaming apps and a mix of other software for recording live TV and you can build a complete solution for watching all types of television programming within the Apple TV

 

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08:09
AT&T offers unlimited data plan, albeit bundled...

Further proving the wireless calling plan policies take more dramatic plot twists than a Telemundo soap opera, AT&T will be launching a brand new version of unlimited data tomorrow.

Pricing for the plan begins at $100 a month for a single line, plus $40 for each additional line. Unfortunately, the caveats is that you need to be a DirecTV or U-Verse subscriber to even be eligible, which of course adds to the cost if you don’t already have a subscription.

AT&T, which is clearly leveraging its recent acquisition of DirecTV, is looking to bundle the service together with the calling plan. While the plan itself doesn’t bundle in specific home TV packages, it’s designed to work hand-in-hand with DirecTV and U-verse’s out-of-home streaming apps. It just...

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07:33
Aaron Sorkin wins Best Screenplay Golden Globe for...

There’s a jarring dissonance between Sorkin’s obvious skills as a writer and the way his movie was perceived by people in the Applesphere.

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07:28
Six Colors: The 2015 Apple Report Card

Interesting results, from iPhone at the very top to HomeKit at the very bottom. Interestingly, reports back from CES say that the Internet of Things marketplace is a real mess with five different competing standards. It’s no surprise that HomeKit is ranked so poorly.

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07:17
AT&T brings back unlimited wireless data plans,...

AT&T is bringing back an unlimited data plan—but not for all wireless subscribers. Starting Tuesday, DirecTV and U-Verse customers will have the opportunity to pay $100 per month for a single line of unlimited data, talk, and text on AT&T’s network. Additional phones will cost $40 per line, and if you add four smartphones you’ll get the fourth line for free after the first two months.

You can add a tablet as well for $40 per month, or you can opt for a $10 monthly charge and limit the tablet to just 1GB of data per month. Overages on the $10 option are a killer, however, as every gigabyte after that will set you back $15.

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07:12
AT&T brings back unlimited data plans, but there...

If you’re feeling jealous of any friends grandfathered into an existing AT&T unlimited data plan (especially since ‘unlimited’ was redefined from ‘5GB before throttling kicks in’ to ’22GB before throttling if congested’), the company has good news: it is  launching a brand new version of unlimited data tomorrow.

Pricing starts at $100/month for a single line, plus $40 for each individual line. Unfortunately, there’s bad news too. As The Verge notes, there are some pretty big catches – the biggest of which is that you need...

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07:08
Audi targets the moon with lunar rover

Audi's lunar rover debuted at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on January 11, 2016.

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07:07
Google vs Authors

Richard Russo wrote an essay for Medium on Google Books and an author’s viewpoint. As an author myself, I’ve got my own viewpoint. Read on for details.

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07:00
Default Folder X 5.0 delivers El Capitan...

St. Clair Software has announced Default Folder X 5.0 (http://www.stclairsoft.com/DefaultFolderX/index.html), an upgrade to the utility for Mac OS X. Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications.

It provides fast navigation to your files, convenient previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more. Default Folder X's custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips.Version 5.0 delivers compatibility with El Capitan and new and improved features.

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06:57
Aaron Sorkin & Kate Winslet pick up Golden...

The Danny Boyle biopic Steve Jobs picked up two awards during the Golden Globes on Sunday, including Best Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin, and Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for Kate Winslet.

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06:55
PopChar X 7.4 supports Apple Color Emoji flags with...

Ergonis Software has revved PopChar X, its OS X tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts, to version 7.4.

Version 7.4 adds support for the flags available in the Apple Color Emoji font, which have been added in OS X 10.10.3, comes with fine-tuned metrics adjustments for certain fonts, and offers further enhancements. It’s compatible with OS X 10.6 or higher.

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06:48
Sync for Mac OS X revved to version 2.0

DevStorm Apps has developed DSync 2.0, an update to their file synchronization software developed exclusively for Mac OS X.

The app integrates nicely with OS X 10.7 and higher, allowing you to select cloud folders in addition to local and network folders. Advanced algorithms in the latest version streamlines synchronizing large folders with many files, according to the folks at DevStorm Apps.

Sync costs $9.99. A demo is available for download (http://devstorm-apps.com/dsync/).

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06:45
New 4-Inch 'iPhone 5e' Could Feature A8...

Chinese website cnBeta [Google Translate] is the latest source to claim Apple will release a new 4-inch iPhone early this year. The blog, citing Foxconn sources, shared many new details about the so-called "iPhone 5e" that we have broken down for comparison against previous 4-inch iPhone rumors below.

iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, both released in 2013

  • "iPhone 5e" vs. "iPhone 6c"

    Apple's next-generation 4-inch iPhone has been given several names, including "iPhone 6c," "iPhone 7c" and "iPhone 5s Mark II," but this is the first report where it has been called "iPhone 5e."

    The website claims "iPhone 5e" will represent an "enhanced" iPhone 5s and...

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    06:37
    Belgian ruling increases likelihood that AAPL’s...

    The European Commission has ruled that tax breaks offered by Belgium to multinational companies are illegal, and that the companies concerned must pay the full rate of tax due in the country, reports VentureBeat. This follows similar decisions in Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

    While none of these rulings directly impact Apple, they do make it look extremely likely that the Commission will reach the same decision in Ireland, where Apple pays just 2.5% corporation tax instead of the normal 12.5%.

    The Irish government offered Apple the special deal in order to encourage the company to choose the country as its European headquarters. The European...

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    06:30
    Poll: Do you want a thinner iPhone 7 at the expense...

    If all the recent reports turn out to be true, it looks like Apple might actually ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack for the next-generation iPhone later this year. It’s been a long-time coming, not just since Apple started preparing for the transition with audio over Lightning for headphone makers a couple years back, but also since wireless Bluetooth headphones have become good enough in recent years to replace wired solutions that rely on the 3.5mm jack we’ve used for the last century or so.

    Apple is no stranger to being first to ditch old technologies while ushering in the new (think floppy drive, optical drives, and everything on the new 12-inch MacBook, as a few examples...

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    06:19
    Medieval II: Total War coming to the Mac via Steam...

    Feral Interactive says Medieval II: Total War Collection (http://tinyurl.com/z6halef) will be released on Steam for both Mac and Linux on Jan. 14. Developed by Creative Assembly, it was published by SEGA for Windows in 2006.

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    06:13
    Apple: we’ve been underestimating the number of News...

    Apple’s News app has attracted more than 100 publishing partners worldwide since launching last September, but neither media companies nor Apple know how many people are reading, according to The Wall Street Journal (http://tinyurl.com/z33tf8p).

    News compiles articles you've expressed interest in from several sites.  Stories are pulled from a range of sources, from top news organizations to indie publications. Stories are chosen for you based on what you like to read. Apple says that the more you use News, the better it gets at picking out just what you’ll want to see. Apple allows publishers to keep 100% of revenue when they sell their own ads into the app; they keep 70% of ad revenue if Apple sells ads on their behalf.

    However, Apple has mistakenly has been underestimating the number of readers using the News app since its launch, and passing that inaccurate information on to publishers,...

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    06:13
    Apple working on iOS-to-Android migration tool -...

    Apple is reportedly in the process of developing on a new software application that would make it easier for iOS users to make the move to Android, transferring personal data more quickly from Apple's operating system to Google's.

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    06:11
    Unlikely report claims upcoming 4-inch hardware will...

    An unlikely report from Chinese site MyDrivers accompanied by an even unlikelier-looking graphic claims that Apple’s new 4-inch phone will not be named the iPhone 6c, as expected, but will instead be dubbed the iPhone 5e. The letter ‘e’ supposedly stands for ‘enhanced.’

    Now, the latest news shows, this new machine might be called iPhone 5e (I did not expect), as the letter “e” represents enhanced [referring to] the addition of Apple Pay, NFC and VoLTE Features.

    The report also claims that the spec of the phone will be lower than previously rumored, having an A8 processor and 1GB RAM rather than the expected A9 and 2GB. This would essentially give it the same internals as the latest iPod touch …

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    06:06
    Apple’s 31st and 32nd retail stores in China will...

    Apple will launch two more Chinese stores this Saturday, the first in Nanjing and the second in Guangzhou, both at 10 a.m. local time, reports AppleInsider. This will bring the total number of retail stores in the country to 32.

    The Nanjing outlet will be based in the IST shopping mall in the city's Xuanwu District. In Guangzhou, the Apple store will be located in the Parc Central retail block in the Tianhe District. The stores will be open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

    The company's 30th Chinese store was...

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    05:57
    WSJ: Apple News app passing inaccurate numbers to...

    An embarrassing hiccough that Apple News did not need.

    ∞ Read this on The Loop

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    05:47
    Burberry brings app to Apple TV with live fashion...

    Burberry brings a new app to Apple TV that combines live fashion shows with other content.

    ∞ Read this on The Loop

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    05:42
    Brean Capital maintains $170 target for Apple stock...

    As shares of Apple remain under $100 after recent losses, Brean Capital is standing by its $170 price target, predicting the iPhone will outperform lowered Wall Street expectations in 2016.

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    05:38
    ∞ Chevy commercial features Apple CarPlay

    A new commercial for the 2016 Chevy Malibu features a short mention of Apple CarPlay that starts at about 1:01 into the video shown below. This video is a longer version than the one that aired this weekend, but the Apple CarPlay mention here is exactly the same as the one that aired.

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    05:33
    How I Remember David Bowie
    05:31
    Screenshot shows Facebook building Messenger for Mac

    If true, always good to see major Mac projects.

    ∞ Read this on The Loop

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    05:25
    ∞ David Bowie dies at 69

    Sad, sad, day.

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    05:00
    Best frenemies: How Ford SYNC 3 works with Android...

    When it comes to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Ford's SYNC 3 infotainment system has kept it classy. Ford couldn't have enjoyed seeing these two upstart smartphone interfaces gain traction, especially after the years and money Ford spent developing SYNC.

    But instead of telling the kids to stay off the lawn, Ford's recent upgrade to SYNC 3 actually embraces both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, if perhaps like frenemies. At CES, Ford's Casey Feldman showed us how SYNC 3 will know when you've connected an Android phone or iPhone and defer its own features to those available through your mobile device. You set those preferences within SYNC 3. 

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    04:59
    Apple's new 4-inch handset rumored to be named...

    Supply chain scuttlebutt over a new 4-inch iPhone continues to accumulate, with the latest rumors suggesting Apple will name its revamped handset the "iPhone 5e," with the letter 'e' potentially signifying that it is an 'enhanced' version of the iPhone 5s.

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    04:58
    Apple now opening four new Apple Stores in China...

    Apple is looking very comfortably on-track for its goal of 40 retail stores in China by October as it has announced that two more stores will open this month. That will bring the total in China to 32, four of them opening this month alone …

    First up, on January 16, will be Apple’s second store in Nanjing, this one in the IST mall at 100 Zhongshan Road in the Xuanwu District. Apple also has a flagship store in Shanghai on the East Nanjing Road. This will be followed on January 28 by the company’s first store in...

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    04:30
    Cowboy up with the Sena Magnetic Holster for the...

    I've tried holster cases for the iPhone in the past and found that they would often pop off my belt if I bent over just so. However, that's not been a problem with the US$49.95 Sena Magnetic Holster for the iPhone 6s/6s Plus from Sena. This means it's the only holster case that I use regularly with my iPhone 6s Plus. 

    The Magnetic Holster accommodates the smartphone with or without a thin snap-one case attached. However, the iPhone fits in VERY snugly, so it's going to have to be a paper slim snap-on case. I recommend using the Sena holster with an iPhone with only a screen protector applied

    The Magnetic Holster offers quick access to all ports. It has a soft velvet lining with a light protective layer, a full top flap with magnetic closure, and a belt clip for positioning along the waist. 

    As with all Sena products, it's hand-crafted from high quality, full grain, Italian leather. If you need quick access to your iPhone...

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    04:11
    Aaron Sorkin and Kate Winslet pick up Golden Globes...

    The movie Steve Jobs last night won two of the four Golden Globes awards for which it was nominated. Aaron Sorkin picked up the award for Best Screenplay, and Kate Winslet won Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role. However, Michael Fassbender lost out to Leonardo DiCaprio in Best Performance by an Actor. Daniel Pemberton, who wrote the score for the movie, was also beaten by Ennio Morricone for The Hateful Eight.

    Fassbender being beaten to the best actor award by DiCaprio had a certain degree of irony: DiCaprio had...

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    04:05
    Kool Tools: Phoenix 2.1 for Mac OS X

    Software and Computer System Company’s (http://scsc-online.com) Phoenix, an operating system tool for Mac OS X, allows users to clone volumes, create emergency boot volumes, and attempt to recover data from drives and SSDs with bad blocks.

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    04:00
    Many music streaming consumers would pay more for...

    According to the Japanese language website Mac Otakara — as noted by MacRumors — Apple is preparing to offer higher-quality audio streaming in 2016. If so, the time is right for such a move.

    According to a new research study presented last week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) by MusicWatch, a company providing consumer research for the music industry, there are an estimated 25 million U.S. consumers who value sound quality in music enough to pay for it. They also feel that current quality from music on mobile devices is “not good enough,” which is important because 67 percent of music streamers listen on their smartphones.

    “Consumers who value sound quality and are willing to pay for a premium experience are younger, more affluent and much more engaged in music buying and listening, which makes them a perfect target group for the music...

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    04:00
    Exploring Asia's technology showcase is the...

    Given all the attention paid to the big names at CES—Samsung, Intel, and Oculus, to name just a few—smaller vendors inevitably get passed over. But you never know what sort of hidden gems you’ll find in the small region of the show devoted to China, Japan, and Southeast Asia.

    And let’s face it: No matter the name on the outside of the box, most likely the product within it has been manufactured by an Asian manufacturing firm. What I find more interesting is when those firms actually participate in the design phase. Years before the iPhone and Android, remember, the coolest phones appeared on Asian...

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    03:30
    The coolest camera gear of CES 2016

    Focus on cameras and photography gear

    Image by Thinkstock

    Most people nowadays snap pictures with a smartphone, but a stand-alone camera is still a vital tool with a big presence at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. Here’s the coolest camera gear from the show.

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    01:06
    Deals: Free Apple Super Drive and the lowest prices...

    Readers shopping for a 13" MacBook Air this week can not only save over 50% off AppleCare -- yielding the lowest prices anywhere for all available configurations with Apple's extended protection plans -- but also grab a free Apple Super Drive, free shipping and no sales tax in 48 states with each other.

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    00:29
    Glitch Caused Apple to Underestimate Apple News...

    Publishers who have been offering their content on Apple News have been receiving incorrect usage statistics from Apple due to an internal glitch that caused the company to miscalculate the number of people using the service, Eddy Cue told The Wall Street Journal in a statement this evening.

    According to Cue, Apple has been underestimating the number of readers using the News app since it launched alongside iOS 9 in September. The problem went under the radar because Apple was busy working on improving other aspects of the service. Apple doesn't know how exactly many people are using the News app, but the company is working to fix the problem."We're in the process of fixing that now, but our numbers are lower than reality," [Cue] said. "We don't know what the right number is," but he added that it...

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    00:15
    Don't call Alto Tech's 'Cool Glass...

    Cool Glass offers nearly the same experience at a fraction of the price of Google Glass.

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    Sunday January 10

    23:52
    Apple has been undercounting Apple News traffic due...

    Apple on Sunday said it has been sharing erroneous iOS 9 News app usage statistics with publishing partners due to an unnoticed glitch, adding that it does not know exactly how many people are currently using the service.

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    22:04
    Behold the wackiest products from the Asian showcase...

    From wearable air conditioners to a standing desk that's also a hardcore PC, Mark Hachman found some weird, wild stuff in the Asian pavilions at CES 2016.

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    22:01
    Eddy Cue says Apple News glitch has been miscounting...

    It’s been an interesting day for user number stories out of Apple over the weekend. Early Sunday morning it was reported that Apple Music has reached 10 million paying subscribers, or half way to what Spotify currently claims, and a story published late Sunday night includes an interesting confession from Apple’s services guy Eddy Cue. The Apple exec told the WSJ that the company hasn’t been accurately counting the number of users actively using its new Apple News app.

    “We’re in the process of fixing that now, but our numbers are lower than reality,” he said. “We don’t know what the right number is,” but he added that it was better to undercount than overcount traffic.

    Despite the glitch, Mr. Cue said Apple is pleased with the product so far. He said...

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    22:00
    CBGB

    We really just stopped for chips and a Coke (everything carbonated was a Coke to me back then, being from the South). At the cash register, we thought that a cassette by a band called The Sex Pistols was about the funniest thing you could buy. I think we were 13 or 14 years old at the time. It was Nevermind the Bollocks. We started a band that week. Eventually, we all kinda’ lost interest (there wasn’t a Jody, but if there was he would have quit and got married).

    I now have drums in the basement again. But it has been a very long time since I played with an actual band, and a very, very long time since I penned an original song. But during that time, I’ve been lucky to see some pretty awesome shows. And some terrible ones. Few were as bad as whatever the name of the band was the first time I walked into CBGB in New York. Few beers were as watered down. And no bathroom has smelled as bad.

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    15:27
    Tesla hopes cars will drive themselves cross-country...

    Tesla only just introduced the ability to summon your car from its parking spot, but it already has much, much larger ambitions. Company chief Elon Musk is predicting that the Model S' just-introduced Summon feature will work anywhere within two yea...

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    15:10
    VW wants to fix emissions cheating with catalytic...

    Volkswagen has already promised to recall US vehicles caught up in its emissions cheating scandal, but how is it actually going to fix most of them? We now have a good idea. Bild, the Financial Times and Reuters all hear that VW is proposing the in...

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    14:30
    The Internet of Things looks to be more of the same...

    Despite analyst expectations that the so-called Internet of Things will generate as much as $1.2 billion in 2016, the Internet of Things appears to be continuing its same shark-jumping trajectory that we saw at last year's CES. Sure, there have been...

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    14:15
    A closer look at Cellrobot, the Voltron-like modular...

    When we first heard of Cellrobot, a device that can by customized by linking up to 100 separate bots, it seemed like a genuinely cool idea. You could, for example, snap two wheels onto a Cellrobot to make it drive around, or join several together to...

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    14:00
    Say hello to Panasonic's invisible TV

    Often one of the biggest eyesores in an otherwise impeccable living room is the large black expanse of a TV. Panasonic could have a solution for that, however, in the form of transparent displays. The company showed off the tech at CES 2016 in a mock...

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    13:35
    The story behind Master & Dynamic's mix of...

    Master & Dynamic's latest headphones, the wireless over-ear MW60s, may have been announced ahead of CES, but that didn't stop me from getting the story behind the excellent aesthetics. I sat down with CEO Jonathan Levine to find out why design is...

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    12:59
    Intel-powered hard hat could help contractors of the...

    A few days ago, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich introduced DAQRI founder Brian Mullins to demonstrate a brand new Intel-powered augmented reality hard hat which looks very much like a Robocop helmet. The helmet has AR vision, so you can easily see how to re...

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    12:02
    2016 is the year CES became the high-tech auto show

    Cars have been a part of CES for a while. But they've always been a bit of an afterthought, pushed to the back corners of the north hall behind the iPhone cases. The last few years though, the automotive industry has undergone a renaissance of innova...

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    11:01
    Cord cutters can have DVRs with multiroom and...

    Most of the developments in DVRs are for people who still have cable or aren't bothered by paying a monthly fee -- see the new TiVo Bolt and Dish Network's new Hopper 3 -- but what about cord cutters? Three new Funai-built, Magnavox-branded DVRs due...

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    Thursday January 7

    13:19
    About the security content of QuickTime 7.7.9

    This document describes the security content of QuickTime 7.7.9.

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    Friday December 11

    19:59
    Apple security updates

    This document outlines security updates for Apple products.

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    18:44
    About the security content of Security Update 2015-...

    This document describes the security content of Security Update 2015-006 Yosemite.

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    11:56
    About the security content of iTunes 12.3.2

    This document describes the security content of iTunes 12.3.2.

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    Tuesday December 8

    10:24
    About the security content of watchOS 2.1

    This document describes the security content of watchOS 2.1.

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    09:59
    About the security content of Safari 9.0.2

    This document describes the security content of Safari 9.0.2.

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    09:57
    About the security content of iOS 9.2

    This document describes the security content of iOS 9.2.

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    09:56
    About the security content of OS X El Capitan 10.11....

    This document describes the security content of OS X El Capitan 10.11.2 and Security Update 2015-008.

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    09:53
    About the security content of tvOS 9.1

    This document describes the security content of tvOS 9.1.

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    09:51
    About the security content of Xcode 7.2

    This document describes the security content of Xcode 7.2.

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    06:10
    Use HomeKit-enabled accessories with your iPhone,...

    With HomeKit, you can use your iOS device to control any of the "Works with Apple HomeKit" accessories that you have in your home.

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    Friday December 4

    05:52
    Ep.2 – Thang

    We’re trying to keep a good pace with these, and this week we have a little game: every time one of us says ‘thing’, take a drink. Thanks to Peter Bukowinski for the new artwork, and Tiki for the sound effects. It’s a dip of a toe into Windows gigs past!
    Without further ado, referenced items:

    @mikeymikey gave it a listen and Penny said "is that daddy? Turn him off I don't understand him" your adoring public, age 4

    — lynne lynn (@lynneMlynn) November 19, 2015

    Piker’s updates’
    Hopper Dissassembler
    IDA
    MacMule GitHub
    You Sunk My Scrabbleship!...

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    Tuesday December 1

    10:49
    Apple Web Server notifications

    This article provides credit to people who have reported potential security issues in Apple's web servers.

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    Thursday November 19

    05:30
    Brand New Season, Wrong Ocean

    It’s great to be back. You’re not deceived, this is the AFP548 Podcast feed, but we’re piggybacking on it with a new title and format. If you’d like to submit art for our new branding, please let us know through the channels discussed in the episode. (Thanks to Graham Gilbert for choosing the episode title, and Aaron Lippincott, as always, for mastering.)

    References/Links:
    https://github.com/google/macops/tree/master/packages
    https://blogs.dropbox.com/dropbox/2014/12/dropbox-lands-in-seattle/
    https://twitter.com/mikeymikey
    https://twitter.com/Aweiland/status/664869505726676992
    https://...

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    Monday November 16

    15:12
    About the security content of iOS 8.4

    This document describes the security content of iOS 8.4.

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    15:11
    About the security content of OS X Yosemite v10.10.4...

    This document describes the security content of OS X Yosemite v10.10.4 and Security Update 2015-005.

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    Tuesday January 13

    15:50
    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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    12:32
    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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    12:24
    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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    12:04
    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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    10:34
    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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    09:59
    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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    09:23
    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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    09:16
    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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    09:07
    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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    08:15
    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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    08:08
    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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    07:52
    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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    07:37
    iPhone Apps: IMDb, New Words With Friends, Duolingo
    06:52
    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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    04:33
    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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    03:49
    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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    01:11
    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

    23:03
    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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    19:58
    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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    15:42
    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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    13:59
    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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    11:20
    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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    10:53
    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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    10:11
    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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    09:50
    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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    08:20
    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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    07:18
    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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    06:58
    Apps: AppDelete, NetShade, FotoMagico
    01:06
    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

    23:53
    Apple opens Games For Kids section of App Store over...

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