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Monday August 31

08:22
Apple to expand retail store Apple Camp from summer...

Apple’s summer “Apple Camp” program for students will expand to become a year-round program beginning in September, according to a message from Apple Retail head Angela Ahrendts to employees this week. Ahrendts also noted that field trips and programs for teachers will also become year-round. Here’s Ahrendts message to employees on the matter, per Apple Retail employees:

We’re also, for September, expanding our summer camps and our field trips for students, for teachers, to make those a year-round program. I don’t have to tell you the impact they make on so many lives and the energy they bring to the store, so why not continue that program throughout the year?

Apple’s retail...

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08:05
The Icon Factory: Apple Music, Beats 1, and how to...

Grantland:

As conceived, Beats 1 is the most prefab, retro pitch in Apple’s streaming service portfolio — a radio station, with DJs and songs. Beats 1, of course, has been much more than that, and sometimes a little less. A tastemaker with no genre-bound point of view, a 24-hour channel that is “always on,” and a hub for famous voices to share their loves, the station has become the surprising hallmark of Apple’s streaming bid.

Turns out people still like listening to the radio.

It’s going to be interesting to see if Beats 1 can “make a star” – if, with promotion and air play, Beats 1 can take an unknown artist to global popularity.

∞...

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08:05
Tepid Demand for Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge+ has...

In July we posted a report titled "Samsung Confirms Crashing Galaxy S6 Sales Hurt Q2 Financials with Poor Q3 Profit Forecast Duly Noted." Today it's being reported that Samsung is crashing again.

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07:58
News: Apple hiring ex-Microsoft employee hints at...

Apple’s hiring of a former Microsoft employee is fueling rumors that the company is working on an augmented reality interface, Street Insider reports. In a note to clients, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said, “Based on recent acquisitions of augmented reality companies, hiring of a key Microsoft Hololens employee, and conversations with industry contacts within the virtual and augmented reality spaces, we believe Apple has a team…

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07:43
Report: New Apple TV said to cost between $149 and $...

An iPhone refresh at Apple's September 9 event is all but certain, but the more interesting news might actually be about the Apple TV. The company is said to be revamping the set-top box's hardware for the first time since March of 2012, and historically reliable sources say that the update will also include a redesigned remote control with touch capabilities and Siri support, along with a new app store and SDK.

Those features come at a cost, though. A report from 9to5Mac says that the new Apple TV could cost somewhere between $149 and $199, a substantial increase from the $99 that the third-generation Apple TV cost when it was released. That model...

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07:31
T-Mobile gives Data Tethering Abusers the Smackdown

If you've been finding ways to work around T-Mobile's data tethering caps, get ready for a smackdown because company CEO John Legere is gunning for you. He said customers who find ways to work around the 7GB monthly tethering cap are stealing and that's going stop. About 3,000 people are being targeted, and will get bumped from their unlimited data plan to a capped entry level plan.

The Mac Observer Spin: T-Mobile is clearly making an example out of its most extreme tethering abusers, and the message the company is sending is clear: Play by the rules and we can all be friends; abuse the system and we'll go medieval on you.


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07:27
Apple Hire's HoloLens Audio Engineer...

In May we posted a report titled "Apple Ups the Mystery behind their Secret Virtual Reality Project by Acquiring AR Specialist Metaio," and in June we did a follow-up report. Today we've learned that Apple hired audio an engineer from Microsoft who worked on their HoloLens augmented reality headset.

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06:47
Apple's hiring of a Microsoft HoloLens audio...

In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — Piper Jaffray analyst Travis Jakel says Apple has hired Nick Thompson, formerly the lead audio engineer for Microsoft's HoloLens augmented reality project. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, thinks this is further evidence that the company likely has an internal team working on potential augmented reality (AR) projects. 

"We believe AR audio is often thought of as not important or secondary to the experience, however, we believe positional audio is what sells the experience and convinces the user there is a real object in front of you or behind you," Munster wrote. "The ability to re-create sound coming from a distinct location and changes based on proximity and direction of the object should not be overlooked."

Augmented reality (AR) is a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are supplemented by computer-generated...

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06:40
Over 225,000 Apple Accounts Compromised Via iOS...

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers from Palo Alto Networks and WeipTech have unearthed a scheme that resulted in the largest known Apple account theft caused by malware. All in all, some 225,000 valid Apple accounts have been compromised. The theft is executed via variants of the KeyRaider iOS malware, which targets jailbroken iOS devices. Most of the victims are Chinese — the malware is distributed through third-party Cydia repositories in China — but users in other countries have also been affected (European countries, the U.S., Australia, South Korea, and so on). "The malware hooks system processes through MobileSubstrate, and steals Apple account usernames, passwords and device GUID by intercepting iTunes traffic on the device," Palo Alto researcher Claud Xiao explained. "KeyRaider steals Apple push notification service certificates and private keys, steals and shares App Store purchasing information, and disables local and remote unlocking functionalities on iPhones and...

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06:33
Foxconn Eying More SiP Business from Apple with New...

In terms of semiconductor packaging business, ASE provides the majority of Apple's System in Packages (SiP). The Taiwanese semiconductor package company Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) has received major orders from Apple for the Apple Watch, the iPhone 6S and even the 2016 iPhone 7. Yet a portion of Apple's SiP business goes to Hon-Hai ...

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06:18
Apple reportedly wants Siliconware to become a SiP...

Apple has approached Siliconware Precision Industries Co Ltd (SPIL) about becoming a supplier of system-in-package (SiP) technology for the Apple Watch and for fingerprint recognition chips, an online media source based in Taiwan, according to United Daily News, an online media source base din Taiwan.

SPIL focuses on semiconductor packaging and testing services for personal computers, communications, consumer integrated circuits markets. SiP involves a number of integrated circuits enclosed in a single package. It performs all or most of the functions of an electronic system, and is typically used inside a mobile phone, digital music player, and the like. 

The SiP inside the Apple Watch is the Apple S1. It includes a custom ARM processor, RAM, storage, NFC radio controller, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth module, touchscreen controllers and other components.

Citing unnamed sources, ...

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06:07
Chinese carriers rumored to start selling the '...

Apple will almost certainly announce the next generation iPhone at its Sept. 9 media event. However, China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom will start selling the "iPhone 6s" on Sept. 25 and pre-sales will begin on Sept. 18, according to the Leaksfly microblog (as noted by BrightWire.com, a global investment newswire).

The iPhone 6s is the name expected to be given to the next version of the smartphone — unless Apple decides to call it the iPhone 7. Citing sources within China Mobile, Leaksfly claims the 16GB version will be priced at CNY 5,299 (about US$831), the 64GB version at CNY 5,999 and 128GB version at CNY 6,599.

At one point, it was suspected that Apple would phase out the 16GB model and start entry-level models at 32GB. However, recent rumors have Apple continuing the 16GB baseline smartphone...

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06:07
New Rumor Two-tier Pricing for Apple TV

When the price of Apple TV dropped to US$69 and added "starting at" to the streaming content device's webpage, Apple clearly telegraphed a higher priced model would be coming. Now a rumor claims that second model will be priced between $149 and $199, and is going to be introduced during the company's September 9 media event.

The Mac Observer Spin: Reports of a new Apple TV model that costs more and includes Siri voice control and an App Store isn't much of a surprise. When Apple changed the price of the third generation Apple TV to "starting at $69," it was all but confirming the higher priced model with more features was on the way.


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06:05
News: Daily Deal: AluPen Digital Stylus

In today’s iLounge Deal you can pick up Just Mobile’s

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05:34
It's all in your Head. Create Your Own Party:...

The MTV awards show was on last night and you can check out all of the winners on this list. The Canadian music artist 'The Weeknd' released a new album on Friday and was showcased in two new Apple Music TV ads.

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05:02
The Weeknd Stars in Two-Part Apple Music Ad During...

Apple debuted a new two-part Apple Music ad featuring The Weeknd during the 2015 MTV VMAs on Sunday night. The one-minute spots show The Weeknd walking backstage after performing at the MVAs, getting into a limo driven by actor John Travolta and listening to Beats 1 Radio while scrolling through his artist page on Apple Music Connect.

The Weeknd then arrives at an MVAs afterparty with his single "The Hills" playing and shuffles through additional songs from an Apple Music playlist, followed by the tagline "It's all in your head. Create your own party. Unlimited music for $9.99."

Apple launched a worldwide advertising campaign for its new streaming music service earlier this month, with billboards, posters and other signage appearing in cities including Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Tokyo, Toronto and Mexico City. Later in August, Apple released three...

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05:00
How the Windows Phone Could Rise Up and Dominate


Last week marked the 20th anniversary of the launch of Windows 95. What people often forget about Windows 95 is that it not only kicked Apple's butt, but also kicked IBM's -- and it wasn't even a complete product. The thing was an operating system. Most of us can see lining up to buy a complete product, but lining up to buy the software that makes a product complete would be kind of like lining up to get the latest software patch for your car or TV. It's especially hard to imagine now that there's no need to stand in line.

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04:55
Kool Tools: QNAP TVS-871T

QNAP Systems's TVS-871T is the first Thunderbolt 2 Turbo vNAS that features 20Gbps bandwidth, 4K video capable Thunderbolt 2, and compatibility with the Thunderbolt-ready storage expansion enclosures TX-500P and TX-800P. With the high transfer speed of DAS and the convenient accessibility of NAS, the TVS-871T is a flexible, efficient storage solution for creative media professionals looking to streamline large 4K video and design workflows.

It tackles the most common bottleneck for 4K workflows: I/O speed and storage.

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04:55
Tips guidebook for the Apple Watch available

Stopframe has released their new "Apple Watch Unofficial Guide," a 164-page, eBook available in the iBookstore that's packed with Apple Watch tips, tutorials and knowledge.

Readers will learn how Apple's smartwatch is made, discover guides to each app, how to make the most of its unique operating system and much more. It's written by author Tom Rudderham and priced at US$2.99.

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04:51
T-Mobile to clamp down on network abusers, booting...

T-Mobile has announced that it’s going to seriously clamp down on any users using unauthorized methods to get around its tethering cap. Those caught using more data than they should be on the highest tier, unlimited Simple Choice plan will be warned to stop, before being moved down to the entry-level plan. This move is aimed specifically at smartphone users who deliberately break T-Mo’s terms and conditions using workarounds to conceal their tethering usage.

The magenta carrier published an updated FAQ page on its support site stating that some customers have been blowing way past the 7GB tethering limit on the highest Simple Choice plan. Some using as much as 2TB (2000GB) of data on their mobile plan. Its...

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04:46
Video producer hooks up six 4K monitors to Mac Pro...

Video producer Adam Matthews wanted to double the number of 4K monitors hooked up to his Mac Pro, so built an external GPU to do it. He used a Sonnet Thunderbolt chassis with an AMD 7970 GPU – before discovering that the machine could actually drive all six monitors without it.

When Matthews tried connecting the monitors using only the twin graphics cards built into the Mac Pro, just to see what would happen, he found he was still able to get 60Hz on each, suggesting that Apple has been conservative in its claims.

Of course, it’s possible that the strain of pushing video to six monitors at once might shorten the life of the Mac Pro, so his Plan A is probably the best route to go if you want to emulate his setup.

Future MacBook Pros could themselves drive three 4K monitors at 60Hz...

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04:44
Publishers struggle as digital ad budgets grow

As the number of screens and ad impressions continue to proliferate, advertising dollars are moving from traditional to digital environments at a staggering rate.

An important key to capturing share of the growing digital spend comes down to the ability for publishers to leverage real-time data, according to Forrester Consulting (www.forrester.com). The research group found that 65% of publishers report that they used SSP/exchange analytics data for critical operational decisions.

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04:39
Rumor: Next-gen Apple TV remote to feature motion...

It’s an interesting rumor.

And there’s a decent chance it might be true.

According to recent reports, the next-gen Apple TV will feature an A8 processor, a native SDK for creating apps and a motion sensitive remote control with multi-axis sensors, complete with a touchpad on the top, physical buttons on the bottom and a microphone for Siri.

The remote control is thought to be likely to target casual gamers and the current thought is that a game controller with a microphone, physical buttons, touchpad and motion-sensitive controls could do this.

Such a device, combined with Apple’s purported upcoming...

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04:17
Rumor: Fourth-gen Apple TV to be priced under $200,...

It’s the rumor mill that keeps things interesting.

With Apple’s September 9th media event coming up, sources have stated that a fourth-gen Apple TV will be available for under US4200 and will become available this October. Apple executives are apparently still finalizing the price of the revamped living room device, but the latest options call for a starting price point of either US$149 or US$199, both higher than the third-generation Apple TV…

The next-gen device will arrive at a premium price compared to the US$60 to US$99 price range found on the current model Apple TV, is anticipated to be similar to the current model in appearance, but will...

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04:08
Sony pitches analogue watch with limited iPhone...

While some were waiting eagerly for the Apple Watch, and others got assimilated, there are still those who prefer traditional watches. That’s the market Sony hopes to appeal to with a new hybrid watch called Wena (which apparently stands for ‘wear electronics naturally’), which it’s pitching on its Japanese crowdfunding site First Flight.

It’s mostly a traditional analogue watch, but a link to an iOS app gives it limited smartwatch functionality. On the smartwatch side, you get fitness band functionality, and notifications are echoed to the watch in the form of an LED and vibration … ...

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03:30
Everything Siri can do for you in Apple Music

Hit it, Siri

One huge advantage Apple Music has over other streaming services is integration. That means you can play songs from your iTunes library alongside your streaming selections without ever leaving the app. That also means you get a little help from Siri. 

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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00:19
Latest Apple Music ads debut during MTV VMAs,...

Taking advantage of a traditionally large and young viewing audience, Apple during Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards debuted two Apple Music commercials featuring The Weeknd and a guest appearance by John Travolta.

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Sunday August 30

20:58
Ferrofluid 'font' produces trippy, one-of-...

You may have seen ferrofluid (aka magnetic ink) used for clever science demonstrations in school, but it might just get a much cooler application before long. Linden Gledhill and Craig Ward have developed Fe2O3 Glyphs, wild-looking characters creat...

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18:35
Swans help create smoother camera drone videos

The next time you see a graceful, dramatic video shot by a camera drone, you may have a swan to thank for the absence of any jittery footage. Stanford University researchers are developing camera suspension technology inspired by whooping swans, w...

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16:46
Smoother movements help robots save a lot of energy

Eliminating the herky-jerky movements of robots isn't just good for comforting nervous humans... it helps the robots, too. Researchers have developed smooth movement algorithms that slow the acceleration and deceleration of robots, saving as much...

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15:11
Netflix hopes you won't mind losing access to...

Here's hoping that you weren't bent on watching The Hunger Games: Catching Fire or World War Z on Netflix -- if so, you don't have much time to do it. Netflix has confirmed that it won't renew its longstanding movie deal with Epix, which will lead...

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14:36
Comparison: Apple Music vs. Google Play Music All...

Google debuted its own streaming service in 2013 as Google Play Music All Access, after Google Play music's initial debut in 2011. All Access was initially priced at $9.99, but in June of 2015, Google unsurprisingly unveiled an ad-supported, free version to differentiate itself from Apple's subscription Music service.

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14:33
The Logic Pros: A look at Logic’s new heavy weight...

In this week’s episode of The Logic Pros, we are putting a hold on hardware month for the Logic Pro X 10.2.0 update. Apple is back at it again with another incredibly substantial offering. After it acquired Camel Audio back in January, hopes were high that some of the company’s world-class production software would make its way to Logic and Garageband, and now it has:

While we aren’t getting all of Camel’s fantastic software lineup, an updated version of its flagship software synth...

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13:35
Google's self-driving cars can't handle...

Ever performed a track stand, where you keep your bike upright at a stop without taking your feet off the pedals? If you have, you'll want to avoid trying that around Google's self-driving cars, at least for a while. One Austin-based cyclist report...

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12:03
Europe doesn't properly recycle most of its...

You probably know that you should recycle your old tech when you're done with it, but getting other people to do the same? That's quite hard, apparently. The United Nations and INTERPOL have found that only 35 percent of the European Union's electr...

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11:06
Rumors: New Apple TV to debut September 9th, ship in...

The Apple rumor mill is currently abuzz with chatter about a revamped Apple TV, and thanks to a new report from 9to5Mac, we’re getting a better sense of what to expect.

According to 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman, the new Apple TV will cost either $149 or $199, depending on what Apple’s executive team settles on, and will ship sometime in October. Gurman also says the current Apple TV model will stick around as a low-end option, since the new Apple TV won’t be price-competitive with streaming devices from Roku, Amazon, and others.

Previous reports indicated a seriously revamped Apple TV is on its way. Earlier this month, 9to5Mac reported that the new Apple TV will come with a retooled remote, built-in Siri, a new user interface, more powerful innards, and support for third-party apps, among other...

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10:29
The next Apple TV is reportedly much more expensive

Do you recall the early days of the Apple TV, when you could expect to pay over $100 to put an Apple-powered media hub in your living room? They might come roaring back. Sources for 9to5Mac claim that the next Apple TV should cost between $149 to...

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09:48
BMW: all models electric within decade

NASDAQ:

German luxury car giant Bayerische Motoren Werke AG or BMW Group is looking to go all-electric over the next 10 years due to the upcoming stricter carbon emission laws. Virtually every BMW model would be converted to electric drivetrains, including range-extending engines and plug-in hybrids.

The transition will see even the company’s top-selling 3 Series sport sedans turned into plug-in hybrids.

The company is weary of the stringent European Union regulations that greatly reduce the average carbon emissions permitted from road vehicles. They are said to be tougher than either North American or Chinese emission levels.

Some are calling this the “death of the internal combustion engine”. That is unlikely to happen any time soon but electric is the future. BMW is just getting out ahead of it.

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09:46
Next-Generation Apple TV Said to Launch in October...

Apple's fourth-generation Apple TV will be released in October with a starting price of $149 or $199, according to 9to5Mac. The report claims that Apple will also continue selling the third-generation Apple TV for $69 as an entry-level device, although the set-top box is not expected to have support for an App Store or Siri.

The report adds that Apple's much-rumored streaming TV service will be available "as soon as next year" through a software update for both the third-generation and fourth-generation Apple TV. The web-based TV service is expected to deliver a lightweight package of about 25 channels for between $30 and $40 per month.

The new Apple TV is rumored to feature a dual-core A8 processor, an...

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09:25
MGG 568: Running Your Mac Safe & Lean

Your questions answered! Topics today include running out of memory, auto-ejecting disks, managing iTunes and more! Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun take your questions and answer them in a way you can truly understand. Download, press play and enjoy!


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09:02
Apple TV 4 coming in October for under $200, Apple...

Rough mockup of fourth Apple TV vs. third Apple TV by Michael Steeber

With the official debut of the next-generation Apple TV less than two weeks away, sources have provided additional details on Apple’s pricing, availability, and product lineup plans for its set-top devices. According to sources, the fourth-generation Apple TV will be priced below $200, and is on track to become available in October. Apple executives are apparently still finalizing the price of the revamped living room device, but the latest options call for a starting price point of either $149 or $199, both higher than the...

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07:06
Macs Fan Control 1.3.1.0 - Monitor and control your...

Macs Fan Control allows you to monitor and control almost any aspect of your computer's fans, with support for controlling fan speed, temperature sensors pane, menu-bar icon, and autostart with system option.

  • Software solution to noise problems such as those caused by iMac HDD replacement, or overheating problems like those found on a MacBook Pro
  • Set any constant value to any fan (e.g., minimum)
  • Control fan speed in relation to a temperature sensor (e.g., 3rd party HDD)
  • Real-time monitoring of Mac's fans speed and temperature sensors including 3rd party HDD/SSD (using S.M.A.R.T.)
  • Display menu bar icon
  • Compatible with OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard or later



Version 1.3.1.0: Improved

  • Qt framework is updated to version 5.5.0
  • Updated Polish and Vietnamese translations
  • Minor fixes, also for Windows 10



  • OS X 10.7 or later
  • ...

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06:27
Tidal Streaming Service Calls Apple 'Big...

For Tidal, traction has been hard to come by. Last week Billboard surveyed the A-list of music professionals/executives and found that 71% of them have lost faith in the revamped streaming service. Yesterday news hit the wire via The New York Post that Apple hit Tidal with a $20 million lawsuit over a performance made by Drake at the Lil WeezyAna Fest on Friday night.

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05:08
Spigen piggybacks on Apple event hype by selling ‘...

The iPhone accessories market is a competitive industry and companies will do anything to get ahead. Case manufacturer Spigen has put itself out there by already promoting iPhone 6S cases on its website and selling them on Amazon, weeks ahead of Apple’s official unveiling of the new phone.

Obviously, as the iPhone 6S exterior design is the same as the iPhone 6, most iPhone 6 cases should fit the new phones so advertising ‘iPhone 6S exclusive cases’ is more of a PR play than anything. The company is also teasing Rose Gold colored iPhones on its website, pictured above....

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04:38
TIDAL blames Apple for banning stream of Drake...

As part of a charity music event raising money for children affected by Hurricane Katrina, Apple Music rival TIDAL streamed the event live on its website. However, when Drake took the stage to perform his set, the stream was abruptly paused. A message from TIDAL said that Apple had banned Drake from allowing his performance to be broadcast online, with TIDAL saying that Apple is “interfering with artistry” and apologizing for the “big brother” influence.

TIDAL made similar claims on its Twitter feed but it turns out these claims are simply untrue. Although it is true that Apple has an exclusivity deal with Drake for his new album, the contract does not stop Drake from streaming live performances....

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02:22
A FreeBSD "Spork" With Touches of NeXT and...

There are a lot of open source operating systems out there; being open source, they lend themselves to forks, clones or near clones, and friendly offshoots. There are even services to let you customize, download, and (if you choose) bulk-install your own OS based on common components. Phoronix notes a new project called NeXTBSD that might turn more heads than most new open source OSes, in part because of the developers behind it, and in part because of the positive thoughts many people have toward the aesthetics of NeXTSTEP and Mac OS X. (And while it might be a fork of FreeBSD, the developers would rather call it a spork, instead.)

NeXTBSD was announced last week by Jordan Hubbard and Kip Macy at the Bay Area FreeBSD Users Group (BAFUG). NeXTBSD / FreeBSD X is based on the FreeBSD-CURRENT kernel while adding in Mach IPC, Libdispatch, notifyd, asld, launchd, and other components derived from Apple's open-source code for OS X. The basic launchd/notifyd/asld/libdispatch stack...

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Saturday August 29

20:11
'Mortal Kombat X' won't be coming to...

I hope you weren't counting on playing Mortal Kombat X on your trusty previous-generation console -- you're about to be disappointed. Warner Bros. has cancelled both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the bloody brawler, claiming that neit...

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18:38
Tidal accuses Apple of interfering with Drake live...

Jay Z-backed music service Tidal -- which carried a live stream of Lil Wayne's Hurricane Katrina benefit show this weekend?-- cut the transmission during Drake's performance and accused Apple of "interfering with artistry" by not allowing the set to be streamed, a charge which has been refuted.

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18:32
NASA simulates Mars mission by locking up people in...

A group of six people bade the rest of the world farewell on Friday to begin their year-long stay in a cramped dome on Hawaii's Mauna Loa volcano. The French astrobiologist, German physicist and American pilot, architect, doctor/journalist and soil...

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17:04
BlackBerry's Android-powered Venice phone...

BlackBerry's Android-based Venice smartphone isn't just a figment of someone's imagination... at least, if you believe Vietnamese resident Ba Minh Duc. He claims to have photos of the slider in action, complete with its hideaway QWERTY keyboard,...

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15:37
Final Part: Apple Granted 67 Apple Watch Design...

Yesterday Apple was granted 67 Apple Watch related patents by the Hong Kong Patent Office. In Part 2 we conclude our report on Apple Watch designs that covers 31 user interfaces covering clock interfaces and many common apps and emoji. This report also covers Apple Watch ...

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15:31
Microsoft prevails over an 8-year-old attempt to...

Remember the heady days of August 2007, when the iPhone had barely reached store shelves and the Nokia N95 was all the rage? The US International Trade Commission sure does. After reviewing an 8-year-long case, the ITC has ruled that Nokia's phon...

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13:58
NASA chief: Congress needs to support commercial...

NASA recently paid Russia $490 million to continue ferrying its astronauts to the ISS, but Maj. Gen. Charles Bolden says "it doesn't have to be this way." In a piece/open letter the space agency's head honcho wrote for Wired, he explains how the Co...

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13:16
Part 1: Apple Granted 67 Apple Watch Related Design...

Apple was granted 67 Apple Watch design patents from the Hong Kong Patent Office on Friday covering various interfaces for clocks, apps and wallpapers in addition to Apple Watch packaging and more. In this report, the emphasis is on all things interface related. The designs were approved on Friday as noted in one of the registration certificates provided for in this report.

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12:44
“Hey Siri, give us a hint” live webcast

Apple:

Join us here on September 9 at 10 a.m. PDT to watch the keynote live.

Many of us will be watching and, in a break from past webcasts, Apple will allow Windows 10 users to tune in too.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:00
Gadget Ogling: Smart Bikes, Contactless Cards, and...


I never had much interest in riding a bicycle as a child, and although I now live in a tremendously bike-friendly city, I haven't found a way to learn without feeling like a total chump in public. Yet I am more interested than ever in leading a life on two wheels after discovering SmartHalo. This is a tool that attaches permanently to one's ride and turns it into a smart vehicle. The "halo" part of that name refers to the circular display, which uses color and segmented lights to indicate turn-by-turn directions.

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08:19
Apple Granted 7 Design Patents for Specialty In-...

Apple has once again been granted a monster load of granted design patents relating to the Apple Watch from interfaces to Apple Watch presentation tables. The latter is the focus of this first report covering two styles of specialty tables.

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07:10
NetShade 6.3.1 - Browse privately using anonymous...

NetShade is an anonymous proxy and VPN app+service for Mac. Unblock your Internet through NetShade's high-speed proxy and VPN servers spanning seven countries.

NetShade masks your IP address as you browse the web, by routing you through a proxy server. Anonymous proxies are becoming more and more popular in this age of heightened security and privacy concerns, and NetShade provides an effective and straightforward interface to easily protect your privacy. NetShade currently runs nine high-quality, super-fast, dedicated proxy servers located in the US and Europe.

In addition to HTTP proxy, all of NetShade's servers offer a robust encrypted SSL for when privacy is of the utmost importance..

Multiple price options; see pricing page for more information.



Version 6.3.1:

  • In version 6.3, slow DNS resolutions could cause NetShade to hang for a few seconds...

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06:00
Come September, Apple TV Will Outshine the iPhone


About Apple's September event... Apple's annual September media event is an oxymoron -- it's become almost entirely predictable. One year it introduces a major new iPhone redesign and the next it offers incremental iPhone improvements. And make no mistake about it, despite last year's Apple Watch debut, at the core of the September event is the critically important iPhone. The obvious question is, what will be the special new feature to make it event-worthy? Answer: There won't be one. There will be several smaller improvements this year.

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06:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Speck’s first backpack can...

...plus other backpacks, traditional cases, and more!

In this week’s roundup of new iPad cases, you’ll also find all kinds of great protective options from Booq, Moshi, Saddleback, Solo, CODi, Belkin and rooCASE.

Belkin

The Striped Cover with Stand (all iPad mini models; $40) features a folio design with an adjustable stand that supports a number of viewing and typing angles in landscape orientation.

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05:48
Dragon Dictate 4.0.7 - Premium voice-recognition...

With Dragon Dictate speech recognition software, you can use your voice to create and edit text or interact with your favorite Mac applications. Far more than just speech-to-text, Dragon Dictate lets you create and edit documents, manage email, surf the Web, update social networks, and more - quickly, easily and accurately, all by voice. Open and close or navigate between applications, or even create your own custom voice commands to execute multiple steps with a simple word or phrase. Use your iPhone or iPod as a wireless microphone, or capture your notes on-the-go using a digital voice recorder and Dragon Dictate 3 will transcribe them for you.



Version 4.0.7:

  • Updated application signature required by Apple



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05:39
Persecond 1.0.2 - Timelapse video made easy. (...

Persecond is the easy, fun way to create a beautiful timelapse video. Import an image sequence from any camera, trim the length of your video, adjust the speed and playback direction, and you’re done. Export in broadcast quality or import to Flixel Cinemagraph Pro and create an amazing timelapse+cinemagraph hybrid video. It’s magical visual storytelling at its best.

Features

  • Drag and Drop. Drag and drop or browse for an image set. Persecond sorts them automatically.
  • Quick Edit. Trim your in and out points, set the play direction, and pick a speed.
  • Done. That’s it. Export in HD or broadcast quality or upload and share.



Version 1.0.2: New

  • When Export is complete, the app adds a notification to Notification Center

Fixed

  • The unpurchased or unsubscribed overlay is now less prominent
  • Preview playback is paused when in the...

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05:00
Apple Watch How-To: Control and use the Stopwatch app

Apple Watch comes with a stopwatch app built into it, which saves you time from grabbing your iPhone, opening up the Clock app and pressing the Stopwatch tab.

There are several different ways to open up Stopwatch on the Apple Watch. You can open the app by tapping on the orange icon with a complete white circle on the home screen, use Siri to open Stopwatch by pressing and holding on the Digital Crown, hands free by saying “Hey Siri open Stopwatch,” or depending on which watch face you are using from the Stopwatch complication on the watch.


When you first open up...

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03:49
This week on AppleInsider: Sept. 9 event confirmed,...

Apple this week confirmed a Sept. 9 press event, even as last-minute rumors about it continued to flow. The company simultaneously dealt with economic tumult, as well as losing one of its key Apple Music executives.

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03:00
The week in Apple news: Sept. 9 event, Tim Cook...

Apple headlines for the week ending Aug. 28, 2015

It’s finally official: Apple will hold a product announcement event in San Francisco on September 9. The rumors says we’ll see a new iPhone and maybe an Apple TV. But the big question is, who will be the musical guest? Taylor Swift has a concert in Texas that day, so she’s out. I’ve made my prediction; do you have one? Let us know in the comments below. In the meantime, you can see all the important headlines here in this slideshow. Want to get more details on a story? Click on the link.

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Friday August 28

23:06
iPhone 6S: Larger front FaceTime camera, Force Touch...

A series of new, high-resolution photos we have obtained show new features coming to the next-generation iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. First, comparisons of the front glass indicate that the new devices will sport upgraded front-facing FaceTime cameras with bigger sensors. The white phone in our images is a current iPhone 6, while the black plate is an iPhone 6S component. The presence of larger sensors likely indicates a higher megapixel count up from the current 1.2 as well as new functionality…

We...

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20:23
Judge bars Apple, Samsung from further filings after...

A federal judge presiding over the Apple v. Samsung patent trial laid down the law this week, prohibiting either party from filing without permission after being inundated by a series of motions, objections and letters.

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19:47
NASA's Pluto probe is heading for the Kuiper...

It's been over a month since the New Horizons spacecraft flew as near as possible to Pluto and took the closest photos of the dwarf planet we've ever seen. Now, NASA has decided on its next destination: a small Kuiper Belt object (KBO) called 2014 M...

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18:51
vertical roller mill applied to tailing recycling

Forums: General Xsan TalkTags: vertical roller mill

At present, the tailing discharged are about 400 million tons to 500 million tons in China, accounting for one third of industrial waste. Among of them, the metal tailing takes for one forth, metallurgy and boiler slag take for 26%, chemical slag takes for 4%, fly ash and take for 35%. The metal recycling process will use vertical roller mill for sale and other matched ore dressing equipment. The tailing slag recycling process adopts gravity separation and magnetic separation process, so that recycle iron ore from tailing. As for different metals in the tailing, we will use spiral chute, shaking table...

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18:10
Johns Hopkins taps Apple Watch, ResearchKit for...

Johns Hopkins University, in partnership with developer Thread Research, plans to harness Apple Watch and iPhone sensors to power an ambitious ResearchKit study on epilepsy that could one day lead to an accurate method of predicting seizures.

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17:24
VMware Fusion 8.0 and Fusion 8.0 Pro

Major new release offers support for OS X 10.11 El Capitan and Windows 10. ($79.99/199.99 new, free update, 362 MB)

 

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16:45
Back from the Dead: Using Apple’s Abandoned Safari...

With Chrome a resource hog and privacy nightmare, Firefox relatively slow and boring, and Microsoft Edge not ready for prime time, there's not a lot to be excited about in the world of Windows browsers, especially for a multi-platform Mac fan. If only Safari for Windows was still around. Hey, let's see how Apple's abandoned browser works today!


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16:41
Rebuilding OD and keeping an existing xsan volume in...

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: Open DirectoryXsan10.10RebuildOD

So after lots of testing and trials, I got this process to work. WRSTUDEN had the steps all right, it was just missing some steps to make it work for me.

This is to fixed a 10.10 OD issues by rebuilding the OD and connecting to back to an existing Xsan system

Backup your old xsan config files from /Library/...

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16:15
PopChar X 7.2

Improves support for OS X 10.11 El Capitan and adds support for Unicode 8.0, which introduces 7,716 new characters. (€29.99 new, free update, 4.5 MB)

 

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15:50
Supporting IPv6 in iOS 9

At WWDC 2015 we announced that iOS 9 will support IPv6-only network services. All apps submitted to the App Store must support IPv6 starting in early 2016. To make sure your app is compatible, use the networking frameworks (e.g., “NSURLSession”), avoid use of IPv4-specific APIs, and avoid hard-coded IP addresses. Before submitting your app, test for compatibility.

To learn more, read Supporting IPv6 DNS64/NAT64 Networks and watch Your App and Next Generation Networks.

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15:50
Supporting IPv6 in iOS 9

At WWDC 2015 we announced that iOS 9 will support IPv6-only network services. All apps submitted to the App Store must support IPv6 starting in early 2016. To make sure your app is compatible, use the networking frameworks (e.g., “NSURLSession”), avoid use of IPv4-specific APIs, and avoid hard-coded IP addresses. Before submitting your app, test for compatibility.

To learn more, read Supporting IPv6 DNS64/NAT64 Networks and watch Your App and Next Generation Networks.

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15:40
GIMP 2.8.14p2 - Powerful, free image editing...

GIMP is a multi-platform photo manipulation tool. GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. The GIMP is suitable for a variety of image manipulation tasks, including photo retouching, image composition, and image construction.

GIMP has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc.

GIMP is expandable and extensible. It is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything. The advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest task to the most complex image manipulation procedures to be easily scripted.



Version 2.8.14p2:

  • UFRaw now works again and can open RAW files
  • fixed a bug, where using the context menu (right-click on the canvas) has totally scrambled the main menubar
  • switching images with...

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13:43
News: Apple to drop first-gen Apple TV, iPod classic...

Apple will be discontinuing support for another series of its older products, which are being moved to “Obsolete” status as of September 8th,

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13:42
Currys/PC World could be first major third-party...

Electronics vendor Currys -- in some places branded as Currys/PC World -- may be the first third-party retail chain to sell the Apple Watch in the U.K., a report indicated on Friday.

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13:40
Google undermining Apple’s planned iOS 9 security

Those settings, which are slated to arrive when Apple launches its iOS 9 operating system in September, will require all content that arrives on an iPhone (via apps, ads or otherwise) to use an encryption setting known as “https.” The setting ensures that third parties can’t read or track what users are doing on their phones.

In a blog post this week, Google told AdMob users to get ready for the new Apple setting. But if they’re not prepared, Google said, they can use a few lines of code to override it.

Go fuck yourself Google.

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13:31
Earthlings Flock to Facebook by the Billion


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday announced that for the first time more than a billion people had used the site on a single day. The counter hit the milestone earlier in the week, on Monday. Nearly 1.5 billion users log on at least once monthly, according to Facebook, but Monday marked the first time that more than two-thirds of its members used the network on the same day. "Reaching a billion people in a single day is nothing to sneeze at," said Pund-IT's Charles King.

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13:31
Apps: Lara Croft GO, Instagram, Pocket, Scanbot, Vine

Lara Croft GO ($5) — Square Enix Montréal follows up on last year’s Hitman GO with a new “GO” instalment similarly based on a popular console game franchise. Like its predecessor, instead of replicating the console game onto the iOS device, Lara Croft GO creates a turn based puzzle adventure game set in the same game universe. In a game that feels like a cross between Hitman GO and Monument Valley — another one of our favorite…

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13:30
The Dalrymple Report with Merlin Mann: Don’t Provoke...

Jim and Merlin talk about beta software, bass players, and how to minimize stress when traveling.

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13:26
Save Space and Uninstall Apps with CleanMyMac 3

MacPaw’s CleanMyMac 3 is a multipurpose Mac maintenance tool and uninstaller. Joe Kissell thinks it’s effective, attractive, and easy to use — a worthy addition to any Mac user’s toolbox. But he also points out that it’s not a complete maintenance solution, and that some of its recommendations should be skipped.

 

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13:18
News: New Apple TV to feature motion sensitive remote

Apple’s signifcant update to its upcoming Apple TV set-top box is expected to feature some significant user experience improvements, according to a new report by TechCrunch. While many of the details such as the inclusion of Apple’s A8 processor, a touch-based remote, and an SDK for developers to take advantage of have already been revealed previously, this latest report suggests that all of this will combine to create a vastly better…

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12:44
New details revealed as to Skylake processors that...

New information for the Intel Skylake processors that are most likely to wind up in a MacBook Air has been released.

The Skylake processors, which may be branded the “Core m3″, “Core m5″ and “Core m7″ offer the following specs:

The low-end Core m3 6Y30 has a 900 MHz dual-core processor with Turbo Boost up to 2.2 GHz. The chip has 4MB of L3 cache, HD 515 graphics, a maximum GPU frequency of 850 MHz and 4.5 watt thermal design power (TDP). This chip would likely be suited for the base model 12-inch MacBook sold for US$1,299.

The mid-tier Core m5 6Y54 and Core m5 6Y57 are similar chips with 1.1 GHz dual-core processors and Turbo Boost up...

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12:41
Apple TVs (plus iPods & Cinema Displays) hitting...

Apple is about to discontinue repair support for a handful of products as it plans to designate some Apple TV, iPod, and display models ‘obsolete’ a day before its iPhone event next month.

The products receiving obsolete status include the original Apple TV, Mac mini (late 2009), Apple LED Cinema Display (24-inch), Apple Cinema Display (30-inch DVI Early 2007), 2nd and 3rd generation iPod touch, 3rd generation iPod shuffle, 5th generation iPod nano, and the iPod classic. All of the products become obsolete (or vintage where applicable) across all of Apple’s markets worldwide (as noted in the screenshot of a leaked internal document below) and will no...

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12:33
Pulled Huawei Watch listing may back claims of...

A deleted Amazon page for the upcoming Huawei Watch may add to evidence that Google is planning to make the Android Wear platform compatible with iOS devices.

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12:25
Rumor: Apple to keep next-gen iPhone base end...

It looks like 16 gigabytes will continue to remain the low end of storage for Apple’s next-gen iPhone.

A purported photo of an iPhone 6S information sheet seems to indicate that Apple will stick with 16 GB of storage for the base model. The image comes from Steve Hemmerstoffer and matches analysis of iPhone 6S components obtained by 9to5Mac back in June, which showed Apple using 16 GB memory chips in preproduction units.

It was initially thought that Apple would bump the low end’s storage up appreciably, although early builds of iOS 9 indicate that the new operating system is more efficient with its storage space.

The photo has yet to be verified and has...

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12:11
Apple TV Said to Have Motion Sensitive Remote...

In a report corroborating several oft-rumored features of the next-generation Apple TV, including an A8 chip and a native SDK for creating apps, TechCrunch editor-in-chief Matthew Panzarino has revealed that the set-top box will also have a motion sensitive remote control with multi-axis sensors, a touchpad on the top, physical buttons on the bottom and a microphone for Siri.

Panzarino claims the redesigned remote control will likely be targeted at casual gamers:A game controller with a microphone, physical buttons, a touchpad and motion sensitive controls would be extremely capable. While Apple is likely going to target the broad casual gaming market, I would not be shocked to see innovative gameplay blossom from...

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11:52
More claims of Wii-like motion-sensing Apple TV...

With Apple set to reveal its next set-top box on September 9th, additional details about what the device may be capable of have started to leak out of Apple. As reported in 2013, the company has been developing a new version of the Apple TV that includes motion-sensing technology to aid in controlling the interface. That rumor was bolstered by the...

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11:50
New, polished Apple TV interface said to 'blow...

The launch of new Apple TV hardware may have been delayed from WWDC to Apple's Sept. 9 event to allow the company more time to polish its interface, one that will allegedly "blow away" current, "junky" smart TV interfaces.

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11:49
News: Media companies balk at $40/mo. plan for Apple...

Pricing remains a major sticking point in Apple’s negotiations with content providers for its proposed subscription television service, according to a new report from The Information. Although Apple had been planning to unveil a new TV service as early as this fall, and was reported to be making progress in negotiations in June, more recent reports have indicated that the service isn’t expected to debut until 2016, citing talks that have…

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11:46
Weaponized Drones May Fly the Friendly Skies of...


Police in North Dakota can use drones armed with what are optimistically called "nonlethal weapons," thanks to the passage of House Bill 1328, which Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed into law this spring. The new law gives police the authority in a roundabout way: Section 5 states a law enforcement agency may not authorize the use of an unmanned aerial vehicle armed with lethal weapons. Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck, in January introduced the bill, which originally sought to ban both lethal and nonlethal weapons.

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11:16
Apple Worked with the Israeli Military and Now the...

Although it took a while for Apple's new CEO Tim Cook to unveil their first major product after Steve Jobs passing, they've certainly have been making a lot of noise about really changing Apple beyond what any of us could have imagined. Today, another off-the-wall statement was made about Apple working with the Pentagon on next-gen devices.

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11:06
Review: Tech21 Evo Mesh Sport for iPhone 6 and Evo...

We recently received Tech21's new Evo Mesh Sport for iPhone 6 ($40) and Evo Elite for iPhone 6 Plus ($50) — though both cases are available for both of Apple's current iPhones. Both cases provide button coverage and are integrated with FlexShock, "a new cutting edge hybrid impact protection material which absorbs, dissipates and repels shock away from your device when dropped." It's a TPU case with small strips of rubber lining to cushion the phone. Evo Elite sets itself apart with a scratch-resistant coating, and a built-in hard plastic bumper on the sides of the case.{/exp:char_limit}

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11:03
Apple takes Washington

Politico:

A private conference in Washington with the attorney general (in itself a rarity for many tech magnates) would have been unthinkable for Cook’s irascible predecessor, Steve Jobs, who actively disdained D.C. Cook, much as he sought to shirk Jobs’ shadow as CEO, had also endeavored quietly to rethink his company’s relationship with the nation’s capital, becoming a leader not only ready to engage its power brokers but challenge them openly when it mattered most.

Watching Cook in his dealings with Washington has been fascinating precisely because it’s something Steve Jobs hated and wouldn’t do. Cook seems more open and able to navigate the issues.

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11:00
Currys and PC World Gearing Up to Sell Apple Watch...

MacRumors has learned that British electronics retailer Currys, which co-brands some locations as Currys and PC World, has added the Apple Watch to its internal inventory system as it gears up to begin selling the wrist-worn device.

Currys and PC World has a large presence throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland, with a combined 295 superstores and 73 high street stores in both countries. It remains unclear how many of those locations will be carrying the Apple Watch.

When searching for the Apple Watch on the Currys website, a banner informs customers that the device is "currently not available at Currys and PC World" and advertises a range of smartwatches from Sony, Motorola, LG, Pebble and others.

Apple has been expanding Apple Watch availability beyond Apple Stores over the past few months. Best Buy in the U.S. began...

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11:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Dispatch and Geronimo bring...

Geronimooooooooo!

This week’s roundup features two email apps—one new, one with a powerful new update. Will either find a place on your iOS device? Read on and decide.

Dispatch

The $7 Dispatch has long let you triage your email in complex fashion, supporting interactions with more than 20 third-party apps so you can, say, put an email on your to-do list for later attention rather than let it consume you right away. Version 3.0 has launched with one big new feature: It’s now available for the iPad. 

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11:00
Laser takes down drone

Video

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10:59
Working retail taught me everything i need to know...

Lifehacker:

People say that “everyone should work retail or service at least once in their lives.” I couldn’t agree more. Like many people, some of my first jobs were retail service gigs. One in a department store, another in a bookstore. I’ve long since moved on, but I learned a lot about the nature of people—and how that battle between selfishness and empathy is something we all struggle with, every day.

I never worked long in retail but I was there long enough to know the jobs generally sucked. 99% of retail employees are good, hardworking people. Please treat them with the same respect you want for yourself.

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10:47
External Link: Adam Engst Goes Automotive on The...

Is Apple setting its sights on the car market, as the next “mobile” platform? That’s where Adam Engst and Tech Night Owl’s Gene Steinberg ended up in this podcast, segueing from CarPlay to the rumors of Apple’s self-driving car project.

 

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10:40
Apple, 161 other organizations lend aid to Pentagon...

Apple has reportedly joined the FlexTech Alliance, a collection of 162 organizations working with the Pentagon on flexible sensor electronics capable of being worn by soldiers, or molded to the outside of vehicles.

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10:31
TA15-240A: Controlling Outbound DNS Access

Original release date: August 28, 2015
Systems Affected

Networked systems

Overview

US-CERT has observed an increase in Domain Name System (DNS) traffic from client systems within internal networks to publically hosted DNS servers. Direct client access to Internet DNS servers, rather than controlled access through enterprise DNS servers, can expose an organization to unnecessary security risks and system inefficiencies. This Alert provides recommendations for improving security related to outbound DNS queries and responses.

Description

Client systems and applications may be configured to send DNS requests to servers other than authorized enterprise DNS caching name servers (also called resolving, forwarding or recursive name servers). This type of configuration poses a security risk and may introduce inefficiencies to an organization.   

Impact

Unless managed by perimeter technical solutions, client systems and...

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10:30
Apple rolling out, encouraging mobile Apple Watch...

Apple is continuing to tweak its Apple Watch showroom experience within Apple Stores. Upon the initial rollout of the Apple Watch in April, Apple Stores installed large glass tables as a showcase for the different Apple Watch variations. Customers could test drive the Apple Watch via a demo unit connected to an iPad mini or try it on at a series of try-on stations. Following a pilot program across select Apple Stores across the world, Apple has now begun a widespread rollout of a new Apple Watch testing program called Mobile Try-On, according to Apple Retail employees.

As...

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10:17
Apple is Fed Up with Samsung's Gamesmanship and...

Today it's being reported that Apple is asking a district court to order Samsung to pay over $548 million in damages, in a long-drawn patent dispute between the two companies that dates back to 2011.

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10:07
Intel's Skylake Processor Lineup for Retina...

Following a closer look at Intel's upcoming Skylake processor lineup for the MacBook Air, CPU World has shared new details about sixth-generation Core M chips appropriate for the 12-inch Retina MacBook. Intel reportedly may brand the low-power Skylake-Y chips as Core m3, Core m5 and Core m7 based on performance.

The low-end Core m3 6Y30 has a 900 MHz dual-core processor with Turbo Boost up to 2.2 GHz. The chip has 4MB of L3 cache, HD 515 graphics, a maximum GPU frequency of 850 MHz and 4.5 watt thermal design power (TDP). This chip would likely be suited for the base model 12-inch MacBook sold for $1,299.

The mid-tier Core m5 6Y54 and Core m5 6Y57 are similar chips with 1.1...

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10:06
StellaService says Apple's customer service has...

A study by StellaService, which measures online customer service, indicates a decline in Apple's customer service in recent months.

The decline, as reported by Cult of Mac, mainly involves Apple’s phone, email and chat problem resolution scores. While Apple typically ranks highly in this category, this quarter the amount of time customers had to wait to chat to an Apple rep increased from 34 seconds to 63 seconds. 

Even when people do get to chat to someone, the successful chat resolution rate — referring to the questions answered satisfactorily — fell from 97 percent down to 94 percent. Customers also had to wait longer to speak to a person on the phone. Wait times increased to 121 seconds, although the resolution rate was much better, at 99 percent success.

However, as...

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09:32
Tim Cook’s political savvy profiled as Apple joins...

Tim Cook’s efforts to influence policy in Washington DC in ways that better serve Apple have been hard to miss during his tenure as CEO. Pushing the company’s strong stance on privacy has been met with great pushback from the justice department and Apple was unhappy with how the ebook pricing case against it went so it’s no surprise its lobbying efforts have climbed in recent years. Now Politico, a news site focused on politics, has dedicated a lengthy 4,000+ word profile on Tim Cook’s relationship with Washington DC over the last four years....

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09:25
Apple to retire One to One Apple Store training...

Apple is planning to retire its long existing One to One training program within Apple Stores on September 28th, according to a memo sent this week to Apple retail employees. One to One launched in 2007 as a $99 per year subscription program where a Mac user could make appointments with a “Creative” at an Apple Store to learn more about using their Mac and creating content with either consumer or professional applications. Apple cites “fewer customers” signing up for One to One as the reason behind the service’s upcoming closure:

On September 28th, we will be ending One to One sales and renewals. Since 2007, there...

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09:07
Apple Music loses key exec as former Beats Music CEO...

Former Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers joined Apple when the company bought Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine’s brainchild last year. He helped Cupertino launch its own streaming service, Apple Music, and spearheaded the popular Beats 1 live radio station. Now he’s done.

The Financial Times reported Friday that Rogers resigned unexpectedly just two months after helping to launch Apple Music. But he’s not leaving to work for a streaming music rival—Rogers is going to work for a European company in an entirely different industry.

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09:02
Apple streaming TV service negotiations remain...

Though new Apple TV hardware is expected to appear at an upcoming Sept. 9 event, Apple's long-awaited subscription television service is reaffirmed to remain on hold, thanks to ongoing negotiations with content owners.

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08:59
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 27-inch Retina iMac $1,750 w...

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08:53
Apple is Still King of Tablets and in Earnest Miles...

Late yesterday a new analytical report surfaced stating that Apple has kept their comfortable lead in the tablet market by holding on to 31.4% of the market share by shipping 23.6 million iPads in the first half of 2015.

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08:23
Samsung offers 'Test Drive' participants...

People participating in Samsung's "Ultimate Test Drive" program -- allowing iPhone owners to try a Galaxy S6, S6 Edge+, or Galaxy Note 5 for 30 days -- are being offered up to $200 in perks if they actually switch.

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07:46
Casey Liss and Trolls

Casey Liss, of the Accidental Tech Podcast, writes about being trolled.

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07:35
iPhone 6s rumors: Hello rose gold, goodbye iPhone 5c

The yearly iPhone refresh is a fact of life, as unmistakeable a sign of fall as back-to-school sales and baseball playoffs. And one thing you can count on just as certainly as a new iPhone is the rumor mill spinning out of control leading up to its unveiling. The iPhone 6s is no exception.

To help make sense of the chaotic hearsay, we've collected every rumor that has surfaced about the iPhone 6s, from its reported specs to its guesstimated release date, and everything in between—as well as tried to discern the plausibly of the rumor. It’s been a long, rumor-packed summer, but Apple will finally take the wraps off its new phones on Sept. 9. Until then, here's what we've been hearing so far.

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07:28
Apple Pay now works with PayAnywhere credit card...

CNBC:

Apple’s mobile payments service will now work with PayAnywhere, a credit card reader serving 300,000 locations across the country. The newest version of the PayAnywhere reader will be available exclusively in Apple Stores nationwide.

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07:23
Apple, other tech companies to team up with Dept. of...

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter has announced that the Obama administration has awarded a Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Flexible Hybrid Electronics to a consortium of 162 companies (including Apple), universities, and non-profits led by the FlexTech Alliance as part of the Department of Defense effort to partner with the private sector and academia "to ensure the United States continues to lead in the new frontiers of manufacturing."

By taking its part in the consortium, Apple puts itself at the cutting edge of 3D printing, wearables/sensor technology and artificial intelligence, according to Computerworld. The announcement follows a nationwide bid process for the seventh of nine such manufacturing institutes launched...

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07:03
South Korean Apple Fans may be Getting Apple Music...

Apple plans to offer its popular "Apple Music" services to iPhone and iPad users in Korea, officials at the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said Friday.

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07:02
iHome's iSP5 SmartPlug Is Far From Perfect, But...

iHome's iSP5 SmartPlug is one of the first five HomeKit-compatible devices on the market, and it's the most affordable option for Apple users who are looking to try out the company's home automation platform. The SmartPlug is a simple device that plugs right into any outlet, transforming any appliance - from lights to fans - into an iPhone-controlled Siri-compatible smart product using WiFi.

We tested out three of iHome's SmartPlugs, simulating what it might be like to control lights and fans across multiple rooms to turn an ordinary home with ordinary outlets into a smart home with a reasonable monetary investment and a bit of time.

As with the Elgato Eve review I did earlier this summer, using the iHome SmartPlugs makes it clear...

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06:59
FunBITS: Pac-Man 256 Retools Classic Fun for iOS

Pac-Man 256 is a reboot of the arcade classic that showcases the best and worst of modern gaming.

 

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06:59
Review: The Premium One W2 dual dock is a perfect...

Today we’re taking a look at what might be the best Apple Watch dock in the business. If you’re tired of just plopping your iPhone or Apple Watch on a table at night, this is a much better alternative. Meet Enblue Technology’s Premium One W2 dual dock and charging stand. Quite possibly one of the longest accessory names I’ve heard, but I’ll easily forgive that for the functionality it brings along…

If you’re thinking this looks familiar, it’s because my colleague Jeremy reviewed a different model a while back, which you can find here. This dock is awesome. There are no cables to mess with really and everything is clean and presentable. On the left side you’ll find a vertical riser...

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06:49
Why I won’t be sad to see One to One go away

Peter Cohen, writing for iMore, makes the case that if Apple did away with the One to One program, it might be a boon for non-Apple retail stores.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:39
News: Former Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers leaves Apple

Ian Rogers, one of the key executives behind the Apple Music launch, has now left Apple, the Financial Times reports. Rogers originally headed up the Beats Music subscription service prior to the company’s acquisition by Apple in 2014, after which he was appointed to a senior director position with Apple Music, responsible for iTunes Radio and the new Beats 1 radio service. According to people familiar with the situation, he is now leaving to…

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06:38
Apple Music exec Ian Rogers is leaving Apple

Given Rogers’ huge role in developing Beats 1 and Apple Music, his passionate advocacy for same, this is an astonishing development.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:34
News: Apple partners with PayAnywhere for Apple Pay

Apple has announced a new Apple Pay deal with credit card processing firm PayAnywhere, CNBC reports. The new arrangement allows Apple Pay to be accepted at any PayAnywhere credit card reader — currently in place in More than 300,000 locations throughout the U.S. As part of the deal, Apple will also become the exclusive seller for the newest version of the PayAnywhere reader in its retail stores. To promote the new deal, PayAnywhere is also offering…

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06:33
New rumors hint at an Apple Car unveiling on Sept. 9...

A Seeking Alpha article by "Electric Phred" says there's a good chance we'll see the rumored Apple Car at Apple's Sept. 9 media event. However, if I were a betting man, I'd bet against it.

Why? Electric Phred notes a report that says: "Sidewalks on two sides of the venue are inaccessible to pedestrians. Enormous power generators are stationed on the Larkin Street side of the building, occupying a lane of parking spots."

This leads him to this conclusion: "What sort of unveiling needs a 7000 seat venue, weeks of work, and likely millions of dollars? This wouldn't seem to me to be just the unveiling of the iPhone 6s or the iPad Pro (which one rumor has sporting an Intel Processor). I am betting we may see the Apple electric vehicle. Since the rental on the venue...

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06:31
Apple Music director Ian Rogers makes surprise...

One of the core Beats executives Apple acquired in its 2014 $3 billion takeover, Ian Rogers, has already left the company to pursue other ventures outside of the music streaming business, a report revealed on Friday.

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06:19
News: Report: iPhone 6S to retain 16GB base model

A new tweet from Steve Hemmerstoffer of OnLeaks shows more leaked photos of iPhone 6S packaging that would appear to confirm that Apple plans to release a 16GB version of the iPhone 6S, contrary to earlier speculation that the lowest-capacity device would be dropped in the next release. The leak notably also matches a report from early July that analyzed components purported to come from an iPhone 6S, identifying a 16GB Toshiba memory chip among them....

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06:08
Purported 'iPhone 6s' box suggests Apple...

A sticker claimed to be for the packaging for Apple's anticipated "iPhone 6s" shows a 16-gigabyte capacity, suggesting that Apple will stick with that memory level for its entry-level model.

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Griffin Twenty Digital Audio...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering you Griffin’s ‘Twenty’ Digital Audio Bluetooth Amplifier for only $119.99 – 20% off the regular price. This stylish Bluetooth amplifier lets you turn your existing speakers into a wireless setup to stream music from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. You can pump up the volume without sacrificing sound quality, and even power your subwoofer and in addition to streaming via Bluetooth, Twenty…

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05:49
Betas 1 lead Ian Rogers leaves Apple

Apple Music and Beats 1 lead Ian Rogers has unexpectedly left Apple two months since the Apple Music launch, reports the Financial Times (http://tinyurl.com/pfujvst).

The departure is unexpected. Rogers is reportedly leaving to work for a Europe-based company in an unrelated industry.

Apple said this month that 11 million people had signed up for free trials of Apple Music in the first four weeks since its launch. Spotify claims 75M active users, and Pandora has about 80M.

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05:21
AppleInsider podcast analyzes what to expect at...

With Apple's Sept. 9 keynote now official, the AppleInsider podcast explains everything you need to know ahead of the event, where new iPhones and a revamped Apple TV are expected. Plus, we tackle Apple's recent losses on Wall Street, the latest "Apple Car" rumors, Shane reviews some tools for digital nomads, and Mikey and Neil share their experiences with the iOS-connected Coin digital credit card.

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05:18
Former Beats CEO Leaves Apple Abruptly

According to a new published report, the architect of Apple’s online radio strategy has resigned two months after the launch of its Beats1 radio service. Apple confirmed that Rogers was leaving but declined to comment.

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05:16
Samsung adds a $100-200 bribe to its test-drive...

Samsung has upped the ante on its ‘ultimate test drive‘ program, intended to persuade iPhone owners to switch by offering them a free one-month trial of an Android-powered Galaxy smartphone. For those who end up purchasing the phone, Samsung will give them $100 of Google Play credit which can be used to buy apps and other content.

If you end up trading in your iPhone, Samsung will additionally send you a check for $100 – on top of whatever trade-in deal you were offered by the retailer.

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05:00
I want all my Apple devices to have VIDITY support...

I'm definitely expecting the next generation Apple TV to be announced at Apple's Sept. 9 media event. I'll be disappointed if it lacks 4K support. In fact, I have a suggestion for Apple for future Apple TVs, Macs and iOS devices: add support for the VIDITY platform.

A one-time purchase and download of a 4K Ultra HD movie to a VIDITY-enabled storage device provides playback without an Internet connection needed, as well as across other a variety of devices. It's complementary to existing digital entertainment platforms.

It shouldn't be difficult for Apple to support the platform and technology. VIDITY spokesperson Chris Saito told Apple World Today that any device that adopts and licenses the company's technology can be VIDITY enabled. If Apple wanted Macs, Apple TVs and iOS devices to be compliant, it could license the technology and implement it via...

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05:00
6 only-for-iPad gestures you need to know

While every iPhone gesture will work on an iPad, not every iPad gesture will work on an iPhone—and some of the lesser-known but most interesting iOS gestures happen to be iPad-only.

Read on for six handy gestures for iPad—and only for iPad—starting with...

Swipe up with four (or five) fingers

Any iPhone or iPad user knows the shortcut to the iOS multitasking screen—that is, the screen that lets you swipe back and forth between all your running apps. Double-tap the Home button, and you’ll see all your background apps displayed as a series of swipeable cards.

Here’s an easy way to get to the iPad’s multitasking screen: swipe up with four or five fingers.

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04:59
Fusion 8 Public Beta is available for download

Blackmagic Design has announced the public beta of the free version of Fusion 8, visual effects and motion graphics software, is now available for download from the Blackmagic Design website (www.blackmagicdesign.com). This beta is for the free version of Fusion 8 and is available for both Mac OS X and Windows.

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04:42
Mobile services market to reach $21.4 billion this...

Spending on mobile services will grow 4% to reach US$21.4 billion in 2015, according to Gartner Inc. (www.gartner.com).

Spending on mobile services will be driven by data services, which is expected to grow 15% to reach $6.5 million in 2015, says the research group. A large chunk of this growth will be driven by the increasing use of cellular services on data-centric devices, such as tablets and notebooks, through either embedded cellular modems or USB sticks.

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04:38
Beats 1 Lead Executive Ian Rogers Leaves Apple

Apple Music senior director and former Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers has resigned from Apple nearly two months after the launch of Apple's streaming music service, the company confirmed to the Financial Times today.

Rogers was among a group of executives that joined Apple last year when the iPhone maker acquired Beats for $3 billion. Rogers's official title was Senior Director of Apple Music, a position he held since August 2014, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Rogers, who served as Beats Music CEO between January 2013 and August 2014, departed Apple to join an undisclosed "Europe-based company in an unrelated industry" on the west coast. He is credited for hiring Beats 1 DJ Zane Lowe, who worked at BBC Radio 1 from 2002 to 2015.

Beats 1 is a 24/7 streaming radio station built into Apple Music,...

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04:32
Sandvox 2.10.2 - Easily build eye-catching Web sites...

Sandvox is for Mac users who want to create a professional looking website quickly and easily. With Sandvox, you don't need to be a Web genius to build a stylish, feature-rich, standards-compliant website that's functional and user friendly. Sandvox's drag and drop interface lets you watch your website take shape and come to life as you build it. And, once finished, you can upload your site to your favorite host.

Whether you're a new website creator or a seasoned professional, you can make use of Sandvox to build the website of your dreams. New users can build a professional looking website in minutes and professional users can build an advanced, multimedia-rich site in no time at all.



Version 2.10.2: Publishing to a Folder

  • Worked around a hang which could occur when publishing to a folder on OS X 10.7 Lion or later
  • file: URLs can be specified for the site URL
  • Improved workflow when publishing to a folder by...

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04:30
Kool Tools: Field Tote business bag for men

WaterField Designs' (www.sfbags.com) Field Tote is a handsome, US$119 tote for men made of waxed canvas and distressed leather.

It's great for guys to use professionally or on casual outings. You can stow your laptop-in-a-sleeve or tablet in the Field Tote or stuff in your gym towels, wine bottles, or magazines. WaterField Design has included deep pockets for security and leather handles that are just the right length for putting on your shoulders, or carrying at your side."

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04:29
PopChar X 7.2 supports Unicode 8.0 and is ready for...

Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.2, an update of the tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts.

Version 7.2 supports Unicode 8.0 and prepares for OS X El Capitan, which is due this fall. It adds searchable descriptions and Mandarin pronunciations of Chinese characters and includes many enhancements that improve overall speed, stability, and compatibility with OS X Yosemite and third-party applications.

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04:20
The latest iOS apps for Aug. 27

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

Jumpin' Labs has released Geronimo for the iPhone and Apple Watch. It's a gesture-based, mobile email app.

Pinkerton Road Studio and Phoenix Online Studios have announced that Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers 20th Anniversary Edition, Jane Jensen’s remake of the 1993 classic Sierra hit, is available now for the iPad. It's an US$2.99 "moody, mature murder mystery."

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04:18
LibreOffice 5.0.1.2 - Free, open-source office suite...

LibreOffice is an office suite (word processor, spreadsheet, presentations, drawing tool) compatible with other major office suites. The Document Foundation is coordinating development and maintenance of this OpenOffice.org fork.

Many different language versions are available here.



Version 5.0.1.2:

  • This is the second stable release of the 5.0.x branch of LibreOffice which contains new features and program enhancements. As such, the version is stable and is suitable for all users. This version may contain a few annoying bugs which will be fixed in the next bugfix versions to come. Detailed release notes can be accessed from the list found here.



  • OS X 10.8 or later



...

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04:07
Google gives developers code to disable iOS 9 app...

One of the backend improvements in iOS 9 is a strengthening of app security when accessing data from webservers. The new App Transport Security (ATS) feature ensures that only connections encrypted using HTTPS are permitted. There’s just one problem with that: not all advertisers use HTTPS, so ATS will stop some ads appearing in apps.

Google has responded by providing developers with five lines of code that allow them to disable ATS … ...

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03:45
The Apple Watch should help us get fit together

When people ask me what the best thing about the Apple Watch is—and rest assured, it comes up pretty much anytime they see I have one—I almost always tout the fitness features of the device as my favorite aspect. For one, they surpass the iPhone’s meager fitness offerings, making it one of the more compelling selling points of the Apple Watch. For another, it actually encourages me to do something that improves my life. 

Apple

Competing against friends may motivate you to actually fill those circles. 

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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03:02
f.lux 36.1 - Adjusts the color of your display based...

f.lux makes the color of your computer's display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.

Ever notice how people texting at night have that eerie blue glow? Or wake up ready to write down the Next Great Idea, and get blinded by your computer screen? During the day, computer screens look good - they're designed to look like the sun. But, at 9 p.m., 10 p.m., or 3 a.m., you probably shouldn't be looking at the sun.

It's even possible that you're staying up too late because of your computer. You could use f.lux because it makes you sleep better, or you could just use it just because it makes your computer look better.

Tell f.lux what kind of lighting you have, and where you live. Then forget about it. f.lux will do the rest, automatically.



Version 36.1:

  • Dim on disable - It’s always been painful to disable f.lux for a color check or late-night design work, so we’ve...

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02:12
iPhone 6S rumors: New packaging leak suggests 16 GB...

A purported photo of an iPhone 6S information sheet has surfaced detailing the specifications of the upcoming iPhone, due to be announced at an event on September 9th. Whilst the detailed technical specifications do not reveal anything new, the page header is intriguing. It suggests that, once again, Apple will offer a 16 GB base model version of the iPhone 6S. (Via Steve Hemmerstoffer)

Low storage space iPhone SKUs is a big complaint in the community. Many had thought this would be the year Apple finally drops 16 GB from the new lineup of phones for good. Although iOS 9 is more efficient regarding storage, features...

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01:42
Key Apple Music / Beats 1 director Ian Rogers leaves...

Apple Music and Beats 1 lead Ian Rogers has unexpectedly left Apple two months since the Apple Music launch. Although Apple Music app has received some criticism, Roger’s primary responsibility, Beats 1, has received much critical acclaim and has been widely praised, so it is surprising to see a resignation out of the director. The Financial Times first reported the departure, which has now been confirmed by Apple.

Before joining Apple, Ian Rogers was CEO of Beats Music. The report frames the resignation as unexpected, with sources claiming Ian Rogers has joined a new...

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01:33
Twitter introduces Music on Vine: Better audio...

Last night, Vine announced that it’s bringing greater music controls to its popular video-looping app on iOS. While users have always had the ability to include audio of any kind in their Vines, this new update makes it far more precise. The biggest update is a feature called ‘Snap to Beat’ which enables users to more easily create a seamless loop, or perfect loop where you can’t tell the beginning of the audio from the end.

To get Snap to Beat working for you, choose a song by tapping on the music note in the ‘Details’ screen. Snap to Beat automatically identifies how much of the song to use to make a seamless loop, then trims the video to fit that music clip. If you don’t want it happening auto-magically, you can switch off Snap to Beat and edit the audio manually yourself....

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Thursday August 27

23:59
Status Analysis of sand making machine Disposal in...

Forums: SoftwareTags: sand making machine

According to the statistics of the authority, the waste output in Korea in recent years has been showing the trend of continuous increase. In the proportion of all kinds of waste construction materials, waste concrete accounts for 65%, followed by waste pitch that accounts for 18.9%, muck materials account for 4.6% and other waste accounts for 11.5%. The report also points out that the waste output in 2011 was 68.077 million ton, increasing 10.3% than that of 2006, and what deserves attention is that waste concrete and waste pitch (refer to recycling aggregate source hereinafter) accounted for about 84%.

Faced with the sand making machine...

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20:59
VirtualBox 5.0.2 - x86 virtualization software. (...

VirtualBox is a family of powerful x86 virtualization products for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).

Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux and Mac hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4 and 2.6), and OpenBSD.

VirtualBox is being actively developed with frequent releases and has an ever growing list of features, supported guest operating systems and platforms it runs on. VirtualBox is a community effort backed by a dedicated company: everyone is encouraged to contribute while innotek ensures the product always meets professional quality criteria.



Version...

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20:59
File Juicer 4.43 - Extract images, video, sound or...

File Juicer is a drag-and-drop can opener and data archaeologist. Its specialty is to find and extract images, video, audio, or text from files which are hard to open in other ways. In computer forensics this is called carving.

It finds and extracts: JPEG, JP2, PNG, GIF, PDF, BMP, WMF, EMF, PICT, TIFF, Flash, ZIP, HTML, WAV, AVI, MOV, MP4, MPG, MP3, AIFF, AU, WMV, or text from files which contain data in those formats.

Lossless extraction... File Juicer does't convert the images/sounds/videos it finds, but saves them unchanged in their original format if possible. See the manual for details.

This is useful:

  • if you want to extract the images/sounds/videos from a PDF or Word document
  • if you have old files you can no longer open with current applications
  • if you receive emails with attachments you can not open
  • if you have corrupt files or databases
  • if you have damaged or accidentally erased flash...
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20:59
Apple MainStage 3.2 - Live performance tool for...

MainStage 3 makes it easy to bring to the stage all the same instruments and effects that you love in your recording. Everything from the Sound Library and Smart Controls you're familiar with from Logic Pro X is integrated into MainStage 3. You can even expand your show with prerecorded backing tracks. You’ll also find new features like an improved Mixer, easier-to-use channel strips, and more. With the Mac as the core of your live rig, setup is faster, teardown is faster, and everything in between is more reliable. And you can easily use your favorite hardware to control every nuance of your performance.



Version 3.2:

  • Introducing Alchemy the ultimate sample manipulation synthesizer
    • Next generation synthesizer plug-in with multiple sound generators including; additive, spectral, formant, granular, sampler, and virtual analog
    • Over 3,000 presets for all types of electronic music including electronic dance, hip hop,...

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20:59
formZ 8.5 - Solid and surface modeler. (Demo)

formZ pro is a powerful 3D design application featuring a variety of modeling personalities and tools with an easy to use interface to express and communicate your imagination. It is based on advanced 3D solid and surface modeling methods that maintain accurate representations as you progress from design to visualization, layout, animation and fabrication.

formZ pro 8 is the latest version that introduces subdivision modeling as yet another modeling personality that enables the quick design and exploration of organic forms that originate from basic shapes. These forms are easily manipulated using a suite of subdivision tools that empower this new personality.



Version 8.5:

  • Introduces a new suite of creative design tools to enhance form generation. These tools offer a variety of ways to create new and interesting forms especially when combined with each other. These tools also work well with many existing formZ pro tools like...

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20:59
PopChar 7.2 - Floating window shows available font...

We're also selling a 5-license family pack for only $25.99!

PopChar helps you get the most out of your font collection.

With its crystal-clear interface, PopChar provides a frustration-free way to access any font's special characters.

Expanded accessibility
Your Mac includes over 700 fonts, each of which contains thousands of characters -- Why not make them as accessible as possible? PopChar makes it happen.

Interface advantages
PopChar displays easy-to-analyze tables of characters, giving you an ultra-convenient interface. You can't access most of these characters from your keyboard -- PopChar puts them within your reach.

Liberating compatibility
No matter what app you are using, PopChar brings snappy simplicity to all font-related tasks. Whether you're working with a word...

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20:59
FileMaker Pro 14.0.2 - Powerful, easy-to-use...

FileMaker Pro is powerful, easy-to-use software used to create custom solutions for your business that run on iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac and the web. Use FileMaker Pro to manage and share information with your team. Build your own solution or use one of the many built-in Starter Solutions to manage contacts, inventory, projects and more.

  • Start quickly - Choose from a variety of professionally designed Starter Solutions to manage contacts, inventory, projects, invoices, assets, and more.
  • Import existing data - Bring your existing data into FileMaker Pro, including .CSV, Tab, XML, ODBC, and Microsoft Excel files.
  • Customize with ease - Use flexible design tools to make your layouts look and work just the way you want, all without programming -- even add your company logo.
  • Get built-in reporting tools - Easy-to-use reporting and charting tools make it easy to...
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20:14
Apple partners with PayAnywhere to bring Apple Pay...

Apple today announced a new partnership with PayAnywhere, a credit card reader that serves more than 300,000 locations around the United States. As part of the partnership, the latest version of the PayAnywhere reader will also be sold in all Apple Stores beginning this September for $39.95.

The PayAnywere Mobile Reader accepts Apple Pay, as well as a variety of other contactless NFC payment solutions and traditional magnetic stripe credit cards. It’s also EMV-capable. To promote Apple Pay usage, the company is also offering merchants $5,000 of free Apple Pay transaction processing.

“We are very excited to launch sales exclusively in Apple Stores throughout the country,”...

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19:52
Google offers 'short term fix' to help ad...

Google on Thursday informed developers of a five-line bit of code crafted to sidestep Apple's upcoming App Transport Security encryption feature in iOS 9 by creating HTTPS exceptions, which could in some cases block mobile ads from appearing.

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18:08
Research firm claims Apple’s customer service...

According to a new report out of market research firm StellaService, Apple’s customer service took a turn for the worse during the second quarter of 2015. The firm, who develops its data by tracking and evaluating online retailers on a daily basis, claims that Apple is now ranked 25th in terms of customer service among the companies it profiled. Retailer L.L.Bean ranked first, while Apple retail head Angela Ahrendts’ former company Burberry ranked 7th. In the “electronics/media” category, however, Apple was the only surveyed company to place.

In terms of online shipping, Apple fell to 14th place this year, although its shipping fulfillment time...

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18:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Ballistic’s sparkly design...

...plus wallet cases, slim picks, and more!

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases includes wallet cases from Lab. C and Elago, extra battery power from Zero Lemon, and a variety of catchy designs from Native Union, Incase, iLuv, and more!

Ballistic

The Jewel Spark (iPhone 6; $25) features a transparent shell with raised edges and reinforced corners for advanced protection against bumps and impacts.

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17:01
Apple's customer service suffers in Q2, study...

A study from market research firm StellaService published this week seemingly reveals a rapid decline in Apple's customer service capabilities, from a slight slip in shipping fulfillment to longer wait times for online and phone support.

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16:22
YouTube Opens Video Game Floodgates


It's alive! YouTube Gaming, a hub that's home to over 25,000 video game pages, on Wednesday began broadcasting live and on-demand streams, let's play videos and the like. The gaming hub is accessible on desktop PCs, and on Android and iOS devices. YouTube's new hub is likely to offer a serious challenge to Twitch, the video game streaming service Amazon bought last year. Twitch has shown the world that gamers enjoy watching video games so much that they don't care who's controlling the gamepad or manning the keyboard and mouse.

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15:38
Help my daughter

My daughter and her boyfriend, Ian, have had a rough month. Ian’s computer was stolen in Montreal a couple of weeks ago, and earlier today his camera gear was stolen. Nicole set up a GoFundMe page to help raise some money to buy new gear. I realize money is tight for everyone, but If you can help, I thank you.

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15:30
AWT News Update: August 27, 2015

Today's news is right here, for your listening or reading pleasure:

  • Apple officially sent out those invitations for the September 9 iPhone event, and there's going to be a huge new audience to watch what transpires...
  • Instagram goes wide, Square gets an appointment app, and Workflow grabs notifications and syncing.

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 27, 2015.

In case you’re locked in a cave right now and the only information you’re getting is from this podcast, Apple has officially sent out invitations to its September 9 event where new iPhones and a redesigned Apple TV are expected to debut. We’ll have all...

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15:03
Walking Dead creator releases new iOS game ‘Road to...

Robert Kirkman, creator of the hugely popular TV series The Walking Dead, has today unveiled a new game for iOS based on the show. Dubbed “The Walking Dead: Road to Survival,” the game is described as a “thrilling, mature adventure constantly toeing the line between life and the undead.”

Road to Survival is a role-playing game based on a new story from Walking Dead writer Jay Bonansinga and features the dark aesthetic that fans of the show have come to know and appreciate. The game includes iconic characters from the show such as Rick, Michonne, and the Governor. The premise of the game is to collect resources, build and fortify compounds, search for and rescue fellow survivors, and fend off the undead.

From the description of the game:

The Walking Dead: Road to Survival is a mature, intense, story-driven...

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14:48
Review: Are Belkin’s latest Wemo lights worth the...

Belkin’s three latest products in its Wemo line of Wi-Fi connected, smartphone-controlled products for the home include a white bulb starter kit, a versatile strip light, and...

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14:16
Apple sends out invitations for September 9th media...

The rumors of the media event on September 9th were true.

Apple just sent out official invitations to assorted media outlets for its media event on Wednesday, September 9th. The invitation teases the reader with “Hey Siri, give us a hint” and the event itself will take place at 10 AM PT at Bill Graham auditorium in San Francisco, California. Apple’s September event is set to include the next generation iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus as well as the long awaited Apple TV hardware update.

The Siri tag also increases speculation as to Siri integration with the next generation of Apple TV hardware, which has been rumored for a while now....

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14:09
September iPhone event marks return of live stream...

Next month's iPhone event will mark the first time in recent history that Windows users will be able to officially live-stream an Apple presentation, the company quietly revealed on Thursday through the event's website.

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13:19
Square launches Appointments iPhone app for booking...

Mobile payment firm Square on Thursday launched Square Appointments, a combination service and iPhone app for businesses dependent on client bookings.

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13:18
Tip of the Day: Customizing World Clock City...

Most of the watch faces on the Apple Watch include the ability to add a world clock display — a handy feature for travelers or anybody who needs to regularly keep track of the time in more than one city. To use the feature, you simply add additional world clocks in your iPhone “Clock” app and these automatically appear on the Apple Watch. By default, the Apple Watch uses pre-determined abbreviations for each city, however you can customize…

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13:00
Siri-ously, what can we expect on Sept. 9?

It's official. Apple will hold a media event on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 10 am (Pacific), at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. The media invitation came with the teaser: "Hey Siri, give us a hint." I've stared into my crystal ball to see what we can expect.

Of course, we'll see new iPhones, which will have Siri support. And, hopefully, a new Apple TV with Siri support. However, Tim Cook & Company wouldn't hold the event in the massive Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco (which seats 7,000) for just those announcements, would they? Nah. So I'm expecting bigger Siri announcements. Among them….

  • An improved Siri that can understand my Tennessee accent. There'll be no more instances when I say "Call Maggiano's," that I'm told "I can't find a number for Maggie Arnold." And since Tim Cook is, like me, a Southern boy (he's from Alabama), I'm sure that he's fixed things in Siri so we can say "Hey, y'all" instead of "Hey, Siri" to...
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12:26
How to Disable Auto-Play Videos on Social Media

Don’t want to stumble across a potentially disturbing video on social media? Josh Centers explains how to disable auto-play videos on your favorite social networks.

 

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12:26
Instagram loosens limits, enables portrait,...

Facebook on Thursday released an update to its Instagram apps for iOS and Android, opening up the media-sharing service to posts in landscape and portrait ratios.

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12:22
The Apple Watch is Likely to Take Top Spot in the...

A new IDC report that was published today shows that Apple is within striking distance of the established market leader, Fitbit. Yet understandably IDC's report only covered up to Q2 when Best Buy was only selling Fitbit devices and not the Apple Watch. At the end of July Best Buy added the Apple Watch ...

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12:22
Intel's drone investment, faster in-flight WiFi...

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Shadow IT Feeds 'Man in the Cloud' Attacks


Shadow IT -- the use of unauthorized online services by company employees -- is a concern of cyberwarriors charged with defending business systems against network attacks. There's new evidence that those concerns are justified. A new attack vector on business systems leverages the synchronization features of services like Dropbox and Google Drive to perform malicious mischief, according to a report Imperva released earlier this month at the Black Hat Conference in Las Vegas.

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12:03
Review: Thonet & Vander Koloss Bluetooth Speaker

Thonet & Vander may not yet be a big name in the US audio market, but they’re certainly trying to make a statement. The massive Bluetooth-enabled Koloss ($400), currently scheduled for release in September, is at the top of T&V’s "high-end" home speaker line. T&V claims that the Koloss will “overcome all barriers” and “lead us to the limit of sound” with proprietary technologies like “Rage Bass” and “GlowFX.” Though our days of testing at high volume certainly forced sound through the barriers of our apartment walls, we’re not sure that the Koloss quite delivers on the pure audio experience that its marketing promises.{/exp:char_limit}
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View a wealth of image data with PixelMet for iPhone

Like so many apps, PixelMet (free with in-app purchase) was built to fill a specific need. "When I am on my Mac," developer Danny Wong told me, "I can view the location of my photos with the Photos app on OS X. However, I can't do the same thing on iOS to my satisfaction, and I couldn't find any third party app that did the job. I thought, why don't I build one myself?"

The result is PixelMet, which Danny calls "a companion to Apple's Photos app on iOS," akin to the "get info" function on a Mac. I've been playing with it for a few days and I've found it's a nifty little utility. Here's our look at PixlMet for iPhone.

Summarize, Mr. Data

PixelMet's provides a lot of information on your photos. Once you've given the app permission to access your photos, just tap anyone to make your selection. From there you're taking to a very clean and well laid-out information screen....

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PayAnywhere to launch Apple Pay-compatible card...

A company called PayAnywhere is preparing to launch a self-named card reader that could help bring Apple Pay support to small businesses, which have so far mostly foregone the technology.

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11:39
iPhone 6S will come in Apple Watch-like Rose Gold...

Earlier this year, reports began to suggest that Apple would launch the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus in an additional color beyond the Space Gray, Silver, and Gold options that have been available in the popular iPhone 6 and...

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11:37
Instagram steps out of the box, allows posts in...

Your already-packed Instagram feed is about to get a little bit taller. Or wider. Or both. On Thursday, Instagram announced that everyone’s favorite photo-sharing app will now support posts in both landscape and portrait orientation, stepping away from the perfectly square limit that has defined Instagram since its launch. This expanded posting option will apply to both photos and videos, and you’ll select which orientation you’d like to use during the formatting process—similarly to how you choose a filter, you’ll now be able to choose to post in landscape, portrait, or the traditional square.

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11:36
External Link: Apple Event Set for September 9th

Apple’s next big media event is set for 9 September 2015 at 10 AM PDT, and you can watch it live in Safari for Mac and iOS, in the Apple TV’s Apple Events app, and surprisingly, in the new Edge browser in Windows 10. If you’re busy at that time, the recording usually remains available afterwards. Apple is expected to announce new iPhone models, and other possibilities include updated iPads and an Apple TV refresh.

 

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11:12
Rumor: New display with Force Touch could make...

A leaked display component purportedly destined for Apple's next-generation iPhone has been measured up and comes in heavier and thicker than its counterpart in the iPhone 6, suggesting that the addition of Force Touch might make the "iPhone 6s" bigger than its predecessor.

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11:10
Square debuts new schedule booking Appointments app...

The San Francisco-based company Square has always focused on using technology to make commerce tools accessible to businesses of all sizes, and their latest app adds another resource to their growing lineup of mobile payment solutions.

Square Appointments for iOS is an iPhone-only app that lets clients book appointments and businesses manage schedules. Perks include appointment reminders for clients through push notifications and appointment history for businesses. Square highlights these specific features in their new app:

  • Manage appointments on the go: Set up and edit your appointments anywhere your business takes you.
  • Carry all your clients with you: Access and edit your client profiles.
  • Accept appointments instantly: Accept or decline appointments directly through your iPhone notifications screen.
  • Complete payments anywhere: Check clients out directly on your iPhone seamlessly through the Square app.

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11:00
Building AWT: Advertising

Over the past day, you've probably noticed some little "Advertise Here" banners show up on the site, replacing the in-house ad spots we had produced in hopes of doing our own ad sales. That didn't work too well, so we've hitched our fortunes to a well-known online advertising firm called BuySellAds. 

We feel that BuySellAds is a good fit for Apple World Today. We get full control over which ads run, so you won't be inundated with the "1 Weird Trick To Reduce Belly Fat" ads you see on other Apple sites. This also opens us up to a larger pool of potential advertisers than what we have had in the past, which can help us to increase our revenues. If you're an advertiser, just click one of those little banners to see the rate sheet. 

We have some ideas in store for our Patreon patrons as well, so expect new goals and spiffs for those of you who make it all possible. 

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10:58
Apple’s first employee: The remarkable odyssey of...

Tech Republic:

Apple was not even officially a company yet, and Fernandez had to delay working for Jobs and Woz until he gave his notice at HP. But, when he came on board in early 1977 it was just as Mike Markkula became an investor and Apple Computer, Inc. was officially formed. Fernandez became the first official full-time employee.

I love these stories of the original Apple employees and the loose organization and work duties involved.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:55
Apple Sept. 9 event: We asked Siri to give us a hint...

Hey Siri...

Apple’s invitation to its September 9 event features the tagline, “Hey Siri, give us a hint.” So what happens when you ask Siri for a hint? Here are some of the answers.

Playing coy

Got it. But we’re going to ask again.

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10:54
Migrating to a New Mac in the Real World

When you migrate your data to a new Mac using Migration Assistant and Time Machine, the process may go smoothly, but some loose ends and hiccups are inevitable.

 

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10:40
Instagram rolls out support for portrait + landscape...

Instagram today announced that it’s rolling out two new orientations for photos and videos including portrait and landscape formats to add to the old square photo format that was previously the only option for users uploading content.

It turns out that nearly one in five photos or videos people post aren’t in the square format, and we know that it hasn’t been easy to share this type of content on Instagram: friends get cut out of group shots, the subject of your video feels cramped and you can’t capture the Golden Gate Bridge from end to end.

When users upload an image in the app, they’ll now be able to tap a new icon to get access to the new portrait and landscape orientation options. In the screenshots above, Instagram gives us a look at how the new photo orientations will appear in a user’s feed.

The company...

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10:37
Instagram no longer thinks it's hip to be square

Ask any photographer: good composition is essential to capturing a great image. Ask that same photographer the most frustrating thing about Instagram, and they'll probably say "aspect ratio." Since its launch, every image or video uploaded to the s...

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10:28
Siri knows about Apple's new iPhone event on...

The invitations for Apple's upcoming Sept. 9 event were designed around Siri --? bearing what she would call "colorful wavey words" and the phrase "Hey Siri, give us a hint" -- and it turns out there's more to it than meets the eye, as the erstwhile digital assistant actually does drop some knowledge.

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10:19
Apple's Big Event is on Cue for September 9 at...

It's official, Apple's iPhone event will take place on September 9 just as was called by John Paczkowski of BuzzFeed back in July. Paczkowski also forecasted that the new Apple TV box with Siri would be one of the key products to be introduced and by Apple's invitation graphic it's clear that it will be.

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10:10
News: Apple sends out invites to September 9 event

Apple has sent out media invitations to its September 9 event. The invites show a stylized top of the Apple logo with the phrase “Hey Siri, give us a hint.” As rumored earlier today, the event is being held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, and as usual will be held at 10 a.m. Pacific time. It’s expected that we’ll see the new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus debuted at the event, alongside a new Apple TV as…

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10:00
Hey Siri, give us a hint: Apple's iPhone event...

Apple just sent out press invitations to its annual iPhone event, to no one’s surprise. The date: Sept. 9. Time: 10 a.m. Pacific. Location: The spacious Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.

Cupertino continues its tradition of teasing what’s to come in its event invites, this time with the tagline, “Hey Siri, give us a hint.”

As usual, the phrasing is coy and vague, but based on Apple events of yore, we know a few things: There will be new iPhones, and we will see final updates to iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan, which will be released in the fall.

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09:58
No 4-inch ‘iPhone 6c’ at Sept. 9 event, iPhone 5c to...

While Apple will unveil a pair of next-generation iPhones at its September 9th event, the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, don’t expect a new 4-inch “iPhone 6c” to show up on stage. Sources say that while Apple has been working on a new 4-inch iPhone with the capabilities of last year’s iPhone 6, the device is not yet ready to ship. Interestingly, Apple has also internally prototyped a new, smaller iPhone with a 3.5-inch display, the same size of the iPhone’s screen from the first model in 2007 to the iPhone 4S in 2011, but it does not appear that the company plans to move forward with actually releasing such a device.

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09:58
In death, Justin Wilson helped six people live by...

Washington Post:

Justin Wilson’s younger brother has been sharing his grief on social media. Stefan Wilson is also an IndyCar driver, and he is in deep mourning for the loss of his “best friend … role model and mentor,” who died Monday after being injured during a race on Sunday.

On Tuesday, Stefan Wilson, 25, followed that up with the news that, indeed, a half-dozen needy recipients had benefited from his brother’s organs.

This tragic story is made a little less painful in the knowledge that Wilson had signed his Organ Donar Card. Unless you have specific moral or religious objections, I believe everyone should. There are too many needy people out there not to do it.

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09:56
PayAnywhere, Apple to offer Apple Pay-ready mobile...

Apple is teaming up with American Bancard's PayAnywhere to introduce a new version of its PayAnywhere Mobile credit card reader, which will be ready for Apple Pay. The NFC card reader will be available exclusively in U.S. Apple Stores and at Apple's online store next month.

PayAnywhere is a go-to mobile credit card reader for businesses and individuals who want to accept Apple Pay. Available for iOS devices such as the iPhone and iPad, this new PayAnywhere Mobile reader accepts Apple's payment system, other contactless NFC payments, traditional magnetic stripe credit cards and is EMV-capable. PayAnywhere is also offering merchants US$5,000 free in Apple Pay transaction processing with a new PayAnywhere account.

The PayAnywhere device will retail for US$39.95. The PayAnywhere Mobile app ...

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