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Friday February 5

12:00
Skier's iPhone video experiment produces...

At this point in time, one of the Holy Grails of action videography is the ability to have a drone follow a subject like a skier or bicyclist while panning around the subject. Skier Nicolas Vuignier spent almost two years coming up with his own method of getting those follow-along action videos without using a drone -- in fact, he just used an iPhone 6 and what appears to be a handmade rig that lets him whip the phone around his head while using centrifugal force to keep the camera pointed at him. Using slo-mo, the affect is dreamlike:

In his notes on YouTube, Vuignier says that "no iPhones were harmed during the making of this video" and that he's working on a "making of" video that should be out soon.

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11:56
‘Star Wars’ as a Grindhouse Trailer

Ever sat around thinking about what Star Wars would be like if it had been a 70's grindhouse flick? Who hasn't, right? Well, now you can see for yourself, thanks to Mashable. They cut a trailer from Star Wars footage, added some horrific sound effects and an even worse voice over (that's perfect), that combine to give the film an all-new feel. If a trailer isn't enough for you, there's a full grindhouse edit out there that's unrelated to the Mashable effort.


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11:42
Vaio's Phone Biz to Test Windows 10's...


Vaio on Wednesday announced Phone Biz, a Windows 10 mobile phone. The device doesn't have a SIM, leaving users free to select their own carriers. It lets users easily access corporate apps, Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Exchange, as well as the Azure cloud, according to Vaio. The OS is synced with the latest version of Windows 10. Users can manage settings from the same Microsoft account as their PCs. The Phone Biz incorporates Microsoft's Continuum feature, which lets users connect phones to TVs or monitors.

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11:29
The iPad Pro and Apple Pencil Giveaway

I'm delighted to announce the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil Giveaway. It's for a 32GB iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil, and all you have to do to enter is register to receive our deal emails. It's that simple, so get on it! And good luck.


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11:12
Apple adds server API to CloudKit, unlocking new...

Apple has quietly added a server-side API to CloudKit, following an announcement on the developer news blog. This will enable developers to add a lot of functionality to apps powered by CloudKit, enabling developers to interact with the iCloud CloudKit database outside of user interaction with iOS, Mac or web apps. The web service API enables developers to run independent code on servers that can add, delete and modify records in the CloudKit stack.

Until now, interaction with CloudKit has been limited to the APIs Apple provided in apps. Although this was useful, it lacked the options for more advanced use — most modern apps rely on servers to perform tasks whilst users are away. With the addition of the...

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11:07
iPhone 6 users cite “Error 53” issue, Apple cracking...

Well, this is a royal mess.

A large number of iPhone 6 users are claiming that Apple’s latest operating system permanently disables the handset if it detects that a repair has been carried out by a non-Apple technician.

The issue, an “Error 53”, appears when the Touch ID button has been replaced by a “non-official” outfit or technician. The error, according to at least one report, “will kill your iPhone”.

The issue only comes to light when the latest version of Apple’s iPhone software, iOS 9, is installed. Indeed, the phone may have been working perfectly for weeks or months since a repair or being damaged.

Following installation of iOS 9, a growing number of people have watched in horror as their handset is rendered useless. Any photos or...

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10:52
XCOM 2 launches today worldwide with day-one Mac...

XCOM 2, a sequel to the popular XCOM game franchise’s original release, is launching today worldwide for both Mac and PC users, 2K and developer Firaxis announced.

The franchise has received a few releases and spin-offs for Mac and iOS in recent memory — and a refreshed version of the original XCOM: Enemy Unknown game in 2013 — but XCOM 2 is the first official sequel to the original 1994 XCOM: Enemy Unknown release. The game seems to be going over well with players with mostly 9 out of...

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10:47
Opinion: Apple should lead iOS feature adoption,...

There’s been a lot of conversation this week around the quality of Apple’s software and services, and yesterday’s brief App Store outage certainly didn’t help. It’s true that new services like Apple Music and iCloud Photo Library are improving but aren’t rock solid yet, but there are two things that currently sour the app experience for me.

First, Apple only does a so-so job of implementing new software features from operating system updates into their own apps. It’s too easy to rattle off a dozen examples. Second, major players like Facebook and YouTube don’t have first class apps that showcase new software features either, and this is where customers spend the most amount of time.

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10:41
This action-packed ski video was shot entirely on an...

With the advancement of compact camera technology, products like the GoPro have really taken off in terms of use in sports and other action-based activities. While the iPhone has almost always had one of the best mobile cameras, its adoption in those fields has been somewhat behind. Today, however, 25-year-old Nicolas Vuignier has shared an incredible video on YouTube showcasing himself skiing down a mountain in Sweden, with all of the footage being shot on an iPhone.

As you can see, this isn’t your normal shaky-cam ski video. This looks like it was shot with something a lot more professional than the iPhone. Throughout the video, Vuignier swings his iPhone around him...

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10:41
Rumor: Hulu could lose next-day streaming of TV shows

The Wall Street Journal reports that Time Warner is reportedly looking to buy 25% of Hulu's stock in an attempt to prevent the service from being able to stream current seasons of network and premium television.

The move is being done because the an American cable telecommunications company is worried that having access to next-day streaming will accelerate cord-cutting around the country, something that has become much more viable thanks to the various streaming services and devices like the Apple TV.

However, the WSJ also indicates that it’s not a condition for its investment. Even if they do purchase that equity share, they may not force Hulu to get rid of next-day streaming, the article adds.

When it comes to Time Warner, there are rumors that Apple wants to buy it....

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10:30
CloudKit Now Supports Server-to-Server Web Service...

In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key. Learn more about generating a server-to-server key and composing web service requests.

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10:30
CloudKit Now Supports Server-to-Server Web Service...

In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key. Learn more about generating a server-to-server key and composing web service requests.

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10:26
Apple to Supreme Court: You can Skip Samsung’s...

Apple doesn't think the U.S. Supreme Court needs to hear Samsung's appeal in their patent infringement fight, and said as much in documents filed on Thursday. Samsung is hoping to get the court to overturn a ruling that says it infringed on several Apple-owned mobile device patents.

The Mac Observer Spin: Samsung says letting the lower court's ruling stand will kill innovation, and Apple says there's no need for the Supreme Court to hear the case. I'm so ready for this patent infringement case to end.


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10:21
Apple Possibly Working With Energous on Extended...

Amid rumors that Apple is working on extended range wireless charging capabilities for future iPhones, there has been some speculation that Apple has partnered with Energous to implement the technology. Energous is the company behind WattUp, an emerging wireless charging technology that uses radio frequencies to charge devices from up to 15 feet away.

Though there's no concrete proof of a relationship between Energous and Apple, a new research report from Louis Basenese of Disruptive Tech Research highlights a large pool of circumstantial evidence pointing towards a potential...

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10:16
TMO Daily Observations 2016-02-05: Streaming the...

CBS is making it easy-and free-for anyone to watch the Super Bowl without needing a cable TV subscription or antenna. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about streaming the big game through the CBS Sports app for the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, plus they dive into why John thinks Apple has failed with Time Machine.


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10:07
Apple acknowledges 'Error 53' glitch, says...

Apple on Friday publicly acknowledged an unusual "Error 53" message, triggered by updating an iPhone 6 to iOS 9 or later after having the phone's Touch ID sensor fixed by an unofficial technician.

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10:03
Foxconn Chairman & Sharp President Shake Hands...

In July of 2012, Gou in his personal capacity acquired a 50% stake in Sharp's 10th-generation display panel plant situated in Sakai, a city in Osaka prefecture, at the cost of 66 billion yen (US$546.5 million). We reported in March 2015 that Foxconn was going to take a second run at acquiring Sharp but that the two sides couldn't find the right terms. Today it's being reported that Foxconn ...

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09:47
About the security content of iOS 9

This document describes the security content of iOS 9.

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09:45
About the security content of iOS 8.4.1

This document describes the security content of iOS 8.4.1.

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09:32
About the security content of Safari 9

This document describes the security content of Safari 9.

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09:30
9to5Toys Last Call: Apple iPhone 6 Plus leather case...

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08:55
Apple confirms iPhone-killing “Error 53,” says it’s...

For months, some iPhone users have been running into a mysterious bug called “Error 53,” which can render some newer handsets unusable. Now, Apple has chimed in with an explanation.

With Error 53, some iPhone 6 and 6s users have found that their handsets no longer work after an iOS update. Stranger still, Apple’s support site barely documents the problem, lumping it in with other error codes that appear to be more easily resolved. As reported last year by The Daily Dot’s Mike Wehner, the only fix for Error 53 is to send the phone back to Apple and get a replacement.

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08:41
Apple Universal Search function now covers Fox Now,...

Apple has boosted its Universal Search option on the fourth-gem Apple TV a bit.

The Universal Search feature allows users to find content across multiple apps and services using text or Siri voice search. At launch, universal search worked with iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and Showtime, but Apple promised to expand the feature to include additional content sources over time.

As of Thursday, the Universal Search feature now works with apps such as Fox Now, FXNOW and National Geographic. Apple also expanded universal search to include PBS and PBS Kids in January.

Universal search across iTunes, HBO GO, HBO NOW, Hulu, Netflix, PBS, PBS Kids, Showtime, Showtime Anytime, FOX NOW, FXNOW, and NAT GEO is limited to Apple TV users who are located in the...

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08:30
Mixpanel numbers show that iPhone 6 and newer models...

DATA VIA MIXPANEL

For developers who are trying to make best use of the powerful features built into the most recent models of iPhone, it's important to know just how many of those devices are in the wild. Mixpanel recently released some information showing that the iPhone 6 models (iPhone 6/6s/6 Plus/6s Plus) make up 61.41 percent of all of the iPhones in use.

Of the remainder, the iPhone 5s makes up a hefty 19.11 percent, showing that just over 80 percent of all iPhones in use have Touch ID installed. Whether or not every user is aware of that fact or uses Touch ID on a regular basis, it says a lot about the security of the iOS platform that 80 percent of the devices can benefit from biometric security.

Older iPhone 5 models -- the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c -- are used by another 13.53 percent of users. Just 5.93 percent are still using iPhone 4 models, and the tiny remainder -- 0.04 percent -- are making calls...

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08:29
iTunes Movie Trailers app gets iPad Pro display...

Apple today has updated its iTunes Movie Trailers application with support for the higher-resolution display of the iPad Pro. The general interface, movie posters, and video playback now appear properly on the larger display. Unfortunately, this video-oriented Apple app did not gain iOS 9’s split-screen or picture-in-picture support this time around. Apple says that the update however includes the usual performance and bug fixes. The app and update are free on the App Store.

Filed under: iOS Devices...

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08:27
Apple begins two new Apple Store iPhone incentive...

These could be two interesting moves on Apple’s part.

Apple is gearing up to launch a pair of new retail initiatives centered around the iPhone: an upgraded iPhone trade-in program for iPhones with damaged screens, cameras, or buttons, and a new program that allows Apple Retail Stores to install screen protectors on iPhones.

As of this week, Apple updated its Apple Store Reuse and Recycle iPhone trade-in program currently allows a customer to bring in an older iPhone model and trade it in for credit toward the purchase of a new iPhone model. The revised program will allow Apple Stores to give credit for iPhone 5s and iPhone 6/6 Plus units with damaged displays, cameras, and buttons within reason. Apple believes...

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08:26
Have Your iPhone 6 Repaired, Only To Get It Bricked...

New submitter Nemosoft Unv. writes: In case you had a problem with the fingerprint sensor or some other small defect on your iPhone 6 and had it repaired by a non-official (read: cheaper) shop, you may be in for a nasty surprise: error 53. What happens is that during an OS update or re-install the software checks the internal hardware and if it detects a non-Apple component, it will display an error 53 and brick your phone. Any photos or other data held on the handset is lost – and irretrievable. Thousands of people have flocked to forums to express their dismay at this. What's more insiduous is that the error may only appear weeks or months after the repair. Incredibly, Apple says this cannot be fixed by any hard- or software update, while it is clearly their software that causes the problem in the first place. And then you thought FTDI was being nasty ...

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08:23
11 top carry-on bags for tech-savvy travelers

Best carry-ons for techie road warriors

Image by Thinkstock

You pack just one bag, a wheeled carry-on, for a short business trip. It includes your laptop, tablet, smartphone, two days' worth of clothes and toiletries. But when you arrive at the airport gate, you're forced to check the carry-on.

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08:22
Apple Stores Roundup

A comprehensive tracker of Apple's retail stores around the world, including new, rumored, and renovated stores.
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08:18
Apple Patent Reveals Water Resistant Improvements...

In November 2015 we posted a report titled "Apple Working on waterproofing iDevice Speakers & Microphone," which reviewed a series of Apple patents on the topic of waterproofing along with an iFixit report that said Apple still needed some work on their approach to make their technique work better. Yesterday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a new patent application from Apple that revealed ...

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08:08
Sharp takeover deal should be finalized by end of...

The Foxconn bid to take over Sharp is now only awaiting finalized details between the two parties, Foxconn's CEO Terry Gou told reporters on Friday, indicating that Innovation Network Corp. has indeed been cut out of the loop.

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07:57
Want to Watch the Super Bowl on Your iPad for Free?...

If you're a cord cutter who wants to watch the Super Bowl this Sunday, but don't feel like connecting an antenna to your TV just to watch a football game, there's an app for you. Even better, it's free, and so is watching the big commercial-fest on your iPhone, iPad, or fourth generation Apple TV.


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07:51
News: Report: Some third-party repairs ‘bricking’...

A new report from The Guardian notes that thousands of iPhone 6 users are claiming to have been left holding useless iPhones as a result of repairs carried out by non-Apple authorized technicians. According to the report, users who previously had iPhone 6 models repaired at unauthorized third-party service centers have encountered an “Error 53” when updating to iOS 9, leaving their devices locked in a completely unusable state. The problem…

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07:49
Users Facing 'Error 53' Bricking Message...

Some iPhone 6 users who had their smartphones repaired by third-party technicians are reporting that a mysterious "error 53" message is permanently bricking their iPhones (via The Guardian). Users who have had Touch ID on their iPhone 6 fixed by a non-Apple technician, and agreed to update the iPhone to the most recent version of iOS, are facing an issue which essentially prevents all access to the iPhone.

Freelance photographer Antonio Olmos is one such affected iPhone 6 user who had his iPhone repaired in Macedonia while working. He said "it worked perfectly" after the repair shop finished fixing the broken screen and home button, but once he updated to iOS 9 he got an "error 53" message and could no longer access any of his personal content on the iPhone. An Apple Store in London was shown the issue, and staff there admitted there...

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07:19
Apple Pay now supported by 1,000 U.S. card issuers

Apple reached the 1,000 mark for the number of U.S. card issuers supporting Apple Pay, “a figure continuing to outpace the number of retail chains supporting the platform,” notes AppleInsider.

Apple Pay is usable at over two million locations, but to date, the number of supporting U.S. retail chains is still “a fraction of the number of issuers,” the article notes. This should improve somewhat this year, thanks to the addition of merchants like Au Bon Pain, Crate & Barrel, Chick-fil-A, JCPenney, Starbucks, and KFC.

Apple reached the 1,000 mark by adding 32 more entries to the Apple Pay roster. stores, Apple Pay works with iPhone 6s,...

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07:19
John Lasseter looks back on 30 years of Pixar

[VIDEO] 30 years of greatness.

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07:10
Apple Pay adds over 30 more banks across the U.S.

With Apple Pay continuing its ongoing rollout across U.S. banks and credit unions, Apple’s mobile payment service has added over 30 new partners. Here is the full list of new Apple Pay banks:

Anderson Brothers Bank, Bank & Trust Company, Bank of Labor, Bank of Yazoo, BankWest, Brown County State Bank, Busey Bank, Campbell & Fetter Bank, Central Bank of Oklahoma, Collinsville Savings Society, Core Bank, Covantage Credit Union, Diversified Members Credit Union, Farmington Bank, Florida Parishes Bank, Fort Worth Community Credit Union, Great Midwest Bank, Horizon Bank (not Horizon Bank, N.A.), Litchfield Bancorp, Luther Burbank Savings, Mississippi National Guard Federal Credit Union, Oregon Community Credit Union, Pathfinder Bank, Platinum...

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07:00
OS X Hidden Treasures: Services

It’s not new, and Apple doesn’t show it much love, but the ubiquitous Services menu can be a productivity powerhouse. Josh Centers explains how to use it and even how to make your own services.

 

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06:51
XCOM 2 now available on the Mac

2K and Firaxis Games have announced that XCOM 2, the sequel to the Game of the Year award-winning strategy title, is now available worldwide for the Mac via Feral Interactive.

In XCOM 2, humanity lost the war against the alien threat that has established a new world order on Earth. XCOM, formerly a secret paramilitary organization, is largely forgotten and must strike back from the shadows to reclaim Earth from the aliens’ rule and free mankind from their evil plans.

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06:44
Canalys: the Apple Watch accounted for two-thirds of...

Apple dominated the smart watch market in 2015, accounting for over 12 million units and two-thirds of all shipments according to Canalys estimates. 

Samsung returned to second place in the fourth quarater, as the improved design of the Gear S2 saw a much better consumer reception than previous wearable efforts by the company, says the research group. Pebble came third and Huawei came fourth, establishing itself as the leading Android Wear vendor. 

Basic bands exceeded 37 million shipments for the year. Fitbit set a quarterly shipments record as it led the category. Xiaomi held second place, shipping 12 million Mi Bands during 2015.

“Cashing in on holiday sales, Apple managed to rack up over five million shipments in the fourth quarter,” according to Canalys analyst Jason Low. 

Strong holiday shipments for Fitbit, Apple and Garmin drove growth...

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06:41
Press button on Apple Watch, Tesla opens garage,...

[VIDEO] This is pretty cool. The future, it is here!

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06:37
News: Report: Apple to bid on NFL Thursday Night...

Apple plans to put in a bid for NFL Thursday Night Football streaming rights, according to a new report from Variety. A report late last year indicated that the NFL was accepting bids for streaming rights for the package, having sent formal requests for proposals to several major digital media players, including Apple, Amazon, Google, and Yahoo — although it was unclear at the time whether Apple actually had any plans to submit a bid in response…

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06:33
Final Cut Pro X Adds 4K Video Export for Apple...

Apple rolled out an update for Final Cut Pro X on late on Thursday that finally adds a 4K export option for the company's devices with UHD support. The 10.2.3 update also adds sharing support for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, iPad Pro, and fourth generation Apple TV.


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06:31
Welcome back: Apple is the world’s most valuable...

Well, that didn’t last long. For a brief moment Google’s parent company, Alphabet, overtook Apple as the world’s most valuable company. But Apple has regain the top spot as the Cupertino, California-based company’s stocks have risen since Monday.

Shares are now trading up US$0.55 at $96.38, while Alphabet's share have dippedd. This puts Apple's market capitalization (or the value of all its shares together) at $534 billion compared to Alphabet's $508 billion.

Richard Windsor, an independent analyst at Radio Free Mobile,...

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06:30
Apple acknowledges that third-party home button...

The Guardian reports that Apple has acknowledged growing complaints that third-party repairs to the Touch ID home button of an iPhone 6 can brick the device when iOS is updated, and that it is a deliberate security feature.

There have been growing reports of an ‘...

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06:29
SwiftKey founder traded his share of $250m for a...
06:24
Forty-five percent of iPhone users think Android...

Say what? Forty-five percent of iPhone users say they believe Android phones are "more advanced" than iPhones, according to a survey of smartphone owners by OnePulse. Thirty-one percent disagreed while the rest were unsure, claims the company, which makes a mobile app that “connects people that have opinions with businesses that need opinions and want to pay you for them.”

The London start-up reportedly surveyed 1,500 iPhone and Android users via its app. As noted by the International Business Times, the results are "surprising" (and more than a little unbelievable to me) ...

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06:23
How to make a website when you don’t know how to code

Serenity Caldwell continues her “Coding Corner” series with a how-to on building a website if you don’t know the first thing about web site development. Pass this one along.

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06:17
Apple Pay hits 1,000 US card issuers ahead of...

On Friday Apple reached the 1,000 mark for the number of U.S. card issuers supporting Apple Pay, a figure continuing to outpace the number of retail chains supporting the platform.

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06:15
Why the iPad fell and one thought on how it will get...

Jason Snell gives his theory on why iPad sales have fallen. I give my take on what it will take to get those sales back up on their feet.

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06:11
Apple asks the Supreme Court to deny Samsung’s...

In a document filed with the Supreme Court Thursday, Apple urged the court to deny a Samsung request to hear a final appeal in its ongoing legal battle between the two companies, reports FOSS Patents. This could possibly void the $548 million settlement awarded to Apple.

Earlier this year, Samsung agreed to pay Apple $548 million for the five-years-and-counting-legal brouhaha over patent infringement — with some not-inconsiderable stipulations. However, the company then went to the U.S. Supreme Court “in a last-ditch effort to pare back” the damages it must pay Apple for infringing the patents and designs of the iPhone.

However, Samsung’s petition must first be accepted for review by the Supreme Court. In its petition to the high court, Samsung said it should not have had to make as much as $...

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06:03
Apple updates Final Cut Pro X, Compressor, Motion

Apple has released updates for its pro video tools: Final Cut Pro X, Compressor, and Motion.

Final Cut Pro X, video editing software, has been upgraded to version 10.2.3. In addition to bug fixes, its customizable Default Effect lets you choose both a video and audio effect that’s assigned to a keyboard shortcut. There’s now a 4K export preset to create video files for Apple devices. Speed has been improved when opening libraries on a SAN. And there’s now the ability the share video to multiple YouTube accounts. 

Final Cut Pro X is available at the Mac App Store and requires Mac OS X 10.10.4 or higher. For new users the cost is $299.99. Version 10.2.3 is a free update for registered users.

Compressor, the digital media encoding and compression tool, has been revved to version 4.2.2. It also adds a 4K export preset to create video files for Apple devices and squishes some bugs.

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06:01
Apple updates Final Cut Pro X, Compressor, Motion

Apple has released updates for its pro video tools: Final Cut Pro X, Compressor, and Motion.

Final Cut Pro X, video editing software, has been upgraded to version 10.2.3. In addition to bug fixes, its customizable Default Effect lets you choose both a video and audio effect that’s assigned to a keyboard shortcut. There’s now a 4K export preset to create video files for Apple devices. Speed has been improved when opening libraries on a SAN. And there’s now the ability the share video to multiple YouTube accounts.

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06:00
A quick list of iOS Functionality Restrictions

There are a lot of payloads that MDM and profiles can manage in iOS. Restrictions are probably the one I get the most questions about. And most are pretty self-explanatory. Sooooo, rather than open Profile Manager every time I need to see the list, here it is:

  • Allow use of Camera
  • Allow FaceTime
  • Allow screenshots and screen recording
  • Allow AirDrop (supervised only)
  • Allow iMessage (supervised only)
  • Allow voice dialing while device is locked
  • Allow Siri
  • Allow Siri while device is locked
  • Enable Siri profanity filter (supervised only)
  • Allow user-generated content in Siri (supervised only)
  • Allow iBooks Store (supervised only)
  • Allow installing apps using Apple Configurator and iTunes
  • Allow installing apps using App Store (supervised only)
  • Allow automatic app downloads (supervised only)
  • Allow removing apps (supervised only)
  • Allow in-app purchase...
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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Otterbox Defender Case for iPhone...

Today in iLounge Deals you can pick up the Otterbox Defender Case for iPhone 6/6S for only $24.99 — that’s almost 60% off the regular price. One of the most reliable and recognized brands in iPhone protection, Otterbox’s Defender case will help your iPhone withstand drops from ridiculous heights while protecting it against the elements.

Get the Otterbox Defender Case for iPhone 6/6S now for only $24.99...

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05:56
What it’s really like working with Steve Jobs

This essay, from Oct 2011, just after Steve died, popped up this morning on Hacker News and I thought it was worth a repost. It’s a terrific read.

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05:55
iOS: That Stupid [Bleep] Siri and Its [Bleep]...

If you're one of those people who has Siri calling you "your highness" or "Captain Magnificent" rather than your first name, then boy, are you going to love this tip. A Reddit user found a way to bleep out Siri, so you can have Apple's voice assistant call you "you massive stinking pile of BEEP" if you want. We accept no responsibility for the repercussions of having your boss hear your new nickname, though.


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05:53
BBC iPlayer iOS app updated to support Spotlight...

The BBC has updated its iPlayer app for iOS to support Spotlight searches and allow Handoff between devices.

Spotlight support means that you to search for BBC TV shows by swiping down from the homescreen, while Handoff allows you to seamlessly pick up where you left off when switching between devices. The BBC notes that it has also fixed a nasty bug.

In addition to all that good stuff, we’ve also included a fix for a particularly nasty crash on launch, and last but not least, you can now find an entire catalogue of iPlayer programmes for a channel via the A-Z option in the channel page.

The iPlayer app made it onto Apple TV back in December...

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05:51
Apple Pay and usability syndrome

Do Apple device users use their stuff more than Android users? An interesting argument.

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05:30
AppleInsider podcast talks March event expectations...

On this week's episode of the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Mikey riff on Apple's rumored March event, what a new patent filing could mean for Touch ID, a substantial legal win for patent troll VirnetX and much more. Bonus GoPro rant courtesy of Neil.

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05:13
Smartwatch Adoption to Grow by 48% by 2017 with Head...

This week Gartner published a report covering wearables. It noted that "From 2015 through 2017, smartwatch adoption will have 48 percent growth largely due to Apple ...

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05:00
Patent report: gaze-based gestures, beefed up Touch...

Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many are for inventions that never see the light of day. However, you never can tell which ones will materialize in a real product, so here are this week’s patent highlights: 

Apple has filed for a patent (number 20160034141) that would allow iOS and OS X devices to detect a “user gaze” and respond accordingly. The invention is for an electronic device with a display whose content can change based on changing context. 

For example, an autocorrect algorithm can automatically replace a typed word with a corrected word in a text field, generating a display event that causes the corrected word to be displayed instead of the typed word. Such a display event may be executed as soon as possible after its generation. However, a gaze detection device can obtain information that indicates a user is not looking at the typed word on the display. In such a situation,...

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04:54
How to watch Super Bowl 50 online for free on your...

Good news for cord-cutters in the U.S.: you can stream this year’s Super Bowl 50 without a cable TV subscription. The Panthers vs Broncos game kicks off at 6.30pm ET/3.30pm PT on Sunday 7th Feb, and watching it on your Apple device is as simple as downloading a free app or using the live web player …

To watch on Apple TV or iPad, download the free CBS Sports App. On a MacBook, use the CBS Sports Live Player on the web.

Although Apple is unlikely to do another iconic commercial like its 1984 ad (or cringe-worthy attempts...

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04:41
Gartner: cloud email gaining traction among global...

The cloud email market is still in the early stages of adoption with 13% of identified publicly listed companies globally using one of the two main cloud email vendors, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com).

A recent study by the research group found that 8.5 percent of public companies in the sample use cloud email from Microsoft's Office 365 service, while 4.7% use Google Apps for Work. The remaining 87% of companies surveyed have on-premises, hybrid, hosted or private cloud email managed by smaller vendors. 

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04:33
DEVONthink 2.8.9 supports folder tags, makes...

DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its intelligent information and document manager DEVONthink as well as the smart notebook DEVONnote. DEVONthink and DEVONnote help users classify and organize documents effortlessly with artificial intelligence.

Version 2.8.9 supports folders tags when importing or exporting, names captured items smarter, and adds better support for fullscreen window mode. All editions fix a number of issues too.

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04:30
Whatever happened to Apple's iFrame?

When iMovie ’09 was introduced in, well, 2009, it also introduced iFrame, a new video format developed by Apple. So whatever happened to what the company was proposing as a new standard?

iFrame captured video at a resolution of 960 x 540 at 30 frames per second and uses a 16:9 aspect ratio (a la all the HD and DVD standards). It was slightly lower in quality than 720p and took up at least a little less space. iFrame worked with Mac and PC video-editing applications such as iMovie '09 and used industry-standard codecs such as MP4, H.264, AAC and QuickTime. 

According to Apple at the time, "iFrame is designed to make importing and editing video fast and easy without taking up a lot of space on your hard drive.” Devin Coldewey for CrunchGear wasn't impressed. 

"[iFrame] is nothing but a resolution and wrapper. So why am I losing my mind over it? Because the way iFrame is being...

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04:18
Kool Tools: Blumoo universal remote

Blumoo from Flyover Innovations is a universal home entertainment “appcessory” that users control of all the audio and visual equipment in their home. The patented technology blends Bluetooth 4.0, infrared and an app-enabled iOS or Android device.

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04:04
Apple Files Liquid Metal Patent for new Material...

Yesterday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published yet another liquid metal related patent application regarding zirconium and hafnium based BGM alloys.

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04:00
Abyss: the Wraiths of Eden is swimmingly good fun...

Abyss: the Wraiths of Eden is a fun puzzle-solving/adventure/hidden object game that's available for Mac OS X (which is the version I'm reviewing) and iOS. It's available at the Mac App Store for US$6.99, and for the iPad and iPhone (free, but with in-app purchases) at the Apple App Store. 

Gameplay is simple and intuitive, supplemented by an on-screen tutorial, guide and a "jump map" (in causal and advanced, but not expert, modes) that will tell you when there are things that need to be done in certain areas. Beyond the ease in getting up and running (or swimming in this case), my favorite part of the game is the underwater setting, which is presented in vibrant, lush graphics. Plus, the game "auto-adjusts" to widescreen mode, which is also pretty cool.

Abyss: the Wraiths of Eden...

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03:59
Final Cut Pro updated with 4k export to Apple...

Apple has updated Final Cut Pro to allow 4k video to be exported to compatible Apple devices, with sharing support also added for the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Pro and 4th-gen Apple TV. The sharing window also now supports multiple YouTube accounts …

Canon C300 MkII owners will also be pleased to see support for the camera’s XF-AVC format. Smaller enhancements include the ability to assign both video and audio effects to a keyboard shortcut, faster opening of libraries stored on a SAN and a number of bug fixes.

Companion apps Motion and Compressor have also been updated with similar support for the latest Apple devices as well as the usual bug fixes.

Final Cut Pro costs $299.99...

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03:23
iPlayer now lets you search shows from your iOS home...

Boot up your iPhone or iPad today and you'll notice a fresh BBC iPlayer update in the UK App Store. The latest version adds support for Spotlight search, meaning you can swipe down from the top of your home screen and type in favourites like Doctor W...

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Thursday February 4

21:21
Virtual Strategy Magazine Article On Security...

The title of this one ended up a bit more FUDy than I’d prefer, but the content’s mostly what I provided.

With the rise of SMB-friendly backup solutions like CrashPlan, Carbonite, Mozy, and Backblaze, small businesses will choose to back up their systems with alternatives to expensive tape libraries, software to drive those libraries, and countless hours spent restoring files. As more cloud-based security attacks happen, businesses will realize that having a solid backup is one of the most important aspects to device security.

Read more: http://www.virtual-strategy.com/2016/02/03/executive-viewpoint-2016-prediction-bushel-major-security-breaches-will-change-how-small-?page=0,1#ixzz3zGet80fK

Oh, and in case anyone (Mosen/Dials) is bothered by the fact that I’m reblogging articles I do above and...

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19:20
Apple to Accept Some Cracked Screens in iPhone Trade...

Apple will begin accepting some iPhones with cracked screens in an expansion tot he company's iPhone trade-in program. Online reports say Apple will also begin offering in-store installation of screen protectors.

The Mac Observer Spin: Neither change is going to dramatically increase the success of Apple's fleet of stores, but incremental improvements and the reduction of friction points will contribute to the overall vitality of the company's retail business.


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19:14
Apple begins rolling out screen protector...

Earlier today we reported that Apple was partnering with one screen protector company, likely Belkin, to offer professional installations of screen protectors done by machines. Now, a report from MacOtakara says that Apple has started rolling out its screen protector installation service in Japan and that it has in fact partnered with Belkin to do so, just as we reported this morning.

Apple Stores in Japan have implemented the Belkin TrueClear Pro system in order to perform the screen protector application process. Belkin details the process in a support...

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18:38
Tim Cook Says iPad Will Return to Growth, iPhone...

Apple CEO Tim Cook and COO Jeff Williams told Apple employees on Thursday that its iPad product line will return to growth by the end of 2016. According to 9to5Mac, the two executives participated in a town hall meeting with Apple employees. In addition to the iPad comments, they said Apple Watch was one of the âhottestâ holiday gifts, with sales surpassing the original iPhone launch of 2007 (which is a mostly irrelevant comparison, but interesting nonetheless). Other highlights include a bright future for Apple TV and the living room, the possibility of expanding more Apple services outside of Apple's hardware ecosystem (i.e. to Android), more leave benefits to employees, and a big step towards insuring all of its smelted metals are conflict-free. Check out Mark Gurman's report for more info.

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18:26
Japan Apple Stores roll out iPhone screen protector...

Apple Stores in Japan are now offering screen protector installations using dedicated TrueClear Pro machines made by Belkin, with prices ranging from 2,180 yen to 4,280 yen (about $19 to $37) depending on material and size.

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17:52
Great View of 5th Ave. Apple Store Cube

Instagram user @krissyhotdogs has taken another great photo of the 5th Ave. Apple Store Cube. I've been following her on Instagram for years (she's a great photographer), and every once in a while she offers us a great view of this astounding glass entrance. Check it out.

A photo posted by kristin (@krissyhotdogs) on Feb 3, 2016 at 5:12am PST


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17:30
Call of Duty buy SWTOR credits

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17:29
Sony's Nan buy SWTOR credits

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Sony's Nan buy SWTOR credits Turismo 6 fall 37 % in its second week and just about controls to hang on to on to the Top 16 at No.16, once place above Killzone: Darkness Drop at No.16.

Xbox One software also conducted well. Forza 5 was up 16 locations to No.16 and Deceased Increasing 3 handled to shock with a 43 % increase in product sales, seeing it charge back again into the Top 20 at No.18. SEGA's Aliens: Northeastern Marine corps benefits from shop combining and increases 38 locations to No.33.
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17:29
Apple updates Final Cut Pro X, Compressor and Motion...

Apple on Thursday rolled out a trio of updates for its pro-level video editing suite, bumping versions of Final Cut Pro X, Compressor and Motion with feature additions and numerous bug fixes.

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17:17
Apple Overtakes Google/Alphabet as Most Valuable...

Apple retook the title of world's most valuable company, a title briefly lost to Alphabet-the holding company that owns Google-earlier in the week. At the market's close on Thursday, Apple's market cap stood at $534.4 billion, while Alphabet's rose to $503.3 billion.


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17:04
Apple asks Supreme Court not to hear Samsung’s...

In the patent battle that feels as if it will never end, Apple has today asked the Supreme Court not to review Samsung’s latest appeals request in the two companies’ ongoing patent feud. Back in December, it was announced that Apple and Samsung had reached a $548 million settlement, but with a catch. Samsung said in its part of the agreement that it reserved the right to reclaim reimbursement should any position of the trial be modified…

Then, Samsung announced that it was taking the legal battle to the U.S. Supreme Court and asked it to hear an appeal of the case. Specifically, Samsung wants the U.S. Supreme Court to review design patents and the notion...

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16:44
Apple to allow broken screens on trade-in iPhones,...

Apple Stores will soon reportedly adopt two new measures related to the problem of cracked iPhone screens, including allowing some broken iPhones into its Reuse and Recycle trade-in program, and offering installation of purchased screen protectors.

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15:54
Apple said to be in negotiations with the NFL for ‘...

According to a new report from Variety, Apple is among the tech companies negotiating with the NFL for digital rights to Thursday Night Football. Earlier this month, the National Football League inked deals with CBS and NBC to divide the TV rights for Thursday games over the next two seasons, but streaming to non-subscribers was not included in that deal.

In addition to Apple, Google, Amazon, and Verizon’s Go90 are also included in the NFL’s talks. Following the announcement of the deal with CBS and NBC, the NFL confirmed that it is “in active discussions with prospective digital partners” and expects to have a deal reached within the next “several weeks.”

One thing to consider is that for users in the United States,...

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15:37
Apple Says U.S. Supreme Court Should Reject Samsung...

In December, Samsung asked the United States Supreme Court to hear a final appeal in its ongoing patent battle with Apple, which would potentially nullify a $548 million settlement awarded to Apple. In a lengthy document filed with the court this afternoon (via Foss Patents), Apple urges the Supreme Court to deny Samsung's request, accusing the company of raising issues that do not "deserve review" in an effort to prolong court proceedings.

Samsung has claimed that the jury did not adequately understand the patents in question because members weren't provided with enough explanation by the court. The South Korean company has also suggested the case has wider implications that could encourage design patent trolls...

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15:31
Rumor: Apple interested in digital nights for NFL ‘...

The National Football League is shopping digital rights for “Thursday Night Football” games — and Apple, Amazon, Google, and Verizon’s Go90 are among those interested, reports Variety,  quoting unnamed “industry sources.”

The NFL announced two-year TV broadcast deals with CBS and NBC on Monday to divvy up the Thursday matches, with each network securing rights to five. Now the league is “in active discussions with prospective digital partners” for global over-the-top streaming rights to the same games. The NFL didn’t say what companies those were, but “multiple sources” tell Variety that Apple, Amazon, Google, and Verizon are among the players expected to put in bids for the marquee property.

Last month Reuters, quoting...

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15:16
A huge X-ray system is scanning entire trucks at...

A massive truck-based X-ray system and 32-mile ban on drones are two of the security measures in place for Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara.

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15:10
AWT News Update: February 4, 2016

It's a short and sweet podcast today, covering some news about an Apple "all-hands meeting" that was held after the earnings call last week. Key points include:

  • Apple expects to start moving employees into Apple Campus 2 in January of 2017
  • The company will now provide paid leave for caring for an ill family member
  • All metals used in the products since early 2015 are either certified as conflict-free or as coming from smelters that are in the process of being certified.
  • Tim Cook sees potential for continued growth and sales of iPhone

Text is below. No video simulcast of the recording was made today.

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for February 4, 2016. Our sponsor...

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15:05
Apple again rumored to bid on NFL streaming...

Apple, Google, Amazon and Verizon might soon be locked in a bidding war for rights to stream NFL's "Thursday Night Football," as a report on Thursday says each company is seeking favor as the league's Internet content partner.

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14:43
∞ Finding new music with Apple Music

I’ve been very vocal about the problems I’ve had with Apple Music since it was released, but the service has improved quite a bit over the last couple of months, so I should be just as vocal about that. One of the more significant improvements I’ve found is with Apple’s built-in radio stations. In fact, it’s changed how I listen to music. [...]

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14:30
Why Apple’s Time Machine Utterly Fails User Needs

Apple's Time Machine backup system was born in a time when Apple realized that customers weren't routinely backing up their Macs. So a simple, stopgap system, with some novel features, was devised for the novice user. Unfortunately, over the years, the app hasn't progressed and kept pace with modern user needs. Today, most every tech writer says: Use it, but don't trust it completely. This is unfortunate.


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14:17
Pay What You Want: Leawo Media-Pro Mac Bundle

Check out the Leawo Media-Pro Mac Bundle, a collection of five Mac apps to help you manage your media. Clean up your song files, rip DVDs, convert DVDs, and more. This is one of our pay-what-you-want deals, too. Pay anything, and you'll get Music Recorder for Mac. Beat the average price-$9.18 as of this writing-and you'll get all five apps. Make the leaderboard at any time during the deal's run, and you'll get an entry into a drawing, and 10 percent of the profit goes to Save the Children. Cool, eh?


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14:08
Opinion: How Apple Pay has changed in year one, and...

We learned this week that Apple Pay has reached a new milestone with 2 million locations accepting the iPhone and Apple Watch-based mobile wallet. This an impressive climb for the service that launched with just over 220,000 locations on board in fall 2014, but what does it look like in everyday use and what’s next for Apple Pay?

For me personally, the Apple Pay rollout was pretty smooth starting in October 2014. I already had an iPhone 6 so I updated the software that turned on Apple Pay and was able to add my debit card. Luckily I already banked with one of the handful of major partners signed up so I could start paying with my iPhone from day one; Apple has since added nearly 1,000...

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14:07
Airplane!’s creators reveal the origins of “Don’t...

Vulture:

There are few movies as quotable as the 1980 disaster-movie parody Airplane! — and of the movie’s many memorable gags, arguably the most enduring is the moment when reluctant pilot Ted Striker (Robert Hays) tells Dr. Rumack (Leslie Nielsen), “Surely you can’t be serious,” and Rumack replies, “I am serious — and don’t call me Shirley.”

As part of our weeklong 100 Jokes That Shaped Comedy series, we dug into the origins and execution of that exchange — as well as the overall comedic mechanics of Airplane! — with the trio who wrote and directed the film, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker.

Airplane! is one of the funniest, silliest movies I’ve ever seen, and as enjoyable now as when I first saw it as a kid. I remember hearing that line for the first time and using it in real life millions of times since. One of the funniest lines ever uttered in a movie.

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14:04
Apple TV gains Siri + universal search for Fox Now,...

When Apple initially announced the fourth-generation Apple TV, the company made a point to focus on a new feature called universal search. This capability allows users to perform a single search using Siri or the Search app and see content across multiple channels. Until today, the feature was limited to Netflix, iTunes, Hulu, PBS, PBS Kids, Showtime, Showtime Anytime, HBO Go and HBO Now, but now, three new apps have gained support for universal search: Nat Geo TV, Fox Now, and FXNow.

With support for universal search having been added to these apps, their content will now appear in search results done using the Siri or Search app interfaces. For instance, if you say “Siri, show me The Simpsons,” Fox Now and FXNow are now listed as...

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14:01
Apple integrates Fox Now, FX Now and Nat Geo TV into...

After integrating PBS and PBS Kids into tvOS universal search last month, Apple on Thursday expanded the deep linking feature to include content sources Fox Now, FX Now and Nat Geo TV.

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13:53
Google to Put Self-Driving Cars Through Rainy-Day...


Google on Wednesday announced that it has chosen Kirkland, Washington, as the next location to test its self-driving cars. It picked Kirkland as the third test city to give the cars more experience driving in new environments, traffic patterns and road conditions, the company said. Google has conducted testing mainly at or near its campus in Mountain View, California. Last year it expanded to Austin, Texas. Its self-driving cars have racked up 1.4 million miles, the company said, adding that people in Kirkland soon may be able to catch a glimpse of the latest test vehicle, a Lexus RX450h.

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13:45
Notable apps and app updates for February 4, 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.

OS X apps/updates

One of my favorite OS X apps just got better. Day One, the journaling app that has been out for five years now on both OS X and iOS, has been upgraded to an all-new product called Day One 2: Journal + Notes (US$39.99, introductory price of $19.99). The new app lets you create multiple journals, add multiple photos per entry, and syncs through the various versions on different devices through a free sync service that is incredibly fast. There are now list, photo, map and calendar views; the map view can be powerful in following up on trip journals. There's still a classic version, but if you're...

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13:31
Apple expands universal search on the Apple TV

Universal search, which allows users to find content across multiple apps and services using text or Siri voice search, has expanded for the fourth generation Apple TV, according to MacRumors.

When it debuted, universal search only worked with iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and Showtime, but Apple promised to expand the feature. MacRumors says Apple has lived up to its word. It’s been expanded to cover FOX NOW, FXNOW, and National Geographic. Apple also expanded universal search to include PBS and PBS Kids in January.

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13:24
Apple TV Universal Search Feature Expands to FOX NOW...

Universal search, which allows users to find content across multiple apps and services using text or Siri voice search, is one of the most useful features on the new fourth-generation Apple TV. At launch, universal search worked with iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and Showtime, but Apple promised to expand the feature to include additional content sources over time.

Apple has made good on that promise. As of today, searching for content on the Apple TV will encompass the aforementioned apps along with FOX NOW, FXNOW, and National Geographic. Apple also expanded universal search to include PBS and PBS Kids in January.

Apple maintains a full list of apps that are included in the Apple TV's universal search feature in a dedicated support document. The new channels aren't listed yet,...

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13:10
Apple CEO hints at more cross-platform services,...

Speaking at a recent internal "town hall" event, Apple CEO Tim Cook hinted that services beyond Apple Music might soon make the leap to additional platforms, like Android.

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13:09
Rumor: Apple to offer upgraded iPhone trade-in...

According to 9to5Mac, Apple plans to offer an upgraded iPhone trade-in program for iPhones with damaged screens, cameras, or buttons, and a program that allows Apple Retail Stores to install screen protectors on iPhones.

Currently, the Apple Store Reuse and Recycle iPhone trade-in program lets you bring in an older iPhone and trade it in for credit toward the purchase of a new model. However, iPhones with cracked displays, or broken cameras and buttons need not apply. That may be about to change.

9to5Mac says that, starting this week, the updated program will allow Apple Stores to give credit for iPhone 5s and iPhone 6/6 Plus units with damaged displays, cameras, and buttons within reason. Apple believes that this new program will encourage new iPhone upgrades versus a standard iPhone screen repair, the article...

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13:09
News: Apple to begin taking broken iPhones for trade...

Apple is planning to launch two new retail initiatives for iPhone users, according to a new report by 9to5Mac. The first is an enhancement to the company’s Reuse and Recycle Program that it launched two years ago, allowing customers to bring in an older iPhone model to trade it in and receive credit toward the purchase of a new iPhone. Starting this week, in addition to working iPhone models, Apple will now begin accepting iPhone 5s, iPhone…

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13:06
PCWorld Show Episode 2: VAIO's New Windows Phone

PCWorld's Gordon Mah Ung, Florence Ion and Jon Phillips discuss the significance of the new Windows Phone release from VAIO.

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12:55
3 ways to drive business decisions using the new...

With the release of Office 2016, we unveiled a set of highly anticipated new charts to give you more ways to explore data and tell rich stories across Excel, Word and PowerPoint. The Waterfall, Histogram, Box & Whisker, Pareto, Treemap and Sunburst are six examples of powerful new charts that help you quickly visualize common financial, statistical and hierarchical data.

Below are just a few ways these new charts speed up your analysis and expand the ways you drive business decisions. We also share a sneak peek at the Funnel chart, coming soon to Office 365 subscribers.

Quickly visualize gains and losses

Most business owners seek to better understand their finances to ensure their success. However, understanding and communicating your gains, losses and balances by viewing financial statements can be challenging. With the Waterfall chart, you can quickly illustrate the line items...

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12:52
Review: Edifier MP700 Rave Portable Bluetooth Speaker

MP700 Rave ($230) is a new portable Bluetooth speaker from Edifier with a distinctive aluminum handle and grill. For a Bluetooth speaker, MP700 Rave is mid-range in both size and price. Edifier packed two 70mm drivers, two 19mm tweeters, and three passive radiators into MP700 Rave for a total power output of 36W. The speaker uses Bluetooth 4.0, aptX, and DSP electronic frequency control, and it's also splashproof and dustproof. Edifier claims MP700 Rave can get up to 8 hours of use — unfortunately, there's no battery level on the speaker itself, or any battery indicator on the iPhone during play. MP700 Rave ships with an audio cable, and an AC adapter for recharging the speaker.{/exp:char_limit}
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12:35
Tim Cook Talks iPhone Sales, Apple TV, Campus 2, and...

Following Apple's first quarter earnings report, Apple executives hosted a Town Hall meeting with Apple employees to answer questions and to divulge a few details about the company's future plans. 9to5Mac has shared highlights of what was covered at the event. While much of what was said was reiterating information that was shared during the earnings call, there are a few tidbits worth noting.

When it comes to the iPhone and the rumor that Apple has perhaps reached "peak iPhone," Cook said the device is the "greatest business of the future" with growth potential in key emerging markets like India and China. He said Apple does not need to launch a less expensive device with pared-down features to entice buyers in these markets, as research suggests people will spend more for a better experience. These comments...

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12:34
Patent application hints at greater use,...

This could lead to something interesting.

A recently published patent application describes how the Touch ID home button could gain additional functionality, allowing it to perform different actions in response to different fingerprints, as well as adding pressure sensors to provide it with 3D Touch type functionality.

The patent hints at how it might allow different fingerprints to access a device, but restrict their access to particular apps and for a limited time. The obvious application here would be allowing a child to use only specific apps and/or limit the time they are allowed to use a device.

A previous Apple patent described how a specific finger could be used to activate a ‘panic button’ feature.

Pressure sensors could also determine...

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12:32
Apple Music quietly launches for users in Turkey

Since first launching its new Apple Music subscription streaming service for users last June, and bringing it to China in September, Apple has been slowly bringing it to more countries behind the scenes. Today, Turkey is the latest to get access as the service quietly launches for users in the country.

Local blog macReports got word from Apple about the official launch and the company’s local website in the country is also now advertising the service. Apple Music in Turkey is available for 9.99 TL per month...

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12:09
Apple launching new broken iPhone upgrade, screen...

Apple is gearing up to launch a pair of new retail initiatives centered around the iPhone: an upgraded iPhone trade-in program for iPhones with damaged screens, cameras, or buttons, and a new program that allows Apple Retail Stores to install screen protectors on iPhones.

The Apple Store Reuse and Recycle iPhone trade-in program currently allows a customer to bring in an older iPhone model and trade it in for credit toward the purchase of a new iPhone model. The main exception since the launch of the program is that this does not apply toward older iPhones with cracked displays, or broken cameras and buttons. That’s about to change …

Starting this week, the updated program will allow Apple Stores to give credit for iPhone 5s and iPhone 6/6 Plus units with damaged displays, cameras, and buttons within reason. Apple...

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12:04
Nearly One-Third of iPhone Users Still Have 4-Inch...

The latest data from Mixpanel shows that approximately 32.22% of active iPhone users still have a 4-inch screen. That is the same screen size as the so-called "iPhone 5se" that Apple is expected to announce at its rumored March 15 event.

Apple has released three iPhone models with 4-inch screens since 2013, including the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, and iPhone 5s, and some customers still feel these smartphones have the best screen size for pocketability and one-handed usage.

Apple's newest 4-inch smartphone, the iPhone 5s, represented just under 20 percent of current iPhones in use, trailed by the iPhone 5 at 7.53 percent and the plastic-backed iPhone 5c at 5.66 percent. The numbers fluctuate slightly in real time.

In the company's latest...

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12:04
Apple Pay is Charging into 2016 with Two Million...

A new BloombergBusiness report noted that Apple has said that its mobile-payment service is now available in more than 2 million retail locations, with merchants such as Crate & Barrel, ...

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12:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Meet HEX's latest...

...plus, a variety of other wallet cases, and more

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases features a new wallet case and look from HEX. Plus, a case that glows in the dark. Read on!

Belkin

The Slim-Fit Plus (iPhone 6/6s; $35) is a stretchy neoprene armband, which should provide a snug and comfortable fit while you work out.

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11:55
Bretford previews new MacBook, iPad charging carts

Brentford Manufacturing (http://apple.bretford.com) has previewed three new MacBook and iPad charging carts. The Mobility MiX, PureCharge MiX, and PowerSync MiX carts are designed with the Bretford MiX Module System,which offers customizable modules that can be continually modified or replaced to accommodate future devices.

The MiX Module System is removable, adjustable, and reconfigurable. As device and power needs change, simply swap out or add a MiX Module. Modules, shelf heights, and slot sizes can continually change and evolve without the need to replace the entire cart.

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11:54
Tim Cook holds company-wide Town Hall, talks iPhone...

In the days following Apple’s record Q1 earnings announcements, Apple CEO Tim Cook and other top Apple executives held a Town Hall meeting at the Infinite Loop headquarters in Cupertino to reveal new announcements and take attendee questions.

Multiple sources in attendance at the event said that Cook as well as newly appointed Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams each spoke and made announcements and teases related to new employee benefits, future iPad growth, Apple Watch sales, future retail stores in China, Apple Campus 2, and the future product pipeline.

Cook also fielded questions from the audience, attempting to reduce concerns related to the company’s iPhone dependence, discussing porting more Apple services to Android, growth in India, and releasing cheaper iPhones to appease growing markets...

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11:49
comScore: Apple was the top smartphone manufacturer...

comScore has released new data reporting key trends in the U.S. smartphone industry for December 2015. Apple ranked as the top smartphone manufacturer with 42.9% OEM [original equipment manufacturer] market share, while Google Android led as the number one smartphone platform with 53.3% platform market share. 

According to comScore, whose Mobile Metrix provides mobile audience measurement across smartphones and tablets, 197.4 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones  during the three months ending in December. As mentioned pple ranked as the top OEM with 42.9% of U.S. smartphone subscribers. Samsung ranked second with 28.4% market share, followed by LG with 9.9%, Motorola with 5.3%, and HTC with 3.3%.

Android ranked as the top smartphone platform in December with 53.3%, followed by Apple with 42.9%, Microsoft with 2.9%,and BlackBerry...

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11:46
Rugged Turing Phone to Run on Sailfish OS, Not...


Turing Robotic Industries this week announced that it has uninstalled Google's Android mobile platform in favor of Jolla's Sailfish OS in its yet-to-appear secure smartphone. The Turing Phone, molded from a single unit of the Liquidmorphium liquid-metal alloy, is designed to be more durable to absorb shocks and prevent screen breakage. Preorder pricing ranges from $610 for the 16-GB version to $870 for the 128-GB model. TRI started taking preorders for the smartphone last year.

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11:46
Instagram rolling out multiple account support to...

A little over two months ago our sister site 9to5Google reported that Instagram was releasing multiple account support for its Android app, and it now appears it will be coming to iOS too. The feature is not currently available to all users, but there are reports that many are already seeing it enabled. Multiple users are reporting to Latergramme that the option is now visible for them under the Options menu view.

With this long-awaited feature being integrated into the...

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11:35
Apple Pay is now accepted in 2 million locations,...

International expansion has paid well for Apple Pay.

According to Bloomberg, Apple Pay is now accepted in more than 2 million retail locations around the world, with more retailers—like Crate & Barrel, Chick-fil-A, and Au Bon Pain—planning to incorporate Apple’s mobile payment system soon.

Originally, Apple wanted to expand Apple Pay to 1.5 million retail locations worldwide by the end of 2015. In addition to surpassing that goal, Apple also saw in-app Apple Pay purchases more than double in the last six months of 2015. That statistic is likely attributed to the growing number of online retailers offering Apple Pay during checkout.

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11:09
Here’s which smartphone apps have the most usage on...

comScore today has shared its monthly report on both smartphone and app marketshare. The data released today reflects the three-month average ending in December of 2015. The report breaks down the top smartphone platforms, manufacturers, and perhaps most interestingly, the most popular apps…

As you can see in the chart below, Facebook remains the most used app on smartphones, reaching 76.8 percent of all smartphone users that are 18 or older. Facebook Messenger comes in second place with 62.5 percent, while...

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10:58
Microsoft's Bing & Cortana apps for iPhone...

Microsoft on Thursday updated two of its iPhone apps -- Cortana and Bing Search -- with support for 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, along with a number of other new upgrades.

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10:21
Summon your Tesla Model S using only your Apple...

Last month Tesla released its latest ‘Autopilot’ update (v7.1), which we covered intensively on Electrek, but if you are not up-to-date with Tesla’s latest software, the Model S’ Autopilot now includes a new feature called ‘Summon’, which allows Tesla owners to remotely move their vehicle without anyone in it.

At the moment, it is primarily used to get the Model S in and out of a garage easily, but in the future, Tesla CEO Elon Musk says you will be able to summon your car from across the country and it will come meet you while charging at Tesla Superchargers along the way....

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10:13
News: Apple ordered to pay $625M to VirnetX in...

Apple has been ordered to pay $625.6 million in damages to patent-holding company VirnetX over its FaceTime and VPN patents, CNET reports. This latest lawsuit is a retrial of a 2012 award where Apple was ordered to pay $368.2 million; an appeals court dismissed that damage award against Apple and ordered a new trial for some of the infringement claims. VirnetX refiled the suit in January, covering these earlier infringement claims as well as infringements…

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10:12
Apple Deals: $100 off 13" MacBook Airs with 8GB...

AI readers this week can save $370-$440 on Apple's most popular 15" MacBook Pros with 3 years of AppleCare included, plus a free AIO AirPrint photo printer, free shipping, and no tax in 48 states. Also, $100 off select 13" MacBook Airs, or $100+ off all 13" MacBook Airs with AppleCare plus a free Apple Super Drive.

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09:53
Notarize app turns your iPhone into a convenient,...

For anyone who knows the pain of having to look for a public notary, you may be interested in the new Notarize app that just hit the App Store today. Users can actually get documents legally notarized conveniently from the iPhone. Here’s how it works:

Thanks to a law passed in 2011 by the state of Virginia, certified Virginian notaries can complete remote notarization using live video calls. Notarize takes advantage of this and other related laws to create a seamless notarization process. Without having to search for or wait in lines for public notaries, users can quickly notarize documents from anywhere with an iPhone and an Internet connection.

Here’s how Notarize explains it...

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09:44
Spotify gives Amazon Echo a dose of on-demand music

Amazon Echo is going back to its music streaming roots with Spotify support.

The connected speaker can now tap into Spotify’s 30 million songs through voice commands. For instance, users can say “Alexa, play Pearl Jam from Spotify,” or “Alexa, play Afternoon Acoustic from Spotify.”

Voice commands should work with any song, artist, album, or playlist, provided users have signed into Spotify through Amazon’s Alexa companion smartphone app. Echo also supports Spotify Connect, allowing a phone or tablet to serve as the remote control while music plays through the speaker.

There’s just one catch: Listening through Amazon Echo requires a $10 per month Spotify Premium subscription. This isn’t a huge surprise given that Spotify also requires a subscription for some other home entertainment devices, such as Chromecast Audio and...

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09:30
The Narrative Clip 2: A cautionary tale of why you...

Image via GetNarrative.com, since I obviously don't have the camera in hand...

I have a problem - I like to pre-order tech devices and back crowdfunding projects, and then I wait for a long time for this stuff to ship. My most recent frustration is with the Narrative Clip 2. The Narrative Clip 2 is the second generation of a tiny lifelogging camera that clips onto your clothing and then takes photos or videos without a need to remember to press a shutter button. I liked the first Narrative Clip -- although my wife told me to "take that damned thing off" when she realized it was taking photos of her all the time -- and when the improved second version was announced last year I decided it was time to revisit the Clip. My order was made on May 27, 2015, and as of today, it still hasn't shipped.

Now I have to admit that the team in Sweden that's working on the Narrative Clip 2 is doing some pretty amazing...

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08:59
Google Chrome will flag deceptive download buttons...

Google is taking another aggressive step towards correcting deceptive practices on the web.

The company recently announced Chrome will throw up a warning page if it detects a user heading to a webpage with deceptive download buttons attached to an ad. The new warning is in line with the company’s social engineering policy announced in November, Google said in a blog post.

Google

An example of a deceptive download button contained in an ad.

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08:58
Hands-on with CarPlay on the new Chevy Volt’s 8-inch...

Earlier this year at CES, Seth and I had the opportunity to test drive the new Chevy Volt hybrid (okay, I actually just held the camera in the back seat) which has one of the best CarPlay screen we’ve seen yet. Check out our hands-on experience with the Volt’s very nice display from our test drive below …

You can read more about the second-gen Chevy Volt at Electrek, but the takeaway for the purpose of this piece is that the quality of the display in the car can really make or break the CarPlay experience.

The Volt uses an 8-inch capacitive touch display, which is only slightly larger than an iPad mini and bigger than either of my aftermarket CarPlay displays. The bottom line is that bigger is better, and avoid resistive...

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08:50
Apple adds new data for 20 locations to Apple Maps

It never hurts when a new clump of data is added to the Apple Maps database.

On Wednesday, Apple announced that 3D Flyover, traffic and point of interest data had been added for 20 locations to its in-house mapping solution, including popular locales like the Virgin Islands and Taiwan.

The company listed the following locations:

– Adelaide, Australia

– Amiens, France

– Berne, Switzerland

– Bremen, Germany

– Columbus, OH

– Dresden, Germany

– Eindhoven, Netherlands

– Johannesburg, South Africa

– La Rochelle, France

– Louisville, KY

– Middlesbrough, UK

– Nantes, France

– Salzburg, Austria

– South Bend, IN

– Springfield, MO

– Taormina, Italy

– Toulouse, France

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08:40
A Revolving Verdict against Apple in Patent...

In November 2012 Apple lost their FaceTime patent lawsuit to VirnetX who was awarded $368.2 million. Apple appealed and ...

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08:39
iTunes, App Store, & Apple TV services hit by...

The iTunes Store, the iOS and Mac App Stores, and even the Apple TV were among services affected by a midday outage on Thursday, leaving some people unable to reach them or make purchases. [Updated]

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08:30
Why your Facebook News Feed is filled with Friends...

When you sign in to Facebook this morning, you’ll be greeted by a strange message: “Happy Friends Day!” If you’re wondering what Friends Day is, don’t worry—you haven’t missed out on celebrating this important holiday for your entire life. It’s a social media holiday that Facebook just invented to celebrate its 12th birthday.

Facebook

But you can join in on the pseudo-holiday fun. Facebook is creating personalized videos for every user, stitching together several photos of you and your friends so you can reflect on how great your relationships are. Or, in my case, wonder why on earth Facebook’s algorithm would choose such awful photos.

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08:20
Apple Pay now supported at approximately two million...

It’s hard to laugh at two million points of sale.

Apple’s Apple Pay mobile payment solution is now supported at approximately two million locations around the world. In addition to revealing that 2 million locations now support the service, a Bloomberg article also says that Chick-Fil-A, Crate & Barrel, and Au Bon Pain will also start rolling out support for the service soon.

In the past, Chick-Fil-A has experimented with a QR-based solution for mobile payments, but that effort has ultimately flopped according to employees. The company also recently revamped its app, but it’s unclear if the app too will gain support for Apple Pay, or if the rollout is limited to physical locations.

Online retailer Zappos has also stated that...

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08:01
The ticking time bomb of Parse shutting down

What happens to apps that are dependent on Parse when Parse shuts off its service for good? There are a LOT of apps in this category.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:54
App Store and iTunes Experiencing Issues for Many...

Apple has updated its System Status page to reflect that many users may be unable to access, purchase, or update apps on the App Store on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Multiple other iCloud services are or were also experiencing downtime, including the iTunes Store, iBooks Store, iCloud Drive, and iWork for iCloud.

The issues began shortly before 7:00 a.m. Pacific and appear to be widespread, affecting customers in the United States, Canada, Europe, and elsewhere, according to social media posts. Apple TV services and Apple's Volume Purchase Program are also affected by the service issues.

Update (9:10 a.m. Pacific): Apple's System Status page shows that the App Store, iTunes, and other iCloud services have been restored.

Tags: App Store, iTunes,...

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07:54
Bing Search for iPhone gets barcode scanner w/ price...

Users of the Bing app for iPhone are getting some welcomed improvements today with the latest update bringing a new barcode scanner with price comparison functionality and a new deal finder feature.

With the barcode scanner, Bing notes on its blog that it will use scanned barcodes to automatically search its database and “return prices and customer ratings from major retailers, including Amazon, Walmart, Target, and others.”

For iPhone 6s and 6s+ users, the barcode scanner can quickly be accessed using new 3D Touch quick actions with a firm press of Bing app icon. Also available in quick actions is access to...

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07:50
Banned by Tesla!

Really, Tesla? You cancelled his car order? Both sides should be embarrassed by this back and forth.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:49
Apple Revisits a Key Flexible Display Invention that...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published continuation patent application 20160033994 from Apple. This particular patent application originally ignited the excitement behind the idea of a future iWatch.

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07:47
iTunes, App Store, and other services experiencing...

A list of App Store and iTunes services are currently down preventing users from processing downloads, making purchases or in some cases even streaming their music from iTunes in the Cloud. Apple’s system status currently (as of 10:52AM EST) lists App Store, Apple TV, iBooks Store, iTunes in the Cloud, iTunes Match, iTunes Store, Mac App Store, and the Volume Purchase Program as potentially being unavailable for some users.

The detailed timeline listed at the bottom of the page describes that in regards to all store services, some users are affected and have been since a little before 10AM EST. It also appears that multiple...

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07:42
Apple ordered to pay $625M in revived VirnetX patent...

Given that this is a retrial, can Apple appeal this verdict?

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:36
Sharp leaning towards Foxconn takeover, but with no...

Sharp is indeed leaning towards a takeover by Apple's main manufactuing partner, Foxconn, but no exclusive negotiating rights have been offered, the company's CEO announced at a Thursday press conference.

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07:29
News: Apple Pay reaches 2 million retail locations

Apple Pay is now available in more than two million retail locations, The Business Times reports. In addition, new merchants such as Crate & Barrel, Chick-fil-A, and Au Bon Pain have begun rolling out Apple Pay in their stores. Last year, Apple set a goal to make Apple Pay available in 1.5 million locations by the end of 2015, and not only has the company exceeded that goal, but Apple notes the volume of in-app purchases using Apple Pay have more…

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07:27
USB Type-C cable so bad it fries Google engineer’s...

What’s interesting about this is the possibility that a bad USB-C cable can fry a laptop.

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07:22
Rethinking the value of the iPad Pro and Surface Pro

Tim Bajarin weighs in with his thoughts on using the iPad Pro as his primary computer.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:13
Five Original Apple Watch Interface Patents Surface...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a series of five patent applications from Apple that are primarily related to the Apple Watch. The entire series of applications are identically titled "Context-Specific User Interfaces" and presents current and future ideas.

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07:08
GoPro works to stem losses with 'connected and...

Facing increasingly fierce competition in the industry it helped create, GoPro this week announced plans to simplify its product line and innovate on usability, with what CEO Nick Woodman called "the most connected and convenient GoPro we have ever made."

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06:20
Apple discourages Supreme Court from hearing Samsung...

Apple this week attempted to dissuade the U.S. Supreme Court from hearing Samsung's request for review in their ongoing patent infringement dispute, with Apple telling the highest court in America that the $548 million settlement does not deserve review.

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Pay What You Want Leawo Media-Pro...

In today’s iLounge Deals you can get a collection of five handy media apps in the Pay What You Want Leawo Media-Pro Mac Bundle. Pay whatever you want for Music Recorder for Mac, and if you beat the average price you’ll receive the complete set of all five apps, including Tunes Cleaner for Mac, YouTube Downloader for Mac, Video Converter for Mac, and DVD Ripper for Mac. Best of all, 10% of the profits from your purchase will go toward Save…

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05:00
Update Existing SQL Records Using the UPDATE...

Previously we looked at finding data in a SQL database and The UPDATE statement is used to update records in a table. You can also use the UPDATE statement to update existing records in a table. When using the SQL UPDATE statement, we’ll also use the WHERE clause, as we used previously to constrain output of a SELECT statement. The WHERE locates the record(s) to be updated with syntax as follows:

UPDATE table
SET column=value,column=value,...
WHERE column=value;

The WHERE clause indicates the record(s) to update. I’ve forgotten to put it in in the past and updated every record of a database. That’s bad (unless you mean to do it). So let’s run a SELECT on our sample database from earlier, so we can see the “Customers” table from our first article:

ID Site Contact Address City Zip Country
1 Krypted Charles Edge my house Minneapolis 55418 US
2 Apple Tim Cook spaceship Cupertino 95014 US
3 Microsoft Satya Nadella campus Redmond 98053...

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05:00
Holster up, partner, with this LD West iPhone case

iPhones don't always fit well (or at all) in a pocket, especially the big ol’ iPhone 6 Plus, which I use. This means you’ll need either a case that clips onto your belt or a holster case.

Yep, a holster case, similar to one used for packing a side arm. LD West ’s $120 Original LD West Holster is a fine example of this, though it’s not for everyone. I like it when I’m wearing a jacket or my outdoor work clothes, but it looks kinda silly when I’m wearing a T-shirt and short pants.

Available in different hues, the Original LD West Holster offers quick and easy access to your iPhone. I thought I might find the holster case uncomfortable to wear for a long time, but it was surprisingly comfortable. The straps adjust to fit just about anyone. However, I found it a bit tricky to assemble the Original LD West Holster. Thankfully, you can view a helpful instructional video on how to do this...

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05:00
Apple Pencils In March 15 for 4-Inch iPhone Launch


Apple is planning an event to unveil a refresh of its iPhone 5s and its Apple Watch, as well as to introduce a new version of its iPad Air, according to a Tuesday report. However, the event date could change, or the company could opt for an online announcement. The 4-inch Phone 5se reportedly will look similar to the 5s and sell at the same price point -- $450 -- but it will have a faster processor, Apple's A9 chip and support for Apple Pay.

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04:50
Kool Tools: BBEdit 11.5

Bare Bones Software’s (www.barebones.com) BBEdit 11.5, an update to its professional strength HTML and text editor, provides several performance improvements, refinements to fit and finish, and changes to streamline workflow in specific areas, such as Find Differences.

In all, this new version includes more than one hundred and sixty new features, changes to existing features, and fixes for specific reported issues. Version 11.5requires Mac OS X 10.9.5 or later, and is fully compatible with OS X El Capitan.

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04:28
Rising number of smart homes will drive the global...

The global connected device market is set to reach $6.2 million by 2020, growing at a compound annual growth rate of over 10%, according to new data from the Technavio (www.technavio.com) research group.

In 2015, the Americas was the largest market for connected devices, accounting for almost 46% of the overall market share. Technavio’s report states that rapid advances in technology and changing consumer preferences regarding the use of electronic devices are the main factors contributing to market growth in this region.

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04:19
Apple Inventions Reveal Original 3D Touch System...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a pair of patent applications from Apple relating to next-generation force and/or 3D Touch. One involves a new touch force deflection sensor system ...

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04:18
Apple Pay Coming Soon to Crate & Barrel, Chick-...

Apple Pay is now available at more than 2 million retail locations, with merchants such as Crate & Barrel, Chick-fil-A and Au Bon Pain set to accept the system in stores imminently, reports The Business Times.

Online clothing retailer Zappos.com also added Apple Pay to its iPhone and iPad apps on Tuesday, following a number of requests from customers to use the feature.

The announcement by Apple comes alongside news that the mobile payment service exceeded the company's goal to make it available at 1.5 million locations by the end of 2015. In-app purchases using the service also more than doubled in the last six months of 2015 compared with the first half, says the company.

Despite the upbeat announcement, Apple still has work to convince U.S. customers to use Apple Pay at retail stores. According to a survey by consumer researcher...

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04:12
Ableton Link is now available in Live

Ableton has announced that Link, its new technology for playing in time together, is now available in Live 9.6, a free update to Live 9.

Link synchronizes beat, phase, and tempo of Live and Link-enabled iOS apps over a wireless or ethernet connection. It works between several instances of Live, with Live and iOS apps, or even without Live in your setup.

Live 9.6 is a free update for Live 9 users. Link is also now available in a number of iOS apps. Go to the Ableton website (www.ableton.com) for details.

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04:01
CoverMe announces private cloud storage service

CoverMe, Inc. has announced a new CoverMe Private Cloud Storage service, which works together with their CoverMe App iOS 2.5 to provide backup of your private, confidential data.

People have often asked if they lose their phone can they recover their photos? If they change their mobile phone, can the contacts list and data be transferred to their new phone? The new CoverMe Private Cloud Storage provides the solution to these questions, creating a place to store your personal data.

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03:25
The 3 technologies retailers need to succeed

Retailers looking to grow in a fast-changing industry need to focus on three main technologies. Computerworld's Sharon Gaudin -- just back from the National Retail Federation's Big Show -- and Executive News Editor Ken Mingis have the details.

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03:00
Mingis on Tech: Mac guy becomes a Dell dude;...

Dell's XPS 15 9550 Touch laptop wins kudos from Computerworld Editor in Chief Scot Finnie. And what about those reports that Apple's iPhone may soon get wireless charging capabilities?

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01:52
Apple invention hints at force-sensitive Touch ID...

An Apple patent filing published on Thursday suggests future iPhones and iPads might sport force-sensing Touch ID home buttons that rely on technology similar to iPhone 6s' 3D Touch system.

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01:11
Patent Troll VirnetX Awarded $626M In Damages From...

Tackhead writes: Having won a $200M judgement against Microsoft in 2010, lost a $258M appeal against Cisco in 2013, and having beaten Apple for $368M in 2012, only to see the verdict overturned in 2014, patent troll VirnetX is back in the news, having been awarded $626M in damages arising from the 2012 Facetime patent infringement case against Apple.


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Wednesday February 3

23:07
Suede protector products can be purchased from...

Forums: Hardware

Cleaning Suede Fabric jackets and accessories should be tackled in much the same way as cleaning suede boots and shoes, but there are some slight differences in the methods and the suede cleaners.

Suede protector products can be purchased from stores and most shoe shops. They act as a barrier against dirt and water stains. It’s best to apply protector when you first get your suede boots or jackets home, and again after each clean. Keep in mind, however, that although these products reduce dirt build up, they don’t prevent it altogether.

If you’re packing up your suede to take on a trip, don’t try to transport it in plastic bags, or any other form of non-breathable material that will cause the suede to sweat. Instead, use a cotton tote bag, or even an old pillowcase.

Suede is a much softer and...

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22:54
The biggest plus of a modular home from Chian

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: container housesentry boxmodular homehzxiaoya

The biggest plus of a modular home is likely its energy efficiency. Believe it or not, because pre-fabricated Container Houses are constructed indoors, totally within a factory setting, they are made with materials that never endure weather damage. This cuts down on drywall warping and mold damage. Also the manufacturer is able to insulate a modular...

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22:35
Apple Pay accepted at more than 2M locations, coming...

As of Thursday, iPhone and Apple Watch owners can use their devices to complete Apple Pay transactions at more than two million retail locations, Apple says, with chains like Chik-fil-A expected to add compatibility soon.

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21:14
shaiya gold Weekend said the extradition

Forums: HardwareTags: shaiya gold

Trinidad Lawyer Common Faris Al Rawi on shaiya gold Weekend said the extradition situation could proceed, and on Weekend a magistrate will choose whether or not to discharge the demand by the US.

Warner's defense is challenging Monday's choice, noting that Al Rawi's authorisation was finalized Five times after a due date set by a lawful assess.
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20:47
Apple Pay now accepted at 2M locations, rolling out...

Bloomberg reports today that Apple’s mobile payments solution Apple Pay is now supported at 2 million locations around the world. In addition to revealing that 2 million locations now support the service, the report also says that Chick-Fil-A, Crate & Barrel, and Au Bon Pain will also start rolling out support for the service soon.

In the past, Chick-Fil-A has experimented with a QR-based solution for mobile payments, but that effort has ultimately flopped according to employees. The company also recently revamped its app, but it’s unclear if the app too will gain support for Apple Pay, or if the rollout is limited to physical locations.

Likewise, online retailer Zappos will soon be adding Apple Pay...

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20:40
Sharp, Foxconn to enter talks over $5.5B takeover...

Sharp reportedly plans to enter talks with Foxconn over a takeover bid that could be worth some $5.5 billion, suggesting an end is near for Foxconn's bidding war with Innovation Network Corporation of Japan.

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17:55
Apple adds 20 Flyover cities, new Traffic and Nearby...

As part of Apple's continued Maps buildout effort, the company on Wednesday added 3D Flyover, traffic and point of interest data to its in-house mapping solution, including popular locales like the Virgin Islands and Taiwan.

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17:28
Apple’s App Problem

Following up on Walt Mossberg’s column regarding the quality of Apple’s first-party apps, Jim Dalrymple writes:

I understand that Apple has a lot of balls in the air, but they
have clearly taken their eye off some of them. There is absolutely
no doubt that Apple Music is getting better with each update to
the app, but what we have now is more of a 1.0 version that what
we received last year.

Personally, I don’t care much about all the celebrities that Apple
can parade around — I care about a music service that works.
That’s it.

If Apple Music (or any of the other software that has
problems) was the iPhone, it would never have been released in
the state it was.

Software and hardware are profoundly different...

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16:50
XSAN 2.2 Storage Pool Failure

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: XSAN 2.2

I have a storage pool that just failed and now my Xsan 2.2 volume will not mount. The storage pool that went down was on an XServe RAID and it seems like a drive failed on it and it did not rebuild the volume.

One of the metadata controllers still has the volume mounted and I can see and access the other storage pools. I can see what files were on the storage pool that went down and I am okay with losing those files.

I cannot however mount the volume on new any newer machine.

What are my options to get the volume working again?

I was thinking of reinitializing the Xserve RAID and then renaming it with the storage pool and LUN name as it was before?

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16:08
Apple Music update lets Android users save songs to...

Apple in an update to the Android version of Apple Music on Wednesday added the ability to save downloaded songs to an SD card, greatly increasing the offline listening library capacities for phones running Google mobile operating system.

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15:50
Here's the 'Simpsons' search engine...

You don't win friends with salad, but you can probably make plenty of new ones by becoming a Simpsons meme machine with Frinkiac, a new search engine dedicated to the show. Just type in a few lines and Frinkiac will match it up with screenshots from...

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15:28
Justin.tv is set to return as a Snapchat channel

The man who played a key role in pioneering livestreaming as we know it is offering viewers a window into his life once more. Justin Kan announced that his Justin.tv "lifecasting" exploits will make a comeback as a Snapchat channel. Kan says he likes...

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15:26
Fitbit's Alta Is Dressed to Kill


Fitbit has unveiled a new fitness tracker that highlights muted colors and fashion-forward design elements. The Alta, priced at $129, has a brushed, stainless steel body that supports interchangeable bands, so that it doesn't stand out for the wrong reasons. Consumers can select bands from the Classic line, available in plum, teal, black and blue for $30 each. They can step up the style with hide-leather Luxe bands that come in graphite and lush pink for $60 each, or take it up another notch with a hand-polished stainless steel band for $100.

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15:09
A Texas jury says Apple must pay VirnetX $626...

An Eastern District of Texas jury has decided Apple must pay $626 million for infringing four patents held by VirnetX, a Nevada-based patent licensing company, according to Macworld.

The jury ruled against Apple on all counts, saying the infringement was willful. Apple has already asked the judge to declare a mistrial after lawyers for VirnetX made what Apple called "arguments outside the evidence, blatantly misrepresenting the testimony of Apple witnesses,” notes Macworld.

In January 2014, VirnetX filed a motion with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas seeking to supplement its infringement contentions against Apple, the defendant in a patent infringement lawsuit.

The motion alleged that Apple products, including products containing the redesigned VPN On Demand and Per App VPN features implemented in...

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14:57
Apple Ordered to Pay $625 Million in VirnetX Patent...

Apple was today found guilty of willfully infringing on four patents in an ongoing dispute with VirnetX and has been ordered to pay $625 million in damages, reports CNBC.

The patents in question relate to virtual private networking (VPN) protocols and in today's ruling, the jury decided that Apple's FaceTime and iMessages service, along with the iOS devices that support those services, infringe on VirnetX's intellectual property.

The patent dispute between Apple and VirnetX dates back to 2010, with a jury initially awarding VirnetX $368 million in 2012 after Apple was found guilty of infringing on VirnetX patents. That decision was...

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14:49
Jury: Apple must pay $626 million to patent troll...

An East Texas jury has ruled that Apple must pay patent-holding company VirnetX $625.6 million for infringing four patents. It's a massive verdict for VirnetX, a company that has no products and makes its money solely through patent litigation.

The verdict form (PDF) shows the jury found Apple infringed on every patent claim that was at issue. The first question was how much Apple should pay for infringement related to two VirnetX patents that it had already been ruled to infringe, and the jury held Apple should pay $334.9 million. The panel also found in VirnetX's favor on other, disputed patent claims, and ordered Apple to pay another $290.7 million for infringing those. The accused products included Apple's VPN on Demand, FaceTime, and the iMessage service.

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14:46
Mossberg weighs in on Apple’s app shortcomings of...

There’s a pretty interesting piece over on The Verge in which the mighty Walt Mossberg cites some apparent shortcomings in Apple’s apps in recent years.

He points out that Apple’s products are often considered the best you can buy and that this is part of the Mac and iOS user experience.

“In the last couple of years, however, I’ve noticed a gradual degradation in the quality and reliability of Apple’s core apps, on both the mobile iOS operating system and its Mac OS X platform. It’s almost as if the tech giant has taken its eye off the ball when it comes to these core software products, while it pursues big new dreams, like smartwatches and cars.”

He might be right.

Mossberg then goes on to point out the the majority of Apple’s apps work well and integrate...

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14:27
Apple hit with $626 million in damages in patent case

A jury in Texas has decided Apple must pay $626 million for infringing four patents held by a Nevada-based patent licensing company.

The patents cover technology used in Apple's VPN on Demand software back to 2009, its FaceTime messaging system back to 2010, and its iMessage software.

The trial follows one in 2012 in which Apple was found to infringe on Virnet X patents but managed to overturn the verdict on appeal.

On Wednesday, a jury in the Eastern District of Texas found for VirnetX and against Apple on all counts, going on to find the infringement was willful -- a legal finding that can greatly increase damages.

The Eastern District court is a popular place for patent infringement lawsuits and has earned a reputation as somewhere that favors patent holders in such disputes.

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14:09
Apple ordered to pay $625M in revived VirnetX patent...

A federal jury on Wednesday found Apple guilty of willfully infringing on four VirnetX patents, awarding the non-practicing entity $625.6 million in damages and ongoing royalties from a previous court finding.

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14:09
MIT Team Runs Victory Lap in 1st Hyperloop...


A team from MIT won the best overall design award in the first round of the Hyperloop pod design contest, held last weekend at Texas A&M University. About 120 teams participated in the event. The MIT entry focused on speed, braking, stability and levitation. Powerful magnets placed over a conducting plate -- the aluminum SpaceX track -- will accomplish levitation in an actual pod. The magnets generate lift.
The MIT team's capsule, which is about 8 feet long and 3 feet wide, weighs about 550 pounds. It's not meant to hold people or cargo.

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13:43
Tip of the Day: Syncing iTunes Store videos with...

Although many users are likely focused mostly on HD videos these days, Apple has still been taking steps recently to increase the quality of the SD video content in the iTunes Store, pushing the envelope beyond what older traditional iPods can handle. If you’re still using an iPod classic or iPod nano for storing and watching videos, you may start running into an error message that “high-quality SD video is not compatible with this iPod”…

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13:34
Watch the amazing verbal choreography behind Grease...

The Verge:

…this video from the show’s associate director Carrie Havel shows you a small slice of the action, with Havel coordinating the live footage — singing along to “Great Lightning,” but with all the lyrics replaced with camera numbers.

It just goes to show that when it comes to live performances, the choreography behind the scenes is usually as impressive as what’s on stage.

This behind the scenes stuff is fascinating. You can’t begin to imagine the work that goes into a production like this and then to add to the pressure, they’re doing it live. Incredible work.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Review: Just Mobile HoverDock for Apple Watch +...

Just Mobile introduced two new docks at CES, and unlike many products seen at the show, both HoverDock for Apple Watch ($35) and HoverDock for iPhone ($35) will be ready for release in the coming days. Both docks are extremely similar — in fact, other than a slight difference in how the cables are held, they're the exact same dock. In both iterations, HoverDock is surrounded by an aluminum ring, with a soft-touch top section, and cable management hidden inside the dock, accessible through a removable plastic-and-rubber base. Cleverly, HoverDock's base can be rotated to further retract either the Lightning cable or Apple Watch charging cable (you must supply your own cable in either instance). Both docks intend to give the sense that a Lightning-based iPhone or Apple Watch is floating, hence the name HoverDock. But though there's only one true difference between the HoverDocks, that slight divergence matters more than you might expect.{/exp:char_limit}
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If you’ve accidentally told OS X’s system-wide spelling checker to learn misspelled words, never fear, since there’s an easy way to remove them, either one at a time, or in bulk. And once you learn that, you’ll see how you can sync your custom words between Macs so you have the same set everywhere.

 

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12:26
Sony says dual-lens camera tech launching with...

Apple's image sensor supplier, Sony, is expecting its dual-lens camera technology to be launched by "major smartphone players" within the next year, according to comments by the company's CFO.

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12:12
T-Mobile Wins OpenSignal Speed Tests


T-Mobile's 700-MHz rollout has given its mobile users some of the fastest data speeds in the U.S. market, according to a report OpenSignal released Tuesday. OpenSignal crowdsources data on carrier signal quality from users who have its consumer mobile application installed. T-Mobile has the fastest 4G LTE download speeds in the country, overtaking Verizon by a slight edge. Its expanded LTE coverage is almost identical to AT&T's coverage and is closing the gap with Verizon's coverage, according to the "State of Mobile Networks: USA" report.

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12:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: A wallet with a wallop

Wallet with a wallop

This week’s roundup features an iPhone case that doubles as a wallet and as a viewing stand for the phone. Read on!

Dreem

Wallets seem to be the rage in iPhone accessories these days. The $29.88 Dreem features a “detachable wallet folio,” as well as kickstands and “premium vegan leather.”

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How to assess security, compliance and privacy...

In keeping with our commitment to provide customers the utmost transparency, we have released a detailed overview of how Office 365 controls map to the security, privacy, compliance and risk management controls defined in the Cloud Security Alliance Cloud Control Matrix (CSA CCM).

The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) is a nonprofit organization led by a broad coalition of industry practitioners, associations, governments and corporate and individual members who are dedicated to defining and raising awareness of best practices that help ensure a secure cloud computing environment. The CSA CCM Security, Trust & Assurance Registry (STAR) is considered the gold standard while performing risk assessment and due diligence against cloud service providers. As part of our efforts to provide customers with in-depth insights into our security, compliance and privacy controls, we regularly publish self-assessments of...

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11:43
Pebble update adds support for Health-based...

Apple Watch competitor Pebble has today announced a hefty update to its smartwatch experience. The update, which bumps the company’s Pebble Time smartphone app for iPhone to version 3.6 and the watch firmware to version 3.9, includes a variety of enhancements to Health, Messages, and more.

As far as Pebble Health goes, the company says that a new API is now available that allows watchfaces and apps to take advantage of Pebble Health stats. Watchfaces that use this new feature will be available on the Pebble app store “soon,” according to a blog post. Furthermore, Pebble says that Health tracking is “more accurate overall” and also now includes the ability to show step distance in kilometers.

In addition to the Pebble Health enhancements, version 3.9 of...

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11:10
Sony's Dual Camera to See Inclusion in Devices...

Sony, the manufacturer behind many the camera sensors used in Apple's iOS devices, recently confirmed that its dual-lens camera platform will be featured in devices from "major smartphone players" in 2016. The information was shared by Sony CFO Kenchiro Yoshida during the company's recent Q3 2015 earnings call and was highlighted by Xperiablog.

Sony's camera technology is used by a wide range of smartphone manufacturers, including Apple, and Yoshida declined to name specific companies that would take advantage of Sony's dual-lens camera platform. Dual-lens technology has previously been used in smartphones such as the HTC M8, but it may soon become a more popular option following rumors that Apple plans to incorporate a dual-lens system into its...

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10:56
NewerTech HDMI Headless Video Accelerator now...

NewerTech (www.newertech.com) is shipping its HDMI Headless Video Accelerator again after it sold out last November. It’s a $19.50adapter that plugs into the Mac mini’s HDMI display port to make “headless” display-free Mac minis used as storage and media servers think there’s a display attached.

The NewerTech adapter activates the Mac’s video drivers and GPU (graphics processing unit) for 100% full video performance. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later.

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10:52
InSili.co launches ObjCConverter for Swift for the...

InSili.co has launched ObjCConverter for Swift for the Mac App Store. ObjCConverter for Swift (previously known as iSwift) offers automatic as-you-type conversion of your Objective-C sources to Apple's Swift language along with a full-featured Objective-C editor.

It allows you to convert and translate your existing Objective-C files — Cocoa or iOS — to Swift on the fly. ObjCConverter for Swift/iSwift 2.4 is available for $14.99 at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/z9aa93q). It requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.

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10:39
∞ About Walt Mossberg and Apple’s app problem

Walt Mossberg wrote this morning that Apple’s apps need work. He’s absolutely right. [...]

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10:35
Podcast 493: VR hints, smaller iPhone rumors, Apple...

Everyone's antsy for Apple's next move. This week we discuss the rumored March 15 event, and how we think a lot of people could get pretty excited about a "new" 4-inch iPhone 5se. The new iPad Air should have some cool features too, and it probably makes sense that Apple would happily roll out new mayonnaise loops but avoid getting locked in to a yearly refresh cycle for the Apple Watch hardware itself.

But new iPhones and iPads aren't enough to impress those weirdos on Wall Street, who are obsessed with viewing Apple's business three months at a time, and aren't that wild about where the company is right now. We talk about if that's reasonable, and what it could mean for regular customers like us. Oh, and speaking of the earnings call, what's this about Tim Cook's interest in VR?

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10:34
Square's Apple Pay-ready NFC reader goes on...

The Square Contactless and Chip Reader -- compatible with Apple Pay -- arrived at U.S. Apple Stores on Wednesday, and should soon be available through Apple's online storefront.

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09:44
Apple Back to School promo returns to Australia...

Apple on Wednesday launched the Australian and New Zealand editions of its annual Back to School sale, offering either Beats headphones or iPad discounts to qualifying shoppers buying a new Mac.

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09:21
External Link: Walt Mossberg Says Core Apple Apps...

If you feel as though Apple’s own apps aren’t living up to the company’s high standards, you’re not alone. At The Verge, venerable tech columnist Walt Mossberg has penned a criticism of Apple’s more troubled apps, singling out iTunes (“I dread opening the thing.”), Mail, Photos, and iCloud. “It’s almost as if the tech giant has taken its eye off the ball when it comes to these core software products, while it pursues big new dreams, like smartwatches and cars,” Mossberg said. Given the problems we and our readers have seen with iTunes and Mail in particular, we hope Apple pays heed to this warning from the elder statesman of tech journalism.

 

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